Social Networking in action

I spent the last two days presenting and meeting people. I have to admin that I enjoyed a lot and It was a pleasure meet so many interesting people.

After lot of months, the Automate IT² went live. Not so much attendees, but some of them came from abroad, and they were happy about the event itself. I especially enjoyed the presentation of Xavier Homs from Palo Alto; it was about a real automation case study on automatic firewall policy generation from a CMDB. I would thanks also Gabriele Gerbino who assisted me in the organization of the event, and Mircea Ulinic who decided to take a trip and present in our, new born, event. Of course thanks also to Palo Alto Networks, Luigi Mori, for offering us a comfortable room. I had the chance to meet some new and old friends, once again, and it’s always a pleasure share a dinner with them.

The day after I was presenting in the CisCon event, organized by by Federico Lagni. It was the first edition but in my opinion it was a nice event: interesting speech, not too technical but enough to give an overview to the audience, with a open Q&A session between auditors and all presenters.

Both events gave me the chance to meet interesting and passionate people. I had many question about UNetLab and my CCIE path, started in 2010 in another similar event (CCIE Dinner). During yesterday lunch I had the chance to speak with Diego Zucca, and he told me about Cisco Academies in italian prisons. I didn’t know anything about that, and I think that’s a great chance for prisoners to start a new life enjoing a beautiful world.

I cannot ignore that in a iper-connected world, people are still meeting in person. And, maybe it’s a my opinion only, but I feel that persons need to physically meet more than ever. And that’s why we still organize GeekOn Dinners with friends and colleagues here, we’re we live: a good chance to meet friends, speak about technologies, jobs, work places, bullshits (why not). Everything in a safe and friendly place under NDA (of course).