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About O'Reilly Fluent Conference

Why You Should Attend | The Fluent Experience | Who is Fluent For? | Program Chairs | Program Commitee | Conference Diversity | Code of Conduct

O'Reilly's Fluent Conference gives developers working with JavaScript, HTML5 and other Web technologies a place to gather and learn from each other. As the Web has become a cornerstone for all kinds of development, there's a lot of new information to wrap your head around. The best way to learn is to spend time with people who are actually working with technologies like JavaScript and HTML5, inventing ways to apply their power, scalability, and platform independence to new products and services.

Fluent Conference provides a variety of forums for learning, from workshops and sessions with experts to the "hallway track" between sessions, where attendees informally connect and share questions, knowledge, and perspectives with their peers.

Why You Should Attend

Fluent brings together developers from the JavaScript community to:

  • Highlight emerging topics, new developments, and significant projects
  • Share case studies, success stories, and best practices
  • Connect with and learn from other JavaScript developers and experts, and with developers working in related technologies

The Fluent Experience

  • One day of in-depth workshops
  • Two days of keynotes and sessions that explore the state of the art, real-world case studies, and best practices
  • Networking opportunities with hundreds of other JavaScript developers and technologists
  • A vibrant "hallway track" for attendees, speakers, journalists, and vendors to debate and discuss issues of interest and importance
  • Fun evening events, receptions, and more, providing opportunities for more face time with attendees and speakers

Who is Fluent For?

  • JavaScript developers
  • HTML5 and front-end Web developers
  • Web performance and web ops engineers
  • Mobile app developers

Program Chairs

Peter Cooper Peter Cooper
chairs O'Reilly's Fluent Conference. Additionally, Peter is the editor of JavaScript Weekly and co-host of The JavaScript Show as well as the editor of several popular Ruby Web sites and author of Beginning Ruby. He publishes programming oriented e-mail newsletters, podcasts, screencasts and blogs full-time.
Simon St. Laurent Simon St. Laurent
chairs O'Reilly's Fluent Conference. Simon St.Laurent is a Senior Editor at O'Reilly and a web developer. His books include Learning Rails, Programming Web Services with XML-RPC, Office 2003 XML, and XML: A Primer.

Program Committee

Mike Amundsen is Layer 7's Principal API Architect. An internationally known author and lecturer, Mike Amundsen travels throughout the United States and Europe consulting and speaking on a wide range of topics including distributed network architecture, Web application development, Cloud computing, and other subjects. His recent work focuses on the role hypermedia plays in creating and maintaining applications that can successsfully evolve over time. He has more than a dozen books to his credit. His most recent book is "Building Hypermedia APIs with HTML5 and Node" He also contributed to the book "RESTful Web Services Cookbook" (by Subbu Allamaraju). He is currently working on a new book, "Programming the Web with Cloud9." When he is not working, Mike enjoys spending time with his family in Kentucky, USA.

Mark Bates is the founder and chief architect of the Boston, MA based consulting company, Meta42 Labs. Mark spends his days focusing on new application development and consulting for his clients. At night he writes books, raises kids, and occasionally he forms a band and "tries to make it".

Mark has been writing web applications, in one form or another, since 1996. His career starting as a UI developer writing HTML and JavaScript applications before moving towards the middle(ware) with Java and Ruby.

Wes Bos is an independent web developer, UI designer and all around hacker from Toronto, Canada. He is super passionate about design, development, and business spending most of his time working with JavaScript, CSS3, HTML5 and PHP. Wes is one to push the limits of new technology and has been known to publish HTML5 and Node.js experiments and tutorials to his blog.

Wes loves open source software and community learning, he spends a lot of time on github, twitter, and IRC (freenode) connecting with other developers. Wes leads training workshops for the not for profit Ladies Learning Code.

Doris Chen is a Senior Technology Evangelist at Microsoft for the Western region of the United States, specialized in web technologies (HTML5, jQuery, JavaScript, Windows 8, 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 HTML5 Dev Conference, O’Reilly, WebVisions, JavaOne, SD Forum, HTML5 and JavaScript meetups, and worldwide User Groups. Doris works very closely to create and foster the open source community around Java, NetBeans, Glassfish, and related technologies. Before joining Microsoft, Doris Chen was a Technology Evangelist at Sun Microsystems.

James Coglan is a full-stack web developer at London live music startup Songkick, working on everything from internal data services and developer tools to front-end JavaScript applications and security. He's a frequent open-source contributor to JavaScript and Ruby projects, currently working on the socket-based messaging system Faye.

Angus Croll is a member of the Web Core team at Twitter. He is author of the JavaScript JavaScript blog and an upcoming JavaScript book for No Starch Press.

