#GeekPicnic: Picnic for geeks in St. Petersburg 2014

    So the crazy weekend spent under the hashtag #GeekPicnic ended. Now there is time to tell about him, so that those who were there with us remember, and those who were not - envy. I already wrote about the previous GeekPicnic, which took place in the winter in Moscow. But this one was better. Much better! Under the cut a lot of photos. No, really a lot. If you are scared, you better not come in.

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    Peter met us with a riot squad at the Moscow station:

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    And a taxi with a cool sticker:

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    The festival itself took place on Elagin Island:

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    Not the whole island was reserved for the festival, but only part of it, and this part was fenced off with such fun endless fences:

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    On the first day, navigation the island was overshadowed by the complete absence of any signs and signs, they were placed only on the second day:

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    Without them, it was possible to wander around a rather large island for a rather long time, which we did on the first day. Well, at least the card was right away:

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    A ticket cost 750 rubles if you buy it on the same day, and 500 if you take it in advance:

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    There was no such problem as in the Moscow picnic with queues, but on the first day there were traffic jams:

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    On the second day, everything became normal, and the queues accumulated just before the opening.

    After the presentation of the ticket and pass you wear here such a disposable bracelet (they were five colors, as far as I can remember - for the press, for the participants, two different 9 and 10 numbers, and another that allows you to go both days):

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    Once the participants handed out here such badges, which also could pass inside at any time. Honestly, I still do not understand the meaning of two different authorization systems.

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    Elagin Island itself greets people with a formidable warning about squirrels:

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    Squirrels really were. But they were kind and harmless:

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    At the entrance are different statues and figures. A sad, disgruntled predator forced to keep a table: A

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    hatching alien:

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    Dude from "District 9"?

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    I can not identify. Steel giant?

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    But I know this - it is written under it. It is called a meeting place!

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    Just funny pixel shapes:

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    At our booth (by the way, sign up ) we showed a 3doodler pen and a chocolate 3D printer (actually 2D): The

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    printer can draw small pictures with chocolate on cookies:

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    Next to us was another food project - Barobot , a robot mixing cocktails:

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    True, they were all alcohol-free, which made it a little fun and limited the number of options, but they were free.
    Still nearby were robots:

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    And semi-robots:

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    Moreover, they looked much more interesting from behind:

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    There was an exoskeleton, which, unfortunately, was not shown in action. Who cares - EXOatlet :

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    “Every civilization has its own objects of worship” Zelenyikot :

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    Taking a walkie-talkie with you was one of the most successful ideas. The sponsor who provided the radio for free is the DealExtreme store. The radio is called Baofeng UV-5R and costs $ 38. I recommend Dual Band for reception and transmission, 136-174MHz and 400-520MHz, 5W.

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    Immediately after arrival, I scanned the range a couple of times, found the organizers' service channel and had fun both days listening to their talks, recording the coolest ones.
    - Wiiitya! Security near the stage sends our guests, it must be changed! - Well, I'll put it next to the toilets
    - My car is late because of traffic jams on the bridge, can I do something about this? -Can. Be late.
    “Masha, where are my slaves ?!” “What kind of slaves?” “Well, volunteers, I need to meet guests!”
    - There is a traffic jam at the entrance, and the guard on the bridge catches fish!
    - Can I have one boy? “Maybe I'm going.” “Yes, not you, volunteer!”
    - Our drone fell on a man, what should I do? “Now, wait, I'll ask where the doctor is.” —What doctor, where is the box with spare parts, we have two propellers broken!
    - The guard at the toilets quarrels with the guest! -Why? —He tried to steal toilet paper — We have a toilet paper machine, even if he chokes on it!
    - And nobody knows, does the robot need accreditation?
    - Our generator has overheated! —Stop, enable backup. - It doesn’t work, the backup died 10 minutes ago.
    - What should be said to the guard so that she lets people through, what is the password? People have been waiting for me for half an hour! - Be a spock. “Yes, I’m calm, what password is that ?!” “B-d-b-s-n-o-o, are you deaf?”

