Jake Archibald

Jake Archibald, Google Chrome

Jake works in Google Chrome’s developer relations team, working on specs, testing implementations, and ensuring developers have tools to make their jobs less painful. He’s a big fan of time-to-render optimisations, progressive enhancement, and all of that responsive stuff.

Prior to Google, Jake worked at Lanyrd on their mobile web site, and for the BBC working on JavaScript libraries and standards. Outside of the web, Jake likes F1 and nice beer.

Twitter: @jaffathecake


Rendering without lumpy bits.

Right, we’ve got a new project, we have to calculate and draw 500,000 pixels, and the deadline is in 1.667 milliseconds. When we’re done, we’ll do it again, and again. Web performance has always been about delivering those pixels on time, but the target has shifted. Optimising pure JavaScript (loops, string concatination, arithmetic) is more irrelevant than ever, performance gains are to be found in the DOM, layout dependencies, and the interaction with the GPU.

We’ll look at a series of real-world rendering issues and how to combat them, understanding why particular hacks work, and how sometimes working against the browser can trick it into performing better. Covering basic html layout and animation, GPU interaction and high-dpi (retina) considerations across browsers and devices.

Jonathan Smiley

Jonathan Smiley, ZURB

ZURB Partner and Design Lead Jonathan Smiley has been one of the driving forces behind Foundation, the most advanced front-end responsive framework in the world. As one of ZURB’s leads, he’s worked on projects for big companies like Intuit, McAfee, Yahoo! and Facebook, as well as a bunch of fascinating startups. He is an ardent proponent of responsive design in a world where our devices have become extensions of ourselves.

When not pursuing world domination at ZURB, Jon might be found playing the occasional video game – but lately he’s been losing a lot of sleep thanks to his newborn daughter.

Twitter: @smiley


The Future is Responsive

The landscape of the Web is changing, faster then we might have ever thought. How we use it today and how we use it tomorrow will be vastly different and the time to get ready for that, as people who build the Web, is right now. We’ll look at what the Web looks like today and what it’s likely to look like in the next few years, and explore the tools that will help you get ready for it.

Vitaly Friedman

Vitaly Friedman, Smashing Magazine

Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Originally from Minsk, Belarus, he studied computer science and mathematics in Germany where he has discovered his passion for typography, writing and design. After working as a freelancing designer and developer for 6 years, he co-founded Smashing Magazine, one of the largest online magazines dedicated to Web design and development. Vitaly is writer, co-author and editor of Smashing Books. He is now working as the editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine in the lovely city of Germany, Freiburg.

Twitter: @smashingmag


Responsive Web Design: Clever Tips and Techniques

Responsive Web design challenges Web designers to adapt a new mindset to their design processes as well as techniques they are using in design and code. This talk provides an overview of various practical techniques, tips and tricks that you might want to be aware of when working on a new responsive design project.

Darrell Stephenson

Darrell Stephenson, Soundcloud

Darrell Stephenson is a Frontend Engineer at SoundCloud in Berlin. He’s been writing HTML and JavaScript since his first “View Source” experience which was a pretty long time ago. When not connected to the Internet he tries pushing the boundaries of more personal things like language learning, music making, and hockey watching.

Twitter: @futuredarrell


Thirty-thousand lines of code and millions of users later. Backbone.js in production at SoundCloud.

Single page JavaScript applications at scale are a relatively new thing and there are many competing approaches, frameworks, and libraries. Backbone.js is a popular and compact library that offers a small, but very central abstraction for dealing with these kind of apps.

What happens when we build a full-fledged, production application on top of this abstraction? Where do the abstractions leak? What kind of things do we have to invent / re-invent? This talk will present an honest retrospective of the last year and a half of bruises, battles, and badges while working with Backbone.js at SoundCloud.

Holger Bartel

Holger Bartel, uforepublic

Holger is a digital strategist and web developer, living in Hong Kong where he opened an office in 2009, after co-founding uforepublic in Germany in 2001. He now mostly works as a freelance consultant and developer, being passionate about bringing the latest in web technologies to Asia and to build awareness for a future-friendly & standards-based web.

Twitter: @foobartel


180 Degrees East

For most of the tech world, the Asia Pacific market is the new frontier – the region of fast growth and opportunity. A large part of the web world currently seems to evolve around the West. Most cutting edge design & technology originates from the US and Europe, whereas the actual user base is spread all over the world. Still a lot of web products are mainly focused on the western world, even though other regions offer huge opportunities and potential for growth, especially Asia and its mobile market.

