New speakers are added continuously. Please check back to see the latest updates to the Fluent Conference program.

Shmueli Ahdut (Crossrider Advanced Technologies Ltd. )

Crossrider Founder & CTO
Former Director of Technology at SeekingAlpha

Dion Almaer
Dion Almaer (Google), @dalmaer

Currently, Dion Almaer is an engineering director in Google’s Developer Products group, where 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, took part in the software process from his own startups as well as at well-known companies such as Mozilla, Palm, and Walmart.

Creator of Modernizr, Product Designer and former UI Engineer at Apple.

Chris Bannon

Manager of wijmo and ComponentOne products. Craftsman of scripts. Author of technology. Speaker of passions. Player of hockey.

Aditya Bansod
Aditya Bansod (Sencha, Inc), @adityabansod

Aditya is Sencha’s senior director of product management and is responsible for the product planning and strategy for Sencha’s product lines. Prior to Sencha, Aditya held various senior product management roles at Adobe and Microsoft, focusing on developers and media in the mobile and consumer electronics space.

Andrew Betts

Andrew Betts is principal developer advocate at Fastly. Andrew’s area of expertise is emerging web technologies, particularly on mobile and tablet platforms. Previously, he was a PHP and JavaScript developer, web standards advocate, and founder of FT Labs, an emerging web technologies division of the Financial Times, where he and his team created the FT web app, one of the best examples of what can be achieved with HTML5.

Eric Bidelman

Eric is a Developer Programs Engineer on Google’s Chrome Developer Relations team. Over the last two years he’s worked on various developer focused products, including Google Docs, Sites, Health, and OAuth. Recently, Eric joined the Chrome team to help spread HTML5 goodness around the globe. He is the author of the book “Using the HTML5 Filesystem API”. Prior to Google, Eric worked as a software engineer at the University of Michigan where he designed rich web applications and APIs for the university’s 19 libraries.

Stephen  Blum
Stephen Blum (PubNub), @PubNub

Stephen is the founder and CTO of PubNub. Stephen’s vision and strong technical chops drove the initial architecture of PubNub, building a core engine that has successfully scaled to the some of the largest real-time deployments in the world. Stephen has been a successful software entrepreneur his whole life, starting his first company, LTSun, at age 17, and joining Microsoft after its acquisition. Stephen was the chief architect for TrustedOpinion.com, a 50-language social recommendations site that grew to over 1 million users across over 100 countries.

Giles Bowkett
Giles Bowkett (at large)

Giles Bowkett first wrote JavaScript in the mid 90s. He is a Web developer with experience in many languages, including Ruby, Perl, Java, and Python.

Kent Brewster
Kent Brewster (Pinterest)

You may already be running some of Kent Brewster’s difficult-to-detect JavaScript, which powers portions of Yahoo’s Pipes badges, Netflix’s widgets, the Identi.ca badge, and Lexity’s store instrumentation.

Ryan Bubinski
Ryan Bubinski (Codecademy)

Ryan is the co-founder and CTO of Codecademy, the leading online education company closing the skills gap by teaching programming. Codecademy has reached millions of users in every country in the world. Codecademy’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Index Ventures, Richard Branson, Yuri Milner, and more.

Trevor Burnham

Trevor Burnham is the author of the PragProg book CoffeeScript: Accelerated JavaScript Development. When not spreading the good word about CoffeeScript, he tinkers with web apps in Cambridge, MA.

Luz Caballero
Luz Caballero (Opera Software), @gerbille

Luz works at Opera as a Web
Opener, from Palo alto, CA. Her job is to help developers use Web
Standards to make the Web interoperable across all browsers and
devices, ensuring it stays accessible for everybody.

Sara Chipps (Girl Develop It), @sarajchipps

Sara Chipps is a JavaScript developer and she blogs at http://sarajchipps.com. She consults with early stage startups as an interim CTO, serving to walk teams through the difficult task of building their first web application.

In 2010, along with Vanessa Hurst, Data Scientist at Paperless Post, she started an organization called Girl Develop It which offers low cost software development classes geared towards women. Girl Develop It has had over 1000 unique students in New York City and now has 6 chapters around the world.

In late 2011 she launched a subscription based women’s basics service with partner Melanie Moore. Elizabeth and Clarke develops, designs, and manufactures essentials that you need each season starting with the white shirt. Guaranteed to NEVER be: too... Read More.

