Whisky Web

The Hub

April 13th, 14th 2012 Edinburgh, The Hub

The Web Conference in Scotland

Check out the mobile-friendly version of our schedule here.

The inaugural Whisky Web conference kicks off in Edinburgh on the 13th and 14th of April 2012. A web conference created for the web community, by the web community, Whisky Web will have something to offer everyone who works with the web, be they a designer, a developer or something in between. This is an amazing opportunity to get your geek on in Scotland's inspiring capital.

Hackathon details

Hackathon schedule has now been updated.

Information

What is Whisky Web?

While there are a great many web-related conferences throughout the UK, few are held in Scotland. In recent years we've seen The Highland Fling and the Turing Festival put Edinburgh on the conference map, and Whisky Web hopes to capitalize on their success in bringing more exciting and awesome talks to a new Scottish web conference.

Whisky Web will cover a broad range of subject areas, with a key focus on what makes the web great. We'll be language agnostic; we won't focus on a particular development paradigm, nor will we concentrate on front-end design over back-end coding. We want to be inclusive, and while it's very difficult to be all things to all people, we hope to have a good shot at it!

You don't need to like a dram of whisky, (but it might help!) and you don't need to know your haggis, neeps and tatties from your cock-a-leekie – if you care about the web and want to hear passionate speakers wax lyrical about topics close to their hearts, and yours, get a ticket and get to Scotland this Spring!

Bruichladdich Islay Single Malt – Scotch Whisky Masterclass

Bruichladdich are teaming up with Whisky Web to deliver an overview of the world of Scotch Whisky accompanied of course by four of their wonderful spirits.

Join Craig Johnstone (@WhiskyCraig) from Bruichladdich as he guides us through the history of Scotch Whisky from humble beginnings to modernization through the peaks and troughs of the 20th Century ending up in the multi billion pound industry we see today. Learn of Bruichladdich, the one company out there doing things differently and experience first hand the craftsmanship and passion that goes in to building the most exciting and independent of Islay Single Malt Whiskies.

Pre-Confrence WhiskyMarch

Inspired by Whiskeymar.ch, the organisers of Whisky Web would like to invite delegates and speakers to join them for a little pre-conference socialising on Thursday 12 April.

Having sought Craig's advice on some central Edinburgh bars that offer a wide variety of Whiskies, we've put together a short tour of those fine establishments so that we can all meet up before the main event. We'll get started at the first bar around 19:30 but keep an eye out for hashtag #whiskywebsocial to check where we are!

  1. Kilderkin, 65 Canongate, EH8 8BT
  2. The Canon's Gait Inn, 232 Canongate, EH8 8DQ
  3. The Albanach, 197 High Street, EH1 1PE
  4. The Doric, 15-16 Market Street, EH1 1DE
  5. Whiski Bar, 119 High Street, EH1 1SG

How to get to the Conference

The Hub is situated on Castlehill, adjacent to Edinburgh Castle in the very heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. It is less than half a mile from Waverley train station and 7 miles from Edinburgh International Airport.

Paid on street and disabled parking is available on Johnston Terrace and there is an NCP car park located on Castle Terrace which is a short walk from The Hub.

Contact details

The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE
Tel: +44(0)131 473 2015
www.thehub-edinburgh.com

How to get to the Hackathon

The Hackathon will be taking place at Out Dynamic Earth. Primarily an exhibit and interactive experience charting the history of our planet, Our Dyanmic Earth also provides conference and event facilities.

Situated a short distance from Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament building, the Hackathon venue is also a short distance away from the St John's Hill NCP car park.

Contact details

Our Dynamic Earth, 112-116 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AS
Tel: +44(0)131 550 7800
www.dynamicearth.co.uk

Accommodation

While Whisky Web are not affiliated with the establishments shown below, we thought it might be useful to our delegates and speakers to provide some details of local hotels that are a short distance from the main conference venue.

