2012. What if the Maya—a visionary people credited with inventing airborne flights before even the airplane, microwave ovens before we had electricity and SSL before we imagined banks—had been right about that prophecy of theirs?
What if 2012 was the end of one world, that of the Internet as we know it and build it?
At first sight, the idea can seem scary but, if you think about it, this invitation to rethink our world both in substance and form is actually deeply inspiring.
A number of telltale signs have already been noticed: responsive design, mobile first, single page application, exponential growth of mobile media with regard to traditional media, new browsers and, just as importantly, new design methods, cloud, real-time generation, etc. These phenomena tell us that in a few areas, the future is already in motion. But for most other domains, it remains to be invented.
This is therefore a unique opportunity for each of us to be the architect of a boundless universe.
This way, whether our main tool is design, code or project management, we can all shape a web that gets better at addressing our needs and those of our clients.
Whether that over-arching theme resonates with you or you would like to talk about something else entirely, we are eagerly awaiting your talk submissions.
They can use one of four formats:
- Session: 50 minutes, including Q&A.
- Mini-session: 15 minutes, no audience Q&A.
- Lightning talk: 3 minutes, no audience Q&A.
- Workshop: 1h30 (or 3 hours for a double workshop).
Sessions and mini-sessions take place in amphitheaters on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October 2012..
Workshops take place in smaller (40-60 people) rooms on Saturday October 20, although amphitheaters are available too. That day is an opportunity for great interactivity, and your workshops can be either on the theoretical side, or more hands-on (we can provide computer labs).
You have until June 1st (inclusive) to submit your talks, but please hurry as the end of the world is nigh!
PS: we do not provide French tarot, rabbit's feet or tea leaves.
This call is now closed. You can find more information here.