Canvas Conf

Sept 7 2012Birmingham UK

Brought to you by 383 Project

Canvas Conf. Colourful
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Sept 7 Birmingham UK


  • James Whittaker


    From Adobe AIR to the Web with HTML5

    James is a front-end software engineer at Twitter, formerly UI & UX architect at TweetDeck and has worked with a variety of front-end technologies for many years. He has developed interactive projects for the likes of Egg Bank, Prudential and Nokia. James has presented at user groups, conferences and written for magazines on design and development.

    How did we take an award winning application with millions of users from Adobe AIR to the web with HTML5, whilst becoming part of the flock? During this talk we will take a peek under the covers, explore the joy and pain as we redesigned and rebuilt the TweetDeck application from the ground up for the web. James will share lots of takeaway top tips, resources and techniques for your next project.

  • Chris Mills


    Adapt and Respond: Keeping responsive into the future

    Chris Mills is a web technologist, open standards evangelist, and education agitator working at Opera Software. He writes about open standards for, .net magazine, A List Apart, and more, and speaks at universities and industry conferences worldwide. Chris is the creator of the Opera Web Standards Curriculum and co-chair of the W3C Web Education Community Group. Outside work he is a heavy metal drummer, beer lover, and proud father of three.

  • Ian Forrester

    BBC R&D

    Perceptive Media, the vision

    Ian Forrester works for the BBC's R&D north lab. He focuses on open innovation and new disruptive opportunities via lively engagement and collaborations with startups, early adopters and hackers.

    A non-traditional background into interaction design which he has crossed over with development using XML & Semantic web technologies. He tends to live a few years in the future, and has a excellent eye for spotting the crossover opportunities of open technologies and business models. By watching what hackers and early adopters are doing to scratch their own itches now. Something he did successfully as the leader for BBC Backstage for 4 years.

  • Peter Gasston


    The CSS of Tomorrow

    Peter is a web developer, writer, public speaker, and author of The Book of CSS3. He blogs at Broken Links and tweets as @stopsatgreen. He lives in London.

    In the few years since CSS3 began to be implemented in browsers in a serious way we've already seen it transform the way we work. But the future holds even more promise, as CSS responds to the demands of the needs of the development community and increased interest from tool vendors. In this talk Peter will be running through some of the more exciting and interesting forthcoming properties, rules, and selectors, from complex layouts to a more programmatic syntax, and looking past even CSS3 to show what's being debated for inclusion in CSS4.

  • Harry Roberts


    Big CSS

    Harry is a self-taught, 22 year old front-end architect from Leeds, UK. He currently works as a Senior UI Developer for BSkyB where he specialises in authoring and scaling massive front-ends. He writes on the subjects of maintainability, architecture, performance, OOCSS and more at CSS Wizardry he Tweets at @csswizardry.

  • Richard Caudle


    Delivering Realtime Apps with Pusher

    Rich has been a professional developer for 10 years, for the last five years in digital agencies leading and delivering challenging builds.

    Now at Pusher he works hard on building relationships with developers and project owners, helping them create innovative, engaging and deliverable realtime applications.

  • Andy Davies

    Web Performance

    Business Impact of Web Performance

    Andy first stumbled into web performance in late '90s when he was trying to deliver e-learning over dial-up connection speeds and has been hooked ever since. Since then he's led the development and delivery of web-based services in the education, ecommerce and logistics sectors.

    At the start of 2012, Andy went freelance so he could to focus on web-performance full-time. Andy will be talking about the business impact of web performance - why page load times matter, how we can measure them and improve them.


Located in the heart of
Birmingham City Centre.

The Studio 7 Cannon Street
B2 5EP

2 minute walk from New Street Station, 5 minutes from Moor Street Station

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Getting Here

Easy to reach

The Studio is is located about 50 yards up Cannon Street (from New Street) on the right or 50 yards down from House of Fraser on the left. (Google Map)

Parking on Albert Street is around a five minute walk away. The postcode of this NCP car park for satnav is B4 7LN.

To obtain discounted parking at the Albert Street car park simply ask for an NCP validation ticket at thestudio reception. When you are ready to exit the car park, simply insert your original parking ticket into the payment machines along with the validation ticket to activate the discount. The maximum day rate will be then be reduced to £5.

Developing Here

Hacker culture

From Meetups to Incubators, there are pleny of events happening around Birmingham.

HydraHack is a Monthly meetup for developers in Birmingham, who enjoy getting together and making things. Our monthly Hack & Tell events are a chance for developers to share what they've been building with the rest of the community.

Multipack is a community of multi-talented Web professionals from across the West Midlands. Every month they get together to discuss design, code, standards and technology, and share our knowledge, skills and talents.

Launch Future Games & Digital is the leading industry focused conference in the Midlands, featuring expert speakers and demonstrations from the games industry.

9am / Breakfast

Doors open. Arrive early at The Studio for Breakfast and registration.

9.30am / Welcome

A warm welcome from 383 Project and our others sponsors.

10am / Richard Caudle

Kicking off is Richard Caudle, showing us how to deliver realtime web applications with Pusher.

11am / Peter Gasston

Peter dives into the next generation of CSS techniques with The CSS of Tomorrow.

12pm / Harry Roberts

Harry from BSKYB shows us how to deal with huge CSS projects.

1pm / Lunch

Enjoy an awesome lunch with fellow attendees and speakers in The Studio Roof Garden.

2pm / Chris Mills

Chris from Opera explains the latest techniques in adaptive web design and development.

3pm / Andy Davies

Andy explores the Business Impact of Web Performance, common pitfalls and ways to speed up the web.

4pm / James Whittaker

James will be showing us how TweetDeck went from Adobe Air to HTML5.

5pm / Ian Forrester

Ian from BBC R&D shows the vision for Perceptive Media.


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