SmashingConf Live

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SmashingConf Live is a truly smashing, friendly online conference on front-end & UX. With interactive live sessions, practical insights, accessible speakers, collaborative notes and fireplace chats with like-minded folks. We will start the event at 7am (PDT) on August 20. Both days will take about half a day, so you will have time to take care of other things as well.

What can you do during the event?

👩‍🏫  Listen to interactive talks (40-50 minutes) on the main stage by internationally renowned speakers — followed by interactive Q&A's in a session room.

👫🏻  Get to know other people and get your hands dirty during one of our many interactive activities in session rooms, with live challenges, short talks, audits & fireside chats. 

🏆  Dance the morning/afternoon/evening/night away with our live DJ, see magical illustrations created live, learn some new games in our Game Corner or meet other participants during one of the many activities.

🥳  There also might be a party... be prepared and join our Slack channel beforehand. 

See you in a bit — there is lots of cool stuff coming your way! We can't wait to meet you! 🎪

Jump to the full schedule.

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Schedule

· Sessions
Design & Coding Tournament (day 1)
Join your fellow designers and developers in a friendly tournament where everybody is a winner.
Vitaly Friedman
· Stage
Introduction day one — by Phil Hawksworth
The legendary Phil Hawksworth will enter the stage — and set the stage — for a smashing experience
Phil Hawksworth
· Stage
Design System Pitfalls and How to Escape Them — by Dan Mall
Design systems are much more than just components and guidelines. How can teams free themselves from intermediate and advanced design systems traps?
Dan Mall
· Sessions
Discussion on privacy — with Heather Burns and Trine Falbe
In this discussion — led by Vitaly Friedman — Heather and Trine will discuss various aspects of privacy on the modern web.
Trine Falbe Heather Burns Vitaly Friedman
· Sessions
Q&A — Dan
30 minute of Q&A with Dan Mall, following his talk, moderated by Phil Hawksworth
Phil Hawksworth Dan Mall
· Sessions
Diversity Panel — with Christian Nwamba
In this panel — moderated by Christian Nwamba — we will discuss various challenges and solutions on diversity in and around our workplaces.
· Stage
Visualizing connections — by Nadieh Bremer
Connections are a part of us, of the world. Nadieh will take you through the design process of several of her (interactive) data visualization works.
Nadieh Bremer
· Sessions
Fireside chat on Pricing and Estimation — with Dan Mall
In this fireside chat, Dan and Vitaly will discuss pricing and estimation pitfalls and solutions.
Dan Mall Vitaly Friedman
· Sessions
Live UX audit — by Paul Boag
Paul will look at and review any site or other digital design products that you provide him. This is your chance!
Paul Boag
· Sessions
Q&A — Nadieh
30 minute of Q&A with Nadieh Bremer, following her talk, moderated by Phil Hawksworth
Phil Hawksworth Nadieh Bremer
· Sessions
Lightning talk on CSS Custom Properties — by Michelle Barker
In this lightning talk, Michelle will update you on everything CSS Custom Properties. Smashing!
Michelle Barker
· Stage
Just Do Less — by Guillermo Rauch
A talk about doing more with less
Guillermo Rauch
· Sessions
Fireside chat on Internationalization vs. Localization — with Robyn Larsen, Eli Shuetze & Naomi Mayer
In this fireside chat, Robyn, Eli and Naomi will go into the ongoing Internationalisation vs. Localisation debate — with Vitaly Friedman
Eli Schutze Naomi Meyer Vitaly Friedman
· Sessions
Lightning talk on Making Things Easier With Git — by Shane Hudson
In this lightning talk, Shane will let you discover what kitchen cabinets and Git have in common!
Shane Hudson
· Sessions
Q&A — Guillermo
