Last month, the majority of our team attended Realtime Conf here in Portland. We were joined by a few hundred people from around the world — mostly developers and designers — who are interested in real-time technology for the web.
There were interesting and informative talks about WebRTC, XMPP, Node, owning your data in general and a lot more. I talked with some of our developers here about their favorite sessions, and here’s what they had to say:
"My favorite session was Max Ogden’s talk on NPM and how Node’s ecosystem works, because it’s really applicable to us designing stuff for developers and how we present our APIs as small modular pieces that anyone can pick up and recombine with other pieces easily." — Patrick Arlt
"I liked Max Ogden’s talk and how he talked about principles of compositionality and applying those to the problems of fixing monolithic software." — Nate Goldman
"I really liked the opening talk [by Aral Balkan]. It really set the tone for the whole conference about owning your data." — Manny Lopez
"The guy who talked on PeerCDN [Feross Aboukhadijeh] was really good. The technology was really interesting: a peer-to-peer CDN for delivering content. You don’t get content from a server anymore - you just get it from some other browser." — Patrick Arlt
"I really liked the food one because it wasn’t trying to show you something. He was talking about the way these people work and how they’re craftsmen and there are a lot of parallels, but he left it to you to think about and draw those connections. I spent a lot of time thinking about that one later because he didn’t do the thinking for me." — Josh Yaganeh
"I liked Amber’s talk about Indie Web. She convinced me to start doing Indie Web stuff." — Nate Goldman
But those sessions, good as they were, probably won’t be the most memorable part of Realtime Conf for many people. Realtime Conf was an experience, and a pleasantly weird one at that.
Here are some of the interesting things about Realtime:
And on top of that, our own Amber Case introduced everyone to MapAttack and at least 60 people played with us during a break.
"It really is unlike any conference ever." — Manny Lopez
"We are all going to remember stuff about RTC because there’s also this other ridiculous stuff around it. You couldn’t not pay attention." — Patrick Arlt
"Like at [redacted conference name] I spent the whole time coding, and honestly wasn’t listening to the speakers that much. But because of Realtime’s theatrics, I paid attention the entire time." — Nate Goldman
Realtime Conf was a pretty amazing way to learn about developing real-time technology, and it was such an experience that many people - or at least I - left feeling happy and thinking "What just happened?"
Photo credit for top and bottom image: Becca Blevins