LXJS

Official blog of the LXJS Conference

June 24, 2014 at 11:38pm
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LXJS and DRIIFT

It’s often said:

"LXJS is made with love".

It’s true. Love, and a huge amount of work. You can see it in the attention to detail; they look after you, from start to finish.

They start working with the speakers months before the event, so they’re as prepared as can be. That’s important when you have to stand up in front of hundreds of your peers, and it means the talks are the best you’ll find.

The workshops are carefully chosen to cover topics that matter right now, and scheduled so that you can choose your own adventure. They’re small classes so that you’ll get 1-on-1 help and a chance to work with other attendees with similar interests.

…And that’s the real point of it. An incredible venue, inspirational talks, hands on workshops, great food and epic hospitality is all background to the real goal. Getting amazing people to meet each other and seeing what comes out. Creating a space for that epic data-transfer rate you get with a bunch of bright minds in the same place.

To kick-start the conversations, we’ve upgraded the LXJS lanyards with DRIIFT powers. Touch your phone to someone’s lanyard and you’ll swap contact details. Simple as that.

At a low-level it’s all about NFC, digital lanyards, badges, connections, and finding people. Beyond that, it’s a catalyst for interaction. That curious first bip and conversation that ensues.

As you complete the workshops you’ll get badges to show you’ve levelled up. They’ll appear in the real-time directory showing you who else is about and the topics that interest them.

Use it to find collaborators for your codebase or friends to drink with, it’s up to you.

We build our communities by participating, and there’s no better place to do that than at LXJS. So pick up your lanyard, collect some badges and get connecting with other attendees and speakers.

See you there! @driiftio
http://driift.io

June 16, 2014 at 2:54pm
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Howdy!

The Weather in Lisbon is 35C/95F, only 2 weeks left to the conference and we cannot even tell how excited we are to have you all coming to Lisbon(if you are not here already :))!

We do have some great updates to you! LXJS this year will not be only a two days conference, instead and thanks to the community we are proud to be part off, we have a full week scheduled of JS events! (Meetups from MongoDB, D3JS, NodeSchool, Unhosted and Meteor)

If you happen you be a student, you are in luck, Meteor is back this year again to offer Students a Golden Ticket to LXJS and all you need to do is simply to develop a Meteor Hack or App to try out the platform and show case what you have learned at the Meteor Lisbon 1st Meetup! Learn more here. If you have friends that are students, be sure to pass the message!

Also, in case you didn’t notice, the first NodeRoad event in Europe will be in Lisbon, right after LXJS, thanks to Joyent, the corporate stewards of Node.js, for making it possible and Beta-i for sharing the Venue for this the event. Come and see Nuno Job of YLD! hosting a great line up including TJ Fontaine, the Node.js Project Lead, Ben Acker from Walmart, and Rudi De Sousa of British Gas as they share key learnings, benefits, and patterns around deploying Node.js.

To give you a bit more of calendar view, in a nutshell, you will get:

LXJS Week Calendar

25 Jun

26 Jun

27 Jun

28 Jun

29 Jun

And we know there are some folks planning on going KiteSurfing on the 30th, if you want to join them, be sure to ping @yangwao on https://gitter.im/LXJS/talk

We are so much excited, can’t wait to have you!

June 9, 2014 at 2:35pm
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Meteor is bringing Students to LXJS

We measure the success of LXJS by how much we give back to the community. Opening up access to the conference to people who are still making their way is a powerful way to do that.

Today we’ve a big announcement to make, after the success of LXJS 2013 Meteor Student Tickets, Meteor is back again to support the community, enabling students to have the opportunity to attend LXJS and learn with the best JavaScripters in the world.

How it works

Build something fun or useful with Meteor and present it at the Meteor Lisbon Meetup on the 26th of June, and you are eligible to win one of the 10 free tickets available for LXJS.

