Future of Web Design Prague 2012

Future Of Web Design Prague

Congress Centre - 27th - 29th Nov 2012

Hashtag #fowd

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We’re committed to bringing you the best speakers in the industry – presenting on the hottest, most relevant topics and technologies. The full conference schedule is still being finalised, so please do check back often for updates.

    Tuesday Workshops Day

    • 09:0017:00

      CSS3 Master Class - Peter Gasston

      A practical, hands-on workshop that will see attendees schooled in the very latest CSS3 techniques. From from syntax and best practices to transitions and animations, this option offers a full day of front end learning to help you integrate the latest and greatest design advancements into your own work.

      What you'll learn:

      • Hands on exercises to help you hone your new skills.
      • The latest CSS3 techniques.
      • A look ahead to what's coming next for CSS3.
      Peter Gasston
      A photo of Peter Gasston

      Peter is a veteran web developer who now works as a technologist and front-end lead at rehabstudio on projects for clients including Google and Red Bull, and in partnership with some of the world’s biggest creative agencies. He’s the author of The Book of CSS3 and The Modern Web, and has written for Net Magazine, Smashing Magazine and A List Apart. In his spare time he ‘relaxes’ by reading voraciously, supporting Arsenal, and going on day trips to castles.

    • 09:0017:00

      Getting Going With Node.js - Paolo Fragomeni

      Want to learn how to build high performance, scalable Internet and web applications with Node.js? This is the workshop for you. Attend to get a great grounding and some hands on experience in your new skill.

      What you'll learn:

      • Understand Node.js fundamentals.
      • Get up and running in under 5 minutes.
      • How to choose frameworks.
      • Create a robust web server using Javascript, build a simple REST API.
      • Go beyond AJAX and get closer to real-time using Web Sockets and socket.io.
      • Techniques for building scalable and distributed web applications.
      Paolo Fragomeni
      A photo of Paolo Fragomeni

      Paolo left MIT in 2010 to co-found Nodejitsu and then later in parallel, The Node Firm. In 2013 he founded his own company, Oqulr. He maintains many open source Node.js projects and is an actively contributing member of the leveldb community.

    • 09:0017:00

      From Spaghetti To Scalable: A JavaScript Web App Workshop - Addy Osmani

      Learn how to build highly maintainable web applications using modern JavaScript frameworks and a polished tooling workflow. Building a maintainable web app these days can be a challenging process. With over 30 frameworks available for structuring your JavaScript alone, any developer would be forgiven for feeling completely overwhelmed with where to start. This workshop will give you everything you need to take your code from spaghetti to scalable in under 8 hours. Google’s Addy Osmani will take you through how to refactor your applications so that they’re more maintainable, taking you through modern architectural design patterns, frameworks and tools that can help make writing an app a joy again.

      What you'll learn:

      • Application refactoring 101
      • Effectively selecting and using an MVC/MV* framework
      • Modern application architecture techniques
      • A better tooling workflow to help you focus less on process and more on your app
      • Building large scale applications - the how, when and whys
      Addy Osmani
      A photo of Addy Osmani

      Addy Osmani is a Developer Programs Engineer at Google, working on tools for improving how developers create applications. He's also a member of the jQuery team where he assists with documentation and our learning site project. Some of his other OS work has included contributions to Modernizr and other similar projects. Personal projects include TodoMVC, which helps developers compare JavaScript MVC frameworks and jQuery UI Bootstrap. He also wrote 'Developing Backbone.js Applications' and 'Learning JavaScript Design Patterns' and occasionally tech review books like 'JavaScript Web Applications'.

    • 09:0017:00

      Interaction Design Beyond the Wireframe - Lis Hubert

      Are you an interaction designer looking to move beyond the wireframe? Or maybe you’re a designer or developer who is trying to learn how to get more direction and insight than the simple wireframe provides? Either way this workshop is for you! In it, we will conduct and investigate design thinking that needs to happen outside of the interface to help set project direction, gain team consensus, and ensure project success.

      What you'll learn:

      • Improved and expanded designing thinking skills
      • Applicable knowledge of interaction design beyond the wireframes
      • Hands on, practical workshop
      Lis Hubert
      A photo of Lis Hubert

      As an independent consultant based in New York City, Lis helps to bring understanding to businesses of all sizes, ensuring that their products and services meet both business and user needs and making them both successful and enjoyable to use. Her consulting business has served clients such as ESPN Mobile, espnW, and ViacomMedia Networks, improving their brand and product experiences. Lis is a frequent contributor to the UX community’s knowledge and serves on the advisory board for Future Insights. In addition to the work that Lis does behind the scenes, you’ll also find her speaking and writing about her experiences in the field, in cities around the globe.

    Wednesday Conference Day 1

    • The Future of Web Design Stage

    • 09:0009:05

      Welcome to FOWA / FOWD Prague! - Davin Wilfrid

      Hello FOWD / FOWD Prague 2012! Our MC, Davin Wilfrid, takes to the stage to welcome everyone to the show :)

      Davin Wilfrid
      A photo of Davin Wilfrid

      Davin heads up our community site, Future Insights! He also graces the stage as MC at all of our events and shows...

