TGIF! (11): be offline and transparent, draw animals, reconsider semantics, wear beards, don’t be a superhero and build a better web

posted by Lena

It’s friday again, the week’s (almost) over, and this is our weekly gift for you: inspiring videos and writings for a lazy friday afternoon, a good read on your way home or a weekend on your couch. Enjoy!

— How to be transparent

35 days, 4 countries, 9 hackers. 396 attendees, 39 new projects – that’s Africa Hack Trip 2013. And this is a beautiful infographics in which they collected all relevant, interesting and some quite fascinating numbers (and here’s their explanation added to it).

— Say hello to Offline First!

What a week! We’re still overwhelmed after all the feedback we got on our initial post “Say hello to Offline First“.

Here’s some thoughts on this by Unstoppable Robot Ninja, a discussion thread on HackerNews and even a Russian Translation by @kouprianov. By the way: if you want to translate this post into other languages for helping us share the idea behind offline first, don’t hesitate – we’d be really happy about this!

— How to find a new perspective on surveillance scandals

“Surveillance is a business model of the Internet. The NSA didn’t wake up and say: ‘Let’s just spy on everybody, it said: ‘Wow, corporations are spying on everybody, let’s get ourselves a copy.’” – Time for Internet Engineers to Fight Back Against the “Surveillance Internet”

— How to defend the internet when you’re not a superhero

“[This comic] should remind you that there is no need for super powers to defend the freedom of the Internet and the future of digital society.” – The League Internet Villains, a comic about the future of our digital society the-league-internet-villains

— How to have great conferences

“When conference organisers set themselves a goal to get more women speaking at their event, it has the added advantage of getting them to think creatively, to look for new, interesting and unique input, to challenge pervasive thinking, to reboot the system. Essentially, what conferences should do.”How to find good female speakers for your conference

“There just aren’t enough <3′s in the world.” – Steph Guthrie on the reactions to her presentation of her Girls in Tech teaching kit at Mozfest.

“Finally, the JS community is one of the most warm and welcoming communities I’ve experienced.” – Hannah’s notes on her experiences as a JSConf-speaker and about sharing very personal stories in conference talks.

— How to draw animals and make dreams become reality: JSConf EU 2013

“As makers, burnout is something we all face. It might be big, it might small. Mine was pretty big. This is the story I’m going to tell you.” – You should definitely watch Hannah Donovan‘s amazing talk: Sometimes You Need to Draw Animals:

“At the end of this lies the wish many frontend devs have: ‘I wish I wouldn’t have to worry about the backend anymore.’ Well, your time is coming.” – Alex’ talk I have a dreamcode: build apps, not backends is also definitely worth watching.

— How to start a revolution

“Can we actually have a revolution that relegates women to the back of the room, that turns vicious when the discussion turns to sexual violence and social equality?” – … asks Laurie Penny in  a dialogue with Richard Seymour on “brocialism” and a woman’s place in the revolution

— How to build a better web

“In times of total observation we must ask ourselves in which direction we want to move the web in the coming years. … We need to save the free web – let’s do it!” – Bastian Allgeier‘s talk is now online:

— How to disrupt clichés by adding beards to Disney princesses


— How to think differently about contribution to Open Source-projects

“Using Open Source and contributing nothing in return is unwise.” – Why supporting your open source communities isn’t charity, it’s good business

— How to use GitHub on your iPhone and reconsider “semantic HTML”

The GitHub client for iPhone, iOctocat, is now available for free on the AppStore.

Thoughts on the term “semantic HTML”, why it may be the wrong term and the effects on devs, end users, publishers and search engines: “Long Term Web Semantics

— Tired of BuzzFeed’s stories? Here’s how to create your own

A helpful story generator by Sarah Lazarovic:

Enjoy reading! Team Hoodie wishes you a great weekend :)