Ben Combee
Ben Combee (HP / Palm), @unwiredben

Ben Combee is the techie face of the HP webOS framework team, both as a coder and presenter. He been doing developer activities as part of the Palm & webOS world since leading the Codewarrior for Palm OS team at Metrowerks in the early 2000′s. He’s also worked at Mozilla in their mobile browser and done open source hardware hacking with NYC Resistor in Brooklyn.

Peter Cooper
Peter Cooper (Cooper Press), @peterc

Peter Cooper is the founder of Cooper Press, the editor of several weekly newsletters, including JavaScript Weekly and Frontend Focus, and Chair Emeritus of O’Reilly Fluent.

Adam Crabtree
Adam Crabtree (LinkedIn Mobile), @CrabDude

Adam Crabtee works for HP webOS on node.js supporting the Enyo.js framework. He runs BayNode, and founded Dallas.node. He authored an asynchronous trycatch library for node.js, and is working to bring package management to the browser via tiki.js. Currently, he is working on Hermes, a pluggable VFS back-end and API for Ares, the Enyo.js browser-based IDE.

Find him at @CrabDude and infrequently at http://noderiety.com

Angus Croll
Angus Croll (Twitter Inc), @angustweets

Angus works for Twitter’s Web Core team and is the author of the JavaScript JavaScript blog.

Tom Croucher

Tom Croucher is a Staff Engineer on the Uber SRE team, probably the fastest-growing technology company in the world. Previously, he was the CTO at Change.org, consulted for clients like Walmart, Nexenta, MySpace, Comcast, and the New York Times, and worked at Joyent on the Node.js team and Yahoo on the homepage team. Tom is the coauthor of the O’Reilly book Up and Running with Node.js and has contributed to a number of web standards for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the British Standards Institute (BSI). He has worked with some of the world’s leading brands including NASA, Tesco, Three UK, and the UK’s Channel 4 Television.

Ward Cunningham
Ward Cunningham (Cunningham & Cunningham, Inc.), @WardCunningham

Ward Cunningham has worked for and consulted to daring startups and huge corporations. He has served as CTO, Director, Fellow, Principle Engineer and Inventor. He is best known for creating wiki. He leads an open-source project rebuilding wiki to solve more complex sharing situations addressing some of societies toughest problems. Ward founded movements in object-oriented, agile software, extreme programming and pattern languages. Ward lives in Portland, Oregon and works for New Relic, Inc.

Matt DeBergalis

Matt DeBergalis is the founder of Meteor, a full stack JavaScript app platform. Before founding Meteor, Matt authored ActBlue, the world’s largest political fundraising platform, raising a quarter-of-a-billion dollars. Before that, Matt was a kernel hacker. Some of his technical credits include the NeXT port of NetBSD and work on the NFSv4 and DAFS specifications while at Network Appliance. As an undergraduate at MIT, Matt built a phone system for his fraternity, fabricating the circuit boards and writing the operating system from scratch.

Anthony Decena (Appcelerator), @mindelusions

Anthony Decena has risen through the ranks of the Titanium developer
community, and is now a Platform Evangelist at Appcelerator. Anthony has
been involved in supporting the developer community, teaching workshops,
speaking at conferences, hackathons and user groups, and even hacking on
Appcelerator’s new mobile web implementation of the Titanium platform.

manikandan dhoni
manikandan dhoni (Wes Bos Design), @wesbos

Wes Bos is an independent web developer, UI designer and all around hacker from Toronto, Canada. He is super passionate about design, development, and business spending most of his time working with JavaScript, CSS3, HTML5 and PHP. Wes is one to push the limits of new technology and has been known to publish HTML5 and Node.js experiments and tutorials to his blog.

Wes loves open source software and community learning, he spends a lot of time on github, twitter, and IRC (freenode) connecting with other developers. If you’re a woman looking to break into the developer industry, Wes teaches day long training for the non-profit Ladies Learning Code

Gerred Dillon
Gerred Dillon (Hardmode Studios), @justicefries

Gerred Dillon enjoys games. He also enjoys making games. Outside of working with Unity3D, SDL, and Cocos2D, Gerred is a veteran web developer who now spends his time in the Canvas and WebGL arena with his independent game studio, Hardmode Studios.

Akshay Dodeja
Akshay Dodeja (Picplum (Strobeo, Inc)), @dodeja

Akshay has a passion for new technology, edible design, and making things simpler. He recently moved back to the Bay Area (SF) after a productive stint in Portland, OR where he went to college and founded his first company, Mugasha. He loves electronic dance music and enjoys following his favorite DJs around the country when he’s not busy writing beautiful JavaScript code.

