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.
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 network with speakers during their informal Office Hours. 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.
At Fluent, you'll find the following, at all levels of experience, from entry-level to senior:
Simon St. Laurent
Simon 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.
Allyson MacDonald (O’Reilly) is an editor at O'Reilly Media focusing on web content, especially server-side technologies such as Node, PHP, and Rails. Before coming to O'Reilly, she worked in higher education publishing with a focus on computer science topics. In her spare time she enjoys writing, reading and exploring her native Boston.
Brad Green (Google) works at Google as an Engineering Director where he manages AngularJS, AngularDart, Google's sales platform and several other projects. Prior to Google, Brad worked on the early mobile web at AvantGo, founded and sold startups, and spent a few hard years toiling as a caterer. Brad's first job out of school was as lackey to Steve Jobs at NeXT Computer writing demo software and designing his slide presentations. Brad lives in Mountain View, CA with his wife, two children, and four chickens.
Brian Rinaldi (Telerik) is the Developer Content Manager at Telerik. Brian is the founder of the very popular web and mobile developer site Flippin’ Awesome. He writes regularly and also tweets the best articles, tutorials and new projects he finds @remotesynth.
Carina C Zona (ZeroVM) is a developer and advocate. Her day job is as the community manager for open source software ZeroVM. She has also been a teacher and organizer for many tech women’s organizations. Carina is the founder of @CallbackWomen, an initiative to connect first-time speakers with conferences. She is also a certified sex educator. In her spare time, she engineers baked goods. Using git. Because she loves versioning that much.
Chris Heilmann (Mozilla Firefox)
Doug Schepers (W3C) 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 WebPlatform.org. He has been developing SVG applications for over a decade, and still tries to code in his copious spare time.
Elijah Manor (The Lampo Group) 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 elijahmanor.com and tweeting (@elijahmanor) about the things he learns.
Josh Simmons (O'Reilly) is a web developer and community builder with a decade of freelancing and one failed startup under his belt. He's now a community manager at O'Reilly where he focuses on open source and web technology. Looking to strike up a conversation? Easy: Anything philosophy, psychology, or technology and you'll have a captive audience.
Kimberly Blessing (Think Brownstone) has been building web experiences for nearly 20 years. She is the Director of Web Development at Think Brownstone in Conshohocken, PA.
Lara Hogan (Etsy) is an Engineering Manager at Etsy. She champions performance as a part of the overall user experience, striking a balance between aesthetics and speed, and building performance into company culture. Lara is currently writing a book called Designing for Performance which aims to empower designers to understand their impact on page load time.
Leah Silber (Strobe Inc.) is a co-founder of Tilde Inc., the open-source-centric company behind Skylight. She is also a member of the Ember.js Core Team, and an organizer of EmberConf, RailsConf, and the Golden Gate Ruby Conference.
Mary Treseler (O'Reilly) 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.
Meg Foley (O'Reilly) has spent most of her career thinking about books. She is an editor at O'Reilly, focusing on front end web topics. With over 13 years of experience, she has worked at companies large and small, in everything from production to marketing and sales to editorial. She spends her spare time perfecting the pumpkin whoopie pie and exploring western Massachusetts with her family.
Mike Amundsen (Layer 7 Technologies) is an internationally known author and lecturer, and 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.
Paul Irish (Google) 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.
Roseanne Fallin (O'Reilly Media) has been building web apps since 2000. She is currently a Web Applications Developer for O'Reilly Media, Inc working on all things conferences. When not coding, she does her best to get outdoors.
Scott Hanselman (Microsoft) is a web developer who has been blogging at 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, thisdeveloperslife.com on developers' lives and loves, and 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.
Wesley Hales (Shape Security) is a Software Developer at Shape Security. He currently spends his spare time working on two open source projects: onslyde and loadreport.js. You can see him speak at the occasional conference, read his articles, or follow him on twitter @wesleyhales.
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