Building a Better Web
June 11–12, 2018: Training
June 12–14, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Lightning Talks

Kyle Simpson (Getify), Brian Douglas (GitHub), Kate Compton (Independent), Sam Richard (IBM)
3:35pm–4:15pm Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Location: 211 C/D
Average rating: ****.
(4.80, 5 ratings)

Join in for three special short talks curated and moderated by program chair Kyle Simpson.


  • “Exploring GraphQL with your API”—Brian Douglas
  • “Surprise! The joy of generative art”—Kate Compton
  • “Magic tricks with CSS Houdini”—Sam Richard
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Kyle Simpson


Kyle Simpson is an evangelist of the Open Web, passionate about all things JavaScript. He writes, speaks, teaches, and contributes to OSS.

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Brian Douglas


Brian Douglas is a developer advocate at GitHub, where he mainly works on frontend technology. He got his start with web development with Rails. Brian is the host of the JAMstack Radio podcast and enjoys exploring new programming languages and sharing his findings.

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Kate Compton


Kate Compton is a generative artist, programmer, inventor, and PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who is developing artificial intelligence to augment human creativity. She wrote the popular generative-text language Tracery and the bot-making language Bottery. Kate enjoys laser cutting, artbots, Twitter bots, and baking.

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Sam Richard


Sam Richard—better known as Snugug throughout the internet—is a UI architect at IBM. A developer with design tendencies and a love of building open source tools to help with both, he is the author of North, a chair of SassConf, and an accomplished bacon connoisseur.