Front-Trends

May 24-26, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland

Ida Aalen

Ida is an independent UX designer from Oslo, Norway. Before she went solo, she worked for 7 years for the design and content consultancy Netlife Research. She is at her happiest in the sweet spot between user research, UX design and digital strategy, and is a strong believer in collaborating across disciplines.

Among the clients she has worked with is The Norwegian Labour Party and the Norwegian Red Cross. Ida has also written Norway’s best-selling book about social media.

Sam Bellen

Sam is a front-end developer at madewithlove, a small app development company based in Belgium with teams across the world. He’s in charge of creating modern user interfaces and making applications enjoyable to use.

After office hours, he likes to play around with web-audio APIs, and other "exotic" browser APIs—like a side project library that adds audio effects to an audio input, using JavaScript. When not behind a computer, you can find Sam playing the guitar, having a beer at a concert, or trying to snap the next perfect picture.

Marco Cedaro

Marco Cedaro is a front end developer since able to grow a beard, father of two, meteoropathic and with an insane passion for bands with raspy lead vocals.

In the web industry since the end of the first browser war, he started his career coding awful websites, which thanks to some god are nowhere to be found anymore on the Internet.

He left Italy 5 years ago for London, where he’s been moving around pixels and ideas for Shazam, Kahoot and soon Crowdcube.

Also he was proudly involved in the organisation of From the Front, arguably the main Italian conference ended in 2016.

Maciej Cegłowski

Maciej is a web developer at the core, who often speaks out from his vantage point of tech entrepreneur, social critic, and writer. His occasional editorials have been featured in Wired and The New York Times.

After leaving Yahoo in 2009, where he worked as a backend developer for a visual airfare search engine called FareMaps, Maciej founded Pinboard—the so-called “anti-social” bookmarking service for introverts.

As an independent contractor, Maciej’s projects have included designing and building an internal data warehouse for Twitter, in addition to building an online book reader, Otwórz Książkę, at the University of Warsaw.

Maciej originally hails from Poland and is currently based in San Francisco, California.

Mihai Cernusca

Mihai is a Brooklyn-based product designer and developer who’s passionate about building creative tools. He works on making sharing and presenting better at Swipe, a web-based authoring tool that takes presentations beyond the projector.

He’s also worked as mobile app developer, co-founding and building GIF SHOP—an animated .gif maker for iPhone, featured on the App Store several times. In a previous life, he studied computer animation and practiced freelancing where he worked on learning tools, content management systems and even a social network.

Kirupa Chinnathambi

Kirupa Chinnathambi is dedicated to getting people to love web development as much as he does. In 1999, before blogging was even a word, he posted web tutorials on kirupa.com. In the years since then, he has written hundreds of articles, written a few books (on React, Web Animation, JavaScript) and presented at conferences.

When he isn’t writing or talking about web development, he spends his time making the Web more awesome as a Program Manager in the Web Platform team at Microsoft.

Lin Clark

Lin is a code cartoonist. She takes software concepts and architectures and turns them into stick figure cartoons. She also works in Mozilla’s Emerging Technologies group, where she gets to tinker with new browser technologies like WebAssembly.

In previous lives, she worked at npm, was a core contributor to open source projects like Firefox’s developer tools, and contributed to HTML data standards.

Konrad Dzwinel

Konrad is a front-end developer at Brainly and a Google Developer Expert for Web Technologies. Over the years he worked for various startups, consultancies and software houses building webapps, websites and hybrid apps.

Passionate about developer tools, he built many of his own. The most popular include HTML&CSS extraction tool, SnappySnippet, and a web debugging proxy, Betwixt. Konrad is also a Chrome DevTools and Firefox DevTools contributor, currently working on bringing SVG path editor to both.

Being a vivid advocate for web technologies Konrad loves experimenting with all the new web APIs. Everything he learns, he tries to share by giving talks, running workshops and mentoring.

Jack Franklin

Jack is a Senior JavaScript Developer at Songkick working on React and Angular applications where he splits his time between new features, refactors and work on optimising builds. If he’s not doing that he’s usually obsessing over his Vim configuration or writing for his blog, JavaScript Playground.

He’s the author of "Beginning jQuery" (Apress, 2012) and speaks at conferences on all things front-end, including build tools, frameworks and even new languages like Elm.

Vitaly Friedman

Vitaly loves beautiful content and does not give up easily. From Minsk in Belarus, he studied computer science and mathematics in Germany, discovered the passage a passion for typography, writing and design.

After working as a freelance designer and developer for 6 years, he co-founded Smashing Magazine, a leading online magazine dedicated to design and web development.

Vitaly is the author, co-author and editor of all Smashing books. He currently works as editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine in the lovely city of Vilnius, Lithuania.

Ola Gasidlo

Based in Berlin, Ola is a Web Compatibility Engineer at Mozilla. She is very passionate about Open Source, the Offline First concept and empowering people.

