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Smashing Meets! Free Online Meetups On May 18th And 19th 2020

Smashing Meets is a friendly, inclusive, online meetup for people who work on the web. We focus on front-end and UX, but cover all sorts of topics from performance to accessibility. We organize Smashing Meets together with some amazing communities from around the world.

We’re having a meetup! Join us for Smashing Meets — two free online meetups with speakers, activities, and plenty of chances to make new friends. Just like a real meetup, though you’ll need to bring your own pizza.

What Will Happen At Smashing Meets?

  • 3×30-mins interactive talks from experts, followed by a short Q&A.
  • Interactive activities in breakout rooms, with friendly communities around the world and collaborative design and coding challenges.
  • A fun quiz show where you can win some smashing prizes!
Smashing Meets: May 18th - 19th

Two Days, Different Timezones

To help make this a truly global meetup, we have two meets to sign up for:

We hope one of those will work for you, or come along to both! We will be happy to see you. More details on the speakers for each event below.

Smashing Meets: Day 1 (Monday, May 18th)

MAY 18Stage (Always open)SessionsSessions
13:00Doors open
13:10Introduction by MC
13:25Talk 1 with Yiying Lu: Creativity In Cross-Cultural InnovationMeet Designers & Coffee TorontoDesign Challenge (by Mark Boulton and Vitaly Friedman)
13:55Close & Introduction by MC
14:00Talk 2 with Phil Hawksworth: Building With Jamstack — Keeping UIs And APIs AlignedQ&A YiyingMeet Woman of Design & Tech
14:30Close & Introduction (by MC)
14:35Talk 3 with Mark Boulton: Accessible TypographyEmoji Challenge (by Yiying)Q&A Phil
15:05Close & intro Quiz by MC
15:10Super Smash Purrrty! by Charis and PeterQ&A Mark
15:40Close close by MC
  • Building With JAMstack: Keeping UIs And APIs Aligned by Phil Hawksworth
    In his talk, Phil will shed light on some of the techniques you can use when working with serverless functions, proxies and Jamstack tools to help you build projects with confidence.
  • Accessible Typography by Mark Boulton
    Mark will be sharing his personal advice on how to use that particular typeface you want to use in the most accessible way. A practical talk that covers a bit of type design as well as the details of typesetting.
  • Creativity In Cross-Cultural Innovation by Yiying Lu
    Yiying will tell us how we can create more business and cultural value by integrating creativity in our product, messaging, and delivery. By the end of this talk, you’ll be sure to have learned how to start creating design that bridges the gap between Art and Tech, Business and Culture, East and West.

Smashing Meets: Day 2 (Tuesday, May 19th)

MAY 19Stage (Always open)SessionsSessions
14:00Doors open
14:10Introduction by MC
14:25Talk 1 with Mandy Michael: Fun With Browser And Sensor APISMeet Talk.CSS SingaporeDesign Challenge (by Mark Boulton and Vitaly Friedman)
14:55Close & Introduction by MC
15:00Talk 2 with Rachel Andrew: Hello, Subgrid!Q&A MandyMeet Web Weekend Kathmandu
15:30Close & Introduction (by MC)
15:35Talk 3 with Mark Boulton: Accessible TypographyCodePen challenge (by HuiJing)Q&A Rachel
16:05Close & intro Quiz by MC
16:10Super Smash Purrrty! by Charis and PeterQ&A Mark
16:40Close close by MC
  • Fun With Browser And Sensor APIs by Mandy Michael
    Whether it’s a practical implementation of the Light Sensor API or abducting a cat with a combination of sensors, Mandy will be looking — some simple code demos by exploring possibilities, tools and resources that are needed to create engaging and creative effects, visualizations and experiences.
  • Hello, Subgrid by Rachel Andrew
    In this talk, Rachel will introduce Subgrid alongside use cases, example code, and some thoughts on where we might see Grid heading in the future.
  • Accessible Typography by Mark Boulton
    Mark will be sharing his personal advice on how to use that particular typeface you want to use in the most accessible way. A practical talk that covers a bit of type design as well as the details of typesetting.

There are only a few days left to register, so sign up for the Meet (or Meets) of your choice here. It’s free, and we look forward to seeing you there.

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