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Mike Amundsen
Mike Amundsen (, Inc.), @mamund

An internationally known author and lecturer, Mike Amundsen travels throughout the world consulting and speaking on a wide range of topics including distributed network architecture, Web application development, and other subjects.

In his role of API architect at Layer 7, Amundsen heads up the API Architecture and Design Practice in North America. He is responsible for working with companies to provide insight on how best to capitalize on the myriad opportunities APIs present to both consumers and the enterprise.

Amundsen has authored numerous books and papers on programming over the last 15 years. His most recent book is a collaboration with Leonard Richardson titled “RESTful Web APIs”. His 2011 book, “Building Hypermedia APIs with HTML5 and Node”, is an oft-cited reference on building... Read More.

Paul Bakaus
Paul Bakaus (Google), @pbakaus

Creator of jQuery UI, the Aves Engine and lots of other cool things. Works for Zynga as Studio CTO and W3C AC rep to create cool new tech and games based on HTML5.

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.

Guy Bedford (Verve Interactive), @guybedford

Guy is a JavaScript developer who is passionate about working on open source projects. He previously co-founded a web development company based in London, before moving back to his home town in South Africa and focussing on open source contributions. From working on RequireJS plugins, he has recently been contributing to the ES6 Module Loader Polyfill as well as launching, a browser package management system.

Brent Beer
Brent Beer (GitHub), @brntbeer

Brent Beer is a solutions engineer for GitHub in Amsterdam, helping bring Git and GitHub to developers across the world. Brent has used Git and GitHub for over five years in university classes and contributions to open source projects and professionally as a web developer. While working as a trainer for GitHub, he also became a published author for O’Reilly.

Eric Bidelman

Eric is a Staff Developer Programs Engineer on the Google Chrome team, working on Polymer and web components. He is the author of “Using the HTML5 Filesystem API” and the lead for 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.

Michael Bleigh

Michael is a JavaScript and Ruby developer and the CEO/Cofounder of Divshot, a browser-based front-end development platform. He has been working to make web development better through open source contributions (such as OmniAuth, Grape, and Themestrap) as well as by speaking at events including as RailsConf, Confoo, Open Source Bridge, and OSCON.

Andreas Bovens (Opera Software), @andreasbovens

Andreas started at Opera Software’s Tokyo office as a QA engineer and web evangelist, and then led and built up Opera’s developer relations team from Oslo. Since last year, he is also product manager for Opera extensions, and he’s been busy rebuilding Opera’s extension ecosystem after its recent switch to a Chromium-based engine.

Alice Boxhall
Alice Boxhall (Google)

Alice Boxhall is a software engineer at Google, where she works on improving accessibility support in Google Chrome.

Spike Brehm is a Sofware Engineer specializing in rich-client JavaScript apps at Airbnb. In over a decade of experience with JavaScript, he has seen its role on the web morph from novelty to basic building block.

He’s currently prototyping the next generation of Airbnb’s front end stack, and is busy open-sourcing Rendr: a library for building web applications that run on both sides of the wire, fetching data and rendering views on client and server, built on Backbone.js and Node.js.

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 bookmarklet and Pin It! button.

Tasneem Brutch (Samsung Research America - Silicon Valley)

Dr. Tasneem G. Brutch
Advanced Software Platforms Lab
Samsung Research America – Silicon Valley
Samsung Electronics

Mathias Bynens

Mathias Bynens (@mathias) is a freelance web developer from Belgium. He likes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Unicode, performance, and security.

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

Jeremiah Cohick

Jeremiah Lee claims that UX is empathy as an applied science and that APIs are the new division of labor. With his pioneering work in both user experience design and software engineering, he has promoted the idea of developer experience through UX Magazine, SXSW Interactive, and the APIdays international conference series. He’s currently helping to make the world a healthier, happier place as an API engineer at Fitbit.

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.

