Harsh Sinha is VP of Engineering at TransferWise, the international money transfer platform. Prior to TransferWise he was Director of Product at PayPal, leading the product strategy and development of PayPal's mobile apps and mobile SDKs enabling third parties to build mobile wallet experiences using PayPal's platform. Harsh also led eBay's Local initiatives as Director of Engineering where he owned the vision and development of eBay's Click & Collect platform globally and launched eBay's same day delivery service. Harsh is an advisor to and an investor in early stage start ups.
Topic: Scaling a Global Product Via Full Stack Product Thinking
Harsh will share his learnings from building and scaling products worldwide. He will talk about how he realized product focused engineering teams are a unique competitive advantage and how global products need the local flavor to succeed.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Liana's desire to connect with people around the world has since brought her to live and work in Phoenix, Beijing, Taipei, and Jakarta. She now works as a full-stack software developer at Prezi's Budapest office. In addition to her technical disposition, Liana has recurring interests in 2D and 3D visual art, music, dance, foreign language, and international culture.
Topic: Cross-functional collaboration - Delivering a feature from conception to deployment
At Prezi we have product teams that include one product owner, one designer, one UX researcher, one data analyst, and several engineers. I will share how we align our tasks and what tools we use to deliver new value to our users every week.
Senior Developer Advocate at Braintree, event organiser at Geeks of London. Board certified geek. Loves to code in Ruby, Rails & JS. Appreciates web standards, continuous integration, distributed version control systems, test driven development, and coffee.
Topic: This strange planet earth: Payments are cultural
Did you know that almost nobody pays with a credit card in Germany? They don't even own one. Did you realise that one of the latest innovations in Russia is a way to get cash easier? And the cash comes out of slot machines! Do you know what countries have their own cryptocurrencies? And how much do they contribute to their GDP? In this exhilarating talk Cristiano Betta, Senior Developer Advocate at PayPal/Braintree takes us on a whirlwind tour of this strange planet we call earth. With 7 billion people we’ve come close to developing a similar amount of ways to pay each other based on our cultural, historical and sometimes comical preferences
Silke Van den Broeck
Designer and developer of the mobile web, Silke is part of the development team at neoScores, the new iTunes for sheet music. She has a thing for music, photography, reading and yoga, and spends her free time as a jazz, pop, and rock vocalist.
Topic: Modular development, the neoScores way
Take a dive into some of the problems the neoScores dev team ran into while building an offline first, modular web application, and get inspired by their solutions.
Nilan Peiris is VP Growth at TransferWise, the international money transfer platform. Prior to TransferWise, Nilan was VP Growth at HouseTrip, scaling the company to become the leading European market for holiday rentals. He’s also worked as Chief Marketing Technology Officer at Holiday Extras, where he was responsible for all areas of technology, marketing and customer acquisition. Nilan also advises a number of early stage startups on growth and getting to traction.
Topic: Growth at TransferWise or How to Grow Without Spending a Ton on Marketing
Nilan will talk about how evangelism can be the biggest driver of growth and how running an organization of autonomous independent teams has enabled to scale TransferWise at supersonic speeds.
Varya Stepanova is a front end developer originally from the North of Russia currently based in Helsinki, Finland. She mostly specialises in open source tools, UI components and libraries as well as in automation the development processes, frequently speaks at meetups and conferences and authors frontend articles. Currently, in Helsinki-based company “SC5 Online” Varya takes part in developing the style guide generators and other development tools as well as introduces and supports the style-guide-driven process and component-focused development in a big Finnish telecommunication company Elisa. She has also a huge BEM experience behind, thanks to her years in Russian search giant Yandex.
Topic: Driving the Style Guide Driven Development
Living style guides as a representation of UI are very popular in modern frontend development. And the next step further is a style-guide-driven development of UI components which means that your living UI book becomes your development playground. In such a process we developers change our mindsets from developing web as pages towards developing systems built of independent components. With this talk I am going to share experience of SC5 Online on this style-guide-driven way which we got with our own open source style guide generator.
Julie is a freelance developer and consultant, working with companies to apply responsive design and best practices to their websites and email communications. She specializes in developing frontend architectures and reusable components for Email. She is also author of Antwort, a popular open-source responsive Email template. She is also co-founder of Refresh Munich, a community for web designers and developers and co-organizes the UX Munich conference. When not coding, Julie is also an avid climber and barefoot runner.
Topic: Mastering E-Mail & the Internet's Cockroach
E-Mail persists after many decades and will continue to survive Chat, Skype, etc. - just as roaches have survived the atomic bomb. Despite being a pest, E-Mail is also an effective marketing channel and the most personal communication you have with your users and customers.
You've survived Gmail's spam filter. Now let's make sure you also survive mobile devices with responsive E-Mail HTML. It's not as difficult as you think. Let's examine how developers have solved common problems with tried and true techniques for designing and developing bulletproof E-Mails.
Ben is a Rails and Android Developer with a secret taste for Devops. He recently co-founded Make It With Code, an online platform to teach professionals in none technical roles to use Ruby in their day to day work. He's the author of "Reliably Deploying Rails Applications" and has spoken at Railsconf on both web application deployment and Docker integration. A Travel & Co-working addict he likes to try and write code from a different country every month.
Topic: What I got wrong when someone asked me to deploy a WebApp
"Could you just setup a server for that." It's only a matter of time before any developer, front end or back end hears those words. It's actually a lot easier than it sounds but most people make the same few mistakes. Learn what these mistakes are and how to avoid them.
As the Lead Designer at Fraktal, Tajo pushes pixels, yells at clients, then makes up with them again and somehow creates awesome award-winning designs along the way. He also can't shut up about that one time he was a DJ and had a cool party for a few years. Now he collects other DJs' annual mixtapes on This Mixtape Is So.... Which is not nearly as cool as the DJ thing but way cooler than web design.
Topic: Bad Boys of Design
You've all heard the age-old mantra of "Good design saves the world". I'll show you how that hippy talk will get you nowhere and how to lie, cheat and steal your way to the top. With the help of dark patterns, deceptive design and other deliciously evil tricks.