A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of attending JSConf 2015 with 3 other RV engineers. In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap:
It’s family friendly: The organizers did a fantastic job of offering a little something for everyone. They’ve put helpful things in place like tickets for significant others and Choose Your Own Adventure day – with all sorts of activities available. A number of people even brought their kids this year, which speaks volumes about the atmosphere.
And super rad: From its angular logo, to the arcade machines in the conference hall lobby, to the Star-Wars-themed desserts on the last day of talks, to the 80s music that was piped over conference hall speakers – there was certainly some nostalgia in the air. I didn’t see anyone dress in the decade, but several speakers added some 1980s flair to their presentation slides in sometimes amazing ways.
My top picks:
I saw a couple of especially thought-provoking presentations that I also should cover here. Simon Swain built a missile defense simulation for his talk, “Cold War,” which taught us first about techniques for rendering vector graphics in the browser, war simulation, and 1980s history. Simon showed how the simulation changed as he added different types of weapons and more combatants, which brought about his poignant conclusion: He asked the audience to bet on which of two combatants would win, increasing the number after each victory. Once you get to five, the simulation destroys them all within a matter of seconds. “Game over” appears on the screen.
Here’s a huge thanks to all the presenters, organizers, and other friendly people who made JSConf2015 such a huge success and an incredibly valuable experience for engineers! I’ll see you all next year, after I’ve brushed up on my NodeCopter skills…