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The O'Reilly Fluent Conference was first launched in 2012 as a new event for developers working with JavaScript, HTML5, and other web technologies. Now in its third year, Fluent covers the full scope of the Web Platform and its associated technologies, including WebGL, CSS3, mobile APIs, Node.js, AngularJS, ECMAScript 6, and more.

These technologies have become central to all kinds of development, not just building websites. If you're building web applications, designing for mobile devices, or working with the web's evolving infrastructure, you need to keep up with the proliferation of new technology that's driving the Web Platform.


At Fluent, you'll immerse yourself in learning. Fluent's speakers are people who are actually working with the same technologies you use—and inventing clever ways to wring the most out of them as they create products and services. Fluent offers a variety of forums for learning, from workshops and sessions with experts to the "hallway track" between sessions where attendees informally connect and share questions, knowledge, and perspectives with their peers.

If your business depends on JavaScript, HTML5, or other crucial web technologies—or the people who work with them—then you won't want to miss Fluent.

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What You'll Find at Fluent

Thousands of JavaScript developers, web developers, mobile app developers, software engineers, and a wide range of other people who work with Web Platform technologies come together at Fluent.  The energy level is high, the discussions are vibrant with new ideas, and the excitement is tangible.

At the same time, Fluent retains much of a "small conference" feel by providing plenty of opportunities to meet and talk with others, connect with people you've always wanted to meet, and take part in informal office hour sessions with speakers.  In fact, Fluent is uniquely structured to offer ongoing opportunities to interact with others. Even people who naturally cringe at the idea of networking, will find easy ways of meeting new people, joining in discussions, and making connections they'll value for many years.

The Fluent Experience

  • One day of in-depth workshops
  • Two days of keynotes and sessions that explore state-of-the-art, real-world case studies, technology introductions, and best practices
  • Networking opportunities with hundreds of other front-end and back-end developers and technologists
  • Multiple occasions—including the hallway track, Exhibit Hall, and after-hours events—for attendees, speakers, journalists, and vendors to debate and discuss issues of interest and importance

Who is Fluent For?

At Fluent, you'll find the following, at all levels of experience, from entry-level to senior:

  • Application developer
  • Web developer
  • Front-end software developer
  • Front-end web developer
  • Engineer
  • Mobile app developer
  • Interactive developer
  • JavaScript developer
  • Lead software engineer
  • Programmer / Analyst
  • Architect
  • UI/UX Architect / Designer
  • Systems Developer
  • Technical Lead
  • Web solutions architect

What People Are Saying About Fluent

Fluent is one of the best informational and networking events in technology. From the keynote presentations to the after-hours meet and greets, every event was well thought out and executed. I will be back next year.
- Aaron Biggs The University of Oklahoma

With the people I met, the concepts I learned, and the conversations I had, Fluent was a pivotal moment for me in my career.
-Brian Holt @holtbt

The O'Reilly Fluent conference was a great experience! I learned a lot about where Javascript is going, and can't wait to try out some of the new technologies that were presented. Looking forward to next year!
-Eric Ranschau Associate Solutions Architect Olson

As both an attendee and exhibitor, I was extremely happy with Fluent 2013 and look forward to returning next year!
-Will Iverson, CTO, Dynacron Group

Fluent is the best place to see the current state of the web and where it is headed in the future.
-Dan Goodwin, MCNC

Fluent was one of the best parts of the year. The information you will take away from this conference will set you up for the whole year and beyond. I will take away so much from this event and excited to implement all the neat ideas in my workplace!
-Daniel Wetteroth, Oppenheimerfunds

I loved the networking that I got while I was there. I have never had a chance to rub shoulders with so many of the leading JS engineers. Fluent conference solidified itself in my mind as a great center for modern web development and disruption.
-Aaron Frost

The conference was a difference maker / eye-opener for me. The richness of the community is something that cannot be comprehended from a remote location. Working and talking with the folks who know today and are our visionaries makes me very excited to be a part of the community.
-Don Schaefer, ePlus

Great to see women developers rocking at #fluentconf. @LeaVerou preso on RegEx was awesome. I really needed that.
-Brendellya Thomas, @brendellya

Awesome experience at Fluent, learnt so much thanks to all the great speakers. Now to find all the pieces of my exploded brain!
-Werner van Deventer, @brutaldev

Program Chairs

Peter Cooper Peter Cooper
chairs O'Reilly's Fluent Conference. Additionally, Peter is the editor of JavaScript Weekly and co-host of The JavaScript Show as well as the editor of several popular Ruby Web sites and author of Beginning Ruby. He publishes programming oriented e-mail newsletters, podcasts, screencasts and blogs full-time.
Simon St. Laurent Simon St. Laurent
has spent most of his career explaining technology. He is co-chair 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.

Program Committee

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 in Kentucky, USA.

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.

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. Wes leads training workshops for the not for profit Ladies Learning Code.