What counts as an app? Just have fun hacking something up with Meteor. You can build a simple service for your local school or community, some data visualization, something humorous, or something to help organize activities with friends. Whatever you want, so have fun with it. Here’s foam.meteor.com for some inspiration.

Rules

In order to be eligible for a Meteor Student Ticket, you have to:

  • be currently enrolled in a PhD, MSc, BSc college program or attending High School or Middle School.
  • have developed a Meteor hack or app and be willing to show it at the Meteor Lisbon Meetup(http://www.meetup.com/Meteor-Lisbon/) on the 26th of June.
  • be one of the developers of the Meteor hack or app, alone or with a team.
  • teams should have a maximum of 4 people.

There are 10 prize tickets available for the top 10 hacks/apps showcased on the Meteor Lisbon meetup on the 26th of June. The jury will be: Oli Evans, Chris Waring and Alan Shaw, organizers of Meteor London. Winners will also receive a Discover Meteor t-shirt to show off at LXJS.

Learn Meteor.

Excited? Can’t wait to learn more about Meteor? Here are some resources to get you going!!

Register for the meetup today!

Here!

Can’t wait to see you there! :D

June 6, 2014 at 3:37pm
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WeAreOne with LXJS

Since its inception, one of the main goals for LXJS was to create a inclusive and welcoming experience to all of those that wanted to spend 2 days in Lisbon learning about the latest about thew new worlds of Javascript. We wanted to escape the traditional conf experience (you know, Hotel rooms, conference centers, lots of plastic sponsor booths with recruiters following you) and give a warm feeling to those you join us for the two days.

We’ve been definitely picking some very esquisite venues towards this goal! The first one, back in 2012, was a Farmers Market and well it was fun! In fact the first talk about JS Databases was there and it even included a fresh fish from the Market (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDDpEBRGdew).

LXJS 2012 Venue

l: LXJS 2012 Venue

Next up, we jumped into a more central area of Lisbon, trying to capture the spirit of the city in the Historic Cinema Theatre of São Jorge with more than 60 years old. We had 40 speakers with the most amazing talks(http://2013.lxjs.org/conference), we couldn’t have been more happy!

LXJS 2013 Venue

l: LXJS 2013 Venue

For this year, we come to find yet another Venue in the heart of Lisbon, a Cold GreenHouse with a beautiful and fresh environment for this hot summer LXJS that is coming.

LXJS 2014 Venue

l: LXJS 2014 Venue

Now, there is some details inside each of this Venues and LXJS editions that might ones attentions, where sponsors stand, or as we like to call it, sponsor lounges. We’ve been working hard in order to create immersive experiences for sponsors to become part of the conference and the Venue, making the sponsor representatives part of attendees list and creating spaces where attendees can hangout without feeling that they are going to get sold anything or that will be doing a job interview. Some of this peculiar spaces were the:

  • SauceLabs Hot Spice Sauce Tasting Area
  • MongoDB lil garden
  • Windows Azure Cloud (it had a lot of pillows!)
  • Spotify music lounge
  • and many more

However, never of this would have been possible without the extraordinary, insightful and restless help from Vera Magro and her company, WeAreOne.

Want to meet WeAreOne? We thought you would!

WeAreOne is a project linked to the development of communication strategies. We work all aspects of it giving the necessary inputs to the success of the brands we work with. We like to say we do it differently because we pour our heart in to it. When we look to a brand we search to see what’s beyond it, we look at who is building it, to those who will use and to the space between them.

LXJS mirror’s what we believe and love to do.

WeAreOne has been working with the LXJS team since the first year. After being challenged to bring life to the sponsors lounges, creating friendly experiences and all necessary magic to make the conrerence happen happe, we couldn’t be more excited and the work began.

It has been an interesting process. Dealing with an audience that we never did before and working with a team that itself was the first time working together, we had to start researching what was this Javascript Community they so passionatly talked about and “reading between the lines”, so we could understand what was inside their hearts, and where could we go with this event.

