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Jessica Allen
Jessica Allen (Engine Yard)

Jessica designs new features and manages front-end assets at Engine Yard. When she’s not wrangling CSS preprocessors and whiteboarding user flows, she’s taking pictures of her coworker’s hijinks and encouraging an upbeat work environment by outfitting the office with standing desks and leading field trips to San Francisco’s favorite cafes. You can find her on twitter painting the internet with Pantone rainbows, DIY projects, a lot of emoji.

Dion Almaer
Dion Almaer (Google)

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.

Mike Amundsen
Mike Amundsen (, Inc.)

Mike Amundsen is Layer 7’s Principal API Architect. An internationally known author and lecturer, Mike Amundsen travels throughout the United States and Europe consulting and speaking on a wide range of topics including distributed network architecture, Web application development, Cloud computing, and other subjects. His recent work focuses on the role hypermedia plays in creating and maintaining applications that can successsfully evolve over time. He has more than a dozen books to his credit. His most recent book is “Building Hypermedia APIs with HTML5 and Node” He also contributed to the book “RESTful Web Services Cookbook” (by Subbu Allamaraju). He is currently working on a new book, “Programming the Web with Cloud9.” When he is not working, Mike enjoys spending time with his family... Read More.

Heather Arthur (Mozilla)

Heather helps build the developer tools that ship with the Firefox web browser. She’s worked at Mozilla for three years, and on the Developer Tools team for over a year. She has made many open source JavaScript projects in her spare time as well.

Kane Baccigalupi (gSchool, Galvanize)

Kane Baccigalupi has been building technology-based startups since 2005. She has held a variety of roles from Founder/CTO, to Agile Development Consultant. Before working in the startup world, she did engineering work on the largest particle accelerator in the world. She went to school for Mechanical Engineering at Berkeley, and Fine Art at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Mark Bates
Mark Bates (Meta42 Labs, LLC)

Mark Bates is the founder and chief architect of the Boston, MA based consulting company, Meta42 Labs. Mark spends his days focusing on new application development and consulting for his clients. At night he writes books, raises kids, and occasionally he forms a band and “tries to make it”.

Mark has been writing web applications, in one form or another, since 1996. His career starting as a UI developer writing HTML and JavaScript applications before moving towards the middle(ware) with Java and Ruby.

Always wanting to share his wisdom, or more correctly just wanting to hear the sound of his own voice, Mark has spoken at several high profile conferences, include RubyConf and jQueryConf. Mark has also taught classes on Ruby and Ruby on... Read More.

Eric Bidelman
Eric Bidelman (Google)

Eric is a Staff Developer Programs Engineer on Google’s Chrome Developer Relations team. Over the past four years he’s worked on various developer focused products, including Google Drive, Sites, Health, and OAuth. 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.

Giles Bowkett
Giles Bowkett (at large)

Giles Bowkett is wise beyond his noggin.

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 badge, Lexity’s store instrumentation, and Pinterest’s widgets, bookmarklet, and Pin It! button.

Kraig Brockschmidt
Kraig Brockschmidt (Microsoft)

Kraig Brockschmidt has worked with Microsoft since 1988, focusing primarily on helping developers through writing, education, public speaking, and direct engagement. Kraig is currently a Senior Program Manager in the Windows Ecosystem team working directly with key partners on building apps for Windows 8 and bringing knowledge gained in that experience to the wider developer community. He has recently published the comprehensive “Programming Windows 8 Apps in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript” through Microsoft Press.

David Bruant (Freelance)

When David Bruant doesn’t learn from reading online and watching talk videos, he contributes to the JavaScript section of MDN (and has acquired quite a collection of Mozilla t-shirts as a consequence). In the hope to make things better for JS developers, he spends time in standards mailing-lists.

Trevor Burnham
Trevor Burnham (HubSpot)

Trevor Burnham is the author of the PragProg books “Async JavaScript” and “CoffeeScript: Accelerated JavaScript Development.” He works as a developer and tech evangelist for HubSpot in Cambridge, MA.

