I must admit, it was my first time in Perth and I jokingly expected to see a fairly medium sized city in the middle of the desert. Instead I found a city worth visiting again that's for sure.
The main reason for my attendance was Perth BarCamp, which was a great first time event for one and all. A lot of things were discussed around the web and I felt really welcomed (being an Eastern Aussie wasn't sure how the Wild Westerns would take to me being there). There were some great topics discussed and my favorite was @madpilot and his off the cuff discussion around Ruby on Rails (even I learnt something new about it).
The day ended with a "Silicon Beach" discussion, where folks were outlining a plan to see what can be done in terms of putting Perth on the IT radar, in that given its location and lifestyle why shouldn't it be an Aussie "Silicon Valley".
It was a great discussion to be honest and it's something that I walked away thinking that there is definitely passion in Perth when it comes to the web industry, and I for one am more than happy to support the folks in WA anyway I can.
I guess the walk away point I took, was that despite the massive divide (5hr flight) between Eastern seaboard and Western, there is a thriving community and they should also have access to international geek-celebs should they visit our shores. I can appreciate their plight in having to hand a hat around to invite folks to fly over, so I'll see what I can do to encourage some "Easities" to jump on the plane(s) as it's actually a nice city to visit.
Special thanks to the BAM & BarCamp Perth organizers for making me feel at home in Perth, you folks did an awesome job and I promise next time I'll spend more time giving a more deeper overview of all our new toys here at Microsoft (so much to tell you, so little time).
(Be sure to check out Perth BarCamp for a summary of what went on, see you next time!)