#btconf Munich, Germany 15 - 17 Jan 2018

Creating an interesting schedule is always an important part of the event. A good schedule is like the mix-tape for your car when driving to your holidays. You can already see the timeline of the two days and as soon as the schedule is ready, you’ll find it right here as well.



Doors open // Registration


Sacrificing the golden calf of “coding”

“Everybody must learn how to code” is a demand you hear a lot. Technical advancements have made computers and online systems a given and automation is threatening a lot of jobs and our traditional ways of working. Good news for us, right? Maybe, but even we as developers, designers and makers of software products are not immune to automation – if anything, we should embrace it more. In this talk Chris Heilmann will question our approach to “coding” and hopefully make you less worried if you think you aren’t “technical enough”.

Christian Heilmann
Christian Heilmann

30 minute refreshment break


SVG Filters: The Crash Course

When it comes to graphical effects on the Web, CSS has already come a long way in the last few years, with the introduction of CSS filters and blend modes a few years back. However, when compared to effects available in graphics editors such as Photoshop and the likes, CSS is still behind, by far. But SVG, on the other hand, is not that far behind.

SVG comes with a set of filter primitives that enable you to recreate Photoshop-grade effects in the browser, using a few lines of code. While the syntax and attributes of these filters may seem intimidating and not very friendly at first, once you get a grasp of how they work, you’ll have a very powerful tool in your arsenal, that allows you to push the boundaries of what is possible on the Web.

In this talk, Sara is going to give you a crash course on SVG filters — why they are awesome, how they work, and examples of powerful effects you can create with them, in an friendly, easy-to-follow approach. Brace yourself, and get ready to set your imagination free and expand your creativity for what’s possible on the Web today.

Sara Soueidan
Sara Soueidan

15 minute refreshment break


Interactive Email

Emails are something that web developers tend to dislike building. With 15,000 potential rendering on average for a single email they can be incredibly complicated and unpredictable, so coding for the lowest common denominator is common.place. However what happens what you build for the email clients with the most support rather than the least? In this talk we'll explore what advanced techniques can be used and which email clients they work in. Covering simple image galleries to advances functional shopping carts and 3D gaming, all useable directly in the inbox.

Mark Robbins
Mark Robbins

lunch break – Shopify Lunch-Time Session (no lunch included)

Tales from the Shopify Code Face with Gavin Ballard

In this Lunch-Time Session Shopify Expert and founder of Disco, a leading Shopify app development company, Gavin Ballard will share his real world insights into working with the Shopify commerce platform. He’ll discuss his own journey to specialising in Shopify app development and will showcase real-world examples, with code, from the many projects he’s worked on over the last five years. Finally Gavin will walk you through his daily workflows with the aim of giving you a real sense of what working with Shopify actually entails. There will also be plenty of time for Q+A after Gavin’s presentation.


From AI to robots, from apps to wearables – let’s design for everyone, OK?

Robin Christopherson, of leading UK inclusive tech experts AbilityNet, will give us a future-facing overview of designing for every user across the broad range of UIs and platforms of tomorrow. Packed with practical illustrations and demos – attending this one's a no-brainer.

If you’ve not come across him, Robin is a regular inspirational speaker at a wide range of events in Europe and the US, raising awareness of the power and potential of technology to transform people’s lives. His work was recently recognised with the award of an MBE in the 2017 Queen’s new-year honour’s list for services to digital inclusion.

Robin Christopherson
Robin Christopherson

30 minute refreshment break


Robotics in Our Everyday Lives: A Product Designer's Perspective

Our everyday objects are about to get a boost from science fiction as robotics, artificial intelligence and camera vision become a part of home, work, medicine, sports and pretty much every other aspect of life. Things that were once silent and static can now sing, glow, buzz and be tracked online. Some are constantly listening for sounds, sights and touches to translate into meaningful inputs. Others have the ability to learn, refining their behaviours over time. They can be connected to one another as well as the Internet and will behave as robotic entities that accompany us through all aspects of everyday life.

In this talk, product designer and design futurist Carla Diana will explore the emergence of smart objects in the home, highlighting designers’ opportunities to pioneer new territory in rich interaction, while emphasising the importance of creating products that are meaningful and responsible. She will share case studies from the front lines of design and creative technology, showcasing how art, science and business are merging to enable new product experiences.

Carla Diana
Carla Diana

15 minute refreshment break


The Internet of Natural Things

Simon will discuss the ways digital technology can strengthen our connection to the world around us, and actually benefit our well-being. He’ll lift the lid on his research so far, share some experiential optimism, and outline ideas for ensuring the products we create have a positive influence on our lives.

Simon Collison
Simon Collison

Break – See you in the evening session …


Sho Ha Hito Nari: Brushes, strokes and a reflection of self

In Japanese culture, the art of calligraphy is not only the expertly painted characters; it is the spiritual journey of the calligrapher to infuse herself in the work and see herself reflected back. Using her works to illustrate this concept, Aoi Yamaguchi will explore this duality between the visual representation of her art and the constant search for self through the brush strokes.

Aoi Yamaguchi
Aoi Yamaguchi

Party Time!

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