Jeffrey Burtoft
Jeffrey Burtoft (Microsoft)

Jeff Burtoft is an HTML5 Evangelist for Microsoft where he has the pleasure of working with the HTML5 community every day. Jeff is also a blogger at and has personally released several Hybrid Mobile Applications into some of the popular mobile app markets.
Jeff has been in the Web Development community for over 10 years. his work experience varies with positions like “web master” of a start-up company, to multimedia consultant for the department of defense. Jeff has also spent over five years working as the Principal Front-end Engineer for a fortune 500 company in San Antonio, TX. Jeff has a B.A. in Rhetorical Studies from Duquesne University and a certification in Latin American Business from Inter-American University in San Juan Puerto Rico.... Read More.

Raymond Camden

Raymond Camden is a senior developer evangelist for Adobe. His work focuses on web standards, mobile development and ColdFusion. He’s a published author and presents at conferences and user groups on a variety of topics. Raymond can be reached at his blog (, cfjedimaster on Twitter, or via email at

Doris Chen
Doris Chen (Microsoft)

Dr. Doris Chen
Twitter @doristchen

Doris is a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft for the Western region of the United States, specialized in web technologies (HTML5, jQuery, JavaScript, Ajax, and Java).
Doris has over 15 years of experience in the software industry working in several open source web tier technologies, Java platform, .NET and distributed computing technologies. She has developed and delivered over 400 keynotes, technical sessions, code camps worldwide, published widely at numerous international conferences and user groups including JavaOne, O’Reilly, WebVisions, SD Forum, HTML5 and JavaScript meetups, and worldwide User Groups. Doris works very closely to create and foster the community around NetBeans, Glassfish, and related technologies. Before joining Microsoft, Doris Chen was a Technology Evangelist at Sun... Read More.

Christophe Coenraets is a Principal Evangelist for Adobe where he focuses on Mobile Applications and Enterprise Integration. In this role, Christophe has helped some of the largest financial services companies design, architect and implement some of their most mission critical applications. In previous roles at Adobe and Macromedia, Christophe was a member of the initial Flex team, and worked on JRun, the company’s J2EE application server. Before joining Macromedia, Christophe was managing Java and Web Evangelism at Sybase and Powersoft. Christophe has been a regular speaker at conferences worldwide for the last 15 years. He blogs at, tweets at @ccoenraets, and codes at

Peter Cooper
Peter Cooper (Cooper Press)

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.

Jesse Cravens (frog)

Jesse is a Sr. Engineer at Frog where he works with the world’s leading companies, helping them to design, engineer, and bring to market meaningful products and services. He possesses a deep background in web application development, and has recently been focusing on single page web application architecture, the mobile web, HTML5, and Embedded JavaScript. His first book, ‘HTML5 Hacks’ is available through O’Reilly Media.

He previously held senior software and technical management positions at USAA, leading a team of mobile application developers that included both domestic full time employees and offshore 3rd party contractors. He was responsible for providing technical leadership in the planning, designing, development, testing, implementation and maintenance of USAA’s industry leading iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and mobile web applications for USAA’s... Read More.

Brendan Eich
Brendan Eich (JavaScript)

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 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.

Max Firtman
Max Firtman (ITMaster Professional Training)

Max Firtman is a mobile+web developer, trainer, speaker and writer. He is Adobe Community Champion and founder of ITMaster Professional Training. He wrote many books, including “Programming the Mobile Web” (first and second edition) and “jQuery Mobile: Up and Running” published by O’Reilly Media.

He has a blog about mobile web development at and he maintains the website

He is a frequent speaker at conferences, including QCon, OSCON, Breaking Development, Velocity Conference, Fluent, Google Developer Day, JSConf, Campus Party Europe and many other events around the world.

