We spent the last two days hanging out at Nodevember, meeting developers from around the country, catching up with alumni, and listening to a lot of great talks! A few of those talks came from our alumni. On day one we heard from Delaine Wendling and Matt Hamil, both from Cohort 15 (which graduated this past January).
Matt’s session, React: A Romance of Many Dimensions walked us through using ReactVR to create 3D worlds in the browser and UX principles for virtual reality apps. ReactVR allows you to be immediately productive creating 3D worlds in the browser using the React APIs you’re already familiar with. You can view his slides on GitHub.
Matt shared, “I started working on an early version of my talk earlier this year when Kyle Welch, one of the organizers of NashReact, asked in Slack if anyone wanted to present a lightning talk before one of their meetups. I remembered that I saw a tweet about a neat technology (ReactVR) earlier that day, so I told Kyle I’d give a lightning talk on it. After he put me down on the calendar, I asked myself, ‘Why did I agree to do that? I just learned that ReactVR is a thing, why am I going to give a talk about it?’ I spent the weekend working on building a project with ReactVR and gave the lightning talk on Monday. After the meetup, Kyle encouraged me to refine the talk and submit to Nodevember. I got a number of people to review my proposal, and I was humbled when my topic was selected.”
You are never too inexperienced to get involved. You can't be accepted to give a talk somewhere if you never submit anything. - Matt Hamil
Speaking at conferences requires an immense amount of work, but it’s an absolutely incredible way to deep dive on a topic you’re passionate about, and share what you’ve learned with others. I’d encourage anyone, no matter what their experience level, to consider it! - Aimee Knight
In addition to awesome speakers, NSS alumni were a part of the crew planning and organizing the whole event. Among them was Nodevember Chair, Erin Page from Cohort 8 who led the charge. (Meet the full Nodevember team.) Many of the volunteers were also recent NSS grads and students.
We’re already looking forward to Nodevember 2018!