Revealing Arch at Universe
When was the last time you heard this at a developer conference: “I feel like a celebrity!”
What the audience felt for one moment took 11 days of teamwork and countless hours of labor to stitch together plastic and wires with software, into an experience. Here’s the story of the resurrection of Arch from wires to walkway sensation at GitHub’s 2018 Universe conference.
Read the first story of how Mozilla collaborated with artist Ian Brill to create the first installation in Berlin
For two days in October, developers, creators, and decision makers all experienced Mozilla’s Arch at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts venue as part of GitHub’s annual developer conference. In fact, it took many days and three sets of preparation, onsite, and post production teams to assemble, and breath life into this fantastic plastic electrical light extravaganza.
It was my turn this time around to orchestrate the revival from scratch: Armed with a 280 page manual detailing zip ties, molex connectors, and software mapping instructions, assembly went as one can imagine. Amidst the occasional moments of frustration and confusion, the team was able to overcome obstacles and head scratching moments without too many tears because we all believed the best intentions from each other. This was my moment to breath deeply, and hold fast to good teamwork management practices. When the last of the seven Raspberry Pis were connected, and the switched flipped on, we all felt that first moment of wonder again.
It seemed appropriate that this code and art light installation, Arch, was a keystone feature for 2018 GitHub Universe.
Over 1500 developers attended GitHub Universe “to explore the future of development and the tools that can help us get there.”
For more details on the tech, visit this blog post by Lin Clark on how this all works
In the end, our team delighted people by revealing how a little bit of code creates art, while driving more awareness on the power of Rust & WebAssembly. I am excited to explore more opportunities to bring tech closer to people through creativity.