He has received different recognitions, including Nokia Developer Champion yearly since 2006; Adobe Community Professional since 2011, and BlackBerry Elite since 2012

Brady Forrest
Brady Forrest (Ignite Talks)

Brady Forrest is the head of PCH’s new incubator, Highway1, and is on the lookout for the next great piece of hardware. Brady costarted and shepherded Ignite—he’s part of the team currently organizing Ignite SF. He’s a venture advisor to 500 Startups and spent some time on the investment staff at Khosla Ventures. Formerly, Brady was at O’Reilly, where he worked on a number of things including O’Reilly Radar, Web 2.0 Expo, Where 2.0, ETech, and Foo Camp.

Jesse Freeman
Jesse Freeman (

As MissingLink’s Chief Evangelist, Jesse Freeman focuses on teaching DeepOp techniques that speed up AI first companies using computer vision and deep learning. One of the ways Jesse does this is by approaching deep learning from an engineering standpoint. With over 20+ years of enterprise development experience at companies like Amazon, Microsoft, MLB, HBO, New York Jets, Bloomberg and more, Jesse is an expert in his field. In addition to his development background, Jesse has a masters in interactive computer art from the School of Visual Arts. He can be found on twitter at @jessefreeman.

Aaron Frost
Aaron Frost (Domo)

I’ve spent the last several years swimming (at times sinking) in the Open Web waters. Finding JS and CSS/HTML was the best thing that could have happened to me. By day I am an evangelist of the Open Web, helping our team of over 800 developers acclimate to the open web. By night I am working with O’Reilly Media and Steve Olson, and we are writing the book ‘JS.Next: ES6’, which should be out around May, 2013. Additionally I work on several small projects for myself, and one with my identical twin brother. Peppered in between working hours, I enjoy being married to a wonderful wife, and being the dad of three amazing monsters. And when the world is white and frozen, you... Read More.

Ben Galbraith
Ben Galbraith (Google)

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.

Dave Geddes
Dave Geddes (Domo)

Dave Geddes is an Open Web Architect at Domo. He enjoys helping people learn and love JavaScript, Node, and the web.

Dave’s background includes running a successful freelance business, building real-time web applications for the U.S. Air Force, and consulting for hundreds of projects to improve user experience, performance, organization, modularity, and developer productivity.

He lives and breathes JavaScript and loves using it to create beautiful things on the web.

Martha Girdler

designer turned web developer turned software engineer. HTML/CSS/JS/PHP/Python

Hacker School batch3, currently loving everything as a Software Engineer at Etsy

Gabriel Grant (Independent Contracting)

As web lead at DotCloud, Gabriel spent his time mashing together Python with both browser- and Node.js-based JavaScript to create a best-of-both-world application used by thousands of developers.

Ilya Grigorik
Ilya Grigorik (Google)

Ilya Grigorik is a developer advocate and web performance engineer at Google. He spends his days and nights working on making the web faster and building and driving adoption of performance best practices.

Eric Hamilton
Eric Hamilton (Adobe)

Eric Elliott is a veteran of JavaScript application development. He is currently a member of the Creative Cloud team at Adobe. Previous roles include JavaScript Lead at Tout (social video), Senior JavaScript Rockstar at BandPage (an industry leading music app), head of client side architecture at Zumba Fitness (the leading global fitness brand), and several years as a UX and viral application consultant. He lives in the San Francisco bay area with the most beautiful woman in the world.

Misko Hevery (Google)

… works as an Agile Coach at Google where he is responsible for coaching Googlers to maintain the high level of automated testing culture. This allows Google to do frequent releases of its web applications with consistent high quality. Previously he worked at Adobe, Sun Microsystems, Intel, and Xerox (to name a few), where he became an expert in building web applications in web related technologies such as Java, JavaScript, Flex and ActionScript. He is very involved in Open Source community and an author of several open source projects such as Angular ( and JsTestDriver (

Ariya Hidayat
Ariya Hidayat (Shape Security)

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.

