This past weekend, I had the pleasure of taking part in PlatypusCon^H^H^HCamp 2017. This event is the culmination of a year’s worth of planning and logistics, primarily by our beloved Red Leader, snail.
In an industry where con’s are typically just an excuse to get together and get drunk, where unfounded bravado is often the face-value measure of someone’s worth, where the “old boys club” is more than just a myth – it was humbling to see so many people, from absolute newbies to jaded bittervets, get together and help each other learn practical things.
It was amazing to see the community come together as one to pull off something excellent – to see everyone helping each other with no questions asked, to see everyone learning from the workshops despite the promise of free alcohol all day, to see everyone come together and listen to this glorious man (try to) talk about cryptography after six shots of tequila:
It was also really good to inflate the giant inflatable Platzilla again. For reference, you put the little fan box inside the platypus, you close the zip and then you plug it in.
For me, this weekend was a time to catch up with old friends, people with whom I had not shared words with for many moons, thanks to the dual tyrannies of distance and corporate oppression. For me, this weekend served to fuel my zeal: to see the fantastic work of so many people is to know there is a long road ahead; things yet to be learned, and work yet to be done.
The Platypus Initiative, initially formed under the banner of “Let’s Just Hack Shit”, intends to continue our work in the coming year. We have been busy making structural changes internally, that we are better placed to sustain content over the next 12 months, and have no shortage of excellent ~funstuff~ lined up:
This community truly is what we make it, and I could not be more proud of how far this community has come. Together, we have built something incredible, and it only gets better from here.
Thankyou to everyone who helped make this weekend possible. I look forward to seeing you all at our events in the year ahead.