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Fluent 2013 Keynotes

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Dion Almaer

Dion Almaer, GoogleEngineering Director

Currently, as an engineering director in Google’s Developer Products group, he works to commodity developer infrastructure and make sure that external developers have access to the same quality Google products as internal Googlers do.

Previously, he has enjoyed the software process from his own startups to well known companies such as Mozilla, Palm, and Walmart.

9:05am Thursday, 05/30/2013
Keynote by Dion Almaer,VP, Mobile Architecture, WalMart.com & Ben Galbraith, VP, Mobile Engineering, WalMart.com.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Peter Cooper

Peter Cooper, Cooper PressEditor

Peter Cooper is the founder of Cooper Press, the editor of several weekly newsletters, including JavaScript Weekly and HTML5 Weekly, and cochair of both O’Reilly Fluent and OSCON Europe.

9:00am Thursday, 05/30/2013
Fluent Program Chairs, Simon St. Laurent and Peter Cooper, welcome you to the second day of keynotes
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
9:00am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
Program Chairs, Peter Cooper and Simon St. Laurent, welcome you to the first day of Fluent keynotes
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Brendan Eich

Brendan Eich, JavaScriptCreator

Brendan Eich was founder and long-term CTO at Mozilla. He also served as SVP of engineering and briefly as CEO. Brendan is widely recognized for his enduring contributions to the Internet revolution. In 1995, he invented JavaScript (ECMAScript), the Internet’s most widely used programming language. He cofounded the Mozilla.org project in 1998, serving as chief architect, and has been a board member of the Mozilla Foundation since its inception in 2003. Brendan helped launch the award-winning Firefox web browser in November 2004 and Thunderbird email client in December 2004.

Brendan holds a BS in math and computer science from Santa Clara University and an MS in computer science from the University of Illinois.

9:05am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
Almost two decades after the birth of JavaScript, I will give an update to my "JavaScript at 17" keynote last year, including the latest on the next version of the JS language, ES6.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Jesse Freeman

Jesse Freeman, AmazonGlobal HTML5 & Gaming Evangelist

Hello, my name is Jesse Freeman and I work for Amazon. I have been a Web developer for over 13 years as well as a mobile app developer for the better part of the last 4 years. I moved back to NY in 2002 and have worked with some of the city’s top companies such as MLB, the New York Jets, HBO, Tommy Hilfiger, Bloomberg and even internationally for clients such as VW. Through my career I have seen all sides of development from independent contractor, government, consultant, agency and product. It has been a crazy ride and an amazing one that helped make me the developer I am today.

In addition to my client work I have also been a speaker, author... Read More.

9:40am Thursday, 05/30/2013
In the past year since I spoke at Fluent, HTML5 game development has been growing exponentially. While a lot of the techniques I spoke about before have stayed the same such as using Canvas for high performance 2d rendering, using requestAnimationFrame for building highly responsive game loops and audio which is continuing to improve......
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Ben Galbraith

Ben Galbraith, GoogleHead of Product & Developer Relations, Developer Product Group

Ben Galbraith is the head of product and developer relations for Google’s Developer Product Group. Prior to Google, Ben has alternated between entrepreneurial and executive roles across companies in many industries, such as Mozilla, Palm / HP, and Walmart. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and eight children.

9:05am Thursday, 05/30/2013
Keynote by Dion Almaer,VP, Mobile Architecture, WalMart.com & Ben Galbraith, VP, Mobile Engineering, WalMart.com.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Mike Hostetler

Mike Hostetler, appendToFounder & CEO

Mike Hostetler is an inventor, entrepreneur, programmer and proud father. Having worked with web technologies since the mid 1990’s, Mike has had extensive experience developing web applications with PHP and JavaScript. Currently, Mike works as the CEO of appendTo, LLC, the jQuery Company, based in Denver, Colorado. Heavily involved in Open Source, Mike is a member of the jQuery Core team, leads the QCubed PHP5 Framework project, and participates in the Drupal project. When not in front of a computer, Mike enjoys hiking, fly-fishing, snowboarding and spending time with his family.

10:00am Thursday, 05/30/2013
Working remotely is a skill that can be learned. To be successful, you must not only master new disciplines but you must help others you work with see remote working as a mutual benefit. We will cover a brief overview of how to achieve geographic freedom in your job while arming you with skills to make you a more effective worker.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Paul Irish

Paul Irish, Google ChromePM

Paul Irish is a front-end developer who loves the web. He works on Google Chrome, its performance and devtools.

9:50am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
Let's dive into the latest improvements to developer tools that support your productivity in authoring JavaScript experiences.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Kate Matsudaira

Kate Matsudaira, popformsVP Engineering

Kate specializes in creating and operating large-scale web applications. Her focus has primarily rested on SaaS applications and big data. She has extensive experience building and managing high-performance teams, and considers herself a fan of agile development practices and the lean startup movement.  
She is currently founding her own startup, popforms, but has held roles as developer, project manager, product manager, and people manager at great companies including
Amazon and Microsoft. The last seven years she has been a VP of Engineering/CTO for companies like  SEOmoz, Decide, and prior to that Delve Networks (acquired by Limelight). 

Follow her  blog to see her writings on tech and leadership. She is also the curator of the
Technology and Leadership... Read More.

