I was one of the organizers of !!Con, a free conference about the joy, excitement and surprise of programming that happened two weeks ago in New York.
We did a number of things that I think helped set the conference apart — for instance, we had an anonymous talk review process. One thing we did that I’m particularly glad of was having real-time captioning of the talks at the conference. As each presenter spoke, Mirabai Knighttranscribed the text of their talk on her steno machine, in real time, at up to 260 words per minute, and projected it on a screen that the whole room could see.