Web Directions Conferences for web and digital professionals

A huge thank you to Platform.sh our hosting partner for Code://Remote

In early March this year, when the impact of COVID19 really dawned on us, and we realised we’d not be meeting in-person for some time to come, like so many other conferences we immediately started investigating how we could move our events online.

We’d already decided we weren’t simply going to go into survival mode–online was going to be a significant, if not the sole way we delivered our events for some time to come.

So while it was a very stressful time, it was also exciting to imagine from scratch our conferences online.

Our first step was to look at existing platforms for hosting online conferences–and we looked at plenty. But none we felt would allow us to deliver the kind of event we had in mind.

So that meant we were going to have to build our own solution.

We had a couple of advantages over most conference organisers

  1. We have been developing for the Web for quite a few years
  2. And already we’d been working on Conffab, our platform for conference videos for some time

Now to be clear, ‘we’ here means a couple of people, our main developer Mae, and me.

Let’s not dwell on how I fell and broke a rib (pro tip, don’t break a rib and got to ER during a global pandemic), and the impact that had on already constrained time and resources.

So, we really needed to focus on developing a great online conference experience, not on all the other things (build, integrate, deploy) that come along with developing for the web these days.

And expecting hundreds or more people simultaneously tuning in, we knew a solid CDN was vital. Again something we didn’t want to have to devote our time and effort to.

Now, we knew a little about Platform.sh, who’d exhibited at this very conference a few years back, and their mission “to Enable organizations to focus 100% of their time on building amazing experiences—and zero time managing infrastructure” sounded like exactly what we needed.

The last few months have been intense, but we made it this far–in no small part thanks to Platform.sh.

I could go on about

  • How they support dozens of the most common languages and frameworks, from PHP to Node.js, Drupal, WordPress, Gatsby, Rails and many more out of the box
  • How they take care of upgrading and security of the languages databases and frameworks you use
  • how they have data centres all over the world, including here in Australia
  • And how they support AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and other cloud hosting providers

but you should simply check it out for yourself, and talk to the folks from Platform.sh to learn more.

And a huge thanks Platform.sh–you really delivered.

See two dozen world-leading experts on all things JavaScript and front end development at Code://Remote September 2020

Code://Remote takes place across the month of September, and features two dozen world-leading experts on all things JavaScript and front end development at an amazing price, just $295 before August 28th.

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Conveniently timed for attendees from the North American West Coast, right across the pacific to Hong Kong and Singapore, Japan and beyond connect–with your peers at Code.

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Phil Whitehouse General Manager, DT Sydney

Join us in 2019:

  • Web Directions Code://remote 2020

    A global remote-only conference for JavaScript Developers and Front End Engineers.

    Exclusively Online September 2020

  • Web Directions Product://Remote Design & Management 2020

    A global remote-only conference–product design and product management.

    Exclusively Online November 2020

  • Web Directions Summit 2021

    A conference for the whole digital team–featuring product, design, front-end dev, and new people/talent/culture tracks.

    Sydney See you in 2021