YGLF is a community event built by developers for developers
24-25 May 2018To be announced | Kyiv, Ukraine
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Lea Verou

Human-Computer Interaction ResearcherMIT CSAIL

Lea is currently busy researching how to make web programming easier at MIT CSAIL. She is the author of bestselling advanced CSS book CSS Secrets and has worked as a Developer Advocate at W3C. She has a long-standing passion for open web standards, and is one of the few Invited Experts in the CSS Working Group. Lea has also started several popular open source projects and web applications, such as Mavo, Prism, and -prefix-free and maintains a technical blog at lea.verou.me. She holds a MSc in Computer Science from MIT. Despite her academic pursuits in Computer Science, Lea is one of the few misfits who love code and design equally.

Benedikt Meurer

Technical LeadGoogle

Benedikt is a JavaScript compiler engineer who loves to tinker with different aspects of programming languages.
In 2013 he joined Google to work on the V8 JavaScript Engine in the Munich office, where he is currently working as tech lead for the Node.js performance team.
He spent a rather large amount of his spare time on developing and contributing to open source projects. From 2002 to 2007, he developed and maintained various core parts of the Xfce desktop environment, including the new file manager Thunar, which he wrote from scratch.
He is also interested in functional programming languages and compiler design. In 2011 he created a brand new ARM port for the OCaml native code compiler, and since January 2012 he is now the official maintainer of the ARM port.

Chen Hui Jing

Senior Front-end DeveloperJewel Paymentech

Hui Jing is a self-taught designer and developer from Singapore with an inordinate love of CSS. Reducing lines of code in her web projects makes her extremely happy. She used to play basketball full-time and launched her web career during downtime between training sessions. She also co-organises the Talk.CSS Meetup, runs an inspiring web-dev blog and you have to check out her list of talks at numerous conferences and meetups.

Tomasz Łakomy

Software EngineerEgnyte Poland

Tomasz is a Software Engineer at Egnyte Poland. Co-organiser of React Poznań Meetup, JavaScript tinkerer who enjoys sharing his knowledge with other developers. His interests include VR, AR, React, app performance and making cheesiest jokes known to humanity.

Vitaly Friedman

Editor-in-ChiefSmashing Magazine

Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and does not give up easily. From Minsk in Belarus, he studied computer science and mathematics in Germany, discovered the passage a passion for typography, writing and design. After working as a freelance designer and developer for 6 years, he co-founded Smashing Magazine, a leading online magazine dedicated to design and web development. Vitaly is the author, co-author and editor of all Smashing Books.

Johannes Ewald

Core Team MemberWebpack

Passionate Open Source developer. Founded a company with his friends to develop challenging web projects with JavaScript. Loves music and nature. Member of the Webpack core team.

Juho Vepsäläinen

Core Team MemberWebpack

Juho Vepsäläinen is behind the SurviveJS effort. In addition to being a core developer of Webpack, he has been active in the Open Source scene since the early 2000s. Blue Arrow Awards winner.

Mikhail Novikov

CTO, Co-founderReindex

Mikhail is a CTO and Co-founder at Reindex. He started Reindex as a first GraphQL-focused startup in the world and built first GraphQL Backend-as-a-Service. After BaaS closed, Mikhail has been doing GraphQL consulting. He has also been active in GraphQL open source projects, such as Launchpad and graphql-tools. Before Reindex, Mikhail has been doing web development consulting. He jumped onto React train early and never looked back. Even before that, he used to be a developer at several startups, where he programmed recycling robots and messaging apps in the age before WhatsApp and Telegram.

Denis Radin

JavaScript EngineerEvolution Gaming

JavaScript engineer working on photorealistic 3d games at Evolution Gaming. Passionate about performance optimization and code aesthetics, mastering workshop http://challengingnative.com, hosting https://react.amsterdam, http://amsterdamjs.com as well as running super interesting technical blog.

Andrey Okonetchnikov

Front-end developer and UI/UX designer

Andrey is a front-end engineer and UI designer from Russia who lives in Austria and works on modern user interfaces using web technologies. As an active Open Source contributor, he contributed to Webpack, React.js, and Jest; designed the PostCSS official website and created a bunch of logos for other OSS projects.
Andrey is a co-organizer of the ReactVienna community, designer, and co-creator of ColorSnapper. He loves mountain biking, snowboarding, and specialty coffee.

Benedek Gagyi


Developer, teacher, sports-fanatic. As a developer, he's working on simplifying online collaboration at join.me by LogMeIn. As a teacher, he's training people in various frontend related fields at Training360.
In his free time, he's researching the patterns and algorithms connecting basketball, trail running, and drums.
His devotion to impeccable user interfaces is rivaled only by his constant search for the perfect brew of Chinese tea.