Events for the web industry

happening in Newport, South Wales

Port 80 2013

Date: 10 May 2013


About the Event

Our big event for 2013. An all day web fest with 8 great speakers including: Andy Davies,  Jack Franklin, Robin Christopherson, Paul Lloyd, Rachel Shillcock, Sophie Dennis, Benjy Stanton & Matt Andrews.

We’ll be located again at Newport University’s City Campus building next to the crystal clear mud brown river.

We’re looking to organise a shindig in the evening so more details on that coming soon.

Grab a ticket when you can – they will go fast.

Update: Earlybird tickets all sold out on the first day.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Update: Andy Davies are is running a workshop on the day before (“Practical Website Speed“).

Update: the running order for the day can be found here

p.s. here’s a video of last year’s event to whet your appetite


The Speakers

Jack Franklin (@Jack_Franklin)

Talk: Practical JavaScripting

This talk will focus on practical advice to improve your JavaScript. We’ll look at JavaScript optimisation, tools that do a lot of the work for you, ways to make your code more robust, manageable and how to test it. We’ll also look at the future of JavaScript, what we can expect in the near future and how these enhancements can help us write even better code.

Bio

Jack is a JavaScript and Ruby developer based in London. He writes about JavaScript regularly on the JavaScript Playground and is also the author of "Beginning jQuery". He's written for many publications and will ramble about JavaScript to anyone prepared to listen. He rants on the internet as @Jack_Franklin.

Jack is also running some Javascript workshops on the day before.

Andy Davies (@andydavies)

Talk: Making Mobile Sites Faster

The mobile web isn’t just a small screen experience, it’s can be a flakey network, fat site and frustrating experience too!

Digging into networks, browsers and the way we build sites, Andy will illustrate how these factors affect our visitors’ experience and approaches we can take to overcome them.

Bio

Andy is a freelance consultant, he focuses on helping organisations to measure and improve the performance of their websites.

Andy is also running a web performance workshop on the day before.

Benjy Stanton (@benjystanton)

Talk: Crafting Animation on the Web

Animation on the web has had a shady past, but with advances in CSS and mobile devices, its time has come again. Benjy will be taking a look at animation principles, design techniques and ways to incorporate movement early on in the workflow, to help create better experiences for our users.

Bio

Benjy Stanton studied animation at Uni and dreamt of working at Pixar, but after graduating he got sucked into the world of web design and hasn't looked back since. These days (when he's not changing nappies or watching Peppa Pig) he's a designer at James Good where his main roles are designing websites and arguing about font-size.

Rachel Shillcock (missrachilli)

Talk: How to discover your inner superhero

A superhero is described as somebody that possesses “extraordinary or superhuman powers“. In a way, I see every one of us as a superhero – working for the greater good and with something special that we can give back to ourselves, our clients and our industry. But just like when the Avengers were thwarted by Loki, we can face many obstacles – some even hidden from view. And just like Thor has his hammer, Iron Man his suits and Captain America his shield, we all have different tools that help us do our job. But until we understand these tools and we have a better understanding of our own true value, we can’t craft work that makes a difference for our clients. I’m going to talk about how we can learn to make a differenceand how to understand what makes us all a web superhero in our own right.

Bio

Rachel is a very northern, very talkative and very Twitter-addicted freelance web designer from Manchester. Focusing on designing for the web, Rachel is a self-proclaimed perfectionist and is passionate about all things web, design and community related. Rachel is also a published logo designer and regularly writes for the .net magazine Expert Panel. Outside of work, Rachel has a slight obsession with superheroes, crafts and animals - in particular monkeys, dogs and pandas.

Matt Andrews (@mattpointblank)

Talk: Responsive design at the Guardian

It’s the most talked-about web development technique of the past few years and it’s officially reached the mainstream: responsive web design is being used by huge content sites like the Boston Globe, the BBC, Channel 4, and now the Guardian.

We’ll learn about the process of converting a site consisting of over three million articles, hundreds of components, dozens of templates and two domains into a single responsive webpage. What challenges did we face? What have we done about the mythical “responsive ads”? What do we wish we’d known before we started? How did we make it scalable?

Finally, we’ll cover quick tips and tools that can help any site make the switch towards a future-friendly design, whether it’s the Guardian or your personal blog.

 

Bio

Matt Andrews is a client-side web developer at the Guardian in London. His interests include road cycling, typography, music (he runs a webzine in his spare time), craft beer, and learning to play the banjo. When he's not pondering the future of digital journalism he's likely to be found ranting earnestly on his blog about something or messing around with homebrew beer (with varying degrees of success).

Paul Lloyd (@paulrobertlloyd)

Talk: This is for Everyone

Constantly viewed through the lens of other media, design on the web has remained constrained by the rituals of print and latterly a desire to mimic native applications. With the help of Doctor Who and the Avengers, I’ll show you how the web’s underlying principles can inform our designs and help us deliver experiences that are true to the nature of the web.

Bio

Paul is a graphic designer specialising in interaction design and front-end web development. Having worked for small design agencies in England and burgeoning start-ups in California, he soon realised which he preferred, so settled in Brighton where he now works for Clearleft. He writes about design, travel and more on his website and maybe one day he’ll say something sensible on Twitter.