    Some characters completely carried out the brain:

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    Finally, a predator who prepared pink cotton candy killed my sense of reality:

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    And after that, calmly killing people:

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    Well, how can such different activities be combined?

    Imperial attack aircraft were photographed with visitors:

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    Ghostbusters just walked back and forth, turning their backs to the cameras:

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    Far away just stood:

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    Having drawn a tablet for himself:

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    And here is his younger brother:

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    They showed what can be done using a 3D printer.

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    Game character:

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    Statue of Liberty (small, such room freedom, home):

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    Just a funny figure:

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    Briefs:

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    Lamps:

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    Figures for chess, in which you can plant plants:

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    Table legs:

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    By the way, it was the “biggest 3D printer”, note to the name:

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    Despite the fact that he could theoretically print this entire table, the legs were still assembled from segments. Something's dirty here.
    But a real stir caused the opportunity to print my favorite pr:

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    There were printers themselves, of course. Small:

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    And large:

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    Wow retro mac!

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    And you could even work on it. True, the “b” button was not pressed on his keyboard, but I was able to:

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    And what is this crowd nearby?

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    They are talking to the robot!

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    Well, like, not really with a robot:

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    I would even say not at all with a robot:

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    By the way, it is transported very funny - with your head unscrewed:

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    “Before you use it, fasten your head”

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    Do you really think that it is independent? No, of course, there are independent robots, for example, Dasha’s robot:

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    She is hung with cameras and knows how to determine the gender of a person, and then tell him something: I

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    suspect that with this camera she determines what is in front of her - pants or a skirt.

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    But since there were a lot of girls in jeans and shorts, Dasha was often mistaken. Then she told the girl that she wanted a son and a
    daughter from her . By the way, Dasha clearly has Chinese roots:

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    And there was a lot of emptiness in her soul:

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    There were still some kind of planet rovers (though he stood there all two days in this position without moving. He did not have a sign, so I did not recognize who it was):

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    Of course, there was a Mondospider, on which everyone was allowed to ride:

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    Worm Robot:

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    Crawling!

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    Robot lawnmower constantly running away for restrictions:

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    Robo-races:

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    Robo-football:

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    Robo-DJ:

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    Drones disguised with foam for other flying vehicles:

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    Large copters:

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    He has a propeller only as long as my two palms:

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    And below is a gyroscopic active gimbal for the camera:

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    If you tear off the copter from it, you will get a manual stabilizer:

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    A hand repeating the movements of the gloved hand:

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    And this is already cooler, a prosthesis that responds to signals from muscles:

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    A few contacts are enough to take a glass with a drink or shake hands: A

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    piece that makes flying logos and figures. Inside is a soap solution and a cylinder with helium, from which foam is obtained. It is pressed through the form:

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    And when it gains the required thickness, it is cut off with a special knife:

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    And takes off:

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    You can easily make short words:

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    But the dude is trying to force the samovar to pour him tea:

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    By the way, he did it. A cosplayer contest is being held on stage at this time:

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    Does anyone remember who won? People take pictures of what’s happening on gooproshki on a convenient handle:

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    The cosplayer contest is over, and experiments with liquid nitrogen have begun:

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    It looks pretty funny: The

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    evolution of Paypal bag storage boxes. Now you can not only leave the bag in the store, but also charge the phone: A

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    joke, of course. These boxes are designed to charge phones, and locks are made so that you can not always sit opposite the phone. In winter, Alfa-Bank brought such a stand in Moscow. Give these things to every airport!

    There was a “free microphone” zone where everyone could tell something:

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    And a cooler lecture hall:

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    Around which there was always a crowd of people - the topics were quite interesting:

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    In addition to lectures, master classes were held:

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    On the first day in robotics, and on the second - in 3D printing. Here the girls are building a robot:

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    “Yeah, this is a mistake!”

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    Small robots require small batteries. But a lot!

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    And this, apparently, is a part of the satellite:

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    Tesla coils and a music show based on them:

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    True, streamers were visible normally only late in the evening.