    • 09:0509:45

      Opening Keynote: The New Wave Utility Belt - Addy Osmani

      Whether you're using JavaScript or CoffeeScript, LESS or SASS, building an awesome webapp these days usually requires a plethora of boilerplates, frameworks, tools and a lot of glue to get them to work together. In short, you need a kick-ass utility belt. From performance tuning to build tools, in this session you'll get a complete overview of the current tooling ecosystem and learn about a new tool for app developers by Google that tries to bring all of the pieces of this ecosystem together for you. It's called Yeoman and we think it's going to make your life simpler.

      Addy Osmani
      A photo of Addy Osmani

      Addy Osmani is a Developer Programs Engineer at Google, working on tools for improving how developers create applications. He's also a member of the jQuery team where he assists with documentation and our learning site project. Some of his other OS work has included contributions to Modernizr and other similar projects. Personal projects include TodoMVC, which helps developers compare JavaScript MVC frameworks and jQuery UI Bootstrap. He also wrote 'Developing Backbone.js Applications' and 'Learning JavaScript Design Patterns' and occasionally tech review books like 'JavaScript Web Applications'.

    • 09:5010:30

      More Like Print! Less Like Print! - Tim Ahrens

      The “big bang” of Web fonts in 2010 — when browsers started supporting downloadable fonts — started a revolution in web typography. Being able to choose from a wide variety of fonts has given us new forms of expression and almost closed the gap to the printed world. Now that there are no major technical challenges any more and web fonts are easy to “get to work”, it is time to raise the bar: How will, could or should web typography evolve from now? Catching up to print typography – both technologically and in sophistication – will be the next step. On the other hand, being a fundamentally different medium, the web does not have to imitate but evolve on its own.

      Tim Ahrens
      A photo of Tim Ahrens

      Tim Ahrens is a type designer based in Berlin, where he runs Just Another Foundry with Shoko Mugikura. As a former architect, he is interested in the interplay between technology and design. He develops design software such as the Font Remix Tools and Web applications such as the FontFonter. Since 2010, he has been working as a consultant for Typekit.

    • 10:3011:00
      Morning Break & Speed Networking - Grab a coffee and take a breather. There's also the opportunity to take part in our Speed Networking session - make some new contacts, fast :)
    • 11:0011:40

      Something from Nothing (Exploring Where Creative Ideas Come From) - Mike Kus

      Finding a creative starting point for any project is difficult, but sometimes that starting point can come from almost anything. In this talk Mike will explore how ideas come to life and how sometimes they come from the most unlikely places.

      Mike Kus
      A photo of Mike Kus

      Mike Kus is a super creative web designer living and working in the UK. Hugely passionate about the web but with a history in Graphic Design and Illustration for print, Mike has transferred these skills online to take a fresh approach to his web design.

    • 11:4512:25

      To Hell With jQuery: A Compherensive Guide To Performance Optimization By JavaScript Avoidance - Karolina Szczur

      Have you ever wondered why developers tend to use jQuery and other JavaScript libraries while their goals can be easily achieved in plain CSS? Both CSS3 and future CSS specifications give us endless possibilities for styling, animations and selecting objects without unnecessary DOM manipulations. A how-to for JS avoidance.

      Karolina Szczur
      A photo of Karolina Szczur

      Designer and developer, open web enthusiast and web standards aficionado. UX Designer at Nodejitsu and COO at The Node Firm. If not working, she's probably busy organizing Javascript barcamps in her hometown - Kraków or spreading the word about Node.js.

    • 12:2513:25
      Lunch Break & Extra Learning Sessions - Grab some lunch on us. We've also got extra sessions running for those of you who don't want the learning to stop...
    • 13:2513:55

      Touch Me If You Can - Jiří Karpeta

      From phones to tablets to desktops, touch is a standard interface for the web and for apps. This session will provide an overview of popular touch models today, and a closer look at the new W3C Pointer specification submitted by Microsoft. Expect to see code snippets, best practices and cool demos!

      Jiří Karpeta
      A photo of Jiří Karpeta

      I started playing with personal computers in early 80’s. I was a proud member of Sinclair ZX Spectrum camp and never shared a room with Commodore or Atari strangers. I also smuggled one of the first IBM PC-XT to the Czech Republic, those times still under communist regime, to write apps in C and Pascal. After finishing studies of Electrical Engineering at Czech Technical University I started as a developer within newly formed Czech software company and made my living out of writing relatively boring transactional systems for accounting department. After 12 years I found myself a head of division producing #3 ERP system on Czech market. Surprisingly UX played all that time key role for the success of our products and services. In 2006 I joined Microsoft and started technical evangelism across several technologies like ASP.NET, WPF, XAML, Silverlight but also Visual Studio and ALM stuff. My team is now heavily focused on Windows 8, IE10, Windows Phone and Azure platforms. And again UX plays a key role in it. I enjoy flying as you can see world from different perspective, I love playing bass in our rock band as it allows me to go wild and horse riding as it teaches me to keep my balance.

    • 14:0014:30

      An In-House Web Designer's Guide To Staying Sane (Rising Star Session) - Jack Sheppard

      The web is full of blogs, articles, tweets and all sorts of content promising a holy grail of design life. Quirky agencies and bohemian freelancers, with their red brick walled offices and artisan sandwich lunches. But does it all shape up? In this session, Jack will offer some simple, practical tips on how you can achieve creative enlightenment as part of an in-house design team. How to win arguments. And, ultimately, how to find success. All without losing your sanity.

