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PauseOnError FileMaker Summer Camp
A bit about my conference and our community
When I first stumbled into the world of FileMaker1 development, I was astonished at the array of past lives and side hustles of the developers I met. Archaeologists, anthropologists, artists, authors, animators – and those were just the ones that start with “a”. It’s relatively easy to get started with FileMaker, and most of the developers I’ve met – myself included – got serious about FileMaker after using it in some other line of work or hobby. This struck me as different from other software communities, where, I imagined, most developers were computer science majors with relatively “normal” career trajectories.
There’s not much “normal” about the FileMaker community, and I love that about us – you’re just as likely to hear about someone’s flying lessons or baby sheep or banjo camp as you are their latest scripting technique.
I’m Co-CEO of a conference called PauseOnError FileMaker Summer Camp. “Summer camp” should probably be in quotes because, while it does take place in a serene natural setting that also hosts actual summer camps, lodging in hotel rooms is available and the conference takes place in October, so it’s really more of an “autumn retreat” than a “summer camp.” I think the conference is as weird and sweet as the people it serves, and last week I attempted to capture some of what makes it magical over on the conference blog.
The themes of being human, participating, and harnessing the right combination of people, space, and time are near and dear to me. It’s thrilling that I get an opportunity to run an event like this, and even more exciting to see how much it resonates with those that attend.
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