Vincit attended the conference with a fairly large delegation: three developers from the California office and four from Helsinki. The first thing we learned about Hawai’i was that the weather can be really unpredictable in the winter time. Heavy showers were a common sight, but the very next moment the sun was burning high in the sky. The temperature was pleasant being between 70 to 80 F° (21 to 27 C°) through day and night. The surrounding area of the conference was Marriott Waikiki Hotel just next to the famous Waikiki beach. The attendees were offered a discount to the rooms which were upgraded to have an ocean view. Nice!
The presentations started on Thursday but some program was arranged already before that. On Wednesday evening the folks gathered to a dinner roulette for general chatting and getting to know each other. The actual conference days started with breakfast, and lunches and snacks were served by the organizer as well. It was relaxing to enjoy the meal box under a palm tree on the Waikiki beach sands. After the first conference day, the party gathered to Honolulu Zoo to enjoy the beautiful environment, music, and delicious dinner buffet. The conference ended with a happy hour including drink tickets on the hotel’s pool patio.
During the two intensive days, 23 presentations were given, all in the same room. Talking time was boxed to less than 30 minutes, which made the presentations stay mostly in focus. The presentations themselves left us with somewhat mixed feelings. We as a group of technology oriented developers naturally expected to see a lot of advanced topics going deep into the core of technology. Some of the presentations gave us that. For a few highlights, an introduction to Babel macros, how Airbnb adopted TypeScript in large scale, applications of ES6 generators, how Facebook is tuning the performance of its React Native mobile apps and implementing serverless architectures were some that hit us right to the target.