NordicJs 2014 - day 1
Livestreaming and SilverLight
However the livestream was the nest of a bit controversy. The livestream required SilverLight to work from a desktop machine and there were quite a few frustrated tweets about this.
Here’s a polite and reasonable example:
Aaaargh, vi får inte igång livesändningen. Är vi ensamma om detta? #nordicjs— W4 (@webbfyra) September 18, 2014
Most people (including @webbfyra)got it working by installing SilverLight I believe (judging from tweets.).
Despite the irony I think the decision to stream the event was very good. The recent coldfront conference in Copenhagen did the same. I also think it was a good idea to do the streaming with a partner that knows about streaming. I believe the conference organisers already have plenty of things to do - so outsourcing the live stream seems reasonable.
SilverLight is available for quite many platforms and the streaming also worked on linux (for one guy at least):
What to do about it?
Next time I think NordicJs should prepare the user at signup to the liveevent what platforms that are supported/working. (Or if possibly use a technology that works without plugins).
I was happy to see that people on twitter helped each other to make the the live stream work.
Finally I think the hardcore complainers should remember that the live stream is a free way to go to the conference. Complaining about things that volunteers provide for you for free is not very nice. To be fair I only saw
one two persons being a bit rude (sorry while I was writing this another one showed up).
In a perfect world it should not be necessary, but NordicJs chose to be very explicit about the conference rules regarding harassment.
Zero-tolerance for harassment #nordicjs— Marie Hogebrandt (@melindrea82) September 18, 2014
Presentatören på #nordicjs informerar alla innan konferensen drar igång att de har nolltolerans mot trakasserier (tex sexism m.m). Big up!— Ludvig Lindblom (@internuts) September 18, 2014
I think it should be standard for all conferences. I miss the policy on the NordicJs website though. That would be a suggestion for an improvement.
Off course I can’t say much about the venue premises, but I did see the stage!
It starts now! Daniel is doing the introduction dance pic.twitter.com/v1cFf7vERe— Nordic.js (@nordicjs) September 18, 2014
So the surroundings look like this:
It’s not the same as being there in person, but it’s alright…
I’m not going into the talks too detailed, I guess the talks will be online at some point, but here’s the who-aboutWhat-tweets:
Robert Nyman: “Five Stages of Development”
Robert Nyman talked about some of the new stuff in the firefox/mozilla dev tools. Very, very cool.
'Five Stages of Development - Nordic.js' is the SlideShare of the day. http://t.co/jtuJrH81VN— SlideShare Today (@SlideShareToday) September 18, 2014
Emily Rose: “The instrument of the geek: the keytar”
I made up that title because I didn’t notice the title. Emily Rose didn’t really have a talk/presentation in the classical sense - in stead it was a demo of the new(?) instrument - the keytar.
Wonderful, weird & awesome with Emily Rose @ #NordicJS— Ulf Liedberg (@uliedberg) September 18, 2014
Sergi Mansilla: “The Fourth Dimension”
“Programming should be more about the WHAT than about the HOW.” #nordicjs— Andreas Eldh (@eldh) September 18, 2014
Jina Bolton: “Style Guide Driven UI Design”
The talk by Jina Bolton was in the CSS land and in spite of that it was good. :) Jina talked about using style guides integrated in the CSS-land code.
Caroline Drucker: “I’m a feminist and so can you!”
Caroline Drucker’s talk was a “soft” talk about feminism/discrimination.
Here are some reactions/citings:
The most important thing that yours tests do is to fail. #nordicjs— Jesper Petersson (@PeterssonJesper) September 18, 2014
Then there was the lightening talks.
Beers.js at #nordicjs lightning talks. Finns are a crazy!— Johan Apelgren (@aplgren) September 18, 2014
NordicJs looks like a really promising conference and I hope I have time to see day 2 and go to the conference next year.