10:10am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
This talk will explore the pitfalls of "abstraction magic", and promote the successes that full stack understanding can bring to your projects, and even career.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Nellie McKesson

Nellie McKesson, O'Reilly Media, Inc.Digital Development Manager

Nellie McKesson is the Digital Development Manager at O’Reilly Media, where she focuses on front-end Web(ish) development projects, including ebook design and implementation both for devices and the Web, as well as overseeing internal tooling development projects.

10:20am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
How Web technology is driving the evolution of reading and writing, and what O'Reilly is doing about it.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Irene Ros

Irene Ros, BocoupDirector of Data Visualization

Irene Ros is the director of data visualization at Bocoup and the program chair of OpenVis Conf, a 2-day conference on data visualization on the open Web. Irene is an information visualization researcher and developer, making engaging, informative, and interactive data-driven stories, experiences, and exploratory interfaces on the Web. Prior to joining Bocoup, she was a research developer at IBM Research’s Visual Communication Lab. She received her BS in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

9:25am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
In this talk, Irene will start from the basics - the data, and go over the process of turning it into valuable visual interfaces and visualizations. From basic concepts in data visualization to common pitfalls, this talk will provide a foundation for learning how to create data visualization.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Bill Scott

Bill Scott, PayPalSr. Director of UI Engineering

Bill Scott is the Sr. Director of UI Engineering at PayPal. In a past life he co-created one of the first successful Macintosh games (GATO, 1985), built & designed wargaming interfaces for NATO, founded user experience teams (Sabre), wrote an Ajax/JavaScript framework (OpenRico), managed user interface engineering organizations (Netflix, PayPal) and published a design pattern library (Yahoo!). Bill is also a frequent speaker at conferences & workshops worldwide as well as the co-author of the O’Reilly book Designing Web Interfaces. Follow Bill’s tweets @billwscott and his ramblings on looksgoodworkswell.com.

9:25am Thursday, 05/30/2013
How do you take a large titan like PayPal and move it from a culture of a long shelf life to a culture of rapid experimentation? You set the UI free by adding liberal doses of NodeJS, JavaScript templating & libraries, JSON, Github and Lean Startup/UX. Bill will explain the transformation that is in process to revolutionize the technical and experience stack at PayPal.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Simon St.Laurent

Simon St.Laurent, O'Reilly Media, Inc.Senior Editor

Simon St.Laurent has spent most of his career explaining technology. He is cochair of the Fluent and OSCON conferences, a senior editor at O’Reilly, and a web developer. He has written over a dozen books, including Introducing Elixir, Introducing Erlang, Learning Rails, XML Elements of Style, and XML: A Primer. He spends his spare time making objects out of wood and presenting on local history.

9:00am Thursday, 05/30/2013
Fluent Program Chairs, Simon St. Laurent and Peter Cooper, welcome you to the second day of keynotes
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
9:00am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
Program Chairs, Peter Cooper and Simon St. Laurent, welcome you to the first day of Fluent keynotes
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Lea Verou

Lea Verou, IndependentWeb developer, speaker, author

Lea previously worked as a Developer Advocate at W3C and currently spends her days writing & designing her first book (“CSS Secrets”), published with O’Reilly in 2014. She has a long-standing passion for open web standards, which she fulfils by researching new ways to use them, bloggingspeakingwriting, and coding popular open source projects to help fellow developers. She is an Invited Expert in the CSS Working Group, which architects the language itself. Although she holds a BSc in Computer Science, Lea is one of the few misfits who love code and design equally.

10:15am Thursday, 05/30/2013
Lea Verou, Developer Advocate, W3C
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson, GoogleOpen Web Developer Advocate

Chris Wilson is an Open Web Platform Developer Advocate working on
Chrome. He began working on web browsers in 1993 when he co-authored
the original Windows version of NCSA Mosaic, went on to Microsoft to
work on Internet Explorer for fifteen years, and joined Google in
2010. He has a particular interest in enabling awesome user
experiences on the web platform, and is a long-time participant in
various web standards working groups.
In his free time, he enjoys photography and hiking with his wife and daughter (and their soon-to-be second child), and scuba diving in the tropics as well as the chilly waters of Puget Sound as a PADI Assistant Instructor. You can keep up with... Read More.

10:20am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
How Web technology is driving the evolution of reading and writing, and what O'Reilly is doing about it.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Nicholas Zakas

Nicholas Zakas, BoxStaff Software Engineer

Nicholas C. Zakas is a staff software engineer at Box, author, and speaker. He worked at Yahoo! for almost five years, where he was front-end tech lead for the Yahoo! homepage and a contributor to the YUI library. He is the author of Maintainable JavaScript (O’Reilly, 2012), Professional JavaScript for Web Developers (Wrox, 2012), High Performance JavaScript
(O’Reilly, 2010), and Professional Ajax (Wrox, 2007). Nicholas is a strong advocate for development best practices including progressive enhancement, accessibility, performance, scalability, and maintainability. He blogs regularly at www.nczonline.net and can be found on Twitter via @slicknet.

9:50am Thursday, 05/30/2013
The world seems a lot harder than it used to be. It's easy to stop and think that being nice has gone out of fashion, only to be replaced by sharp, aggressive rhetoric. Despite today's internet and business climate, you can still get amazing opportunities, meet interesting people, and succeed by being nice. This is the story of how saying "thank you" altered the course of my life and career.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B

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