Ben Werdmuller is the co-founder and CEO of Known, an indie web publishing platform. Previously, he was the technical co-founder of Elgg, the open source social networking engine, which is in wide use by Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and national governments around the world.


  • The web is your API: feeds and actions using HTML5 and webmentions
  • Time: TBD | Room: E-134
Using modern web technologies, there's no need to build extra interfaces in formats like JSON in order to transmit data and build proprietary APIs. In this talk, you'll learn how to use easily-parseable microformats and indie web technologies like webmentions to build a fully social activity stream that lets you interact with each item from your own site. You'll leave with an understanding of microformats, h-feeds, webmentions and micropub, and all the ingredients you need to build your own social feeds in standards-based HTML.