Without further ado, let’s get to the review.
FullStack London took place on July 12 through July 14 at CodeNode. I have nothing to complain about the venue, it’s big and comfortable, just in the heart of London. I’m sure that everyone had a pleasant experience during all of the three days of the conference. The rooms were big and only on a few occasions, I saw people standing (myself included). There were a few sponsors booths at the lower ground including a drone VR simulator and later on an indoor drone racing competition. There was even a table tennis table there, which was later removed to accommodate the party of the first day. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to play a match in time, maybe next year.
There were also greats workshops, while I can’t speak for all of them, the ones I saw (GraphQL and WebGL) were great, we were able to build interesting things in less than 2 hours which by themselves made the conference worth it.
I should also note that all talks were recorded and are available online for those who bought a ticket.
I should say that I did not quite like England’s cuisine (at least, based on my experience so far). But I can say that there were options for veggies and for people with dietary restrictions, which is not something you see in every conference. In addition to that, coffee was available during the whole conference with a few snacks.
The most important part of any conference alongside with networking are the talks. I enjoyed most of the talks I attended and I plan to post more about their topics in the future as I practice more with what I learned. Overall the talks were good, there was even a comedy quiz show with some of the speakers called “Have I got nodes for you?”. I won’t cover all talks I saw here, but, I want to highlight my favorites talks of the conference.
Opening Keynote by Douglas Crockford – Numbers
From Zero to Forex Trading bot Hero — Daniele Polencic
Workshop: Practical WebGL — Martin Splitt
This workshop was an easy choice for me, as this relates to my area of interest in Computers Science I decided to attend it and see how I could apply my previous OpenGL knowledge on the Web and I was impressed how easy it was to write WebGL code using the Three.js library. Martin was well prepared and demonstrated that he deeply understands WebGL. It was a super exciting workshop.
Workshop: Diving into GraphQL, React & Apollo — Nikolas Burk
During this workshop, we built a real time chat application using React, Apollo and Graphcool (a GraphQL server service). I had no previous practical knowledge of GraphQL and I was amazed at how I was able to absorb the main concepts of GraphQL and how to put in practice by writing some code. This is a topic that I’ll dig deeper as it is something we might start using at 10up. We’ve already faced some of the challenges that GraphQL solves and I see a good potential on it.
Nothing is perfect. Although this does not relate to the quality of the conference it is something that’s worth pointing out. The conference is not cheap,
I 10up paid over 400 pounds for an early-bird ticket (full price was over 700 pounds if I’m not mistaken and next year conference full price is over 1000 pounds). London is not a cheap city either, so prepare yourself if you’re interested in attending the conference next year or find a company that can support you (btw, 10up is always hiring). Luckily, there is a huge discount for those booking early, see next’s year conference page for more info.