Here are some of my favorite talks from the conference:
I also enjoyed fellow Seattleite and CascadiaJS founder Carter Rabasa's talk on the challenge he had sustaining a full-time job while running a conference, Sports Hack Day and a co-working space in the same year. Carter explained how we need to work closer with people in our communities to help produce the best events we can. By not recognizing that people want to help and taking on too much ourselves, everything suffers. As a co-organizer of Girl Develop It Seattle with a full-time job, this resonated quite a bit with me. I've already begun to lean more on members of the GDI community to make our chapter the best it can be.
I also loved the talks by Brad Bouse, Raquel Velez, Jenna Zeiger, Jan Monschke, and Glen Maddern. I appreciated the wonderfully interesting things people had to say and how they delivered them. I'm excited to see what I missed when the JSConf EU videos roll out any day now.
For me, a big reason to work hard and travel across the globe for a 30 minute talk is to increase awareness of accessibility amongst people who can make a difference in their daily work. At JSConf EU, it felt successful when people told me things like, "this is what I needed to finally start addressing accessibility" and "I’d never thought of that before." I was especially flattered seeing tweets from influential people like Remy Sharp and Raquel Velez:
“Partly inspired during @marcysutton’s #jsconfeu talk and @karlgroves’ recent open issues, I’ve landed a few aria related fixes to @js_bin.” @rem “Accessibility is about *people* - not thinking about it, and using frameworks that don’t care about it, is irresponsible.” @rockbot
I attended parties for RejectJS and CSSConf EU, which were both lovely. But JSConf EU had two parties that were really freaking cool. Saturday night at the conference venue, Tim Pietrusky presented "Nerd Disco," and talked about how he’d been inspired by Deadmau5 and started hacking LEDs timed to music. It seemed like a pretty young project, but his excitement was obvious. After Nerd Disco, an artist named Ricoloop got up and did a live set as one-man electronic band. It was awesomely Berlin. Dan Webb from Twitter also got up and played some gritty UK beats, which I loved. We had the whole dance floor to ourselves by that point.