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The Codemotion Experience, 2022 Edition

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Codemotion Experience 2022

Lorenzo Pieri as a Speaker at Codemotion Milan 2022

This year I had the incredible opportunity to participate at the conference Codemotion 2022 as a Speaker and it's been such a formative experience. Given the chance, I decided to talk about a subject that matters not only to me or to the software engineering industry, but really interests all of us, and by all I mean all.

I had a few talks ready, which you can find on my Github repository, but, as many other friends and colleagues, I portrayed web sustainability to be a much better and more interesting subject of our times.

What is Web Sustainability?

Web Sustainability is the practice of actually taking care about the code we write, the designs we implement and the algorithmic solutions that we build inside our products or base our projects upon.

If you would like to know more about this topic I invite you to visit environtechnical.eu website where I collected all the resources that I used to confirm the datasets used inside the talk/slides and other really nice websites that can help you perceive your services' carbon footprint better.

Free tip: taking care of carbon footprint actually makes your websites and apps faster and more performant as they will be using less resources, less bandwidth and less CPU cycles. Also, time to first byte is drastically improved which goes a long way in terms of better SEO and UX.

If you would like to peek at the slides, feel free to do so at this link and let me know if you have any feedback, which is always appreciated!

Why envirotechnical

I was actually building the slides for the talk at Codemotion 2022 Milan when I realized that I wouldn't have enough time (it was a lighting talk, 12 minutes of talk and 3 of Q/A) and space to gather and show all the resources that I thought would be influential and useful to the readers and listeners. That's when it clicked.

I was reading from a friend's Twitter feed that he would buy domains long before even starting working on a project (do you do the same?) and thought: why not, why not actually share a link to a lot of resources!

And so envirotechnical (which started out as environtechnical) came along on a Saturday morning. Took 3 hours to make and build and get all the resources together and it was super fun. I built it using nextjs as I really enjoy the DX on that product and alongside tailwind it made it so simple to have a tidy looking website that would also be responsive out of the box.

The term is pretty simple, I guess: enviro stands for environment, technical stands for, well, tech. I liked the semantic and the sound of it and that's how this new project started to have its own life.

What are the plans for envirotechnical

I plan to continue gathering resources and studies on the subject to allow for a more thoughtful and precise understanding of the implications that tech definitely has on the environment. If you would like to share any pages or documents or media about this, please feel free to contact me on Twitter or LinkedIn at any time!

Ideally web sustainability will not be just a fancy wording but an actual valuable battle that we can all fight together, one byte at a time.

Big rounds of applauses

I would like to thank my good friend Andrea Amilkare who is also working in the website design and development industry and was actually him that got me started on this very interesing and important journey on sustainability in general. You can find his article at this link.

A big thank you also goes to my friend and industry colleague Angela Busato whom wrote a beautiful piece about her experience at Codemotion 2022 which inspired this very blog post, so thank you Angela! You can find her codemotion experience here.

I should also thank the new friends that I made at this event from which I learnt and continue to learn so much about the industry that I'm proudly part of.

Special thanks to Emanuele Bartolesi, Luciano Mammino, Francesco Sciuti, Mara Marzocchi, Michele Riva, Simone Sanfratello, Luca Colucci, Michela Bertaini, Mauro Murru, Luise Freese, Gabriele Santomaggio, Fabio Biondi, Edoardo Dusi. These amazing individuals are an ever growing inspiration for me.

Another round of applause goes to the community that I'm part of, Schrodinger's Hat. This group of outstanding people are taking the meaning of "community" to another level and I'm proud to be part of the SH fam as co-organizer.

And a final thank you goes to you, the reader. If you will take the time to read through the resources and the slides on envirotechnical.eu we will be one step ahead in the fight to climate change.

The goodbye

I hope you found this article useful and to your liking and if you have any requests, drop a message on one of my social media accounts or open an issue/start a discussion on github, on this repository!

As always you can find me on Twitter, listen to my Podcast on Spotify and add me on LinkedIn to talk professionally (yeah, right)