WebDevCon 2016

WebDevCon is Amazon's front-end conference aimed at bringing together the community to discuss the latest trends and topics in our industry. We're a bunch of passionate folks who are excited to open our new 1500 seat conference center to the public, and welcome 11 speakers from companies around the country as well as 6 Amazon.com speakers. Registration and admission is free for everyone!

We've been running WebDevCon for 7 years internally and want to contribute back to the community, being able to share this with the public is something we have been working on for a long time.
J.C. Fant, Co-Founder WebDevCon
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Speakers

Patrick Beer

Patrick Beer

Web Development Engineer, Amazon.com

“To Be Decided…”

I am an optimist, a technology enthusiast, a photography lover and a design admirer. As a German I respect rules but dislike them when they stop me from progressing. I enjoy concerts and art galleries. I value brilliant ideas and competency.

Brad Bouse

Brad Bouse

Co-Founder, Lightboard

Usefulness of Uselessness

Brad is the co-founder of Lightboard, providing design on-demand for hundreds of marketing departments across the country. He's also the founder of Code Fellows, and an early part of the frontend teams at Geni and Yammer. He's also pretty gosh-darned interested in the amazing things you can do with code when you're trying to make art.

John-David Dalton

John-David Dalton

Program Manager, Microsoft

I Lodash

JavaScript tinkerer, bug fixer, & benchmark runner. Creator of lodash. Former Chakra Perf PM. Current Web Apps & Frameworks PM @Microsoft.

Paul Duncan

Paul Duncan

Design Technologist, Amazon.com

The Art of KISSing

Paul was born and lives in London. He has a degree in Pure Physics which instilled a belief in simplicity. He worked for the BBC which mainly consisted of building websites in muddy fields. Currently he is a Design Technologist for Amazon Video in a world where we can watch movies on a phone and talk to a TV.

Alex Kotliarskyi

Alex Kotliarskyi

Software engineer, Facebook

Development experience with React Native

Alex has been working on React Native since its early days and is obsessed with development experience and tools. He teaches React Native classes internally at Facebook, and also likes to think about user interfaces and design.

Cynthia Mai

Cynthia Mai

Software Development Engineer, Amazon.com

Front end development evolution at Amazon

Cynthia is a Software Engineer for Amazon based in the San Francisco office. As a member of the AmazonUI team, she has mainly worked on the build system for the AmazonUI framework, and she has recently been working on more front-end focused projects.

Tracy Osborn

Tracy Osborn

Founder, WeddingLovely

Design for Non-Designers

Tracy Osborn is a designer, developer, and entreprenerd living in the Bay Area of California. She's the author of Hello Web App, teaching beginner web app development. Tracy graduated with a BFA in Art & Design with a concentration in Graphic Design from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and worked as a web designer for five years before teaching herself programming and launching her first startup, WeddingLovely. She's also an avid outdoorswoman and would love to go on a hike with you.

Clarissa Peterson

Clarissa Peterson

UX Analyst, ICE Health Systems

Responsive Color

Clarissa Peterson is a UX designer and web developer based in Calgary, Alberta. She frequently speaks and gives workshops on responsive design and user experience, as well as teaching in the web developer program at SAIT Polytechnic. Clarissa is the author of Learning Responsive Web Design: A Beginner's Guide (O'Reilly Media). Currently she works as a UX analyst at ICE Health Systems.

Ganesh Shanmugasundaram

Ganesh Shanmugasundaram

Web Development Engineer, Book Depository UK

Observable web

A not-so-weird web developer, living in London. Easily gets excited about clean coding / reactive programming and coffee!

Hans Sprecher

Hans Sprecher

Senior Software Engineer, Time Inc.

Testing CSS

Classically trained philosopher turned web developer with passion for engaging online experiences. Fanatical about HTML, CSS, JS, UI, UX and other acronyms. Erstwhile Amazonian.

Bram Stein

Bram Stein

Senior Computer Scientist, Adobe Typekit

Web Fonts Performance

Bram Stein is a web developer working on web font serving at Typekit. He cares a lot about typography and design on the web, and is happiest working at the intersection between design and technology. In his spare time he runs the stateofwebtype.com and maintains several tools for improving web typography. He writes about web typography for several magazines and is a contributing author to Smashing Book #5.

