Today, I’m excited to announce Byteconf. It’s a different kind of tech conference, one that’s free and broadcast live on Twitch, so anyone on earth with a device and an Internet connection can attend.
Conferences have a special place in my heart — they’re where I’ve been introduced to new technologies that I now use every day, and to amazing developers working on incredible projects. As a new Ruby on Rails developer in 2013, attending Heroku’s Waza conference had a huge impact: it was one of the first times I had been surrounded by a large group of fellow developers. It was inspiring and motivated me to continue down the path of being a software engineer.
But conferences can be expensive. Between travel, lodging, and ticket prices, a lot of tech conferences are inaccessible to huge numbers of people.
Whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional developer, you should be able to attend a conference and learn from some of the best programmers and speakers in the world. Regardless of location, or economic status — being part of a community should be available to everyone. I’m trying to make that a reality with Byteconf.
Byteconf is quite different from a lot of conferences — we’re trading rows of chairs for a chat box, and HDMI cables for a live Twitch stream. It’s unexplored territory, but what I do know is that community is the most important part.
Are you a React developer who wants to give a talk at byteconf_react_2018? Our Call for Papers is now open as well. Fill out our quick CFP form and we’ll be in touch!