Category Archives: Conferences

Side Projects talk from EmpireJS

I had the pleasure of speaking in New York this month at EmpireJS, and the video of my talk has been uploaded I discuss why side projects are important to our learning & growth as developers, and offer some ways that we can integrate this type of exploration into our work so that our “side” projects needn’t be so peripheral to the rest of our jobs. It’s a topic I care about deeply, and I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to share it with such a great audience—thank you to everybody at EmpireJS for the warm reception you gave me!

Slides from the talk are here. Press “s” to pop up the speaker notes view, if you’re interested in additional context!

On Creativity

A quote shared by Helen Hou-Sandí in her talk today at WordCamp San Francisco:

“If you’re going to be a musician, you must be interested in new things all the time.” ~ André Previn

Helen’s talk shared her thoughts on the shared skills and transferrable creativity between musicians and developers; Helen’s a personal hero of mine, and it was one of the best presentations I’ve seen at a WordCamp. Check it out when it’s up on!

Esh Aerial Arts at TEDxSomerville

The theme of this year’s TEDxSomerville event is “Movement;” fittingly, the first block of speakers ended with a demonstration by Esh Aerial Arts.

Video: Evolving your JavaScript with Backbone.js

The video from the talk I presented at this year’s WordCamp Providence, Evolving your JavaScript with Backbone.js, is now live on!

You can see the slides for this talk at, and links to the code for the demos are available below.

WordCamp Chicago Recap

I presented a talk this past weekend at WordCamp Chicago, on the subject of Building JavaScript Apps on top of WordPress using Backbone.js. People seemed to enjoy the topic, and I’m looking forward to continuing the conversation we started this weekend about how to best marry JS applications to WP.

WordCamp Chicago was incredible. All the organizers, particularly lead organizer Aaron Holbrook, deserve a huge thank-you for pulling off a brilliant conference!

Update: The video of my talk has been uploaded!