Seriously? Running a developer event during COVID-19 times?
With people hardly traveling at all it sounded too good to be true.
BASTA is one of the leading developer conferences in Germany for the .NET community. As a sponsor for BASTA Fall in Mainz 2020, we were curious to see how a hybrid conference with online and onsite attendees works out.
It’s been a challenging year for all of us. Such an event in these difficult times is totally different to what we attended for many years. Just about 10% of the typical number of attendees was onsite and many more participants joined online watching talks and sessions in real-time. The Swapcard platform allowed raising questions through a chat system. All tracks were streamed live and recorded for later playback.
Our team contributed two sessions to the conference program:
- Migrating Business Applications from Desktop to Web with Wisej
Günter Hofmann (CEO of our partner Fecher) gave a 60-minute introduction presenting how easy it is to modernize and web-enable applications with Wisej.
- Bulid Complex Application with Wisej: Rapid and Cross-platform
The second talk was presented by Thomas Althammer (founding partner of ITG), who build a small CRM application with Wisej and added features live on stage. He integrated Google Maps, a ChartJS graph, QR-code scanning and deployed that application live as a desktop app, as a Windows service, on IIS, on Azure, on Android with Wisej mobile and gave a sneak preview of Wisej 3 running on a Raspberry Pi with Linux… all in 60 minutes.
We chatted with several remote participants that would have loved to come to Mainz. Watching the videos at home or in the office is just not like being at a conference, exhanging thoughts and ideas, and learning more about the newest hypes and discussions.
If you are interested to see our slides or watch the videos, please drop us a line and we share the recordings with you.
Despite all odds: It was great to be there and we look forward to seeing you all again next year! Many thanks to the BASTA team! They did a great job and presented a well-prepared concept so that we felt safe at all times.