It was my first big conference so there was a lot to process. I wasn’t there for any specific reason. I wasn’t presenting a paper, I wasn’t there to meet people I know. I was just really curious about how the field of visualization works in the bigger picture, outside of the groups I know so far.
I took notes throughout all of the conference, here’s some of them:
- My biggest takeaway probably is that I want to learn how to be a good speaker.
- Other thing that I wasn’t expecting is how easy (and inconvenient) it is to get sick while traveling. Especially here in Phoenix, where outside it’s hot, and inside it’s freezing because of all the AC. Next time I’m going somewhere I need to prepare my immunity system for that.
- Demos, videos, pictures, GIFs…any of this is better than trying to describe what you’re presenting.
I got to explore some of the food in Phoenix. Cornish Pasty was very good!
But the best thing I had was a burger at Welcome Diner, a place close to the motel the receptionist recommended.