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A Great Time at BarCamp Albuquerque 3

Sep 14, 2008

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BarCampAlbuquerque has come to a close, and it was a great experience for me. And as I posted previously, I spread the good word about web standards.

My Contribution

Here's my presentation for your enjoyment and edification: Web Standards Primer. I can't wait to listen to the recording to hear just how much of a total dork I sounded like.

Update: 2/10/2009

And it's confirmed: I do sound like a total dork (could I "um" more?). Reid Givens has posted the audio recording of my presentation.

To summarize, I covered:

  • Definition of standards
  • Importance of validation
  • Semantics
  • Separation of content from presentation and behavior
  • Accessibility
  • Benefits (to designers, developers, employers/clients, users and the industry as a whole)

Shout Outs

The best part of BarCampAlbuquerque: I met other local web and technology professionals, who really changed my somewhat-pessimistic opinion about the Albuquerque market and talent base:

  • Reid Givens spoke on "common sense" web marketing. His presentation was engaging and informative, and he has an amazing presence in front of a group. I could easily see him giving great presentations at larger conferences. He also deserves a big thanks from everyone for organizing the event.
  • Chris Kenworthy talked about analytics, heat maps and A/B testing, as well as demonstrated some very cool tools. This kid (yes, Chris, compared to me you are a kid) is brilliant with analytics and community building, and is an all-around great guy.
  • Virginia Debolt attended and took some time out to talk to me. Imagine my surprise and thrill to find out she serves on the WaSP Education Task Force. I loved finding another local who is as committed to standards as I am, if not more so.
  • Jack Moffit talked about start-ups on day one and XMPP open messaging on day two. He really blew me away with his breadth and depth of knowledge of all things web: development, entrepreneurialship, business, open standards … I could go on and on. And, frankly, hearing him speak made we want to get back into development (scary!).
  • Chad Davis discussed public media with specific examples from his team's work at local PBS affiliate KNME. Having worked with Chad and his team at the start of their foray into "new media," it was nice to see how far they have come in a short period of time … with comparatively limited funding and resources.
  • Mark Casias presented about JavaScript libraries (jQuery) and had me laughing during our chats. I found his commitment to creating rich, interactive user experiences with JavaScript inspiring and refreshing.

I had to leave early the last day and was sad to miss what seemed to be some great presentations, but I'm looking forward to next year!

Until then, enjoy my presentation and check out the above blogs from my ABQ colleagues.

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Chris Kenworthy opines:


Thanks for the kind words Emily. Your presentation was inspiration enough that I sat at home today looking over the hundreds of validation errors on my site trying to figure out the best way to go about eliminating some/most of them.

Reid’s presentation was also inspirational and Jack’s talk on VC funding really got me thinking what I could do with more resources.

I’ve really enjoyed the people I’ve met at the Web Geeks Meetup, and now BarCamp. Can’t wait for the next big IT/Web event in Albuquerque!

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Emily responds:


@Chris - It is scary to think what you could do with some VC funding ... in a great way. I hope you pursue it.

And let me just say again: If there’s anything I can do with your effort to bring </dream-in-code> closer to standards, you only need to ask … maybe a post-wedding project?

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Chad Davis opines:


Thanks for the shout out Em. It was cool to see all of the standards discussions we had translate in to a nice presentation.

Barcamp was indeed quite cool.

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Emily responds:


@Chad - Shout out was deserved.

You gave a great presentation and it really is quite impressive (considering everything you have had to maneuver around) what KNME has accomplished with "new media" in such a short period of time.

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Michael Bernstein opines:


Emily, thanks again for a great presentation on the importance of standards and the ROI for following them.

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