October 2012 Speakers

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Paul Irish

Paul Irish, Google

Developer Advocate

Paul Irish is a front-end developer who loves the web. He is on Google Chrome's Developer Relations team, and was on the jQuery Team for two years.

He develops the HTML5 Boilerplate, the HTML5/CSS3 feature detection library Modernizr, CSS3 Please, and other bits and bobs of open source code.

He can tweet, IRC, G+ and blog, too. Paul wants you to make really fucking cool shit. Web sites, web apps, and games. Tell him what he can do to make it easier for you to build cool shit. For real.

Christian Heilmann

Christian Heilmann, Mozilla

Principal Developer Evangelist

Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first web site from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international web sites. He then spent a few years in Yahoo building products and explaining and training people and is now at Mozilla. Chris wrote and contributed to four books on web development and wrote many articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashing Magazine, Yahoo, Mozilla, ScriptJunkie and many more.




Peter Lubbers

Peter Lubbers, Google

Global Programs Manager

@peterlubbers Peter Lubbers lives and breathes HTML5. Yes, even his car has the ‘HTML5’ license plate! Peter is the co-author of Pro HTML5 Programming (2nd Ed. Apress, 2011) and the founder of the San Francisco HTML5 User Group, the largest HTML5 User Group in the world with over 5,000 members.

Peter works at Google as a global programs manager in the Chrome Developer Relations team, spreading HTML5 and Open Web goodness. Prior to that he headed up the HTML5 training division at Kaazing. Prior to joining Kaazing, Peter worked as an information architect at Oracle, where he wrote many books and developed documentation publication automation systems. Three of his automation inventions are patented.

A native of the Netherlands, Peter served as a Special Forces commando in the Royal Dutch Green Berets. In his spare time Peter likes jumping out of planes, bungee-jumping, and running ultra-marathons. He is the three-time winner of the Tahoe Super Triple marathon. Peter lives on the edge of the Tahoe National Forest and loves to run around Lake Tahoe (preferably in one go).

Doris Chen

Dr. Doris Chen (@doristchen) is a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft for the Western region of the United States, specialized in web technologies (HTML5, jQuery, JavaScript, Ajax, and Java). Doris has over 15 years of experience in the software industry working in several open source web tier technologies, Java platform, .NET and distributed computing technologies. She has developed and delivered over 400 keynotes, technical sessions, code camps worldwide, published widely at numerous international conferences and user groups including JavaOne, O’Reilly, WebVisions, SD Forum, HTML5 and JavaScript meetups, and worldwide User Groups. Doris works very closely to create and foster the community around NetBeans, Glassfish, and related technologies. Before joining Microsoft, Doris Chen was a Technology Evangelist at Sun Microsystems. Doris received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in computer engineering, specializing in medical informatics. She loves to travel and she has visited 48 countries (out of 872) so far. In her spare time, she also enjoys music, movies, and museums.

Tom Hughes-Croucher

Tom Hughes-Croucher, Jetpacks for Dinosaurs

Web Application Specialist

Tom Hughes-Croucher is a Web application specialist, with a particular focus on performance. He recently worked at Joyent on the Node.js team, and is the author of the O'Reilly book "Up and Running with Node.js". He has also had extensive experience working with high performance web sites, including the Yahoo! homepage. Previously, Tom has worked with many leading companies and organisations in the US and UK such as Walmart, Yahoo!, NASA, MySpace, Tesco, UK Channel 4 and Three Telecom. He speaks extensively around the world at a number of the leading web conferences, and has also contributed to several standards for recognized standards bodies such as the World Wide Web Consortium and the British Standards Institute.

Kyle Simpson

Kyle Simpson, Getify Solutions

JS Architect, Web Performance Evangelist

Kyle Simpson is a JavaScript Systems Architect from Austin, TX. He focuses on JavaScript, web performance optimization, and "middle-end" application architecture. If something can't be done in JavaScript or web stack technology, he's probably bored by it. He runs several open-source projects, including LABjs, HandlebarJS, and BikechainJS.

Kiran Prasad

Kiran Prasad, LinkedIn

Director of Engineering Mobile

Kiran Prasad is focused on investigating, innovating, designing and executing solutions to make it easier for people to communicate. Mobile Computing in particular is something that is of growing importance in our social culture. Kiran's goal is to build devices, software and services to help deliver solutions that make peoples' lives more efficient and more enjoyable.

Brian Rinaldi

Brian Rinaldi, Adobe

Content and Community Manager

Brian Rinaldi is as a content and community manager for the Adobe Developer Connection team, where he helps drive content strategy for HTML5 and JavaScript developer content. Brian blogs regularly at remotesynthesis.com and is an unreformed twitter addict @remotesynth.

Jeremy Kahn

Jeremy Kahn, YouTube

Web Developer

Jeremy Kahn is geeky chap that loves to make things. After years of developing video games as a hobby, he switched to web development while cranking out open source code along the way. He has created numerous open source projects, many of which focus on web animation.

Tony Parisi

Tony Parisi

Career CTO/Architect

Tony Parisi is an entrepreneur and career CTO/architect. He has developed international standards and protocols, created noteworthy software products, and started and sold technology companies. Tony's passion for innovating is exceeded only by his desire to bring coolness and fun to the broadest possible audience.

Tony's first startup, Intervista Software (1995-1998), developed the first-ever real-time VRML plugin for Internet Explorer, which Microsoft bundled with millions of copies of their browser. His most recent company, Vivaty (2007-2010), created a novel end-to-end virtual world system fully integrated with the web and serving up millions of virtual goods transactions.

Tony is perhaps best known for his work as a pioneer of 3D standards for the web. He is the co-creator of VRML and X3D, ISO standards for networked 3D graphics. Tony continues to build community around innovations in 3D as the co-chair of the WebGL Meetup (www.meetup.com/WebGL-Developers-Meetup) and a founder of the Rest3D working group (http://www.rest3d.org/). Tony is also the author of the upcoming O'Reilly Media book, WebGL Up and Running.

