We’re back from Node Interactive North America in Austin (and full of Texas BBQ, thanks to the lovely folks at Jo’s Coffee) and boy howdy, did we have a great time.
There was a lot to learn at this year’s NINA — if you missed a few sessions, you can see the recorded talks here! — but there were some consistent themes throughout the event that stood out.
First off, diversity was a first-class citizen at NINA—well before the conference, Tracy Hinds, the education community manager of the Node.js Foundation, shared a long post on Medium outlining the community’s commitment to a safe, inclusive, respectful, and enjoyable event for all. Tuesday kicked off bright and early with the Diversity Coffee Talk (sponsored by IBM and Intel):
— Ashley Brisco (@abrisco1999) November 29, 2016
Tracy wrapped up the conference with an inspiring (both content- and graphics-wise!) overview of diversity in Node.
Putting the “Open” in Open Source
Several speakers talked eloquently about the joys of contributing to Node—warts and all. William Kapke detailed his (codefree!) push to make the open governance model truly open: open agendas, open meeting schedules, and open meeting minutes.
— Beth Qiang (@BethQiang) November 29, 2016
— Wes Tyler (@westyler1) November 29, 2016
— Diana Lozano (@bossigner) November 29, 2016
And IBM’s Rand McKinney talked about creating good documentation, which makes any project, open or not, more accessible and more useful.
— Rand Mckinney (@randmckinney) December 6, 2016
Node in the Enterprise
If you’re still trying to convince your boss that Node is an enterprise-ready language, just point them at the agenda for NINA 2016. Keynotes from IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Google, and NodeSource, and conference talks from Netflix, Autodesk, and GoDaddy should convince even the most die-hard skeptic that Node is a first-class choice.
— Gaurav Seth (@gauravseth) November 29, 2016
And of course, there was a booth crawl:
There were the usual giveaways on hand (shoutout to Node Interactive for making shirts in women’s cuts and sizes!) but perhaps the most coveted items in the vendor area were the ice cream sandwiches at the break!
If you couldn’t get near the IBM booth, don’t worry—you can catch up on CodeRally, Eclair.js, IBM Graph, OpenWhisk, and of course, Bluemix, APIConnect and LoopBack! (Any lack of ice cream you’ll have to handle on your own.)
The Conference Party and Beyond
Those who still had energy after the first day and booth crawl were rewarded with food, drink, and music at the Node Interactive Conference Party. The event was held at the Speakeasy, a fun venue that has a vintage bowling lane, a photo booth to mark memories, and a view of Austin from the rooftop DJ lounge that was definitely something to enjoy!
There wasn’t really an after-party after day two (or at least not an official one), but we heard that the Code and Learn and Collaboration Summits on December 1 and 2 were amazing. We’ll certainly make sure to get those on our schedule next time!
What did you learn at NINA2016 that surprised or enthused you? Let us know!