Maximiliano Firtman is a mobile and web developer, professor and founder of ITMaster Professional Training. He is Adobe Community Champion and author of many books, including "Programming the Mobile Web" published by O’Reilly Media in 2010 and the upcoming book "jQuery Mobile: Up and Running". He has a blog about mobile web development on He is a professional in iOS development, mobile browsers, HTML5, mobile web 2.0, plus native Android and Java ME development.

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.

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.

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.

Cody Lindley is a client-side engineer (aka front-end developer) and recovering Flash developer. He has an extensive background working professionally (11+ years) with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Flash, and client-side performance techniques as it pertains to web development. If he is not wielding client-side code he is likely toying with interface/interaction design or authoring material and speaking at various conferences. When not sitting in front of a computer, it's a sure bet he is hanging out with his wife & kids in Boise, Idaho, training for triathlons, skiing, mountain biking, road biking, alpine climbing, reading, watching movies, or debating the rational evidence for a Christian worldview. Currently he is working for TandemSeven as a Principal Front-End Architect.

Elijah Manor is a Christian and a family man. He works at The Lampo Group (Dave Ramsey) as a front-end web developer. He is a Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, ASPInsider, IE userAgent, and a Pluralsight author. He enjoys blogging at and tweeting (@elijahmanor) about the things he learns.

Garann Means is a JavaScript developer who started doing web development back in 1996 and used to do full-stack dev in Java and .NET, but now focuses on the front-end and Node.js. She also dabbles in speaking, writing, and community organizing.

Matt Patterson has been building for the web for over 10 years, doing everything from web design and front-end development all the way through to back-end development. He was one of the founding developers of the UK's Government Digital Service, has worked on critically-acclaimed videogames, is involved with the Rails Girls movement, coaching aspiring developers, and has been doing a lot of work with data and visualisation.

Shelley Powers has been working with, and writing about, web technologies—from the first release of JavaScript to the latest graphics and design tools—for more than 17 years. Her recent O'Reilly books have covered Node, the semantic web, Ajax, JavaScript, and web graphics. Shelley is also interested in food safety, sustainable agriculture, animal welfare, and writing. Her primary web site is at

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.

Irene Ros Irene is a Senior Developer and Data Visualization Specialist at Bocoup. Most recently Irene has been working with the Guardian Interactive Team in the UK on the Miso Project, an open source toolkit designed to expedite the creation of high-quality interactive storytelling and data visualisation content.

Before Bocoup, Irene spent 3 years working at IBM Research's Visual Communication Lab as a data visualization research developer. Together with her team she helped build Many Eyes—a collaborative data visualization creation and sharing tool and Many Bills—a visual interface to reading congressional legislation. Her work has been written about in the New York Times and the New York Times Open Blog, as well as Fast Company.

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.

Christopher Schmitt is the founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm. An award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993, Christopher interned for both David Siegel and Lynda Weinman in the mid-90s while he was an undergraduate at Florida State University working on a fine arts degree with an emphasis on graphic design. Afterward, he earned a master's in communication for Interactive and New Communication Technologies while obtaining a graduate certificate in project management from FSU's College of Communication.

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.

Mary Treseler is Editorial Strategist at O'Reilly Media, Inc. She acquires and edits web, business, commerce, and UX projects. Most recently Mary created and launched The Lean Series with Eric Ries. She has been working in technology publishing for over 20 years. Mary lives by the sea in South Dartmouth, MA with her husband and two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. When she unplugs you can find her out wandering with her camera.

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.

Nicholas 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 pracices including progressive enhancement, accessibility, performance, scalability, and maintainability. He blogs regularly at and can be found on Twitter via @slicknet.

Carina C. Zona is a developer and consultant. She has taught for Girl Develop It, Black Girls Code, RailsBridge, PyLadies, and RailsGirls. She served on RailsBridge core team and Women Who Code core team. She is also a certified sex educator. In her spare time, she engineers baked goods.

Advisory Board

Paul Irish is a front-end developer who loves the web. He is on Google Chrome's Developer Relations team as well as jQuery's. He develops the HTML5 Boilerplate, the HTML5/CSS3 feature detection library Modernizr, HTML5 Please, CSS3 Please, and other bits and bobs of open source code.

Doug Schepers is Developer Relations Lead at W3C, and is a project coordinator for the SVG, WebApps, Touch Events, and Audio Working Groups, and the initiator of He has been developing SVG applications for over a decade, and still tries to code in his copious spare time.

Lea Verou 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, blogging, speaking, writing, 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.

Brady Forrest is the Head of PCH's new incubator, Highway1, and is on the lookout for the next great piece of hardware. He co-started and "shepherd" 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 he was at O'Reilly and worked on a number of things including: the radar blog, Web 2.0 Expo, Where 2.0, ETech, and Foo Camp.

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

Scott Hanselman is a web developer who has been blogging at for over a decade. He works on Azure and ASP.NET for Microsoft out of his home office in Portland. Scott has three podcasts, for tech talk, on developers' lives and loves, and for pop culture and tech media. He's written a number of books and spoken in person to almost a half million developers worldwide.

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.

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