      Jack Sheppard
      A photo of Jack Sheppard

      Based in Manchester, Jack Sheppard is a web designer, creating usable, accessible and all round engaging websites for screen and mobile. In a world where everyone’s son, daughter, niece or nephew can acquire the physical tools to build a website, he strives to be different, better - believing that there is only one way to become better and that is to learn. Learn from yourself, others, experts and idiots. Never stop learning.

    • 14:3515:15

      Simplification: Designing and Building for Mobile - Rob Borley

      Clients will often have very complex ideas in mind when they come to us. Our challenge: to take them through a process of getting to the heart of what they are trying to do, whilst stripping everything else back. With the increasing amount of work being taken on to create services and products for mobile consumption, in this session we'll look at the focus and simplicity that are required when designing and developing for these kind of services.

      Rob Borley
      A photo of Rob Borley

      Having spent 10 years as developer, project manager and consultant Rob founded Enterprise Development and Mobility company Dootrix. Together with his team down on a Hampshire farm Dootrix design and build software for global monster organisations while encouraging them to think differently about how projects are run, teams work together and how we should all do business in the 21st Century

    • 15:1515:45
      Afternoon Break & Speaker Clinics - Time to grab another coffee and take a quick break... There's also the chance to participate in our Speaker Clinics: your chance to chat to our speakers one on one.
    • 15:4516:25

      CSS3: Layouts for the Multi-Screen World - Peter Gasston

      These are the twilight days of the web on the desktop; now it's everywhere, from the palm of your hand to mounted on a wall in HD - and it's all powered by CSS. This session will look at all the ways CSS3 can be used to make your sites work on any screen of any size, and the plans to make it even more powerful in the future.

      Peter Gasston
      A photo of Peter Gasston

      Peter is a veteran web developer who now works as a technologist and front-end lead at rehabstudio on projects for clients including Google and Red Bull, and in partnership with some of the world’s biggest creative agencies. He’s the author of The Book of CSS3 and The Modern Web, and has written for Net Magazine, Smashing Magazine and A List Apart. In his spare time he ‘relaxes’ by reading voraciously, supporting Arsenal, and going on day trips to castles.

    • 16:3017:10

      Closing Keynote: How To Destroy The Web - Bruce Lawson

      The future of the Web is a dangerous Babylon: people talking to each other to do business, organise revolutions, express their feelings, meet their friends, transcend their disabilities and economically empower themselves. Obviously, this must be stopped. Bruce will show you his top tips and tricks that you can use to destroy the web.

      Bruce Lawson
      A photo of Bruce Lawson

      Bruce Lawson evangelises open Web Standards for Opera. He was previously content editor and technical lead for The Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority websites. He began converting his own site to HTML5 at Christmas 2008, and co-wrote the first book on HTML5, Introducing HTML5. He was a member of the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group at the W3C.

    • 18:3023:30
      Official FOWA / FOWD Prague Attendee Party - After a hard day of intense learning and inspiration, join us at our attendee party to let your hair down with the team, speakers and all your new friends :)
    • The Future of Web Apps Stage

    • 09:0009:05

      Welcome to FOWA / FOWD Prague! - Davin Wilfrid

      Hello FOWD / FOWD Prague 2012! Our MC, Davin Wilfrid, takes to the stage to welcome everyone to the show :)

      Davin Wilfrid
      A photo of Davin Wilfrid

      Davin heads up our community site, Future Insights! He also graces the stage as MC at all of our events and shows...

    • 09:0509:45

      Opening Keynote: The New Wave Utility Belt - Addy Osmani

      Whether you're using JavaScript or CoffeeScript, LESS or SASS, building an awesome webapp these days usually requires a plethora of boilerplates, frameworks, tools and a lot of glue to get them to work together. In short, you need a kick-ass utility belt. From performance tuning to build tools, in this session you'll get a complete overview of the current tooling ecosystem and learn about a new tool for app developers by Google that tries to bring all of the pieces of this ecosystem together for you. It's called Yeoman and we think it's going to make your life simpler.

      Addy Osmani
      A photo of Addy Osmani

      Addy Osmani is a Developer Programs Engineer at Google, working on tools for improving how developers create applications. He's also a member of the jQuery team where he assists with documentation and our learning site project. Some of his other OS work has included contributions to Modernizr and other similar projects. Personal projects include TodoMVC, which helps developers compare JavaScript MVC frameworks and jQuery UI Bootstrap. He also wrote 'Developing Backbone.js Applications' and 'Learning JavaScript Design Patterns' and occasionally tech review books like 'JavaScript Web Applications'.

    • 09:5010:30

      Sass & Compass: Untangle your Stylesheets - Roy Tomeij

      In this session, Roy will cover the rationale behind Sass, syntax, new features and best practices. Writing CSS isn't fun. Repeating the same selectors over and over, hand-crafting sprites and writing vendor prefixes make CSS the source of many headaches. Sass and Compass fix those issues and many more. This is why concepts from Sass are making their way into the W3C specifications right now. While Sass already was powerful, the soon to be released version 3.2 brings great new features. Learn that working with media queries will be more intuitive and placeholder selectors really do make for Sahara-like DRY code.

