Fronteers — vakvereniging voor front-end developers

Fronteers 2012 speakers

This year we'll have 15 talks and a panel, lined up for you in a single track! Our Master of Ceremonies will be Chris Heilmann, who's been with us since 2008.

Addy Osmani

Addy is a Developer Programs Engineer at Google working on tools for improving how developers write web applications. He prolifically speaks and writes about JavaScript on a weekly basis, covering everything from building large-scale applications to using polyfills to bring the web’s latest hotness to older browsers. He has passion for helping move the web forward and is both member of the jQuery team and has contributed to open-source projects such as Modernizr and Addy is currently writing two books on JavaScript with O’Reilly Media both of which will be out in the next few months.

Alex Russell

Alex 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.

Alex Graul

Alex is an interactive developer for, specialising in developing data visualisations and interactive content & tools using web standards. Previously he worked developing trade and market analysis software and data visualisations for the financial industry.

Anne van Kesteren

Anne writes web standards so you don’t have to. Little known fact: he once watched all of Harry Potter in a single weekend.

Antoine Hegeman

Antoine is a webdesigner and frontend developer. A graduate of Digitale Communicatie, he now teaches the same to the next generation of Digitale Communication experts as an instructor at the Hogeschool Utrecht. For the most part Antoine is a self-taught developer focussing on HTML5 and CSS3. He has a great love for usability, hoping to inspire his students to create a better web for everyone.

Bor Verkroost

Bor is the founder and owner of 1-UP and 1-UP Consultancy. Ambition and ‘drive’ are Bor’s key words to success. Whether it involves his company, the Ebor Foundation, his columns or media-appearances, Bor has always tried to make a difference! This success did not come easy. From birth, Bor has suffered from Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa. A very rare and complex disease, leading to scarring and extreme vulnerability of the skin. Also, it immobilizes and causes the fingers to be severely contracted. In addition, EB also causes cancer, with Bor having to fight his way through dozens of surgeries.

Bram Duvigneau

Bram is a freelance software developer and accessibility consultant. Being blind from birth, he has a very practical vision on web accessibility.

David DeSandro

David is a front-end developer with a flair for creative programming. He works at Twitter in New York City, creating engaging, innovative interactions. He has produced popular resources like Masonry and Isotope. Exploring the uncharted waters of new web technologies, he thrives on pushing the boundaries of web design.

Jeroen Wijering

Jeroen is the developer behind the successful JW Player, used around the world by millions of websites. The project has grown to be a 25-person company, but Jeroen still occasionally finds time to work with JavaScript and HTML himself.

Marcin Wichary

Marcin is a senior user experience designer at Google, working with the Chrome and search teams. He also coded popular interactive homepage doodles celebrating Pac-Man, Jules Verne, and Stanisław Lem, and had his hand in a few others. After hours, Marcin researches old technology, occasionally volunteers as a docent at the Computer History Museum, and forces his friends to watch “Sneakers” over and over again.

Mark Boulton

Mark is a graphic designer living in South Wales, UK with his wife and two daughters. He runs a small design studio, Mark Boulton Design, working with clients such as ESPN, CERN, Al Jazeera and Drupal. In the past, he worked for the BBC and, designing experiences for all manner of clients and people across the world. He also runs a small publishing imprint, Five Simple Steps, and a tool for making grids for web; Gridset.

Mathias Bynens

Mathias is a freelance front-end web developer from Belgium. He likes HTML, CSS, JS, HTTP, WPO, and some other acronyms.

Lea Verou

Lea works as a Developer Advocate for W3C. She has a long-standing passion for open web standards, which she fulfills by researching new ways to use them, blogging, speaking, writing, and coding popular open source projects to help fellow developers. She is a member of the CSS Working Group, which architects the language itself. Lea studied Computer Science in Athens University of Economics and Business, where she co-organized and occasionally lectured a cutting edge Web development course for 4th year undergrads. She is one of the few misfits who love code and design almost equally.

Peter Nederlof

Peter is a front-end developer at Ex Machina Games in Amsterdam, where he spends most of his time exploring the boundaries of javascript and vendor-prefixed CSS properties on mobile devices, in an attempt to discover the answer to life, the universe and everything. Moments of fame include ye olde csshover htc for Internet explorer, a not half bad 3D engine on Canvas' 2D context, and more recently various matrix related tools and scripts for use in CSS.

Peter-Paul Koch

ppk is a mobile platform strategist, consultant, and trainer who has won renown with his browser compatibility research on and now delights in the fact he tests mobile browsers you've never even heard of. Nowadays he concentrates fully on explaining why mobile is so much more complicated than desktop, and will tell you lurid tales of mobile browser bugs if you give him the slightest chance. He is also the founder of Fronteers, and of the annual Fronteers conference.

Phil Hawksworth

Phil is a JavaScript developer who has been developing web applications since the late 90s. These days in his role as a Technical Director at R/GA in London, working for clients like Nike, O2 and Getty Images, he focuses on technical architectures, wrangling developers and designers, and banging on about things like unobtrusive JavaScript, open web standards and tasty browser shenanigans. Some say that his Instagram feed contains more photos of cats than might be considered healthy for a grown man, but he's convinced that he doesn't have a problem.

Rebecca Murphey

Rebecca is a Senior JavaScript Engineer at Bocoup in Boston, a co-host of the yayQuery podcast, a co-organizer of TXJS, a contributor to the jQuery Cookbook from O’Reilly, and the author of the open-source jQuery Fundamentals training material. She has spoken on emerging JavaScript topics at numerous conferences, and is considered a thought leader in large-scale JavaScript application development. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her partner, their dog Ellie, and two terrible cats.

Stephen Hay

Stephen has been designing and developing for the Web since 1995. He currently helps clients with front-end design and development, multi-platform strategy and accessibility through his consultancy, Zero Interface. Aside from his client work, he can be found speaking at industry events about Web design-related topics such as CSS layout and responsive design workflow. Stephen is co-organizer of Mobilism, one of the world’s leading mobile Web development conferences. He is also co-creator of Grip Workshops, a series of two-day intensive workshops for Web project managers on the client side. Stephen has written for publications including A List Apart and .net Magazine. He also coauthored the Smashing Book 3 with a host of super-talented folks. When he makes the time for it, he publishes his thoughts on The Haystack.