As usual, this year's conference will host amazing speakers from all over the world. Read more to discover who they are and how they're preparing to light up the stage and the audience.
Evangelist of the Open Web
Maximiliano Firtman is a mobile + web developer, trainer, speaker, and writer.
He has authored many books, including Programming the Mobile Web and High Performance Mobile Web published by O’Reilly Media, and many online courses at Lynda, LinkedIn Learning, Safari, Udemy and more publishers. He is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide and he has been widely recognized for his work in the mobile-web community. He teaches mobile, HTML5, PWA and web performance trainings for top companies around the world.
Founder at OneGraph
Sean's been convinced there are better ways to develop applications across the stack for years, and built time-traveling debuggers, interface builders, layout tools, and graphic design tools in his quest to explore the space. His company was the first to deploy ClojureScript's Om library to a production app in early 2014, he helped lay the architecture for CircleCI's open-source frontend app and https://www.precursorapp.com, built systems to support tens of millions of dollars in transactions, and most recently founded OneGraph, a GraphQL API gateway to all your most important internet APIs.
Founder at AdDuplex
Alan Mendelevich has been developing software for a living for more than 15 years. He is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Development. Back in 2003, Alan was on the bleeding edge of web development when he created one of the first web-based HTML WYSIWYG editors called SPAW Editor. Later on, he moved his focus to the back-end, then to native client development, and then to running a startup. Alan has delivered talks at multiple events in the US, UK, Scandinavia, Baltics, Balkans, Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere. Recently he returned to the front-end web development fold and is helping his friends at amCharts with developer outreach and data visualization content.
Developer Advocate/Performance Engineer
Doug is a freelance mobile performance expert, having helped thousands of developers speed up their mobile apps and websites. A Google Developer Expert and the author of O’Reilly’s “High Performance Android Apps,” Doug regularly speaks at conferences, and blogs at dougsillars.com. He is currently working as a freelance digital nomad, traveling with his family in Europe.
Open Source Social VR Engineer
Liv is an open source software engineer developing VR applications at High Fidelity startup. In 2016, she co-founded ARVR Academy, a group dedicated to growing representation in the immersive technology industries through educational opportunities. She is the creator of Just A/VR Show, a web series dedicated to teaching virtual reality development principles, and author of the book ‘Entering the Metaverse’.
Creative lead at Smashing Media, Front-End/UX consultant
Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and does not give up easily. From Minsk in Belarus, he studied computer science and mathematics in Germany, discovered a passion for typography, writing and design. After working as a freelance designer and developer for 6 years, he co-founded Smashing Magazine, a leading online magazine dedicated to design and web development. Vitaly is the author, co-author and editor of all Smashing books. He currently works as creative lead of Smashing Magazine and front-end/UX consultant from the lovely city of Barcelona, Spain.
Chen Hui Jing
Developer Advocate at Nexmo
Chen Hui Jing is a self-taught designer and developer living in Singapore, with an inordinate love for CSS, as evidenced by her blog, that is mostly about CSS, and her tweets, which are largely about typography and the web. She used to play basketball full-time and launched her web career during downtime between training sessions. Hui Jing is currently a Developer Advocate for Nexmo, focusing on growing developer engagement around the APAC region.
Co-founder and CTO at Salonhub
Niels is a self-professed browser geek hooked on browsers ever since seeing the original Nexus browser on a NeXT Cube back in the dark ages of the internet. Niels is the creator of HTML5test.com and runs one of the world’s largest Open Device Labs. He loves procrastinating, collecting weird devices with even stranger browsers, drawing pixel art monsters and tinkering with hardware. For his day job he is CTO of Salonhub and creates web applications for hair salons.
Senior Engineering Manager
Performance Tech Lead at Wix.com
Dan Shappir is the Performance Tech Lead at Wix, focusing on making over 100 million websites hosted on the Wix platform load and execute faster. Dan has over twenty years of software development experience, having worked on systems ranging from missile trajectory simulations to networked multi-user games to designing and building large scale Web apps. Dan holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science, and has spoken at various technical conferences around the world.
Accessibility & UX Consultant
Adrian is a member of the W3C Web Platform Working Group, W3C ARIA Working Group, and W3C Accessibility Task Force. He’s written articles for trade journals, web sites, and participated as an author and editor on five books. In 1998 he co-founded a software development consulting firm before leaving at the start of 2016. Some may recognize Adrian from his days helping to run evolt.org, one of the first communities for web developers. Adrian has been developing for the Web since 1993.
Senior Architect at Applitools
30 years of experience have not dulled the fascination Gil Tayar has with software development. From the olden days of DOS, to the contemporary world of Software Testing, Gil was, is, and always will be, a software developer. He has in the past co-founded WebCollage, survived the bubble collapse of 2000, and worked on various big cloudy projects at Wix. His current passion is figuring out how to test software, a passion which he has turned into his main job as Evangelist and Senior Architect at Applitools.
Senior Frontend Engineer and Team Lead
Creative Technologist and Software Developer at Thoughtworks
Charlie is a software developer in Sydney. She is passionate about creative coding and building interactive prototypes mixing science, art and technology. She also spends time giving back to the community by mentoring new developers, contributing to open-source projects and speaking at events.
Bruce has been working in the world of web standards since 2002, which is why he looks as terrible as this. He's currently Commissioning Editor for Smashing TV at Smashing Magazine, and before that he was Deputy CTO at Opera. He's also a highly-regarded fashion blogger. Previously, he's been front-end tech lead for a large UK legal website, tutor to a princess' daughter in Thailand, a movie extra in Mumbai, a tarot card reader in Istanbul, and a musician.
Front-End Developer at Wix
Marius is a front-end developer at Wix, where he helps creating a platform for Wix professionals to build their applications on. Marius is passionate about UX - where the users are programmers and the experience is writing, reading and reasoning about the code.