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"Web performance is not a technical problem" from BBC News

Dec 8, 2015 · Greater London, United Kingdom

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Beginner / Intermediate


Building the BBC's Responsive News website has been a long journey, but we made it. Along the way we found web performance was not as simple as just doing the right things technically. We often didn't fully control the factors we needed to change, so getting results meant working in new ways. In this talk we hope will share some of our experiences building Responsive News, improving its performance, and will explore some of the ways that we have worked within the organisation to get where we are today.


Peter Chamberlin @pgchamberlin 
Principal Developer at BBC News @ResponsiveNews

Peter is a Principal Developer for the BBC News Portland team, working on the Responsive News site. He is a pragmatic developer who embraces new ideas and technologies. He loves the open web, accessibility, performance, and actually making the right thing where possible.

Joseph Wynn

Joseph is a Senior Developer on the BBC News Portland team. Having previously worked with the BBC News World Service team, Joseph has played a leading part working with performance on Responsive News.



What time should I arrive?

• Entry to the meetup is from 18:15 to 18:45. The Registration desk is located in the main lobby/reception of the FT building which is on the 2nd floor (entrance is directly off Southwark Bridge). Security will escort arrivals in groups to the conference suite on the 6th floor.

• Beer and pizzas will be served up at approx. 20:15 and the meetup will end at 22:00 and all attendees must exit the building by 22:30.

Why have you started charging for your meetup events?

• We are charging a nominal £5 entry for our meetup events primarily to reduce the very high level 'no shows' that we have had in the past. This is very frustrating for those that really want to go but end up not being able to attend as all the spots have been taken.The 'waitlist' concept relies on 'no shows' actually releasing their space, and we find that this just doesn't happen. 'No shows' also cause difficulties for us in terms of food and drink provision and event checkin/security.

• All food and drink is provided due the generosity of our sponsors and the entry fee's are used towards the general operation of the group. As we are a non-profit making community association, any annual surplus from both sponsorship and attendance fees will be donated to IT related charities.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

• Yes - It really helps us if you can bring your Eventbrite paper or online ticket (containing the QR code) to the checkin desk at the event.

What is the refund policy?

• In the event of the event being cancelled by the organisers, then a full refund will be made. No other refunds will be made under any circumstances. You can transfer you ticket to someone else via Eventbrite.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

• As we are using corporate facilities to host the meetup, security will perform a name check at check-in so its much easier if for everyone if you purchase your ticket in the correct name.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

• ID will be required if you are not the named ticket holder. Our group sponsors provide alcholic drinks during the meetup session so you have to be over 18 to benefit from those.

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