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.
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.
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.
Patrick is a Web Performance Engineer at Fastly where - amongst other things - he is helping to build a faster web for all. Prior to Fastly, he helped architect some of the worlds largest media websites including The Guardian and The Financial Times. When not speaking or ranting about performance he enjoys spending his spare time discovering new food and craft beer.
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.
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.