Brendan Eich
Brendan Eich (JavaScript), @BrendanEich

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.

Keith Fahlgren
Keith Fahlgren (Safari Books Online), @abdelazer

Keith Fahlgren is the Director of Engineering at Safari Books Online. Previously, he worked at Threepress Consulting, O’Reilly Media, and was the co-developer of Ibis Reader.

Juergen  Fesslmeier

Juergen Fesslmeier is a Web, Mobile and Open-Source developer, Entrepreneur, and a Product Manager at wakanda.org. Juergen enjoys talking about JavaScript, the Mobile Web, Server-Side JS, NoSQL, and Wakanda. He participates in Web standards mailing lists, makes technical recommendations about anything relating to JavaScript, HTML, and application development, and works to promote JavaScript as a professional language.

Max Firtman
Max Firtman (ITMaster Professional Training), @firt

Firtman is a mobile+web developer, trainer, author and speaker. He is Adobe Community Professional and author of many books, including “Programming the Mobile Web” and “jQuery Mobile: Up and Running” published by O’Reilly Media. He is working as co-author on the upcoming book “Mobile HTML5”. He has a blog about mobile web development on www.mobilexweb.com and he maintains the site mobilehtml5.org. He has created the free tool iWebInspector to debug mobile web applications on iOS.

He was a speaker at many international events, such as Velocity, OSCON, Breaking Development, GOTO Europe, InsideMobile, Google DevFest, Nokia Developer Days, Adobe en Vivo, Nokia Talk and Campus Party Europe. He has received different recognitions, such as Forum Nokia Champion yearly since 2006, as one of the... Read More.

Nick Fisher
Nick Fisher (SoundCloud)

An Australian now living in Berlin, Nick is a front-end engineer at SoundCloud, working on the new version of their website: a fully client-side single page application written in Javascript. When he’s not thinking about new ways to (ab)use the power of modern browsers, Nick enjoys cycling, beer and regular expressions.

Gary Flake
Gary Flake (Clipboard Inc.), @clipboard

Dr. Gary William Flake is the CEO of Clipboard Inc., a seed stage Internet startup that allows users to save, organize and share their favorite parts of the web. Prior to founding Clipboard, Gary held executive positions at Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Overture, where he managed applied research teams, corporate-wide innovation efforts, and helped guide corporate strategy. Gary has filed over 150 patents and has numerous publications spanning over 20 years which have focused on machine learning, data mining, and complex systems. Gary has also appeared in leading national publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Nature Science, CNET News, Computer World, Fast Company, TechCrunch and Mashable, and has presented at leadership events such as the TED... Read More.

Brady Forrest
Brady Forrest (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), @brady
Brady Forrest is Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Where and co-chair for Android Open . Additionally, he co-chaired the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and NYC. Brady writes for O’Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.
Davis W. Frank
Davis W. Frank (Pivotal Labs), @dwfrank

Davis has coded, managed, and wrangled at Intel, Broderbund, Handspring/Palm, and a couple of forgettable startups. He is now an Agile Engineer at Pivotal Labs in San Francisco, working on Rails & webOS projects and is a maintainer of the Jasmine testing framework for JavaScript.

He misses Grunge, loves great barbecue, and expects live fish to stay in water at all times.

Jesse Freeman
Jesse Freeman (MissingLink.ai), @jessefreeman

For more than 13 years, Jesse Freeman has been on the cutting edge of interactive development with a focus on the Web and mobile platforms. As an expert in his field, Jesse has worked for VW, Tommy Hilfiger, Heavy, MLB, the New York Jets, HBO, and many more. Jesse was a traditional artist for most of his life until making the transition into interactive art, and he has never looked back.

Jesse is a Technical Architect/Technology Evangelist at Roundarch and is an active leader in New York’s developer community. He is also active in the online community as a writer for several development sites including Adobe Developer Connection, O’Reilly Media, Inc., and Activetuts+. He can be found on twitter at @jessefreeman. Jesse also... Read More.

Tyler Freeman (odbol productions)

odbol (aka Tyler Freeman) is an artist who specializes in designing interfaces that bring the body closer to the machine, thus enhancing the user’s ability to manipulate digital information efficiently and unobtrusively — some people refer to these users as cyborgs, but the phenomenon is so rampant in today’s world that the word cyborg really loses all meaning.

odbol received his undergrad degree in Computer Science and his Master’s in Digital Art and New Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He currently resides in San Francisco, CA. He is an active VJ who has played for numerous bands and acts throughout the United States and Europe, and has invented several performance interfaces such as DrumPants, the VJacket, and WiiJ Video.

