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Back from Brazil (and vacation ...)

Posted by terrencebarr on July 12, 2009 at 7:05 AM PDT

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Back from Brazil and a nice two-week break from traveling.

Mobile, Media, and eMbedded Developer Days Latin America (M3DD/LA ) was extremely successful - sold-out at over 550 attendees, buzzing with activity and enthusiasm, and well-organized. It was a pleasure to be part of it!

Profound thanks to everybody involved (see the signatures on the t-shirt ;-), in particular to Rafael Adrien. Rafael, a student from Goiania, was the main driver behind the event and organized much of it in his spare time! Hats off. Lest not forget Flavia Suares, Andressa Martins, Filipe Portes and Leonardo Miranda as well. Also, many thanks to SENAC, the technical university in Goiania, and Professor Murilo Borges for hosting the event and the warm hospitality.

Mauricio Leal has posted an excellent write-up of the event, including a bunch of pictures. Also, Radko Najman has done a nice blog post on the Java ME SDK blog.




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FISL 10 was quite an experience. Open source is a major force in Brazil, and FISL underscores that in an impressive way. 8200 attendees and the appearance of the President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (see the picture with the OpenSolaris team), are testament to that.

Roger and I did talks on mobile and embedded Java and we staffed the community booth throughout 4 days. There was an immense amount of interest in mobile and embedded technologies and the booth was practically permanently bursting at its seams. FISL, to me, provided great insight into the Brazilian IT and open source scene. At the end of it we were totally fried.

Here is a small collection of links with write-ups, pictures, and video:

And just for completeness: There were three more events during that time which I didn't attend. The OpenSolaris Tour (day 1, day 2) as well as Javali 2009. Amazing!

And, last but not least - How did I like Brazil? Brazil was AWESOME. I found the Brazilians to be very open, friendly, and welcoming. I visited three cities (Goiania, Florianopolis, and Porto Alegre) and my trip went off without a hitch. Everybody went out of their way to make our trip memorable and show us a good time - including churrascaria, dance clubs, and fun evening at the stadium of SC International - what a great idea, Igor! And, last but not least, the food was just fantastic. I've never had this much consistently great food during a trip as in Brazil. An interesting mix of German and Italian food with Brazilian and Portuguese influences, as far as I can tell - and very well executed. I'm still savoring the tastes. Yum!

That's it for now. Obrigado & Cheers,

-- Terrence

PS: Thanks also to Bruno Ghisi for hosting me in Florianopolis!