Edge Conference


  • Registration and breakfast

    Doors open to all participants at 9am. Arrive early to snaffle some breakfast and grab a great seat.

  • Welcome

    An introduction to the unique format of Edge, and how you can participate throughout the day.

  • Responsive images

    There’s little doubt that images are one of the biggest performance bottlenecks and design headaches in responsive web design, but precious little agreement on what to do about it. We have at least three distinct proposals, along with numerous workarounds and polyfill libraries. With real solutions about to become reality, it’s time to make sure we have the best practices right.

    • Marcos Caceres Marcos Caceres Mozilla Mod
      Edits the W3C's Manifest spec, which aims to enable installable apps on the platform. Hacks on Gecko for Mozilla.

    • Peter Miller Peter Miller Condé Nast
      Directs the development of image-focused and responsive editorial sites, and tools for picture editors, at Condé Nast in the UK.

    • Ann Robson Ann Robson Yammer
      Enjoys working on Yammer’s large and complex front end web application. Passionate about image formats and web performance

    • Estelle Weyl Estelle Weyl Standardista
      Frontend developer, blogger, trainer and author. Created the Clown Car responsive images technique.

    • Yoav Weiss Yoav Weiss Akamai
      Web perf freak. Implements responsive images in Blink & WebKit. Blogs about image compression, among other things.

    • John Mellor John Mellor Google
      Chrome engineer, focused on mobile viewports & zooms. Developed Text Autosizing. Pushing for simpler and smarter responsive image techniques.

  • Rendering performance

    ‘As slick as native’ is a common boast for HTML5 developers. Web developers are not used to dealing in frame rates and memory consumption, but increasingly they need to. If UX is king, the web can only win when rendering is easier. We need great tools, skilled developers that know how to use them, and improvements in the platform to make the task easier in the first place. This session will address the challenges of rendering interfaces in a performant way in the browser.

    • Andre Behrens Andre Behrens New York Times Mod
      Created the Times Skimmer and NYT Chrome App. Instrumental in the use of web fonts, internal APIs and socket based delivery pipeline at the Times.

    • Eli Fidler Eli Fidler BlackBerry
      Does Web technology at BlackBerry, working on the BlackBerry Browser, WebWorks, and cross-platform mobile Web apps

    • Ariya Hidayat Ariya Hidayat Shape Security
      Loves to study browser rendering. Contributor to WebKit, currently promoting better understanding of browser internals to front-end developers.

    • Jonathan Klein Jonathan Klein Etsy
      Performance Engineer at Etsy, Boston Web Performance Meetup organizer. Contributor to CSS lint and JShint

    • Joshua Peek Joshua Peek GitHub
      Front-end developer at GitHub. Contributor to Bower, and maintainer of Sprockets, the Ruby on Rails Asset pipeline tool.

  • Break

    Grab a coffee and recharge for the next session.

  • Third party scripts

    “Copy this piece of JavaScript” is all too common a refrain among services designed to make developers’ lives easier. Sites that load resources from 30 different hosts are not uncommon. Third party scripts can make it easy to implement good quality solutions for common use cases, but often at the expense of page load performance and security. How should technologies like seamless IFRAMEs, Web components and Content security policy shape the way we deal with third party components?

  • Lunch

  • Real time data

    Websockets have now been with us for several years and enjoy near universal support. WebRTC is just starting out. Chat, live blogging, telemetry/dashboards, remote assist and video conferencing are all proven and popular use cases for real time data. Developers are becoming increasingly comfortable integrating real time elements into new projects, but problems remain with the complexity of scaling a real-time backend, as well as implementing APIs that are practical and useful.

  • Offline

    Web applications that work offline are still clearly in demand, but the standards lack support for even fairly basic use cases, and encourage developers to break fundamental navigation models of the web. There are two competing (or perhaps complementary), proposals to improve the situation, but it’ll be a long slog. In the meantime, workarounds remain some of the most hackish in the web world. Are there any workable solutions to 'adding' offline to an existing site? What patterns allow offline to be used today while remaining open to replacement solutions in the future?

