The Future Friends Conference
ffconf is held at the historic Duke of Yorks picturehouse in Brighton, UK. The event is in its 11th year, and is lovingly curated and run by Remy & Julie Sharp.
Also see our historical archive of videos, audio and slides.
Sessions you'll see
|Engaging Empathy||#betterment, #community|
|What does it take to become a developer in 2020?||#betterment, #community|
|Getting more from Git||#development & ops|
|8 Unbelievable Things You Never Knew About Tracking||#big web ideas|
|From Milliseconds to Millions: A Look at the Numbers Powering Web Performance||#betterment|
Are our speaker photos hard to make out? That's on purpose, we don't announce our speakers right away, but if you would rather know you can drop us an email and we'll tell you
- 09:00 — 09:40
- 09:40 — 09:50
- 09:50 — 10:30Sharon Steed@sharonsteed
Empathy and vulnerability aren't necessarily two words associated with professional success, but they're invaluable to achieving long-term goals leaders set for their companies. Lets both define what those look like at work and how to engage them for optimized collaboration.
I always loved the tech industry but I couldn't code and never worked at a tech company. So I started speaking at conferences about what I knew: stuttering, marketing and vulnerability. One day, I got invited to speak at a tech conf (Hi @jremsikjr 👋🏾)
- 10:30 — 11:10Amina Adewusi@a_adewusi
What does it take to become a developer in 2020?
Amina shares her story about what it takes to become a developer after teaching herself how to code, juggling a full-time job and baby.
I taught myself how to code soon after becoming a mother. I realised that continuing my job travelling around the world was a slightly optimistic view of my mothering abilities! After googling "work from home" I discovered software engineering and decided to give it a go.
- 11:10 — 11:40
Coffee break (30 mins)
- 11:40 — 12:20Alice Bartlett@alicebartlett
Getting more from Git
Git is like a Swiss Army Knife for telling the story of your project. Yet most of us are only using the big knife and maybe the scissors to fudge our code into version control. In this talk we're going to learn about some more advanced Git commands and some history too.
Needed a 5th option to study at AS level. Asked the person next to me. Started with the Computing A level now we here.
- 12:20 — 13:00Laura Kalbag@LauraKalbag
8 Unbelievable Things You Never Knew About Tracking
The web, and big tech at large, is tracking our every move, habit, and facial expression. As developers who are also users, we both contribute to the surveillance system and are exploited by it. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
In my teens I made fan sites for local bands and a showcase for my own creepy goth art. Slicing pictures of websites into table layouts even though they’d been uncool for a couple of years already, because I just did what the first search result told me.
- 13:00 — 14:30
Lunch break (90 mins)
Recommendations at ffconf.org/food.
Travelling alone? Meet new friends with tables booked at Al Campo or stay at the cinema and order a pizza!
- 14:30 — 15:10Harry Roberts@csswizardry
From Milliseconds to Millions: A Look at the Numbers Powering Web Performance
We all know performance is big business, but how big? Let's take a look at some of the numbers powering the web performance industry, from both sides of the table. What do performance improvements mean for my clients, and how do we translate that into a working relationship
I'm a failed designer who learned it the hard way: I was much better at coding my portfolio site than I was at designing it. I decided to admit defeat and stick with keyboards and clearfixes.
- 15:10 — 15:50Anna Migas@szynszyliszys
Effortless Performance Debugging
During the session we will talk about the causes of painful performance and look into simple and actionable steps how to make a website more performant with a little effort.
I wanted to study English, but my final test results weren't good enough. I was looking through all majors I could apply for at Uni and found out HCI-like degree course
- 15:50 — 16:15
Ice cream break (25 mins)
- 16:15 — 16:55Charlotte Dann@charlotte_dann
Taking The Web Off The Screen
The rise of generative art has brought a whole new wave of creativity to the web; this talk is about the myriad of ways we can use all that coding knowledge to make cool art in the physical realm.
Got carried away tweaking Tumblr themes, discovered it hurt my fingers less than my other teen hobby of weaving chainmaille, been tip tapping ever since.
- 16:55 — 17:35Suz Hinton@noopkat
Adventures in reinventing interfaces
Computers and other electronic devices existed for a long time before the web made its debut. Can modern web interfaces help invigorate the small computing space, while driving a new set of creative developers to invent better and more playful experiences?
My dad brought home our first family computer, a second-hand Commodore 64, when all of my friends were already using PCs with Windows 3.1. I fell in love with programming from that first day of typing commands in BASIC.
- 17:35 — 17:50
- 17:50 — Late
Order some food (until 9PM), join in our board games and enjoy a drink on us (wide range of non-alcoholic and hot drinks also available).
OhSo Social is situated right on the seafront, look out for the green doughnut!
250a King’s Rd, Brighton BN1 1NB
Modern Universal React dev with Next.js
Next.js is a framework for building React applications with automatic server side rendering support, which results in improved performance over "vanilla" React. The framework also offers zero configuration, automatic code splitting and prefech out of the box.Full detailsBuy tickets
Workshop tickets include a ffconf pass ticket for the conference on Friday.
- Duke of Yorks
- Moe's at the Circus
Early morning networking from 7:30am
- Al Campo
"Lunch with Future Friends" and social on Thursday
- OhSo Social
Social on Friday
- Jury's Inn
next to Train station & close to venue
directly outside the front of the station
- My Hotel
- Old Ship Hotel
close to after party venue
fish 'n chips
- The Joker
wings & salt beef
- Green Kitchen
- Fatto A Mano
Our inclusion statement
ffconf takes diversity and inclusion seriously. We know that a diverse line-up is important for the inclusion of marginalised people in the tech community.
We want people to attend because of the content we provide, not who's presenting it. As such, we only reveal our speakers at the day of the conference.
This statement is our approach to make our commitment to diversity and inclusion as transparent as possible. We are striving to do better each year.
In the previous 4 years, ffconf's speaker distribution included over 50% women and POC and each year we intend to maintain diversity in our speakers. And we are proudly holding our event in Brighton.
This isn't something we should be proud of, because it should be the norm, but it is what we've got and we'd like to share that with you.
You can also apply for our scholarship, open until the 16th of September.
To become a sponsor please contact Remy & Julie at email@example.comRequest sponsorship pack