Last week, Cloud CMS had the pleasure of sponsoring CodeMash 2013 which was held at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio. This was our first year at CodeMash and the first opportunity that we had to hang out at one of the premier developer conferences in the country.
Over two days, we had the opportunity to meet with developers, digital agencies and folks from many other walks of life who were interested in the cloud, content management and mobile applications. The feedback was awesome! Being at an event like this affords the opportunity to hear perspectives from a wide range of people spanning technology from .NET to native iOS and covering industries from construction to healthcare and consumer retail.
It was also very energizing. It’s wonderful all the ways that Cloud CMS could be utilized to assist the “real world” with their everyday problems. Meeting with so many people also helped to reaffirm our company strategy which is heavily oriented around the pending “big data” problem that is quickly eclipsing all industries.
From home cookware devices to medical machinery, the flow of incoming data from outside the firewall is something that businesses struggle with. And tools like Cloud CMS stand ready to help them capture, understand and make sense of that data.
Here are a few thoughts from the event:
Create Once, Publish Everywhere
Everyone is struggling with mobile. The industry hasn’t figured out how to cost-effectively build and publish mobile applications. Cloud CMS offers the ability to create content and publish it to multiple devices without having to rebuild your apps, involve IT, pay lots of developer costs or go back through the App Store. This is a huge win.
The cost of building native applications, time and time again, simply doesn’t scale. This has been pointed out before (but never so eloquently as Karen McGrane in her thought-provoking video “Adapting Ourselves to Adaptive Content”.
JS/HTML5 continues to grow as the dominant means for expression of cross-platform, multi-surface applications. We were treated some pretty impressive demos of Telerik’s KendoUI and ComponentOne’s Wijmo. These couple together nicely with Backbone, Underscore and other JS frameworks and provide a powerful means for building apps.
Ahead to an Applications Marketplace
We had a very positive response to our strategy going forward both in terms of open-sourcing our Cloud CMS server as well as hosting HTML5 applications. Both are coming very soon. The latter will utilize our NodeJS application tier and dynamic hosting (on *.cloudcms.net subdomains) to allow anyone to pick an app from our marketplace and deploy it within a few seconds.
Looking forward to CodeMash 2014
Finally, while not surprising, it was very interesting to see such a vast collection of Microsoft .NET enthusiasts all under the same roof. There were plenty of sessions and breakout meetings around .NET topics as well as many others.
We really have to give a lot of credit to the organizers of CodeMash 2013 for putting together such a fantastic event. In addition to having a great amount of technical depth, the event was also a lot of fun. With the water park right there, many of the 2000+ attendees brought their families, kids and significant others. The food was great and the services were top notch.
Above all, the event featured a lot of spontaneity and fun - from improv musical jam sessions in the hallway to magicians, live Star Trek simulators and a bacon bar (where you could load up on fried bacon with chocolate syrup and much more). Yes, that was a first for many of us. But it was awesome!
There were lightning talks, pecha kucha presentations, keynotes and open sessions where folks could spontaneously talk about anything they wanted. All of this amidst hallways filled with people (many barefoot and at least one in a kilt) and RC cars (zooming around underfoot). There was so much going on. It was a blast!
We’re definitely looking forward to being there next year at CodeMash 2014!