Cameron Cundiff
Cameron Cundiff (Pivotal Labs), @ckundo

I work at Pivotal Labs, practicing TDD with Ruby on Rails and Javascript. I’m an advocate of web accessibility and automated accessibility testing, and a maintainer on capybara-accessible and Google Chrome’s Accessibility Developer Tools. I write about accessibility on the Pivotal Labs Blog

Tom Dale (Tilde, Inc.), @tomdale

Tom Dale, Co-Founder of Tilde Inc, is a member of the Ember.js
Core Team, and was previously on the SproutCore team. He’s a former
Apple software engineer who gained expert front-end JavaScript skills
while working on the MobileMe and iCloud applications.
Title: Co-Founder at Tilde Inc

Matt DeBergalis

Matt is an original author of Meteor and founder of the Meteor Development Group. Before founding Meteor, Matt DeBergalis 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.

Chase Douglas
Chase Douglas (Stackery), @txase

Chase Douglas is a JavaScript engineer at New Relic. He spends his days trying to figure out how to safely get information from your end-users’ browsers to help you fix bugs in and improve the performance of your website. Chase is a polyglot who started as an embedded systems engineer at IBM, developed the multitouch and gesture framework for Ubuntu while at Canonical, and now finds himself at the very top of the software ecosystem playing with JavaScript.

Ashe Dryden
Ashe Dryden (Ashe Dryden Development LLC), @ashedryden

Ashe Dryden is an indie ruby developer living in Madison, WI. She’s been involved with the web in some form or another over the course of the past 12 years. Ashe is an outspoken educator for diversity, inclusiveness, and empathy. She’s currently writing a book on increasing diversity within companies. When she isn’t discussing technology or it’s intersection with culture, she’s cycling, tweeting, playing board games, debating the social implications of Star Trek episodes, being that awkward girl at the party, and waiting for her next burrito fix.

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 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.

Steven Eliuk (Samsung Research America)

Dr. Steven N. Eliuk
Advanced Software Platforms Lab
Samsung Research America – Silicon Valley
Samsung Electronics

Guy Ellis
Guy Ellis (GoDaddy), @wildfiction

Guy is a Director of Engineering at GoDaddy. He has more than 20 years of experience building highly scalable systems for large enterprises as well as small MVP projects for start-ups. He’s worked mostly in finance, mining, and the internet and is currently based in Scottsdale, AZ. You can follow Guy @wildfiction on Twitter or read his blog at

Chris Eppstein

Chris Eppstein is an open source hacker at LinkedIn. | Chris is the creator of Compass, a stylesheet authoring framework and is on the core team of Sass. | He is a Co-Author of Sass & Compass in Action.

Pamela Fox
Pamela Fox (Khan Academy), @pamelafox

Pamela Fox loves to learn, teach, create, and every combination of those. During the day, she creates the programming curriculum for Khan Academy, to teach the next generation of programmers. On the side, she teaches web development classes for the GirlDevelopIt San Francisco chapter. Before that, she was a frontend engineer at Coursera, a developer advocate at Google, and a graduate from USC’s Computer Science Department.

Aaron Frost

Frontend Dev @ Domo. Google Developer Expert for AngularJS. Organizer of ng-conf, the greatest Angular conference in the world. Podcast panelist: JavaScript Jabber and Adventures in Angular. Author with O’Reilly Media, book to be released in 2015: JS.Next – ES6. Husband and Father. Future Ice Fishing Record Holder.

Dave Geddes

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.

Sasha Goldshtein
Sasha Goldshtein (Sela Group), @goldshtn

Sasha Goldshtein is the CTO of Sela Group and a Microsoft C# MVP. He specializes in mobile application development, performance optimization, and production debugging. Sasha is the author of “Pro .NET Performance” (Apress) and “Introducing Windows 7 for Developers” (Microsoft Press), as well as numerous training courses. He is a frequent conference speaker and a prolific blogger.

