Recent Conference Talks Worth Watching
These are some of my favorites from conferences I’ve either been to lately, have watched online, or were recommended to me (in which case they aren’t always super recent). I link up the playlist of videos from the conference the talk was at where I can, as your taste in talks may be different than mine.
I like the idea of popping stuff like this on the ol’ TV at night sometimes rather than whatever mindless garbage I normally watch.
In Defense of the Floppy Disk by Lis Pardi
From the same conference, I also very much enjoyed Pamela Pavliscak’s talk GenZ and the Future of Technology about how the kids are using tech these days.
Steal This Talk by Wilson Miner
Sharing! Collaboration! From a Creative Mornings.
Content in Context is King by Derek Featherstone
There is so much you can do with content that most of us don’t do. Derek is full of practical ideas here that are all reasonable and doable.
Nine Things I’ve Learned by Tom Dale
Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work by Jason Fried
Noah Jacobus recommended this one:
Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. […] he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work.
This was from a number of years ago, as was Frank Chimero’s The Shape of Design which came highly recommended.
CSS is dead, long live CSS by Alan Mooiman
Alan touches on a ton of modern CSS topics, from preprocessors to new features of native CSS, to HTTP/2.
How to F*ck Up “Respect for People” & Really Piss Off your Employees by Jez Humble
Andy E. recommended this one about culture at work.
Cascading Sh*t Show by Jacob Thornton
Andy Davies recommended this.
Intro to WebGL and Three.js by David Lyons
Chris Williams said this talk doesn’t get the attention it deserves:
Enhancing Responsiveness with Flexbox by Zoe Mickley Gillenwater
Flexbox and responsive web design go great together, like peanut butter and jelly. Flexbox gives you more control over the things you care about in a responsive layout—like order, alignment, and proportional sizes of your boxes—and lets the browser figure out the rest—the math-y stuff that computers are good at, like the exact dimensions that are needed on the boxes to perfectly fill the available space.
Being a Good Coworker by Jenn Lukas
I was at CSS Conf (playlist) recently and it was packed with great talks, like this one.
Encourage the ferret by Jon Burgerman
Code Like You Give a Damn by Léonie Watson
What’s Next for the Web Platform? by Alex Russell
John Allsopp runs Web Directions and he recommended Alex’s talk:
Not Even Close: The State of Computer Security by James Mickens
Tim Kadlec said this one was highly entertaining. I can’t wait to watch it, with this kind of explanation:
He will explain why no programming language makes it easy to write secure code. He will then discuss why cloud computing is a black hole for privacy, and only useful for people who want to fill your machine with ads, viruses, or viruses that masquerade as ads. At this point in the talk, an audience member may suggest that Bitcoins can make things better. Mickens will laugh at this audience member and then explain why trusting the Bitcoin infrastructure is like asking Dracula to become a vegan. Mickens will conclude by describing why true love is a joke and why we are all destined to die alone and tormented.
So many conferences make their videos freely available, it’s kind of amazing:
- Talks from Web Dev Conversations in Wellington, New Zealand
- Talks from Midwest JS in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Talks from Async in Brighton & Hove, UK
- 10 years of talks from dConstruct.
- Talks from Build
- Talks from Industry Conf
- Talks from Dare Conference in London, UK
- Talks from ScotlandJS
- Talks from Responsive Day Out in Brighton, England
- Talks from Upfront in Manchester, UK
Feel free to drop links to your favorites in the comments!