Like all good things, NodeConfEU 2016 has come to an end. Without a doubt, this year’s conference has been the biggest, most engaging conference we have ever hosted.
Now in its fourth season, NodeConfEU has come far. With a touch of luxury and a pinch of quintessentially Irish hospitality (and working Wifi) we feel NodeConfEU has matured nicely into something the whole community can be proud of.
“If you create a fun and engaging space filled with really interesting people,
magic can happen”
NodeConfEU has it’s roots in the belief by Cian and Richard that if you create a fun and engaging space filled with really interesting people, magic can happen; they didn’t just believe it, they staked their company on it. At our Gala dinner, Cian gave a heartfelt speech on how, from humble beginnings, NodeConfEU has become what it is today. You can read the thoughts behind Cian’s speech in his medium post.
This year, attendees were treated to an array of hand-picked speakers from Europe, United States and even as far as New Zealand. Katie Stockton Roberts from BBC, Michael Paulson from NetFlix and Sara Itani of Microsoft to name a few.
Our M.C for the 3 days was the amazing Emily-Rose who not only kept everyone entertained between talks, but also created unique, impromptu poems for some many of the speakers, tying together the personality of the speaker and the content of their talk. Each poem has been reproduced and shared on Twitter as #EmilysPoems, be sure to check them all out!
Community and the wellbeing of people is core to how nearForm runs day to day. Every year we hand select an opening talk that focuses on community, and it’s importance to Node’s long-term viability. This year the community talk was delivered by Bryan Hughes and dealt with the need for all of us to step back and really listen to each other while also understanding cultural and other nuances that need to be considered too.
We managed to squeeze 5 jam backed workshops on the schedule this year. With something for everyone, this year’s workshops included:
- Optimizing Node.js applications with 0x and autocannon
- Hardware / IoT workshop
- P2P File Sharing
- Microservices in practice with SenecaJS
- Build cross-platform desktop apps with Electron
- Security Regression Testing with ZapAPI and NodeGoat
- Pull-Streams, what they are, and how to use them
By the afternoon, many people looked to have had enough of their laptops. Assuming this may have been the case we had many great excursions lined up outside of the venue. Monday included a trip to the Medieval city of Kilkenny and to Kilkenny Castle itself, after all, what’s NodeConfEU without a castle. Later that evening everyone enjoyed a superb meal in Anocht restaurant with some local live music keeping everyone entertained.
Tuesday, being luckily blessed with unseasonably great weather, attendees were whisked away to Highbank Orchards where they were treated to a boutique gin and cider tasting to wrap up the guided tour of Highbank’s beautiful fully-organic orchard.
In tandem, for those who felt a trip to an Orchard was not de-stressing enough, we provided sessions dedicated to Laugher Yoga and Mindful Meditation ran from the aptly named “No Grunt Allowed” room.
After the high-energy buzz of each day, the evening gave way to downtime, networking and meeting new friends. We kicked off with our welcome BBQ Sunday evening, Dinner at Anocht on Monday, an Irish Trad session with home-made pizzas on Tuesday, and of course our finale gala dinner on Wednesday night.
Feeling this may not be enough we also managed to squeeze in some extras too! We were treated to a beer tasting by local craft beer company Metalman, multiple vegan cookery demos by food blogger Frances Walsh and an impromptu rave by Emily-Rose in the form of DanceJS!
Go raibh míle maith agat
To our amazing Marketing, Events & Social Team. To all of the nearFormer’s who act as incredible ambassadors for the event and to the attendees each year. To the speakers, and guests. To each and every one of you – Thank you!, for making this year’s NodeConfEU a magical and special event.
NodeConf EU 2016 was undoubtedly an incredible 3 days and we really hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did! Be sure to check out our highlight videos. We also have flickr albums and social streams on www.nodeconf.eu.