Marc Grabanski
Marc Grabanski (Frontend Masters), @1marc

Marc’s background is in open source. He was the original creator of the jQuery UI Datepicker and is constantly teaching about front-end web development through events, articles and conferences. Marc is the creator of Frontend Masters expert web development training and is currently consulting building large SVG-based web applications.

Ilya Grigorik

Ilya Grigorik is a web performance engineer at Google, cochair of the W3C Web Performance Working Group, and author of High Performance Browser Networking (O’Reilly). In short, he’s an Internet plumber.

Moh Haghighat (Intel)

Mohammad Reza Haghighat is a Senior Principal Engineer at Intel focusing on innovation in the web technologies. Moh was the technical lead from Intel on the first JavaScript just-in-time compiler of the Firefox browser, released in 2008. He also led the development of the first parallel JavaScript JIT compiler and parallel browser layout-engine prototypes, both in the context of Firefox. More recently, Moh has been leading Intel’s joint work with Google & Mozilla on bringing high-performance SIMD programming to JavaScript. See more here.

Wesley Hales

Wesley Hales has been developing software and web applications since the early 90’s. He’s an O’Reilly book author and the creator of a few well known open source projects that have been used by developers and organizations around the globe. He currently heads up the technical selling efforts of early to mid stage startups and occasionally writes a random blog post on

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.

Scott Hanselman

Scott 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.

Ariya Hidayat
Ariya Hidayat (Shape Security), @ariyahidayat

Ariya Hidayat (@ariyahidayat) is an engineer/technical lead/FOSS fan/blogger/speaker. These days, his activities are mostly on software craftsmanship around HTML5, JavaScript, and other web technologies.

Kitt Hodsden
Kitt Hodsden (CodingClan LLC), @kitt

Kitt Hodsden is the 47th laziest developer in the world, a feat which takes considerable effort. That effort has taken her to Twitter, where she and her team built a unified platform for the company’s supplementary websites. Before working at Twitter, Kitt co-founded CodingClan LLC, a small web development firm specializing in the rapid development and deployment of Drupal-based community and commerce websites; co-founded Hacker Dojo, a community space for hackers, tinkerers, makers and programmers in Mountain View, California; worked on Shrek and Antz; and built enough websites to lose count.

When not organizing a conference or study group, preaching the gospel of lazy productivity or building another website, she can be found playing ultimate.

Lara Hogan
Lara Hogan (Wherewithall), @lara_hogan

Lara Swanson is an engineering manager at Etsy.

Burke Holland

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.

Brian Holt
Brian Holt (Microsoft), @holtbt

Brian Holt is presently the director of redditgifts front-end development at reddit, a job he got in large part due to his participation in Fluent last year. He’s in love with his job and the opportunity to use the latest and greatest technologies.

Brian currently lives in Salt Lake City, UT. When not in front of the keyboard, Brian enjoys skiing, mountain biking, trail running, and spending time with wife Nikki and puppy Luna.

Pete Hunt

Hacker at Facebook, currently doing web stuff at Instagram. Formerly Facebook Photos and Videos lead.

Core team on and

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 (

Chetan Karande

Chetan has extensive experience in building fast, scalable, and secure web and mobile applications.

At Omgeo, he is leading efforts to build common UI Framework that is being used across all Omgeo products to ensure consistent user interface.

He is an active member of OWASP New York Chapter. He has initiated and leading open source OWASP Node.js Goat project.

Yehuda Katz
Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc), @wycats

Yehuda Katz is a member of the Ember.js, Ruby on Rails and jQuery Core Teams. His 9-to-5 home is at the startup he founded, Tilde Inc., where he works on Skylight, a Rails performance tool. Yehuda is the co-author of best-selling jQuery in Action and Rails 3 in Action. He spends most of his time hacking on open source—his main projects, along with others, like Thor, Handlebars and Janus—or traveling the world doing open source evangelism work. He blogs at and can be found on Twitter as @wycats.

