Throne of JS — Seven Frameworks

July 20 – 22, 2012 | Toronto, Canada

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Throne of JS — Seven Frameworks


What is included in the cost?

The stuff of dreams? Our goal is to make Throne of JS feel like a vacation for developers, and we will take care of your needs throughout the entire weekend. Here are some of things you will be pampered with:

  • The majority of your meals are covered. This includes breakfast and lunch (with bottomless caffeine) on both conference days, as well as fine dining fit for an emperor on the evening of the 21st. We recommend you eat a light meal prior to the parties on the 20th and 22nd; that said, finger foods and desserts of epic proportions will be circulating throughout at all evening events. We can cater to dietary restrictions, preferences and allergies, too.

  • Three nights of all-inclusive (yes, this includes the bar) parties — DJs, food, live acts, sword fights and entertainment, performance art, giveaways and other hijinx.

  • Swag you will love (but your mother might hate). Tee's silk-screened lovingly by hand, posters, gear et al. We will never turn you into some sort of walking ad, either.

  • A free transit pass, good for unlimited rides on Toronto's impeccable transit system July 20 – 22nd.

  • Access to a special conference rate at the Metropolitan Hotel. Unlike other events we've been to, our conference rate is actually both cheap and deluxe.

  • We're proud to offer the Samurai Lovers track for your friend/spouse/lover who's also visiting Toronto while you attend the conference. Why should you have all of the fun? Their registration ($100) will get them included in an amazing day track plus all of the perks and evening activities. They will take in Toronto's summer hot spots with guides and other Throne of JS travelers.

How do I get to the events that are not taking place at the hotel?

Your TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) pass is good for free rides all weekend on our rapid, green and efficient transit. Don't worry about getting lost — maps will be provided, and since everyone will generally be together you can follow the other migrating bodies to each event! Toronto is basically on a grid, and isn't a particularly dangerous place… getting lost might be kind of fun. Let us know if you discover something cool!

Why aren't you doing a Ruby conference?

Other people have that ground impeccably covered, and we support their efforts! If you're feeling nostalgic for the good 'ole days, check out our past conferences.

Where are the speakers? When will talk schedules be posted?

We will be gradually announcing speakers over the forthcoming weeks.

Are you taking on volunteers?

Yes! We are taking on volunteers at the moment, but slots are filling up quickly. Send a love letter to meghann@unspace.ca explaining why you'd be an awesome candidate.

When can I register with the hotel?

March 9th — do it as soon as possible! There is a limited number of rooms, and Toronto is swamped with tourists in the summer.

I've never been to Toronto and need advice!

We have set up a travel page with airport information, public transportation logistics, and other useful tidbits of information. Check the website!

Who do I contact regarding… ?

Speaker Proposals: Justin Giancola justin@unspace.ca

Everything else: Meghann Millard meghann@unspace.ca

Can I bring my Significant Other to the parties?

Yes! Click this link right here and view the details. Collect $100 from them, and give it to us. Good things will happen.

Will the wifi crap out? Laptop power?

The IT staff at the Metropolitan Hotel are Samurai in their own right. We had them set up nine industrial strength wifi repeaters for 200 in previous years. You'll be given an access code upon registration for super-reliable and fast internet. We recommend a spare power bar, or an extension cord! Always a great way to make friends.

Is there space set up for hacking?

We have done this for previous conferences, but to be honest people were having too much social fun to really take advantage of the space. We encourage you to hang up the laptop for a night or two, and get to know your new friends. Throne of JS is nothing if not a giant team building exercise. Nobody is going to put you on the spot socially, but if our previous Ruby conferences were any indication, it'll be a very friendly group of folks.

Do I need to do or bring anything special?

An open mind, a willingness to participate in things you are not necessarily expecting, and something nice to wear for one or two of the evenings. Geeks can be fancy, too.

This sounds cool, but I don't know if I'll fit in. I don't like parties.

Some people are just naturally quiet, or they don't drink. There's lots of reasons why you might be questioning whether it makes sense to come. We really bend over backwards to make sure that everyone is comfortable and having a good time. There's room for people with different opinions, backgrounds, interests and personality at our events because we are simply catering to a demographic of interesting people. In fact, we love it when non-developers sit in and tell us that they loved a talk. Dare to be surprised!

What's the general format of the event?

Each day there's roughly 8-10 speakers. The speakers aren't strongly committed to a topic, and often change their minds at the last minute. Each speaker will go on stage for 30–35 minutes, and there are frequent breaks in between. Everyone is all together in one big room. There's no question periods at the end, because they are a waste of time. Throne of JS is small enough that over the weekend, you can have a conversation with anyone you want to. There's no feeling of us vs. them with the speakers, either. Everyone is just there, doing their thing. We think it's a great format, and nobody felt like hanging out in the lobby, either.

I have an idea! I think you're forgetting something!

Please, drop us a line at throneofjs@unspace.ca. We are merely humble folks with big hearts.


Throne of JS — Seven Frameworks is a two day, single-track conference focused on answering the question on every web developer's mind: which framework? We're bringing together the creators of every important client-side .js framework to speak about their creations so that you can decide when to use what.

It's no longer good enough to build web apps around full page loads and then "progressively enhance" them to behave more dynamically. Building apps which are fast, responsive and modern require you to completely rethink your approach. This is a big transition to make and it is further complicated by the plethora of great options out there. Don't just sit around and wait for things to shake out.