Harry R. Schwartz

Software engineer, nominal scientist, gentleman of the internet. Member, ←Hotline Webring→.

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EmacsConf 2015

Published 31 Aug 2015. Tags: beards, conferences, emacs, personal.

I’m on a plane back to Boston after a lovely visit to San Francisco for EmacsConf 2015!

The conference was a ton of fun, and the organizers did a terrific job. They preemptively avoided my usual gripes by providing a solid code of conduct and a tasty vegan lunch. Samer also did an awesome job handling questions from IRC; I think it’s easy to make remote folks feel like second-class attendees, but I feel like he really worked hard to make sure they were heard by the in-person crowd. Great work!

They also handed out some pretty sweet stickers. M-x emacsconf-2015 =)

We had a bunch of great talks. I’m not going to try to pick any favorites, but I learned a ton about calc, combining TRAMP and babel, org-mode exporters, configuring golang, and a bunch of good stuff about community outreach. On that particular topic we had a couple great talks: Daniel Gopar spoke about the challenges that newbies face and Erik Hetzger offered some strategies for getting scientists and humanities folks to try out Emacs.

I gave a talk on starting Emacs meetups which I’ve since turned into an essay, as well as a lightning talk on engine-mode.

So! Thanks a bunch to the organizers, and thanks to thoughtbot for paying for my flight (and, in general, continuing to indulge my weird Emacs whims, despite remaining a pretty dedicated vim shop). Also, thanks to my friend Albert for letting me sleep on his futon! If you happen to be responsible for managing iOS devices for schools you should check out his company, Cellabus!

Anyhoo, this whole thing was just a blast. It’s still a little early to tell, but maybe we’ll try hosting EmacsConf 2016 in Boston? No promises!