Luke Hoban
Luke Hoban (Microsoft )

Luke Hoban is a program manager at Microsoft working on the JavaScript language and development experience. Currently focused on ECMAScript standards, TypeScript, Internet Explorer JavaScript engine standards support, and Windows 8 JavaScript development experience, Luke has previously worked on several other programming languages and developer tools projects at Microsoft, including the Visual Studio Express products, the C# compiler, and the F# programming language and tools.

Burke Holland
Burke Holland (Microsoft)

Burke Holland is a web developer living in Nashville, TN. He enjoys working with and meeting developers who are building mobile apps with jQuery / HTML5 and loves to hack on social API’s. Burke works for Telerik as a Developer Evangelist focusing on Kendo UI. Burke is @burkeholland on Twitter.

Julie Horvath
Julie Horvath (Apple)

Julie Ann Horvath is not a robot. She does a lot of: Designing, coding, and writing. And a little less: Traveling, speaking, and obsessing over Great White Sharks. She currently resides in San Francisco and works as a Designer and FrontEnder at GitHub proper.

Mike Hostetler
Mike Hostetler (appendTo)

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.

Richard L.  Hudson

Richard L. Hudson is best known for his work in memory management including the invention of the Train Algorithm, the Sapphire Algorithm, the Mississippi Delta Algorithm, and leveraging the transactional memory to enable concurrent garbage collection. He pioneered the use of stack maps which enabled accurate garbage collection in statically typed languages like Java. He worked on transactional memory and was a driving force behind the articulation of the x86 memory model. For the past 2+ years Richard has worked on the River Trail team researching the concurrent programming models needed to implement a more visual and immersive web experience.

Richard joined Intel in 1998 where he has worked on programming language runtimes, memory management, concurrency, synchronization, memory models, and programming model issues. He went... Read More.

Paul Irish
Paul Irish (Google Chrome)

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

Michael Jensen (Sharethrough)
Aaron Kalin
Aaron Kalin (DNSimple)

Aaron Kalin is a developer for Treehouse hailing from Chicago and has been programming for over 15 years. At night you’ll find him hacking on game servers or experimenting with other programming languages. He’s passionate about solving problems and enjoys giving back as much as possible. You’ll sometimes find him dressed as a Stormtrooper to raise money for charity or cheering up sick kids in hospitals.

Todd Kloots
Todd Kloots (Twitter)

I’m a frontend engineer based in San Francisco, currently working at Twitter. I have over ten years of web development experience, with expert-level knowledge of HTML, JavaScript, CSS, DOM, and AJAX. I evangelize the use of Web Standards, and the development of sites and applications designed with Progressive Enhancement and accessibility for disabled users in mind.

Jen Kramer
Jen Kramer (Harvard University Extension School)

For over twelve years, Jen Kramer has been educating clients, colleagues, friends and graduate students about the meaning of a “quality website.”

Jen develops sites that are functional, usable, accessible, and supportive of business and marketing goals. She has built highly customized Joomla websites since 2005.

Jen is a author with ten published titles, including the popular “Up and Running with Bootstrap” and “Joomla 2.5 Essential Training”.

She has written two books published by Wrox Press (a division of Wiley), “Joomla! Start to Finish: How to Plan, Execute, and Maintain Your Web Site” and “Joomla 24-Hour Trainer.”

Jen currently offers courses through Harvard Extension, Community College of Vermont, and the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University.

Jen earned a BS in biology... Read More.

Ohad Kravchick
Ohad Kravchick (The New York Times)

The Lead Software Architect of the recently launched New York Times’ WebApp (available on iPads on Working day-to-day on frontend JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, and backend JavaScript and CoffeeScript on node.js. Was a Computer Networks instructor for a few years, so loves to teach.
Follow me on Twitter: @myok12

Seth Ladd
Seth Ladd (Google)

Seth is a Web Engineer and Dart Developer Advocate at Google. He is a book author, a conference organizer, and fancies a game of badminton.

