Boston - October 1-2, 2011


The following community and team members will be presenting or training at this year's conference.

  • Ben Alman

    Ben Alman currently works at Bocoup as Director of Training and Pluginization, where he is responsible for the development of beginner and advanced JavaScript, jQuery and HTML5 training curricula. In addition to his training and client work at Bocoup, Ben writes articles and gives presentations advocating JavaScript and jQuery code organization techniques and best practices.

    Ben has created and maintains a number of very popular open source JavaScript projects and jQuery plugins and is a frequent contributor to the open source jQuery, jQuery Mobile and Modernizr projects. As an avid photographer and funk bass player, Ben loves spending time taking photos and jamming in the greater Boston area.

  • Julian Aubourg

    Julian is a member of the jQuery Core Subteam living in Brussels. He is the man behind the ajax rewrite and the implementation of Deferreds in the library. While not working on jQuery and other open-source JavaScript projects, Julian creates web sites and gives JavaScript and jQuery trainings through his own Paris-based company: Creative-Area.

  • Glenn Barnett

    Glenn is a software developer focused on JavaScript, Java, CouchDB and Objective-C. He has release iPhone apps as owner of Impresario Digital, and is the Director of Interface Technologies at Communispace. He's currently working on a browser-based multiplayer game using Canvas.

  • Mark Bates

    Mark Bates has been developing web applications of one kind or another since 1996. He has spent an ungodly amount of time programming Java, but thankfully he discovered Ruby in late 2005, and life has been much nicer since. In 2011 Mark found CoffeeScript and his life got even nicer!

    Since discovering Ruby Mark has become a prominent member of the community. He has developed various open source projects such as Configatron, Cachetastic, CoverMe, and the Mack Framework.

    Since discovering CoffeeScript in 2011 Mark has become a leader in that community as well, through presentations at local user groups to releasing several high profile libraries, such as Deano.JS and CoffeeBeans.

    Mark has taught classes on both Ruby and Ruby on Rails. He has spoken at several Ruby gatherings, including 2008 and 2010’s RubyConf where Mark spoke about building distributed applications. Mark has also given presentations about CoffeeScript at several gatherings, including BostonRB.

    In 2009 Mark authored the book "Distributed Programming with Ruby" for Addison-Wesley. Mark is currently writing a book about CoffeeScript for Addison-Wesley due out in early 2012.

    In 2011 Mark launched the innovative applications (integrated issue, project, and error tracking) and (bookmark and backup tweets).

    Mark has an honors degree in Music from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He still likes to rock out on the weekends, but set times are now 10PM and not 2AM.

    He lives just outside of Boston with his wife Rachel and their sons Dylan and Leo.

    Mark can be found at and

  • John Bender

    John Bender is the co-creator of Vagrant, the jQuery Mobile test suite maintainer, a QUnit collaborator, and a recovering polyglot. During the day he works full-time on jQuery Mobile at Adobe and otherwise spends his time hacking on open source.

    John shares his thoughts at and as @johnbender on Twitter.

  • Sara Chipps

    In 2010 she started an organization called Girl Develop It which teaches low cost web development classes geared towards women. Girl Develop It has had over 400 students in New York City, and now has several chapters around the US.

    She likes speaking to and meeting with diverse groups from the Girl Scouts to straight up code junkies. Her goal is to inspire more females to see that being a developer is fun and glamorous.

  • Eric DeLabar

    Eric DeLabar is a Solutions Architect at Trifecta Technologies specializing in User Interface Design and Mobile Web Applications. Eric is regularly found preaching the benefits of test-driven development, responsive web design, accessibility, and progressive enhancement to clients and colleagues; often spinning the side effects of their use into methods for improving business-minded things like SEO and performance. One day, Eric aspires to actually finish a redesign of his website, or at least move it from its ancient install of WordPress to something cool like Jekyll, so he can continue not posting anything on it.

  • Gerred Dillon

    Gerred is the VP of Engineering at Quick Left, a Ruby on Rails and Javascript consulting firm based in Boulder, CO., where he focuses on training, concurrency, and scalability. Mostly, however, Gerred spends his time writing clean code and tests. A lot of tests. A programmer at heart, Gerred is comfortable in a host of languages from Ruby and Javascript down to Erlang or C. He participates in many open source projects, and is the author of an AMQP object message mapper.

  • Ryan Florence

    Ryan Florence is a library-loving front-end developer. While active in both the jQuery and MooTools communities, he still spends time hacking on his own little library SnackJS.

