Latest d.Construct News | July 13, 2006

If you haven’t already gathered, d.Construct is a one day web app conference organised by myself and the other Clearleftites in Brighton, England. I always feel a little awkward posting promotional stuff on my blog as it’s really supposed to be a personal site. However until we get round to setting up our company blog–something that’s been planned for over a year, but always gets pushed back to the queue–I hope you’ll humour me.

Preparations for the conference are moving apace, and the event looks set to be bigger and better than last year. We recently announced the schedule, so if you haven’t had a look yet, go check it out. We’ve got a great series of talks planned, all loosely based around the theme of mash-ups and APIs. We’d call it a web 2.0 conference, but we couldn’t afford the legal fees.

Jeff Barr from Amazon will open the show with a talk about the power of web services. Next up are Paul Hammond and Simon Willison with a high energy presentation about the Yahoo! Developer Network and life behind the Yahoo! firewall. Following that we have Jeremy Keith’s cheekily titled “The Joy of API”. Expect lots of drawings of bearded developers doing things your grandmother wouldn’t approve of.

After lunch, we’ll be starting strong with Aral Balkan, the surprise hit of last year. I say surprise because he was talking about Flash and Flex, something you don’t usually expect to see at a standards savvy conference. In this session, Aral will be mashing his flex up and showing you how to web 2.0 with flex 2.0. Next up we have Derek Featherstone discussing accessible Ajax, two terms not often heard in the same sentence. We then have tagging guru, and inventor of the term folksonomies, Thomas Vander Wal, explain what tagging is all about, and how to use tagging in your web apps.

Last, but most definitely not least, we have the big guy himself, Mr Jeffrey Veen closing the show with an inspirational talk on designing the complete user experience. If you’ve ever seen Jeff speak at a conference before, you know his sessions are not to be missed.

Jeff may be closing the conference, but the night most definitely won’t be over. Our friends at snipperoo are organising a big after conference party, so there should be food, drink and entertainment aplenty, well into the small hours.

Being the geeks that we are, the schedule has been marked-up in hCal format, so you can subscribe to the schedule in your calendar app thanks to a cool little tool from technorati.

Registration for d.Construct opens in a few days time, and with a modest ticket price of only £75+Vat, places will probably go quickly. If all this stuff isn’t enough to convince you to sign up, we’ll be giving away some prizes on the day, including free tickets to next years SXSW, book bundles from Apress and software from Adobe.

To help get you in the spirit of d.Construct, we’ve also launched a pre-event podcast. The first show is a retrospective, with Jeremy Keith going over some of last years talks and giving you a sense of what the conference was like. Future shows will see Jeremy talking to some of the speakers to see what makes them tick, as well as interviewing past and future attendees to find out what makes d.Construct so special. We already have a couple of great interviews in the bag, and will be releasing them over the coming weeks, in the run up to the event.

Posted at July 13, 2006 7:35 PM


Ross Johnson said on July 17, 2006 3:25 AM

With this conference have any podcast releases like @media has? The @media podcasts thus far have been very interesting, I hope more conferences do this!