Eventualy, we came to understand what in fact was LXJS - and believe me, it was not easy in the beginning, each time we gathered with the LXJS tteam for a lunch meeting, generaly their minds would drift away and start talking about the things they do at work, it was like it was a completly different language! We had to decode with some help from human translators friends :)

Then it was time to understand sponsors expectations and make sure our vision for the sponsor lounge would align to the presence they wanted in the event.

The last stage is to connect the dots and prepare all details of this “2 days” journey.

Every year our goal is that LXJS and all it´s lounges are unique, different and unforgettable.

Until now WeAreOne decorated stages, windows, walls, doors, printed tshirt´s, name tags, created a kitchen/laboratory for Sauce Labs, a sky full of clouds for Windows Azure, a chill out lounge for Spotify, a school for AppendTo, a travelling memory wall for Booking - and so many other different environments for sponsors-, we distributed a lot of smiles, manage some stresses, prepare food, bagged give aways, talked a lot, party not so much, clean up after everyone´s gone, and so many many other funny things ;)

We’ve been working on every detail that is needed to transform the experience of the organization and each participant into something richer and memorable. For us it has been both!

WeAreOne is group of people who really love to show what we love to do.

Can’t wait to have you with us on this experience and be part of the LXJS family LXJS Family

May 20, 2014 at 10:45pm
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Lifting off the curtain. What to expect in this Summer LXJS

This blog post comes as a follow up to our on LXJS format changes for this year. If you haven’t read it yet, I advise you to do so.

One of our LXJS humble goals is to encourage new developers to learn about new tools, frameworks in technologies, becoming (hopefully!) the leaders for that in their local area, empowering their community.

We changed our format but will still have the 20 minutes open source talks by the community. The afternoons however, will be different.

You’ll have the chance to learn WebRTC from the creator of PeerCDN, master DTrace with Max Bruning and TJ Fontaine, develop Node-Webkit apps with Roger Wang, build some Destructo NodeBots with Oli Evans, Alan Shaw, Alex Potsides and Jérome Loï, do some Dominic Tarr and Julian Grubber Mad Science with LevelDB, use JavaScript magic to control the things around you with Tim Park and Nuno Job, learn the latest web framework, Koa, with Jonathan Ong and last but not the least, how to go into large scale mode with hapijs with Ben Acker, Van Nguyen and Wyatt Preul.

But this is not all :)

We know that having groups with an heterogeneous level of knowledge about a certain thing could lag the training down as the trainers would need to cover the basics, loosing precious time that the trainers could use for the juicy stuff. To improve this, we will (thanks for all the trainers to put the hard work!) have available materials (in the right time) for you to prepare and master the basic level. This way, when LXJS date arrives, they can start hitting the pedal right from the start, enabling you to go back home with a bigger understanding of what you came to learn.

Our humble hopes with this offering is to enable you to master a new skill, meet the people that will be able to support your learning for you to be able to bring this new knowledge to your meetup group, intentionally becoming the leader of that technology for your local community or even become one of the contributors for that technology.

We can’t wait to be with all of you again!

May 6, 2014 at 10:06pm
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2014 Async sponsor: Blip

Blip is a web development company hailing from the north of Portugal. They are focused and passionate about high performance Web Applications proposing to be simple and efficient, thriving to make their contribution count every day.

Created with the purpose of making a difference in the web application world, they promote happiness, learning and sharing, using agile methodologies. At Blip, they accept challenges with a smile.

So if you’re looking for a great place to work in the beautiful city of Porto, where you will find changes and improvements every day, please have a good look at www.blip.pt/careers

April 8, 2014 at 1:49pm
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This year we are introducing some changes to the LXJS conference format. We are passionate about enabling developer communities in Portugal, and showing the most forward thinking (and sometimes a bit wacky) JavaScript projects out there can make an you effective and happy developer.

Why would you change LXJS in the first place?”

The short answer is: 'If we truly believe and feel passionate about making it happen this way, why not do it?’.