Jonathan LeBlanc
Jonathan LeBlanc (PayPal / Braintree)

Jonathan LeBlanc is an Emmy award winning software engineer, author of the O’Reilly book “Programming Social Applications”, and the head of Developer Evangelism (North America) at PayPal. Specializing in user identity concepts and data mining techniques, as well as open source initiatives around social engagement, Jonathan works on the development of emerging initiatives towards building a more user-centric web.

Adam Lehman (Adobe Systems)
Elijah Manor
Elijah Manor (LeanKit)

Elijah Manor is a senior software engineer at LeanKit, as well as a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, ASPInsider, IE userAgent, and Pluralsight author. A Christian and a family man, Elijah blogs at and tweets about the things he learns.

Kate Matsudaira
Kate Matsudaira (popforms)

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.

Rushaine McBean
Rushaine McBean (Kickstarter)

Rushaine McBean is a junior full stack developer at the Levo League. She primarily codes in JavaScript and turns to Ruby(Ruby on Rails or Sinatra) and Node.js frequently to power her web applications.

Before entering the dev.cave at the Levo League, Rushaine was earning her undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Hunter College. When she isn’t writing code, she’s either listening to music or getting developer swag.

Nellie McKesson
Nellie McKesson (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)

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.

Sarah Mei
Sarah Mei (Ministry of Velocity)

Sarah Mei has spent most of the last dozen years writing code, most of the last six doing web applications. Her weapons of choice are typically Ruby and JavaScript. In 2009, she co-founded Railsbridge, a nonprofit dedicated to making the Ruby and Rails communities welcoming to everyone.

During the day, she pair programs at Pivotal Labs in San Francisco. The rest of the time, she hangs with her kids, friends, and the internets.

Leo Meyerovich
Leo Meyerovich (Graphistry)

Leo Meyerovich researches system and language design at UC Berkeley and is the lead for the Superconductor big data visualization language. He specializes in parallel browsers, JavaScript security, and the social foundations of programming languages. Earlier, he was the head developer of the Flapjax language for functional reactive web programming, which led to various commercial and open source projects.

Rachel Myers
Rachel Myers (Google)

Rachel Myers is a Ruby Engineer at ModCloth and an active member of the Ruby on Rails community. She’s passionate about helping others learn to code, and is a teacher and organizer for RailsBridge, a San Francisco-based organization that leads programming workshops for women and minorities. In her spare time, she loves making weird furniture, drinking Scotch, and playing with Legos.

Rachel Nabors
Rachel Nabors (

Rachel Nabors is an interaction developer, award-winning cartoonist, and host of the Infinite Canvas Screencast. She deftly blends the art of traditional storytelling with digital media to “tell better stories through code” at her company Tin Magpie. You can catch her as @RachelNabors on Twitter and at

Emily Nakashima
Emily Nakashima (Honeycomb)

Emily Nakashima is a UI Engineer and Team Lead at ModCloth. She spends her spare time trying to stuff design skills into developers, and developer skills into other, non-developer people. She’s a primary contributor to the RailsBridge Front End Curriculum and a RailsBridge volunteer. She also likes to make furniture and sneak up on her coworkers from behind while they’re concentrating.

Anant Narayanan
Anant Narayanan (Firebase)

I’m a longtime JS hacker and a fan of the web!

I worked at Mozilla Labs on a wide range of projects like Firefox Sync, the Add-On SDK, Open Web Apps and Firefox OS. I also represented Mozilla at the W3C and IETF, and most recently worked on defining and implementing a suite of JS APIs for real-time communication on the web (WebRTC).

I currently work at Firebase, which provides an easy-to-use JS library for data synchronization, aimed primarily at developers writing real-time apps.

