April 5th 2018

Alreeeeet pets! The North-East’s favourite meetup for frontend developers is doing a conference.

Expect a full day of our usual top-notch talks from some cracking speakers at the beautiful Wylam Brewery in Exhibition park, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Wylam Brewery

After the conference, we’ll be moving across to Lane 7 to eat, drink, sing, bowl and golf. A perfect opportunity to reflect and discuss the day’s topics.

Tickets are on sale now for £125 and will remain at that price till we sell out.

If you are coming from outside the region, then we have a little guide for you!

So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a ticket. We’ll see you there!



We’ve planned a full day of talks from industry leaders and local talents, across the spectrum of Front end development.

Val Head

Val Head is a web animation expert, author, and Design Evangelist at Adobe. She is the author of Designing Interface Animation, published by Rosenfeld Media, teaches CSS Animation on lynda.com, and curates the weekly UI Animation Newsletter.

Christian Heilmann

Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. He’s wrote two books, contributed to eight, and wrote hundreds of articles for a great deal of publications.

Currently he works with the Microsoft Edge team, and has previously worked at Mozilla where he played a big part in moving HTML5 support forward.

To put it simply, Chris is an absolute boss.

Léonie 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.

She’s Communications director and Principal engineer at The Paciello Group (TPG), and also works with Government Digital Service (GDS) on the GOV.UK platform. As well as being a member of the W3C Advisory board and co-chair of the W3C web platform group.

Jack Franklin

Jack is a Frontend Engineer at Thread in London working primarily with React. In his free time, he’s usually writing or recording videos for his blog, JavaScript Playground.

Jack is also the author of “Beginning jQuery” (Apress, 2012) and an eloquent speaker on Elm, front-end, build tools and frameworks.

Laura Carvajal

Laura is a senior developer at the Financial Times and is the former accessibility lead for FT.com.

Laura has been working in web development for the past 15 years.

Niels Leenheer

Niels is a self-professed browser geek. He has been hooked on browsers ever since somebody showed him the original Nexus browser on a NeXT Cube back in the dark ages of the internet. Niels is the creator of HTML5test.com and runs one of the largest Open Device Labs in the world.

He loves procrastinating, collecting weird devices with even stranger browsers, drawing pixel art monsters, procrastinating, researching obscure browsers and tinkering with hardware. For his day job he is CTO of Salonhub and creates web applications for hair salons.

Ian Feather

Ian leads the front end infrastructure team at BuzzFeed working on performance, testing, automation and resilience. He is particularly fond of working on problems relating to scale: both of sites and of teams.

His background is in Front End Web Development and it’s only in recent years that he has stepped away from feature development to focus on Front End Infrastructure. He is a big fan of continuous delivery and creating a safe environment to push code quickly and easily. Prior to BuzzFeed he worked for Schibsted Media, Lonely Planet and Burberry.


Party time!

When the conference is all done and dusted, we’re off to Lane 7 to party. We hired the whole place for bowling, ping pong, karaoke, mini golf, pool, and more. To be sure you’re all fed, there’s a great BBQ style buffet prepared by the Lane 7 staff.

The best part is, all this is inluded in the price of your ticket! All you have to pay for is your drinks. The first round’s on us.



We’re looking for sponsors to help us make this conference the best it can be. If you’re looking to promote your company, or you just want to help out the community, get in touch.


Code of Conduct

We are commited to running a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof).



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