Now in its 7th year, Web Summit is the world’s largest web conference, with more than 50,000 people in attendance. The conference possibly draws inspiration from SXSW Interactive, with a European twist. Each year it brings an impressive agenda of speakers and attendees from around the world. It has become an event that attracts startups and established companies, making it a hot spot to meet many people in the tech industry.
SafetyNet is an annual conference hosted by Pulsiam and is focused on trends in software for the safety industry. Because of our expertise in shaping the modern web and our ongoing work with Pulsiam’s application development efforts, I was invited to deliver a keynote about the past, present, and future of the web, as this industry begins to transition to web-based solutions.
Last week, (most of) the gang took the show on the road to NEJS Conf 2016! In this episode, there’s the usual banter and a game of Truthy/Falsy but the highlights are the incredible guests we corralled onto the show.
We may have told some of the speakers that we were there to escort them to the green room after their talk, but once we told them they had to do our show in order to be let out of the locked train car they were all to happy to join us!
First up, we talked to Jennifer Wong about her talk: I think I know what you’re talking about, but I’m not sure.
We were then joined by John K. Paul where we discussed his presentation: JS Debuggers: Our Flashlights in the Dark Woods.
We capped off our interviews with Andrea Goulet where she tried her best to teach Bryan and Neil empathy while fielding questions about her talk: Communication is just as Important as Code.
This wraps up another fun episode! If you’d like to be a guest on the SitePen Podcast or just think we’d be fun to hang out with for an hour, let us know!
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A quintessential British tradition is the pub quiz, a test of a group’s knowledge of obscure facts and trivia, typically shared over dinner and drinks at a pub. In the era of the smart phone, pub quizzes have needed to implement strict no phone policies to make sure people are answering from their knowledge rather than their computer.
Day 2 of the Lead Developer Conference continued with a series of excellent talks. Be sure to check out the Day 1 recap if you missed it.
Michael Lopp, Slack
Michael is the VP of Engineering at Slack and known for Rands in Repose. He gave the talk Leadership. By the Numbers which included a fun series of tips and suggestions to improve as a development lead.
Michael explained that you need to say the difficult things, in order to make sure someone fits in. Meaning that if you avoid addressing issues, the engineer will not succeed within your organization. A recurring theme of the conference was to give feedback early and often, rather than waiting for annual or semi-annual review.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Lead Developer Conference, a two-day, single-track conference with over 400 development leads from the UK, Europe, the US, Australia, and New Zealand. The event included an excellent array of speakers representing development leads at companies including Slack, Atlassian, ThoughtWorks, Amazon Web Services, GitHub, Shopify, Couchbase, and many other organizations.
Why didn’t anyone think of creating this conference sooner?
I was lucky enough to attend the Progressive Web App Summit hosted by Google at the Theatre Amsterdam with two of my SitePen Colleagues. I was blown away by the quality of the talks, the speakers, the content and of course the venue and hospitality.
Progressive Web Applications take advantage of new technologies to bring the best of mobile sites and native applications to users. They are instant loading, offline capable, installable, secure, responsive and addable to the home screen. More information is available on the Progressive Web Apps website.