Angela Nicoara
Angela Nicoara (Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories, Silicon Valley Innovation Center, USA)

Dr. Angela Nicoara is a Senior Research Scientist at Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories, Silicon Valley Innovation Center, USA since 2008. She received a PhD in Computer Science from ETH Zurich in 2007, where she was the leader, designer and builder of the PROSE open source system. After two years building search engine and information logistics systems at the German software company Caatoosee, Dr. Nicoara joined ETH Zurich, working on adaptive software architectures. Dr. Nicoara joined Google Inc in Mountain View, California for the summer of 2004. Her research interests are in the areas of services and mobile platforms, adaptive software architectures, virtual machines, middleware for mobile and distributed computing, and distributed systems. Her current research activities include the development of open... Read More.

Tony Parisi
Tony Parisi (Wevr)

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.

Axel Rauschmayer
Axel Rauschmayer (Ecmanauten)

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer specializes in JavaScript and web technologies: he develops with them, writes about them, teaches them and organizes events about them.

He has been programming since 1985, 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 (Progress)

Brian Rinaldi is as a Content and Community Manager for the Adobe Developer Center team, where he helps drive content strategy for HTML5 and JavaScript developer content. Brian blogs regularly at and is a unreformed twitter addict @remotesynth.

Irene Ros
Irene Ros (Bocoup)

Irene Ros is the director of data visualization at Bocoup and the program chair of OpenVis Conf, a two-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. Previously, she was a research developer at IBM Research’s Visual Communication Lab. Irene holds a BS in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Glenn Ruehle (Adobe Systems, Inc.)
Steven Sanderson
Steven Sanderson (Microsoft)

Steve Sanderson created Knockout.js in 2010, and has since started working at Microsoft on the team that produces Upshot.js and builds support for Node.js on Windows and Azure. Steve has built web applications professionally for a decade, always focusing on pushing JavaScript to its limits and coping with the consequences of doing that!

Steve wrote the first two editions of Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework for Apress, and has been a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2007. He blogs at and maintains open source projects at

Paul Sanford (Splunk)

Over the past 15 years, Paul Sanford has paid the rent as a developer – first COBOL, then Java, led post-sales for a startup (eventually acquired by Salesforce) and worked on BPM, SOA, cloud and developer tools offerings for Microsoft. Paul is now the general manager of the Splunk Seattle engineering team responsible for delivering Splunk’s developer platform and Microsoft solutions. (

Paul received his undergraduate degree from American University in Washington, DC and a graduate degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Paul lives with his wife and two children in Seattle.

Brandon Satrom
Brandon Satrom (Tangible)

Brandon Satrom (@BrandonSatrom) is Program Manager for Kendo UI and is based in Austin, TX. An unabashed lover of the open web, Brandon loves to talk about HTML, JavaScript, CSS, open source and whatever new shiny tool or technology has distracted him from that other thing he was working on. Brandon has spoken at national and international events, and he loves hanging out with and learning from other passionate developers, both online and in person. He also loves writing and, in addition to having several articles featured in publications like MSDN Magazine and .net Magazine, he’s hard at work on the book, “Building Apps for Windows 8 in JavaScript”, slated for release December 2012.

Bill Scott
Bill Scott (PayPal)

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

Pam Selle
Pam Selle (IOPipe)

Pam Selle is software engineering lead at IOpipe, building analytics and metrics tooling for serverless applications. Pam is a Google Developer Expert, published author, and frequent conference speaker. She founded Philadelphia’s premier JavaScript conference, LibertyJS, and ran the largest Philadelphia JavaScript meetup (with 1,400+ members) for three years. You can find her on her blog,, and on Twitter as @pamasaur.

Kyle Simpson
Kyle Simpson (Getify)

Kyle Simpson is a JavaScript Systems Architect from Austin, TX. He focuses on JavaScript, HTML5, web performance optimization, and “middle-end” application architecture. If something can’t be done in JavaScript or web stack technology, he’s probably bored by it. Kyle runs several open-source projects, writes books, and speaks at meetups and tech conferences. He also helps drive the local startup/enterpreneurial community through events, coworking activities, etc.