My talk will give some insight on the Asian market, statistics and user behaviour in comparison to the western world, cultural differences and personal challenges encountered along the way.

Yves Peters

Yves Peters, FontFeed

A little over six years ago graphic designer Yves Peters started reviewing type in his Bald Condensed column on Typographer.org. In August 2008 he put his graphic design career on the back burner, freeing him to concentrate on his writing and related activities in the digital type business.

Yves currently edits The FontFeed, a daily dispatch of recommended fonts, typography techniques, and inspirational examples of digital type at work in the real world; and Unzipped, his blog on the FontShop BeNeLux home page. He regularly speaks at schools and international conferences. Yves also is an accomplished drummer with British/American/Belgian pop/rock bands Rosa Luxe, Troubleman, Grand Theft and The Secret Reggae Band. His talent for being able to identify most typefaces on sight is utterly useless in daily life.

Twitter: @BaldCondensed


Selecting type

This presentation demystifies the process of selecting type. Picking the right font can be the most important (and often most daunting) step of any design project, yet very little literature is to be found on the subject. By making comparisons with familiar concepts like wardrobes, shoes, cars, etc. the process becomes recognizable and easy to grasp.

Ben Firshman

Ben Firshman, Poetica

Ben is an entrepreneur and developer. He is currently working on Poetica to help people write together on the web. In the past he founded Epio and worked on all sorts of things at the Guardian, This Is My Jam, Lanyrd and Global Radio.

Twitter: @bfirsh


The future of single-page apps

Single-page apps, such as those written with Backbone, are a controversial addition to the Web. They have had a reputation for being slow, inaccessible and hard to work with.

But they don’t have to be. I will explore why websites have been written this way and what we need to do to make them better citizens of the web. It will mean rethinking how we do every piece of the stack, from infrastructure right up to the client.

Henrik Rydberg

Henrik Rydberg, Shapeways

Henrik leads User Experience and design at Shapeways, the startup that’s bringing 3D printing to us all—shoppers and designers around the world— and making big waves doing it. He got into 3D printing at Tinkercad which was globally acclaimed for revolutionizing 3D design in a web browser. Henrik has led design in both software companies and consultancies. Off duty he’s one of the organizers behind IxDA Helsinki, a social and knowledge group for Finnish interaction designers.

Twitter: @HenrikRydberg


Hacking into User Experience

We all know User Experience is one of the deciding factors for product’s success. Still, only few product teams have enough resources for a UX designer. In this talk, we’ll look at how developer led teams can be optimized into a primordial soup, a birth place for great User Experience. We’ll hack you, to naturally create unexpected positive surprises, and ultimately win markets with new found competitive edge.

Andrew Nesbitt

Andrew Nesbitt, Freelance

Andrew is a passionate full stack developer. He spends most of his days programming in Ruby, playing with Node.js, contributing to open source projects and organising local developer user groups. He also aspires to one day take over the world with a fleet of JavaScript powered quadcopters.

Twitter: @teabass


Turbo charging your workflow with Node.js

Node.js has brought JavaScript kicking and screaming out of the browser and onto both the server and your command line. Tools like Grunt, Bower and Yeoman are leveraging the power of Node to modernize web application development and take the pain out of managing your frontend web projects.

In this talk you’ll be introduced to Node.js and we’ll take a look at some of the new tools that you can use to streamline your web development workflow, automate away boring and repetative tasks and turbo charge your frontend development.

Florian Plank

Florian Plank, Polarblau

Florian solves problems on the open web. He works with his tiny software shop Polarblau somewhere close to the polar circle for companies of all sizes around the globe. Between gigs he builds http://pleaserevise.com and http://heypayme.com. Florian prefers Ruby over PHP, Coffeescript over Javascript, beer over bubbly, open source over proprietary software, bike over car, work over meetings, small over big, action over talk, learning over degrees and his family over everything. You can find some information about myself, my OSS projects etc. on my site — http://www.polarblau.com

Twitter: @polarblau


Prototyping in the browser

Software design and development is hard and it’s expensive. A plethora of tools and techniques must be conquered to get from an initial idea to a first click or tab, often just to find out that the users behave quite differently than expected.

Let’s cut some corners! This talk will demonstrate some techniques and technologies on how get the first feedback that much faster and all that within an environment we all share: the browser.