Kris Kowal

Kris Kowal wrote and promoted the CommonJS module specification, popularized by Node.js. He also created ES5-Shim, Q promises, and Functional Reactive Bindings for MontageJS.

Jen Kramer
Jen Kramer (Harvard University Extension School), @jen4web

Jen Kramer is a Lecturer at Harvard University Extension School in the Master’s of Liberal Arts in Digital Media Design program, where she teaches five courses per year, advises students, and assists in curriculum design. Jen is also a prolific video author and has created more than 30 training courses for, O’Reilly Media, osTraining, and Frontend Masters. She is also available for individual private tutoring, customized classroom training, and occasional freelance web design work. Jen holds a BS in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MS in internet strategy management at the Marlboro College Graduate School.

Jason Kridner
Jason Kridner (Texas Instruments), @jadon

Jason Kridner is the Software Architecture Manager for Texas Instruments’ Applications Processor business and is an active leader in TI’s open source initiative. Kridner is a champion of open source and open standards, creating an environment where consumers’ and developers’ often specialized needs are met by having access and compatibility at all layers using optimized system-on-chip semiconductor solutions. Kridner’s responsibilities include definition of the software components, development platforms, and support processes used to engage customers and leading new software technology.
Prior to employment at TI, Kridner was a draftsman and an embedded software developer. In 1992, Kridner was drawn to TI by the allure of digital signal processing. Graduating from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, Kridner began in TI’s Read More.

Lisa Larson-Kelley
Lisa Larson-Kelley (

Lisa is on online video industry veteran, a 2010 Streaming Media All Star, and a recognized expert in various online media technologies from Flash Media to HTML5 to emerging technologies such as WebRTC. With her wide range of experience, she has a knack – and a passion – for taking complex concepts and making them accessible. She specializes in online video and media delivery, be it HTML5, Flash, or consumer products such as Skype and Prezi. A prolific technical writer and trainer, she’s authored courses with and Pluralsight, co-authored the book Flash Video for Professionals (Wiley) and is a sought-after speaker at conferences around the world. She’s worked with Google, Adobe, and Microsoft, as well as many video-centric start-ups, helping them get a grasp... Read More.

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 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 and helping people realise the benefits of realtime web technologies when building the next generation of interactive and engaging web apps.

John is the creator of a leading video channel with >10,000 subscribers and >1,500,000 video views. John is also a Technology Evangelist at JetBrains (

John has spent the majority of his career developing Rich Web Applications. Before joining JetBrains, he was a Technical Architect at Roundarch ( leading large teams in building the latest and greatest in web apps for the Air Force, HBO, and Bloomberg.

Alicia is a web and mobile developer, who has been building cross-browser websites and apps since IE5.5. Alicia has been a two-time founder, and is currently a full stack web engineer at Lift, where she builds the responsive web version of the Lift app.

Brian Lonsdorf
Brian Lonsdorf (loop/recur), @drboolean

Brian Lonsdorf is CTO of looprecur, the CTO of looprecur. He speaks of programming functionally frequently at conferences and meetups around the bay area. He’s the last one you want at your hack night, although it’s entirely reasonable to assume he’ll show up to break your code and drink your beverages.

Lee Mallabone

Lee has been passionate about email since he first dialed up in 1996. He is a long-time engineer, hacker, manager, product guy, data guy, and entrepreneur. He currently works at LinkedIn as a senior software engineer.

He blogs about cutting-edge front-end tools & technology at

Elijah Manor

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.

Matthew McCullough

Matthew McCullough, Training Pioneer for GitHub, is an energetic 15 year veteran of enterprise software development, world-traveling open source educator, and co-founder of a US consultancy. All of these activities provide him avenues of sharing success stories of leveraging Git and GitHub. Matthew is a contributing author to the Gradle and Jenkins O’Reilly books and creator of the Git Master Class series for O’Reilly. Matthew regularly speaks on the No Fluff Just Stuff conference tour, is the author of the DZone Git RefCard, and is President of the Denver Open Source Users Group.