      Roy Tomeij
      A photo of Roy Tomeij

      Roy Tomeij is co-founder of Ruby consultancy 80beans in Amsterdam, where he takes care of front-end architecture using an agile approach. He loves front-end meta languages like Haml, Sass & CoffeeScript because they are DRY, produce quick results & lead to better maintainable code.

    • 10:3011:00
      Morning Break & Speed Networking - Grab a coffee and take a breather. There's also the opportunity to take part in our Speed Networking session - make some new contacts, fast :)
    • 11:0011:40

      Turning Your Side Project Into A Money Making Business - Keir Whitaker

      In September 2011 Keir and Elliot Jay Stocks formed Viewport Industries. Originally intended to be an entity to publish "Insites: The Book" it quickly morphed into a fully fledged business.

      Keir Whitaker
      A photo of Keir Whitaker

      Keir Whitaker is the co-founder of Viewport Industries - a small company dedicated to building digital and analogue products for web designers and developers. Prior to Viewport Industries Keir worked as a freelance developer, was the inaugural editor of Smashing Coding and hosted an almost award winning web design podcast. He also works closely with Shopify in the role of Design Advocate.

    • 11:4512:25

      Node.js in Production - Maciej Małecki

      In this in-depth session, Maciej Malecki of The Node Firm and Nodejitsu, will lead you through the ins and outs of awesome node.js in production: from deployment, scaling and performance analysis through to debugging and dependancy management.

      Maciej Małecki
      A photo of Maciej Małecki

      Maciej is a node.js programmer and DevOps engineer at Nodejitsu. Loves writing code, talking to thousands of servers at once. Enjoys open source movement. Contributor to many projects, including the node.js core and some high profile node modules.

    • 12:2513:25
      Lunch Break & Extra Learning Sessions - Grab some lunch on us. We've also got extra sessions running for those of you who don't want the learning to stop...
    • 13:2513:55

      Partner Session - Speaker to be announced

      FOWD Stage Session Only

    • 14:0014:30

      The Disruption Theory Applied to Web Apps (Rising Star Session) - Jan Korbel

      Have you heard about Clay Christensen's theory of disruption and / or have you read The Innovator's Dilemma / Solution by the same man? Never mind if you didn't, in the first part of this talk, Jan will quickly explain the main points of this business strategy approach. Then we will look at the implications it has for every web app and for the future of our industry.

      Jan Korbel
      A photo of Jan Korbel

      Based in Czech Republic, 33 years old, Jan did the not so unusual transformation from client web design work to building his own web app, and in 2008 he became co-founder of invoicing app Fakturoid and is in charge of UI design. Sources of inspiration: 37signals, Apple, Asymco, Clay Christensen, Daring Fireball.

    • 14:3515:15

      Augmented Reality and the Web - Philipp Nagele

      With new interfaces coming up (think of Google Glasses) service providers are facing the challenge to adapt their mobile offering to the new "screen" Augmented Reality. Web technologies are the right solution to tackle that problem. We are going to dive into creating Augmented Reality content based using standard web technologies and tools - namely HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Starting with basic interaction elements like Head-Up displays and geo-based POIs, the session will also cover interactive elements, multi-media support and marker based (image recognition) Augmented Reality. Where sensor-based and marker-based AR were seen as two separate approaches, the combination of both produces the best results in user experience. Demos and samples built using Wikitude’s ARchitect toolkit will highlight the current possibilities of modern Augmented Reality engines.

      Philipp Nagele
      A photo of Philipp Nagele

      Born in Salzburg, Philipp studied Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Applied Science in Salzburg and received his M.S. in Computer System Engineering from University of Halmstad, Sweden. Prior to joining Wikitude, Philipp worked at VeriSign Inc. and T-Mobile Austria as Product and Innovation Manager. At Wikitude he manages partner and developer relationships on a global level.

    • 15:1515:45
      Afternoon Break & Speaker Clinics - Time to grab another coffee and take a quick break... There's also the chance to participate in our Speaker Clinics: your chance to chat to our speakers one on one.
    • 15:4516:25

      Ruby: Where Are You Going? - Konstantin Haase

      A look at the past, present and future of web development in Ruby. How does Rails work internally? What is going to happen in Rails 4? What are the plans for Sinatra? Right now, there are at least two replacements for Rack in the makings. But it is the underlying technology used by Rails, Sinatra and nearly any other Ruby web framework out there. Yet, it's the framework authors pushing for the changes. So, what's wrong with Rack? And what does that mean for us as web developers? Head to this session for answers!

      Konstantin Haase
      A photo of Konstantin Haase

      As maintainer of Sinatra, Konstantin is an Open Source developer by heart. Ruby has become his language of choice since 2005. He regularly contributes to different widespread projects, like Rubinius, Rack, Rails and MRI. In 2012, Konstantin received the Ruby Hero Award for his outstanding contributions to the community. He now works full time on Open Source software at Travis CI.

    • 16:3017:10

      Closing Keynote: How To Destroy The Web - Bruce Lawson

      The future of the Web is a dangerous Babylon: people talking to each other to do business, organise revolutions, express their feelings, meet their friends, transcend their disabilities and economically empower themselves. Obviously, this must be stopped. Bruce will show you his top tips and tricks that you can use to destroy the web.

