To set things straight, nothing beats the real thing!
Attending a conference gives you the opportunity to meet like-minded people, have in-depth conversations greater than 140 characters and thrive off your peers’ motivation.
The amount of conferences within the calendar year are ever increasing and the bar is being set higher and higher each year. It’s truly astounding.
Unfortunately, one can’t attend every conference but fortunately we do have the opportunity to relive some. Most conference organises go to great lengths to capture, edit and release each and every talk. The good thing about all their hard work is that we can create the ultimate conference.
Wilson Miner — When We Build
Ben Hammersley — The flower, the field and the stack
Josh Brewer — Photoshop you are a liar
Arron James Draplin — The DDC 50 point plan to ruin yer career
Cabel Sasser — Panic
Fat – What Is Open Source & Why Do I Feel So Guilty?
Brad Frost — Death To Bullshit
James Bridle — Waving at the Machines
You might be asking yourself, why I haven’t included any in-depth technical talks in the list above. Well, the reasoning behind this is that I feel the big picture talks are really what makes a conference for me.
They tend to help you think outside the square and really challenge your current situation.
From my limited conference experience technical talks are great for keeping up with the fast-paced industry, but generally speaking, the information portrayed can usually be discovered online without too much trouble. But saying that, there are some amazing technical talks that shouldn’t go unnoticed. For example, Nicolas Gallagher’s talk on CSS Application Architecture, Harry Robert’s CSS Conf talk on Normalising Designs For Better Quality CSS, Chris Coyier’s 10 Things to make your site faster and Jed Schmidt’s talk about Node's Personal Manservant just to name a few.
If I have missed a talk which you think should be included above, be sure to speak up in the comments below. I’ll try and keep this post evolving.