Susan McGregor
Susan McGregor (Columbia University), @susanemcg

Susan McGregor is Assistant Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism & Assistant Professor at Columbia Journalism School, where she helps supervise the dual-degree program in Journalism & Computer Science. She teaches primarily in areas of data journalism & information visualization, and also offers occasional courses in storytelling at the School of Engineering. McGregor’s main areas of research interest are information security, privacy, knowledge management and alternative forms of digital distribution.

In 2012, she received a Magic Grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation for her work on Dispatch, a mobile app for secure source communication. In 2015, she received support from both the Provost’s Office and the School of International Public Affairs at Columbia University to work on global and interdisciplinary information... Read More.

Jon McKay (Technical Machine), @jonmckay

Born in Southern California. Moved to Boston to get educated in computing. Interned at Microsoft and several startups. Started a company, Technical Machine, just after graduating in 2013.

Peter McLachlan
Peter McLachlan (Mobify)

Peter McLachlan is Chief Architect and Co-Founder at Mobify, a mobile development company based in Vancouver, Canada. Peter holds an MSc in Computer Science in data visualization with a specialization in Human Computer Interaction and has publications in data visualization and haptics in peer reviewed conferences. In a previous life he built HPC supercomputer clusters for feature animation and scientific computing as a team member at IBM. He writes about mobile web development on Mobify’s blog:

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.

Patrick Mulder
Patrick Mulder (Intel Germany), @mulpat

I am a software developer with a passion for web interaction and interfaces. I also enjoy scalable software architectures and NoSQL.
I blog at and I just finished a book on web applications with Backbone.js

Nate Murray
Nate Murray (, @eigenjoy

Nate Murray is the co-founder of and formerly the head of platform at IFTTT. He loves APIs and beekeeping. He’s interested in how we learn and effective ways to teach others.

Scott Murray
Scott Murray (University of San Francisco), @alignedleft

Scott Murray is a code artist who writes software to create data visualizations and other interactive phenomena. His work incorporates elements of interaction design, systems design, and generative art. Scott is an assistant professor of design at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches data visualization and interaction design. He is a contributor to Processing and is the author of the forthcoming O’Reilly title Interactive Data Visualization for the Web.

Rachel Myers

Rachel’s a developer at GitHub who loves ruby, javascript, RailsBridge, and monitoring all the things!

Emily Nakashima

Emily Nakashima is a full-stack UI Engineer and part-time ops person at Wanelo. She’s a primary contributor to the RailsBridge Front End Curriculum and a RailsBridge volunteer.

Ben Newman
Ben Newman (Meteor Development Group), @benjamn

A common thread that runs through my history of employment at Meebo, Apture, Mozilla, Quora, and Facebook is a passion for exploring the limits of dynamic languages. Many of my most recent projects at Facebook have involved large-scale automatic code transformation that would be difficult or impossible without the tool chain that I’ve developed. I’m especially excited about the future of JavaScript and how we might bring about that future as quickly as possible.

Jesse Noller
Jesse Noller (Rackspace), @jessenoller

Jesse Noller is a long time Python community member, developer and has contributed to everything from distributed systems to front-end interfaces. He’s passionate about community, developer experience and empowering developers everywhere, in any language to build amazing applications. He currently works for Rackspace as a Developer Advocate and open source contributor.

Andrés Ornelas
Andrés Ornelas (Twitter Inc), @andres

Andrés Ornelas is currently Tech Lead for the Web Dev Ops team at Twitter. Andrés joined Twitter in March of 2011 to bootstrap the Web Dev Ops team, which has now grown to 6 engineers spanning several high-impact projects in the company.

Before Twitter, Andrés worked as a Software Engineer in Test at Google, overhauling the testing infrastructure and practices in Google Docs and Google Feedback. He also worked as a Software Engineer at PROS in the Real-Time Dynamic Pricing product.

He is a graduate of the Tec de Monterrey Institute of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico.

