This year Forward JS Ottawa was twice as big as the inaugural year expanding to two days of talks. I was not originally on the schedule as I mentioned to conference organizers that they should keep me in reserve in case someone was not able to make it due to travel problems, sickness, etc. I was going to be there anyway so it would be no big deal for me to pinch hit.
As predicted, someone had to back out and so I was in as an 🚨🚨 Emergency Back-up Speaker 🚨🚨.
This was the first time I headed down to New Orleans for JazzCon and I can't even tell you how great this conference was. For a smallish conference the quality of speakers was top notch the line up was stacked. With three separate tracks I was having a really hard time deciding on which talk to attend. Besides having a bunch of great speakers there were ample opportunities to participate in the hallway track and socialize with attendees. Pratik and Vince did a great job!
FITC frequently puts on these spotlight events in which the pull together a bunch of speakers for a one day firehose on a single topic. I was so happy to be able to head down to Toronto to participate alongside some other great speakers like Jen Looper, Chris Fritz, Alex Blom and Hassan Djirdeh.
I was excited to get the opportunity to talk at DevFest.cz in Prague. It was my first time in the Czech Republic and while I didn't get the opportunity to venture outside of Prague I really loved my time in that beautiful city. I was averaging about 20 km a day of walking around taking in the sights.
DevFest.cz was a really well run community conference. The organizers did a great job but I have to give special thanks to Bára and Eliska for making me feel welcome and handling logistics in Prague.
There were some really great talks by both local and international speakers. If you are looking to talk at a fun conference next year and a really great local you should check it out.
I did my Cross Platform PWA talk at the conference and they were able to record it so if you have 50 minutes or so check it out below:
When Tracy Lee asks you to stick around Raleigh for an extra day to talk at Modern Web Triangle with Tara Manicsic there's no way you can say no as it's always going to be a good time. I mean check out that picture, am I doing a tech presentation or DJ'ing a techno rave in Berlin?
Sadly, during my live coding is missed a return statement in the data section of a Vue component but luckily I could just switch to the already completed example I had in another folder. Pro Tip: Always have a back up. Also, I really, really wish I had Sarah Drasner's Vue.js VS Code snippets installed that day.
NC Dev Con is a great community conference run by my friend Dan Wilson. This conference has a real down home feel and it's great to be able to catch up with friends like Raymond Camden, Carlos Santana, and John Wargo. The conference treats both the attendees and speakers like royalty and has the best lunches and snacks of any conference I've ever been to bar none.
At this years conference I stepped in and did talks on Cross Platform PWA's
Heading out to Amsterdam every year for our PhoneGap Day EU conference is one of my favourite things to do. Besides getting the chance to catch up with a bunch of friends abroad and hear some really excellent talks the city of Amsterdam is truly spectacular.
I presented my talk on Building Mobile Apps with Framework 7 and Vue.js at the JS Day ES. I was blown away by this conference as it was my first time in Madrid. They ran a really great conference with multiple tracks: Main, International and Rising Stars. The International track was really well attended with 150 or more people packing the room to hear myself, Sam Bellen, David Khourshid, among others speak.
This is one of my favourite talks to give. The slides are a live demo of the capabilities of speech recognition in the browser. On this particular day I was coming down with the flu and suffering from wild temperature swings which is why I have a coat on indoors in Raleigh, NC.