My experience from Frontendconf Zurich

I’m writing this blog post while eating some of the amazing Lindt chocolates I got for free 10 days ago at Frontend conference in Zurich. But it wasn’t a good experience only because of them!

First of all, it gave me the opportunity to visit Zurich for free, and meet an old friend for the first time. A girl we used to be penpals with at primary school & junior high when she was still living in Athens and I in Lesvos. She is now living in Zurich and doing her PhD in ETH. I arrived in Zurich a day earlier and stayed in her place that first night. We caught up and I had a great time.

Secondly, the rest of the speakers are great people and fun too, it was a pleasure to meet them. Especially Smashing Magazine‘s Vitaly Friedman. He’s a very kind guy, nothing like what you’d expect from somebody so successful. I also got the chance to meet Robert again, who was lots of fun as always. Those Swedes have a great sense of humor!

The conference itself was very nice, although small (only 200 people). Many inspiring talks, although I couldn’t attend them all because they were split into multiple tracks in one day. I would very much prefer it if it had 1 track and was 2 days. The 2nd day was an unconference, where attendees could speak, about whatever they wanted. I decided to get some sleep the second day, so I arrived a bit later, and didn’t attend many talks. It was kinda sad that it finished so early, around 4pm almost everyone was gone and most speakers were flying back the same day.

My talk went great, although I had the most technical glitches I’ve ever faced in a talk. That was my fault, not the conference’s. I guess I should learn to stop tweaking my slides at the last moment, cause things might break (and this time they did). Despite those glitches however, the audience loved it. Here’s a small sample of the twitter feedback I got:


I really like the slides by @. Please make them available later on, Lea. #FEC11
@FabianBeiner
Fabian Beiner

Outstanding live CSS examples in the slides by @. #fec11
@michalbe
Michal Budzynski

Using multiple outlines with CSS3 box shadows, one of @'s awesome live slides at #fec11: http://img.ly/8dgR
@jfahrenkrug
Ⓙohannes Ⓕahrenkrug

@ has some seriously good CSS3 tricks up her sleeve. #fec11
@kcornelius
Kathryn Cornelius

Wicked! Spread-radius for box-shadow could be really useful /cc @
@backflip
Thomas Jaggi

Multiple box-shadows! Brilliant! Thank you @ #fec11
@cainvommars
Peter Willert

I sure hope the slides will be available online, there are some really cool CSS tricks in the talk by @ #fec11 /cc @ @
@euklid
Fabian

Learning a lot of CSS3 hacks with @ at #fec11.
@shvi
Pierre Spring

@ sure knows what she is talking about. #impressing #fec11
@lorentzforce
Simon Josi ⚡


Thanks @, this was an awesome talk. :)
@FabianBeiner
Fabian Beiner

Check out @'s awesome html5 slides framework CSSS at http://t.co/vgPTwWL #fec11
@jfahrenkrug
Ⓙohannes Ⓕahrenkrug

Thank you for your absolutely awesome talk @!
@jfahrenkrug
Ⓙohannes Ⓕahrenkrug


@ great presentation about #css3 secrets. i really need to check #csss now http://t.co/CW2Ipy1 #fec11
@marcoegli
Marco Egli

@ Don't be disappointed by "no questions". This just means your talk was so good that there are no open ones. :)
@FabianBeiner
Fabian Beiner

great speach by @ she really showed 10 new things bout css3 I didn't know
@mauricenaef
Marcel Maurice Naef


@ Wonderful presentation Lea! :-) Great work! Impressive CSS3 examples you had... Enjoyed it very much! :-) εύγε!

@ Nice presentation with some very useful examples!

WEB: CSS3 Secrets: 10 things you might not know about CSS3 from @ at @ http://t.co/9mVeOfz Smart girl ;-)
@andypanix
Andrea Panisson

If you fancy css3, the talk by @ @ is a must watch. http://t.co/bQaiwrs #fec11
@lorentzforce
Simon Josi ⚡

Delightful, eye-opening talks by @ (next gen web games) and @ (CSS3 wizardry) were a great kickstart to #fec11
@loleg
Oleg

@ totally rocked at her #CSS3 presentation. The #fec11 fee is now worth every penny. http://t.co/C1QlPqm
@whitefleaCH
Thomas Lohbeck

@ - Awesome CSS3 Secrets presentation. Loved your comment "Thats what they deserve for using IE8" =) http://t.co/U5bULgo
@Juztin
Justin

Totally blown away by @'s "10 things about CSS3" talk http://yjo.go.ly - she channels the pragmatism of @ to a T. #mustsee
@codepo8
Christian Heilmann

OMG @ is such a CSS think-tank superhero! Watch her talk on CSS3 http://t.co/QFkA5KX now. And then worship her. I do.
@derSchepp
Christian Schaefer

Just listened to @ speaking at @, what a fantastic talk. So would love to hear her speak in person some time.
@susanjrobertson
Susan Robertson

If you read the above carefully, you might have noticed that my talk was recorded, so you can see it too. :) Enjoy!

  • http://blog.end3r.com Ender

    I already watched the recording – You’re awesome as usual! Very interesting stuff in the presentation, thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/greenido Ido Green

    Great job! Looking forward to see you in one (or more) open web/js conf… :)

  • Leed

    Thanks for the great presentation at front /> conference in Zurich. I really enjoyed the show

  • Livio

    Very good and useful presentation. Thank you! :)