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Miriam Suzanne at SmashingConf NY in 2020

The hunt for shiny front-end & UX treasures has begun! For our sixth SmashingConf — in bustling New York — 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 New York 2020, we have announced a couple of wonderful names, and we hope to add a few more soon!

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  • Sarah Drasner

    Sarah Drasner

    Sarah Drasner is an award-winning Speaker, VP of Developer Experience at Netlify, Vue core team member, and Staff Writer at CSS-Tricks.

    Sarah is formerly Principal Lead, Cloud Advocates at Microsoft and Manager of UX & Engineering at Trulia/Zillow Group. She’s the author of SVG Animations from O’Reilly and has given Frontend Masters workshops.

  • Miriam Suzanne

    Miriam Suzanne

    Miriam Suzanne is an author, artist, and web developer in Denver, Colorado. She’s a co-founder of OddBird web agency, a member of the Sass core team, and a W3C Invited Expert on the CSS Working Group.

    Miriam has been building web sites, applications, and design systems since the early days of CSS. After creating Susy for responsive layouts in 2009, and then True for Sass unit-testing, she became a core developer on the Sass project. More recently, she has also become a member of the CSS Working Group, developing new features like Cascade Layers, Container Queries, and Scope. She’s also a prolific teacher – offering CSS workshops, and speaking at conferences around the world. She’s a co-author of Sitepoint’s Jump Start Sass, a staff writer for CSS Tricks, and was a founding teacher on the Mozilla Developer youtube channel.

    Talk
    CSS
    On the web
    https://miriam.codes
    On Twitter
    @TerribleMia
  • Jennifer Hom

    Jennifer Hom

    Jennifer Hom has been illustrating for tech for the better part of a decade. Beginning her career as a Google Doodler for 6.5 years, she's since moved from drawing/animating/carving whimsical logos to building illustration systems.

    In 2016 she joined Uber to design their illustration style and their first brand illustration team. Since then, she's taken on the role of Head of Illustration at Airbnb. Tasked to redesign their illustration system from the ground up, she's created a style centered on honesty, diversity, and scalability.

  • Hakim El Hattab

    Hakim El Hattab

    Hakim is a Swedish front-end developer and interface designer who loves to work on visual JavaScript experiments and user interface concepts.

    He co-founded and is currently working on Slides.com, a fully featured presentation platform built on top of his open source presentation framework, reveal.js. Prior to Slides he was Lead Interface Engineer at Squarespace.

  • 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.

  • Jake Archibald

    Jake Archibald

    Jake works for Google Chrome as a developer advocate. You can usually find him moaning about web performance, features, standards, build tools, coding patterns, and fizzy-water drinkers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Zach Leatherman

    Zach Leatherman

    Zach is a builder for the web with Netlify. He’s currently fixated on web fonts and static site generators. His public speaking résumé includes talks in eight different countries at events like Beyond Tellerrand, Smashing Conference, CSSConf, and The White House.

    He is an emeritus of Filament Group, NEJS CONF, and still helps out with NebraskaJS.

  • Sophie Tahran

    Sophie Tahran

    Sophie currently leads up UX writing for The New Yorker at Condé Nast. (She’s still working on winning the Cartoon Caption Contest, though.) Past lives include establishing a UX writing practice at InVision and wearing many hats at Lyft.

  • 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.


Our Global Partners

  • Mozilla
  • Netlify
  • Shopify
  • Microsoft Edge

Our New York 2020 Partners

  • Locastic
  • Balsamiq