DrupalCon2022 Prague - Putting faces to chat convos
Ever since the whole pandemic started, the work culture at Softescu began to shift from a mostly local workshop towards remote, and through remote, towards global, diverse and inclusive.
When I first joined the company in 2019, as a junior, I used to go to the office in order to get the help I needed and to interact with colleagues. But, as time went on, and we all know what happened during the past 2 years, new names started appearing on the chat. Even without actually knowing much about the new colleagues, we collaborated well and got to learn from each other. However, the “togetherness” was lacking, there was no face to the name! And considering we shifted from local to global, meeting new colleagues was a bit more difficult than just going out for a cup of coffee.
DrupalCon2022 Prague was just the place to do that for me, to put faces to chat convos. Besides the conference proceedings, the many useful talks, future prospects and the Drupal community, it was a place to actually meet my colleagues in person. I got to travel with colleagues from the same city, meet our colleague from Africa at the conference and, during the conference, I got to interact with people I work with or worked with from Asia. Amazing! I’m not sure how it usually goes, but it's not everyday you get to meet the person behind the chat conversation! You get to learn a lot, even about colleagues from the same background as you! I found the whole experience to be eye opening, positive and very diverse and I wouldn’t trade it for any other.
P.S. If you’re reading this, hope to see you again at other cons! Regards, Lidia.