      Bruce Lawson
      A photo of Bruce Lawson

      Bruce Lawson evangelises open Web Standards for Opera. He was previously content editor and technical lead for The Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority websites. He began converting his own site to HTML5 at Christmas 2008, and co-wrote the first book on HTML5, Introducing HTML5. He was a member of the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group at the W3C.

    • 18:3023:30
      Official FOWA / FOWD Prague Attendee Party - After a hard day of intense learning and inspiration, join us at our attendee party to let your hair down with the team, speakers and all your new friends :)

    Thursday Conference Day 2

    • The Future of Web Design Stage

    • 09:0009:05

      Welcome Back! - Davin Wilfrid

      Welcome back to the final day of FOWD / FOWA Prague!

      Davin Wilfrid
      A photo of Davin Wilfrid

      Davin heads up our community site, Future Insights! He also graces the stage as MC at all of our events and shows...

    • 09:0509:45

      Opening Keynote - Responsive Design Tips and Tricks - Vitaly Friedman

      Responsive web design challenges web designers to adapt a new mindset to their design processes as well as techniques they are using in design and code. This talk provides an overview of various practical techniques, tips and tricks that you might want to be aware of when working on a new responsive design project.

      Vitaly Friedman
      A photo of Vitaly Friedman

      Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, an online magazine for professional Web designers and developers.

    • 09:5010:30

      The Future of UX: Killing the Wireframe Machine - Lis Hubert

      UX is a field that is getting really old... really fast. It came on the scene promising instances of glory and grandeur, and has instead fallen flat on its ideals and promises. Why isn’t UX bringing us the wonder that it has promised? Well, in short, it’s because it has begun to move backward in a big way. In this talk we’ll explore why and how UX is De-Evolving from a field of design thinking to a field of wireframe machines, what problems this causes our web and mobile teams, the solutions to this De-Evolution and how we get to a place where UX is delivering as it said it would. This talk is for anyone that works on products that are used by people and whom is interested in learning how UX should be integrated into their teams, for optimal results. It is a discussion not to be missed!

      Lis Hubert
      A photo of Lis Hubert

      As an independent consultant based in New York City, Lis helps to bring understanding to businesses of all sizes, ensuring that their products and services meet both business and user needs and making them both successful and enjoyable to use. Her consulting business has served clients such as ESPN Mobile, espnW, and ViacomMedia Networks, improving their brand and product experiences. Lis is a frequent contributor to the UX community’s knowledge and serves on the advisory board for Future Insights. In addition to the work that Lis does behind the scenes, you’ll also find her speaking and writing about her experiences in the field, in cities around the globe.

    • 10:3011:00
      Morning Break & Attendee Think Tank - Time for a quick break and a coffee on us. There's also the opportunity to take part in our brand new Attendee Think Tank, where we'll be debating the hottest and most contentious web topics of the day. Listen out for announcements!
    • 11:0011:30

      Who Is Left Standing When Online and Offline Worlds Collide? - Saulius Zukauskas

      Online technology is progressing fast. Online customers demand better and more useful things to be created for them faster and they get it. What about offline customers? Is there such thing as offline customers anymore? In his talk Saulius will search for the answer.

      Saulius Zukauskas
      A photo of Saulius Zukauskas

      Saulius Zukauskas is Senior Technology Evangelist at PayPal. Having been co-founder and CTO of lean startup, managed high business value technology adoption projects and built strong ecosystems around technology platforms Saulius is now Senior Technology Evangelist at PayPal Europe. Frequent speaker at technology conferences and active mentor with many tech startup incubators in Europe.

    • 11:3512:15

      The Need for S.P.E.E.D. (Losing The Project Fatigue & Bringing Back The Fun) - Matt Gifford

      The day-to-day focus for many businesses and agencies is to simply ‘get this project out’. However, constant set backs during delivery can cost unnecessary time and money, increase workplace dissatisfaction and impact overall operational effectiveness. Not cool. The sad irony is that the time and costs it would take to analyse and address these operational deficiencies is FAR LESS than the hours and resultant costs of not addressing them. Join Matt to discover how you can break out of the ‘just get it out’ mind-set, stop fighting fires and bring joy back into your working life and projects.

      Matt Gifford
      A photo of Matt Gifford

      Matt Gifford is owner and primary primate at his own development consultancy company, monkehWorks Ltd. His work primarily focuses on building mobile apps and ColdFusion development, although he's such a geek he enjoys writing in a variety of languages. He's a published author and presents at conferences and user groups on a variety of topics. As an Adobe Community Professional and Adobe User Group manager, Matt is a keen proponent for community resources and sharing knowledge. He is the author of “Object-Oriented Programming in ColdFusion" and "PhoneGap Mobile Application Development Cookbook" and also contributes articles and tutorials to international industry magazines. Matt can be reached at his site (www.monkehworks.com) or @coldfumonkeh on Twitter.

    • 12:2013:00

      Responsive Headache Relief for Android - Herve Mischler

      Android comes in a multitude of screen forms, sizes and densities which can be a real headache for many mobile app designers. To help alleviate this pain, the Android platform contains a potent cocktail of tools in the framework which are designed to provide targeted relief. In this session you will learn how to administer a swift dose of new responsive design concepts into Android applications.