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    Tattoo printer:

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    It differs from conventional machines in that it can precisely control a curved surface so as not to accidentally pierce the hand of men:

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    Black is a needle, and a ball on a golden stick is just a surface sensor. They didn’t show on living people, only on cut off hands:

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    Quite decent quality:

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    Wall for the hall:

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    Some kind of strange contraption:

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    We look at the plate closer ... Steampunk, STA ?!

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    Another strange, meaningless thing:

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    But there was a correct, functional steampunk, such as some watches on gas-discharge indicators:

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    Moreover, they were sold both in the case and as a separate set for cutting anywhere: I

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    recommend, dudes are called Past Indicator .

    Levenguk brought many telescopes into which the sun could be observed:

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    But it was not very exciting - just a gray disk with specks.

    Someone’s homemade rocket from a bottle:

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    And this is not self-made:

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    You swing, swing, then it takes off, and falls into a glass with a cocktail in the girl’s hands. Splashing a cocktail, a wet T-shirt on a girl - what could be more fun?
    Unless human football is when people turn into balls like this: The

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    goose looks at it perplexed:

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    Like the championship in a strange game of petanque (the first time I hear about such a game):

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    It consists in throwing metal balls:

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    There were more classic entertainments - Ulmart organized tournaments on computer games:

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    And on assembling a computer for speed:

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    A little further, the competition was already for speedy disassembling of iron by throwing this very iron for accuracy, which Oyster Telecom arranged (I still did not understand what they were doing):

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    The pieces of iron were a pity. But not everyone.

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    Those who felt sorry for them - hung out in more quiet places, for example, played a mental ball:

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    Or walked along the street with Neurowear Nekomimi ears:

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    Which were sold right there, not without it:

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    Jump-

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    jump : True, starting from the first try is enough difficult:

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    For those who did not master the jump-jump, you could put on jumpers:

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    Or find a large pool with non-Newtonian fluid that you can run around:

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    - Wow, what a cool thing! And who invented it?
    - Uhh. Non-Newton?

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    You could also play mini-golf:

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    Or you can go to the dome planetarium:

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    Or fly on the jetpack:

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    And walk around the lawns, despite the prohibition sign:

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    Competitions of copters were held on the lawns, which I did not find:

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    Fap-fap-fap on cool equipment:

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    There were many small shops:

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    From every little

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    thing : To lefutur and others like him:

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    Kinetic sand!

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    There was free rental of scooters and bicycles. The deposit is a telephone.

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    The real game, “Wait a moment”:

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    Balls fall from the gray pipes on the sides, and they must be caught in the bag.

    Different garbage, such as trampolines:

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    Wood from plywood with paper instead of sheets:

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    Motorcycles even without a hint of an engine: There

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    was a lot of food. A lot, different and quite expensive - I couldn’t manage to eat on a check less than 500 rubles even once in two days.

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    There was a strange paella dish similar to boiled pilaf. Only the size of the pan and the stirring spoon was remarkable (although it would be more correct to say the stirring shovels).

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    Nearby, in volumes a little less prepared meat and potatoes:

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    Someone even took cards:

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    There was a completely tasteless energy drink:

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    Alcohol was in the form of cocktails (this one was called ... Of course, "GeekPicnic"):

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    But drunk and staggering in droves with bottles of beer I have never seen people.
    So I didn’t try this strange dish, which I regret:

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    There were death star burgers:

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    And nano-ice cream:

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    Even if you do not pay attention to the fact that it looks like a cat tray filler, the guys obviously made a mistake with the dimension and prefix:

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    Guys calledDippindots , if anyone is interested. In general, there were no problems with food:

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    Some problems were with the toilets:

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    But they did not stink and they always had toilet paper. There were no problems with garbage at all, the excellent work of third-party cleaning, everywhere there were large bins that were regularly emptied. True, they were not inside the pavilions for exhibitors, but this is not such an important problem as trash on the street.

    Summary


    Compared to the winter version - very cool. A lot of interesting people, a lot of technology, a lot of interesting technology (which is important), there are no special problems with the organization, everything is good and interesting. It is very pleasant that the weather did not fail - it was sunny, but not extremely hot, a good breeze was blowing. Write me to the next one!

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