TechGirl Noraly attended FITC Amsterdam on February 18th and 19th. FITC is an event which takes place in Amsterdam and Toronto and has an agenda with a lot of design, UX and tech-related talks.

The first day

Want to learn about the first day first? Check out the first article in this series.

The second day

On the second day, Noraly attended a lot of talks. There were about

  • Playing iterative
  • Changing your career
  • Personal projects
  • Making teams work

Insights

The talks of the second day were a lot about personal projects and playing around to stay interested in your own field of practice. A lot of businesses are experimenting with taking the time for personal projects instead of paying client work.

Most important learning: The projects get a lot more creative and innovative than the work for paying clients. The design or developing boundaries can be stretched and explored. Personal projects can cost you quite a bit of money and it is (in most cases) not intended to earn that money back, but it can bring you joy, unexpected appreciation, and possibilities for new client projects.

So I’ve learned to start playing around with my skills and learn to explore my creativity. What is your next personal project?

About The Author

Noraly van der Hulst is a passionate front-end developer. She owns a company called Frontrend and is a new mom. Her free time she likes to spend with her camera and ofcourse her family and friends as well.

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