Thousands Converge for HTML5 Developers Conference

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Technical leaders of the mobile web are gathering in San Francisco for the the third HTML5 Developers Conference or HTML5DevConf, the largest conference in the world for HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript technologies.

In just under a month thousands of code hungry developers will converge under the gilded ceilings and crystal chandeliers of San Francisco's historic Palace Hotel to devour two days worth of trainings, talks, and parties at the largest HTML5 and JavaScript conference in the world: the HTML5 Developers Conference or HTML5 DevConf.

Oct 15 & 16 2012 marks the third HTML5DevConf in San Francisco. The conference has been expanded to 2 days, and features talks by the likes of Paul Irish of Google, Chris Heilmann of Mozilla, and Faruk Ates of four53. Some big-name speakers from the last conference, like Peter Lubbers and Steve Souders, are returning as well.

Plus it’s sponsored by major players like Adobe, Intel, Mozilla Firefox, Enyo (Hewlett Packard), Yammer, so the conference has no shortage of clout. Platinum Sponsor is also making a splash here and hopes to dominate the market for constant content updates. Up and comers like, DotCloud and others are also joining the show.

What are the upcoming trends in HTML5 and JavaScript? According to the conference founder Ann Burkett, “We are just starting to see some tools that will mass popularize animation in HTML5, similar to what flash did once upon a time. Designers are key for driving new mobile web technologies"

“We think this years conference is the strongest technical one overall we've ever had,” says founder Ann Burkett. As a developer, Burkett started working on games at Macromedia Shockwave, where she helped develop some of the first hit browser-based games in the world. She came up with the idea for HTML5 DevConf while on the road in summer 2011.
“I was wondering what technologies lay ahead for the mobile web,” Burkett thought, while attending Casual Connect in Seattle, “I didn't see an HTML5 conference in San Francisco and I was foolish enough to try and start one. I didn't know if anyone would show up.”
The first conference was held in September of that year. Burkett expected about 300 people to attend; almost 1000 people showed up. Since then the venue, number of days, speakers, and sponsors have only grown.

“The irony is though I’m known as a game person and founded this conference I’ve always maintained that games would be the last bastion that HTML5 would ever move into and that native will always hold an advantage in the bleeding edge hardware access. However, despite that and all the current naysaying we are indeed seeing HTML5 invading the less performance intensive mobile apps as well as of course starting to see some new and exciting developments in Design with new tools that remind me of what flash was able to do.“

What separates HTML5 DevConf from other tech conferences, though? For starters, it's relatively inexpensive.. “It's unique to San Francisco,” says Dave Nugent, one of the conference's organizers. “It's priced as a grassroots conference, in a location which usually only affords expensive, thousand dollar plus tickets, and yet the quality of the speakers and the venue is every bit as high as the expensive conferences.”

Nugent, an SF based freelance developer who runs the SF JavaScript and GameJS Meetups, began working with the conference earlier this year.

“We have experts who are giving their time to meet with our attendees one-on-one,” Nugent says, “we also have a lot more sponsors. Our goal is to continue to be the largest conference in this space while offering the highest quality technical talks. The conference is aimed at technical developers and technical management. We've found that our audience is not impressed by big-name CEOs or product talks. They want to see people who write beautiful code.”
For more information on the conference, check out the HTML5 Dev Conf website.

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