      Herve Mischler
      A photo of Herve Mischler

      Based in France, Hervé Mischler is Senior Visual Designer dedicated to mobile user interfaces at SAP. He was previously Creative Director at Dailymotion, were he sharpened his design and coding skills in the context of fast-growing video platform start-up. Hervé is also co-organiser of the Paris UX Book Club.

    • 13:0014:00
      Lunch Break & Extra Learning Sessions - Grab some lunch on us. We'll also be hosting an "open mic" session for attendees, your chance to take the floor for 5 minutes to share your top tech tips and latest web discoveries.
    • 14:0014:20

      Growth: An Exploration Of Small, Big, And The Journey From Small To Big - Willy Huang

      Session description coming soon

      Willy Huang
      A photo of Willy Huang

      Willy is a Product Manager on the SkyDrive team at Microsoft, where he works with developers and startups. He's also worked in the mobile payment startup space in New York City, and studied computer science and business in school. He loves design and thinks creating awesome things is one of the most delicious activities ever.

    • 14:2514:55

      Photo UX - The most important thing that you've never thought about (Rising Star Session) - James Chudley

      Join me on my mission to improve the usability of online photos. Let’s face it, photos of women laughing while eating salad are not really helping anyone. Photos are the unsung heroes of great user experiences. A good photo can educate, persuade, entertain and instruct your users. A bad photo can confuse, frustrate, misguide and alienate them. We need to improve the quality of photos within the digital products that we design. Photos have such a huge impact upon people but are given such little thought within the design process. I think it’s about time that as a community we did something about this. In this talk I will: + Explain what photo usability is and why it is so important. + Share stories of the impact of bad photos on typical user tasks + Uncover the qualities of usable photos + Discuss ways of working that can lead to more usable photo selection

      James Chudley
      A photo of James Chudley

      James has been working in UX for 14 years for UX consultancies, full-service digital agencies, within academia and client side in the public sector. In his role as UX Director at cxpartners, James leads and consults on user centered design projects for clients such as Expedia, Aardman, Hotels.com, Lovefilm, Vodafone, Kelkoo and Experian. James co-authored "Smashing UX Design", blogs at www.photoUX.co.uk and regularly speaks at local and international events and co-founded UXBristol in 2011.

    • 15:0015:40

      Rebranding: A Second Chance to Make a First Impression - Jon Setzen

      The toughest branding exercise you’ll ever embark on is a rebrand. A rebrand is so much more than just a shiny new website. A rebrand is your brand’s chance to reassess, to start again, to reposition and redesign. It’s a chance for your brand to evolve into the thing it’s always wanted to be. In this session we’ll discuss when and why you should rebrand, the steps to get it done and how to make it successful. From visual design to client workshops, from messaging to mood boards - you’ll learn tips, techniques and the seven things every rebrand can’t live without. We’ll turn your rebrand into one of the most gratifying adventures of your career. This is a great session for any creatives working in-house, working with clients or even working on a personal rebrand.

      Jon Setzen
      A photo of Jon Setzen

      Jon Setzen is a creative director with more than 13 years experience. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his job as Creative Director at web hosting and cloud services company (mt) Media Temple, he runs the Los Angeles Chapter of CreativeMornings - a monthly design lecture series with chapters in more than 40 cities worldwide. He lectures about design and branding at conferences domestically and abroad. He most recently spoke at Future Insights Live in Las Vegas in April and Future of Web Design in London in May. Additionally, he is the co-host of a design, music and culture podcast called The Build Up.

    • 15:4016:10
      Afternoon Break & Speaker Clinics - Time to grab another coffee and take a quick break... There's also the chance to participate in our Speaker Clinics: your chance to chat to our speakers one on one.
    • 16:1016:50

      Designing For Retina Display - Femi T Adesina

      The MacBook Pro’s new high-res retina display: an exciting opportunity for beautiful web design - or a huge headache for designers trying to create web pages that live up to the new possibilities whilst still catering to users still stuck on our overheating old workhorses? In this session, we look at the transformative innovation, and what it'll mean for the future of web design.

      Femi T Adesina
      A photo of Femi T Adesina

      Described as a ‘burst of inspiration’ by .NetMagazine.com, ‘femi uses experiences gained from her time at the BBC and Stanford Research Institute, (SRi) to provide solutions across project life-cycles. She can be found pitching to clients, developing concepts, strategy, creative facilitation and implementation of solutions on multi-platforms ‘Femi can be found working as a Web and Digital Consultant focusing on design, creative ideation and strategy. She enjoys getting to meet fellow hybrids and speaking about various aspects of the web. using creative reasoning to solve current problems we encounter in our digital space. A stint at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) learning about the ‘Discipline of innovation’ encouraged her to find ways to not only express her creativity but to also encourage it others via creative facilitation. She enjoys talking to people about the web, encouraging people to embrace their creativity, finding innovative ways to provide a solution and listening to music.

    • 16:5517:35

      Closing Keynote - More CSS secrets: Another 10 things you may not know about CSS - Lea Verou

      According to .net magazine, Lea’s “CSS3 secrets: 10 things you may not know about CSS” was one of the 15 best talks of 2011. Web developers all over Europe loved it. This talk continues on the same path, with even juicier “secrets”. It will teach you how to take advantage of modern standards in unconventional ways to solve common web design challenges and in the process, it will open your mind to truly understanding how these new features work. After all, when you can “get” the unconventional, you will find that the conventional becomes trivial.