His various interactive... Read More.

Thomas Fuchs
Thomas Fuchs (Slash7, LLC), @thomasfuchs

Thomas’ script.aculo.us was one of the first big JavaScript frameworks, released in 2005, used by the likes of Apple.com, CNN.com and NASA.gov. He’s also a core team alumni of the influential Ruby on Rails framework, as well as a core team member of Prototype.js, the precursor to modern JavaScript libraries. Zepto.js is Thomas’ newest open source JavaScript library, a framework that is largely compatible with jQuery, yet at a fraction of the size.

Thomas’s company that he co-owns with his wife Amy Hoy (keynoting at Fluent!) is the maker of the beautiful and easy-to-use time tracking application Freckle and the upcoming Charm customer support web app.

Ben Galbraith

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.

Phil Harnish
Phil Harnish (YouTube)

Phil has been working on YouTube’s play button for a couple years now. He enjoys continuous deployment and long stretches of behavior driven development. Between the years of keyboard playing cat videos he’s learned a thing or two about the strain scale has on design and usability. If he ever escapes the clutches of a cushy day job, you’ll likely find him hacking on yet another casual-social-game without a business model.

Rob Hawkes
Rob Hawkes (Mozilla), @robhawkes

Rob thrives on solving problems through code. He has an addiction to visual programming and can’t get enough of HTML5 and JavaScript. He’s the author of Foundation HTML5 Canvas and is a Technical Evangelist at Mozilla. He leads the gaming side of their work within the developer community.

Steve Heffernan

Steve Heffernan is the creator of Video.js, an open source web video player in use on over 1 million websites and with over 1 billion videos played per month. He’s currently leading product at Mux, building video performance monitoring and APIs for video streaming. Steve has been helping run the SF Video Tech Meetup and the Demuxed video engineering conference for the last five years.

Sean Hess
Sean Hess (Orbital Labs), @seanhess

Sean cofounded i.TV, where as CTO he is responsible for the architecture and engineering of i.TV’s second screen platform. Prior to i.TV, Sean was VP of Engineering at AmberAlert.com. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He blogs at http://seanhess.github.com

Ariya Hidayat
Ariya Hidayat (Sencha)

Ariya Hidayat is a passionate technologist with over a decade of experience working with different levels of hardware and software. Although he likes math and physics, after finishing his dissertation on fiber optic transmission system, he opted to try a new thing and bootstrapped his professional software career. He has been involved with different open source communities, writing code for projects like KDE, Qt, and WebKit. Currently he is working as Engineering Director for Sencha, a Silicon Valley startup focusing on web technologies.

Burke Holland

Burke Holland is a Nashville-based developer advocate on the Azure team at Microsoft, where he works on behalf of JavaScript developers everywhere. A frontend developer, Burke enjoys JavaScript a lot because it’s the only way he Node to Express himself. Get it? Never mind. Burke blogs only slightly better than he codes and definitely not as good as he talks about himself in the third person.

Mike Hostetler

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.

Sha Hwang

Sha studied and worked in architecture before diving headfirst into data visualization at Stamen Design. At Stamen Sha worked on projects for clients like CNN, MTV, Adobe, and Flickr. Last year, Sha cofounded a startup called Movity focused on visualization and cities. Movity was recently acquired by the real estate company Trulia to bring their work to a national audience. Sha is endlessly fascinated by maps, data, design, and cities.

Paul Irish
Paul Irish (Google Chrome), @paul_irish

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

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is co-founder and developer at Hum (letshum.com).

Charlie Key (Paranoid Ferret Productions), @zwigby

Charlie Key co-founded Paranoid Ferret Productions and has helped educate thousands of people through his tutorials on Switch On The Code. He has also created a several iOS applications including two games, Drop & Lock and Snake – Classic Style.

Brett Kiefer (Fog Creek Software), @BrettKiefer

I work on Trello at Fog Creek Software. In the past, I have worked on FogBugz at Fog Creek, Your Account, Checkout, and Customer Service Apps at Amazon.com.

Derrick Ko (Kicksend), @derrickko

Derrick is the first employee and product engineer at Kicksend, a Y Combinator funded startup that lets you privately send large batches of photos, videos and other files to people you love. Prior to that, he was a software engineer at Pivotal Labs, where he led teams and worked with clients that ranged from startups to enterprises. A founder himself, Derrick started a company in Singapore back in 2007. He occasionally blogs about startups and product development at http://blog.derrickko.com.

