This year we had over 190 submissions from 42 countries! It was very challenging to pick the best 17 talks out of all these submissions (from all over the world). That means: we had to reject a lot of really good talks, but it also means that we were able to assemble a great program for 2017. We did our best to create a schedule which fits to the name of this year’s congress: The Future of JavaScript. In this post we want to introduce you to the talk selection process and our hard working program committee, the people behind it.

The talk selection process

The key point of the whole process was the anonymous talk selection: After we’ve closed the call for contributions, we anonymized all submissions. The program committee received a long list including just the talk’s title and the description without any other data. This means that the evaluation of each proposed talk, was based only on the title and abstract of the talk (but not based on who submitted it). The program committee rated every talk with a grade of 1 to 4 (1 = no fit to the topic, 4 = fits perfect to the topic). Besides the ratings we asked the program committee members to give some feedback to the submitters of the talks.

After all reviews were done, the JS-Kongress Team took the results from the program committee and de-anonymized it. With all the speaker’s details and the voting results from the committee, the team discussed in several following rounds the best possible agenda based on the ratings. Our goal is a diverse conference, which fits this year’s topic “The Future of JavaScript” and that starts with your program schedule.

The JS Kongress 2017 program committee

We really appreciate your time and your hard work! We are looking forward to meet you at JS Kongress 2017!

Liz Brown

Liz Brown

Liz Brown is Co-CEO and Head of Design at Webjunto, a company specializing in user experience design and app development. After more than 10 years of taking on side gigs as a web designer and front-end developer, she earned a master’s degree in information design and technology from SUNY Polytechnic Institute and went on to cofound Webjunto. Brown continues to do work in the community as a civic hacking enthusiast, meetup and event organizer, and public speaker in the Women in Tech community.

Stefan Baumgartner

Stefan Baumgartner

Stefan lives in Linz and organises the local meetups Stahlstadt.js and Technologieplauscherl as well as ScriptConf, a conference about JavaScript. He is also host of the German web development podcast Working Draft and ScriptCast, a podcast about JavaScript. When he’s not talking about JavaScript, he occasionally enjoys some good Bavarian Weißbier.

Sherry List

Sherry List

Sherry is working with Web technologies for the last 15 years, with a focus on Angular in particular. She currently lives in beautiful Copenhagen and works as front-end developer at the bank Nordea. Apart from her daily job, she is co-organizer of the ngVikings conference, ngCopenhagen meetups and part of GDG Copenhagen. Apart from this, she also volunteer in lots of different non-profit organisations.

Robin Mehner

Robin Mehner

Robin loves The Semicolons, but not the semicolon. He’s living in Berlin and runs several community events with his friends like BerlinJS, Reject.JS and NodeCopter. While he earned his JavaScript chops during the great browser wars, he also explored other languages on the way.

Julia Kurt

Julia Kurt

A Java developer for 9 years with focus on web applications. She works at Adesso Group as a software consultant for financial industries. In her free time she is a member of Junior Chamber International (JCI) and occasional visitor of MunichJS user group events.

Sebastian Springer

Sebastian Springer

Sebastian is a passionate JavaScript developer. He is trying to spread the knowledge about good JavaScript development with various talks and articles. Curious about the future of JavaScript.

Miloš Sutanovac

Miloš Sutanovac

Miloš is a developer, consultant & speaker who has been teaching JavaScript and Front-end technologies for many years. He also lectures at several universities and helps organising CoderDojo Munich & MunichJS. Mindset: evolve or die.

Marco Stipek

Marco Stipek

Founder of Hackerbrücke, a melting pot for hackers, artists, politicians and communities in Munich, Full Stack CEO of IT:Agenten and Geek Space 9. Developing for Networks since 1987 and started using the Internet via Mail-Gateway in 1991.

Béla Varga

Béla Varga

Full time web developer. Part time freelancer. Founder of MunichJS – JavaScript user group. Founder and Champion of CoderDojo Munich. Trainer at Ecmanauten. Lecturer at university of applied sciences Salzburg.