  • Corey Frang

    Corey is the President of Momentum Workshop, Inc. and is active in jQuery community on IRC, and Stack Overflow. He is currently working on the effects and animations for jQuery UI, and the jQuery.Color plugin and hopes that his work will "effect" your websites positively.

  • Scott González

    Scott González is a web application developer living in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has been contributing to jQuery since 2007 and is currently a development lead for jQuery UI, jQuery’s official user interface library. Scott also writes tutorials about jQuery and jQuery UI on and is a co-author of the ‘jQuery Cookbook’ from O’Reilly.

  • Bradley Holt

    Bradley Holt is a web developer, entrepreneur, community facilitator, and an author. He is the co-founder of Found Line, a Vermont-based creative studio with capabilities in web development, graphic design, and marketing strategy. He is a Board Member at Vermont Community Access Media, a non-profit community media and technology center. He is a minor contributor of source code and bug reports to Zend Framework and an active member of the PHP community. He organizes the Burlington, Vermont PHP Users Group where he is a regular speaker and is involved with helping to organize other technology community events such as Vermont Code Camp. He is the author of Writing and Querying MapReduce Views in CouchDB and Scaling CouchDB.

  • Scott Jehl

    Scott Jehl of Boston is a web designer and developer who works with the bright folks at Filament Group.

    They create websites and applications for a range of clients (including the recent responsive resign of the Boston Globe and contribute their ideas and code to the open source community. Scott enjoys writing and speaking about web design, and recently co-authored the book Designing with Progressive Enhancement. He has written for A List Apart and is a jQuery team member, most recently leading the development of the jQuery Mobile project.

  • August "Kai" Kaiser

    August Kaiser has been working with the World Wide Web since the early days of NCSA Mosaic and the Internet well before then, back when MUDs and modems were our World of Warcraft and Anamanaguchi. As a full stack web developer, August has had the pleasure of working with such clients as the World Economic Forum, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sorouh Real Estate, Altria, Breville, GameLogic, Centerbrook and the Boston Public Library. A firm believer in the value of lifelong education, he derives great pleasure from keeping pace with the continual advancement of our field. In recent years, he has also developed an intense interest in the "quantified self", especially in terms of fitness and nutrition. In other words, he's a total geek. Guten tag!

  • Yehuda Katz

    Yehuda Katz is a member of the SproutCore, Ruby on Rails and jQuery Core Teams; during the daytime, he works as a framework architect at Strobe. Yehuda is the co-author of the best-selling jQuery in Action, the upcoming Rails 3 in Action, and is a contributor to Ruby in Practice. He spends most of his time hacking on open source—his main projects, along with others, like Rubinius, Thor, Handlebars and Moneta—or traveling the world doing evangelism work. He blogs at and can be found on Twitter as @wycats

  • Anton Kovalyov

    Anton Kovalyov is a Front-End Engineer at Disqus, and has guided development on the Disqus commenting widget since the company’s earliest days. He maintains and contributes to a number of open-source JavaScript projects, including JSHint, and Hiro, a JavaScript testing framework.

  • Elijah Manor

    Elijah Manor is a Christian and a family man. He develops at appendTo as a Senior Architect providing corporate jQuery support, training, and consulting. He is an ASP.NET MVP, ASPInsider and specializes in jQuery development. He has written several articles for the MSDN Script Junkie website and enjoys blogging about the things he learns. He is also active on Twitter and provides daily up-to-date Tech Tweets!

  • Garann Means

    Garann returned to frontend development three years ago after spending several years working on backends. She started the Austin All-Girl Hack Night and teaches women to code as an instructor for Girl Develop It Austin. When she's not writing JavaScript, she's often operating some sort of power tool as she remodels her 111-year-old house.

  • Dave Methvin

    Dave is a member of the jQuery core team and an independent consultant focused on client-side HTML and Javascript development. He enjoys long sessions in the editor, merging branches into trunk, and closing bugs as fixed.

  • Jan Miksovsky

    Jan Miksovsky has designed user interfaces since 1988, when he began working at Microsoft on their first electronic mail products. Jan led the design of the Microsoft Money personal finance line, served as user experience architect for Microsoft Windows Vista, and co-founded Cozi, a web and mobile app suite for busy family life. Jan's interest and experiences span the range of software development activities from research, product conception, interface design, and through to implementation. He is the author of the user interface blog flow|state, and the creator of QuickUI.

  • Gregory Moeck

    Greg Moeck is a software craftsman and Engineer at Strobe. His passions lie in all things Agile, JavaScript and Ruby. Most of his time today is spent working with the SproutCore JavaScript framework, and building the next generation of web applications.

