JSConf 2013 – 5 Years of Awesome

JSConf is one of those conferences that feels more like a gathering of friends than a meeting of strangers. The conference began five years ago in Washington DC, and was even then more a gathering of friends than the typical tech conference. YDN has been proud to be a part of the event since the beginning.

This year’s JSConf was held at Amelia Island, FL, and as usual, sold out very early on. Some of my favorite talks were Remy Sharp’s Lessons from the Experimental Edge of Technology and Seb Lee-Delisle’s Creative JS - making art in the browser. All the talks were great, but these were spectacular. While the talks were great, as they always are, the conference organizers took great pains to cultivate smart conversations outside of the talks.

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There were events designed to spur conversations in small groups, like Putt Putt one night, the evening campfires and the Thursday off sites. There was also a full track for significant others and decompression activities outside of the main talks, like an arcade and an area dedicated to monkeying around with the arduinos given to all attendees.

JSConf is one of those rare events that you come home from feeling refreshed and energized rather than exhausted. I highly encourage you to attend next year. Be sure to register early!