conference — Broken Links Archive

The Elements of a Good Conference Talk

Recently on Twitter a few people, myself included, had a short conversation about what we like to see in conference talks, prompted by Sara Soueidan’s question:

I’ve been wasting a lot of time lately trying to decide which talk topic to do at which conference. Any tips, fellow speakers?

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Web Components: concerns and opportunities

On the 21st of March I had the pleasure of participating in the Web Components panel at Edge Conf, and the privilege of giving the introduction to the panel. I’m a strong advocate of Web Components and it was great to be able to provide my opinion on them, alongside some real experts in the field, as well as hear questions and feedback from the community. The main concern which was raised is that, as developers create their own elements, some important considerations — accessibility not least — could get forgotten about.

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The European speaking tour

The second conference season is coming up, and I’ve got a lot of speaking engagements in the next few months. My plan is to cut back on speaking in 2014 to put more emphasis on making things again — although I’m always open to interesting offers. But before I cut back, here’s my schedule:

First I’m very happy and proud to be speaking at the first CSSconf.eu, on 13 September in Berlin. I’ll be talking about Web Components, with an emphasis on the role that CSS plays. Tickets are €399 and are selling fast.

A few weeks later, on 24 September, I’ll be in Bucharest for the first SmartWeb Conference, where I’ll also be talking Web Components. Tickets are €150 until the end of August, €175 after.

I’ve pencilled in another talk for the following weekend, but as that’s not been announced yet I’ll gloss over it for now.

On 12 October I’m off to Stockholm for Leetspeak, where I’ll be talking about the future of CSS. Ticket details are not available yet.

My final talk for the year (I think) will be on 23 – 24 October in Oslo, at Making Web, where I’ll be talking about CSS layouts. Tickets are 6,000 Krone if you book before 15 August, 6,500 after.


CSS Day and Responsive Design Workflow

I’ve just returned from a few days in Amsterdam, where I was fortunate enough to be part of the first (and only?) CSS Day, an event organised by the team behind Mobilism and Fronteers, who are consummately professional and deserve huge congratulations and thanks for all their work. The conference had the aim of diving deep into CSS through each of the eight speakers discussing a module (or modules) of the CSS spec. My chosen subject was Animations and Transitions; my slides are online now, video should follow shortly.

The day before the conference I gave a whole-day workshop on Responsive Web Design, teaching design and development approaches and — more importantly — a new workflow more adapted to the demands of the new way of working. I was helped hugely in this by the fact that I’d recently finished reading Stephen Hay’s new book, Responsive Design Workflow.

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It’s CSS Day next month!

Next month I’ll have the pleasure of taking part in CSS Day in Amsterdam, not once, but twice. On Friday 14th June I’ll be on stage alongside a truly stellar line-up of speakers: Eric Meyer, Bert Bos, Stephen Hay, Divya Manian, Tab Atkins, Daniel Glazman and Lea Verou. Each of us will be looking in detail at a specific module (or modules) of the CSS spec; my talk will be on the Animations and Transitions modules. If you’re into CSS in a big way, this day is one you won’t want to miss.

On the previous day, Thursday 13th June, I’ll be giving a one-day Responsive Web Design workshop, where I’ll be teaching the full process of creating a responsive website: planning and strategy, prototyping, tools, design deliverables, and, of course, coding. Alternatively, if your CSS is not quite up to scratch and you need a refresher before the conference, Eric Meyer will be giving a workshop which will teach you all you need to know.

Each workshop costs €300, and the conference day costs €250 (Dutch VAT of 21% will be added to both). Full details, programme and tickets are all on CSSDay.nl, along with a nice little Easter egg I found out about today: click on a speakers name on the Programme page to see some live examples of their chosen subject!

Oh, and as if my conference and some fantastic talks weren’t enough, as a bonus you get to spend a few days in beautiful Amsterdam. I’m really excited to be a part of this, and hope to see you there!


Speaking at CSS Day, and a FoWD reminder

I’m extremely happy to announce that I’ve been asked to speak at CSS Day, a one-day event in June that explores CSS in advanced detail, in the company of an array of amazing speakers: Lea Verou, Eric Meyer, Bert Bos, Tab Atkins, Divya Manian, Stephen Hay, and Daniel Glazman. Wow.

I’ll be discussing the intricacies and secrets of the Animations and Transitions modules, while each of the other speakers will also cover a single topic in great detail. It promises to be a really good day. Tickets cost €250 (plus 21 percent tax).

The day before CSS Day there are also two workshops: Eric Meyer will explain the basics of each of the modules to be explained the following day, in case you’re worried about not being able to follow some of the talks, while I’ll be teaching Responsive Web Design techniques and approaches. Tickets for each workshop cost €300 (plus tax).

And just a reminder that I’ll be speaking at Future of Web Design in London in May, where I’ll also be giving a one-day workshop on CSS3 the day before. If you book now you get the workshop plus two days of conference for only £595 (plus tax).


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I’ve updated my Speaking page to include more conferences, more videos, and a little on my speaking requirements and preferences. I’m planning to cut down on the number of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to interesting offers and opportunities, so please get in touch if you’re organising an event.

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