  • Eddie Monge

    I am a web developer currently living in the East Bay area of Northern California. I know my way around jQuery (at least I hope I do since I am on the API/Docs, Mobile and Infrastructure sub-teams). I enjoy front-end coding but am well-rounded with all aspects of computer technology including back-end development and server administration.

  • Boris Moore

    Boris Moore is the lead developer and designer of jQuery Templates and jQuery Data Link. Although he works for Microsoft, almost all of his working week (and much of his passion and free time too) is invested in working with jQuery – currently in the form of his work on JsRender, JsViews and JsDefer.

  • Doug Neiner

    Doug Neiner is a front-end web developer with a love for semantic markup, powerful CSS, and efficient, reusable jQuery/JavaScript. With over 12 years of web development experience, Doug works to combine his love for design with his passion for new technology. During the day, Doug works as the Senior Designer at appendTo().

    In off hours, Doug actively contributes to the open source community and serves as a team member on the Official jQuery Team. Doug also enjoys writing about development, and his articles can be found at Script Junkie, Learning jQuery and Fuel Your Coding. Connect and stay in touch with Doug via Twitter.

  • Lori Olson

    Six years ago Lori tried Ruby/Rails as an alternative to Java development and "has never looked back!" She has been delivering Rails and Javascript based applications in the oil & gas industry for the last six years, working for companies like Labrador Technologies, CodeGear/Borland, and Intellog.

    Lori has a long list of speaking credits. Most recently, she spoke at Madison Ruby 2011, Conferencia Rails 2010 in Madrid and RailsConf 2009 in Las Vegas. She has also presented at the CodeRage and COSSFEST conferences, and presents frequently to the Calgary Ruby User Society, of which she is also a co-founder.

  • Todd Parker

    Todd Parker is the design lead for both the jQuery UI and jQuery Mobile, and a partner at Filament Group Inc., a corporate sponsor for both projects. Filament Group is a Boston-based design studio focused on creating highly functional, accessible and intuitive HTML5-based user interfaces for a broad range of devices, from mobile, tablets, kiosks and desktop. Todd is the co-author of the books "Designing with Progressive Enhancement" (Peachpit Press) and "The jQuery Cookbook" (O'Reilly) and speaks on issues of progressive enhancement and mobile design, including presentations at the jQuery Conference and Voices That Matter: Web Design.

  • John Resig

    John is in charge of managing the direction of the jQuery library. This involves taking a critical look at existing (and expected) features and making informed decisions about them. He’s also in charge of managing development resources and time spent on the different aspects of the project.

  • Adam Sontag

    Adam J. Sontag is a New York City-based developer with Boston’s Bocoup. He’s the Developer Relations lead for jQuery and jQuery UI and co-host of the yayQuery podcast. In other words, he’s dedicated to keeping the jQuery project in sync with the community’s needs and wants.

  • Mike Taylor

    Mike Taylor works for Opera Software on the Developer Relations team where he works on interoperability and the open web. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two small boys.

  • Rick Waldron

    Javascript Enthusiast, Evangelist and Programmer at the Boston based webshop/hack-space Bocoup. jQuery Bugs Team and Core contributor.

  • Ryan Westphal

    Ryan has been professionally developing mapping websites as well as client & server GIS tools for the past five years. He loves HTML & JavaScript <3

  • Ralph Whitbeck

    Ralph Whitbeck is a Senior Engineer at BrandLogic Corporation. Ralph is currently a Developer Relations evangelist on the jQuery team for both jQuery and jQuery UI. He also co-hosts the Official jQuery podcast, a weekly show that interviews key members of the jQuery community.

  • Timmy Willison

    Timmy is a member of the jQuery Core subteam and the jQuery bugs team. Timmy started as a front-end developer working with clients such as Kraft, Yanmar, and iMeet (PGi) and is now a Web Developer at EPB Chattanooga. Timmy spends much of his time on open source projects like jQuery and was responsible for the rewrite of the Attributes module.

  • Richard D. Worth

    Richard D. Worth is a user interface consultant at Richly Interactive in Washington, D.C. He specializes in training and consulting services around JavaScript, jQuery UI, HTML5, CSS3, SVG5, and MathML5.

    He leads the jQuery UI project and in addition to helping make it the best JavaScript UI library ever, he helped write the jQuery Cookbook by O’Reilly.

  • Jörn Zaefferer

    Jörn is a freelance web developer, consultant and trainer, residing in Cologne, Germany.

    Jörn evolved jQuery’s testsuite into QUnit, a JavaScript unit testing framework, and maintains it. He created and maintains a number of popular plugins.

    As a jQuery UI development lead, he focuses on the development of new plugins, widgets and utilities.