30 minute of Q&A with Guillermo Rauch, following his talk, moderated by Phil Hawksworth
Phil Hawksworth
· Stage
Only One Deliverable Matters — by Josh Clark
We create so much stuff before we actually make a digital product. There’s a better way.
Josh Clark
· Sessions
Q&A — Josh
30 minute of Q&A with Josh Clark, following his talk, moderated by Phil Hawksworth
Josh Clark Phil Hawksworth
· Sessions
Fireside chat on Remote Working — with Aaron Walter
In this fireside chat, Aarron Walter and Vitaly Friedman will be talking about remote working and how to get the most out of it.
Aarron Walter Vitaly Friedman
· Sessions
Shop Talk Show — by Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert — Live from Smashing Conf Live
Join Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert who will be recording Shop Talk Show, Live from SmashingConf Live.
Chris Coyier Dave Rupert
· Sessions
Design & Coding Tournament (day 2)
Join your fellow designers and developers in a friendly tournament where everybody is a winner.
Vitaly Friedman
· Sessions
Games Corner
Your space to play, talk and game — all day long.
· Stage
Introduction day two — by Phil Hawksworth
Phil Hawksworth will open day two of SmashingConf Live. Can't wait!
Phil Hawksworth
· Stage
The Design Leader’s Secret Guide to Measuring UX — by Jared Spool
Quantitative metrics are an under-used tool in most UX efforts. Jared shares the story of one UX leader, as they work to measure their UX.
Jared Spool
· Sessions
WebAssembly for Front End Devs — by Vlad Fillippov (Mozilla)
In this — sponsored — talk, Mozilla's Vlad Fillipov will look into what WebAssembly can bring to Front End Devs.
Vlad Filippov
· Sessions
Q&A — Jared
30 minute of Q&A with Jared Spool, following his talk, moderated by Phil Hawksworth
Jared Spool Phil Hawksworth
· Stage
Moving Pictures — by Henri Helvetica
In this talk, Henri explores the ways we are tackling the performance problem of images on the web.
· Sessions
Q&A — Henri
30 minute of Q&A with Henri Helvetica, following his talk, moderated by Phil Hawksworth
Phil Hawksworth
· Sessions
Lightning talk on Coming Soon to CSS — by Rachel Andrew
Rachel Andrew will introduce a few new CSS features that are making their way through the standards process, explaining the problems they help to solve.
Rachel Andrew
· Sessions
Live Design Audit — by Steven Hoober
In this session, you can have your design audited by Steven Hoober, using his tried and tested strategy.
Vitaly Friedman Steven Hoober
· Stage
CSS is Rad — by Miriam Suzanne
CSS is either awesome or broken. CSS is not a programming language, unless it is. CSS is too simple and entirely too difficult. What?
Miriam Suzanne
· Sessions
Lightning talk on Stop Relying on Referrals: You Need a Marketing Strategy — by Paul Boag
In this 30 minute lightning talk, Paul Boag will explain why you can't (keep) rely(ing) on referrals.
Paul Boag
· Sessions
Q&A — Miriam
30 minute of Q&A with Miriam Suzanne, following her talk, moderated by Phil Hawksworth
Miriam Suzanne Phil Hawksworth
· Sessions
Fireside chat on Web Performance — with Yoav Weiss, Henri Helvetica & Katie Hempenius
A fireside chat with absolute experts on Web Performance — moderated by Vitaly Friedman
Yoav Weiss Katie Hempenius Vitaly Friedman
· Stage
Travel to higher places — with our Mystery Speaker
Let's keep this a mystery (for now)
Mystery Speaker
· Sessions
Q&A — Mystery Speaker
30 minute of Q&A with our Mystery Speaker, following his/her/their talk, moderated by Phil Hawksworth
Mystery Speaker Phil Hawksworth
· Sessions
SEO Cocktail Hour — with Martin Splitt
We’ll be talking everything SEO with Martin Splitt at his SEO Cocktail hour — with Vitaly Friedman
Vitaly Friedman  Martin  Splitt
· Sessions
Smashing Fun!
Charis Rooda
· Sessions
Live Emoji Challenge by Yiying Lu
Let the enthusiastic Yiying challenge you to make an emoji — Live!

