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Fluent 2014 Keynote Speakers

Peter Cooper

Peter Cooper, Cooper PressEditor

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.

9:00am Thursday, 03/13/2014
Fluent Program Chairs, Simon St. Laurent and Peter Cooper, welcome you to the second day of keynotes.
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Location: Salon 8/9
9:00am Wednesday, 03/12/2014
Fluent Program Chairs, Simon St. Laurent and Peter Cooper, welcome you to the first day of keynotes.
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Tom Dale, Tilde, Inc.Co-Founder

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

10:15am Thursday, 03/13/2014
Yehuda Katz and Tom Dale, Co-founders, Tilde Inc.
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Brendan Eich

Brendan Eich, JavaScriptCreator

Brendan Eich was founder and long-term CTO at Mozilla. He also served as SVP of engineering and briefly as CEO. Brendan is widely recognized for his enduring contributions to the Internet revolution. In 1995, he invented JavaScript (ECMAScript), the Internet’s most widely used programming language. He cofounded the Mozilla.org project in 1998, serving as chief architect, and has been a board member of the Mozilla Foundation since its inception in 2003. Brendan helped launch the award-winning Firefox web browser in November 2004 and Thunderbird email client in December 2004.

Brendan holds a BS in math and computer science from Santa Clara University and an MS in computer science from the University of Illinois.

9:05am Wednesday, 03/12/2014
I'll update everyone on ES6, ES7, and how JS is evolving quickly under a fairly balanced and competitive/cooperative browser market structure, and the consequent rise of the lead web developers and github.com.
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Pamela Fox

Pamela Fox, Khan AcademyCurriculum Engineer

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.

9:25am Wednesday, 03/12/2014
What if everyone learnt to program in middle school? How would that change the way that they learnt other subjects? How would it affect their personal life? Their career? It's kind of a crazy idea, but it might be crazy in a good way. In this talk, I'll lay down my ideas for how this could happen and what it might mean, based on my experience teaching programming online on Khan Academy.
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Aaron Frost

Aaron Frost, DomoOpen Web Strategist / Author

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.

9:55am Thursday, 03/13/2014
Across the board, the JavaScript community is thriving. This last year has seen unprecedented levels of adoption. Dave and Aaron will take a look at some of the reasons for the success of the JavaScript community, while also exploring some of the painful bits along the way.
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Dave Geddes

Dave Geddes, DomoOpen Web Architect

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.

9:55am Thursday, 03/13/2014
Across the board, the JavaScript community is thriving. This last year has seen unprecedented levels of adoption. Dave and Aaron will take a look at some of the reasons for the success of the JavaScript community, while also exploring some of the painful bits along the way.
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Location: Salon 8/9
Ilya Grigorik

Ilya Grigorik, GoogleInternet Plumber

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.

10:25am Wednesday, 03/12/2014
Performance is a feature, but what exactly is performance? Should UX be part of it and are there design principles that will help us deliver experiences that "feel faster"? What does it mean for a site to "feel fast" anyway and what is fast enough?
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Scott Hanselman

Scott Hanselman, MicrosoftPrincipal Architect

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

9:35am Wednesday, 03/12/2014
How does the pervasiveness of JavaScript on the client change how we architect applications? We can create hundreds virtual machines in the cloud, but we are using the millions of visual machines that visit our sites every day?
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Paul Irish

Paul Irish, Google ChromePM

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

9:10am Thursday, 03/13/2014
Paul Irish, Chrome Developer Advocate, Google
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Yehuda Katz

Yehuda Katz, Tilde IncCo-founder

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 http://yehudakatz.com and can be found on Twitter as @wycats.

10:15am Thursday, 03/13/2014
Yehuda Katz and Tom Dale, Co-founders, Tilde Inc.
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Susan McGregor

Susan McGregor, Columbia UniversityAssistant Professor

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.

9:45am Thursday, 03/13/2014
It's time for video narratives to truly be of the web. Video shouldn't just be a one-way stream: it should create a dynamic, interactive, responsive visual narratives that leverage all the resources of the web, whether those are simply text, or complex visualizations or localized data. Data Docs, an experimental, open-source video platform, hopes to support and inspire a new iteration of....
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Jen Simmons

Jen Simmons, Jen Simmons DesignDesigner

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.

9:30am Thursday, 03/13/2014
Jen Simmons, Designer, Jen Simmons Design
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Christine Sotelo, New Relic, Inc.Product Marketing Manager

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.

9:40am Thursday, 03/13/2014
Front-end performance bottlenecks and errors leave a lasting impression on your customers. This is not the impression you want. Christine will show you how to quickly identify problems in your front-end code and make sure your users stay happy and keep visiting your web app.
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Simon St.Laurent

Simon St.Laurent, O'Reilly Media, Inc.Senior Editor

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.

9:00am Thursday, 03/13/2014
Fluent Program Chairs, Simon St. Laurent and Peter Cooper, welcome you to the second day of keynotes.
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Location: Salon 8/9
9:00am Wednesday, 03/12/2014
Fluent Program Chairs, Simon St. Laurent and Peter Cooper, welcome you to the first day of keynotes.
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Location: Salon 8/9
Lea Verou

Lea Verou, IndependentWeb developer, speaker, author

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.

10:10am Wednesday, 03/12/2014
Lea Verou, Developer Relations, W3C
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