As of today, we have a complete line up of speakers and sessions for ffconf v10. The talks are:
- Mentoring: Being the help you wish you'd had
- Practical Web Animation
- Is it possible to build a truly diverse community?
- Back to the future of JS: the next features and amazing proposals
- WebXR: A New Dimension For The Web
- Dear Developer, the Web Isn't About You
- Weird Web & Curious Creation
You can get your Friday (sold out) Thursday ticket today
Remember: it's the same line up, the same content, the same amazing day.
Curation all the way
Unlike a lot of other events, ffconf is carefully curated by me, Remy. CFP has typically only accounted for just one of the eight talks in previous years. As soon as the previous ffconf event is over, I start thinking about the types of talks I want to hear.
The process (since 2011) has been to list the topics I want to host at ffconf, then match that content up to a potential speaker.
My invitations to speakers are always asking if they would speak to a particular topic or specific question.
As a conference speaker myself, I find it a little frustrating to receive an invitation that simply says "can you speak at our event". Sure, I'd be happy to speak, but why are you inviting me?
Again, as a speaker myself, I felt like a significant number of events would use the same speaker year after year. With that in mind, I made one of ffconf's golden rules: no speaker speaks again.
It's a blessing and a curse for curation! It's made curation harder and harder as the years have piled on! The huge positive upshot is that ffconf has hosted 78 unique individuals since 2009 🎉
Why don't we reveal speakers? Initially this was an accident back in 2014 they were going to be revealed - but I just forgot!
The following year, I realised that hiding (or blurring) the speakers only reinforced the idea that ffconf is content first. We do start to slowly reveal the speakers much closer to the time.
Painstakingly careful curation is absolutely one of the keys to the success of our event. If you're thinking of running an event yourself, I'd highly recommend it. And if you want to see how it works out, see it first hand at ffconf in November.
And now for a word from our sponsors ❤️
We wouldn't be able to run ffconf with the support of some truly amazing companies. Many of them have positions available at their companies and it would mean a lot to myself and Julie if you took a moment to check out what they're doing and what they have to offer.
- TheFinancial Times - junior and senior developers wanted
- American Express
- Google - their amazing developer learning centre
Signing off for now
Our newsletter has been quiet during the summer holidays, but we'll be back with more insights, including how we run our diversity scholarship programme, how the ffconf web site runs and some of the fun we had with accidental DDoS on our ticket provider and more.
And if you ever have any questions about ffconf or how we run the event, don't hesitate to hit reply and myself or Julie will be more than happy to answer.
Until next time,
– Remy (& Julie) 👋
From 2016, Ada Rose Cannon superb and timely progressive web apps talk 💻💪❤️