Jamie from https://dotnetcore.show/ and Allen, ya know, from Coding Blocks, sat down together at NDC London to talk about the hot topics from the conference as well as how to get the most out of any conference you attend.
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How to get the most out of a Conference
If the conference has an app – I highly recommend downloading it – typically latest breaking changes to venue, rooms, talks, etc. will be in the appAttend talks that are outside your immediate realm of knowledge – get exposed to new things, new ideas, new ways of thinkingWalk away with fewer “unknown unknowns” and gain some more “known unknowns”Provides you with things to search when you get back from the conferencePicking the talks you want to attendSometimes you have to sacrifice bigger names just to attend talks that may pique your interestKnow that what you’re seeing on stage for an hour was probably weeks worth of effort to make it go off without a hitch – so when you try to replicate these things at home, don’t lose hope when your try isn’t as smooth as what you saw on stageThis next bit goes for Meetups, Conferences, etc – Get involved in conversations – don’t just sit on the sideline – many developers are introverts, but to truly get the most out of a conference you want to have some meaningful discussionsPacman effect – leave a gap when you’re standing in a group having a conversationTake advantage of eating times – find a table with an open spot and don’t pick up your phone!!! Say good morning or good afternoon! “What’s been your favorite talk today?”When it’s “drinking time”, talk to people. If you’re not a drinker, grab a water or a soda and join in on the conversationTry and reach out BEFORE the conference online – Twitter, Facebook, Slack, etc – try and find out who all is going to be attending and try to make a point to meet up at the event! Makes things much less awkward when you’ve planned a meeting rather than just shouldering your way in.Be a wingman/wingwoman or bring one along – help introduce people to your ring of contacts’Maybe sign up to be a speaker at one of these things! If you watch the other folks giving presentations, you’ll see they’re regular people just sharing the things they’re passionate aboutThe big names in the industry became big names because they took that first step – you don’t become a big name overnight
Allen Underwood (shameless plug) – Big Data Analytics in Near-Real-Time with Apache Kafka StreamsTwitter: @theallenu [https://www.twitter.com/theallenu]Summary: https://ndc-london.com/talk/big-data-analytics-in-near-real-time-with-apache-kafka-streams/Actual talk here: Coming SoonLaura Silvanavičiūtė (this was my favorite of the entire conference) – How to code music?Twitter: @laurasilvanavi [https://www.twitter.com/@laurasilvanavi]Summary: https://ndc-london.com/talk/how-to-code-music/Actual talk here: Coming SoonTess Ferrandez-Norlander – We are the Guardians of our FutureSummary: https://ndc-london.com/talk/keynote-we-are-the-guardians-of-our-future/Actual talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YjrmgFJ_S8Clifford Agius – 3D printed Bionic Hand a little IOT and a Xamarin Mobile AppTwitter: @CliffordAgius [https://www.twitter.com/CliffordAgius]Summary: https://ndc-london.com/talk/3d-printed-bionic-hand-a-little-iot-and-a-xamarin-mobile-app/Actual talk here: ComingSoonBlog version: https://cliffordagius.co.uk/2019/10/06/3d-printing-a-hand/Carl Franklin from .NET Rocks – Deep Dive on Server-Side BlazorTwitter: @carlfranklin [https://www.twitter.com/carlfranklin]Summary: https://ndc-london.com/talk/deep-dive-on-server-side-blazor/Actual talk here: Coming SoonDavid Fowler: SignalR Deep Dive: Building ServersTwitter: @davidfowl [https://www.twitter.com/davidfowl]Summary: https://ndc-london.com/talk/signalr-deep-dive-building-servers/Actual talk here: Coming SoonSteve GordonTwitter: @stevejgordonSummary: https://ndc-london.com/talk/turbocharged-writing-high-performance-c-and-net-code/Actual talk here: Coming SoonDavid James – Turning a side project into a business 10 lessons in 10 minutesTwitter: @davidjames [https://www.twitter.com/davidjames]Summary: https://ndc-london.com/talk/lightning-talks-9/Actual talk here: Coming SoonSteve SandersonTwitter: @stevesanderson [http://www.twitter.com/stevesanderson]Summary: https://ndc-london.com/talk/blazor-a-new-framework-for-browser-based-net-apps-1/Actual talk here: Coming Soon
Notes from some of the Talks
Machine Learning – we as developers need to take much more care in what we release to the worldA number of talks / discussion panels revolved around this topicEven with good intentions, you can make something that has consequences that aren’t easy to seeKnowing your data intimately is the key to everything – but, you need to have different perspectives on the data – it’d be really easy to get laser focused on what you think makes for a good set of data for a model, and miss the pieces that actually provide the best modelMicrosoft’s ethical approach to AI – AI Principleshttps://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ai/responsible-aiCities with most camera coverage? Looks like Allen got it wrong – London isn’t in the first spot anymore, but they’re still top 10!https://www.comparitech.com/vpn-privacy/the-worlds-most-surveilled-cities/
Favorite part of the conference?
“Why go if you can just watch the videos?”
Interacting with peopleThanking the people who make an impact on your daily life
It’s not “Steve Ardalis” as Allen said – it’s Steve Smith, better known as @Ardalis online!Twitter: @ardalis [https://twitter.com/ardalis]
App Center – DevOps Pipeline for Mobilehttps://appcenter.ms/
Zac Braddy / Jamie Taylor plan to launch a new podcast!
Jamie doesn’t care about tabs or spaces…what?!?!He also has other podcasts in the work, but they’re on hold at the moment…stay tuned!