Luke Bonaccorsi

How I ended up automating my curtains and shouting at my laptop

Home automation has grown to be super popular recently, with things like smart light bulbs, internet connected thermostats and virtual assistants being readily available. Usually this means that you have to buy into a company’s ecosystem and hand over control, but what if we could build our own system?

When I started writing a chatbot a few years ago, I had no idea that it would grow to be my own JavaScript-based home automation system, controlling my lamps, curtains and heating. In this talk I’ll share journey and current progress, as well as things that I’d like to do with it in the future. By the end of I hope to have inspired you to try using JavaScript for some of your own automation.

About Luke

Luke is a developer who started building web things in the early 2000s as a hobbyist before making a career of it in 2012. He’s currently a software engineer at Sky Betting & Gaming in Leeds, where he also runs LeedsJS. In his free time, he’s an amateur chef, expert eater, casual pixel artist and a chaotic maker.