• Morning
    9:30 - 9:50
    9:50 - 10:00
    10:00 - 10:25
    Being grown-up doesn't have to be boring

    Being grown-up doesn't have to be boring

    Just because you're all grown-up doesn't mean you can't still have fun. Seb is on hand to show you that there are plenty of ways you can bring creativity and a sense of fun to your work with computers.

    About Seb

    Seb Lee-Delisle is a digital artist and speaker who uses computers to engage with people and inspire them.

    As an artist, he likes to make interesting things from code that encourage interaction and playfulness from the public. Notable projects include Lunar Trails, featuring a 3m wide drawing machine, and PixelPyros, the Arts Council funded digital fireworks display that toured nationwide in 2013.

    As a speaker he demystifies programming and explores its artistic possibilities. His presentations and workshops enable artists to overcome their fear of code and encourage programmers of all backgrounds to be more creative and imaginative.

    He won 3 Microsoft Critter awards in 2013, including Web Personality of the Year and Voice of the Year (best presenter) and he was Technical Director on Big and Small, the BBC project that won a BAFTA in 2009. Notable clients include BBC, Lego, Sony, Microsoft, Google, MLB, Nickelodeon, Philips, and Unilever.

    10:30 - 10:55
    Accessibility and how to get the most from your screenreader

    Accessibility and how to get the most from your screenreader

    Let's talk about how to make your single page JavaScript app accessible to as many people as possible. We will cover the tools that you have available to you today to ensure that you are doing the best job possible. I will show how checking your accessibility isn't as scary as you first thought and give you some practical tips and tools you can use to improve your sites today.

    About Edd

    Edd has spent the last three years working as a Developer for the Government Digital Service. In that time he's helped architect and develop large parts of the front-end on the award winning GOV.UK. Working for the Government he's tried hard to create a site which is both simple to use and accessible to as many people as possible.

    11:00 - 11:30
    11:30 - 11:55
    Learn. Reflect. Repeat - How we run internal hackdays and other events

    Learn. Reflect. Repeat - How We Run Internal Hackdays and Other Events

    As developers, we’re constantly learning: whether it’s figuring out how to solve new problems and bugs, or focusing on new skills and knowledge to apply to our work. At FutureLearn, we reflect our company mission of providing the best learning experiences to everyone, within the way we work as well. We have a culture of learning and supporting each other, encouraging everyone to pursue the skills they want to have. This talk will help you make learning a more integral part of your processes, and explain how to run internal events, like hackdays and lightning talks, to support this.

    About Melinda

    Melinda is a Ruby developer at FutureLearn, a social learning platform. She loves attending BarCamps, Hackdays and other tech meet ups, and since 2009 has been organising them at Geeks of London. She also writes at MissGeeky, a blog about all things geeky and girly.

    12:00 - 12:25
    Another billion browsers and internet of things

    Another billion browsers and Internet of Things

    We have made a long journey with mobile internet and web. From failings of WAP, through mobile web to where we are today. Smart-phones are running similar(if not the same) version of desktop browsers. Will we repeat the same mistakes? Many IoT devices will run a dedicated embedded OS, however web is likely to be one of the platforms. Samsung's Gear 2 smart-watch is powered by webkit, and that's its 'native' dev platform. What do we have to do to make this happen? WebKit needs more widely available 'embedded' port, e.g for Raspberry Pi to start with better OOM handling and memory management. And web developers need to play their role as well, not to repeat mistakes with mobile web.
    12:30 - 12:55
    Mind the gap

    Mind the gap

    There are a lot of gaps in our world of web development and IT. Education gaps about bleeding edge. Information gaps about state of technology. Gaps in memory about solutions of the past. Information gaps about what browser makers are up to and what developers need. Gaps about what developers want and what the web needs. Gaps in diversity and the issues that brings to our communication and information materials.

    In this talk you'll learn how to fill these gaps and what to do to educate people to avoid them growing bigger until we fall off the deep end.

    About Chris

    Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first web site from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international web sites. He then spent a few years in Yahoo building products and explaining and training people including Yahoo Answers, Search, Local and Maps. He then worked at Mozilla moving HTML5 support forward and advocating Firefox OS as an open alternative to closed mobile systems. Chris wrote two and contributed to eight books on web development and wrote many articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashing Magazine, Yahoo, Mozilla, ScriptJunkie and many more. He also wrote the Developer Evangelism Handbook in use in many companies to coach evangelists. He is currently working with the Microsoft Edge team as a Program Manager for Developer Outreach.

  • Afternoon
    13:00 - 14:00
    14:00 - 14:25
    Ensuring a performant web for the next billion people

    Ensuring a Performant Web for the Next Billion People

    It's important to look beyond the West and see what the rest of the world is doing. How can we help our customers/ organisations ensure their web sites can be seen by the billions of people coming online, and how can we ensure that we don't get a web for the haves and a web for the have-nots?