Ryan Krems (Dolphin Browser)

Ryan spent 10 years in varying roles at Nokia bringing mobile devices and innovations to the US market. Last year he transitioned to the super competitive and fast changing industry of mobile browsers working with partners to bring unique experiences to their users.

Seth Ladd
Seth Ladd (Google), @sethladd

Seth is a web engineer and works on the Dart team as a Developer Advocate for Google. He has produced conferences, written books, and he loves badminton.

Andrew  Lee

Andrew Lee is a founder at Firebase, a real-time data
synchronization service. He has extensive experience building
performant real-time software. He studied CS and EE at Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology, previously founded two other startups, and
has worked at Adobe, Seagate, and Green Hills Software.

Phil Leggetter (Caplin Systems Ltd)

Phil @leggetter is a Developer Evangelist at Caplin Systems where he’s leading the project to open source BladeRunnerJS. He’s the co-author of Realtime Web Apps: With HTML5 WebSocket, PHP, and jQuery and writes articles for Smashing Magazine, .net magazine, Programmable Web, on his own blog and anywhere else he gets an opportunity to create content.

Phil’s passions include developer experience, customer service are helping people realise the benefits of realtime web technologies when building the next generation of interactive and engaging web apps.

As Founder of Colingo, Lowenstein leverages dual backgrounds in
neuroscience and software development to solve the problems of
language-learners worldwide. Built on top of Node.js, Colingo is a
revolutionary platform for online language-tutoring based around
instant speaking sessions structured with SpeakAssist learning tools.
SpeakAssist allows learners to extract meaningful data and analytics
from their conversations, giving them the feedback they crave and
providing a clear path towards fluency. Lowenstein lives and works in
San Francisco.

Alex MacCaw
Alex MacCaw (Twitter)

Ruby/JavaScript developer & entrepreneur. O’Reilly writer and open source developer. Working for Twitter.

Sergi Mansilla
Sergi Mansilla (Telenor Digital), @sergimansilla

Sergi started working on rich web applications in the nineties and never stopped. Before Ajax.org, he was leading the team that built the JavaScript framework that powers the UI of the new TomTom devices, and evangelized JavaScript inside the company. He believes that programming is a craft and takes pride in the code he writes, since it is the way he channels his creativity. He loves to work with talented and motivated people, that’s why he feels at home driving the development team at Cloud9 Inc.

Amjad Masad
Amjad Masad (codecademy), @amjad_masad

Born and raised in Jordan, Amjad grew frustrated by the state of Computer Science education and the lack of available means to introduce beginners to programming. Amjad spends most of his days thinking about and developing browser tools that help people learn and explore new programming languages.
Amjad joined Codecademy and moved to New York to pursue the mission of making coding accessible to anyone with a browser.

Sean McBride (Adobe Typekit), @smcbride

Sean is an engineer at Typekit. He works on typekit.com, where people explore and choose fonts, as well as the JavaScript that manages font loading on sites that use the service. He also worked on Typekit’s latest Wordpress integration. Before Typekit, Sean worked at Google, where he designed experiences and built prototypes for Apps, Gmail, Reader, Buzz, and Google+.

Enda McGrath

As a veteran of the mobile industry with over a decade at Palm, Enda leads the Developer Relations team at HP that supports both the Enyo and Open webOS product lines. He began his professional career as an electronic engineer before switching to web development. In 2000, he began working on Palm’s line of PDAs and smart phones, ultimately returning to his passion for web technologies with the introduction of webOS. He has spent the last 4 years developing WebOS from the ground up and supporting its enthusiastic developer community.

Sarah Mei
Sarah Mei (Ministry of Velocity), @sarahmei

Sarah Mei has been a software developer for fifteen years and a Ruby/JavaScript developer for seven. A founder of RailsBridge, an initiative to bring more diversity to the Ruby community, she’s a recent Pivotal Labs alum and is now running The Ministry of Velocity, a small software consultancy. She lives in San Francisco near the beach, where it is never warm enough to go swimming.

Igor Minar is a software engineer at Google. He is a co-lead of the AngularJS project that aims to bring simplicity to the development of client-side web development via declarative markup, data-binding, and APIs with testability baked in. In his previous life, Igor was a hardcore server-side developer at Sun Microsystems specializing in test-driven web development with Java, JavaEE, JRuby and Rails, and responsible for developing wikis.sun.com as well as other developer community webapps.

Schalk Neethling (Mozilla Corporation)

I am a Web Developer at Mozilla, a.k.a a Mozillian, with a true passion for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Standards, Accessibility, Usability and Open Source, and an evangelist, writing, tinkering, speaking and teaching about the best ways to use and contribute to these topics in order to create an accessible, open web for all.

