Last week, Xata had the privilege of sponsoring and MC-ing JSConf Budapest. This is a blog post about our impressions from our involvement in this conference.
For the Love
We had people walk over with genuine interest in a "serverless database where people think data, not databases", and had the privilege of showing them the true power of Xata while answering common questions about how we're not Firebase and what our pricing is.
Also, to no one's surprise, our inclusive all-gender swag–including women's cut shirts, earrings, and temporary tattoos–had people in awe, and others taking notes for their next booth. We're happy to have had this impact on the community and hope to see more earrings and inclusive swag in the future.
All Are Welcome
Because the conference chooses talks completely anonymously based on the talk's title and description, there is no bias for who is speaking: it's purely about the ideas. After a topic is chosen, then the organizers learn who the speaker is, and make the necessary arrangements with them. With this model, people with great ideas from around the world–irrespective of their credentials or other backgrounds–get a platform.
JS the Community, not just JS the Language
- Solve problems with code
- Often communicate on teams
- Go through pandemics together
- Are human beings, with human experiences
- Sometimes write CSS and HTML
- Other times fly drones
Organizing an in-person conference seems hard enough, but the organizers continued the party with more activities around the conference–like a community hike around the hilly region of Buda in Budapest.
We visited a child-operated railway, and continued walking and talking through the gorgeous Budapest hills with some nature therapy, food, and beautiful vistas.
Multiple days of back-to-back social conference events can take a toll on our health, with some of us needing downtime to recharge our social batteries either alone or in a smaller group. This organically happened on a natural and healthy cadence, and was acceptable by all.
The organizers, attendees, and speakers all had a keen awareness and sensitivity to the needs of others, and accommodated everything a person needed to be happy and healthy. The condensed code of conduct, "be excellent to each other", was very prevalent with people looking out for the best interests of each other.
We plan to be back next year.