    - Where will your next customers come from?
    - Why do the next billion matter, and where do they come from?
    - What devices do they use?
    - What challenges do they face? Devices, network etc.
    - What is coming in web standards to ameliorate some of these?
    - What can browsers do to help – and how do proxy browsers work?
    - How can web developers ensure their sites work properly with proxy browsers?

    About Bruce

    Bruce evangelises open standards for Opera. He co-authored Introducing HTML5, was on the Web Standards Project's Accessibility Task Force and the W3C Mobile Best Practices Working Group. He blogs at and tweets at @brucel. He's mostly famous for his fashion blog

    14:30 - 14:55
    From pages to patterns: how pattern libraries are changing the face of the web

    From Pages to Patterns: How Pattern Libraries are Changing the Face of the Web

    "The battle between designer and developer has often been written about. An oversimplified conclusion to these posts would be to empathise and learn the basics of the other’s craft. This is great advice but not very practical.

    Pattern Libraries (or style guides) not only help the developer implement the designer’s work more easily, they also force the designer to think about how their work is going to be used in the web.

    Pattern Libraries could very well be the end of the war between the two disciplines. This talk will outline not only the why of the Pattern Library but also (and crucially) the how."

    About Laura

    Laura is a UI/UX designer who works with developers to make their websites look as good as the code behind them. She also runs Design Academy ( which aims to help developers conquer their fear of design.

    15:00 - 15:25
    Best viewed with...

    Best viewed with...

    Are we doomed to see history repeat itself? With the amount of client-side MVC frameworks and the upcoming implementation of the ES2015 syntax, will we soon be seeing a repeat of the “browser wars”. Will more websites only work in a select number of browsers with the capabilities to run their code?

    Are we breaking the inherent robustness of the web? The main facets that effect everything on the web: performance, accessibility, interaction. What are these new tools serving most?

    My aim is to take a look at the current state of the web and whether progressive enhancement is still plausible. Instead looking at what new tools can offer. Do some of these new frameworks start to redress the balance and serve all facets of the web.

    I’ll be covering:

    • What progressive enhancement is and whether it is still important
    • What new JavaScript frameworks are offering
    • The broader picture of progressive enhancement and what that means for performance and accessibility
    • An introduction to service worker and what that means to progressive enhancement and performance

    About Adam

    Adam is developer/designer at dxw in London, where he focuses on building exemplary web experiences for a variety of public sector services. He has a keen interest in new front-end technologies and tools, with the aim of improving the front-end workflow and bringing consistency to teams of developers. Adam is also co-creator of 12 Devs, takes an active interested in the shape of education in the industry and author of the book Pro WordPress Theme Development.

    15:30 - 16:00
    16:00 - 16:25
    Animation performance on the web

    Animation Performance on the Web

    Once you've got the fastest loading site on the web it's important to not stop there. Your site should remain performant and responsive through out the user's experience. This talk covers what is important to maintaining a 'Jank'-free 60fps experience.

    About Ada

    Ada is a Developer for FTLabs specialising in browser frontend and rendering performance. Currently based out of San Francisco and London.

    Phil Nash
    16:30 - 16:55
    The web is getting pushy

    The web is getting pushy

    The battle between native and web rages on. The browsers are fighting hard to tear down the benefits that native developers have relied on since the inception of mobile platforms. Geolocation, sorted. Accelerometer, done. Performance, we'll come back to that. But one of the greatest draws for native developers has been push notifications, for the web, email alerts just don't cut it.

    But now, new in browsers for 2015, is the Service Worker. Born out of the struggle to make the Appcache work for offline capable sites it has also brought the advent of push notifications to the web. Through building up an example application live we will see how to implement the Service Worker to enhance the online experience with push notifications.

    The battle may continue, but the web is definitely pushing back.

    About Phil

    I've been in the industry since 2007. I decided that the web was the industry I wanted to get into, particularly front end, when I found myself re-writing the website for my band instead of revising for my computer science finals at university. I really enjoy the whole development community, I go to sooo many meetups including LWS of course, and that's what lead to me being a developer evangelist. I like beer (I think most of the London community know this), my Untappd profile lists me as having tried more than 1200 unique beers. So I really like beer! Uh...

    17:00 - 'til late
    Drinks and food at The Square Pig & Pen

About us

Who are London Web Standards?

London Web Standards brings together web professionals who are working for a better web. Our monthly meetups provide them with an opportunity to teach, inspire, learn, network and debate. Each meetup features a speaker drawn from our membership or the wider standards community. The talks cover a range of topics including HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3, accessibility, web fonts, UX and front-end performance.

About State of The Browser

In 2011 London Web Standards organised a one-day conference focusing on the ‘State of the Browser’, at Ravensbourne. This was attended by 140 web professionals. The conference was streamed live over the internet and at its peak was watched by over 200 people. State of the Browser (SOTB) was then repeated in 2012 and 2013, with 175 delegates. In 2014 we moved to Conway Hall in Red Lion Square in central London and SotB was attended by almost 400 people.


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