Edge is a new kind of non-profit one-day conference on advanced web technologies for developers and browser vendors, raising funds for CodeClub.
You can’t simply buy a ticket for Edge. We ask you to apply, and if you have something to contribute, you’ll be very welcome to join us. Edge is about everyone learning from everyone else, so you need to bring something to teach as well as a desire to learn. Every moment of the conference will be publicly available afterward.
There are lots of excellent conferences to learn as a beginner. Edge is for those who push boundaries. If it doesn’t make your brain hurt, we’re not trying hard enough.
We open each hour long session with a ten minute talk. After that, we’re into the discussion, and we keep it moving fast. We record everything, on video and in text. Everything is released for free to the world the moment the event ends.
A big discussion needs a team, not an audience. Expect comfy seating, excellent wifi and room to think. Don’t expect in-your-face sponsorship, goody bags, or unreadable name badges.
This time around Edge is being kindly hosted by Microsoft in their rather swanky London office near Victoria Station.
80-100 Victoria St
London SW1E 5JL
Edge has no talks. Instead, we run highly structured debates and use tools to surface the most relevant opinions and keep the session moving quickly. Our emphasis is on creating a good environment for productive debate and discussion, rather than presenting the experiences of a single speaker.
Sessions last an hour, start with a dense (maximum) 10 minute talk by an expert, and then move into moderated debate.
The majority of revenue from Edge ticket sales is donated to a charity that promotes education of the next generation of engineers who will look after the web. For Edge London 2014, we are supporting CodeClub.
Code Club is a UK-wide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.
It creates projects for volunteers to teach at school clubs or at non-school venues such as libraries. The projects teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites. Volunteers go to their local club for an hour a week and teach one project a week.