In each LXJS edition we receive a couple hundred messages thanking the team for the experience and hard work that we put for the conference. But more importantly, a great many of them ask us how we did it and how they can empower their community too. (Fact: LXJS has ~60% international attendees.)

LXJS has been successful increasing the enthusiasm about the JavaScript in our local communities. We are very happy when we see other meetups, conferences and unconferences appear as a result of LXJS. However the majority of the “action” is focused around the time when LXJS happens, and fades away in the following months.

Our conference format has served us well in the past two years, and we are aware change comes with risk. But we think we can do more. We need to do better. And so we will.

For that we need a new format that can enable local communities to flourish.

LXJS will still have the famous 20 minute talks by the community in the morning; so you get that shared experience you know and love. :)

Afternoons however will be very different. We won’t tell you the plan and ruin the surprise (no spoilers right?) but it will be something special.

Closer to the conference, we will lift the curtin a bit for you, but the fun will be at LXJS, 27-28 Jun!

October 2, 2013 at 11:37am
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Green Tone Bits are MP3Jing sessions that aim to expose and share some of the finest free digital music, mostly released by Netlabels and/or under Creative Commons licenses.

Born in February 2009 and presented by Dinis Correia and Ricardo Mestre, Green Tone Bits sessions cover various music genres (featuring artists from all over the globe), but generally electronic music is the theme.

They are usually live streamed on the interwebs and the playlists (well, most of them) are available for free download on the Green Tone Bits website.

Green Tone Bits are MP3Jing sessions that aim to expose and share some of the finest free digital music, mostly released by Netlabels and/or under Creative Commons licenses.

Born in February 2009 and presented by Dinis Correia and Ricardo Mestre, Green Tone Bits sessions cover various music genres (featuring artists from all over the globe), but generally electronic music is the theme.

They are usually live streamed on the interwebs and the playlists (well, most of them) are available for free download on the Green Tone Bits website.

September 26, 2013 at 8:48pm
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Yammer is the leading provider of enterprise social networks, enabling organizations to make transformative changes quickly by empowering employees to collaborate across departments, geographies, content and business applications. The basic version of Yammer is free, and customers can pay to upgrade their network to receive additional administrative and security controls, priority customer service and a dedicated customer success manager. Companies and organizations from across the globe, including more than 85 percent of the Fortune 500, are using our award-winning Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution to improve employee productivity and engagement. Visit our blog to see how our customers are benefiting from Yammer.

Yammer is the leading provider of enterprise social networks, enabling organizations to make transformative changes quickly by empowering employees to collaborate across departments, geographies, content and business applications. The basic version of Yammer is free, and customers can pay to upgrade their network to receive additional administrative and security controls, priority customer service and a dedicated customer success manager. Companies and organizations from across the globe, including more than 85 percent of the Fortune 500, are using our award-winning Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution to improve employee productivity and engagement. Visit our blog to see how our customers are benefiting from Yammer.

September 15, 2013 at 2:54pm
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We would like to send out a very special thanks to We Are One, who for the second year are helping us with the venue and event setup. Here are some words from them:


  Our core business is communication and image strategy. 
  (naming, branding, image development, events, internal communication, and more)
  
  We do it following our vision in witch we believe in a world in continuous change, in a permanent mutative ecosystem that lunches new challenges constantly.
  
  With the creative insight that raise form this continuous awareness we acknowledge the present and make our contribution for a positive impact in organizations for the benefit of all the individual parts.

We would like to send out a very special thanks to We Are One, who for the second year are helping us with the venue and event setup. Here are some words from them:

Our core business is communication and image strategy. (naming, branding, image development, events, internal communication, and more)

We do it following our vision in witch we believe in a world in continuous change, in a permanent mutative ecosystem that lunches new challenges constantly.

With the creative insight that raise form this continuous awareness we acknowledge the present and make our contribution for a positive impact in organizations for the benefit of all the individual parts.