  • Ibis Hotel

    Price
    From £45 pp/pn
    Distance
    ~5 minute walk to/from The Hub
    Address
    6 Hunter Square, Off Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1QW
    55.949616-3.188095
  • Easy Hotel

    Price
    From £47 pp/pn
    Distance
    ~20 minute walk to/from The Hub
    Address
    125A Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD
    55.951087-3.204138
  • King James Hotel

    Price
    From £95 pp/pn
    Distance
    ~15 minute walk to/from The Hub
    Address
    107 Leith Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SW
    55.954478-3.188003
  • Edinburgh Apex Hotel

    Price
    From £89 pp/pn
    Distance
    ~5 minute walk to/from The Hub
    Address
    Apex City Hotel, 61 Grassm2HJarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HJ
    55.947521-3.194756
  • Bank Hotel

    Price
    From £45 pp/pn
    Distance
    ~10 minute walk to/from The Hub
    Address
    1 South Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1LL
    55.948902-3.186696
  • Novotel

    Price
    From £55 pp/pn
    Distance
    ~15 minute walk to/from The Hub
    Address
    80 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DE
    55.945091-3.199757
  • Jurys Inn

    Price
    From £80 pp/pn
    Distance
    ~10 minute walk to/from The Hub
    Address
    43 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH
    55.951151-3.185435

Speakers

Schedule

  Track 1 Track 2
08:00 – 08:45

Arrival & Registration

08:45 – 09:00

Opening Remarks - Juozas "Joe" Kaziukėnas

09:00 – 09:40

Keynote: F is for Failure – Josh Holmes

09:50 - 10:50

Estimation, or "How To Dig Your Own Grave" – Rowan Merewood

OpenStreetMap For The Web – Derick Rethans

11:00 - 12:00

Essential Node.js For Web Developers – Mike Amundsen

Ten Commandments Of A Software Engineer – Sebastian Marek

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 14:30

Visualising Data – Brian Suda

The Emperor's New Clothes – Kevinjohn Gallagher

14:40 - 15:40

Lessons Learned From Testing Legacy Code – John Mertic

Mashing Up JavaScript – Bastian Hofmann

15:50 - 16:50

Is Your App Ready For The (Hybrid) Cloud – Thijs Feryn

Alice & Bob: Public Key Cryptography 101 – Joshua Thijssen

17:00 – 17:40

Keynote: How The Web Evolves With Hypermedia – David Zülke

17:40 – 18:00

Closing Remarks - Juozas "Joe" Kaziukėnas

Hackathon Schedule

The Hackathon will be hosted at Dynamic Earth and it is the day you get to organise. Come hack on a project with others, run a workshop or have a group discussion, it's all your choice. There is going to be plenty to get involved in from speakers workshops to OpenStreetMap hacking and RoboCode tournaments.

09:30 – 10:00

Arrival with Tea/Coffee and Pastries

10:00 – 10:15

Share your Ideas: Everyone will get the chance to talk about what they want to work on and invite others to join them

10:15 – 10:30

Form Groups: Once everyone has seen the projects, get involved in what most interests you

10:30 – 13:00

Get to the hacking and workshops

13:00 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 16:30

More time for hacking and workshops

16:30 – 17:00

Show off time: For those who hacked on a project, now is the time to show off what you worked on for the day

Sponsors

We couldn't make this happen without our sponsors...

... so we'd like to extend a massive thank you to those who have already generously offered Whisky Web sponsorship. Their contributions help us keep the costs down and offer a top-notch lineup of speakers at the most competitive ticket prices you're likely to see.

In addition to the benefits detailed in our sponsorship pack brochure, sponsors get the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that they're contributing to our efforts, and those of the wider web community, in making the web a better place.

If you too would like to become a sponsor, check out the sponsorship packages and email us at info@whiskyweb.co.uk or call Joe at +44 (0)7818 496 282.

Tickets

Your Ticket provides access to a day full of great talks and a full day of hacking.

First day
  • A full day of talks
  • Two tracks
  • Lunch!
  • After hours social with Scotch Whisky Masterclass
Second Day
  • Collaborative hacking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Lots of enthusiasm
  • Coffee!

Follow on Twitter: @WhiskyWeb

Email: info@whiskyweb.co.uk

The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

How to get here

The Hub is situated adjacent to Edinburgh Castle in the very heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. It is less than half a mile from Waverley train station and 7 miles from Edinburgh International Airport.

Parking

Paid on street and disabled parking is available on johnson Terrace and there is an NCP car park located on Castle Terrace which is a short walk from The Hub

The Team

This conference is being organised by a small group of passionate developers from the Edinburgh web community. Managing this event is Juozas "Joe" Kaziukėnas, CEO of local besoke software development company Web Species.

This is a massive undertaking, so to help Joe get this off the ground he has enlisted the help of Michael, Dale, Paul and Max to assist with everything from creating this site, developing a CfP application and researching and sourcing suppliers and resources.