Fronteers, 11th Fronteers Conference, Amsterdam, 4-5 October 2018

Speakers · Fronteers Conference 2018

We have a spectacular line-up of 16 speakers in the works for you and this is the place to get the proverbial deets, the so-called skinny, and the localised low-down. We're announcing speakers in batches, and the first 12 confirmed speakers are:

Your host: Martin Splitt

Martin Splitt

@g33konaut

The host of Fronteers Conference 2018 is Martin Splitt, completing the Fronteers Conference on-stage trifecta, by returning after a talk in 2016 and a lightning talk in 2017.

Martin is pretty decent at humaning and pretty good at computering, so he decided to use his computering to improve his and others’ humaning. He loves the open web and open source and helps to make things better with, but not limited to, code.

Ruth John

Ruth John

@Rumyra

Ruth is a creative engineer with a web development background. She has enjoyed a fifteen year career working on websites, applications and most recently interactive art projects, especially those featuring audio. She also educates people. As a Google Developer Expert and founding member of { Live : JS } she’s almost always got a conference talk lined up, article ready to be published or live show tour date in the diary.

  • JavaScript
  • Audio
  • Animation

Chris Gannon

Chris Gannon

@ChrisGannon

Chris is an independent interactive designer, illustrator and animator. His love of motion graphics and minimal, interactive 2D vector art has led him to become something of an expert in web animation and his boundary-pushing work exploring the wonderful and often frustrating world of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) has been recognised with two industry awards for innovation and experimentation.

  • JavaScript
  • SVG
  • Animation

Kenneth Rohde Christiansen

Kenneth Rohde Christiansen

@kennethrohde

Kenneth Rohde Christiansen is a Danish software engineer and architect, specialized in mobile and web technology. Working at Intel out of Copenhagen, Kenneth helps define Intel’s strategy and plans regarding the Web Platform, as well as puts it into action. Before joining Intel, Kenneth was employed by Nokia (Denmark and Brazil) where he worked on the Nokia N9 web browser, Qt, WebKit, as well as many other mobile projects.

Kenneth is an elected member of the W3C Technical Architect Group (TAG).

Currently working on Progressive Web Apps and emerging web standards like Web App Manifest, Generic Sensors, Web NFC etc.

Bridging the web and the physical world

The improvements in size, features and price of hardware has ushered new opportunities in creating small, smart devices (aka internet-of-things). Installing an app for one such devices might seem fine at first, but it doesn’t scale with a multitude of devices.

With the web getting new capabilities such as Web Bluetooth, USB and the like, there is a new opportunity. Come join me for a look at how the web can make your smart devices success!

  • JavaScript
  • Hardware
  • Web Bluetooth
  • Web USB

Laura Carvajal

Laura Carvajal

@lc512k

Laura Carvajal is a Principal Engineer at the Financial Times and is the former accessibility lead for FT.com. Laura has been working in web development for the past 15 years.

But my site looks fine! Common ways we break accessibility and how to avoid them

A great deal of what makes a website accessible is fairly straightforward to achieve, but only once we know what to look out for! So many websites are broken for disabled users, including those who rely on assistive tech, such as screen readers and magnifiers, to navigate the web. That's a good 10%-20% of your user base who can't access your content or pay for your product, even though they may want to.

In this talk we will go over some common front-end (anti)patterns and how they affect accessibility while otherwise going virtually undetected. We will see real user testimonials of how these affect their interaction with the web and their daily lives. Lastly, we'll cover how to get the same results without breaking your site for disabled users, including real-life examples of how we've we've avoided these pitfalls at The Financial Times.

  • Accessibility

Stefan Judis

Stefan Judis

@stefanjudis

Stefan started programming 7 years ago and quickly fell in love with web performance, new technologies, and accessibility. He worked for several startups in Berlin and is now with 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.

What the v...DOM?

Everybody talks about the vDOM and all the modern frameworks like React and Preact use it, but who knows what it is and how it works? How virtual is it in reality? And why does it work so well? Let’s have a detailed look at the vDOM, its internal mechanisms and bring some light into the topic by building yet another vDOM library.

  • JavaScript
  • vDOM

Estelle Weyl

Estelle Weyl

@estellevw

Estelle Weyl is a freelance web developer, speaking and teaching about web development. An internationally published author, her books have been translated into over 14 languages. She's been coding CSS, HTML, JavaScript and PHP since 1999, tableless CSS since 2003. Estelle blogs at the invaluable Standardista. We’re chuffed she’s agreed to return to Fronteers Conference after her talk at our 2016 Spring Conference.

  • Performance

Paul Verbeek-Mast

Paul Verbeek-Mast

@paul_v_m

Paul is a web person, doing web person things at Werkspot in The Netherlands and organizing the NLHTML5 meetups. He’s passionate about welcoming everyone into tech and making the web work for everyone.

10 years ago, Paul was a .NET developer, but after going to his first Fronteers Conference, he fell in love with that community. Ever since then, he's been an active member of the front-end community, volunteering at, speaking at and organizing different conferences. Nowadays, he gives talks about ethics, diversity, and inclusivity, to help make everyone feel as welcomed as he was 10 years ago. He's unreasonably proud of his personal website.

The Reasonable Developer

In the 1800s, an astronomer came up with the definition of "L’Homme Moyen", the average man. His studies, on the way the average person behaves, are still being used in legal trials today to determine whether someone’s action was reasonable. They call this The Reasonable Person Standard.

