We've been live now for a week and a half, so it's about time the project gained a blog! Expect to see posts about new features and updates to the service here, as well as news about conferences and public speaking in general.
Lanyrd is a joint project by Simon Willison and Natalie Downe. We're a newly-wed couple travelling around the world on a multi-year honeymoon. Since we're both web developers, the plan is to earn money as we go. Lanyrd is our first project produced on the road, but it's already looking like it will keep us busy for a long time to come.
We've been in Morocco now for just over a month. We launched Lanyrd from a rented apartment in Casablanca, and we're writing this update from a Riad in Marrakech. So far, travelling and working on a startup have complemented each other surprisingly well.
A few numbers: Lanyrd is now listing 1,508 conferences and 5,167 individual speaker profiles. 5,637 people have signed in to the site and made 13,293 edits to our data. A big thank you to everyone who has helped populate the site — we're amazed at the response and have plenty of features planned to make the most of all of that beautiful data.
We're not just interested in upcoming events — we care about events in the past as well. We currently have 683 past conferences and we look forward to this number growing as more speakers start using Lanyrd's profile pages to build a portfolio of the talks they have given.
So subscribe to our feed for future updates and make sure you're following @lanyrd on Twitter. If you have any questions or feedback feel free to drop us a line at info -at- lanyrd.com or take a look at our FAQ. We'd love to know what you think!
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