Take Off Conference 2014

Purpose

The Take Off Conference is an exclusive community event, targeting developers and designers who enjoy their craft.

During two days, more than 250 people will enjoy a single track of hot topics.

How will our favourite technological platform – namely the Web – change in the upcoming months? Learn everything from the best sources in the industry — the community members that make all the magic happen.

Location

Lille, an active startup community, is located between London and Paris.

A major rail and highway hub, the former Flemish city is directly connected to London, Paris, CDG airport and Brussels with a high speed train line.

Beautifully restored, the center of the city is full of small shops and nice restaurants.We picked one of the most amazing locations for the conference. The two days will be spent at Euratechnologies, a former textile factory refurbished into a large incubator and accelerator. Parties will also be taking place throughout the whole city.

The cold weather (expect between -9°C and 0°C/15.8°F to 32°F) will not stop the bravest members of the communities to run in the snow among the woods!

ETA

The conference will take place on Thursday, January 30th and Friday, January 31st 2014.

You will have a full weekend to enjoy the city and its surroundings.

Our call for papers is currently opened on Lanyrd and we will update the list of speakers until the end of December.

Speakers

Sessions
10 single - 26 multi & workshops
SCHE
Day 1
8:00
Door opening and breakfast
9:00
Take Off!
Auditorium
9:00
We made a hack. With fire. A gun. And some robots
Michael Wawra
9:30
Your own adventure web
Robin Berjon
10:00
Use Promise, Future and some functional programing stuff without being a math nerd.
Quentin Adam
10:30
Coffee break, courtesy of Mailjet
11:00
The web is inefficient, but we can fix it!
Justin Secor
11:30
Software quality
Auditorium
11:30
Open Source Improv
Haleigh Sheehan
12:00
Your customer WANTS to pay for your testing budget!
Andre JAY Meissner
12:30
How We Built Windows Azure
Benjamin Guinebertiere
13:00
Lunch
14:30
Designing APIs & Architecture
Auditorium
14:30
The web: from space to time
Julien Genestoux
15:00
Zen and the art of Hypermedia design
Ori Pekelman
15:30
Designing Maintainable, Production-Ready Client Libraries
Kevin Burke
14:30
Security
Conference room
14:30
Rational Security
Olivier Lacan
15:00
OWASP Top 10
Tobias Zander
15:30
All your base are belong to us, what the bad guys see
Danny Dinneen
16:00
Coffee break, courtesy of Github
16:30
Devops
Auditorium
16:30
Next Level: DevOps
Ole Michaelis
17:00
Datacenter As A Computer: Beyond Clouds
Maxime Brugidou
16:30
Javascript workshops!
Conference room
16:30
Industrial Javascript
Matthieu Lux
17:00
Patterns of Large-Scale JavaScript Development
Kim Joar Bekkelund
17:30
Ember.js : lessons from the trenches
Regis Hanol
18:00
Building a tiny AngularJS
Tim Ruffles
17:30
Today & tomorrow
Auditorium
17:30
print("3D");
Orlando Kalossakas
18:00
Payment revisited: Marketplaces, micro-merchants and mobile acceptance.
Gregory Estrade
18:30
Shuttles departure for the party place
19:00
Party (beers and dinner), courtesy of Github
DULE
Day 2
07:30
5K
8:00
Door opening and breakfast
9:00
Experiments
Auditorium
9:00
So Easy a Child Could Do It: Designing Apps for Little Fingers
Kathryn Rotondo
9:30
Singing Gophers
Francesc Compoy Flores
10:00
The Bizarre App Experiments
Luca Sale
10:30
Coffee break, courtesy of Criteo
11:00
Relations with other people
Auditorium
11:00
Developping Developers
Paul Verbeek
11:30
Is IT really global
Jean-Pierre Coene
12:00
Coding & Writing
Elie Chevignard
12:30
Consulting zen
Neal Kemp
13:00
Lunch
14:30
NoSQL
Auditorium
14:30
I have a NoSQL toaster, why would I want a NoSQL database?
Matthew Revell
15:00
BigQuery
Gorner Martin
15:30
You got schema in my JSON!
Philipp Fehre
15:00
Data & Protocols
Conference room
15:00
Graphs with Backbone, Rickshaw & D3
Richard Powell
15:30
Protocols for the internet of the things
Vidhya Gholkar
16:00
Coffee break, courtesy of Blackberry
16:30
Frontend!
Auditorium
16:30
CSS and the critical path
Patrick Hamann
17:00
Frontend At The Engineering Level
Paul Rouget
18:00
Ending beer

Flight Plan

Your stay in Lille...

3 stars or 4 stars? This is your call. Mention the Take Off Conference when booking your hotel at the Mercure Lille Centre or Why Hotel and you will be able to claim up a discount. Plus, we will run a shuttle bus in the morning between these hotels and the conference center. Cheaper options can include AirBnB hosts, but try to stay around the Railway stations and the Rihour square!

Cocktail, party, run and surprise

Do you enjoy parties? We do.

But do not be afraid, nothing is mandatory. We are trying to create a cool and respectful atmosphere for each of these events:

  • on the 29th, join the community for a pre-opening gathering in a very nice bar, with tons of local beverages (including non-alcoholic ones)
  • on the 30th, the official party will take place in an amazing location, including local food and music
  • on the 31st — the local community will throw unofficial parties, locations to be announced later

Plus! There is a water canal running from the center of the city to the conference venue. If you are healthy enough, join our 5K run on Friday morning for fun and PROFIT!

And your venue

Lille is a bike-friendly city and the conference center is close to two subway stops: Canteleu or Bois-Blancs.

Out of space

  • Drinks

    Our favorite places in the cities are two small bars. If you enjoy electronic music and are into graphical arts, jump into Le Monde Moderne and visit the second floor. If you want to be reminded of the Belle Epoque and 30’s, the Illustration will suits you. And finally, we are not sure that everyone should know this amazing bar, but the best Belgian [beware — strong beers] and Europeans beer are on tap at La Capsule.

  • Museums

    Art Brut or Beaux arts? Either option works with us. Visit the LaM or the Palais des Beaux Arts and be impressed by the regional cultural heritage. We are in the heart of Europe and our cultural and industrial heritage was a fertile ground for many artists.

  • Food

    We will have you covered but keep two addresses in mind. Chez La Vieille (rue de Gand) will stuff you with delicious local food while Le Broc will probably win the minds of the most exclusive cheese lovers. Should you want more, our team curated a nice list of cool bars, restaurants and places to visit.

Kindly supported by

  • Euratechnologies
  • Twilio
  • Github
  • Fresc
  • Void
  • Azure
  • Google
  • Jimdo
  • Server Density
  • Mailjet
  • Criteo
  • Blackberry
  • Payzen
  • Coffe1337
  • 9h37

Media Partners

  • Rude Baguette
  • Human Coders
  • Girls In Tech
  • Startup Story
  • Maddyness
  • Fe web