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Want to learn shiny new front-end techniques and best practices around front-end? Our friendly, knowledgeable and approachable speakers will help and inspire you. You’ll have time to ask all your questions.

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 them help and inspire you. On top of that, they are all smashingly nice.

Not sure what to expect? Last year's attendees Antony Amici and Naman Sancheti wrote a blog about their conference experience.


Our speakers rarely show slides: they show how they work — their setup, workflows and techniques for getting work done in live interactive sessions.

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

Addy Osmani during SmashingConf 2022.

Meet our first speakers below! Stay updated on the latest speakers and topics via our newsletter and follow us on Twitter or Mastodon.

  • Carie Fisher

    Carie Fisher

    Carie Fisher is an author, speaker, and developer with over 15 years of tech experience who is passionate about the intersection of front-end code and UX, digital accessibility, and diversity in technology. Carie is the Director of Digital Accessibility at Testlio and is also pursuing her Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interactions at Iowa State University.

    In her spare time, Carie likes to travel, garden, and engage with the accessibility and open-source dev communities. She is the creator of the Accessibility (A11Y) Style Guide, the Accessibility (A11Y) Talks virtual meet-up on YouTube, and the originator of the A11y Cats design.

  • Josh W. Comeau

    Josh W. Comeau

    Josh started tinkering with HTML, CSS, and JS back in 2007, and never stopped. He's worked as a software developer for orgs like Khan Academy, DigitalOcean, and Gatsby. He's also taught web development fundamentals at Concordia Bootcamps.

    In 2020, he went independent, creating online courses through his own custom platform, and is thrilled to have taught CSS principles to more than 10,000 JavaScript developers.

  • Una Kravets

    Una Kravets

    Una Kravets is a Brooklyn-based developer who's making the web more styleable as a Developer Advocate at Google Chrome. Previously, she was the Director of Product Design at Bustle Digital Group and worked on building maintainable design systems as a UI Engineer at both DigitalOcean and IBM Design.

    She also co-host two web development podcasts: Toolsday, and the CSS Podcast, as well as the web video series Designing in the Browser. She creates technical illustrations called Dev Doodles, does brush lettering and calligraphy, and started technical meetup groups in Washington and Austin.

  • Tim Kadlec

    Tim Kadlec

    Tim Kadlec is a Director of Engineering for WebPageTest, web performance consultant, and trainer focused on building a web everyone can use.

    He is the author of High Performance Images (O'Reilly, 2016) and Implementing Responsive Design: Building sites for an anywhere, everywhere web (New Riders, 2012).

  • Lee Robinson

    Lee Robinson

    Lee Robinson is the VP of Developer Experience at Vercel, where he helps developers build a faster web. He leads the community for the React framework Next.js and is an open-source contributor.

  • Shaundai Person

    Shaundai Person

    Shaundai is a Senior Software Engineer at Netflix and TC39 Delegate based in Atlanta, GA, US. She is passionate about making programming interesting and approachable for all, and does that through her work as a course instructor, co-lead for React Robins, and technical blogger.

    In her spare time, Shaundai loves to go hiking, jogging, and listen to audiobooks.

  • Jake Archibald

    Jake Archibald

    Jake works on web standards stuff for Google Chrome, focusing on performance, and making the web more competitive with native platforms.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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