Published: SourceCon – An African’s Take on #SourceCon Europe
I had butterflies the size of albatrosses in my stomach as I said farewell to my family at the airport the Sunday before the first ever SourceCon in Europe. I knew that as the only African attending the conference that I would need to pack my A-Game to make friends quickly. For ten years, I have religiously followed previous #SourceCon conferences as it has always been the best platform for me to learn all of the new tips and tricks from the sourcing greats.
Towards the end of last year, the FOMO proved too great, and I started motivating to my Boss to send me SourceCon Europe. It was a lot easier for me to attend this SourceCon as it was a shorter flight (only 16 hours of travel!) and Budapest is in the same time zone as Johannesburg so I would not have any jet lag to deal with. My Boss was open to this opportunity as he could see that I did not have any local conferences that I could attend to learn more about sourcing. My next step was to get in touch with the super friendly people at SourceCon which resulted in myself and Shannon Pritchett having a great Skype chat. This was incredibly helpful as she told me that if I could get six blogs published by SourceCon; I could buy myself a free ticket to the conference. When your currency is the South African Rand, this is a no-brainer, and I started blogging immediately!