Tony is currently a partner in a stealth online gaming startup and has a consulting practice developing social games, virtual worlds and location-based services for San Francisco Bay Area clients.

Ben Vinegar

Ben Vinegar, Disqus

Front-End Engineer

Ben Vinegar is a front-end engineer at Disqus, where I work on our distributed commenting widget. Our product is served on over 500,000 blogs, online newspapers, and other web properties, including CNN, IGN, Time.com, and Wired. I'm also the author of Third-party JavaScript, a book on best practices for third-party scripting.

Matt Debergalis

Matt Debergalis, Meteor




Matt DeBergalis is an author of the Meteor open source project and cofounder of the Meteor Development Group. Prior to his work on Meteor, Matt founded and ran ActBlue, the largest political fundraising platform in the world. ActBlue has raised over $275 million dollars. Before that, Matt was a kernel hacker. Some of his technical credits include the NeXT port of NetBSD and work on the NFSv4 and DAFS specifications while at Network Appliance. As an undergraduate at MIT, Matt built a phone system for his fraternity, fabricating the circuit boards and writing the operating system from scratch.

Steve Newcomb

Steve Newcomb, famo.us


Steve Newcomb is perhaps best known for being the author of "Cult Creation" and for being the founder of the Peter Thiel funded Powerset which is considered one of the best group of engineers ever assembled. Powerset is now MSFT Bing and the engineers, often called the Powerset Mafia, now hold key roles in nearly every major tech company in the Valley and have founded a host of successful startups including GitHub, Serious Business and Crowdflower. For the last two years Steve has been heads down building a new team and working on an experimental HTML5 3D gesture based physics engine that generates a jaw dropping immersive experience without the use of canvass, without the use of any native wrapper and works on phones, tablets, computers and media devices.

Brian Lonsdorf

Brian Lonsdorf, loop/recur

Lead Developer

Brian Lonsdorf is lead developer and part owner of loop/recur. He spends most of this time working with javascript as a functional language.

Shay Howe

Shay Howe, Groupon

UI Engineer

As a designer and user interface engineer, Shay Howe has a passion for solving problems while building creative and intuitive products. Currently working for Groupon, Shay specializes in user interface design and development. Additionally, Shay teaches front end design and development classes at The Starter League and helps co-organize Refresh Chicago and UX Happy Hour.

Sean Hess

Sean Hess, i.TV

Co-Founder & CTO

Sean Hess, gave the popular talk "How to deploy a Node.js App to Production (And Not Get Fired)" at the last HTML5DevConf and we are pleased to have him back. Sean is cofounder and CTO of i.TV, where he is responsible for engineering and culture. Previously, Sean was VP of Engineering at AmberAlert.com. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He blogs at seanhess.github.com

Tomomi Imura

Tomomi Imura, Nokia

HTML5 Evangelist

Tomomi Imura(@girlie_mac) is a front-end developer with mobile focus, and developer evangelist. She has been in mobile-space since before it was cool - has been developing mobile apps, platform UI/UX and frameworks at Nokia N-Gage, Yahoo! Mobile, Palm, Hewlett-Packard, and recently came back to Nokia to help the 3rd party developers to create apps with HTML5. She also writes a technical blog at http://girliamac.com

Mauvis Ledford

Mauvis Ledford, Pathbrite Inc.


Mauvis Ledford, formerly of Tapulous / Disney Mobile is a CTO that is passionate about HTML5, JavaScript, and scaling on the cloud. He's done HTML5 / Backbone consulting for many companies in the Bay Area including Skype and is technical editor of the book Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3.

He open-sourced a sample Responsive Backbone app during last year's HTML5 Dev Conf here: http://dontbreak.me

Bill Fisher

Bill Fisher, Hot Studio

Sr. Design Engineer

Bill Fisher is a Senior Design Engineer at Hot Studio and an advocate for HTML5 apps. Experienced at all layers of the web technology stack, Bill works with project teams to create innovative user experiences that support new business strategies. He is the author of Touchy, a jQuery plugin for managing touch events across devices. Bill also enjoys being the father of two girls and playing music.

Michael Dale

Michael Dale, Kaltura

Lead Front-End Architect

Michael Dale is the lead front end architect for Kaltura Open Source Video Platform. In 2006 Michael Dale co-founded metavid.org an open video community archive of US house and senate floor proceedings. Later he worked on video for Wikipedia. With Kaltura he has worked on HTML5 video for Wikipedia the Internet Archive and dozens of major web properties that make use of Kaltura’s platform. His work includes work on scalable video delivery across numerous browsers and devices, subtitling, advertising, analytics and video editing in HTML5.

Pratik Patel

Pratik Patel, TripLingo


Pratik Patel is the CTO of Atlanta based TripLingo (http://www.triplingo.com/). He speaks at various conferences and participates in several local tech groups and startup groups. He's in the startup world now and hacks iOS, Android, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Rails, and ..... well everything except Perl.

Steve Heffernan

Steve Heffernan, Video.js


Steve Heffernan (@heff) has been building web sites for 15 years and specializes in web video technology. He is the creator of Video.js—an open source HTML5 video player used on over 25,000 web sites. He's also a co-founder of Zencoder—a cloud-based video encoding service that was acquired by Brightcove in 2012. You can find his personal web site at http://heff.me.

Brett Van Zuiden

Brett Van Zuiden, Filepicker.io


Brett van Zuiden is a front-end web developer who was so passionate about creating an open platform for web applications that he started a company. He is currently CEO and head of Web Development at Filepicker.io, a recent YCombinator graduate.

Tony Sukiennik

Tony Sukiennik is a time traveler from the Punch Card Era who worked in OS Dev, Marketing, and Consulting for large companies such as Digital Equipment and Microsoft... But most of his career was spent as an Entrepreneur and he's very good at enduring pain... Some of his current "out of the box" thinking about App Dev has been compared to "Blue Box Phone Hacking"... He takes that as a compliment... Maximize Client / Minimize Server is his way of thinking about Dev...

