An English, a German, a Belgian, a French, an American, an Indian, a Russian, a Lebanese and a Hungarian walk into a bar…
This is not a joke; it really happened!
As digital artists living and working in a digital world, we are pretty much used to collaborating with each other online for years without a single handshake. We gain each other’s trust, we help each other out, and we form friendships, based on the same crazy obsession – creating awesome things with our computers. That’s why when a chance comes to get together in the same place and hang out, it becomes very exciting. Just like the last couple of days, when a lot of my friends from the industry attended the End User Event (a.k.a. hashtag EUE2017) in Utrecht.
End User Event – A casual, cozy event with awesome people, great talks and unlimited beer
Although I couldn’t make it to the full event itself, I did have the chance to drop by for a short time, see my friends, and get a sneak peek into the EUE feeling. Since this event is somewhat different than the others, it’s worth saying a few words about it! This is a relatively small-scale, informal 2-day industry event, and – as their website states – the only event that takes place at a pub. The ticket grants you access to all talks and presentations, lunch, dinner and unlimited drinks. With a maximum capacity of 250 attendees, EUE seems more like a nice reunion, where you discuss the latest innovations, techniques and ideas without having to spend time and money on ads and promo materials. No booths, no exhibitors, no commercial stuff; instead of focusing on products, EUE focuses on techniques and the users themselves.
It was nice to meet these guys again! I also finally had the chance and honor to meet Nicholas Phelps, the creator of VUE, founder of E-on Software. He’s a nice, ambitious guy. Since this group was mainly formed by our VUE portfolios, as we were sitting around the table, we came to realize that Nicholas was the reason why we were all sitting there at EUE. I know most of these guys for 8-9 years now, from the era when I was still using VUE as a hobbyist. Now we are friends and colleagues. How cool is that!
It was also really great to finally meet Zakhia Dakkash, our good friend and Brother, founder and CEO of our sister company ASITIS. He’s not just a very talented 3D artist, he is also really good in motivating others to reach their goals and be better leaders at Transformation Lab. It was nice to hang out with him!
Check out the official EUE photos here. I can just encourage you to sign up for their newsletter, stay tuned, and book your ticket before they run out and you get overbooked… (lesson learned :))
Until next time!