As pre­vi­ously posted on this blog, adaptTo() 2012 was hosted last week in Berlin by pro!vision and Adobe. As any par­tic­i­pant may have appre­ci­ated more cer­tain aspects rather than oth­ers, I have my per­sonal top 5:

  1. the tech­ni­cal level of ses­sions and speakers
  2. the infor­mal style of the conference
  3. the great par­tic­i­pa­tion from all attendees
  4. the spe­cial guest: Apache Jackrab­bit Oak
  5. the fore­cast for adaptTo() 2013

1. Top notch ses­sions and speakers

It has cer­tainly been a top level con­fer­ence from a con­tent per­spec­tive; it pro­vided 24 ses­sions deliv­ered by a good mix of tech­ni­cal roles; and the most out­stand­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion came from many of the core com­mu­nity mem­bers of the Apache Sling and Apache Jackrab­bit projects. Among the most appre­ci­ated talks: “Use of OSGi tech­nol­ogy in Apache Sling” by Felix, “Effi­cient con­tent struc­tures and queries in CRX” by Mar­cel, “Apache Jackrab­bit Oak” by Jukka and Michael and “CQ5 Mobile in a Real Life Project” by Alexan­der, Sebas­t­ian and Bert-Ulrich.

Slides from all the ses­sions can be down­loaded from the event web­site; ses­sion record­ings will come shortly.

2. Infor­mal loca­tion
Super­markt Berlin revealed itself as a very nice loca­tion for an infor­mal devel­oper con­fer­ence such as adaptTo(); although some minor aspects could be improved, it pro­vided my favorite un-conference fea­ture: big win­dows, many big win­dows, and directly on a lively street.
Look at some of the best shoots.

Update: the offi­cial photo stream

3. Active par­tic­i­pa­tion
As pre­vi­ously noted, adaptTo() was already sold out well before its date, and the excite­ment from the devel­oper com­mu­nity was con­firmed in Berlin by a very active on site par­tic­i­pa­tion. The main con­fer­ence room was packed through­out the 3 days, most of the ses­sions gen­er­ated a good num­ber of ques­tions and many par­tic­i­pants were so kind to pro­vide very effec­tive feed­back on the var­i­ous aspect of the conference.

4. Oakathon
Dur­ing the entire week and also through­out the 3 ‘pub­lic’ days we were delighted by the spe­cial par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Apache Jackrab­bit Oak com­mu­nity, which orga­nized one of their recur­rent Oakathons in con­junc­tion with the rest of the con­fer­ence. This cul­mi­nated in the very well received pre­sen­ta­tion: “Apache Jackrab­bit Oak” deliv­ered by Jukka and Michael, and in a series of good steps for­ward for the project, pre­sented in this report from Michael.

5. Next Year
And yes, I heard so many times peo­ple men­tion­ing “next year” that I only regret we can­not already pro­vide here a reg­is­tra­tion link for adaptTo() 2013…
More seri­ously, engines have not stopped; your orga­niz­ers are already plan­ning the next edi­tion, to keep sup­port­ing the great inter­est and improve on the sug­ges­tions, to become even harder, bet­ter, faster, stronger.

A lot of good stuff has still to come; stay tuned and keep hav­ing fun with Apache Sling… and friends!

Paolo Mot­tadelli, Adobe Tech­ni­cal Mar­ket­ing. @paolomoz