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Fluent 2013 Keynotes

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Nicholas Zakas

Nicholas Zakas, BoxStaff Software Engineer

Nicholas C. Zakas is a staff software engineer at Box, author, and speaker. He worked at Yahoo! for almost five years, where he was front-end tech lead for the Yahoo! homepage and a contributor to the YUI library. He is the author of Maintainable JavaScript (O’Reilly, 2012), Professional JavaScript for Web Developers (Wrox, 2012), High Performance JavaScript
(O’Reilly, 2010), and Professional Ajax (Wrox, 2007). Nicholas is a strong advocate for development best practices including progressive enhancement, accessibility, performance, scalability, and maintainability. He blogs regularly at www.nczonline.net and can be found on Twitter via @slicknet.

9:50am Thursday, 05/30/2013
The world seems a lot harder than it used to be. It's easy to stop and think that being nice has gone out of fashion, only to be replaced by sharp, aggressive rhetoric. Despite today's internet and business climate, you can still get amazing opportunities, meet interesting people, and succeed by being nice. This is the story of how saying "thank you" altered the course of my life and career.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Kate Matsudaira

Kate Matsudaira, popformsVP Engineering

Kate specializes in creating and operating large-scale web applications. Her focus has primarily rested on SaaS applications and big data. She has extensive experience building and managing high-performance teams, and considers herself a fan of agile development practices and the lean startup movement.  
She is currently founding her own startup, popforms, but has held roles as developer, project manager, product manager, and people manager at great companies including
Amazon and Microsoft. The last seven years she has been a VP of Engineering/CTO for companies like  SEOmoz, Decide, and prior to that Delve Networks (acquired by Limelight). 

Follow her  blog to see her writings on tech and leadership. She is also the curator of the
Technology and Leadership... Read More.

10:10am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
This talk will explore the pitfalls of "abstraction magic", and promote the successes that full stack understanding can bring to your projects, and even career.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Bill Scott

Bill Scott, PayPalSr. Director of UI Engineering

Bill Scott is the Sr. Director of UI Engineering at PayPal. In a past life he co-created one of the first successful Macintosh games (GATO, 1985), built & designed wargaming interfaces for NATO, founded user experience teams (Sabre), wrote an Ajax/JavaScript framework (OpenRico), managed user interface engineering organizations (Netflix, PayPal) and published a design pattern library (Yahoo!). Bill is also a frequent speaker at conferences & workshops worldwide as well as the co-author of the O’Reilly book Designing Web Interfaces. Follow Bill’s tweets @billwscott and his ramblings on looksgoodworkswell.com.

9:25am Thursday, 05/30/2013
How do you take a large titan like PayPal and move it from a culture of a long shelf life to a culture of rapid experimentation? You set the UI free by adding liberal doses of NodeJS, JavaScript templating & libraries, JSON, Github and Lean Startup/UX. Bill will explain the transformation that is in process to revolutionize the technical and experience stack at PayPal.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Mike Hostetler

Mike Hostetler, appendToFounder & CEO

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.

10:00am Thursday, 05/30/2013
Working remotely is a skill that can be learned. To be successful, you must not only master new disciplines but you must help others you work with see remote working as a mutual benefit. We will cover a brief overview of how to achieve geographic freedom in your job while arming you with skills to make you a more effective worker.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Brendan Eich

Brendan Eich, MozillaCTO

Brendan is responsible for architecture and the technical
direction of Mozilla. He is charged with authorizing module owners,
owning architectural issues of the source base and writing the roadmap
that outlines the direction of the Mozilla project.

Brendan created JavaScript, did the work through Navigator 4.0,
and helped carry it through international standardization. Before
Netscape, he wrote operating system and network code for SGI; and at
MicroUnity, wrote micro-kernel and DSP code, and did the first MIPS
R4K port of gcc, the GNU C compiler.

9:05am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
Almost two decades after the birth of JavaScript, I will give an update to my "JavaScript at 17" keynote last year, including the latest on the next version of the JS language, ES6.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Lea Verou

Lea Verou, IndependentWeb developer, speaker, author

Lea previously worked as a Developer Advocate at W3C and currently spends her days writing & designing her first book (“CSS Secrets”), published with O’Reilly in 2014. She has a long-standing passion for open web standards, which she fulfils by researching new ways to use them, bloggingspeakingwriting, and coding popular open source projects to help fellow developers. She is an Invited Expert in the CSS Working Group, which architects the language itself. Although she holds a BSc in Computer Science, Lea is one of the few misfits who love code and design equally.

10:15am Thursday, 05/30/2013
Lea Verou, Developer Advocate, W3C
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson, GoogleOpen Web Developer Advocate

Chris Wilson is an Open Web Platform Developer Advocate working on
Chrome. He began working on web browsers in 1993 when he co-authored
the original Windows version of NCSA Mosaic, went on to Microsoft to
work on Internet Explorer for fifteen years, and joined Google in
2010. He has a particular interest in enabling awesome user
experiences on the web platform, and is a long-time participant in
various web standards working groups.
In his free time, he enjoys photography and hiking with his wife and daughter (and their soon-to-be second child), and scuba diving in the tropics as well as the chilly waters of Puget Sound as a PADI Assistant Instructor. You can keep up with... Read More.