Chris Eppstein

Chris Eppstein, Caring.com

Software Arcitect

Chris Eppstein is the Software Architect at Caring.com, the creator of the Compass stylesheet framework, and a Sass core team member. Chris is an active member of the Ruby open source community having created or contributed to over 50 open source projects. Chris lives in San Jose, CA with his wife and daughter.

Michael Mikowski

Michael Mikowski, SnapLogic

UI Architect

Michael Mikowski works as is a UI architect and product designer and is the co-author of the upcoming Manning book, Single Page Web Applications JavaScript End to End. He has written JavaScript since its introduction, and created his first Single Page Web Application [SPA] in 2007 for the US and European AMD shopping sites. The SnapLogic Builder will be his fifth commercial SPA. This application is designed from the ground-up for desktop and multi-touch mobile devices and uses jQuery, SVG, TaffyDB, Node.js, MongoDB, and a number of his own jQuery plugins.

Mike spent four years as development manager responsible for high volume, high performance mod_perl clusters serving billions of advertising impressions per week. In this position at a top internet advertising firm, he coordinated the development needs of 4 product groups. Other notable accomplishments are in 3D rendering, music composition and numerical analysis. He is an award-winning and degreed Industrial Designer.

Christopher Webb

Christopher Webb, Groupon

UI Engineer

Christopher Webb works as a User Interface Engineer at Groupon. He's meticulous about hand-crafted HTML, carefully pruned CSS, and pushing the web forward. He's interested in responsive web design, building iOS apps, and hacking on Arduinos. When he's not pushing daily deals, he spends time with his loving wife, their two beautiful kids, and his rambunctious dog.

Vojta Jína

Vojta Jína, Google

Agile Coach

Vojta Jína is a big fan of open source and Test Driven Development. Originally from the Czech Republic, Vojta lives in California and works at Google, Mountain View. His goal is to make the development of web apps and testing more fun. Testacular is a result of this effort. When not hacking on Testacular, Vojta is a core contributor to the AngularJS project and a trumpet player. Follow him at @vojtajina on Twitter.

Dirk Ginader

Dirk Ginader, Yahoo!

Sr. UX Prototyper

In the rough early days of the world wide web Dirk Ginader changed his passion to his profession and started building websites for a large advertising agency in Germany. After nine years the Web standards and accessibility enthusiast answered Yahoo’s call to join their Frontend Team and the Accessibility Task Force in London. Two years later he moved to Yahoo’s headquarters into the heart of the Silicon Valley. In his spare time he is developing, speaking and (rarely) blogging about open source accessible JavaScript and web development in general.

Stephan Herhut

Stephan Herhut, Intel Labs

Research Scientist

Stephan Herhut is a Research Scientist at Intel Labs in Santa Clara where he works in the Programming Systems Lab on improving programmability of parallel architectures. He is enthusiastic about increasing programmers' productivity without sacrificing performance goals. Lately, he is working to bring the performance of parallel hardware to JavaScript while keeping the spirit of web programming.

Sylvain Carle

Sylvain Carle, Twitter

Developer Advocate

Sylvain Carle dwells in emerging technologies, he has been on the bleeding edge of media, technologies and networks for the last 15 years. Startups, internet software development, digital and social media, open source and open standards are amongst his core expertise and passions. He loves sharing his experience and is an advocate of collaboration as a pragmatic mean of making things happen. He joined Twitter as a developer advocate last June after being on the other side of the fence for a few years with his latest startup Needium.

Robert Martone

Robert Martone, LinkedIn

Sr. Web Developer

Robert Martone a bay area based web developer with plenty of know how. For the past 10+ years he's been creating a wide range of websites for a wide range of clients. Robert has worked on everything from large enterprise sites like linkedin.com and morningstar.com to small promotional sites like ilovemycub.com. He has led the technical aspects of the redesign of moen.com, and hawkerbeechcraft.com. And, has played a central client facing roles on many other large scale projects.

Robert says he's accomplished a lot and has dabbled in many web technologies. But, his true passion lies in HTML, JS, CSS.

Rhys Brett Bowen

Rhys Brett-Bowen, Catch.com

Web Client Lead

Web Client lead at Catch.com. Wrote PlastronJS and G-object for Closure library. Started the Closure Tools Meetup.

Art Dahms

Art Dahms, Palm

Developer Relations

Art Dahm is the jack of all trades of the HP webOS Developer Relations Team. When he's not working with the team at events promoting Open webOS and the Enyo open source, cross platform JavaScript framework he can be found assisting developers or compiling the latest build of Open webOS. He enjoys bringing new developers into the fold as well as working with established partners to solve more complex issues that may arise. His knowledge of webOS combined with his hardware hacking skills brought a long-standing joke among the webOS community, the webOS Toaster, to life. He is @dragongears on Twitter.

Paul Fischer

Paul Fischer, Intel

Technical Consulting Engineer

Paul Fischer is a TCE (Technical Consulting Engineer) for mobile and embedded development tools at Intel Corporation. Prior to joining Intel [in 2009] he spent most of his time in a variety of engineering and marketing roles, primarily in the embedded computing and real-time software market.

Frank Greco

Frank Greco, Kaazing

Director of Technology

Frank Greco is the Director of Technology for Kaazing Corporation. He is responsible for the Kaazing cloud computing strategy and guiding customers with new technology approaches that leverage the value of extending application protocols over the web and how the new web communications stack is a key component. Frank has extensive experience in global architecture, grid/cloud computing, innovative user interfaces and mobile computing. Frank has been named by Sun/Oracle a "Java Champion" for many years and chairs the NYJavaSIG (largest Java User Group in North America) and the NYHTML5 User Groups.

Marco Rogers

Marco Rogers, Yammer

Sr. Software Engineer

I'm a Senior Software Engineer at Yammer in San Francisco where I focus on front-end javascript development. I'm also a long-time member of the node.js community. I've put node applications into productions and I have a few semi-popular npm modules. I like exploring ways to get better at writing node applications and javascript in general.