Ola loves making the web accessible for everyone, riding the trails, and daughter-driven development.

Zoe Mickley Gillenwater

Zoe is a web designer and technical author who specializes in visual design, CSS, UX, and accessibility. Currently a senior UX designer for Booking.com in Amsterdam, she gets to have fun with data-driven UX and visual design, HTML and CSS development, and riding her bike without the wind knocking her over.

She’s the author of the New Riders books Stunning CSS3: A Project-based Guide to the Latest in CSS and Flexible Web Design: Creating Liquid and Elastic Layouts with CSS and the video training title Web Accessibility Principles for lynda.com, and has written nearly 100 articles and tutorials for publications like .net Magazine, Smashing Magazine, and the web development training site Community MX.

Patrick Hamann

Patrick is a Web Performance Engineer at Fastly where – amongst other things – he is helping to build a faster web for all. Prior to Fastly helped to architect some of the worlds largest media websites including The Guardian and The Financial Times.

When not speaking or ranting about performance he enjoys spending his spare time discovering new food and craft beer.

Phil Hawksworth

Phil is Technology Director at R/GA, the global, connected design agency. Based in London but working with clients around the world such as Nike, Google, Hyundai and Samsung, Phil’s mission is to bring engaging and effective experiences to the widest audience possible.

With a long history in web development, and a passion for browser technologies, Phil loves seeking out ingenuity and simplicity, especially in places where over-engineering is common. You can usually find him banging on about that, and his attempts at standup comedy on Twitter.

Val Head

Val is a web animation expert with a talent for getting designers and developers alike excited about the power of animation. She is the author of CSS Animation on lynda.com, and Designing Interface Animation.

Val shares her passion for web animation as the host of the All The Right Moves screencast, co-host of the Motion and Meaning podcast, and curator of the weekly UI Animation Newsletter.

A proud supporter of the web community, she co-founded the Web Design Day conference and runs Pittsburgh’s Girl Develop It Chapter.

Stefan Judis

Stefan started programming 6 years ago and quickly fell in love with web performance, new technologies and automation.

He worked for several startups in Berlin and recently joined Contentful to tell the world how an API-first CMS can make you a bit happier.

He is also a curator of the web performance online resource Perf Tooling, organizer of the Web Performance Meetup Berlin, contributes to a variety of open source projects and enjoys sharing nerdy discoveries.

Una Kravets

Una is a UI Engineer on the Creative Engineering team at DigitalOcean. She’s a technical writer, having written for various online publications such as A List Apart, Smashing Magazine, and Sitepoint.

Una also co-hosts the Toolsday podcast and started both the Washington DC and Austin, TX Sass Meetups. She’s a web performance nerd who loves the open source community and listens to way too many audio books.

Ally Long

Ally is a freelance designer and front-end developer who’s worked on a broad array of projects – from public health software for NGOs and non-profits, to shiny brand experiences at agencies like Edenspiekermann and A Color Bright.

She’d like to live in a place where sunscreen is a necessity, but makes do in Berlin. She travels as much as humanly possible.

Vadim Makeev

Vadim teaches basic and advanced front-end technologies at HTML Academy, with specialized focus in web standards and accessibility. He’s also the the founder of the Web Standards community in Russia.

His former position as a web evangelist at Opera in the DevRel team had him developing Dev.Opera and PWA.rocks while exploring new technologies. Vadim organizes dev events too, like Web Standards Days and pitercss_conf. He’s also the author of the Shower presentation engine.

Adam Morse

Adam is a designer and open-source developer that’s trying to make the web as fast as possible, highly readable, 100% responsive, and easy to navigate.

When not eating cookies or hanging out with cats, he is working on a new set of design tools and services at Compositor.

In the past Adam has design and build software at: The Grid, Blue Bottle, SalesForce, Stitch Fix, and OPower.

Martin Splitt

Martin is open source contributor and web evangelist by heart from Zurich with a decade experience from the trenches of software engineering in multiple fields.

He works as a software engineer at Archilogic in front- and backend. He devotes his time to moving the web forward, fixing problems, building applications and systems and breaking things for fun & profit.

Martin believes in the web platform and is working with bleeding edge technologies that will allow the web to prosper.

Max Stoiber

Max is an Open Source Developer at Thinkmill, where he takes care of KeystoneJS and ElementalUI.

He also makes styled-components, react-boilerplate, micro-analytics and a bunch of other open source projects and he co-organises the ReactVienna meetup. He loves to travel, to brew rad coffee and to ski beautiful mountains.

Chris Wright

Chris is a front-end developer at Campaign Monitor in Sydney, where he makes software which simplifies creating elegant email campaigns.

He loves writing about and experimenting with CSS and learning in the open. He is interested in the bridge between web disciplines and how we can create better cross-functional teams with shared understanding. He loves hiking and enjoys experiencing the great outdoors.

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