Open Web Camp

The Bay Area's (Almost) Free Web Developer Conference

This Years Speakers

Joining us for Open Web Camp VII

Once again this year, we’ve assembled an amazing line-up of world-class speakers, who have all generously volunteered their time and expertise to come and share with you.

Christian Heilmann

Photo: Christian Heilmann Currently HTML5/Open Web Evangelist at Microsoft, 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.

Marcy Sutton

Photo: Marcy Sutton Marcy Sutton is an Accessibility Engineer at Adobe and Angular core team member. She is a primary contributor to ngAria, Angular’s accessibility module, as well as the author of a new accessibility plug-in for Protractor, the end-to-end testing framework.
In her spare time, she co-organizes the Seattle chapter of Girl Develop It. Recently Marcy launched Accessibility Wins, a Tumblr highlighting successes in web accessibility. She loves riding bicycles and throwing the frisbee for her dog, Wally.

Dirk Ginader

Photo: Dirk Ginader Dirk is currently a Senior User Experience Prototyper at Google, where he works on the Analytics Team.
In his spare time he is developing, speaking and (rarely) blogging about open source accessible JavaScript and web development in general.

Estelle Weyl

Photo: Estelle Weyl With over 15 years of web development experience, Estelle shares esoteric tidbits learned while programming in her blog at Her tutorials are available at She is the author of Mobile HTML5 (O’Reilly, Nov. 2014), and co-author of HTML5 and CSS3 for the Real World (Sitepoint, May 2015) and CSS: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly, late 2015).

Alice Boxhall

Photo: Alice Boxhall

Alice Boxhall is a software engineer working on accessibility features for Chrome, and the creator of the Accessibility Developer Tools extension and library.

Chaals McCathie Nevile

Photo: Chaals McCathieNevile ‘Chaals’ McCathieNevile is a web technology expert interested in Applications, Accessibility, and what ubiquitous Web technology can do for the world and for individuals. Working at Yandex since August 2012, he spent 7 years leading standards work at Norwegian browser-maker Opera Software after 6 years on the staff of W3C, in an IT career that stretches back to the early 1980s.

Léonie Watson

Photo: Leonie Watson Léonie Watson (AKA Tink) began using the internet in 1993, turned it into a web design career in 1997, and (despite losing her eyesight along the way) has been enjoying herself thoroughly ever since.
In her spare time Léonie blogs on Tink.UK, talks on the AccessTalk podcast, and loves cooking, dancing and drinking tequila (although not necessarily in that order).

Ricardo Baeza-Yates

Photo: Ricardo Baeza-YatesRicardo Baeza-Yates is VP of Research for Yahoo Labs leading teams in United States, Europe and Latin America since 2006 and based in Sunnyvale, California, since August 2014. During this time he has lead the labs in Barcelona and Santiago de Chile. Between 2008 and 2012 he also oversaw the Haifa lab.

Katie Haritos-Shea

Photo: Katie Haritos-Shea Katie is fascinated with science and emerging technologies with their potential to improve the lives of all, particularly person with disabilities, the under-served, and the elderly.
Currently she is Senior Accessibility SME and Standards QA Architect at JP Morgan Chase where she is helping to stand up an enterprise Accessibility QA Program. As a SME in US Section 508 and international IT/ICT accessibility standards, she is actively involved in W3C technical standard working groups as an Invited Expert since 2000 (WCAG, Web Payments, Privacy).

Matt May

Photo: Matt MayMatt May is Adobe’s Accessibility Evangelist. His work includes providing guidance on accessibility-related subjects to Adobe’s product teams, as well as advocating principles of accessibility and universal design to the public at large. He lives in Seattle. Yes, it rains as much as you think it does.

Wendy Chisholm

Photo: Wendy Chisholm Wendy Chisholm is an author, activist and accessibility strategist for Microsoft. She co-wrote “Universal Design for Web Applications” with Matt May (O’Reilly, 2008) and edited Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 and 2.0–the basis of most web accessibility policies. She has appeared as Wonder Woman in a web comic with the other HTML5 Super Friends and according to some, she is The Keeper of the Pixie Dust.

Matt Harris

Photo: Matt Harris

A little over 62 gigajiffies ago, themattharris became a presence on terra-firma. After a misadventure with the Calvario Spell, he became a master in the casting of Aparecium and is now studying for his Owls. He is one of two protectors of the theminileo.

For the last 5 years, he has been splitting gems and forging their remnants into coffee based presences.

Cindy Li

Photo: Cindy Li Mobile designer based in San Francisco.
Flickr Alumni. New mom.
Cindy’s previous design experience ranges from typesetting the 1996 Atlanta Olympics wall and working on Internet television for AOLTV, to designing mobile products for Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, and Flickr. She also graciously developed the Open Web Camp logo for us in 2009.

Doug Schepers

Photo: Doug Shepers Doug Schepers works for W3C doing technical specifications, helping lead working groups, managing developer relations, and prototyping features in JavaScript. He is staff contact for the SVG, Web Annotation, Pointer Events, and Audio Working Groups, and has a passion for helping add missing features to the Web platform. He’s especially interested in SVG accessibility, which he’s been doing since 2004.

Benoit Marchant

Photo: Benoit Marchand Benoit Marchant is the CEO and Founder of Montage Studio He is an experienced software engineer who has been bringing native-class user experience to web applications at both Apple and Motorola. Inspired by the design and philosophy of native platforms, Benoit and his team paired the sophisticated open-source MontageJS HTML5 Framework with a cloud-based interactive authoring environment. This true web-native universal SDK enables web designers and developers to craft HTML5 experiences that seamlessly blend 2D and 3D content and exceed user expectations.

Kevin Nilson

Photo: Kevin Nilson Kevin works at Google as the the team lead of the Chromecast Technical Solutions Engineer team. Kevin is a Java Champion and three time JavaOne Rock Star. Kevin has spoken at conferences such as JavaOne, Devoxx, O’Reilly Fluent, NFJS SpringOne, JAX, Silicon Valley Code Camp, HTML5DevConf, On Android and AjaxWorld.
Kevin is the leader of the Silicon Valley Java User Group, Silicon Valley Google Developer Group, Silicon Valley JavaScript Meetup and Devoxx4Kids Bay Area.

Rahul Choudhury

RPhoto: Rahul Choudhuryahul is an interaction engineer with a combined background in design and software development. He recently moved to Mountain View to set up and run the US subsidiary of Q42. He is also the organizer the Meteor South Bay meetups.