Jack Lawson

Jack Lawson, Airbnb

UI Engineer

Jack Lawson is a user interface engineer at Airbnb specializing in building accessible, modern interfaces. He's a strong believer in progressive enhancement as a way to apply accessibility principles to brand-new technologies and frameworks, and spends a lot of free time experimenting with browser-based games, contributing open-source libraries, and running the Bay Area Lua Developers meetup. Jack has been working in web development for nearly 10 years, beginning with his first Geocities site (still under construction.)

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Software Engineer

Michael Jackson is a software engineer at Twitter in San Francisco. He is an active participant in both the Ruby and JavaScript open source communities and currently hacks on mustache.js and the strata web server for node.js.

Joe Monastiero

Joe Monastiero, Ludei Inc.


As president of Ludei, Joe Monastiero brings over 20 years of technology management experience to the Company.  He co-founded appMobi, a pioneer in HTML5 mobile application development platforms, helping the company acquire over 50,000 active developers. He also co-founded Intervideo, (formerly IVII, acquired by Corel Corporation) where he was responsible for sales, marketing and business development activities and helped drive the company to become the dominant force in delivering DVD software playback to the world. Over 500M copies of WinDVD have been delivered to the market worldwide.

Prior to joining appMobi, Joe was a leading consultant to technology startups, including muvee Technologies of Singapore and Cyberlink Corp of Taiwan and was also employed by Rockwell Semiconductor, Zoran and Turtle Beach Systems. Joe’s experience includes helping to take two companies public and managing two successful exit M&As.

At Ludei, Joe is responsible for coordinating all business strategy and planning, funding initiatives, strategic partnerships, business models, product planning and roadmapping, new hires, marketing, PR, and of course, developing a sound revenue and profitability plan. He works daily with most of the larger companies in the mobile game industry and its ecosystem. As a technologist, he is also actively involved in the day-to-day planning of the company’s offerings. Ludei is a cross-device native mobile game development and delivery platform that allows app developers to build, deploy and monetize high performance, native competitive HTML5 games for both iOS and Android from a single codebase.

Steve Souders

Steve Souders, Google

Head Performance Engineer


"Cache is King"

Steve Souders works at Google on web performance and open source initiatives. His book, High Performance Web Sites, explains his best practices for performance; it was #1 in Amazon's Computer and Internet bestsellers. His follow-up book, Even Faster Web Sites, provides performance tips for today's Web 2.0 applications. Steve is the creator of YSlow, one of the top 25 Firefox add-ons. He's created many other performance tools and services including the HTTP Archive, Cuzillion, Jdrop, SpriteMe, ControlJS, and Browserscope. He serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O'Reilly, and is co-founder of the Firebug Working Group. He taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford, and does many public speaking appearances.

Steve previously worked at Yahoo! as the Chief Performance Yahoo!, where he blogged about web performance on Yahoo! Developer Network. He was named a Yahoo! Superstar. Steve worked on many of the platforms and products within the company, including running the development team for My Yahoo!. Prior to Yahoo!, Steve worked at several small to mid-sized startups including two companies he co-founded, Helix Systems and CoolSync. He also worked at General Magic, WhoWhere?, and Lycos.

In the early 80's Steve caught the Artificial Intelligence bug. He worked at a few companies doing research on machine learning and had several publications and conference appearances. He has a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and a MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Steve's interests are varied. He's on the council of First Lutheran Church of Palo Alto and the Couchbase Advisory Board. He's played basketball with several NBA and WNBA players. He was a member of the Universal Studios Internet Task Force. He participated in setting a Guinness world record. He rebuilt a 90-year-old carriage house. He has a wonderful wife and three daughters.

Faruk Ateş

Faruk Ateş

Designer, Developer

Faruk Ateş is a founder of four53, the San Francisco-based startup behind Presentate, a new and better way to create, present and share your story. Prior to starting four53, Faruk was the Product Designer at Apture, and a UI Engineer at Apple. He is the creator of Modernizr, an award-winning JavaScript library for the next generation of websites and web applications.

James Halliday

James Halliday, Browerling


I've written lots of tiny node modules including dnode, browserify, optimist, and seaport. I draw silly cartoons and always have dozens of mad science experiments laying about. I built underwater robots in Alaska and then moved to Oakland and co-founded browserling.com and testling.com. I am on a mission to empower developers to write lots of tiny modules and tiny services instead of giant monoliths. Beep boop.

Ilya Grigorik

Ilya Grigorik, Google

Developer Advocate

Ilya Grigorik is a developer advocate and web performance engineer at Google. He spends his days and nights working on making the web faster and building and driving adoption of performance best practices. Ilya is currently working on a SPDY book with O'Reilly, which should be available in late 2012 - for news on SPDY and the book, head to: www.spdy.io

Sidney Maestre

Sidney Maestre, StackMob

Platform Evangelist

Sidney Maestre is the Platform Evangelist for StackMob, a leading provider of backend services for mobile developers. Prior to joining StackMob, Sidney immersed himself in the world of payments as a Developer Evangelist at PayPal. He spent the last few years building mobile apps and sharing his knowledge with others. These efforts included speaking at Adobe MAX, 360iDev, SenchaCon, HTML5DevConf, Silicon Valley Code Camp, creating two courses, jQuery Mobile for Beginners and Learn Backbone.js + StackMob, for the uDemy.com platform and organizing the Bay Area Mobile meetup.

James Pearce

James Pearce, Facebook

Head of Developer Advocacy

James Pearce is Head of Developer Advocacy at Facebook. He's a developer and writer with a special passion for the web, mobile platforms of all sorts, and exploring their untapped potential.

