Here’s the list of the big hitters stepping up to the plate for SmashingConf London! Keep checking back for more exciting reveals and announcements, we’ll be covering all bases with this stellar line up.
Umar is a front-end web developer in London working for SitePen, with a focus on writing tips, tutorials and documentation for the web platform. One of the projects he plans to explore and share with the community is using tooling such as the Chrome DevTools for an improved development workflow, but also for debugging performance issues.
Rachel Andrew is a front and back-end web developer, author and speaker, as well as Smashing Magazine’s new Editor-in-Chief. She has written several web development books, including chapters for two Smashing Books and is an A List Apart columnist, writing about the business of web development. She also writes about business and technology on her own site at rachelandrew.co.uk. In addition to offering consultancy services through the company she founded in 2001 – edgeofmyseat.com – Rachel is also one of the developers of the content management system, Perch.
Phil works in Developer Relations at Netlify, the fastest growing automation and hosting platform for modern websites.
With a passion for browser technologies, and the empowering properties of the web, he loves seeking out ingenuity and simplicity, especially in places where over-engineering is common.
Phil’s career in web development spans almost 20 years and includes time as a Software Engineer at Verisign, an Open Source Evangelist at British Telecom, and Technology Director at R/GA where he worked with clients around the world such as Nike, Google, Beats By Dre and Samsung to bring engaging and effective experiences to the widest audience possible.
Una Kravets is a Senior UI Engineer at DigitalOcean. She’s a technical writer, having written for various online publications such as A List Apart, Smashing Magazine, and Sitepoint. Una also co-hosts the Toolsday podcast and started both the Washington DC and Austin Sass Meetups.
Una is involved in the open source community as both an open source design advocate and maintainer of the CSSgram project. She’s a performance nerd, travels frequently, and listens to way too many audio books.
Andy Davies is associate director for web performance at NCC Group, where he works with clients to measure and improve the performance of their websites. He also wrote “A Pocket Guide to Responsive Web Performance” for Five Simple Steps.
Allison McKnight is a software engineer on the Performance team at Etsy, where she helps the people who build Etsy reason about the performance of their features, creates tools that reveal how how code changes effect site performance, and checks IRC regularly for any bear gifs that may have wandered in.
Yoav Weiss is a principal architect at Akamai, where he focuses on making the web platform faster by adding performance-related features to browsers as well as to Akamai’s CDN. Yoav has been working on mobile web performance for longer than he cares to admit.
He takes image bloat on the web as a personal insult, which is why he joined the Responsive Image community group and implemented the various responsive images features in Blink and WebKit.
When he’s not writing code, he’s probably slapping his bass, mowing the lawn in the French countryside, or playing board games with his family.
Emily is a Solutions Engineer at Algolia where she helps make search experiences better. She’s passionate about well-architected Sass, the possibilities of SVGs, modularity, fine-tuning animation performance, and tinkering with data visualizations.
Patrick Meenan has been working on web performance in one form or another for the last 14 years and is currently working on Chrome performance at Google. He created the popular open-source WebPagetest web performance measurement tool, runs the free instance of it at http://www.webpagetest.org and can frequently be found in the forums helping site owners understand and improve their website performance.
Zach is a Front-end Engineer @filamentgroup. He enjoys watching and playing soccer, piano, finding patterns in both people and machines, movies that make him think or feel, ordinary things in faraway places, and writing about himself in the third person.
He enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Traci and their two Great Danes, Roxie and Ella. They also have a cat, a rabbit, goldfish, and probably one or more tarantulas. Check out their Vacation Blog.
Jake works in Google Chrome’s developer relations team, working on specs, testing implementations, and ensuring developers have tools to make their jobs less painful. He’s a big fan of time-to-render
optimisations, progressive enhancement, and all of that responsive stuff.