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Fronteers 2011 speakers

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Alex Russell

Alex Russell is a software engineer at Google working to improve the open web platform and Google Chrome Frame. Prior to joining Google he contributed to the development of the Dojo Toolkit. He’s fighting IE 6 so you don’t have to.

Aral Balkan

@aral is a designer, developer, author, teacher, entrepreneur, and performer; a Renaissance Geek with a passion for designing user experiences and a desire to make the world a better place through technology and oratory.

Bruce Lawson

Bruce Lawson evangelises Open Web Standards for Opera. He's been active in Web Standards since 2002, working with the Web Standards Project, the British Standards Institution's guidance on commissioning accessible web sites and the W3C Mobile Best Practices Working Group and co-authored Introducing HTML5, the first full-length book on the subject. He blogs at

He once kissed a girl and he liked it (the taste of her cherry chapstick).

Christian Heilmann

Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first web site from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international web sites, spent a few years in Yahoo building products and explaining and training people and is now at Mozilla. Chris wrote two and contributed to 4 books on web development and wrote dozens of articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashingmag, Yahoo, Mozilla, ScriptJunkie and his own blog He also uses Twitter obsessively as @codepo8.

Derek Featherstone

Derek Featherstone is an internationally-known authority on accessibility and web development, a highly-sought speaker and published author. He is the founder of Further Ahead, a leading firm that delivers insightful and creative accessibility consulting to Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions, public utilities, government agencies and other private sector clients.

Derek provides expert accessibility and facilitated user testing, review and recommendations for improving the accessibility of web sites and applications to all people. He loves to share his experiences building, designing, and helping others produce accessible web sites and applications.

He is the Group Lead of the influential Web Standards Project and blogs at the popular Box of Chocolates and writes about accessibility at the newly re-launched Simply Accessible.

Divya Manian

Divya Manian is a Web Opener for Opera Software in Seattle. She made the jump from developing device drivers for Motorola phones to designing websites and has not looked back since. She takes her duties as an Open Web vigilante seriously which has resulted in collaborative projects such as HTML5 Readiness and HTML5 Boilerplate.

Jake Archibald

Jake works at creative agency The Team and has extensive experience building JavaScript components to meet strict performance and accessibility requirements of sites such as the He also helped develop the BBC's technical Standards & Guidelines on markup, accessibility and JavaScript.

Outside of the web, Jake is a keen photographer and motorsport fan.

John Resig

John Resig is the Dean of Open Source and head of JavaScript development at Khan Academy and the author of the book Pro JavaScript Techniques. He’s also the creator and lead developer of the jQuery JavaScript library.

Currently, John is located in Boston, MA. He’s hard at work on his second book, Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja.

Lea Verou

Lea Verou is the lead web developer and designer of Fresset Ltd, which she co-founded in 2008. Fresset owns and manages some of the largest greek community websites. Lea has a long-standing passion for open web standards, especially CSS and JavaScript. She loves researching new ways to use them and shares her findings through her blog, She speaks at a number of the largest web development conferences and writes for leading industry publications. Lea also co-organized and occasionally lectures the web development course at the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Leslie Jensen-Inman

Leslie Jensen-Inman, assistant professor at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, acts on her passion to improve web education through initiatives such as Teach the Web, the Open Web Education Alliance, the WE Rock Summit and Tour, and InterACT. Leslie is co-author and creative director of the book InterACT with Web Standards: A holistic approach to Web design.

Make Awesomeness. Do Good. This is Leslie's mantra. She believes awesomeness can and should be integrated into every aspect of the creative process. Leslie works with young designers and established professionals to create opportunities to design and produce innovative products that support the efforts of creatives.

Robert Nyman

Robert is a Technical Evangelist for Mozilla and a strong believer in HTML5 and the Open Web. He has been working since 1999 with Front End development for the web, in Sweden and in New York City, and was one of the Technical Editors (the JavaScript parts) for the book Introducing HTML5. Robert regularly blogs at, tweets as @robertnyman and he loves to travel and meet people.

Seb Lee-Delisle

Seb Lee-Delisle is an internationally known digital consultant who specialises in programming creative visual effects for websites, games and large interactive installations.

He loves sharing the creativity of code with artists and programmers alike using physics, motion detection, 3D and particle systems. His work has pushed the boundaries of what is possible both on and off the web, and won two BAFTAs with Plug-in Media for BBC projects.

A highly sought speaker, his recent Creative JavaScript / HTML5 workshop series had sessions sell out in 4 hours. He co-hosts the Creative Coding Podcast, is the founding partner of award winning agency, Plug-in Media. He also blogs regularly at

Stephen Hay

Stephen has been designing and developing for the web since 1995. He was formerly Creative Director of Cinnamon Interactive, one of the first web design and development firms to successfully combine professional visual design with open web standards and accessibility best practices back when table layout was the norm. He now independently consults with clients on design, multi-platform strategy and accessibility through his new company, Zero Interface.

Stephen has written for A List Apart, NaarVoren and ChangeThis. Aside from his client work, he speaks and writes on the subjects of CSS3 layout, (web) design and accessibility. He sporadically publishes his thoughts at

Tab Atkins Jr.

Tab Atkins Jr. wears many hats. He works for Google on the Chrome browser as a Web Standards Hacker. He’s also a member of the CSS Working Group, and contributes to other working groups in the W3C.