Robin Kuzmin's Volunteer Story

Robin Kuzmin

Robin Kuzmin was an experienced C programmer when he attended C++Now 2017 as a volunteer.

C++Now 2017 was the second time when I participated in the C++ conferences.

After I was selected

Looking at the profiles of the other volunteers I found a number of very curious and useful links. The ones that attracted my attention most were Modern C++ Language and Library Features by Anthony Calandra and Type-Safe Programming by Jonathan Muller (he also gave a talk on that subject).

Before the conference

During my ride-share trip from Denver, CO to Aspen, CO I got acquainted in person with Louis Dionne - the author of Boost.Hana library, and his colleague - the conference speaker John McFarlane.

During the conference

I got acquainted with another Russian-speaking volunteer - Alex Zaitsev - who by his second year at the university was writing in C++ for the 7th year, who was actively contributing to the Boost.Algorithm, was participating in the C++ conferences in Russia and Belarus, and was involved in C++ standardization activities in Russia.

In one of the talks I saw closer the JetBrains product - CLion - and met Anastasia Kazakova and Dmitry Kozhevnikov who work there (in St. Petersburg office in Russia).

One night I was surfing through the links from one of the talks. I bumped into the Scott Meyers’ blog “The view from Aristeia”. One of the posts there has triggered my (so far) largest and most exciting contribution to the C++ Community - the C++ Video Captioning and Translation Initiative - which has resulted in my CppCon 2017 talks (this and this) and I believe has played not the last role in getting all the CppCon 2017 talks professionally captioned in English.

During the socializing events I talked to a number of people, had a chance to listen to the discussions of standardization topics, instruments, ideas, etc.

After the conference

On my return ride-share to Denver I was talking for 4 hours with the conference speaker Charlie Bay.

During the whole conference I was watching the organizers, mostly Jon Kalb, I saw how the internal mechanisms of the conference work, how Jon communicated with people. That gave me certain knowledge and raised my confidence in case I need to organize the C++ activities, events, meet-ups, etc. at my work or somewhere else.

Having my volunteering experience in C++Now 2017 (and CppCon 2016) I was offered a position of the Volunteering Shift Leader and Surveys Co-Chair at CppCon 2017. After that I was suggested to be the Speaker Liaison for CppCon 2018 and currently I’m doing that work for C++Now 2018 too.

One company in Russia got very interested in my experience with C++ conferences. Now we are discussing how I can help them to get to the US conferences, how to work around the language barriers, to optimize the expenses, etc.

To summarize, C++Now is

  • Connections to the outstanding members of the C++ community from all over the world,
  • Strong engineering growth,
  • Horizons broadening,
  • Experience and confidence,
  • Big opportunity,
  • Fun,
  • and much more.

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