Syntax Conference 2018 is now a thing of the past, but the BS&T that played out on the back-end paid off in spades. Sincere thanks to our Speakers, Attendees, Volunteers, Sponsors & Partners who contributed to this year’s unique Syntax Experience.
At Syntax we’re all about the 3 C’s – providing quality Content; and creating a space where meaningful Connections can be fostered, all with the goal of building Community! We think we’ve made inroads to achieving our stated goals. Check out the highlights below and see if you agree.
SyntaxCon 2018 Highlights
Our inaugural Pre-Conference Workshops were both so well attended and well received, that … We think we’ll offer workshops again. Stay tuned!
Syntax Conference 2018 created a space conducive to learning that engendered fun, and envy from #DeveloperCommunity members unable to attend. We witnessed reunions of friends; the forging of new connections, and how decorum can deteriorate when paired with a photo booth. Our evening jaunts to the Rusty Bull satisfied the craft brew enthusiast’s palate, and aided in cementing this unique, awesome, magical thing we call Community.
Ha! We don’t know what it is, or how it comes about, but Syntax seems to bring out the light-hearted side of our attendees. We went from playing with building blocks last year, to a run on cows this year. Hmm, I wonder what 2019 will bring?!
On a serious note, we ‘ve made it clear that Syntax exists primarily to foster ongoing education within the developer community. This includes embracing and encouraging young girls and women (entry level and established) in pursuit of technical careers. That said, we launched our #TechGirlBoss initiative this year, and though the turnout was small, the girls from the local Girls Who Code and Y Girls Code (YWCA Greater Charleston) who attended, were able to spend quality time with some of this year’s female speakers, and get answers to burning questions. We were so encouraged by the response of the young ladies, that we’ve decided to make it a regular addition to Syntax Conference going forward.
We would be remiss if we didn’t thank our friends at Microsoft, and 360 Internet Strategy for providing the Xbox One X and two Google Daydream Views (respectively) that three attendees got to take home as souvenirs of their time at SyntaxCon.
Although SyntaxCon 2018 is a wrap, don’t allow the things you’ve learned or the Connections you made to fall by the wayside. Here are a few suggestions for continuing to leverage your SyntaxCon 2018 Experience:
Keep in Touch: Don’t stash your “SyntaxCon 2018 Jewels” (Connections forged via business cards, Facebook friends, and Twitter followers) in the safe deposit box of memory. Now is the time to take them out and flaunt them! If you haven’t already done so, reach out and keep those connections warm. Be realistic! Follow-up with fellow attendees and speakers, who resonated with you for whatever reason, let them know you enjoyed meeting them. Set up a phone/skype call, or face-to-face meeting with anyone you specifically want to do business or cement a relationship with.
Sharing is Good for the Community: Without a doubt, you gained a lot of new information, inspiration, and contacts at the conference, and one of the best things you can do with these resources is to share them with your co-workers, colleagues, and friends. Be bold about sharing your SyntaxCon Experience and takeaways. Share links to slides of the sessions you thought were particularly valuable.
Give a talk about something you learned at your next staff meeting, or community meetup; tell your boss/meetup attendees about some of the interesting contacts you made. Who knows, your boss or meetup organizer may feel led to bring one of your contacts in to share in your space. If you share your new skills and knowledge, hopefully your colleagues will reciprocate the next time they go to a great event.
Cultivate a Culture of Sharing, Why Don’t You?
When you share your enthusiasm about SyntaxCon 2018, encourage your friends to subscribe so that they’d be amongst the first to know once information on Syntax Conference 2019 becomes available. (You already know that we respect your in box – one email per week on the run up to the conference).
We’re appreciative of the feedback that you’ve given, and are already scheming to incorporate your suggestions to further elevate the 2019 version of Syntax Conference.
- Our Call For Speakers opens on October 15, 2018 and ends on December 31, 2018
- The First Round of 2019 Tickets goes on sale October 1, 2018.
About Syntax Conference
The Syntax Code & Craft Conference – more commonly referred to as ‘SyntaxCon’ – is Coastal South Carolina’s premier programmer’s code conference. The event is a full stack code conference focused on fostering ongoing education among the developer community, and offers language-agnostic sessions and talks across 3 main tracks:
- Front-End Development
- Back-End Development
- Platforms (game development, content management systems, cloud-hosted services and infrastructure, mobile development, and more).
The event brings together developers, both established and new, to discuss ideas, collaborate, network, socialize and explore job opportunities.