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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 are working hard to get the best speakers for this years SmashingConf Freiburg 2020, we have announced a couple of wonderful names, and we hope to add a few more soon!

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  • Katie Hempenius

    Katie Hempenius

    Katie is an engineer on the Chrome team where she works on making the web faster.

    Previously, she was a software engineer on Google Ad Manager. Prior to Google, Katie was a senior software engineer at Fitbit.

  • Pablo Stanley

    Pablo Stanley

    Pablo Stanley is a Mexican designer working at InVision. Previously a designer and co-founder of Carbon Health. He gives talks and workshops around the world on product design, animation, illustration, storytelling, accessibility, behavioral economics, challenges of being a designer, and comics.

    Pablo has a YouTube channel called Sketch Together with design tutorials, livestreams, critiques, and other random stuff. He also hosts different podcasts, including one interviewing Latinxs in the tech industry called "Diseño Cha Cha Cha." He's the doodler behind Avataaars, Humaaans, Open Doodles, Bottts, and Buttsss. Writer and illustrator of "The Design Team," a comic series that follows the lives of designers working at a startup.

  • Eva Ferreira

    Eva Ferreira

    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 W3C drafts as much as Harry Potter, creating animations and playing with her cats.

  • Prashant Palikhe

    Prashant Palikhe

    Prashant is an independent frontend developer in the Netherlands. He likes to excel the tools that he uses for his work and shares his findings and knowledge with others.

    As a frontend developer, some of his most used tools have been the browser dev tools. Where he has spent a lot of time, knowing the ins and outs of the tools, he has collected all his findings and tips and tricks into one practical talk regarding the state of the DevTools in 2020.

  • Divya Sasidharan

    Divya Sasidharan

    Divya is a web developer who is passionate about open source and the web. She is currently a developer experience engineer at Netlify, and believes that there is a better workflow for building and deploying sites that doesn’t require a server—ask her about the Jamstack. You will most likely find her in the sunniest spot in the room with a cup of tea in hand.

  • Laura Kalbag

    Laura Kalbag

    Laura Kalbag is a British designer living in Ireland, and author of Accessibility For Everyone from A Book Apart. She’s one third of Small Technology Foundation, a tiny two-person-and-one-husky not-for-profit working for social justice in the digital age.

    At, Laura follows the Ethical Design Manifesto, works on a web privacy tool called Better Blocker, and initiatives to create ethical alternatives to mainstream technology.

  • Ben Callahan

    Ben Callahan

    President and Founding Partner of Sparkbox, a design and software studio working hard to create a better web.

    With a background in computer science, a career as a frontend developer, and a passion for growing teams, Ben brings a passion for the people of this industry to his work.

  • Andy Davies

    Andy Davies

    Andy is a Freelance Web Performance Consultant and has helped some of the UK’s leading retailers, newspapers and financial services companies make their sites faster.

    He's co-author of 'Using WebPageTest' published by O'Reilly and author of 'The Pocket Guide to Web Performance'.

    Andy is also one of the organisers of the London Web Performance Meetup.

  • Chelsea Klukas

    Chelsea Klukas

    Chelsea is a product design manager at Oculus / Facebook AR/VR leading the team defining the future of work and productivity.

    Klukas is also a founder of two wearable technology startups (MakeFashion and Lumen Couture) that brings high tech and high fashion to the runway. Prior to Facebook, Klukas was a UX design manager at Amazon focused on social consumer innovation products including Amazon Spark and Echo Look.

    On the web
    On Twitter

  • Mandy Michael

    Mandy Michael

    Mandy is a community organiser, speaker, writer and front end developer currently working as a Development Manager at Seven West Media in Western Australia. Her passion is front end technology and loves to experiment with new and old technologies to see how we can push the boundaries of what is possible on the web.

    She is an avid supporter of local communities and a strong advocate for women in technology, volunteering at events across Perth and Australia including She Codes, Muses JS and various conferences and school events. Mandy is the Founder and Organiser of Fenders a local meetup for Front End Developers, co-organiser and Director of Mixin Conf. In its inaugural year she was named one of the Top 20 Women in Tech in Western Australia.

    On Twitter

  • Mystery Speaker

    Mystery Speaker

    Obviously our Mystery Speaker is a bit of a… well Mystery. In true smashing style you can expect something wonderful, so we’re very excited.

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