Jarrod Overson
Jarrod Overson (Shape Security), @jsoverson

Jarrod has been developing on the web for over 15 years in both startups and global companies and currently works at Riot Games. He founded Gossamer to help bootstrap companies into developing for the modern web and has provided free community training on everything from node to backbone. Jarrod is an active proponent and contributor to open source, creator of Plato, and a member of the Grunt, Marionette, and ES-Analysis teams.

Todd Papaioannou (Splunk)

Todd Papaioannou has served as Splunk’s Chief Technology Officer since 2013. Prior to joining Splunk, Mr. Papaioannou was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Data Collective Venture Capital. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Continuuity, Inc., a software company. Previously, Mr. Papaioannou worked as Vice President, Chief Cloud Architect at Yahoo! Inc. from 2010 to 2011, and Vice President, Architecture and Emerging Technologies at Teradata Corporation from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Papaioannou holds a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence and distributed systems from Loughborough University in England.

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.

Steven Pousty
Steven Pousty (Red Hat OpenShift), @TheSteve0

Steve is a PaaS Dust Spreader (aka developer evangelist) with OpenShift. He goes around and shows off all the great work the OpenShift engineers do. He can teach you about PaaS with Java, PostgreSQL MongoDB, mobile JavaScript, some Android, a little bit of iPhone, and even some Python. He has deep subject area expertise in GIS/Spatial, Statistics, and Ecology. He has spoken at over 50 conferences and done over 30 workshops including Monktoberfest, MongoNY, JavaOne, BAPI, CTIA, AjaxWorld, ESRI Developer Conference, GeoWeb, Where2.0, and SAP TechEd. Before OpenShift, Steve was a developer evangelist for LinkedIn and deCarta. Steve has a Ph.D. in Ecology from University of Connecticut. He likes building interesting applications and helping developers create great solutions.

Axel Rauschmayer
Axel Rauschmayer (Ecmanauten), @rauschma

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer specializes in JavaScript and web technologies. He blogs, edits JavaScript Weekly, teaches web development and organizes the JavaScript user group in Munich.

Axel 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 a German internet startup that later expanded internationally.

Rob Richardson is a local software craftsman building web properties in ASP.NET and Node. He’s a frequent speaker at user groups and community events, and a diligent teacher and student of high quality software development. You can find this and other talks on his blog at and follow him on twitter at @rob_rich.

Brian Rinaldi

Brian Rinaldi works at Adobe where he helps develop training around web tooling. Brian founded the popular web and mobile developer site Flippin’ Awesome, blogs occassionally at Remote Synthesis and is a unreformed twitter addict @remotesynth.

Kathryn Rotondo (Freelance), @krotondo

Kathryn Rotondo is a freelance interactive developer for web and mobile.

She honed her craft at the large interactive agency Schematic, where her projects included high-profile clients such as Vogue and Target; and a small startup, litl, where she designed and developed third party APIs for a new device. She has taught Actionscript at RISD Continuing Education, co-wrote Adobe AIR in Action, and speaks internationally (PFCongres Netherlands, CodeMotion Germany, Flash on the Beach UK, Multi-Mania Belgium). Her numerous awards include recognition as an Adobe Community Professional, and most recently, first place in the inaugural Berlin Geekettes Hackathon for her iOS app Monkey See Monkey Do.

A Huffington Post Girls in Stem mentor, Kathryn is passionate about encouraging women developers and curates

Originally... Read More.

Doug Schepers

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 project lead for He has been developing SVG applications for over a decade, and still tries to code in his copious spare time.

Jen Simmons
Jen Simmons (Jen Simmons Design), @jensimmons

Jen Simmons is a designer who builds stuff, too. She’s best-known as the host of The Web Ahead, a podcast about changing technologies and the future of the web. Creating websites since 1996, Jen designs innovative sites and products using the latest web technology, pushing the envelope of what’s possible. She’s also an independent consultant and trainer, helping teams transition to a responsive design process and envision implementations of the HTML5 APIs.