September 9, 2013 at 12:31pm
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With Spotify, it’s easy to find the right music for every moment – on your phone, your computer, your tablet and more.

There are millions of tracks on Spotify. So whether you’re working out, partying or relaxing, the right music is always at your fingertips. Choose what you want to listen to, or let Spotify surprise you.

Check out their developers website to find out what you can do with Spotify’s developer platform or have a look at their jobs section if you’re looking for a new challenge!

With Spotify, it’s easy to find the right music for every moment – on your phone, your computer, your tablet and more.

There are millions of tracks on Spotify. So whether you’re working out, partying or relaxing, the right music is always at your fingertips. Choose what you want to listen to, or let Spotify surprise you.

Check out their developers website to find out what you can do with Spotify’s developer platform or have a look at their jobs section if you’re looking for a new challenge!

August 29, 2013 at 3:53pm
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Mozilla is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Web better. We emphasize principle over profit, and believe that the Web is a shared public resource to be cared for, not a commodity to be sold. We work with a worldwide community to create open source products like Mozilla Firefox, and to innovate for the benefit of the individual and the betterment of the Web. The result is great products built by passionate people and better choices for everyone.

Mozilla is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Web better. We emphasize principle over profit, and believe that the Web is a shared public resource to be cared for, not a commodity to be sold. We work with a worldwide community to create open source products like Mozilla Firefox, and to innovate for the benefit of the individual and the betterment of the Web. The result is great products built by passionate people and better choices for everyone.

3:50pm
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Booking.com is the world’s leading online accommodation provider, operating across 176 countries in 41 languages. Their team of designers, developers, database engineers & Sysadmins solve complicated problems at huge scale.

Follow their developer blog and have a look at their careers site if you’re interested in job opportunities.

Booking.com is the world’s leading online accommodation provider, operating across 176 countries in 41 languages. Their team of designers, developers, database engineers & Sysadmins solve complicated problems at huge scale.

Follow their developer blog and have a look at their careers site if you’re interested in job opportunities.

3:45pm
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SAPO is a brand and subsidiary company of the Portugal Telecom Group. It is a Portuguese internet service provider that started as a search engine when founded in 1995. It is also the largest and one of the most innovative web companies in Portugal.

They also work with a lot of open source technologies and usually publish some of their own projects.

If you’re interested in working with them, have a look at their Portuguese or English jobs pages.

SAPO will also be providing our internet connectivity providers for the venue.

SAPO is a brand and subsidiary company of the Portugal Telecom Group. It is a Portuguese internet service provider that started as a search engine when founded in 1995. It is also the largest and one of the most innovative web companies in Portugal.

They also work with a lot of open source technologies and usually publish some of their own projects.

If you’re interested in working with them, have a look at their Portuguese or English jobs pages.

SAPO will also be providing our internet connectivity providers for the venue.

August 16, 2013 at 12:35pm
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At the end of 2012 a group of Node.js core maintainers and experts came together with folks from the enterprise to build a professional organization to stand behind Node.js and its ecosystem.

StrongLoop’s mission is to support developers who have committed to Node.js for their projects. The StrongLoop website is full of resources for developers to grow their projects on Node.js.

StrongLoop’s vision is to continue developing a supported Node.js platform, enhancing and hardening Node.js itself, evolving and supporting the libraries that are needed to build an application, and creating tools and services that enhance the experience of running a professional Node.js application.

At the end of 2012 a group of Node.js core maintainers and experts came together with folks from the enterprise to build a professional organization to stand behind Node.js and its ecosystem.

StrongLoop’s mission is to support developers who have committed to Node.js for their projects. The StrongLoop website is full of resources for developers to grow their projects on Node.js.

StrongLoop’s vision is to continue developing a supported Node.js platform, enhancing and hardening Node.js itself, evolving and supporting the libraries that are needed to build an application, and creating tools and services that enhance the experience of running a professional Node.js application.