One of the cool things of organizing a conference is dealing with the unexpected. The workshops are busy and tomorrow the conference kicks of with an awesome program. In the last days before the conference we had a few unfortunate cancellations for which we needed to find replacements. We worked really hard but with great pride can announce our latest speakers for GOTO Amsterdam!
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In one week GOTO Amsterdam 2015 is busy (workshops) or you might be wondering what session to attend. When I started this journey 8 months ago, I wanted to create the best conference I could think of. For me quality has always been the main focus point. When we came to the final stages of shaping the program for GOTO Amsterdam I became aware that if I would attend the conference, I would have a hard time in deciding which session to attend to. I asked multiple attendees of this years edition what they thought of the conference and I heard the same thing over and over again: it is really difficult to choose because there are so many great sessions! This post is about how the talks, the topics and the tracks are woven into the GOTO Amsterdam 2015 conference. (I hope it helps you)
This year we have something special: The Lightning talks track. Why do we want to do that? We see the knowledge economy trending strong through the meetups on meetup.com (a.o.) and we want to help this trend grow. Sharing knowledge, idea’s and your passion is something which benefits us all. We acknowledge the many talented and upcoming speakers we have (in Holland) and we want to give them the opportunity to show themselves on a larger stage. It might very well be the case that the these upcoming speakers in our track will be the next and most sought speakers at the global conferences.
A conference is usually about new and exciting stuff and Scrum clearly isn’t new. Scrum is nowadays also adopted across all industries and I personally do not know one software developer who wasn’t part of a Scrum project yet. So, it’s not exciting either. Why the heck have then a Scrum track and even two keynotes about Scrum and Agile Software Development?
It must have been somewhere in 2004 when I listened to a single podcast every day for more than a week. Each day when commuting to work and back it was the podcast called “Capturing the Upside” by Clayton Christensen. I was so impressed by the amount of insights and knowledge shared in this podcast that I bought his first two books immediately. It was Clayton Christensen who coined the theory of Disruptive innovation. When you read Eric Ries his book on Lean Startup you can recognize this movement leverages the Disruptive Innovation theory: e.g. initial “crappy” products(mvp) enter a small part of the incumbents market and not considered/recognized a threat.
Shaping a new market
This year is the first time at any GOTO conference there is a track all about Drones. Why should we do that? Why is it important and more specific; why could it be relevant for the leaders in the dutch software development market?
Deloitte states that in 2015 the base of active drones exceeds 1 million. Their focus is more on the consumer/pro-sumer side of the story though.
Lets look into some predictions on market size:
Market research estimates the global UAV market is now about $15 billion this year, with growth to up to $20 billion annually by 2020. Part of the reason for the growth is the FAA is opening up air space to commercial activities.
AngularJS: King of the castle
GOTO Amsterdam 2015 holds the promise to be a unique experience. We looked at the global and local trends, we listen to the communities and we learn from the local heroes who we consider experts on a specific subject. We’ve asked these local heroes to be our trackhosts and help shape our tracks. They know who give the best talks. They know what are the most important topics. They know what the questions are, our audience will ask themselves during the projects.
Their task was not simple though. We’ve asked them to shape their track so awesome, they couldn’t stop talking about it. In this first article Pini Reznik, our trackhost for the Docker track, explains why the docker track is that awesome!
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Docker – An Introduction & Its Uses
Over 110 registered users, listened to Adrian Mouat explaining why Docker is such an exciting technology. After the break we had an interactive session between the panel, consisting of Jamie Dobson and Adrian Mouat, and the audience. This Question & Answer session was led by Mark Coleman. Read the rest of this entry »