reboot8 roundup

Last weeks reboot8 conference in Copenhagen is over, and it’s time to get back to work. There were some very good talks but it’s the audience that makes reboot a special event. The highlights of my reboot were the talks from Ben Hammersley, Jesse James Garret, Doc Searls and Jeremy Keith (who was asked by Håkan Wium Lie if there was anything he’d like him to add to the HTML A element).

My presentation on rapid prototyping

For weeks I had been looking forward to presenting my talk on rapid prototyping and do a demo of an application we did in Capgemini. It went fairly well. No technical flaws, I also got a little extra time so there was time for questions.

Jesper presenting at reboot8

Here is some of the feedback I got. I decided to shamelessly to put the kind comments here, so if I have a bad day, I can get back to this post and read all your kind comments :-)

Thanks a lot, I really enjoyed the demo! This should be required reading for any web development team.
Source: Jeppe Kruse

Good to see clueful work in a big consulting firm…nice presentation.
Source: Guy Dickinson

If I had the money I would hire you.
Eric Reiss told me after the presentation

After my first attendance last year I knew what to expect somehow and what this will be all about. So this year I did have expectations – the biggest one to be motivated and inspired. This really did happen. The talks from Bill Laio, Ben Hammersley and Jesper Rønn-Jensen were really good and did inspire me again.
Source: Michael Hartmann (

Prototyping is way important, not only in software engineering, also with organisations. You definitely should understand why, read here [link to].
Source: Benjamin J. J. Voigt

Jeppe Kruse also posted a comment in Danish on his weblog:

Capgemini lavede en funktionsdygtig prototype af en web-applikation i Ruby on Rails på 20 timer.

Normalt når man laver prototyper af web-projekter er det for at få en fælles forståelse af, hvad det er for en dims man har mellem hænderne, hvordan den ser ud og hvad den skal kunne.

De fleste bruger Photoshop-mockups eller statiske HTML-sider der ‘mimer’ funktionaliteten. Begge dele tager som regel betydeligt længere tid end 20 timer, og efterlader desuden en hel del arbejde når de er blevet godkendt: “Så er den i hus, nu skal det bare produceres.”

Med en funktionsdygtig prototype er det meget nemmere at se, hvordan dimsen virker; man kan få lov at bruge den i stedet for at kigge på et billede af den. Og så er alt arbejdet gjort næsten inden man kommer i gang.

Source: Jeppe Kruse weblog

My own impression: I Started out a little too tense, but fund the natural flow afterwards. I was glad for my cuecards, helped me some at the beginning. Thomas took some more photos that are available at

I saw Doc Searls in the audience just before my presentation, and got this thought that the moment I started, he’d probably get up and leave the room! I think he stayed, however. He took this photo of Thomas Watson:

Photo of Thomas Watson by Doc Searls
Thomas Watson Steen (photo by Doc Searls)

Ruby on Rails meeting

Thursday evening had a geeky meetup about Ruby on Rails. Even though it was after dinner lots of people showed up. Jarkko Laine had arranged for the meetup and Chris McGrath put up his notes from the meeting.


Just as everybody else were partying downstairs, we had a good discussion and exchange of experiences.

You probably think: What a geeky way to spend the evening when people are partying downstairs. But when you look closely at the photos, you see that we have beer. All photos available on


Above all, Reboot was a good opportunity to network. The most important asset of the conference is the participants. We were really networking at the Rails evening session, and I definetely hope to see some of the Rails-heads again June 29 in Copenhagen.

In particular, it was a pleasant to meet Lynn, Line, Jens-Christian, Marston, Reno, Olle, Jan, Geoff, Eric, Marklund, Pelle (and wife), Jakob, Tobias, Michael, Trine-Maria and husband, Maja, Thomas, Pollas, Keith, Jeremy, Jesse, Dalager, Jarkko, Björn, Casper, Claus, Trine, John, Michael, Lars and everybody else I got a chance to talk to.

It’s the audience that makes reboot a special event


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7 Responses to “reboot8 roundup”

  1. dalager Says:

    Nice meeting you too, Jesper :-)
    And we will indeed meet again!

  2. Björn Says:

    Likeways, Jesper! See you at the rails meetup

  3. Olle Jonsson Says:

    Awesome roundup, Jesper. Thanks for posting Flickr images.

    Now we can all hi-five in the digital space, as well; I lost the opportunity to palm my business card to most of the great people I meet.

    It’ll be a great meetup. I’ll endeavour to call out to the Skåne Sjælland Ruby User Group, in case any Skåne Railsers feel like crossing the water for some geekery.

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  5. Luis Villa Says:

    Nice to see everything went fine!!! :-)
    Congratulations for your presentation, and for showing that a big it company can act_as_agile ;-)

  6. Marston Says:

    Excellent presentation by the way. It was good to have a little Rails discussion go on as well, I really enjoyed Reboot. It looks like I’m real focused in those pics hah! ;-)

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