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Smashing Conference

The hunt for shiny front-end & UX treasures has begun! For our eight SmashingConf — in our lovely hometown in Germany — we’ll explore how to apply psychology to UX, design workflow, refactoring, moving to a static site setup, CSS Grid techniques, performance, deployment patterns for HTTP/2 and how to provide better estimates and pricing.

We’re happy to confirm the first speakers who will share what they learned in their work on stage. Please note that while the titles might change, the topics are unlikely to change.

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  • Joe Leech

    Joe Leech

    Joe is the author of the book Psychology of Designers. A recovering neuroscientist, then a spell as a elementary school teacher, Joe started his UX career 15 years ago. He has worked with organisations like MoMA NYC, Raspberry Pi, Disney, eBay and Marriott.

    Joe is also Series Editor of Aspects of UX, a series of books on UX from

  • Sara Soueidan

    Sara Soueidan

    Sara Soueidan is an independent inclusive design engineer, author, speaker, and trainer from Lebanon.

    She works with companies around the world building Web user interfaces and digital products with focus on responsive design, accessibility, performance, and cutting-edge tech. And she teaches designers and developers how to create inclusive web user interfaces.

    Sara is the creator of the “Practical Accessibility” course—a get-right-down-to-it online video course for Web designers and developers who want to start creating more accessible Web user interfaces and digital products today.

    She is also the author of the Codrops CSS Reference and co-author of Smashing Book 5. She blogs about inclusive design engineering on her blog, and delivers talks and workshops at events worldwide, as well as in-house, sharing practical insights and tried-and-true practices for building scalable, resilient front-end foundations.

  • Philip Walton

    Philip Walton

    Philip Walton is an engineer at Google working on Chrome and the Web Platform. Recently, his focus has been on Service Worker tooling, where he leads the team that builds Workbox.

    Philip has been doing web development professionally for almost 15 years, on both large and small teams. He likes to write and speak about new web technologies, and he's authored and contributed to numerous open source libraries and tools that help developers use the best parts of the web today.

  • Benjamin Hersh

    Benjamin Hersh

    Ben Hersh designs to make the world a more thoughtful and creative place. He is currently a product designer at Dropbox and previously led design for a team at Medium. Ben came to design by way of visual art and cognitive science research at Stanford.

  • Uri Shaked

    Uri Shaked

    Uri Shaked is a Google Developer Expert for Web Technologies. He loves combining his passion for the web with his love for hardware electronics and robotics in challenging and amusing IoT projects, which he shares with the world in his blog, as well as travelling around the world and speaking in conferences and meetup. Among his interests are reverse engineering, hardware hacking, neuroscience, playing music and Salsa dancing.

  • Robyn Larsen

    Robyn Larsen

    Robyn Larsen is a front-end developer, entrepreneur, and speaker. Robyn is also an active community member who advises numerous startups across multiple industries and frequently mentors women in tech and STEM. She is is a member of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) with Microsoft and Avalanche Canada.

    She builds tools for entrepreneurs on the International team at Shopify, teaches Zero to Launch workshops for entrepreneurs through Embrk, she is a globe trotting, adrenaline junkie currently living the remote dream in Singapore.

  • Benjamin Gruenbaum

    Benjamin Gruenbaum

    Developer @ Speaker. Open source and community lover, Node.js core collaborator, core team at Bluebird, Sinon, MobX and some other open source libraries. Also a bit of a programming language nerd.

  • Guillaume Kurkdjian

    Guillaume Kurkdjian

    Illustrator and animator based in Paris, Guillaume creates colorful and living mini worlds, populated by friendly characters and curious vehicles.

  • Anna Migas

    Anna Migas

    Anna works as a Software Engineer at the web security company, Castle. She is always trying to find ways to make people fall in love with coding and has a long history of organizing coding workshops for WebMuses and Rails Girls.

    In her spare time she is into skateboarding, travelling and reading books.

  • Heather Burns

    Heather Burns

    Heather Burns is a tech policy and regulation specialist from Glasgow, Scotland. She researches, writes, and speaks extensively on laws, regulations, and political issues which impact the craft of web development. She hand-coded her first web site in 1997 and was a professional web designer from 2007-2015.

    Heather is a component maintainer of the core privacy team, a founding member of a coalition of privacy team members collaborating across open source CMS projects, and was named a Mozilla Open Leader for her work on open source privacy.

  • Rémi Parmentier

    Rémi Parmentier

    Rémi Parmentier is a French front-end developer working at his own small web development agency, Tilt Studio. He loves to learn, and enjoys even more to teach.

    This led him on a joyful quest to understand and demystify HTML emails coding. Rémi runs workshops, gives talks and writes articles on his blog to help others code better HTML emails. Rémi also likes collecting Game Boy consoles and listening to Sufjan Stevens.

  • Val Head

    Val Head

    Val Head is a web animation expert, author, and Design Advocate at Adobe. She is the author of Designing Interface Animation, published by Rosenfeld Media, teaches CSS Animation on, and curates the weekly UI Animation Newsletter.

  • Vitaly Friedman

    Vitaly Friedman

    Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. When he is not writing or speaking at a conference, he’s most probably running front-end/UX workshops and webinars. He loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems.

  • Mystery Speaker

    Mystery Speaker

    Obviously, our Mystery Speaker is a bit of a… well, Mystery. In true smashing style, you can expect something wonderful. Make sure to set your alarm on day two of the conference, because you don't want to miss this.

Our Global Partners

  • Tito
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  • Deque Systems
  • Mozilla
  • Shopify
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