Phil Hawksworth

Phil Hawksworth (MC), Netlify


Phil works in Developer Relations at Netlify, the fastest growing automation and hosting platform for modern websites.

With a passion for browser technologies, and the empowering properties of the web, he loves seeking out ingenuity and simplicity, especially in places where over-engineering is common.

Phil’s career in web development spans almost 20 years and includes time as a Software Engineer at Verisign, an Open Source Evangelist at British Telecom, and Technology Director at R/GA, where he worked with clients around the world such as Nike, Google, Beats By Dre, and Samsung, to bring engaging and effective experiences to the widest audience possible.

Phil blogs at www.hawksworx.com and tweets at @philhawksworth.

Charlotte Dann

Charlotte Dann, Hexatope


Charlotte is a creative technologist and maker. Combining her two vocations of jewellery design and web development, in 2017 she launched Hexatope, a web app that enables anyone to design their own jewellery online.

She spends the better part of her days working on various creative coding projects in her East London studio surrounded by kilns and 3D printers.

Eli Schutze Ramirez

Eli Schutze Ramirez, Monzo

Originally from Nicaragua, Eli is a London-based web engineer, speaker, and community organiser. She is currently helping make banking better for everyone at Monzo bank and occasionally helps teach underrepresented minorities to code. When she’s not working you can probably find her at meetups, conferences or on Twitter.

Asim Hussain

Asim Hussain, Green Cloud Advocacy Lead at Microsoft


Asim is a developer, trainer, author and speaker with over 19 years experience working for organisations such as the European Space Agency, Google, and now Microsoft, where he is the Green Cloud Advocacy Lead.

Simona Cotin

Simona Cotin, Serverless Advocate at Microsoft

Simona Cotin is an awarded software developer with a passion for serverless and web development. She spends most of her time tinkering with JavaScript in the cloud and sharing her experience with other developers. As a Cloud Advocate, Simona engages with the web community to help create a great developer experience with Azure. She loves shipping code to production and has built network data analytics platforms using Angular, Typescript, React, and Node.js.

Vitaly Friedman

Vitaly Friedman, Smashing Magazine


Vitaly loves beautiful content and does not give up easily. Born in Minsk, Belarus, he studied computer science and mathematics in Germany. While writing algebra proofs and preparing for software engineering at nights in the kitchen, at the same time he discovered passion for typography, interface design, and writing. After working as a freelance designer and developer for six years, he co-founded Smashing Magazine back in 2006, a leading online magazine for designers and developers. His curiosity drove him from interface design to front-end to performance optimization to accessibility and back to user experience over all the years.

Vitaly is the author, co-author, and editor of all Smashing books, and a curator of all Smashing Conferences. He currently works as creative lead of Smashing Magazine and front-end/UX consultant in Europe and abroad, working with European Parliament, Haufe-Lexware, Axel-Springer, and a few other companies.