Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to JandBeyong. If I could offer you only one tip to a better life, JAB would be it, the long term benefits of JAB has been proved by Joomla scientists, whereas the rest of my advice, has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.
Robert Deutz the organizer for Jand Beyong, in his forward says “JAB is fun-and Iam not talking about the JOSCARS, JFACTOR or the time at the bar”. He should know better, am sure he does. The theme this year was; A FAMILY GATHERING. For sure you all know what happens in family gatherings. So you all see what am talking about. I will despense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of Joomlers, well never mind……….you will not understand the power and beauty of Joomlers until it has faded, that is if it will fade. But trust me….in twenty years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as lonely as you thought.
Fly, Not like a bird but in an aeroplane. Most JAB event are a flight away, and when I say a flight away I mean, you might be on the train or a bus or something…. but to be honest, I havent met anyone who arrived at JAB in a bicycle, but in a minute or two, the hotel will be full of people. So if you are scared of flying, atleast do one thing that scares you.
Floss, dont waste your time on Jealousy, sometimes you are at JAB, sometimes you are not, so have a good camera, a good phone and if possible a selfie stick and have a good time. Take adverntage of crowds, thats where the action is always at. Take pictures at the lobby with other Joomlers and post them on your social media and forget that you have problems-if you succed doing this, tell me how. And when you fill you have something to tell the world, blog.
Run, Join the Jrunners at the hotel lobby at 7am, you will meet some cool people who love to do what you love to do. You will run to the streets, then decide to run to the hill, to Tibidabo, it will be difficult getting to the top and some will drop out of the race and some will push on and when you finally get there, you will see a beautiful view of the city de Barcelona. You will take salfies and you will have earned your breakfast, but not until you run back to the hotel before 9am.
Learn, Attend all the keynotes, Be(e) Community by Radek Suski, A day in the life of a UX designer by Chiara Aliotta, Would it be easier if we all spoke English by Brian Teeman-am sorry, I have to write this article in English. Be at the breakout rooms, there is always a reason why they are there, just as I said, so that you can learn something. Ask question and angage the audiance and much as you can, if possible, make your contributions.
Network, Look forward to the meals, the healthy break at the lobby, with snanks and drinks and Joomlers to interact with. Sit on a table with people you dont know, or havent talked to, or people you dont like, you never know, you might start liking them. Exchange contact at the table, talk about stuff, Joomla stuff you are doing in your country, and your families too. Laugh, laugh and laugh because you never know when you will meet them again. And when you meet them again somewhere, remember their names and continue talking.
Be Crazy, Dont miss the JOSCARS and JFACTOR, I mean, dont miss those two kids. They have a way of making you realise the talents you have, it maybe shouting, making faces, singing, magic, hitting drums like Cliff or bending metals and nails. If you are crazy enough, show your bad underwear, accomblanied with your bad dancing styles but remember, you will still have tomorrow to face the same crowd. Whatever it is, you will be glad that you tried it and if you win, you will brag for a whole year.
The Bar, Know that its always open at 5pm and everybody will be waiting for that moment. The people you want to meet will be there. You will not need your wallet am sure because Jab always has it sorted. There are soft drinka too, for Joomlars who dont drink, or you can try different cocktails by yourself. You can carry your beer from home too, and brag about how good it tastes. Dont be stationary, get to different table and feel different moods of Joomlers. Some beer makes them relaxed and some, it improves their energy, but for the noise, there is nothing we can do about the noise.
Tour, Get yourself a T10 metro ticket, you will have ten rides on the metro. Tour the Arena De Barcelona, Sadrida Familia, Rambla Street or Cathedral De Barcelona. Pick the maps, read direction even if you do not follow them, ask for a toilet-in Spanish and pray that you said the right words. If you like something, take photos, they will remind you when you are back home. Value every minute, be selfish with time, yea really, its those things you cant recover when they are gone. If its summer, you will enjoy long days and off course very short nights. Remember your way back home and the time the metro will go to sleep, if you miss both, you will destroy a whole days work.
Check-out, But don’t be in a harry to leave the hotel, there is always somebody who feels they should be around for a few more hours, or even days. Trust me, you will not be alone. You will find yourself in a group of Joomlers and you will creat some awosome memories. But if your cab shows-up, just leave, you might miss your flight back home, or whatever your next destination. When you are home, you will have alot to smile about.
Remember one fact, that Joomlers will always attend JAB, it will always be fun, the keynote will be always be great, you will be allowed to be crazy at the JFACTOR and JOSCARS, you will learn, network and interact alot, there will be great meals and the beer, the beer tap will keep running. Maybe some broken bottles, or glasses, but it will be worth the lose. And you will love your family gathering.