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Want to learn new things on front-end and UX? Aching for fresh inspiration and learning new skills? Let our speakers help and inspire you.

Our speakers and workshop teachers are the best in their fields, and they love to share what they know, how they work and what drives them. Let our speakers and teachers help and inspire you. On top of that, they are all smashingly nice.

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Our speakers rarely show slides: they show how they work — their setup, workflows and techniques for getting work done in live interactive sessions. So expect everything from refactoring and debugging to sketching and redesign, live.

Vitaly, the one who loves ironing, front-end, UX and has tons of crazy ideas.
Vitaly


  • Cassie Evans

    Cassie Evans

    Cassie is an international speaker and developer with a background in graphic design and motion design. She has written for CSS-Tricks and Codrops and has thrown workshops for Smashing Magazine. She currently works as a creative developer and educator at GreenSock.

    When learning to code she was blown away by how supportive the web community was and loves nothing more than giving back and passing this knowledge on to new developers. Her favourite motto for teaching others is "assume zero experience but infinite intelligence".

    She loves creating and encouraging spaces for people to share, learn and bounce ideas off each other.

    When she's not tinkering on the web, she's off having adventures in the English countryside with her best pal Brody - the most wonderful dog in the world.

  • Pablo Stanley

    Pablo Stanley

    Pablo Stanley is a cofounder and CEO at Blush. Previously cofounder of Carbon Health, staff designer at Lyft, and lead designer at InVision. He gives talks and workshops around the world on product design, animation, illustration systems, storytelling, accessibility, behavioral economics, challenges of being a designer, doodling, and the art of comics.

    Pablo has a YouTube channel called Sketch Together where he shares 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 Open Peeps, Avataaars, Humaaans, Open Doodles, Bottts, and Buttsss. And a writer and illustrator of “The Design Team,” a comic series that follows the lives of designers working at a startup.

  • Youri Wims

    Youri Wims

    Youri Wims is a Senior Engineer at HashiCorp. She specializes in front-end technologies and languages, but never shys away from opportunities to dive into the back-end. She enjoys creating user-centered products that are not only innovative and optimized, but also accessible.

    Previously, as a UI Developer for Mozilla, she also served as one of the content creators for the Mozilla Developer YouTube channel where she was able to conceptualize and produce accessibility tutorials. As someone who is relatively new in the dev community, she is enthusiastic about educating and helping new developers transition into the dev world feeling confident, prepared, and ready to make a positive impact.

  • Brad Frost

    Brad Frost

    Brad Frost is a web designer, speaker, writer, and consultant located in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the book Atomic Design, which introduces a methodology to create and maintain effective design systems.

    In addition to co-hosting the Style Guides Podcast, he has also helped create several tools and resources for web designers, including Pattern Lab, Styleguides.io, Style Guide Guide, and This Is Responsive.

  • Marcy Sutton

    Marcy Sutton

    Marcy Sutton is a freelance web developer who works with organizations as a lead accessibility engineer and teacher. In the past Marcy has worked on accessibility testing tools including axe-core, JavaScript frameworks, websites and web applications.

    Marcy’s focus on access and user experience was recognized by O'Reilly in 2016 with a Web Platform Award. When away from the keyboard, Marcy can be found hiking with her dog, riding bicycles, adventuring in her camper van, or cooking something delicious.

  • 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.

  • Sarah Drasner

    Sarah Drasner

    Sarah Drasner is the Director of Engineering, Core Developer Web at Google. She is author of Engineering Management for the Rest of Us, an award-winning speaker, and Vue core emeritus. Sarah is formerly VP at Netlify, Principal Lead at Microsoft, and Manager at Trulia/Zillow Group. She’s an O’Reilly author and co-organizer of ConcatenateConf, a free conference for Nigerian and Kenyan developers.

  • Farai Madzima

    Farai Madzima

    Born in Zimbabwe, Farai was going to be doctor but didn’t get the grades. Now he's a designer. Make of that what you will.

    Farai Madzima is a UX Lead at Shopify in Ottawa. He’s an interaction designer and organiser of Pixel Up! meetups and conferences.

    In South Africa, Farai designed banking apps used by many across the continent. He grappled with unique design challenges because most internet users have never used a laptop or desktop. And some buy data by the megabyte.

    Farai likes words in all languages, township jazz, nerdy hip-hop, and the number 127.


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