The folks at Code & Supply put on a fantastic inaugural event in Pittsburgh this year. They sold 1500 tickets, their maximum, a few weeks before the event took place in downtown Pittsburgh at the Westin Conference Center. Pittsburgh is a walkable city with beautiful soaring art-deco buildings and approachable eateries. Residents of other riparian cities will feel right at home with it's sporadic grids and pleasant, but not overwhelming, humidity.
Speakers came in from all over to join local coders and community builders at Abstractions. The agenda included new faces as well as industry veterans and conference circuit regulars, albeit from several different circuits. There was a particularly nice tweet from Joe Armstrong, (the inventor of Erlang and the Thursday morning keynote) who was delighted to finally meet Larry Wall (another invited speaker and the inventor of Perl) over dinner during the conference weekend.
With @TimToady at @abstractionscon swapping tales of the old days - funny we'd never met before. pic.twitter.com/YLB2oKQLf8
— Joe Armstrong (@joeerl) August 19, 2016
Abstractions was a decidedly forward-looking conference. Girl Develop It was there to help new coders with their questions. There was onsite Yoga for Engineers, because it's never to early to start stretching and stave off the stiffness of computer-hunch muscles. A lot of the audience was either young or young at heart. There are no official numbers, but at a glance, I'd guess there were at least as many attendees sporting candy-colored hair as khakis. Plus there were puppies (really!) and a sticker swap. Add in a robust Code of Conduct, a "students welcome" attitude, and then make it easy to attend by giving out seventy-five scholarships? Well, it sounds like a recipe for building a friendly, healthy, and sustainable community for collaborative coding and hacking.
My day has been made #puppies #abstractions pic.twitter.com/LO2FGkZ3Nr
— Eva Mans (@manse_pansy) August 20, 2016
The folks at Code & Supply will host another big conference in 2018 as well as smaller events in 2017, all of which will be announced on their mailing list.