Speakers

Guillermo Rauch
Guillermo Rauch

Founder of Vercel in November 2015, CTO and co-founder of LearnBoost and Cloudup before that.

Robyn Larsen
Robyn Larsen

Robyn Larsen is a front-end developer, entrepreneur, and speaker.

@Henri Helvetica 🇨🇦
@Henri Helvetica 🇨🇦

Freelance developer who has turned his interests to a mix of site performance engineering and user experience.

Yiying Lu
Yiying Lu

Yiying Lu Yiying Lu Yiying has 10 years of cross-cultural design practice for global brands and businesses.

Christian Nwamba
Christian Nwamba

Software Engineer who loves making things that might possibly work using JavaScript.

Eli Schutze
Eli Schutze

Software engineer and speaker. Originally from Nicaragua, based in London working as a web engineer at Monzo bank.

Trine Falbe
Trine Falbe

Researcher, consultant, speaker and lecturer focused on empowering people through ethical design.

Tobi Lessnow
Tobi Lessnow

Our own in-house DJ mixing all kind of wonderful tunes!

Phil Hawksworth
Phil Hawksworth

Principal Developer Experience Engineer at Netlify. Also occasionally MC's at tech conferences.

Aarron Walter
Aarron Walter

VP of design publishing at InVision and founder of the UX practice at MailChimp.

Heather Burns
Heather Burns

Tech policy and regulation specialist from Glasgow. Named Mozilla Open Leader for her work on open source privacy.

 Martin  Splitt
Martin Splitt

Developer advocate on the Webmaster Trends Analyst team at Google Switzerland. Tries to keep the web open.

Rachel Andrew
Rachel Andrew

Front and back-end web developer, author and speaker. Knows CSS. Ask her about Pixel and Em.

Dave Rupert
Dave Rupert

Lead developer at Paravel, a three person web shop based in Austin, TX. Co-host of the Shop Talk Show.

Vitaly Friedman
Vitaly Friedman

Smashing Founder. Creator of chaos. Nice guy.

Naomi Meyer
Naomi Meyer

A Software Development Engineer at Adobe on the Globalization team. Worked as a teacher across Asia and West Africa.

Katie Hempenius
Katie Hempenius

An engineer on the Chrome team where she works on making the web faster. Prior, a senior software engineer at Fitbit.

Yoav Weiss
Yoav Weiss

Part of Google Chrome developer relations team, helping to fix web performance. Takes image bloat as a personal insult.

Steven Hoober
Steven Hoober

Is best known for his ongoing research into how people really use touchscreen phones and tablets.

Vlad Filippov
Vlad Filippov

A software engineer working on the Web at Mozilla. He loves software testing, automation, and reverse engineering.

Shane Hudson
Shane Hudson

An independent front-end developer from the UK who has worked on a variety of projects.

Michelle Barker
Michelle Barker

Lead Front End Developer at Atomic Smash, author of front-end blog CSS { In Real Life }. Enjoys helping others learn.

Chris Coyier
Chris Coyier

Web designer and developer who created and runs CSS-Tricks, going strong for 10 years.

Paul Boag
Paul Boag

Conversion optimisation, digital strategy and UX design expert.

Miriam Suzanne
Miriam Suzanne

Co-founder at OddBird, creator of Susy, a core contributor to Sass, and much much more.

Jared Spool
Jared Spool

Maker of Awesomeness at Center Centre. Has been around a while. Does his laundry in Andover, Massachusetts.

Josh Clark
Josh Clark

Helps organizations build products for what's next. Founder of Big Medium & “Couch-to-5K” (C25K) running schedule.

Nadieh Bremer
Nadieh Bremer

Graduated Astronomer, turned data scientist, turned data visualization designer, based near Amsterdam.

Dan Mall
Dan Mall

Creative director and advisor from Philly. Founder and CEO of SuperFriendly. Enthralled husband & dad.

Charis Rooda
Charis Rooda

Quizmaster extra-ordinaire and Snapchat filter expert

Mystery Speaker
Mystery Speaker

Remains a bit of a ...well ... mystery

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