NodePDX 2013 Day 116 May 2013
There are very few things cooler to me than listening to people talk about something they’re really passionate about. The only way it gets any better is when I happen to be really passionate about the same thing. Then it’s super-rad.
NodePDX 2013 started today and being as tickets were a measley $50 there was basically no way I was not going to attend. It’s also my first tech conference in general so that was pretty exciting.
Things got off to a good start with solid talks about PubSub (and ZenIRCBot) and various messaging systems. A lot of informative and practical information to digest. The highlight of the day for me, however, was the music-themed section where more experimental and mad sciency projects were featured.
One talk that was slightly less “techy” but definitely stuck with me beyond the time that I left, moreso perhaps than most, was jden’s talk about Programming With a Purpose. It’s really easy to get lost in implementation details and forget that ultimately, as developers, we have hold a lot of power. Maybe we should stop ourselves every now and then and think about how we’re using it. Hard to summarize, but worth checking out.
I found myself leaving a bit earlier than perhaps I should have, right before the hackathon that I’m pretty certain I was ill-equipped for participating in. But also before the open bar meet-and-greet section. Seems I still have some anti-social tendencies that I’m not past. I’ve committed to staying for tomorrow’s happy hour regardless of how uncomfortable I may be. There are certainly plenty of interesting people in the room, perhaps I could get to know a couple of them!
NodePDX 2013 Videos are slowly becoming available