      Lea Verou
      A photo of Lea Verou

      Lea works as a Developer Advocate for W3C. She has a long-standing passion for open web standards, which she fulfills by researching new ways to use them, blogging, speaking, writing, and coding popular open source projects to help fellow developers. She is a member of the CSS Working Group, which architects the language itself. Lea studied Computer Science in Athens University of Economics and Business, where she co-organized and occasionally lectured a cutting edge Web development course for 4th year undergrads. She is one of the few misfits who love code and design equally.

    • The Future of Web Apps Stage

    • 09:0009:05

      Welcome Back! - Davin Wilfrid

      Welcome back to the final day of FOWD / FOWA Prague!

      Davin Wilfrid
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      Davin heads up our community site, Future Insights! He also graces the stage as MC at all of our events and shows...

    • 09:0509:45

      Opening Keynote - Responsive Design Tips and Tricks - Vitaly Friedman

      Responsive web design challenges web designers to adapt a new mindset to their design processes as well as techniques they are using in design and code. This talk provides an overview of various practical techniques, tips and tricks that you might want to be aware of when working on a new responsive design project.

      Vitaly Friedman
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      Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, an online magazine for professional Web designers and developers.

    • 09:5010:30

      Breaking the Big Ball of Mud: Building Better Systems - James Coglan

      Growing pains: every young company has them. It's so easy to spend your first couple of years coding as fast as possible that you let technical debt build up. You know what that looks like: the website is slow, the build takes hours, it takes forever to ship anything, and maintenance is a nightmare. The temptation to rewrite from scratch is huge. At Songkick, we've spent the past year getting ourselves out of this problem and we're now moving faster than ever before -- without a big rewrite. By breaking our monolithic Rails app into small web services, we've built a system that's more flexible, performant, and easier to develop, test and deploy. Join me to find out how we did it, and how you can avoid making the same mistakes we did.

      James Coglan
      A photo of James Coglan

      James Coglan is a developer at London live music start-up Songkick. A full-stack programmer, he hacks Ruby web services by day and open-source JavaScript by night. His recent obsessions include Faye, a pub/sub networking library for the web, and Fargo, a programming language written in JavaScript.

    • 10:3011:00
      Morning Break & Attendee Think Tank - Time for a quick break and a coffee on us. There's also the opportunity to take part in our brand new Attendee Think Tank, where we'll be debating the hottest and most contentious web topics of the day. Listen out for announcements!
    • 11:0011:30

      Who Is Left Standing When Online and Offline Worlds Collide? - Saulius Zukauskas

      Online technology is progressing fast. Online customers demand better and more useful things to be created for them faster and they get it. What about offline customers? Is there such thing as offline customers anymore? In his talk Saulius will search for the answer.

      Saulius Zukauskas
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      Saulius Zukauskas is Senior Technology Evangelist at PayPal. Having been co-founder and CTO of lean startup, managed high business value technology adoption projects and built strong ecosystems around technology platforms Saulius is now Senior Technology Evangelist at PayPal Europe. Frequent speaker at technology conferences and active mentor with many tech startup incubators in Europe.

    • 11:3512:15

      Scalability Issues: Cure First, Prevent Later - Thijs Feryn

      The "it works on my machine" mentality has resulted in numerous face palm moments. This is even more painful when a your app is under heavy load due to a marketing campaign. With some minimal code changes and some smart utilities, you can maximize your scalability and performance. Keywords: Varnish, PHP-FPM, Nginx, APC, CDN, Memcached and a proper server setup. I'll show you how you can make a slow app with a crappy code base go mighty fast on one and even multiple servers. The focus of this talk is to cure first and eventually learn and prevent.

      Thijs Feryn
      A photo of Thijs Feryn

      Thijs is an evangelist at Combell, the top Belgian hoster. As an evangelist he supports communities and has a particular love for the PHP community. He loves code and infrastructure, but mainly focusses on the gap in between. Thijs is also board member of the PHPBenelux user group and organizes the PHPBenelux Conference in January.

    • 12:2013:00

      The only PHP framework you'll need: Symfony2 - Juozas Kaziukėnas

      If you don't know what Symfony2 is, you *have* to come, you can even ignore the remainder of this abstract. On the other hand, you might have heard of this new framework called Symfony2, but never got a chance to use it. This talk goes through the main futures and benefits of Symfony2 framework and most importantly tries to apply them to practical use cases and how those would be solved. In the end, you'll leave with a better understanding of why this framework (arguably) currently has the fastest growing user base and very likely you'll join it too.

      Juozas Kaziukėnas
      A photo of Juozas Kaziukėnas

      Juozas, or as everyone calls him Joe, is an experienced and talented (some say) young professional, entrepreneur and evangelist. Focusing on bringing IT solutions to non-technical businesses, like retail, he works on optimizing their processeses and using cutting-edge research to solve hard problems and grow sales. When not working, Joe finds time to contribute to open-source projects and movements to improve interoperability and platform independence. His hands-on practice with collection of different technologies, programming languages and environments allows him to deliver unbiased and practical presentations in all kind of different topics.

