Report from Miami: YQL Goodness at BarCamp Miami 4 and FOWA Miami 2

Last week YDN evangelist Jon LeBlanc and I were down in Miami participating in BarCamp Miami and The Future of Web Apps, Miami showing off Yahoo!'s latest and greatest technologies.

On Sunday, Jon attended the 4th annual BarCamp Miami. There was a mix of about 200 developers as well as business and marketing folk and about 32 presentations throughout the day. Jon delivered a one-hour YQL workshop to a crowd of 40 developers. Overall, this was one of the best BarCamp's YDN has participated in. Many thanks to Alex De Carvalho for organizing the event.

On Monday we attended the Future of Web Apps beach party at the beautiful Nikki Beach on Ocean Drive. This was an opportunity for sponsors (like us) to setup table-top exhibits, mingle with attendees, and give a 20-minute talk to about 250 attendees. The weather was not great so our beach party turned into an indoor picnic. You can check out Jon's YQL overview slides here.


Photo credit:FOWA Miami 2010 by Bruno Miranda

On Tuesday, FOWA sessions were held in the historic Colony Theater on Lincoln Road. There was a great mix of speakers and sessions. I really enjoyed Alex Hunter’s talk on the future of brands and how important it is to be emotionally connected to your brand. Aaron Patzer,'s CEO, gave an interesting talk on Mint’s history and how he brought it from idea to being acquired for $170M. If you couldn't make it to FOWA, slides and videos will be posted on the conference site in the next few weeks.

You can have a look at Jon's YQL workshop slides now:

Stacy Milman, Events Manager, YDN, and
Jon LeBlanc, Technology Evangelist, YDN