I attended FOWA Dublin Friday last, and had a pretty good time. The speakers were the main reason I attended, with DHH & Simon Willison delivering particularly great talks. There were a couple of things that bugged me about the event setup. Not to be a jerk or anything, but there’s a few points I hope the Carsonified guys take a look at and fix in time for next year:

  • Poor WiFi - I know the guys have apologised about this already, but it stuck in most people’s craw and I guess it bears repeating. With 400 odd people milling about with iPhones and Macs some decent WiFi would’ve been nice.
  • Socialising is kind of hard when you’ve got absolutely no room to move.
  • I don’t really care about toilets, but I heard there was only one bathroom for guys and one for girls.
  • Lack of freebies. The tickets were pretty pricey (although I’d guess individuals paying for their own tickets were in the minority). Basically the only thing given away was a name-tag & holder. Free coffee for breaks or something would’ve gone down nicely.