I had a full hour to give the talk, so I was able to not only go through all of my code examples, but also go through several demos. The demo that ended with applause was Flexbox defense. In the demo we use CSS3 flexbox syntax to defend a tower. This of course hit home with the audience because of Akershus Fortress. Apparently Scandanavian folks are pretty stoic so audiences don’t give much feedback to speakers, but I got laughter and applause, so I’d say it went well!
Lol @benmvp gets mid talk applause after beating a level of Flexbox Defense at #ndcoslo @NDC_Conferences pic.twitter.com/4IoKB9ofWw— jennz0r (@mybluewristband) June 10, 2016
The conference itself was huge! It was nine tracks over three days! There were 175 talks given by 162 speakers! I can only imagine the logistics of putting that all together. And then there was the venue. It took place at the Oslo Spektrum, which was basically a concert venue. The main floor is where all the sponsor booths and food were held. My coworker, Jenn Wong gave the closing keynote there as well.
.@mybluewristband is gonna explain ALL these computer science terms at #ndcoslo for us! Haha pic.twitter.com/DDNqKvCrXp— Ben Ilegbodu (@benmvp) June 9, 2016
Then in the stands, they made makeshift stages in the midst of the stadium seating. There wasn’t much space on the stage, so I chose to just stay put in front of my laptop for the most part. But arguably the coolest part was that there was overflow room (aka the “ADD room”) where they were live-streaming all nine talks at the same time. So if you weren’t sure which talk to go to, you could just flip between them and listen with headphones. Pretty impressive.
Cuuute! @evbeng @benmvp wife Rashida, daughter Simone, and baby on the way get a shout out! pic.twitter.com/Q7l32tlz0M— jennz0r (@mybluewristband) June 10, 2016
My wife Rashida decided to join me on this trip. We left our daughter Simone with the grandparents. This was the first time Rashida had actually heard me speak, which was pretty cool. The only thing she can remember is Flexbox froggy, but that’s ok. During and after the conference we toured all around Oslo thanks to those Hop-On-Hop-Off buses. And since it was close by, we also decided to check out Copenhagen, Denmark as well.
All in all, I’d say it was a great experience. I’m definitely impressed by the sheer scale of the conference. If NDC London and NDC Sydney are anything like the Oslo original, you can count me in. I didn’t apply for the 2016 edition of NDC Sydney in August on account of baby girl #2, but I may be able to swing NDC London in January 2017. I had actually applied to NDC London 2016, but wasn’t accepted. Maybe now that I am an alum with way more speaking experience, I’ll have a better shot?
As I mentioned, I had given this talk many times before, and I was actually getting tired of giving it. I felt that it didn’t have the same pizzaz as my Sweet ES6 talk. Really the only part people seemed to resonate with was the section on CSS3 flexbox. So I decided to retire this talk, take the section on flebox, and expand it to its own talk called Flexing your Flexbox muscles. I’m actually already slated to give it at ConFoo Vancouver 2016 in early December.
To close, here’s the video of the talk:
And here’s the abstract (don’t forget the slides!):
Many thanks again to the NDC Oslo team for inviting me to speak!