Fronteers Spring Conference Speakers
Phil Hawksworth (Master of Ceremonies)
We're very proud that two-time Fronteers Conference alum, tall person and all-around front-end development expert Phil Hawksworth has agreed to be our Master of Ceremonies for the day. Phil will be telling you where the exits are, as well as conducting panel discussions with our speakers.
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.
Parallell to his work (formerly as a Product Designer and Developer at Spotify and GitHub), Tobias Ahlin speaks regularly at meetups and conferences around Europe about design, development, and product strategy. He manages two courses at Hyper Island in Stockholm; one for the Mobile Creative program and one for the Digital Data Strategist program.
Paul Bakaus is a Developer Advocate at Google, heading up advocacy and outreach for Chrome DevTools, AMP and Games. He assists developers, designers, and filmmakers to create better, faster, more immersive and more convincing digital experiences. Prior to joining Google, he created the popular UI library jQuery UI now being used by over 14% of the popular web. Paul also created the Aves Engine, the world’s first prototype of a fully interactive HTML5 game engine - which he ultimately sold to Zynga.
Bram Stein is a web developer working on web font serving at Typekit. He cares a lot about typography and design on the web, and is happiest working at the intersection between design and technology. In his spare time he runs the State of Web Type and maintains several tools for improving web typography. He writes about web typography for several magazines and is a contributing author to Smashing Book #5.
Bram regularly tweets about web typography at @bram_stein and infrequently publishes articles on his website.
Marcy Sutton is a Senior Front-End Engineer at Deque Systems, where she works on the axe-core team with a focus on integration into developer tooling. Marcy is passionate about improving the web for people with disabilities and loves contributing to Angular as a core team member with an accessibility focus. Her blog, Accessibility Wins, highlights accessible user interfaces and tools, contributing a positive voice to the web development space. Marcy also co-organizes the Seattle chapter of Girl Develop It, a nonprofit encouraging women to learn about software.
Karl Groves has taught web standards and accessibility best practices to design, development, QA, and product teams from some of the largest E-Commerce and software companies in the world. In his accessibility workshops, Karl leverages the power of universal design and transforms the online experience into a truly interactive engagement, empowering users of all abilities.
He regularly publishes at his site, and tweets as @karlgroves.
Yan is a Software Engineer at Brave and a Technology Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, working on Let's Encrypt, HTTPS Everywhere, and other projects for encrypting the web. Formerly, she was a member of the W3C Technical Architecture Group, helped create SecureDrop, and was a Senior Security Engineer at Yahoo.
Tobias is a web performance evangelist & consultant at Akamai. He creates DevOps tools, image optimisation algorithms & speaks at conferences. He's a dedicated dad, mindful veggy & music lover.
Kristian is SOASTA's Hamburg-based EMEA Solutions Strategy Director. He's been focusing on customer service issues and has close to 20 years of experience in online and e-commerce industry. During these years, he's worked with 50+ of the EMEA top brands across different industries.
He now brings his deep understanding of the associated technical and business issues to Fronteers Spring Conference to help actual developers make the day-to-day case for web performance optimization. Kristian tweets as @kskoeld.