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor

Engineer, Graphistry Inc.

Building Distributed RESTful JSON APIs with Falcor

Paul Taylor is a full-stack engineer with a bias for Functional Programming at Graphistry, Inc. in Oakland, CA. Prior to Graphistry, Paul led engineering of Netflix's front-end data access library Falcor, and architected version five of the Reactive Extensions for JavaScript for both Netflix's UI teams and Google’s Angular team, with a laser-focus on performance and developer friendliness.

Chris Tserng

Chris Tserng

Senior Software Engineer, Amazon.com/Lab126.com

Supercharged Hybrid Apps: Web Components + JS Interface

Chris Tserng is currently the technical lead and chief architect for Amazon WebView on FireOS. He has 19+ years of experience in software on embedded devices including work on computer vision, multimedia codecs, and computer graphics. In all these projects, he created frameworks in order to easily isolate the top-level developer from the intricacies of the software stack and hardware.

Betty Tso

Betty Tso

Engineering Manager, Amazon.com

Front end development evolution at Amazon

Betty is the founding manager for AmazonUI engineering team, responsible for the front-end platform that is modernizing Amazon.com's FE codebase across mobile, tablet and desktop. It's an opportunity to enforce front-end best practices, make Amazon's retail sites lightning fast and encapsulate the minutia of cross device/browser compatibility. Betty speaks pixel perfectness, accessibility, security and is an evangelist in Web Performance Optimization domain. At Amazon, Betty gives tech talks during university recruiting events to help excite engineers who are passionate about lightning-fast large scale applications. Externally, Betty co-chairs Velocity Beijing conference and is on the program committee for Velocity Santa Clara, New York and Europe.

Estelle Weyl

Estelle Weyl

Instart Logic, Open Web Evangelist

Simply accessible web performance

Estelle is a consulting web developer, trainer, author and speaker. She speaks and leads workshops on web development all over the world. Her books have been translated into over 14 languages. She's been coding CSS, HTML, and JavaScript since 1999.

Rachel White

Rachel White

Front End Developer, IBM Watson

Internet of Cats

Rachel is a self-taught Front End Engineer for IBM Watson, previously at Adobe Behance. She is currently developing a dating sim game, and thinking about node powered devices she can build for her two black cats. Her other interests include glitch art, 80s horror, and indie games.

Schedule

8:00 Registration
9:30
Overflow for “The Art of KISSing”
10:30
11:30
12:30 Lunch
1:30
2:00
3:00
4:00
5:00
6:00 Networking

F.A.Q

  • What is WebDevCon?

    WebDevCon is Amazon.com's internal conference for all things front-end. Started in 2009, it has been the longest running conference, as well as the most attended.

  • What should I bring?

    All you need to register is your legal id. Please ensure your name in Eventbrite matches your legal id, otherwise we may not be able to let you in. To change your registered name, please log into Eventbrite and edit your ticket.

  • What is the goal of WebDevCon?

    WebDevCon is our attempt to raise the bar on front-end knowledge for everyone, not just Web Developers.

    WebDevCon was founded on the following tenets:

    1. Raise the bar: Elevate front-end development.
    2. Best practices: Disseminate front-end knowledge and best practices to developers.
    3. Like-minded: Bring together like-minded developers, introducing them to others around the community who feel passionate about this space.

    Opening to the public is our attempt to reach our goals and tenets, and to better the front-end community around us.

  • Is lunch provided?

    Yes! We'll be handing out lunch vouchers when you register which you can use at restaurants in the building. Please be advised that you're responsible for any expenses that exceed the voucher's value.

Conference Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Need Help?

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or to report anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, you can use these channels:

  • Email: webdevcon@amazon.com
  • In person: Any organizer, identified by STAFF badges or shirts for WebDevCon.
  • Campus Security: Security staff is located at entrances, elevators, and stairwells inside the conference center.

The Quick Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they'll be wearing branded t-shirts.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.