d.construct 2006

Following on from Barcamp London, this weekend saw 400-odd geeks descend on Brighton for the second d.construct.

Simon and I were there to speak about the Yahoo Developer Network, and how Yahoo use of APIs and web services internally to scale, move faster and encourage innovation. We also threw in some extras, including a discussion of Hack Day, and some bad photos of some well-known UK geeks.

As always, the slides are available.

Dominic Mitchell summarised our key points, and Ms Jen wrote some decent notes on what we actually said. There is also a video out there of the session, but I'm not going to link to it until I've had a chance to watch it myself.

The event as a whole was very different compared with last year - bigger and generally better. When an event goes so smoothly and has a great venue, decent AV equipment, goodie bags, working wifi, a sponsored bar and free crazy golf, then you start to think it's maybe moved beyond the "grassroots" label. But I don't see this as a bad thing - I spoke to several people who flew halfway round the world to attend, often out of their own pocket.

It's a real credit to Clearleft guys that they've established d.construct's worldwide reputation so quickly. I'm already looking forward to next year.

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