"Machines Dancing like Marionettes" & Lightning Talks (#lwsjan15)

Monday, January 19, 2014 at 6:30pm


General release tickets are available from this page on Thursday 16th January at 1pm


Our Venue

Telefonica
20 Air Street , Soho
London W1B 5HQ

Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus



"Machines Dancing like Marionettes" by Daniel Knell

We talk a lot about the best practices in how we build things, how our front-ends work, how we automate our testing, deployments, project bootstrapping, etc, but for the most part, we neglect the very foundation of our stack, the servers we deploy on, so let's delve into the world of server automation and get those boxes dancing like marionettes as we pull the strings.

About Daniel, @danielknell

Dan is a freelance Technical Architect living and operating in London, he works with everything from startups to international marketing agencies to help them overcome the technical barriers they face.

Lightning Talks

Dan's talk will be followed by a series of lightning talks on various subjects:

"Running out of battery is not fun (the Battery Status API)" by Francesco Iovine

Running out of battery is maybe one of the worst things that can happen to a mobile phone user. Big screens, fast processors and wireless Internet connection are important, but they are expensive when it comes to energy consumption. In this lightning talk I will look into the Battery Status API, one of the brand new implemented features of the Web Platform, and the role of Mozilla for standardization and documentation.

About Francesco, @franciov

I am a Front-End Engineer based in London (UK) with expertise in managing IT projects and web development for mobile devices and TVs, passionate about web standards, contributor to the Open Web as tech writer, speaker and event organiser.

"This and that - things about ECMAScript 6" by Alex Rogers

As ES6 (ECMAScript 6 - AKA Harmony, AKA ES.next, AKA the next version of JavaScript) starts making its way into browsers and some features are behind experimental flags whilst others are available for use today straight OOTB, Alex takes us through some of the cool new features that will help make our JS code cleaner and smaller.

About Alex, @alextract

Alex Rogers is a freelance front end engineer always pushing best practices and striving to stay at the cutting edge in order to remain efficient in building and maintaining all things Web related. An advocate of accessibility principles and beautiful design and usability, Alex enjoys architecture of the front end of the stack and day-to-day enjoys teaching people new tricks whilst generally making companies proud and confident in their Web products.

Although graduating with a BSc in Computer Animation in 2006, Alex has been building things for people using Web techologies for well over 10 years.

"The great content mismatch on the web" by Maria Zafeiridou

Research shows that people prefer surfing the web and buying online in their own language. While only just over 5% of the world population are native English speakers, more than half of all online content is in English. Clearly, there is a problem… In this talk I will share with you some insights into the global content mismatch and thoughts on why and how it should be addressed.

About Maria

Maria works at Web Behaviour Specialists, a Digital Marketing agency based in London.

"Better findability with Schema" by Ana Gasston

Most search engines reward well-built sites that use structured markup. Find out how Schema can help them understand the intent behind your content.

About Ana, @anagasston

Ana is a trained journalist with experience working in online and offline media who has worked in website production and optimisation for the past 10 years.

Throughout her career she’s helped clients and stakeholders create high quality websites built to web standards and accessibility guidelines, and championed best practices for usability and content strategy. In roles at large companies and small agencies she’s conducted usability studies, user behaviour analysis, content audits and provided user experience and SEO recommendations, helping improve existing sites and create new ones.

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, she’s been living in London for the past 12 years. She loves the city’s history, art and food - which compensates for the lack of sunlight. She (sometimes) tweets as @anagasston.

"Open Web Documentation on MDN" by Jean-Yves Perrier

After a (very short) description of the MDN, an explanation of what kind of docs it hosts, how we maintain it and how to help.

About Jean-Yves, @teoli2003

I'm Jean-Yves Perrier, Senior Technical Writer on the MDN since 2011, volunteer on the Mozilla Project since 2007, specializing on Open Web Documentation, lately CSS and APIs. I'm based in London's Mozilla Office. Twitter: @teoli2003.

"Learning through blameless reviews" by Joel Chippindale

In this talk we'll explore blameless reviews, what they are and how to use them to help your team learn and build trust.

About Joel, @joelchippindale

Joel is the CTO at FutureLearn where he focuses on growing an effective software development environment and drinking tea. He's also a founding member of the London Computation Club.

"Building a living styleguide at OpenTable" by John Catterfeld

OpenTable are in the middle of their first full redesign for ten years and a living styleguide is a key tool for this project. This talk will explain why we have built a styleguide, how we did it, and what we still want to do with it in the future.

About John, @jcatterfeld

John has worked at OpenTable (previously toptable) for five years and is a front-end team lead. He tweets sporadically as @jcatterfeld.

"Running a CodeClub" by Calum Ryan

Brief overview of what Code Club is

  • Inspiring kids to make great stuff on the web (not just to make them coders!)

Setting up a Code Club

  • Visit CodeClub.org.uk
  • Find school/s in your local area
  • About the STEM Ambassador programme

My experience running a Code Club

  • Handling small group size
  • Catering for mixed abilities
  • One-on-one tuition with the kids
  • Managing time with kids on a 1 hour, once-weekly basis

Helping to improve teaching materials/worksheets

About Calum, @calum_ryan

Calum designs, builds and delivers responsive solutions for the web and is a volunter for Code Club.

"OpenHack London" by Aidan McGinley

An intro to what OpenHack is and why it's awesome.

About Aidan, @aidmcg

Aidan McGinley (@aidmcg) is organiser of OpenHack London. He has been hacking on software for over 13 years both professionally and in his spare time.

TBC by Dan Appelquist

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