Rich Higgins – Speaker Profile

I cut my industry teeth in Leeds during the early noughties dotcom boom and finished my full-time agency career at design and advertising agency LOVE in Manchester.

Works as: Consultant web developer

Talk title: Automating Critical CSS

Short intro about your talk: How we approached automating critical CSS for modular, CMS driven websites at Co-op Digital.

Travelling from: Manchester

Sarah Semark – Speaker Profile

A designer, developer, and world-traveller. After running a business for eight years, she now works for Automattic designing and building WordPress themes.

When she’s not busy making things, Sarah likes obsessing over typography, collecting impractical footwear, and exploring new places.

Works as: Product designer at Automattic

Talk title: The Night of the Living Style Guides

A short intro: The line between design and development is getting blurrier, and our approach to web design is becoming more modular. How do we keep track of it all?
Style guides to the rescue!

Travelling from? Edinburgh

Final Schedule Announcement

It’s been brewing for a long time now but after a lot of work and effort from the organising team and our speakers we finally have a final schedule for the conference! 

Speaker shake-up

Hi everyone! We’ve had a few speaker changes to the schedule this month, here’s a breakdown.

We have some NEW Speakers! … and £20 discount code

Welcome to the line up Tejay White, Jani Evakallio, Damian Nicholson and Sandeep Singh! We still have plenty of speakers to add and are just waiting to hear back from a few more people before we announce the final list.

£20 off tickets

You can now get tickets for just £100 (that’s the SAME price as the Early Bird tickets!) when you use the code ‘NEWSPEAKERS’ what are you waiting for? Buy tickets now!

Speaker Applications Close Next Week!

Interested in speaking? Don’t miss out on the chance to come and speak at FEN 2018 in lovely Sheffield!

Does it have to be a ‘FRONT-ENDy’ talk?

Absolutely not! We’re accepting talks on a broad range of web development topics so do not be afraid if your ideas are not strictly ‘front-end’ related.

Announcing our ‘Steel’ headline sponsor: Digital Media Center

Our sponsors are key to the FrontEndNorth conference because without them we wouldn’t be able to cover all of the costs required to put on an event of this size. We’d like to thank the Digital Media Center for their support as our ‘Steel’ level sponsor.

Feeding a Thriving Tech Community

FEN is more than just a Front-end conference, it’s a full day web and digital festival and one of the only events like it in the area of Sheffield and Yorkshire.

Last years event attracted attracting 200 people and 14 speakers and although we had a strong local following the majority of the speaking talent and attendees were from outside the region. This year we are hoping to change that by making sure we connect with the local community first and reach out to some new and exciting speakers who are from the area.

We still need new speakers! Apply to speak today...


Mel Kanarek, Director and Co-founder of Sheffield Digital has this to say about FrontEndNorth:

“It’s great to see FrontEndNorth happening again in Sheffield. Having a thriving tech conference in the city not only provides excellent resources for the people working here, but also attracts visitors from elsewhere.

“A conference of the calibre of FrontEndNorth says that Sheffield is well and truly a growing destination for digital professionals and businesses.”

Remember that the next event takes place on January 19 at Sheffield City Hall and will include top speakers from a range of industries. TED-style “lightning talks” will take place throughout the day and the full speaker line up will be announced in autumn.

Early bird tickets are selling FAST so get your hands on one today:

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FEN 2018 Tickets now For Sale!

Tickets are priced from just £100 for early-bird tickets and £120 standard price. We will also be releasing a limited amount of £50 student tickets.

2018 Sponsorship Pack now available

FEN needs sponsors to help make things happen. The conference cannot go-ahead without sponsorship money to cover the hefty venue-hire and speaker costs – we’ve tried our best to make our packages affordable and inviting!

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