Brussels / 3 & 4 February 2024


Where Did All the Fun Go? And How to Bring it Back with FOSS!

After three days at a metal festival, I realized something sad. In the software world, we don’t have fun at work anymore. I am not talking about the HR-inspired fun; I am talking about the joy that comes from the inside. I want to change that and challenge you to bring back our fun using FOSS.

My career in IT started as a servant to programmers, fixing a line or two in the code, and now I am a director in a vast international privacy company. If I look back, it was different. Oh gosh, we had so much fun in the past.

Do you remember the chair rowing? Do you remember us singing IT songs and directing movies about Java while writing funny RFCs?

Recently, most of the world decided that IT is an elite profession that needs to produce only value no matter what.

This is a great tragedy, and we should rectify it. Why do we have feelings, emotions, and personalities if we no longer have fun?

In this talk, I will take you on a retrospective journey through the years to see what went wrong and how we fix it together. It's more like an art provocation than talk, so please keep your mind open to learn something new.

I will cover the epoch of the world before Agile to the era of the Artificial Immigrant (AI), who is here to take your jobs away.

Last, I will cover how to use your free and open-source skills and attitude to bring more fun to your life.


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