In my free time I enjoy exploring the art of making great food, the world of photography, movies and literature.

Kevin Nilson

Kevin works at Google as the lead of the Chromecast Technical Solutions Engineer team. Prior to joining Google Kevin was the VP of Engineering at just.me, a mobile social startup funded by Google Ventures. Kevin is a Java Champion and three time JavaOne Rock Star. Kevin has spoken at conferences such as JavaOne, Devoxx, O’Reilly Fluent, NFJS SpringOne, AnDevCon, JAX, Open Web Camp, Silicon Valley Code Camp, HTML5DevConf, On Android and AjaxWorld. Kevin is the co-author of Web 2.0 Fundamentals. In the past Kevin was an adjunct professor at the College of San Mateo. Kevin holds a MS and BS in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University. Kevin is the leader of the Silicon Valley Java User Group, Silicon Valley Google Developer Group,... Read More.

Brian Noguchi (Derby project), @briannoguchi

Brian Noguchi is a software engineer and co-author of Derby and Racer. He is also the author of everyauth, a Node.js auth library, and a co-author of mongoose, a popular MongoDB ORM for Node.js. From 2007 to 2009, he was a co-founder and CTO of Trendessence, which developed machine-learning powered tools for companies looking to expand their Twitter presence. He graduated from Stanford with a degree in Mathematical and Computational Sciences, where he focused on machine learning.

David Pacheco
David Pacheco (Joyent)

David Pacheco is the lead engineer of Joyent’s Introspection Team, which develops Cloud Analytics and other tools for observing software in the cloud. Previously a member of Sun’s Fishworks team, David worked on several areas of the Sun Storage 7000 series of appliances including remote replication, fault management, and flash device support.

Tony Parisi

Tony Parisi is an entrepreneur and career CTO/architect. He has developed international standards and protocols, created noteworthy software products, and started and sold technology companies. Tony’s passion for innovating is exceeded only by his desire to bring coolness and fun to the broadest possible audience.

Tony’s first startup, Intervista Software (1995-1998), developed the first-ever real-time VRML plugin for Internet Explorer, which Microsoft bundled with millions of copies of their browser. His most recent company, Vivaty (2007-2010), created a novel end-to-end virtual world system fully integrated with the web and serving up millions of virtual goods transactions.

Tony is perhaps best known for his work as a pioneer of 3D standards for the web. He is the co-creator of VRML and X3D, Read More.

James Pearce

James is Head of Mobile Developer Relations at Facebook. He’s a developer and writer with a special passion for mobile and exploring its untapped potential.

James’ mobile projects include confess.js, WhitherApps, tinySrc, ready.mobi, Device Atlas, and mobiForge. Previously at Sencha, dotMobi, Argogroup and Ernst & Young, he has also written books on the mobile web for Wrox & Wiley. He’s easy to find at /jamesgpearce, @jamespearce or http://tripleodeon.com

Gregg Pollack
Gregg Pollack (Open SourceCraft), @greggpollack

Gregg Pollack works at Envy Labs, where he produces a podcast, creates educational screencasts, and develops websites with Rails. He also runs the Ruby Hero Awards, organizes the Orlando Ruby Users Group, and is also sometimes known as the Ruby on Rails guy in the “Rails vs” commercials or the “C” in MVC.

Chris Powers has been developing Web applications for the last six years, now specializing in JavaScript and Ruby development. He strongly believes in the power technology has to bring people together and enjoys developing platforms that empower the user. Currenty Chris is working as a software engineer at Groupon and lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with his wife, daughter, dog and cats. In his free time he enjoys sketch-noting, playing the drum kit and homebrewing.

Kris Rasmussen
Kris Rasmussen (Asana)

Kris Rasmussen most recently was the chief architect at Aptana where he led engineering and product efforts on a ne set of developer services. He is also the co-founder of Rivalmap, an enterprise collaboration company, and has worked for a number of other software companies in leadership and engineering roles including Microsoft. Kris studied computer science and math at UCLA.

Axel Rauschmayer
Axel Rauschmayer (Ecmanauten), @rauschma

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer is a consultant and trainer for JavaScript, web technologies and information management. He has been developing web applications since 1995 and held his first talk on Ajax in 2006. In 1999, he was technical manager at an internet startup that later expanded internationally.

Located in Munich, Germany. Speaks German, English, French, and Spanish.