James' mobile projects include confess.js, WhitherApps, tinySrc, ready.mobi, Device Atlas, and mobiForge. Previously at Sencha, dotMobi, Argogroup and Ernst & Young, he has also written books on the mobile web for Wrox & Wiley. He's easy to find at, @jamespearce or http://tripleodeon.com

Jennifer Lampton

Jennifer Lampton, Jeneration Web Development

Sr. Drupal Developer

Jen Lampton has been building websites since 1997, and working with Drupal since 2006. She maintains several modules on drupal.org, and is a member of the Drupal core usability team. Jen is a huge advocate of the open-source community, and has been organizing the Bay Area Drupal Camp (BADcamp) since 2007.

Recently, Jen has been focused on improving usability and "learnability" in Drupal core. After spending the better part of two years writing curriculum and attempting to teach people how to work with Drupal, she decided that the problem is not a lack of documentation, but instead that Drupal is not intuitive enough, or consistent in its implementation. A huge part of her struggle to make Drupal "make more sense" to people includes an initiative she's leading with many others, to replace the theme layer in Drupal 8.

Paul Trani

Paul Trani, Adobe

Creative Suite Evangelist

Paul Trani is a Creative Suite Evangelist for Adobe Systems focusing on workflows that empower designers and developers to publish to multiple screens and platforms.

Paul has been an Adobe Certified Instructor and courseware creator for over a decade. A writer and prolific trainer, Paul has earned top author status at Lynda.com and has created a constant stream of content for AdobeTV as well as his own tutorials on www.designupdate.com.

Prior to joining Adobe, Paul led a team of interactive designers and developers at Starz Entertainment producing multimillion dollar web and mobile campaigns.

When he is not traversing the globe he can be found hiking somewhere in the Colorado mountains (and he’s not telling where). Best chance to find him is to follow him on twitter: @paultrani

Harrison Shoff

Harrison Shoff, Airbnb

Design Engineer


"UI, Me, & Data"

Harry Shoff is a Design Engineer at Airbnb. Before that, in no specific order, he was a bookseller, a barista, a car wash operator, a valet, an electrical engineering student, and a Christmas tree salesmen. Having left those all behind, he's currently working on everything from Airbnb’s mobile website to their internal photographer management tool, responsible for coordinating hundreds of photography shoots per day.

Michael Wnuk

Michael Wnuk, The Onion

Director of Technology

Michael Wnuk (@mikewnuk) is the Director of Technology at the Onion. He's worked on a number of HTML5-based iOS apps, including the Webby Award Winning Onion iPad App. The Onion team is currently working on rebuild of their sites that takes advantage of the latest browser & device capabilities.

Diego Ferreiro

Diego Ferreiro, Yahoo!

Front-End Engineer

Diego Ferreiro works at Yahoo! as a FrontEnd engineer and as a Security Paranoid. He was named Mojito Ambassador to evangelize the community on Mojito and Cocktails platform. In his spare time he also enjoy messing around and experiment with new HTML5 features.

Adron Hall

Adron Hall, Tier 3

OSS Iron Foundry Organizer, Lead Coder

Adron Hall is a jovial, TDD, BDD, get things done well, software architect, engineer, code monkey, coder, cloud advocate, distributed systems junkie or what have you. He runs the gamut of dev stacks from Ruby on Rails, Node.js and .NET. JavaScript is admittedly a favorite of his, with a dose of Node.js these days. Adron is passionate about devops (it is the future, get ready) and especially PaaS (Platform as a Service) Technologies. He loves to get involved in hackathons, user groups, and other tech community events. If you haven’t met him, there’s always a good chance you will.

Adam Christian

Adam Christian, Sauce Labs

Director of Web Development

Adam Christian started at the Open Source Applications foundation out of college, co-creating the windmill test framework. He then helped create the Mozmill testing tool working with Mozilla, and leading the test automation effort at Slide inc before joining Sauce Labs. He currently focuses on front-end development at Sauce Labs, and works on open source projects like WD.js, jellyfish and se-builder in his free time left over after snowboarding and whiskey tasting.

Jina Bolton

Jina Bolton, Do

Product Designer

Jina Bolton enjoys creating beautiful user experiences. She currently works as a product designer at Do, an awesome company that helps you get work done. Previously, Jina has worked at rad companies including Apple, Engine Yard, andCrush + Lovely. She also coauthored 2 books, Fancy Form Design and The Art & Science of CSS.

She is currently helping lead Team Sass Design (a task force redesigning the Sass website), and does occasional maintenance work for 320 and Up (after she volunteered to port the LESS files over to Sass). She also has a side project, Art in My Coffee, a curated gallery of coffee art."

Zohar Babin

Zohar Babin, Kaltura

Director of Community and Developer Relations


Zohar Babin's background is with programming, web, 3D, video production, community, marketing and facilitating relationships and partnerships. I hack software and build communities, enjoy connecting, sharing ideas, martial arts, visual arts, music, extreme sports, beer, travel and many other things. I enable ecosystems.

Today I lead Community Building and Developer Relations at Kaltura. I spend most my day exploring new, innovative, exciting and fun ways to leverage video and online media to improve participation, increase sales, increase learning results, improve efficiencies and deliver greater, more fun web and TV experiences.

I was born into the early days of the web, modding was how I started software development and online forums/communities were my [in]formal community education. I love giving back and sharing ideas and enjoy open discussions. You’ll often find me chat about psychology and human nature, technology, collaboration, open source, linked-data (and connecting ideas), art and the future of communication and education.

Josh Powell

Josh Powell is the co-author of the upcoming Manning book, Single Page Web Applications: JavaScript End to End. He was formerly an engineer at Rocket Fuel, the leading provider of artificial-intelligence advertising solutions that transform digital media campaigns into self-optimizing engines that learn and adapt in real-time, where he built the single page web applications that monitor, control, and report on digital advertising campaigns across online image, video, mobile and social media. Prior jobs include a stint at Silver Spring Networks, working on the web applications responsible for managing millions of networked electrical meters in some of the biggest networks on the planet, and at Electronic Arts working on high traffic sites for some of the entertainment industries biggest names: Harry Potter, 007, Lord of the Rings, and others.

