June 4th, 2012 by Gwynne Monahan
The last weekend in May, typically Memorial Day weekend in the States, was also the Polyglot Unconference.
Yes, polyglot. It is an actual word, and means, simply, multilingual. The conference describes itself best:
The core idea of the Polyglot Conference is to celebrate this diversity and break us out of our typically language-specific user groups and conferences to come together to talk about the challenges and interests that we all have in common.
Clio was pleased to help sponsor this year, and have some of its development team in attendance. Here is what a couple had to say:
What I really like about this un-conference is that this is organized purely by local tech community leaders like Tavis and Boris. They are actively organizing some of the most popular meetups and involved heavily in tech community building.
I’ve attended JS framework, Concurrency, HTML5 App, effective testing, ruby, and Node.js. I particularly enjoyed the discussions at HTML5 App session about the future of ecosystem. I came back home with so many homeworks and met with cool people. There will be a Polyglot meetup coming soon and surely looking forward to the next year.
For a weekend, developers from all over Vancouver got together to learn from one another at Polyglot. This unconference was designed for tech community leaders to speak about what they want to speak about, in any development language they chose. However, there also were talks such as “Intro to Ruby” that were facilitated by people that were just passionate to learn about a new trending topic. This was a perfect opportunity for developers all around to get exposed to new ideas, break into new languages and share their knowledge.
Everybody who attended, even the community leaders, learned something new over the weekend. Unconferences (and normal conferences) for developers are a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested and it really encourages growth within the community. For a sponsor, such as Clio, that is going to need to reach into that community for talent, not only will they be able to find a higher degree of developer but they are giving back to the community. A big thanks out to all of the other sponsors for this event and I hope that next year will be even greater.
Be sure to check out the list of topics discussed.