Chris Williams attended RubyFringe in 2008 and was blown away. A small, dedicated conference where the organizers make sure all the small details are tailored towards the audience feels a whole lot different from the mega-events run by agencies that a lot of us have grown tired of.
In addition, JS is no longer tied to the Browser. While a majority still happens there (just cf. the newly kindled research in speeding up JS runtimes), JS has a life on its own on the server. Be it Rhino on the JVM or the serverjs group on Google, to the Palm Pre OS that uses web-apps as native apps.
Times seemed tough in the past six months and Chris and Laura certainly took a risk on going forward with JSConf, but in the end it sold out and quite a few people complained about the limited space. I’m glad it worked out eventually.
The 130+ attendees & speakers made good use of the conference location. In the end, most people met everyone else and I think the size was just perfect.
Top Notch. I don’t have any major complaint and I didn’t notice any major glitches throughout the conference.
All talks were videotaped so all of you who couldn’t make it can re-live the experience at home. The food was top notch, the after conference events were a great contrast to the technical days.
Most significantly though, JSConf featured a significant other track. Laura took the non-geek spouses, partners and families out to tour Washington while the geeks hung out at the venue. The concept was a great success (I wish I could have done the tours :). As a result, the after-our events were nicely mixed which added to the quality yet again. Other conference organizers: DO TAKE NOTICE! (thx).
The actual presentations are transcribedelsewhere. I’d just like to point to the great variety: Frontend, backend, middleware and exotic topics (“…and then I wrote this MIDI to JSON compiler”) all had their place. There is a lot going on.
The conference was single-tracked from the get-go, but there was a Track B where interested speakers could sign up for 15-30 minute presentations or discussions and the Track B room was packed both days. BarCamps rule.
Live & remote feedback as well was solving smaller problems were all handled through. The #jsconf search gives you an idea of the impact.
This also means that for the most part, Wifi coverage worked fine, if a little slow. Well done again, it is the little details that keep attendees happy .
JSConf was a great success in that it defined the JS community to be an amazingly smart & talented group that is enthusiastic about what everybody else is doing.