10:20am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
How Web technology is driving the evolution of reading and writing, and what O'Reilly is doing about it.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Paul Irish

Paul Irish, GoogleChrome Developer Advocate

Paul Irish is a front-end developer who loves the web. He is on Google Chrome’s Developer Relations team as well as jQuery’s.

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

9:50am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
Let's dive into the latest improvements to developer tools that support your productivity in authoring JavaScript experiences.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Ben Galbraith

Ben Galbraith, Walmart.comVP, Mobile Engineering

Ben Galbraith, together with his long-time friend Dion Almaer, forms one-half of the dynamic “Ben and Dion” duo that founded Ajaxian.com, headed Developer Tools at Mozilla, ran Developer Relations at Palm and is now running mobile architecture and engineering at Walmart.com after being acquired along with their start-up team in early 2011. Ben’s been writing code since he was six and starting businesses since he was ten; he’s written books, given hundreds of award-winning presentations world-wide, produced a few technical conferences, sold three companies, and has held CEO, CIO, CTO, and Software Architect positions in the medical, publishing, media, consumer electronics, advertising, software and internet industries. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and six children.

9:05am Thursday, 05/30/2013
Keynote by Dion Almaer,VP, Mobile Architecture, WalMart.com & Ben Galbraith, VP, Mobile Engineering, WalMart.com.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Dion Almaer

Dion Almaer, Walmart.comVP, Mobile Architecture

Dion Almaer is a technologist who loves to code and build. He and his long time partner-in-crime Ben Galbraith recently brought their team to Walmart to power the mobile engineering efforts. He enjoys sharing his passion for software production across various communities, including a new property called FunctionSource.com.

Dion has been writing Web applications since it took over from Gopher. He has been fortunate enough to speak around the world, has published many articles, a book, and of course covers life the universe and everything on his blog.

He has been called a human aggregator, and you can see that in full force if you follow him on Twitter.

9:05am Thursday, 05/30/2013
Keynote by Dion Almaer,VP, Mobile Architecture, WalMart.com & Ben Galbraith, VP, Mobile Engineering, WalMart.com.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Peter Cooper

Peter Cooper, Cooper PressEditor

Peter Cooper is the founder of Cooper Press and the editor of several weekly newsletters, including 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.

He also chairs O’Reilly’s JavaScript and Web technology conference, Fluent.

9:00am Thursday, 05/30/2013
Fluent Program Chairs, Simon St. Laurent and Peter Cooper, welcome you to the second day of keynotes
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
9:00am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
Program Chairs, Peter Cooper and Simon St. Laurent, welcome you to the first day of Fluent keynotes
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Simon St. Laurent

Simon St. Laurent, O'Reilly Media, Inc.Senior Editor

Simon St.Laurent has spent most of his career explaining technology. He is co-chair of the Fluent and OSCON conferences, a Senior Editor at O’Reilly, and a web developer. He has written over a dozen books, including Introducing Elixir, Introducing Erlang, Learning Rails, XML Elements of Style, and XML: A Primer. He spends his spare time making objects out of wood and presenting on local history.

9:00am Thursday, 05/30/2013
Fluent Program Chairs, Simon St. Laurent and Peter Cooper, welcome you to the second day of keynotes
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
9:00am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
Program Chairs, Peter Cooper and Simon St. Laurent, welcome you to the first day of Fluent keynotes
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Irene Ros

Irene Ros, BocoupSenior Programmer

Irene 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.

9:25am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
In this talk, Irene will start from the basics - the data, and go over the process of turning it into valuable visual interfaces and visualizations. From basic concepts in data visualization to common pitfalls, this talk will provide a foundation for learning how to create data visualization.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Nellie McKesson

Nellie McKesson, O'Reilly Media, Inc.Digital Development Manager

Nellie McKesson is the Digital Development Manager at O’Reilly Media, where she focuses on front-end Web(ish) development projects, including ebook design and implementation both for devices and the Web, as well as overseeing internal tooling development projects.

10:20am Wednesday, 05/29/2013
How Web technology is driving the evolution of reading and writing, and what O'Reilly is doing about it.
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Location: Grand Ballroom B
Jesse Freeman

Jesse Freeman, AmazonGlobal HTML5 & Gaming Evangelist

Hello, my name is Jesse Freeman and I work for Amazon. I have been a Web developer for over 13 years as well as a mobile app developer for the better part of the last 4 years. I moved back to NY in 2002 and have worked with some of the city’s top companies such as MLB, the New York Jets, HBO, Tommy Hilfiger, Bloomberg and even internationally for clients such as VW. Through my career I have seen all sides of development from independent contractor, government, consultant, agency and product. It has been a crazy ride and an amazing one that helped make me the developer I am today.

In addition to my client work I have also been a speaker, author... Read More.

9:40am Thursday, 05/30/2013
In the past year since I spoke at Fluent, HTML5 game development has been growing exponentially. While a lot of the techniques I spoke about before have stayed the same such as using Canvas for high performance 2d rendering, using requestAnimationFrame for building highly responsive game loops and audio which is continuing to improve......
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Location: Grand Ballroom B

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