A few words about HolyJS

For those who don’t know there is a conference called HolyJS. I don’t want to say advertising slogans such as “the largest, coolest conference in Russia about JavaScript and stuff” but nevertheless I really love it, and attended all the events, at first as a speaker, and then as a member of the program committee. But today i don’t want to advertise (especially because I’m not an PR specialist), but to talk about preparation for the conference and the work of the Program Committee.

This post is addressed primarily to all speakers; those who have submitted applications that have already been accepted, or who are waiting for an answer. I regularly attend various conferences, and it often happens that the organizers (or the program committee) are very “sluggish”: they respond to letters for a long time, keep silent in the chat and so on. And I thought: “Guys, come on, is it hard to write a couple of words?”. And only when I found myself “on the other side of the barricade,” I realized how much work is hidden behind a large conference. And this year, while preparing HolyJS Moscow, we in the program committee felt this especially: the requests came almost three times more than there are seats! To just understand, answer, discuss them — it’s all not so simple as we thought. But for me it’s not just “yet another frontend conference”, but something bigger, so i hope all this work will help HolyJS to grow and improve.

Therefore, I would like to apologize to all the speakers: sometimes it is very difficult, but we are trying! And if it seems to you that you have been forgotten, it is not so, most likely we are in the process of discussion, consideration, dispute. However, you can always ping us, and ask: “What’s up?”. We will gladly answer.
A few words about the talks: along with the growth of the conference, the level of papers is also growing. On the one hand it is good, but, gosh, how hard it is sometimes to choose! After all, all applications are very interesting, but, unfortunately, despite our big lovely hearts, we physically can not accept all the proposals. Nevertheless, every speaker is important to us, and you are all cool, guys!

P.S. Many thanks to our Program Committee: Vadim Gorbachev, Mikhail Poluboyarinov and Dmitry Makhnev 💪

P.P.S. The work on the conference seems boring at first glance, but it turned out that there are a lot of interesting things in it, I think to write another article or two.