Robin Christopherson (@USA2DAY)

Talk: Everybody Technology - The Power and the Promise

Robin will be talking about (but more importantly demonstrating) the truly empowering nature of technology – and in particular mobile-ready technology. From AI to robots, from apps to wearables he’ll be showing how inclusive technology has the power to change and even transform people’s lives regardless of ability or environment. Will you be part of the Everybody Technology future?

Bio

After Cambridge University, Robin worked as an IT instructor for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and became a founding member of AbilityNet in 1998. Now globally acclaimed as leading experts in the field, AbilityNet specialises in accessibility auditing and disabled user testing, as well as helping clients design attractive websites and apps that are both accessible and easy to use by all.

Despite being blind, Robin uses technology very effectively using speech output to access computers, the internet, his iPhone and many other technologies to assist him in his work. Current projects include raising awareness through blogging and a busy public speaking schedule in the UK, Europe and the US.

Sophie Dennis (@SophieDennis)

Talk: Working in Harmony

Cross-discipline collaboration is fundamental to web design. We need to stop arguing about who – content, design or development – is most important and gets the final say, and work together to create delightful, meaningful experiences for our users. A life-long amateur musician, Sophie thinks the centuries’ old practice of musical performance and notation can teach us a lot about our 20-year-old practice of web design. She’ll talk about how music shows those arguments about whose role is most important are bogus, why Beethoven explains writers’ love of WYSIWYG interfaces, and what folk music can teach Twitter about the nature of an API.

Bio

Sophie is an independent web producer and project manager, passionate about the power of collaborative teams to deliver great user experiences. One-half of web consultancy, Cayenne, she specialises in content strategy and UX architecture. She lives with husband and business partner, Andy Robinson, on Dartmoor in Devon, where they run digpen, the grassroots community for web designers and developers in the South Wes

Event Sponsors

Upcoming Events

Previous Events

  • Summer Localhost 2014

    It’s hot out there…dang hot…but not as hot as the line up for the this month’s Port80 Summer Localhost coming up on the evening of the 20th of Aug here in Newport. For those of Read more »

  • Port80 2014

    Port80 is back for it’s third year on Friday the 16th of May 2014 here in Newport. We’ve got a awesome-tastic line up (see below). Ticket’s are flying out the door so if you want Read more »

  • Spring Localhost 2014

    Well, Christmas is done and dusted so let’s pull the veil off our first event of the year*: the Port80 Spring Localhost (as far as I’m concerned Feb is spring, hey! I’m an optimist!). In Read more »

  • Port80 / Handheld Mashup

    The 2nd best conference in Wales, Handheld, is landing in Cardiff next month and The Port80 Cherub has teamed up with ‘em to run the pre show event (on the evening before); this’ll be in Read more »

  • 2013 Summer Localhost

    It’s summer time….and the feeling isssss….port80! Yes, whilst some of you will be jetting setting off on hols, the #port80 cherub will be busy putting on the summer localhost event. Tickets are a measly £4 Read more »

Latest from the Blog

  • Port80 2014 – a roundup

    May 19th, 2014

    It was a customarily sunny and warm day in Newport(!) when lots of you hit town to hear from our amazing speakers. Joel did a terrific job or finding a combination of speakers who had Read more »

  • The Port80 2014 Offscreen Lanyard Comp.

    May 15th, 2014

    For all you Port80 2014 attendees coming to Newport tomorrow, we have a little competition for you… Above you’ll see what your lanyard will look like*. The squared box is for where you can write Read more »

  • Get the Port80 app

    May 15th, 2014

    Right you lucky Port80 people – you can now download the Port80 app! It’s got all the information you’re going to need about speakers, finding your way to the event and getting you safely to Read more »

View our Blog »

iTunes RSS Podcasts

  • #2 – Matt Andrews

    In this episode I chat to Matt Andrews who is web developer at The Guardian. Matt is involved into The Guardian’s push towards all things responsive and I first came across him via a great blog Read more »

  • #1 – Sarah Bray

    First up in episode 1 is the lovely & talented Sarah Bray. Sarah has her own personal website but also runs A Small Nation. At some point in the podcast I mention this page on her Read more »

Latest from Twitter

Quote

I got bored of waiting for a web conference (of the type I wanted) to come to South Wales, so (with the amazing help of Twitter), this is what we achieved.

Latest from Twitter

Latest from the p80 Blog

  • May 19th, 2014 - Port80 2014 – a roundup

    It was a customarily sunny and warm day in Newport(!) when lots of you hit town to hear from our amazing speakers. Joel did a terrific job or finding a combination of speakers who had Read more »

  • May 15th, 2014 - The Port80 2014 Offscreen Lanyard Comp.

    For all you Port80 2014 attendees coming to Newport tomorrow, we have a little competition for you… Above you’ll see what your lanyard will look like*. The squared box is for where you can write Read more »

  • May 15th, 2014 - Get the Port80 app

    Right you lucky Port80 people – you can now download the Port80 app! It’s got all the information you’re going to need about speakers, finding your way to the event and getting you safely to Read more »

View our Blog »