Maximiliano Firtman is a mobile and web developer, professor and founder of ITMaster Professional Training. He is Adobe Community Champion and author of many books, including "Programming the Mobile Web" published by O'Reilly Media in 2010 and the upcoming book "jQuery Mobile: Up and Running". He has a blog about mobile web development on www.mobilexweb.com.

He is a professional in iOS development, mobile browsers, HTML5, mobile web 2.0, plus native Android and Java ME development.

Brady Forrest is the Head of the PCH Accelerator and is on the lookout for the next great piece of hardware. He co-started and "shepherd" Ignite; he's part of the team currently organizing Ignite SF. He's a Venture Advisor to 500 Startups and spent some time on the Investment Staff at Khosla Ventures. Formerly he was at O'Reilly and worked on a number of things including: the radar blog, Web 2.0 Expo, Where 2.0, ETech, and Foo Camp.

Oscar Godson is a Senior JavaScript Engineer at Yammer. Previously he worked at the City of Portland, OR as part of the original eGov team opening government data to the public through APIs. He's also the creator of EpicEditor, a popular JavaScript markdown editor.

Burke Holland is a web developer living in Nashville, TN. He enjoys working with and meeting developers who are building mobile apps with jQuery / HTML5 and loves to hack on social API's. Burke works for Telerik as a Developer Evangelist focusing on Kendo UI. Burke is @burkeholland on Twitter.

Mike Hostetler is an inventor, entrepreneur, programmer and proud father. Having worked with web technologies since the mid 1990's, Mike has had extensive experience developing web applications with PHP and JavaScript. Currently, Mike works as the CEO of appendTo, LLC, the jQuery Company, based in Denver, Colorado. Heavily involved in Open Source, Mike is a member of the jQuery Core team, leads the QCubed PHP5 Framework project, and participates in the Drupal project. When not in front of a computer, Mike enjoys hiking, fly-fishing, snowboarding and spending time with his family.

Tom Hughes-Croucher is the Principal at Jetpacks for Dinosaurs, a consultancy that helps to make their client's web sites really fast. He provides technology leadership and expertise in high performance web sites and Node.js for the company.

Tom is the co-author of the O'Reilly book "Up and Running with Node.js".

Cody Lindley is a client-side engineer (aka front-end developer) and recovering Flash developer. He has an extensive background working professionally (11+ years) with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Flash, and client-side performance techniques as it pertains to web development. If he is not wielding client-side code he is likely toying with interface/interaction design, PHP, MVC frameworks, iPhone development, jQuery, Dojo, or authoring material and speaking at various conferences. When not sitting in front of a computer, it's a sure bet he is hanging out with his wife & kids in Boise, Idaho, training for triathlons, skiing, mountain biking, road biking, alpine climbing, reading, watching movies, or debating the rational evidence for a Christian worldview. Currently he is working as a contractor/freelancer.

Elijah Manor is a Christian and a family man. He develops at appendTo as a Trainer and Senior Architect providing corporate JavaScript/jQuery/HTML5 support, training, and consulting. He is a Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, and ASPInsider specializing in front-end development. He enjoys blogging at http://elijahmanor.com and tweeting (@elijahmanor) about the things he learns.

Kate Matsudaira has spent her entire career working on amazing products with brilliant people. She has worked as the VP Engineering/CTO at several Seattle startups—including Decide, SEOmoz and Delve Networks (acquired by Limelight). Prior to joining the startup world she spent time as a software engineer, tech lead, and manager at Amazon and Microsoft. Kate has hands-on knowledge and experience with building large scale distributed web systems, big data, cloud computing and technical leadership.

Kate has a B.S. in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College, and has completed graduate work at the University of Washington in both Business and Computer Science (M.S.).

Shelley Powers has been working with, and writing about, web technologies - from the first release of JavaScript to the latest graphics and design tools - for more than 17 years. Her recent O'Reilly books have covered Node, the semantic web, Ajax, JavaScript, and web graphics. Shelley is also interested in food safety, sustainable agriculture, animal welfare, and writing. Her primary web site is at http://burningbird.net

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer is a consultant and trainer for JavaScript, web technologies and information management. He has been developing web applications since 1995 and held his first talk on Ajax in 2006. In 1999, he was technical manager at an internet startup that later expanded internationally.

Located in Munich, Germany. Speaks German, English, French, and Spanish.

Irene Ros is a Senior Developer and Data Visualization Specialist at Bocoup. Most recently Irene has been working with the Guardian Interactive Team in the UK on the Miso Project, an open source toolkit designed to expedite the creation of high-quality interactive storytelling and data visualisation content.

