In my opinion, NamesCon will be a huge success.
Got a chance to talk to Richard and his team about being a speaker, had an interesting idea which they liked as well and all in all, it would have been a great experience. Unfortunately, due to bureaucracy-related reasons, it’s impossible for me to make it in January.
I’m not that much of a traveler, my passport actually expired and since I don’t travel outside the EU, I didn’t bother to get a new one (you don’t need a passport to travel to another European Union country).
Now I knew I’d need a visa but since we’re in the European Union now, I thought it would only be a formality. Boy was I wrong haha.
First, I’d need my passport. That would take a while but wouldn’t have been that much of a problem. So if I only needed a password and the process would have otherwise been a formality, I would have been able to make it.
Then, I’d need all sorts of paperwork and would basically have to spend something like a week just making sure I have everything.
After making sure I had everything I need, I’d have to schedule an interview and go to another city personally. The thing is, it would take another 2-3 weeks just to schedule it.
Even in a very optimistic scenario, I wouldn’t be able to make it or would barely be able to make it. Therefore, assuring people that I’d be there and that they could count on me wouldn’t have been responsible.
My mistake was assuming that the visa process would be just a formality since my country is in the EU, it seems that the process is still very complicated unfortunately. I would have loved to finally visit the US but since I underestimated the bureaucracy involved, it seems I’ll just have to wait a bit more.
If you can make it, I’d strongly recommend heading over to NamesCon.com and buying a ticket. I wish Richard and his team all the best, they’re on top of their game and I’m 100% convinced the conference will be a smashing hit