Fronteers — vakvereniging voor front-end developers

Fronteers 2013 speakers

This year we had 16 sessions on subjects such as JavaScript, typography, CSS and performance. Our master of ceremonies was Paul Irish.

Alex MacCaw

Alex is the author of a few O’Reilly books and an Engineer at Stripe. He enjoys Ruby, JavaScript, and around-the-world trips.

Angelina Fabbro

Angelina Fabbro is a programmer based in Vancouver, Canada and works at Mozilla. Angelina has a background in cognitive science, building clever robots and researching what people pay attention to. Her record as a web developer is balanced with modern iOS experience and a keen sense of design. Angelina also both teaches and mentors for the Vancouver chapter of Ladies Learning Code, is the co-organizer of the Vancouver Javascript Meetup, and was nominated as 'Brilliant Newcomer of the Year' for the 2013 Net Awards.

Anton Vanhoucke

Anton Vanhoucke is an online strategist at Fabrique. He ensures your online project pays off in terms of business and communication goals. After a career start at Sara Lee in the fast moving consumer goods, he moved on to online communication. That's where his heart lies. Building communities, creating meaningful relationships and getting most out of mobile computing. He believes in creating concepts brand-first. Every part of the interaction should build the brand. He also believes that everything you do online should eventually drive conversion and interaction. Except, of course, for the stuff that is just amazing and fun.

Bruce Lawson

Bruce leverages synergies for Opera and co-wrote the first book on HTML5, Introducing HTML5. He was previously content editor and technical lead for The Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority websites. He was a member of the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group at the W3C. He's been a 6502 and Z80 assembler programmer, a tarot card reader and tutor to a Princess. (photo: Patrick H. Lauke)

Domenic Denicola

Domenic loves using JavaScript for everything, from frontend work to desktop applications to Node.js servers to Windows 8 apps. He's passionate about things like software craftsmanship, the next version of JavaScript, and making the standards process more transparent to developers, and is known as one of the co-authors of the Promises/A+ open specification. Domenic works at Lab49 in New York City.

Edd Sowden

Edd is a front end developer working on the award winning website from the UK Government, GOV.UK. He is taking his knowledge of working in agencies and startups to help craft new public sector websites. This involves supporting users on legacy clients whilst still producing a modern, accessible and easy to use service.

Elaine Oliver

Elaine Oliver is an artist turned css nerd with an obsession for translating complex design concepts into living code. She is also passionate about usability, accessibility and semantic HTML. A native of the United States, she has been living in the Netherlands for four and half years and currently works at Q42 in Amsterdam.

Garann Means

Garann is a JavaScript developer and has been making websites for over a decade. She works at Editorially, wrote a book on Node.js, and organizes Austin All-Girl Hack Night. She holds strong opinions about semicolons, developer culture, and tacos, most of which she gets to express as a cohost of the Frip Frap podcast.

Harry Roberts

Harry is a 23 year old designer, developer, writer, speaker and front-end architect from the UK—he currently works as Senior UI Developer for BSkyB. He tweets at @csswizardry. He specialises in authoring and scaling massive front-ends. He writes on the subjects of maintainability, architecture, performance, OOCSS and more at He is the lead and sole developer of inuit.css, a powerful, scalable, Sass-based, BEM, OOCSS framework.

Luc(as) de Groot

Luc(as) de Groot is one of the best known type designers of his generation. Educated at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, The Netherlands, he moved to Berlin in 1993, where he now runs his company LucasFonts. Among his best-known type families are Thesis (TheSans, TheMix, TheSerif), Taz, Corpid, and JesusLovesYouAll.

Marcos Caceres

Marcos works as an API designer for Mozilla's Web API team, where shiny new APIs for the Web are forged. Marcos is currently lead editor of the <picture> spec for the Responsive Images Community Group, and works on a bunch of other W3C standards that will make the Web more awesome. In his spare time, he likes to prototype specs in JavaScript, and to champion the needs of developers within Mozilla and at the W3C.

Oliver Reichenstein

Oliver Reichenstein is the founder of Information Architects (iA), a global design leader with offices in Tokyo and Zurich. iA are know not only for their redesigns of high-profile media outlets but also for their best-selling iA Writer app or the iconic Web Trend Map. With their work on the long-overdue reinvention of the word processor, their research in responsive web typography and their user experience design work for major newspapers iA are shaping nothing less than the future of how we read and write.

Paul Lewis

Paul works on the Google Chrome team as a developer advocate and engineer. Previously he worked at some of the world's most successful agencies, churning out both server- and client-side code (often in a stressful rush, hence his baldness). More recently he has focussed his attention on WebGL and graphics, writing a small 3D engine for his own curiosity. He now hosts The WebGL Podcast and spends most of his time coding, writing articles and helping developers to profile and stamp out rendering performance bottlenecks.

Peter van der Zee

Peter is the the organizer of the yearly js1k competition. He wrote a static analysis tool for JS (ZeonJS) and a JS parser (v2 is currently the fastest! ;). Passionate about writing tools and parsers with/for/in JS, as well as nerdcore JS on the language level. On the non-tech side he's happily married. And he loves to play pretty much any kind of game, be it digital or analogue.

Robert Jan Verkade

“Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in.” That was Robert Jan’s first reaction when asked to speak at Fronteers 2013.
Robert Jan started out as a chemistry and physics teacher, but changed professional tacks by starting UX design agency Eend in 1999. For many years, he was responsible for HTML and CSS within Eend. His role has now changed to facilitator in design and development processes. You may also remember Robert Jan as the founder of late, lamented web magazine Naar Voren.

Sergi Mansilla

Sergi works at Telenor Digital leading the Firefox OS team, where he contributes code to the core OS and evangelizes Firefox around Europe. Before that, he worked at Cloud9 IDE making an online IDE entirely in Node.js and JavaScript, and before that he lead the team that implemented the webkit framework that runs the UIs in modern TomTom devices. He lives in Amsterdam, where he organizes the successful AmsterdamJS meetup and enjoys the wonderful Dutch weather. In his free time he contributes to OSS

Steve Souders

Steve is the Head Performance Engineer at Google where he works on web performance and open source initiatives. He previously served as Chief Performance Yahoo!. Prior to that Steve worked at General Magic, WhoWhere?, and Lycos, and co-founded Helix Systems and CoolSync. Steve is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites. He is the creator of YSlow, one of the top 25 Firefox add-ons. He's created numerous performance tools and services including the HTTP Archive, Cuzillion, Jdrop, ControlJS, and Browserscope. He serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O'Reilly, and is co-founder of the Firebug Working Group. He taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford.

Zoe Mickley Gillenwater

Zoe Mickley Gillenwater is a web designer, developer, and consultant who loves creating sites that work for as many people and devices as possible. She wrote an entire book on fluid web sites two years before “responsive web design” had a name (Flexible Web Design: Creating Liquid and Elastic Layouts with CSS), and has also authored the book Stunning CSS3: A Project-based Guide to the Latest in CSS and the video training title Web Accessibility Principles for She's written articles for publications like .net Magazine and Smashing Magazine, and has spoken at conferences like SXSW and Future of Web Design.