    • Jake Archibald Jake Archibald Google Mod
      Works with the Chrome team on dev tools, standards and recently requestAutoComplete and ServiceWorker.

    • Craig Cavalier Craig Cavalier LiquidFrameworks
      Developer at LiquidFrameworks creating offline web applications for field engineers, focusing on synchronization of business data.

    • Calvin Spealman Calvin Spealman Caktus Group
      Works for Caktus Consulting on frontend performance, researching the possibilities offline apps and client-storage bring.

    • Matt Andrews Matt Andrews Financial Times
      Developer on the FT and Economist web apps that support seven different installation mechanisms, recently preparing them for ServiceWorker.

    • Alex Russell Alex Russell Google
      Works on Chrome, Installable Web Apps, Service Workers, Web Components, JavaScript. Member of W3C TAG and ECMA TC39. Feels your pain.

  • Break

  • Legacy clients

    “This site is best viewed in...” is a thing of the past, but we’re now largely replacing it with requirements for recent versions of modern browsers, and a fast, always on, unmetered internet connection. Developers may feel that they can’t justify the time required to provide a useable experience for IE6 and its ilk, given the vanishingly small user population, but as the bar will inevitably keep moving higher, let’s work out a best practice for this today.

    • Paul Irish Paul Irish Google Mod
      Advocate for Chrome DevTools. Champion of front-end developer productivity.

    • Tom Maslen Tom Maslen BBC
      Tech Lead for BBC News Visual Journalism, blogs about responsive web design in news.

    • Edd Sowden Edd Sowden Government Digital Service
      Front end developer on gov.uk, helps write guidance for UK government departments on subjects such as browser support and testing.

    • Shwetank Dixit Shwetank Dixit Opera
      Web evangelist promoting open web standards and the mobile web for social development. Member of W3C MW4D IG.

    • Tomomi Imura Tomomi Imura Nokia
      Open Web evangelist at Nokia. Peviously Palm webOS, Yahoo! Mobile etc. Loves mobile.

  • Payments

    Bitcoin, Payswarm, Paymill & Stripe, Gocardless, operator billing - there are no shortage of attempts to make payments on the web easier, simpler and cheaper. But payments remain dominated by cumbersome credit card systems and proprietary walled garden systems like App Store billing. Meanwhile, content producers worldwide are struggling to ‘monetise content’. How will we pay for content online in 5 years time, and how should we prepare the technology today to support that?

    • Natasha Rooney Natasha Rooney GSMA Mod
      Co-Chair of the Web and Mobile Interest Group at W3C and Web Technologist at the global telecoms association, the GSMA.

    • Kumar McMillan Kumar McMillan Mozilla
      Works on Firefox OS, particularly Firefox Marketplace and its payment system for app purchases and in-app payments.

    • Manu Sporny Manu Sporny Digital Bazaar / W3C
      W3C & IETF, currenty leading Web Payments, PaySwarm, JSON-LD, and RDFa initiatives. Founder/CEO of Digital Bazaar.

    • Cyndy Lobb Cyndy Lobb Google
      Product Manager for Google Wallet working with the Chrome team on requestAutocomplete and Google Wallet integration.

    • Ricardo Varela Ricardo Varela Telefonica
      Head of BlueVia Charge to Mobile, previously product director, WAC Network APIs.

    • Rob Grimshaw Rob Grimshaw Financial Times
      MD of FT.com, responsible for the digital business of the FT. Known for FT's pioneering payment model and decision to develop the FT web app.

  • Closing remarks and thanks

  • Dinner

  • After party at The Park NYC

    Enjoy the sunset and direct views of the High Line from The Park, all courtesy of our friends at Facebook. Drinks, networking and making merry all round, hosted by the world's largest social network, in a spectacular setting a short walk from the Google office. Need we say more? See you there.