I never used to go to loads of conferences but I go to even fewer these days. This year I kept noticing mentions of lots of good talks, at many events around the world, and realised that they were often available to watch online.
So I started keeping a list of them, and then asked on Twitter for more recommendations, picking up a few more that I’d missed. Here’s my list of 2013 conference talks that are probably worth watching.
I’ve only got round to watching a few, so they might not all be OMG BEST TALK EVAR!!!, but I’m hopeful. This isn’t a thorough survey of the Top Twenty Talks of 2013; it’s biased to my interests, my friends, and suggestions from a few people on Twitter. If I do this next year I’d love to find great talks that have no relation to the tech world (only Stewart Lee’s is from beyond our little bubble, I imagine).
But for now, here are twenty (probably) great conference talks from 2013 (so far), twelve hours of viewing and listening:
Amanda Palmer – The art of asking
TED. 14 min.
Big Omaha. 40 min.
Beeker Northam – The New Craft: locating the opportunities of now
Fabrica. 65 min (including questions).
Bret Victor – The Future of Programming
DBX. 33 min.
Cabel Sasser – Panic Inc.
XOXO. 25 min.
Clay Shirky – Keynote
Code for America Summit. 26 min.
Dan Williams - Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area (audio only)
dConstruct. 30 min.
Dave Birch – The future of money
Lift (2012). 23 min.
Ian Bogost – Fun
UX Week. 27 min.
Jack Conte – Pomplamoose/Patreon
XOXO. 25 min.
Jack Schulze – In conversation with Kevin Slavin
MIT Media Lab. 91 min.
Jason Kottke – I built a web app (& you can too)
Webstock. 45 min.
Maciej Cegłowski – You Can’t, You Won’t, You Don’t Stop
XOXO. 19 min.
Paul Ford – The Web and Quest for the Perfect Document
Monktoberfest. 32 min.
Stewart Lee – On Not Writing
St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. 54 min.
Tom Coates – An animating spark: mundane computing & the web of data
Webstock. 57 min.
Tom Francis – How Reviewing Games for Nine Years Helped in Designing Gunpoint
GDC Europe. 25 min.
Tom Stuart – Impossible Programs
Scottish Ruby Conf. 42 min.