    • 13:0014:00
      Lunch Break & Extra Learning Sessions - Grab some lunch on us. We'll also be hosting an "open mic" session for attendees, your chance to take the floor for 5 minutes to share your top tech tips and latest web discoveries.
    • 14:0014:20

      Growth: An Exploration Of Small, Big, And The Journey From Small To Big - Willy Huang

      Session description coming soon

      Willy Huang
      A photo of Willy Huang

      Willy is a Product Manager on the SkyDrive team at Microsoft, where he works with developers and startups. He's also worked in the mobile payment startup space in New York City, and studied computer science and business in school. He loves design and thinks creating awesome things is one of the most delicious activities ever.

    • 14:2514:55

      Foundations For Sustainable Multi-Device HTML5 Services (Rising Star Session) - Pyry Lehdonvirta

      HTML5 flushed Flash and makes native apps redundant. HTML5 kills all ecosystems, unites the software world and dawns the Internet of Things. Pretty much for a pure mark-up language, eh? Also it won't be ready until 2014 yet it's already Mark Zuckerberg's biggest mistake. Can someone please make some sense here? Yes. Pyry Lehdonvirta will. This session will explain why HTML5 deserves all the hype it gets and how it's already reality. The session will kill many misconceptions around HTML5, discuss why HTML5 is required for the multi-screen world and furthermore describe what are the technical foundations for universal HTML5 services. The significant difference between HTML5 service architecture and traditional online service architecture will be explained. Warning: the session will not cover HTML5 as you know it (i.e. the HTML5 standard) at all.

      Pyry Lehdonvirta
      A photo of Pyry Lehdonvirta

      Pyry Lehdonvirta is waist deep in the multi-screen world evangelising HTML5 and counting hours for the Internet of Things to happen. He is CEO of SC5, a 50 person strong HTML5 development agency. He has technical foundations himself, M.Sc in CS and 7 years as a professional web developer. However since 2006 he's been connecting dots as an entrepreneur looking at the table from all possible directions, also designing, producing and building teams. Currently hot topics for Pyry are applying responsive design in applications, contextual services and the emerging operating systems, Tizen and Firefox OS.

    • 15:0015:40

      Javascript and HTML(5) Optimisation with ascii.io player: A Case Study - Marcin Kulik

      A journey through Javascript and HTML(5) optimizations by example of ascii.io web based terminal session player. When we talk about animations on HTML pages we usually mean one-shot CSS transitions or jQuery based DOM manipulations that move elements around. There are cases however, where the page is not the subject but only the medium for a highly dynamic content element which is the real subject. HTML5 games or painting apps are good examples. If you join me I'll show you actual, real-life usage of modern browser technologies like Canvas, requestAnimationFrame or WebWorkers that made ascii.io player fast and responsive. You'll learn techniques that will make highly dynamic elements on your own sites smooth and sleek.

      Marcin Kulik
      A photo of Marcin Kulik

      Marcin is a senior engineer at Lunar Logic, largest and most experienced agile development team in Poland. He is active Ruby community member and open source contributor. There's a chance you have used one of many of his projects and you might have seen him speaking at EuRuKo and RubyShift conferences as well as at Krakow's Ruby User Group meetings.

    • 15:4016:10
      Afternoon Break & Speaker Clinics - Time to grab another coffee and take a quick break... There's also the chance to participate in our Speaker Clinics: your chance to chat to our speakers one on one.
    • 16:1016:50

      Getting better: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone as an Interface Developer - Linda Sandvik

      How do we become better interface developers? How do we find better problems to solve? The most interesting work lies outside of your comfort zone. So how can you get there? This is a sort of crash course in stepping out of your comfort zone, trying new things, learning to learn and creating your own luck. How do we become more creative? How should we do research & development? To be innovative, we must create a culture that tolerates failure. But who wants to fail? And certainly not admit to it. I want to share with you some of my failures, and what I learnt from them. We're taught to do things the right way. But to discover something that other people haven't, one sometimes need to do things the wrong way.

      Linda Sandvik
      A photo of Linda Sandvik

      Linda Sandvik is a wannabe MacGyver. Developer by day, hacker by night. Co-founder of Code Club. Part-time adventurer. She likes Tesla, bots, blimps & beams. She would love you to vote for her to go to Space! http://bit.ly/YxARJY

    • 16:5517:35

      Closing Keynote - More CSS secrets: Another 10 things you may not know about CSS - Lea Verou

      According to .net magazine, Lea’s “CSS3 secrets: 10 things you may not know about CSS” was one of the 15 best talks of 2011. Web developers all over Europe loved it. This talk continues on the same path, with even juicier “secrets”. It will teach you how to take advantage of modern standards in unconventional ways to solve common web design challenges and in the process, it will open your mind to truly understanding how these new features work. After all, when you can “get” the unconventional, you will find that the conventional becomes trivial.

      Lea Verou
      A photo of Lea Verou

      Lea works as a Developer Advocate for W3C. She has a long-standing passion for open web standards, which she fulfills by researching new ways to use them, blogging, speaking, writing, and coding popular open source projects to help fellow developers. She is a member of the CSS Working Group, which architects the language itself. Lea studied Computer Science in Athens University of Economics and Business, where she co-organized and occasionally lectured a cutting edge Web development course for 4th year undergrads. She is one of the few misfits who love code and design equally.

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