Interview with our Speaker Sayanee Basu about her Keynote at JS Kongress 2016

Hi Sayanee and thank you for your time and the chance to hear a bit more from you and your upcoming keynote at the JS Kongress in Munich. Can you tell our audience a bit about yourself and your everyday work?

Hi! I’m Sayanee. I live in Singapore and I’m a third culture kid as I was born in India and spent my childhood there. I am a very very lucky person and I’m grateful for many opportunities in life including finding what I truly love – engineering!

During the day, I’m an Internet of Things engineer with Singapore Power Limited where I design and build interfaces with various energy infrastructure such as solar panels, charging stations, power grids and connect them to the cloud servers. At night, I spend my time tinkering with electronics and wondering how fun it will be to connect tiny devices via low power wide area network (LPWAN) and interact with web technologies such as JavaScript!

Munich is known as one of the most beautiful cities in europe and with the Alte Kongresshalle we secured us a very unique venue, is it your first visit in Munich or do you travel extensively?

This is my first visit to Munich! I’m really excited.I have passed through Munich airport once, but never visited the city. I have also visited Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart before and really happy to explore more of Bavaria this time.

About 5 years ago, I used to solo travel a lot in Europe and it is one of my life-defining moments that helped me discover what I love – web technologies!

What encourages you to give talks at conferences, is there any special Reason why you applied for the call for papers at the JS Kongress?

I got to know about JS Kongress through my dear friend, Axel Rauschmayer 🙂

I give few talks per year as engineering and development takes up most of my time. But I love to give talks because they help me connect with people outside my daily work, see different perspective, hear different views and most importantly get feedback and critique on the work I do so that I can get better.

JS Kongress is trying to go ahead of other conferences by switching the focus from Web and Mobile to Games, Hardware & Web. Do you believe there is a future of JavaScript outside of the Browser?

Yes, definitely! I’m pretty language agnostic, but JavaScript’s ecosystem is huge and that’s a big advantage.

I have introduced hardware to many student through JavaScript. I have also taught simple programming methods through browsers in JavaScripts as well as seen many many cool art projects with JavaScript. It’s a language that can be used to prototype things very fast and yet have fun creating things!

Many JavaScript Projects are Open Source and “made with love” what is in your opinion the best Part about JavaScript, what do you enjoy the most about JavaScript?

I love the npm, package.json and the packaging ecosystem that makes it fast to search and use various modules. I also love how quickly I can build something especially to connect my sensors and interact with the collected data!

What will be the major benefit hearing your talk, what will the audience take home from your words?

Coming from the perspective of large-scale industrial and energy IoT, I have seen various uses of programming languages and JavaScript. I hope to share patterns on how exactly and where JavaScript can be used to talk to various tiny devices through microcontrollers.

I also hope to share that IoT can truly solve vital issues we face as humanity today including climate change. What a wonderful time to be an engineer and get to play a part in that! I’m optimistic that in our life time, we will become more planet-conscious beings and as engineers we can do exactly that.

Thank you very much for your time!

We’re looking forward to meet you soon in Munich!?


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