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SmashingConf London 2018
London

Performance matters. Next year, we’re thrilled to venture to London for our brand new conference fully dedicated to all things web performance. Dealing with ads, third-party scripts, A/B testing, HTTP/2, debugging, JAM stack, PWA, web fonts loading, memory/CPU perf, service workers.

What’s a SmashingConf like? We’ve prepared a little elevator speech with photos and videos from past events. Also, here’s a Convince Your Boss PDF (1.1 Mb) to convince you-know-who to send you to the event. Obviously.

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The Speakers

  • Allison McKnight
    Building Performance for the Long Term
  • Jake Archibald
    In the Loop
  • Una Kravets
    The Joy of Optimizing Images
  • Mathias Bynens
    Javascript Performance
  • Zach Leatherman
    Web Fonts Are ИØ Rocket Science
  • Katie Hempenius
    Improving Page Performance in Modern Web Apps
  • Estelle Weyl
    Mobile Web Performance
  • Andy Davies
    A/B Testing, Ads and other 3rd Party Tags
  • Rachel Andrew
    Into the Weeds of CSS Layout
  • Patrick Hamann
    CSS And The First Meaningful Paint
  • Phil Hawksworth
    The Performance Of Making Platforms And Processes Promote Performance
  • Yoav Weiss
    Resource Loading - Past, Present & Future
  • Patrick Meenan
    How fast is it?
  • Umar Hansa
    A Modern Front-End Workflow with DevTools

Event Schedule

Day 1

  • Phil Hawksworth

    Phil Hawksworth will speak on

    The Performance Of Making Platforms And Processes Promote Performance

    We’ll talk about the benefits in keeping your stack simple, in using the expertise of others, and we'll examine some performance and security benefits of the JAMstack and microservices. the expertise of others.

  • Rachel Andrew

    Rachel Andrew will speak on

    Unlocking the Power of CSS Grid Layout

    In this talk Rachel will show you practical ways on how to unlock the full potential of the CSS Grids, and more.

  • Coffee Break
  • Una Kravets

    Una Kravets will speak on

    The Joy of Optimizing Images

    Images are by far the greatest bottleneck to performance on the web. Running images through a compression program like ImageOptim is a good first step, but what else can we do? In this engaging talk, Una will survey new image formats and dive deep into image rendering and performance optimization techniques, demonstrating practical approaches to making your web projects noticeably faster.

  • Andy Davies

    Andy Davies will speak on

    A/B Testing, Ads and other 3rd Party Tags

    In this talk Andy will explore how some popular types of 3rd parties affect performance, strategies for managing them and examples from sites that have tamed them. You'll come away with a better understanding of third-party performance, and pointers on how to reduce their impact on your visitors' experience.

  • Lunch Break (snacks provided in the venue)
  • Zach Leatherman

    Zach Leatherman will speak on

    Web Fonts Are ИØ Rocket Science

    In this talk we’ll discuss useful methods to render web fonts quickly and without disruption so that visitors can do what should be a simple task—read the text.

  • Estelle Weyl

    Estelle Weyl will speak on

    Mobile Web Performance

    In this session we'll discuss best practices to make sure your site performs well, no matter how your user is accessing your content.

  • Refreshments
  • Patrick Hamann

    Patrick Hamann will speak on

    CSS And The First Meaningful Paint

    How can we utilize modern web platform features to load our CSS as fast as possible? Should we still be inlining our critical content into the document or instead, how can HTTP/2 server push and Service Workers help us?

  • Umar Hansa

    Umar Hansa will speak on

    A Modern Front-End Workflow with DevTools

    This talk will cover a few CSS tools, performance profiling and debugging techniques, all with the goal of mastering your authoring workflow to ensure your development workflow is highly optimised.

  • Party time (at the conf venue!)
  • A Surprise Speaker

Day 2

  • And so the Mystery begins...
  • Mathias Bynens

    Mathias Bynens will speak on

    Javascript Performance

    In security-sensitive situations, performance can actually be a bug rather than a feature. This presentation covers timing attacks on the web, and demonstrates how modern performance-related web APIs can sometimes have a negative security impact.

  • Coffee Break
  • Katie Hempenius

    Katie Hempenius will speak on

    Improving Page Performance in Modern Web Apps

    The network, browser, and hardware can all constrain page performance in modern web applications. This talk looks at why these constraints exist, how they can be identified, and how to mitigate them in order to improve performance.

  • Yoav Weiss

    Yoav Weiss will speak on

    Resource Loading - Past, Present & Future

    Loading resources was always a performance hurdle due to suboptimal protocols and late discovery. Despite many advances in network protocols and performance APIs which improved resource loading significantly, there’s still room to make it even faster. We'll discuss H2, QUIC, push, preload, cache digests, connection coalescing and other technologies that'd help you achieve optimal loading.

  • Lunch break
  • TBA
  • Allison McKnight

    Allison McKnight will speak on

    Building Performance for the Long Term

    This talk provides strategies that build performance culture from the long term.

  • Coffee Break
  • Jake Archibald

    Jake Archibald will speak on

    In the Loop

    This talk looks at the browser’s event loop, the thing that orchestrates the main thread of the browser, which includes JavaScript, events, and rendering. We’ll look at the difference between tasks, microtasks, requestAnimationFrame, and where events land.

  • Closing remarks

Workshops

Locations

Conference

St. Luke’s Church

161 Old St London EC1V 9NG

Our conference venue, St. Luke’s Church, is located at 161 Old St. in London, UK. This stunning 18th century church is the home for the London Symphony Orchestra’s rehearsal, performance and education spaces. Arguably one of London’s most striking venues.

Workshops

Amazon London

115 Worship St, London EC2A 2BA

Our workshop venue, not finally confirmed, though.

🎟 Get Your Ticket!

Hurry up: all early bird and regular tickets are sold out,
and we have only 12 conf + workshop tickets left.
(Ah, tickets are cheaper with a Smashing Membership, you know.)


Conference Tickets (February 7-8, 2018)

  • Early Bird
    Conference
    499
    Sold Out
  • Regular Ticket
    Conference
    599
  • Save $100
    Conf + Workshop
    998

Workshop Tickets (February 6)

Workshop Tickets (February 9)

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Why Should You Attend?

Pretty much because of the value SmashingConf will provide. We’ll explore how designers and developers work, design and build and how they approach problems strategically. Think of it as a playbook with handy rules of thumb for your next projects: it can’t get more practical than this.

Take a look at some of the videos from previous events, and check out some of the photos—The Smashing community is truly smashing, fun, inclusive and a delight to be a part of!

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Conference photos by our good friend Marc Thiele.

Convince your boss (PDF)
“8 reasons why you should send your incredibly hard-working, deserving employee to the SmashingConf” (PDF). Quite self-explanatory, really.

Need to convince your manager to send you to the SmashingConf? No worries, we’ve got your back! We prepared a neat Convince Your Boss (PDF) (0.15 Mb) that you can use to convince your colleagues, friends, neighbors and total strangers to join you or send you to the event. We know that you will not be disappointed. Still not good enough? Well, tweet us @smashingconf and we’ll help you out — we can be quite convincing, too, you know!

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