It was my first professional conference. And honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. I went in thinking I’d get bombarded with technical explanations left and right. But nothing could have been further from the truth. The organisers of the conference clearly wanted to focus on the social aspect of our profession.
So I found myself surrounded with best of the industry: from developers to teachers and search engine optimisers. They all came to talk about their hands-on experiences and interesting stuff they found out during their careers. Absolutely fascinating to say the least!
“I live in Nigeria, we very often still work with 2G internet. If your applications work here, they’ll work anywhere.” ~ Christian Nwamba, iJS London 2019
The afternoon keynote was about future ethics. Cennydd Bowles explained how technology was never neutral. How it’s social and political aspects always have moral consequences. And why morality will only gain importance with the rise of camera surveillance, algorithms and the general automatisation of our daily lives.
He really made me think about how we can create more thoughtful and ethical products for future generations.
But what about colorblind people? Or people who are not able to use a keyboard? How do we provide access to the blind? It is our job to facilitate the use of our websites, landing pages and webapps for everyone. Not just for ourselves.
These keynotes weren’t the only things going on during the conference of course. I spoke to a bunch of cool people and attended several really interesting sessions. A couple of technical heavy ones, I'll spare you the details (for now), and a couple about the psychology behind the actions we take in the field.
I could ramble on about these sessions for hours on end but I believe that’s best left for another time.
Long story short: iJS was the first real conference of my career, it was amazing, I gained a lot of new insights and it certainly won’t be my last one!
All imagery used in this post is from iJS's Twitter account