Attending conferences or seminars always feel somewhat like going to the gym: you know it will make you feel energised,but you have to drag yourself there. The 2014 Rakuten Tech Conference was however different: I expected a lot ofhardcore tech talk and perhaps even some code analysis. It was however much more on ideas/thoughts/vision of informationtechnology.
In stead of writing an extensive summary of each session I attended, I am just going to share an excerpt/sentence thatstuck with me. Full videos are available on the 2014 Rakuten Tech Conference website if you want to know more aboutall the great sessions.
Building Strong Communities around Technology
If you are looking for a recipe how to run a community around technology, Patrick Kelso has the answers.
Let’s invent the future
Innovations are personal matter.
Keynote Rakuten CEO
Look around the corner. Use new technologies (Big Data) and innovative companies to really understand what customers need.
Diversity Session (Panel discussion)
What kind of work environment is good for women in technology positions? A very interesting topic that in my mind couldhave been easily extended to cultural diversity too. Too short to really cover all ideas and opinions.
Lessons learned from Ruby
Yukihiro Matsumoto - Father of Ruby
Don't Ask for Permission; Beg for Forgiveness
Rakuten Ichiba Globalization - Challenges and Solutions
Olivier Claquin - Rakuten, Inc.
Customisations are fine when manageable; fully configurable software is not always desirable.