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Eric Elliott

Eric Elliott

Author, "Programming JavaScript Applications"

Eric Elliot is a 15 year veteran of JavaScript development. His past roles include head of client side architecture at Zumba Fitness (the leading global fitness brand), Senior JavaScript Rockstar at BandPage (the top music app on Facebook), several years as a UX consultant, and author of h5Validate, an HTML5 form validation plugin for jQuery. Eric has also photographed many famous musicians and DJs, and worked in recording studios as a musician and audio engineer.

Derek Brans

Derek Brans, Krux

Sr. Architect

While developing JavaScript client applications for over a decade, Derek Brans worked for Electronic Arts in Vancouver, Idilia and Mecano in Montreal and Declicmedia in Paris. His work has been nominated for a Webby Award and a Prix d’excellence - Domaine de la culture et des arts vie moderne of Canadian New Media. His credits include the Jolicloud OS web interface, and a web client for McGill University's Open Orchestra project.

Stephen Blum

Stephen Blum CTO and Founder at PubNub.com, is based in San Francisco, CA. Stephen’s vision and strong technical chops drove the initial architecture of PubNub, building a core engine that has scaled the largest real-time deployments in the world. Stephen has been a successful software entrepreneur his whole life, starting his first company, LTSun, at age 17, and joining Microsoft after its acquisition.

Julie Horvath

Julie Ann Horvath is a Designer and Front-ender at GitHub. Obsessed with all things CSS, webkit, and mocking-up in markup, she spends most of her time in the browser and dancing in and around her computer chair.

Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson, Mainstream Collective


Ian Johnson is a data visualization programmer and designer. His passion is building tools that make the creation of audio, visual, and data-driven media more intuitive and engaging for both programmers and non-programmers.

As an active user in the d3.js community, he co-organizes the SF Bay Area d3 Meetup and hones his skills by helping startups visualize their data with his colleagues at the Mainstem Collective.

Mikito Takada

Mikito Takada, Zendesk

Software Engineer

Mikito Takada is a Node.js software developer at Zendesk. He's written a couple of free books on Node and single page apps.

Gilad Bracha

Gilad Bracha, Google

Software Engineer

Gilad Bracha is the creator of the Newspeak programming language and a software engineer at Google where he works on Dart. Previously, he was a VP at SAP Labs, a Distinguished Engineer at Cadence, and a Computational Theologist and Distinguished Engineer at Sun. He is co-author of the Java Language Specification, and a researcher in the area of object-oriented programming languages. Prior to joining Sun, he worked on Strongtalk, the Animorphic Smalltalk System. He received his B.Sc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Ben Gurion University in Israel and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Utah.

Parashuram Narasimhan

Parashuram Narasimhan, Sneeqpeeq


Parashuram Narasimhan Programmer at Sneekpeeq. Before Sneakpeeq, he was a program manager for SQLCE at Microsoft, working on the IndexedDB implementation and specifications. He has written the Jquery IndexedDB plugin, a query layer for IndexedDB and is working on a WebSql shim for IndexedDB. He also like playing with latest HTML features in the web and their security implications. During his free time, he hacks at http://nparashuram.com/projects.

Matt Kelly

Matt Kelly, ZURB & HotChalk Inc.

Lead Rails Engineer

Matt Kelly Lead Rails Engineer at ZURB and HotChalk Inc. Born into a world gone mad with Java, and the promise of order and civilization brought at the hands of object oriented programming, Matt went down to the river of PHP to be reborn. But alas, these were false gods. Although fast and thread safe, his web applications were still in chaos. SQL injection was rampant, models views and controllers all co-mingled in a shanty town they named index.php. In the midst of a battle between the strongly and weakly typed languages Matt fled town, seeking something wholesome and good. It was then that he found Ruby on Rails, a shinning beacon of hope. Bet that wasn't what you expected and yes his talk is funny too and highly recommended. Matt's talk is on Interaction Design Engineering for JavaScript.

Hampton Catlin

Hampton Catlin, Moovweb

VP of Technology

Hampton Catlin is the inventor of Sass, a CSS generating language, and the Haml markup language. He is the VP of Technology at Moovweb, a (bootstrapped!) startup focusing on kicking ass at taking names in the mobile space. He is the original creator of Wikipedia Mobile (m.wikipedia.org) and is also the creator of several successful iPhone applications that have been downloaded by over 10 million people.

Devrim Yasar

Devrim Yasar, Koding

Co-Founder, CEO

Devrim Yasar is CEO and Co-founder of Koding. He grew up with computers, wrote his first program in qbasic when he was 12, started a few companies from software house to a mobile payment, now he's a software engineer and architect at Koding. Building better and more accessible tools for developers.

Bear Travis

Bear Travis, Adobe

Computer Scientist

Bear Travis works at Adobe on the Web Engine team, developing new goodies for the web.

Corey Clark

Dr. Corey Clark is a professor of Game and Simulation Programming at DeVry University in Dallas and Founder of @GameTheoryLabs. His current work is focused on building high performance Web Apps, HTML5, Gaming, Cluster Computing, Artificial Intelligence Modeling, Learning and Optimization. Previously he was Principal Investigator (PI) on several advanced research projects for various organizations in the DoD ranging from advanced 3D modeling and simulation of nanoscale deposition techniques to System on Chip SWARM based low power reconfigurable self-healing mesh networks.

Dave Freeman

Dave Freeman, Palm

WebOS SWAT Engineer

Dave Freeman is in the running for elder statesman of Developer Relations. Few on the team can match his length of time alive, let alone claim to have seen, nay, heard of, the ancient computer systems that he has been exposed to in his career. Dave has been “in computers” and networking since 1982 when he first hooked up his VIC-20 to Compuserve at the blistering pace of 300bps. An expert troubleshooter, he has a broad knowledge pool from which to draw. Prior to becoming a Developer Relations SWAT Engineer, he worked for IBM as a technical enablement specialist, Tivoli as a level 2 technical support specialist, Dell as an Optiplex system test engineer, and various IT consulting gigs sprinkled between them. An epiphany in 2009 (webOS) led Dave to the fast-paced world of mobile application development. He currently specializes in Enyo, an object-oriented cross-platform JavaScript application development framework.

