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Jamstack Conf 2020

Today saw the Jamstack Conf 2020, scheduled to be hosted in London, successfully pivot to an exclusively livestream delivery.

Like All Day Hey!, this event was hosted by Phil Hawksworth of Netlify, who continued to compère with aplomb, despite the constricted setting and digital audience.

Jamstack Conf 2020

While a digital-only setting can’t possibly replace the atmosphere and engagement of a hosted event, I do hope the success of such events convinces hosts and sponsors to consider more dual-delivery events in the future. Living kinda outta-the-way of major cities, I would totally pay for more online-only access to major conferences. It’s empowering to be learning from the frontline of industry discussion while hanging out with tech peers and leaders, even if it’s just in a digital capacity for now.

The Jamstack Conf Virtrual Keynote speech was delivered by Matt Biilmann, CEO and Co-Founder of Netlify. He summarised the opportunity for modern JAMstack platforms and tooling to unburden developers from intricate infrastructures and multi-discipline demands. Instead he offered how abstracted, opinionated and optimised hosting and deployment platforms can promote “best practices becoming common practices”. The introduction to Build Plugins look to extend this paradigm further still.

Laurie Voss, a Data Analyst at Netlify, followed with State of the Jamstack Survey Results, presenting summaries gathered following an industry survey of 3,000 developers. The slidedeck is available online, capturing the latest opinions and trends on development and delivery within the JavaScript ecosystem.

I was also interested to hear Renaud Bressand from Prismic announce Slice Machine functionality to introduce an open-sourced library to easier design bespoke components and associated functionality. With CLI tooling to bootstrap component development, it is available for Vue / Nuxt today, and work continues on the upcoming React implementation.

As a footnote, the Hopin platform was the best I’ve seen yet for online conferencing and networking.

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All Day Hey! 2020

One of the unexpected-but-welcomed benefits of living in a locked-down world is having the majority of tech conferences move to a digital-only distribution.

Today I attended the All Day Hey! 2020 conference, currated by Josh Nesbitt and Harry Roberts, that is traditionally hosted in Leeds each year.

All Day Hey! 2020

Hosted by Netlify’s Phil Hawksworth, the event featured a wide scope of design and technical talent, kicking off with Vitaly Friedman of Smashing Magazine presenting on Smart Interface Design Patterns. I really loved this UI/UX focussed look at modern best practices and exceptional creativity in responsive design, and some really unique design concepts. Some highlights included:

The extremely creative technologist Charlotte Dann followed by presenting the story and tech behind her custom jewellery production startup Hexatope.

Microsoft Cloud Developer Advocate Asim Hussain closed the show with his presentation Principles of Green Application Architecture Design. He discussed the responsibilities the tech sector shares in contributing to a sustainable environment. Writing efficient code to run on optimised infrastructure is one of the leading ambitions of his initiative Princples.Green that is helping define Sustainable Software Engineering, and is something I will continue to track.