Carlos Souza
Carlos Souza (Code School)

Carlos Souza teaches web technologies at Code School. When not making loud noises on his mechanical keyboard, he can be found rock climbing or playing guitar.

Simon St.Laurent
Simon St.Laurent (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)

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.

Jacob Swanner
Jacob Swanner (Envy Labs)

Jacob was previously trapped working on Java & .NET web applications before he was liberated by Envy Labs. These days he spends his time writing beautiful Ruby code and rich, client-side applications with JavaScript. When his head is not in the clouds, he’s usually thinking about his next travel adventure.

Matthew Torok
Matthew Torok (UC Berkeley)

As part of UC Berkeley’s Parallel Computing Laboratory, Matthew researches methods for parallelizing the browser, GPU parallelization and programming languages. Along with Leo Meyerovich, he leads the Superconductor project, tackling big data visualization in the browser.

Matthew has been programming JavaScript since the days when it was necessary to detect whether the browser was Netscape or Internet Explorer, and still sometimes lets slip a ‘DHTML’ in casual conversation. Prior to Berkeley, he worked as a freelance web programmer.

Lea Verou
Lea Verou (Independent)

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.

Ben Vinegar
Ben Vinegar (Sentry)

Ben Vinegar is a Software Engineer at Disqus, a third-party comments platform served on over 1,000,000 blogs, online publications, and other web properties, including CNN, MLB, Time Magazine, and IGN. Ben is also the co-author of Third-party javaScript (Manning).

Estelle Weyl
Estelle Weyl (Instart Logic)

Estelle Weyl started her professional life in architecture, then managed teen health programs. In 2000, she took the natural step of becoming a web standardista. She has consulted for Kodakgallery, SurveyMonkey, Samsung, Yahoo! and Apple, among others. Estelle shares esoteric tidbits learned while programming CSS, JavaScript and XHTML and detailed grids of CSS3 and HTML5 browser support in her blog at She is a co-author of Mobile HTML5, HTML5: The Definitive Guide and HTML5 and CSS3 for the Real World. While not coding, she works in construction, de-hippifying her 1960’s throwback abode.

Ralph Whitbeck
Ralph Whitbeck (Atlassian)

Ralph Whitbeck is a front-end web developer with over 15 years experience in web development including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript with a focus in jQuery. Ralph also has experience in developing web strategies, usability testing, working with ASP.NET and SQL Server. Ralph is a co-author of O’Reilly’s jQuery Cookbook and is currently working on another book for O’Reilly called the jQuery Mobile Cookbook. Ralph is a board member on the jQuery Foundation as well as a co-host on the Official jQuery Podcast.

Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson (Google)

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.

Elise Worthy
Elise Worthy (Brandworthy)

Elise is a recent graduate of the Hungry Academy program from LivingSocial. After only 5 months of training, she’s now a developer at LivingSocial. She focuses on surfacing data to LivingSocial’s merchants using a lot of ruby and javascript. When she is not computering, she likes museums and Bertrand Russell.

Nicholas Zakas

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 and can be found on Twitter via @slicknet.

Sylvain Zimmer
Sylvain Zimmer (dotConferences)

Sylvain is a hacker at heart turned entrepreneur.

In 2004 he founded Jamendo, today the largest Creative Commons music platform. He later co-founded Joshfire, TEDxParis and the dotJS conference. In 2011 his team won the Node Knockout in the “Completeness” category with Chess@home, a distributed Chess AI written entirely in JavaScript.

He also solved the hidden equation in the “How to remain calm” Chromebook ad and recently became one of the first Google Developer Experts for HTML5.

Carina C. Zona
Carina C. Zona (@CallbackWomen)

Carina C. Zona is a web developer and consultant. She teaches backend and frontend coding skills for diversity outreach groups including Girl Develop It, Black Girls Code, RailsBridge, PyLadies, and RailsGirls.


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