Gray Norton

Gray Norton, Enyo

Director of Project Management


Gray Norton leads the team responsible for the Enyo JavaScript app framework. Enyo helps developers build native-quality HTML5 apps that run across all platforms and form factors, from mobile to desktop and beyond. Before assuming leadership of the Enyo team, Gray led product management for the webOS developer platform. He believes that the web is destined to become the dominant app platform of the future, and has been working on web-centric products and platforms for 15+ years, at Palm/HP, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and a handful of startups.

Sérgio Costa

Sérgio Costa, Realtime

Developer Evangelist

Sérgio Costa has been working on web technologies since 1999, where he has a vast experience, being involved in a plethora of different projects, mainly in the area of e-commerce. He oversaw the early R&D for the Realtime technology and was involved on the initial prototypes for xRTML and PowerMarketing. Sérgio is very passionate about real time and the possibilities it provides to both companies and developers and believes it will change the way we use the internet. New and exciting opportunities are now in reach of developers and he couldn't be happier to be one of the people involved in it from the beginning.

Glan Thomas

Glan Thomas, Disney Interactive

Senior Platform Engineer

Glan Thomas is a Senior Platform Engineer at Disney Interactive. He specializes in creating magical mobile web experiences. Prior to moving to the Bay Area in 2010, he worked as a web developer at the BBC in London and ran his own web consultancy. Glan has a Master of Engineering degree from Warwick University, rides a Buell motorcycle and has a chocolate labrador named Buddy.

Karlene Nguyen

Karlene Nguyen, Disney

Technology Manager, Games Lab

Karlene Nguyen is a Technology Manager of the Games Lab (Disney Interactive Labs) at Disney. Her team has worked closely with Rocket Pack to develop several Disney HTML5 games using RocketEngine. She graduated with her M.S. in Computer Science & B.S. in Cybernetics from UCLA. She currently resides in Los Angeles & enjoys spending time with her toy Australian Shepherd Keilani.

Bill Pearson

Bill Pearson, Intel


Bill Pearson manages the Developer Experience and Strategy team in Intel’s Developer Relations Division. He and his team are responsible for defining Intel’s developer program. Bill leads the Intel Developer Program’s efforts on HTML5. Bill leads the Intel Developer Program’s efforts on HTML5. He has over 20 years of software industry experience. Bill holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a MS in Management from the University of Southern California.

Jiri Kupiainen

Jiri Kupiainen, Rocket Pack


Jiri Kupiainen is one of the founders of Rocket Pack, which became a part of Disney in March 2011. Rocket Pack makes the Rocket Engine HTML5 cloud game development platform. Throughout his career Jiri has been keenly interested in web technologies and game development, successfully bridging the two as the CEO of Rocket Pack.

Sean Adkinson

Sean Adkinson, Jama Software

Sr. Software Engineer

Sean Adkinson is a senior software engineer at Jama Software in Portland, OR, where he works on Contour, a large-scale ExtJS web application. Sean is a first time speaker, lover of HTML and JavaScript, and looking forward to an awesome conference.

Jeff Burtoft

Jeff Burtoft, Microsoft

HTML5 Evangelist

Jeff Burtoft is as an HTML5 Evangelist for Microsoft where he has the pleasure of serving the HTML5 community every day. Jeff Recently co-authored his first book entitled HTML5 Hacks (O’Reilly Media) and is a founding blogger at html5hacks.com. Being in the Web Development community for over 10 years, his work experience varies from positions like "web master" for the Department of Defense to Principal Front End Engineer for a fortune 500 company. Jeff is a huge proponent of web standards, and loves all programing languages, as long as they are JavaScript. Jeff lives in Bellevue, WA with his wife and three children. In his free time, he enjoys writing Apps and playing video games with his kids.

Gabriel Grant

Gabriel Grant, dotCloud

Full-Stack Web Developer

As web lead at dotCloud for the past year, Gabriel spent his time mashing together Python with both browser- and Node.js-based JavaScript to create best-of-both-world applications used by thousands of developers.

Gabriel now spends more of his time doing developer advocacy -- acting as dotCloud's "customer-in-residence" to ensure the company is producing a product developers love.

He maintains and contributes to a number of open source projects: https://github.com/gabrielgrant

Pablo Garralda

Pablo Garralda, Intel

Product Engineer

Pablo Garralda is a product engineer for HTML5 tools at Intel Corporation. He joined Intel in 2006, working for the Software Pathfinding Division on technology incubation projects using a variety of different technologies. More recently, he joined the Developer Products Division, focusing on software development tools for HTML5 technologies.

Lightning Speakers

Aaron Reisman

Aaron Reisman, OKCupid Labs

Front-End Developer & Designer

Aaron Reismanis a front-end engineer at OkCupid Labs. When he's not contributing to your sex life through code, he's writing about his front-end toolkit on Forrst at https://forrst.com/people/lifeiscontent/posts

Craig Muth

Craig Muth has been evolving Xiki for over 10 years. He is the founder of Memorize.com, and the founder/organizer of the ProtoNight.com pair programming hack events in San Francisco.

David Kordsmeier

David Kordsmeier, Razoortooth Communications


David J. Kordsmeier President and CTO at Razortooth Communications LLC, Node.js SSJS++ Club SF Meetup Founder, Board Member @ SMILE Consortium (an EDUTech 501c3), read more @ http://www.linkedin.com/in/dkords. David loves to build end-to-end solutions for embedded systems (Android and Linux on ARM) and develops multi-touch enabled Web Applications based on HTML5 Web standards.