Brian Rinaldi

Brian Rinaldi is a developer advocate at Progress. Brian has been a developer for nearly 20 years, working with frontend and backend technologies mostly focused on the web. Brian is the coeditor of Mobile Web Weekly, authored a report on static site generators for O’Reilly, and coauthored Working with Static Sites, also from O’Reilly.

Greg Schechter

Greg is a fearless web warrior, fighting for browser and website progress. While training at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, he published articles with the Opera Web Standards Curriculum. Subsequently, he went on to battle alongside many different web companies, including Amazon, Yahoo, and Google. His current alliance is with YouTube, where he spearheads the movement for HTML5 video capabilities.

Darren Schreiber

Darren Schreiber is the Co-Founder of 2600hz. He previously worked as the lead developer on the FreePBX v3 / Phonebooth project at Bandwidth.com, a next-generation open-source FreeSWITCH GUI. He also is one of the co-authors of the FreeSWITCH book and does all the official international FreeSWITCH trainings around the world. Darren has 15 years of IT experience and has developed multiple enterprise SaaS infrastructures for hosting and remotely managing IT, voice and e-commerce services. He has been a serious telephony enthusiast since a young age and has worked extensively with VoIP and Open Source technologies. Darren graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Computer Science and Business Management.

Jonathan Sharp
Jonathan Sharp (appendTo LLC.), @jdsharp

Jonathan started developing for the web as early as 1996. Jonathan co-founded appendTo and serves in a COO role as well as delivers on-site training for clients. A former jQuery Board member, Jonathan is a developer at heart and has a passion for well architected solutions, API’s and the importance of workflow and team dynamics in software development.

Felix Sheng
Felix Sheng (ordr.in), @felix

Felix Sheng is founder & CTO of Ordr.in, a Google Ventures-backed startup company bringing about massive change to the way customers and restaurants connect and
transact online. Felix and Ordr.in were featured in Business Insider, Inc. Magazine, TechCrunch, and GigaOM, and at Web 2.0 Expo and on untether.tv. In 2011 he was
listed on the Silicon Alley 100 and went through the TechStars NY startup accelerator.

Before Ordr.in Felix consulted for major media brands such as such as The Atlantic Monthly and New Republic on designing and overseeing their websites. Previously Felix
held senior R&D, architecture and development rolls at startups, consulting agencies and growth stage ventures. He was the first technical hire at the NYTimes.com.

Felix lives in Brooklyn with... Read More.

Nate Smith (Lever), @nateps

Nate Smith is an author of the Derby and Racer projects. He was a Product Manager at Google from July 2007 to March 2011, working under the Google Analytics team for a year, managing the Google Images UI for two years, and helping with the most recent web search redesign. Nate spearheaded the Google Images redesign that launched in July 2010, including the initial design and prototype. Prior to Google, he majored in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Olin College in Needham, Massachusetts, where he studied embedded computing, interface design, and entrepreneurship.

Steve Souders
Steve Souders (SpeedCurve), @souders

Steve Souders is chief curver at SpeedCurve, where he works on the interplay between performance and design. Steve previously served as Google’s head performance engineer, Yahoo’s chief performance officer, and Fastly’s chief performance officer. Steve pioneered much of the work in the world of web performance. He is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites as well as the creator of many performance tools and services including YSlow, HTTP Archive, Episodes, ControlJS, and Browserscope. Steve taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford and serves as cochair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O’Reilly.

Carlos Souza
Carlos Souza (Code School), @caike

Caike Souza is a software craftsman and metal guitarrist

Elliott Sprehn

Elliott Sprehn works for Google as a Tech Lead on Google Feedback, exposed to the world as the Send Feedback button on Google+ and a number of other products, including Chrome, Chrome OS, and Android. Elliott has worked on a variety of projects from network services, to realtime messaging systems, as well as a large number of web applications. He is a strong advocate of web standards and has participated in the HTML5 WG and WHATWG and now works closely with the teams at Google working on the standards related to the future of the web platform.

Ryan Stewart (Adobe Systems)

Ryan Stewart is a Web Developer Evangelist for Adobe Systems. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics he started on the Flash Platform by building eLearning rich Internet applications in Flex 1.5 and ColdFusion 7 for the Wharton School of Business. He is a long time blogger and had a prominent blog on ZDNet where he covered all sides of rich Internet applications. He has spoken at a number of industry conferences including Web 2.0 Expo, Adobe MAX, 360|Flex, SXSW, PHP Tek, and Web Design World. When not working with the latest web technology you can find him in Seattle where he enjoys making beer, mountaineering, and spending as much time as possible in the outdoors. You... Read More.