Kyle Simpson
Kyle Simpson (Getify), @getify

Kyle Simpson is an Open Web Evangelist from Austin, TX. He’s passionate about JavaScript, HTML5, real-time/peer-to-peer communications, and web performance. Otherwise, he’s probably bored by it. Kyle is an author, workshop trainer, tech speaker, and avid OSS community member.

Christine Sotelo (New Relic, Inc.)

Christine Sotelo is a Product Marketing Manager for New Relic with a specific focus on Web Applications. Her focus at New Relic is on bringing awesome and useful products and features to market – in an effort to make the lives of developers easier.

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.

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

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.

Emily Stark (Meteor Development Group), @estark37

Emily Stark is a core contributor to Meteor, the full-stack reactive framework for Javascript applications. Prior to joining Meteor, Emily published several research papers in the security and cryptography fields. As an undergraduate at Stanford, Emily coauthored SJCL, a JavaScript public- and private-key cryptography library that is highly optimized for speed and code size. She also developed a method for prefetching TLS certificates to enable zero-round-trip handshakes. As a graduate student at MIT, she researched techniques to automatically partition applications into trusted and untrusted environments, and explored the use of client-side cryptography to keep user data secret from the web server in an application framework.

Nathan Taggart (New Relic, Inc), @ntaggart

Nathan Taggart is the Product Manager at New Relic responsible for JavaScript Browser Monitoring, PHP, and Python. He’s a little obsessive about building products that solve problems for developers. Prior to New Relic, Nathan founded and ran two web agency companies where he learned the hard way from a few too many performance issues.

Dan Tocchini
Dan Tocchini (The Grid)

Creator of [GSS](, founder of the stealth mode upstart behind [Flowhub]( & [NoFlo](

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.

Eric (Ray) Villalobos

Ray Villalobos is a full-time author and teacher at He is also a speaker and author of the book, Exploring Multimedia for Designers. He has more than 20 years experience in developing and programming multimedia projects. Previously at Entravision Communications, he designed and developed a network of radio station and TV web sites. As a senior producer for Tribune Interactive, he was responsible for designing and for creating immersive multimedia projects and Flash games for the site. You can follow Ray @planetoftheweb on Twitter or read his blog at

Wade Wegner
Wade Wegner (, @WadeWegner

Wade Wegner is a Senior Director of Platform Architecture at Salesforce and Heroku. Wade was formerly a member of Windows Azure team at Microsoft and CTO at Aditi Technologies.

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.

Kevin is a front-end hacker and developer evangelist for Twilio. Kevin has been researching and building apps using JavaScript on mobile devices for the last five years, including a four year stint at Appcelerator. In addition to working with Twilio’s developer community, Kevin is also the author and maintainer of Twilio’s official helper library for node.js and several tools related to web and iOS development.

Kevin lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his beautiful wife and three devious children.

Ralph Whitbeck
Ralph Whitbeck (Atlassian), @RedWolves

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, a member of the jQuery Mobile team doing developer relations, and a co-host on the Official jQuery Podcast. Ralph currently works at appendTo as the Modern Web Advocate for appendTo’s tools and services.

John Williams (NewCity Media, Inc.)

I am web developer who has worked for media, education, and government organizations for seventeen years. For the last seven I have been working for NewCity in Blacksburg, VA, assisting with several data visualization projects in bioinformatics.

Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson (Google), @cwilso

Chris Wilson is an Open Web Platform Developer Advocate working on
Chrome. He began working on web browsers in 1993 when he co-authored
the original Windows version of NCSA Mosaic, went on to Microsoft to
work on Internet Explorer for fifteen years, and joined Google in
2010. He has a particular interest in enabling awesome user
experiences on the web platform, and is a long-time participant in
various web standards working groups.
In his free time, he enjoys photography and scuba diving. You can keep up with Chris on Twitter ( and Google+ (+ChrisWilson).