@djedi Here’s the deal with that conference. They were going to give me a total of 5 minutes in their keynote and wouldn’t guarantee I could have any other presentation slot. Without another presentation, they would not pay travel expenses. So, basically, they were asking me to take unpaid vacation days from work, buy my own plane ticket, pay for my own hotel, etc. just to have a total of 5min to say something at their relatively small conference. Oh, I wouldn’t have to pay for a ticket. I said “no” to that.
In the future, we do plan on running our own Aurelia conference. We’ll probably start with an online conference and I’m hopeful we can make it free since we’ve got decent funding through Open Collective now. We’re also planning how we can make Aurelia much better known in conjunction with vNext.
Ultimately, a lot of these conferences and even certain well-known newsletters related to front-end development are really just React-centric or focused not on real news or awareness but on lining their own pockets. After speaking at lots of conferences all over the world for many years…I’ve lost respect for a lot of the events and the people who run them. The best events are usually the small ones, organized by people who are passionate, rather than those who are trying to make a buck.
Aurelia isn’t backed by Google or Facebook, so it’s likely it will never be the most popular. Who can compete with the marketing and funding of those companies? However, we do think we can be technically superior, easier, faster, better designed, etc. and we’re committed to our community and our principles, regardless of what craziness the rest of the world wants to adopt.