Diane Bisgeier

Diane Bisgeier, Mozilla

Program Manager

Diane Bisgeier runs Mozilla's open innovation program, providing startups with 3 months of business curriculum and access to the Mozilla network. Before this, she worked with a variety of startups in communications and marketing roles, as well served as a venture capital associate and executive recruiter. She has a BA in History from Stanford and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

Ipsheeta Furtado

Ipsheeta Furtado, FTW Group


Ipsheeta Furtado is co-founder of the FTW Group, a technical consultancy for SMBs, NPOs, and start-ups focused on leveraging the cloud and practicing lean. She codes across the stack (now) and is a founder of @PyLadiesSF. She practices yoga, teaches swimming, and is learning guitar in her spare time. Ipsheeta holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from UC Berkeley. She promises to tweet more @ftwipsheeta.

Kent Brewster

Kent Brewster helped launch the Yahoo! Developer Network, built Netflix for the iPhone, and is now the guy whose fault it is if the Pin It button is broken on Pinterest.

Kit Cambridge

Kit Cambridge, Voxer


I'm a programmer, runner, and tea drinker. I'm on the BestieJS and FuseJS core teams, and currently hacking on awesome JavaScript projects at Voxer. I spend my free time reading and hunting browser bugs.

Peter Lai

Peter Lai, Crocodoc

Co-Founder & Web Developer

Peter Lai co-founded Crocodoc immediately after graduating from MIT in 2008. At Crocodoc, he leads development of technology that converts documents to cross-browser compatible HTML. Prior to Crocodoc, he worked on information retrieval at PARC and co-authored a patent on novel ways of searching collections of documents. He most enjoys pushing the limits of what is possible using the newest pre-release browsers. He least enjoys discovering that data URIs cause mixed content warnings in Internet Explorer 7.

Vance Feldman

Vance Feldman, FashionBuddha Studio

Interactive Developer

Vance Feldman is a developer at Fashionbuddha, a digital skunkworks in Portland, OR.

Mike Wallin

Mike Wallin is a mobile user acquisition guru. With more than seven years’ experience delivering top-tier mobile marketing acquisition programs, Mike has witnessed the incredible evolution of digital mobile media from before the launch of smartphones to today’s 4G networks.

In his current role as Senior Director of Marketing for the PlayPhone Social Gaming Network, Mike and his team navigate the increasingly complex mobile app acquisition landscape to deliver top-quality traffic to PlayPhone’s growing catalog of mobile games at lowest possible blended CPAs. Mike also manages product monetization programs for the PlayPhone Developer Program, offering in-app advertising solutions that utilize top-tier ad networks as well as cross- marketing opportunities for PlayPhone’s game developers.

Prior to his position at PlayPhone, Wallin held a number of comparable business development functions for companies such as GameTheory LLC, Viveli, Inc. and W3i, LLC. Wallin earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and psychology from Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota, where he graduated magna cum laude from the G.R. Herberger College of Business.

Chance Roth

Chance Roth is a serial entrepreneur who has been developing rich web applications since before Google Docs existed. He founded and ran the fastest growing toy manufacturer with the hottest products in 2002-3, created a video game franchise, received entrepreneur/D&B Hot 100 recognition, and orchestrated licensing deals with EA, 2002 Winter Olympics, Tomy/Nikko, Radio Shack and Hasbro. His current company, CloudCanvas, relies heavily on open source software and is pushing the limits on what can be achieved in the browser and on mobile using HTML5 and related technologies.

Dan Lynch

Dan Lynch has been building web pages since 1996, and loves the oncoming wave of JavaScript and HTML5. He graduated from UC Berkeley in EECS and has since started two companies that are both focused on HTML5 development.

Dave Edelhart

Dave Edelhart, Personal Capital

Sr. Web Developer

Dave Edelhart is a Bay Area Developer, with over 20 years of programming, development, design and project management experience. He is deeply involved in open source development, supporting the initial meetups for SFJS and Node and speaking regularly at Bay Area meetups on a wide range of development topics. His hobbies include minecraft, urban biking, and cheese. He will be speaking on Nuby-Express, his Node.js framework for Rapid Application Development, with examples of integrating Node, Angular, Backbone, Mongoose/MongoDB, and Easel.js (Canvas).

Dennis Lembree

Dennis Lembree, PayPal

Sr. Web Developer

Dennis Lembree has about 15 years experience in web development. He's worked for a variety of large companies and startups including Ford, Disney, and now PayPal. Dennis has presented at conferences such as Access U, CSUN, and AHG, and have written several articles for DesignFestival.com. Personal projects include EasyChirp.com (award-winning web-accessible Twitter app) and WebAxe.blogspot.com (blog/podcast on web accessibility).

Harald Rudell

Harald Rudell, All Good Apps


Harald Rudell is a Product Executive working with consumer services in the Internet information industry based in San Francisco, CA.

Harald holds a Master of Science in Business Administration and Economics from Stockholm University and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, specializing in computer systems engineering, from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Jonathan Deutsch

Jonathan Deustch, Tumult


Jonathan Deutsch is the Founder of Tumult and the primary developer of Hype: the HTML5 animation builder for Mac OS X. Before starting my own company, I was an engineering manager at Apple working on Mail.app, software updates, and internal automation/continuous integration. I've always had one foot in the web world and the other in mac development.

Karl Mendes

Karl Mendes, EventBrite

Front-End Engineer

I'm a front-end engineer at Eventbrite, I love JavaScript and discussing HTML semantics, I'm not a fan of CSS but it comes with the package. I'm also new to SF and the Mission but I already have a strange feeling that I should buy skinny jeans.

Lian Chang

Liyan Chang, Filepicker.io

Head of Product & User Experience

Liyan Chang is a founder of Filepicker.io, which helps developers connect to their user's cloud services. He has experience working at VMware, Google APIs, MIT CSAIL with Prof. Leiserson and MIT Media Lab with Prof. Pattie Maes.

Nathan Rapheld

Nathan Rapheld, Zendesk

Front-End Developer



Nathan Rapheld is a front-end developer at Zendesk who most recently participated in a complete redesign and rebuild of the company's user interface using Ember. His tech career started in the early days of Netscape which has provided him a unique view into the evolution of web technologies.

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