2016-10-26 23:31:31 by jdixon
Way back in 2013, I put on a small event in Boston, Massachusetts focused on monitoring software and related themes. The unexpected popularity of the show led me to immediately turn around and announce a second event to take place later that year in Berlin, Germany. Both of the conferences were hugely successful and the subject matter clearly resonated with the larger DevOps and Engineering communities.
Fast forward three years and we're yet to return for another EU conference. What happened? To be blunt, life happened. In 2014 I was dealing with multiple job changes. In 2015 I was focused on my book. And this year, just as I was putting blinders on for a mad rush to a late-2016 EU event, my mother passed away very unexpectedly (suffice it to say, 2016 has been a general shitshow).
Why am I telling you this? Because I hate making excuses, but I also believe in transparency. I want to come back to Europe. I love the cities, the cultures, the food (oh yes, the food), and the diverse experiences. I love that companies in the EU have different perspectives on software and systems than our mostly-inspired-by-Silicon-Valley culture in the states. But mostly, I just love the people. And I owe it to all of you "across the pond" to make this happen.
We're closer than ever (well, since 2013) to bringing Monitorama back to Europe. I'm on the brink of locking in a venue that will be a fantastic fit for this conference. Although I can't leak specifics yet, I wanted to let you all know that we are making progress, and that we're focused on dates in September 2017.
As soon as we sign a contract for the venue, we will give a full announcement with dates, location, ticket information, and much more. I can see light at the end of this tunnel, and I'm very excited to share more details with you as soon as possible.
Warm Regards,Jason Dixon