Adam Ullman(AU)

was passionate about web technologies from a young age, with lots of marquee tags and animated gifs. Now you can find Adam hacking on the OpenTok API while running TokBox's JavaScript team.

@aullman (www)

Cathy Lill(AU)

is a reformed grunge rocker who fell into web dev thanks to a misleading job ad for a "rockstar ninja". Senior Software Engineer at Data61, building web apps to bring science to the people.

@cathyblabla (www)

Charlie Gleason(UK)

is a designer, developer, and musician who has made dynamically generated music videos using everything from WebGL and video streams to live-sourced tweets.

@superhighfives (www)

Gilmore Davidson(AU)

is a front-end developer by day, origami folder / web project tinkerer by night. He is a frequent attendee of Sydney tech meetups, and finds writing in the third person rather creepy.

@iamnotyourbroom (www)

Harriet Lawrence(AU)

is the resident linguist at Buildkite. When she’s not crafting exciting ways to describe new Buildkite features, you’ll find her hanging out in bouldering gyms or with her nose in a book.


Jessica Claire Edwards(AU)

is a front-end developer based in Sydney, Australia. She spends most of her time trying (and failing) to keep up with the rapid pace of the web, and wouldn't have it any other way.

@jsscclr (www)

Michael Robinson(NZ)

adores JavaScript's flexible evolving language and ecosystem. He loves helping those new to JavaScript discover how much better development can be with the right culture, practices and tools.

@codeofinterest (www)

Mike Riethmuller(AU)

spent a decade designing, building, and maintaining high-availability web apps for the government. He's now an independent developer focusing on CSS, typography, canvas, data viz and more.

@MikeRiethmuller (www)

Ri Liu(AU)

currently works for The Guardian, creating data stories and interactive content. She specialises in expressing data in novel ways and exposing social injustices using data.

@riblah (www)

Rick Giner(AU)

has been a front-end lead everywhere from large enterprises to lean startups. Passionate about dev practises, emerging tech and whisky, he's always happy to talk tech over a glass or two.


Tommy Williams(AU)

is a software engineer at Adobe on the PhoneGap team who enjoys talking in the third person, vegan food, beer, attempts at humour, and trying to sound humble through self-deprecation.




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The day

Decompress is a community day for designers and developers run by the CSSConf and JSConf team. Our focus is squarely set on creating an all-inclusive space for attendees to learn, share and create. Topics covered are a blend of CSSConf and JSConf, and will even feature some of the same speakers.


This year, in addition to talks, we will have free informal workshops running all day in one large space as a semi-guided hack day. The workshop topics will include:

"Merging Data and Art"
Ri Liu will show you the power data can have to ignite our imagination and engage us in important social issues. Using her tool of choice, D3.js, you will follow her lead, creating beautiful, interactive art from data.
"Building Mobile Apps Using Web Tech"
Tommy Williams will bust the myths surrounding building native mobile apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and get you building your own mobile apps using Apache Cordova.
"Blending WebGL and Video"
Charlie Gleason will amaze you with how he has combined WebGL and multi-streaming videos and get you started on your own experiments using create-react-app and Three.js.


The plan for the day is to one "hack" space and one "talk" space, with workshops and talks happening in parallel. Here's how we're scheduling it:

🎫 Registration 📢 Welcome 🎤 Workshop Introductions 💻 Hacking Session 🎤 Talk Session 🍜 Lunch + "Meet the Meetups" 💻 Hacking Session 🎤 Talk Session 📷 Family photo and wrap-up 🍻 Pub-time! Share what you've learnt.


Entry is free for all CSSConf and/or JSConf attendees. Otherwise, Decompress tickets are only $25 and include coffee, lunch and snacks. It'll be one hell of a day, don't miss out.

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Code of conduct

All organisers, sponsors and attendees are required to follow the conference code of conduct. We are committed to providing a harassment-free, professional & welcoming environment for all attendees.


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