Today, I’m excited to announce Byteconf. It’s a different kind of tech conference, one that’s free and broadcast live on Twitch, so anyone on earth with a device and an Internet connection can attend.
Conferences have a special place in my heart — they’re where I’ve been introduced to new technologies that I now use every day, and to amazing developers working on incredible projects. As a new Ruby on Rails developer in 2013, attending Heroku’s Waza conference had a huge impact: it was one of the first times I had been surrounded by a large group of fellow developers. It was inspiring and motivated me to continue down the path of being a software engineer.
But conferences can be expensive. Between travel, lodging, and ticket prices, a lot of tech conferences are inaccessible to huge numbers of people.
Whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional developer, you should be able to attend a conference and learn from some of the best programmers and speakers in the world. Regardless of location, or economic status — being part of a community should be available to everyone. I’m trying to make that a reality with Byteconf.
Byteconf is quite different from a lot of conferences — we’re trading rows of chairs for a chat box, and HDMI cables for a live Twitch stream. It’s unexplored territory, but what I do know is that community is the most important part.
Are you a React developer who wants to give a talk at Byteconf React? Our Call for Papers is now open as well. Fill out our quick CFP form and we’ll be in touch!
This post originally appeared on Hacker Noon.