Before Bocoup, Irene spent 3 years working at IBM Research's Visual Communication Lab as a data visualization research developer. Together with her team she helped build Many Eyes - a collaborative data visualization creation and sharing tool and Many Bills - a visual interface to reading congressional legislation. Her work has been written about in the New York Times and the New York Times Open Blog, as well as Fast Company.

Laurel Ruma is the Director of Talent for O'Reilly Media. Most recently she co-chaired Where 2.0, OSCON Java, and Gov 2.0 Expo. She joined the company in 2005 after working for five years at various IT analyst firms in the Boston area. Laurel is also the co-editor of Open Government, published by O'Reilly.

Brandon Satrom is a Product Manager for Kendo UI (kendoui.com) and is based in Austin, TX. A unapologetic lover of the web, Brandon loves to talk about HTML, JavaScript, CSS, open source and whatever new shiny tool or technology (like CoffeeScript) has distracted him from that other thing he was working on. Brandon loves writing and speaking and loves hanging out with and learning from other passionate developers, both online and in person.

Christopher Schmitt is the founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm. An award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993, Christopher interned for both David Siegel and Lynda Weinman in the mid-90s while he was an undergraduate at Florida State University working on a fine arts degree with an emphasis on graphic design. Afterward, he earned a master's in communication for Interactive and New Communication Technologies while obtaining a graduate certificate in project management from FSU's College of Communication.

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.

Mary Treseler is Editorial Strategist at O'Reilly Media, Inc. She acquires and edits web, business, commerce, and UX projects.  Most recently Mary created and launched The Lean Series with Eric Ries. She has been working in technology publishing for over 20 years. Mary lives by the sea in South Dartmouth, MA with her husband and two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. When she unplugs you can find her out wandering with her camera.

Lea Verou has a long-standing passion for open web standards, and has been often called a “CSS guru”. She loves researching new ways to take advantage of modern web technologies and shares her findings through her blog, lea.verou.me. Lea also makes popular tools and libraries that help web developers learn and use these standards. She speaks at a number of well-known international web development conferences and writes for leading industry publications. Lea also co-organized and occasionally lectures the web development course at the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Estelle Weyl started her professional life in architecture, then managed teen health programs. In 2000, she took the natural step of becoming a web standardista. She has consulted for Kodakgallery, SurveyMonkey, Samsung, Yahoo! and Apple, among others. Estelle shares esoteric tidbits learned while programming CSS, JavaScript and XHTML and detailed grids of CSS3 and HTML5 browser support in her blog at http://www.standardista.com. She is a co-author of Mobile HTML5, HTML5: The Definitive Guide and HTML5 and CSS3 for the Real World. While not coding, she works in construction, de-hippifying her 1960's throwback abode.

Nicholas C. Zakas worked at Yahoo! for almost five years, building and defining front-end strategy for some of Yahoo's largest sites. Nicholas is also the author of several books, including High Performance JavaScript, Professional JavaScript for Web Developers, and Professional Ajax. Nicholas is now chief architect of WellFurnished, a site dedicated to helping you discover beautiful home decor.

Conference Diversity

O'Reilly Media believes in spreading the knowledge of innovators. We believe that innovation is enhanced by a variety of perspectives, and our goal is to create an inclusive, respectful conference environment that invites participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientation.

We're actively seeking to increase the diversity of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors through our calls for proposals, other open submission processes, and through dialogue with the larger communities we serve.

This is an ongoing process. We are talking to our program chairs, program committees, and various innovators, experts, and organizations about this goal and about ways they can help us achieve it.

Here are some ways you can help us build a more diverse conference experience:

  • Recommend appropriate speakers and/or program committee members to the conference chairs (see individual O'Reilly conference sites for program information; you may also send an email to diversity@oreilly.com)
  • Forward our call for proposals to relevant affinity groups with the message that we are looking for a diverse speaker roster
  • Suggest to potential speakers that they submit a proposal during our Call for Participation conference phase (see individual O'Reilly conference sites for details)
  • Organize community-based public speaking trainings and practice events (Ignite is one popular format)
  • Suggest ways that the onsite conference experience can be more welcoming and supportive, free from intimidation and marginalization (send an email to diversity@oreilly.com)
  • Share your ideas and best practices for how we can realize our vision (send an email to diversity@oreilly.com)

We value diversity in the communities we bring together, and we welcome your contributions to bringing balanced representation of the richness of our collective human experience.

See our Creative Commons version (PDF) of this statement.

Code of Conduct

We expect all participants to support our Code of Conduct, the core of which is this: an O'Reilly conference should be a safe and productive environment for everyone. Read more »

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