eurucamp day three: having fun is important

Day three of eurucamp did not disappoint. The weather was beautiful, The Barn had ice for ice coffees, and strangers had become friends.

The day started with Bozhidar Batsov discussing Opal, and Kinsey Ann Durham investigating why so many women leave the tech industry, and what we can do to help them stay. Katherine Wu gave a truly enlightening talk about Ask vs. Guess communication. She offered the crowd a number of entertaining anecdotes about examples of such forms of communication witnessed around the conference, and ways in which we can all deal with them, in the hopes that we will all become more thoughtful within our teams and help each other. Local Berlin favourite Josep M. 'Txus' Bach then took to the stage for a thoughtful and accessible talk, using the power of literature to explore monads.

Next up, lightning talks! Despite the rumbling tummies, the audience eagerly participated in a small experiment which demonstrated how fun and easy using the twillo API can be, were entertained by local project group, the rubycorns, who explained what is even a project group, and how you can be in one too, and learned about the Rails Girls Summer of Code from team Alster Hamburgers who are working on LEAP.

Following a short lunch break in the sun, Kylie Stradley read us a beautifully illustrated story, entitled Amelia Bedelia Learns to Code. Amelia, is a junior developer, and a great worker who tries really hard, but doesn't always understand what's going on. She does things like editing the schema file to add migrations, and uses scaffolds all the time. But with the help of friends, she learns the right way to do things, and goes on to teach others. The beautifully illustrated slides can be found here.

Next up, Elise Huard gave us a break from all the Ruby by introducing us to to Haskell through game programming. She admitted that oftentimes beginner examples for Haskell aren't much fun, and the language and concepts can be hard to grasp, so approaching it from a game point of view is a great way to go.

Following Elise was Ramón Huidobro who gave an empassioned talk about how teaching kids to code made him a better developer, and also helped bring him out of his shell. He realized the importance of play, and that having fun is sometimes the most important part. His slides were also true works of art. Thanks so much Ramón for all your hard work!

The final three talks covered the whole spectrum: a talk about calling native code from Ruby from Boris Bugling, a cry for adding context to math and science in an effort to help students become more excited about learning from Hanneli Tavante, and a final discussion from Dajana Günther and Leslie Hawthorn about how cultivating empathy within our workplace and communities helps us to create harmony.

It's become a tradition now, for the last day of eurucamp to be bittersweet. Everyone is buzzing and excited and looking forward to the future of code, yet simultaneously tired and sad to see the conference come to an end.

It has also become a tradition, for the heads of eurucamp to step down, and unfortunately, this is again the case this year. Bodo Tasche announced to an understanding crowd that everyone needs a bit of a break, and there will therefore not be a eurucamp 2016.

However, fear not - the community wants to organize something smaller. So if you have any ideas, drop them a line!

Thanks again to everyone who came to eurucamp this year, and of course to the organizers who pulled off something truly incredible.

Remember to be kind to one another, and of course, eat lots of bananas.