Nicole Sullivan
Nicole Sullivan (Stubbornella), @stubbornella

Nicole is an evangelist, front-end performance consultant, CSS Ninja, and author. She started the Object-Oriented CSS open source project, which answers the question: how do you scale CSS for millions of visitors or thousands of pages? She also consulted with the W3C for their beta redesign, and is the co-creator of Smush.it, an image optimization service in the cloud. She is passionate about CSS, web standards, and scalable front-end architecture for large commercial websites.

She co-authored Even Faster Websites and blogs at stubbornella.org.

Jacob Thornton
Jacob Thornton (Twitter), @fat

Jacob works at Twitter on the Platform team and is the co-author
of some pretty nifty open source projects: Bootstrap, Ender,
Hogan.js… He studied literature in school, which means he has no
clue what he’s doing and is hyper critical of everything.

Ibon Tolosana, currently is the CTO at Ludei and creator of CAAT (canvas animation library). He is an ex-entrepreneur, ex-consultant, and pure doer, he loves everything related to web, canvas, usability and programming languages

Luke is an experienced developer who has worked on projects ranging from massive government and enterprise systems to agile startup sites. He is the co-author of Practical Clojure (Apress, 2010), and is currently working on a ClojureScript book with O’Reilly. He currently works for Relevance, Inc where he has worked closely with Rich Hickey and Clojure/Core on the development of Clojure and ClojureScript.

Lea Verou
Lea Verou (Independent), @leaverou

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.

Dan Webb
Dan Webb (Twitter Inc), @danwrong

Dan Webb is a british software engineer based in San Francisco and the Engineering Manager of Twitter’s Web Core team.

Levi Weintraub
Levi Weintraub (Google)

Levi Weintraub is a 3-time WebKit engineer, working on HTML editing at Apple, the webOS platform and browser at Palm, and currently layout and rendering at Google. He has a BSE in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and a tendency to go adventuring by motorcycle.

Estelle Weyl
Estelle Weyl (Instart Logic), @estellevw

Estelle Weyl started her professional life in architecture and then managed teen health programs. In 2000, Estelle took the natural step of becoming a web standardista. She is the Open Web and performance evangelist for Instart Logic and has consulted for Kodak Gallery, SurveyMonkey, Samsung, Yahoo, Visa, and Apple, among others. Estelle shares esoteric tidbits learned while programming and detailed grids of CSS3 and HTML5 browser support in her blog. She is a coauthor of Mobile HTML5, CSS3: The Definitive Guide, and HTML5 and CSS3 for the Real World. While not coding, Estelle works in construction, dehippifying her 1960s throwback abode.

Bruce Williams
Bruce Williams (LivingSocial), @wbruce

Bruce Williams is a full-stack developer, designer, speaker, and author who splits his time between Ruby, JavaScript, and a continuously shifting list of technologies and varied interests. He leads a development team for LivingSocial in Portland, OR.

Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson (Google), @cwilso

Chris Wilson is an Open Web platform developer advocate working on Chrome. He has cochaired the W3C working group for HTML5 and served as a platform architect at Microsoft. Chris began working on web browsers in 1993 when he coauthored the original Windows version of NCSA Mosaic and went on to Microsoft to work on Internet Explorer for 15 years. He has a particular interest in enabling awesome user experiences on the web platform and is a longtime participant in various web standards working groups. In his free time, he enjoys photography, scuba diving, playing music, and hiking with his wife and daughters.

Julian Wong
Julian Wong (Just Me)

Javascript engineer at Just.me

Dan Yoder (spire.io), @dyoder

As CTO, Dan manages all things engineering at spire.io, bringing over
twenty-five years of experience in software engineering, including key
roles at numerous startups. He did much of the preliminary research
and design of spire.io, and has played a large part in developing our
open and democratic decision making process with a management style
one could describe as, “We’re all adults here.” Dan’s most recent
project before coming to spire.io was SharesPost, the first and
largest private equity exchange. He had a hands-on role involving all
aspects of design and development, taking a demonstration prototype
and turning it into a scalable and reliable exchange. Prior to
SharePost, Dan led AT&T Interactive’s Research and DevelopmentRead More.

Nicholas Zakas

Nicholas C. Zakas worked at Yahoo! for almost five years, building and defining front-end strategy for some of Yahoo’s largest sites. Nicholas is also the author of several books, including High Performance JavaScript, Professional JavaScript for Web Developers, and Professional Ajax.


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