Speaking at any kind of conference is usually a big deal. But when you get the chance to speak at a conference with the industry's best and brightest, seasoned veterans, highly esteemed colleagues, and people that are generally way smarter than you - it's an even bigger deal.
At least that's how I felt when I was chosen to give this presentation - I was pretty jazzed.
CSS Dev Conf featured speakers from all over the world and converged in Honolulu, HI. It was a one-day conference that consisted of a series of hour-long talks on everything CSS. The content presented was nothing short of awesome - responsive design, flexbox, adaptive images, media queries... the list goes on. But honestly, no single presentation stuck out for me. I loved the opening and closing keynotes, but what I came away with, more-so than anything else, was inspiration.
Of course, I always come away from tech conferences with some new technical knowledge, but what I love the most is the inspiration that I get. It's inspiring to be around like-minded people with new ways of doing things that maybe just launched the coolest website you've ever seen. It's the success stories - and sometimes the big failure stories - that inspire me to want to do better and make awesome things. It's tough to put into words, but the small things that you learn along the way seem to make the biggest difference in my everyday workflow. These intangible pieces of knowledge are what make me a better web developer and what make me love web conferences. So when I say that no single presentation stuck out to me - maybe I mean that no single presentation gave me the most inspiration - it was the sum of all the parts.
A Tidbit of Knowledge
Chris Coyier had a great closing keynote and talked about how to make big decisions. His first thing to do was to get a good night's sleep. I love that. Get a good night's sleep. Most people don't do that anyway, let alone before they make a big decision. And it's so true - you always feel better after a good night's sleep. I thought this piece of advice was almost profound.
The conference was terrific and I left feeling very inspired. Although I ended up catching a cold on my last day there, at least I got to enjoy the conference and catch some sun.