The Virtual Developers Conference of the Mauritius Software Craftsmanship Community was live streamed on YouTube on the 9th, 10th and 11th of September 2020. It connected 90 speakers from different parts of the world with hundreds of viewers that showed interest in the various topics.

Dubbed as DevCon, the conference is undoubtedly the biggest event for developers, engineers, sysadmins, designers, bloggers, students and many other enthusiasts in Mauritius. Look for the hashtag #devconmu on Twitter and Facebook and I am pretty you will find out many nice comments about the conference.

Despite technical issues with the sound quality and video lags on the live stream on the first day, the team didn't give up and worked harder. The second and third days went on pretty smooth.

I co-hosted in the Kryptone track. The conference had four tracks, all of them having comics-themed names, Batcave, Avengers Tower, New Asgard and Kryptone. Each track had two hosts, one of them also having the role of director to switch scenes for the live stream.

Comics-themed YouTube live streams
Comics-themed YouTube live streams

The recordings will be processed & edited in the coming weeks and all individual sessions will be uploaded on the MSCC YouTube channel.

The past years we had great fun in attending the Developers Conference, meet friends, have a beer and rejoice. The pandemic brought sudden changes in how we organise things and a virtual conference in Mauritius was definitely a new thing. No one in the organising team is a professional videographer and yet with a little tinkering we were able to record and live stream this conference. Hosting and directing for nine hours during three days was tiring but still we all had a blast during these days. πŸ₯³

Sandeep Ramgolam blogged about his share of experience during the virtual Developers Conference.

The next event, also a virtual one, by the Mauritius Software Craftsmanship Community, will be the DevFest Mauritius. It is scheduled for November but no date has been set yet.