HTML5.tx :: Links, Recap and a Thank You

(This post is about three weeks late, I know.)

On October 8th, 2011, in Austin, TX, we held the first HTML5.tx event. We sold all 250 tickets two weeks ahead of time, and had over 240 people show the day of the event.

For an unproven conference, it was (and I know I’m biased) a smashing success.

Photos of the event have been posted on Flickr here.

For some nice conference recaps, see here, here, here, here and here.

Our Pals Gavin and Martin from Drifting Creatives have a nice Portfolio page up for HTML5.tx that you can see here.

We’re working on getting the videos up on the site, where they will be available for free. In the meantime, Clark has published the recording for our HTML5 Smackdown session  with the Drifting Creatives guys as Episode 61 of the Developer Smackdown podcast. Check it out here.

If you attended HTML5.tx, and haven’t rated your sessions yet, it’s not too late.

Beyond that, I thought it best if—rather than trying to recreate the emotion of the event three weeks later—I posted the email I sent to all of the volunteers on our public DL the Monday after the event. Here it is, in near-entirety:

To the HTML5.tx Planning Committee and friends,

This weekend, over 240 people came together to learn from one another. You created a place for them to do that.

Over 40 people joined us for the kickoff on Friday. 75 stayed late on Saturday. You all made them feel welcome, helped start and continue the many conversations this unique conference enabled.

Close to 50 sessions were proposed for 14 slots. The final speaker slate represented some of the best web developers and designers, not just in Austin, but across Texas, and all the way to San Francisco and New York. You ignored the unproven state of our conference and pushed for the best content and speakers we could find.

More than half of the attendees participated in at least one open space session. Fourteen sessions were proposed, meaning that 50% of the content at the conference was created by attendees. You insisted that we provide an open space, brought in one of the best facilitators around, and encouraged us to make open space an important part of the conference by making it the focus of the keynote.

Countless people this weekend, from speakers to attendees alike, noted that this was one of the most well-organized, valuable conferences they had been to, local or otherwise. You made that happen by always thinking about our attendees first, and making sure no detail was overlooked. Though I’m sure each of us has a mental list of things we can improve upon next time, don’t miss this chance to feel good about everything you did right.

Thank you, Derick Bailey, Jake Smith, Nola Stowe, John Teague and Mike Wilcox for speaking up on this list and providing your input as we planned in public.

Thank you, Alan Stevens for bringing open space to a new audience, and for truly being a part of this conference, instead of just “the talent.”

Thank you, Clark Sell, for being my partner in crime and co-organizer of this conference. Always a pleasure, my friend. Next up, HTML5.wi. Beer, brats and JavaScript.

Thank you, Gavin Brahman, Jeff Carouth, Keith Casey, Sharon Cichelli, Sam Hooker, Martin Hooper, Robert Stackhouse, Tim Thomas, Jake Wong for being part of the planning committee and for making so much happen. Each of you made a much larger impact on this event than you likely realize. Thank you for putting up with my quirks, for your encouragement throughout, and for pushing this to be the best conference it could be.

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