As developers, we make ethical decisions almost on a daily basis. Most of them are subconscious. And with machine learning, we’re even training machines to make ethical decisions. But a lot of the time, we ignore the ethical dilemmas and go for the easiest, fastest route. It's time to think about our responsibilities and how a reasonable developer would behave.

  • Ethics

Chris Lilley

Chris Lilley

@svgeesus

Chris Lilley is a Technical Director at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Considered “the father of SVG”, he also co-authored PNG, was co-editor of CSS2, chaired the group that developed @font-face, and co-developed WOFF. Ex Technical Architecture Group. Chris is still trying to get Color Management on the Web, sigh. Currently working on CSS levels 3/4/5 (no, really), Web Audio, and WOFF2.

Everything Changes

70% of websites use downloadable fonts now, at least at a basic level. But with CSS Fonts 4 support for OpenType Variable Fonts — a single font file that behaves like multiple fonts, or even an infinity of morphing fonts — and for restyling the palette of Color Fonts, the capabilities opening up for typography on the web are extraordinary. In this session, Chris Lilley explains the most recent, cutting-edge developments and also recaps OpenType font features from CSS Fonts 3, to further improve typography with CSS. Learn what's possible today, and in the near future.

  • Fonts
  • CSS

Erika Languirand

Portrait of Erika Languirand

@erikalanguirand

Erika Languirand is the Director of Training & Development at Detroit Labs, where she blends her love of programming with her passion for helping others grow. Erika was studying psychology in 2011 when she wrote her first line of Python code. She fell in love with programming, decided to change paths, and became a software developer. Since then she has built enterprise software, created websites for nonprofits, and worked on mobile applications with millions of users, as well as training dozens of software developers through Detroit Labs's innovative Developer Apprentice Program. Erika is passionate about the power of technology to drive positive change in the world. She loves writing code, bourbon ice cream, listening to people, and those "light bulb" moments when someone learns to see things differently.

  • Feedback

Chiara Aliotta

Chiara Aliotta

@ChiaraAliotta

Chiara is the mind, face, and heart of Until Sunday. She’s an Italian award-winning designer with years of experience as a graphic designer, art director, and brand consultant. Her work is creative, emotionally engaging, and detail-obsessed.
During her time as a freelance art director, Chiara has created innovative designs for Joomla, CTA, Daelmans, NH Hotel, Osram, and many others.

She has also overseen the creation of the artistic style and brands of tech companies and not-for-profit organisations around the globe, ensuring their communications followed the established vision and mission. Chiara describes herself as passionate about typography, colours, and good design. She writes articles about the beauty of typography and the importance of great design.

  • UX

Espen Brunborg

Espen Brunborg

@ebrunborg

Based in Oslo, Norway, Espen has spent the majority of his career bridging the gap between traditional graphic design and the internet. He is co-founder of Primate, a small Edinburgh based web agency driven by a love of creativity, curiosity for technology, and a belief that great clients are born from honest relationships.

The Secret Life of Comedy

It has never been easier to make a web site, and our digital toolbox has never been greater. At the same time, we seem more concerned with automating our process and systemising design than with creative thinking and generating ideas. Is web design purely about utility? Is it all about convention? Is it a science? Or is there room for beauty, expression and art?

In this talk, Espen will take a tongue-in-cheek look at the state of web design, explore different creative mindsets, and show how adding a pinch of comedy can make a real difference to the bottom line.

  • Design

Nickolas Means

Nickolas Means

@nmeans

Nick is infatuated with disasters of all kinds and the amazing things we can learn from them. When he’s not stuck in a Wikipedia loop reading about plane crashes, he leads the engineering team at Muve Health, helping build software to improve the joint replacement experience for patients and their caregivers. He works remotely from Austin, TX, and spends his spare time hanging out with his wife and kids, going on runs, and trying to brew the perfect cup of coffee.

How to Crash an Airplane

On July 19, 1989, United Airlines Flight 232 was en route to Chicago when a mechanical failure caused the plane to become all but uncontrollable. In this unsurvivable situation, the flight crew saved more than half of those onboard. How did they do it?

Flight crews and software teams have a lot in common, and there’s much we can learn from how the best crews do their jobs. What can we learn from the story of United 232? While this talk won’t earn you your pilot’s license, you’ll definitely come away with some fresh ideas on how to make your team even more amazing.

  • Inspirational
  • Teamwork

Eva Ferreira

Eva Ferreira

@evaferreira92

Evangelina Ferreira is a front-end developer and teacher. She currently works as a UI Developer and has been teaching web technologies at the National Technological University of Argentina for more than five years.

Throughout her career Evangelina has been deeply involved in the Argentinian web community. She enjoys giving workshops and talks and since 2015 she has been organizing CSSConf Argentina, an international non-profit event that brings experts from all around the globe to speak about web technologies.

In her spare time she loves reading about CSS, creating animations and playing with her cats.

The “C” is for Accessibility

Screen readers, semantics, label tags, aria and alt attributes… All these things are essential instruments of accessibility; but so are contrast, visibility, pseudo-elements and many others. CSS’s impact on users with disabilities is many times underestimated, which leads to deficiently written code that affects the lives of many of our users.

In this talk we will learn how our CSS code affects accessibility and how we can write more responsible stylesheets.

  • Accessibility
  • CSS

Sebastiaan de With

Portrait of Sebastiaan de With

@sdw

Sebastiaan de With is an ex-Apple designer that has recently designed Halide, a new take on an iOS camera app. When he isn’t designing Halide, he does contract work for Google, Mozilla, Sony and Apple.

  • Design