This September, we have gathered more than 20 developers from React Native community to work together in our office (Wrocław, Poland) for two days. You’re probably wondering how did we manage to even set this up. This article has an answer for you!

The Summit

React Native Summit, despite its fancy name, is just a codename for an impromptu meeting of members of the React Native community. The idea is to get as many core and community contributors as possible together into one place to move forward with the work that is already in progress. 

The idea was kick-started by @rickhanlonii with the first edition happening at Facebook HQ in London this March. During the meeting, we have been able to move forward with many stale topics. One of them was the prototype of the new way of linking libraries, known as  autolinking today. 

This September, we have gathered more than 20 developers from the React Native community to work together in our office (Wrocław, Poland) for two days. You’re probably wondering how did we manage to even set this up. This article has an answer for you!

From that moment, we have promised ourselves to work on improving our collaboration and getting to work closer as much as possible.

The Art of Planning

Getting everybody to travel to a single place for a few days is close to impossible. And it’s not just about the financial aspect of such an operation. It’s often challenging to organize a video call and get all different timezones to play together. And that doesn’t take our real lives and families into consideration.

What if we didn’t need to set it up? What if everybody was already there? What if somebody created an event that React Native contributors would like to attend to anyway?

React Native EU

Luckily enough, we organize a React Native focused conference here in Wrocław, Poland. This year we hosted more than 300 attendees from all around the world. From developers to Open Source ambassadors and React Native contributors. It was a two-day long celebration of React Native work we’ve all been doing for the entire year.

From the very beginning, our conference was all about bringing people together. Looking at the list of attendees, I realized that a lot of them are contributing to React Native on GitHub. I figured it would be a perfect opportunity to do something together, especially in today’s world of Open Source seeking a sustainable model of developing frameworks. 

And that’s how the idea for organizing The Summit came to play. 


React Native Summit at Callstack office

For many, this was their first time ever seeing other members in person (mapping Twitter or GitHub avatars to real-life faces doesn’t work really well).

Most importantly, those two days felt like living in London or the Bay Area, where the Facebook team is usually hanging out. Being able to draw on the same whiteboard accelerated many great ideas, including a lot of great ideas around the documentation or a recently released doctor command!

Closing words

I guess the reason I am bringing this up is this: 

If you are a conference organizer, try to set something extra day before for those who arrive earlier. You’d be surprised how many are interested or willing to adjust their travel plans. If we can make it easier for our Open Source community to work together, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be doing it!

If you are traveling to a conference, always be on the look-out for opportunities like this. After all, conferences are great for their social aspect too. Meeting many developers in real life can have a positive impact on you and your career and make your remote relationship even stronger.


With that in mind, I am looking forward to seeing you at the next conference or at the next React Native Summit 🙂

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