Take Off 2007 Review

I have to confess that yesterday’s event exceeded my expectations, not only by the organization that made a pretty good job inviting the right people (speakers and audience) but also by the quality and interest of most presentations. The afternoon was more exciting than the morning, not only because of my personal interest on the presented and discussed subjects but also because of Victor Santos presentation that almost went postal on the audience (and vice versa), when making some unhappy comments on Open Source and calling liars (in a very veiled manner) to some audience members that argued against his/Microsoft’s acts and stands on national software contests. Being a shy person and not liking to expose myself, I had to make an intervention and quote a regulation from the contest being discussed (after googling it) and proving that Fred Oliveira (one of the guys from WeBreakStuff) was actually right when he said that Microsoft forces the use of Microsoft technology in the contests they support. I just don’t like Microsoft veiled propaganda and arrogant attitudes from people who put themselves on a greater level than everyone else…

Besides this episode, Pedro’s presentation on Co-Criativity was excellent (great job Pedro) as well as Fred’s take on Starting up (very good and fun), unfortunately I couldn’t stay until the end but next year I’ll be there for the 2 days ๐Ÿ˜‰

[tags]Take Off 2007, Coimbra[/tags]

3 thoughts on “Take Off 2007 Review”

  1. Well, what were you expecting from a guy working at Microsoft? So, he acts in the same fashion as his employer acts. And you should be proud thereafter that you own a MacBook Pro ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anyway, I wish I was there. A lot of interesting people attended the conference and it would have been a great opportunity for networking!

  2. So were you the guy in a Google polo?

    Hectic times. The guy lost control over the crowd. He could try to justify it, but sitting up on his throne and acting cocky didn’t help his case, at all. We all know MS positions on patents and their oh so dear .net framework, so don’t try to hide it.

  3. @Andre: Yup, that was me ๐Ÿ™‚ He must have made some confusion, he probably though we (the crowd) were the students he usually lectures.

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