2019 Developer Roadshow Asia: Seoul

Mozilla Developer Roadshow is excited to join developers and web creators at 구글 스타트업 캠퍼스 / Google for Startups Campus in Seoul!

Hear from our Mozillians and friends on some of the best practices on the web platform including privacy and security guidance on building an immersive web browser, common tooling to build for virtual and augmented reality, using Firefox DevTools to learn modern CSS layouts, how Mixed Reality is reshaping everything on the web

Doors open at 6pm with Talks kicking off at 6.30pm, and Social Session to close the event.

All events are free, but please RSVP and confirm attendance since we will be providing food and beverages throughout the sessions.


Additional Information

Mozilla Developer Roadshow 2019 is in Seoul to tell the story of how the web continues to democratize opportunities for developers and creators.


  • 6.00pm: Doors Open for Check In (please have your ticket ready)

  • 6.30pm: Presentations starts with Introduction

  • 6.45pm: Talks begin

  • 7:45pm: Short 15 minute break

  • 8:00pm: Talks resume

  • 9pm til 9:30pm: Social, Q&A session

Speakers, Talk Descriptions and Bios

Ali Spivak
Introduction: What's New at Mozilla

Get a quick overview of what we are working on at Mozilla - from new Firefox releases to WASM and many more!

Ali Spivak is the Director of Developer Relations at Mozilla, and oversees Mozilla’s developer documentation, content, events, and community participation. She has managed MDN for 5+ years, chairs the MDN Product Advisory Board and believes in an interoperable, cross platform web. Prior to Mozilla, she managed web production at Cisco, Edmunds.com, and numerous startups.

Hui Jing Chen
Talk Description: Making CSS from Good to Great: The Power of Subgrid

Grid has lived up to the hype and since its release in 2017, it has been increasingly used in production, from personal sites to big name organizations like the New York Times, Sony and slate.com. Even though Grid allowed us to do many things with an ease that was not possible before, there is still room for improvement. Cue Subgrid. This feature allows nested grids to participate in the sizing of their parent grids, solving a major pain point developers faced with just Grid alone. This talk will explain how subgrid works and the use-cases it solves.

Chen Hui Jing is a self-taught designer and developer living in Singapore, with an inordinate love for CSS, as evidenced by her blog, that is mostly about CSS, and her tweets, which are largely about typography and the web. She used to play basketball full-time and launched her web career during downtime between training sessions. Hui Jing is currently a Developer Advocate for Nexmo, focusing on growing developer engagement around the APAC region.

Karl Dubost and Daisuke Akatsuka
Talk Description: Best Viewed With…Let’s Talk about WebCompatibility

The Web gave each of us the possibility to reach anyone, anywhere. It doesn’t matter if you use a TV, a laptop, a VR headset or a mobile device, you will be able to access and create content. And still… this is too often not the story we live. From “Best viewed with IE” to the now “Best viewed with Chrome”, we deliver bad experiences to others. In this talk, we will go through tips and tools to avoid Web Compatibility issues and understand their consequences. Your websites can be reached by more people. Get ready to be everywhere.

Karl Dubost: Always a bit far, there, near here, Karl is living in Japan. He likes to explore his self-contradictions on sunken lanes. Walking toward every nowhere. In the Mozilla Webcompat team, he gives patina to the Web asperity, so people do not hurt themselves.

Daisuke Akatsuka: A previous formula car racer, Daisuke abandoned his dream of going pro in order to complete his studies at Tokyo Metropolitan College of Aeronautical Engineering. After working as a soba noodle cook and a welder, Daisuke decided to pursue his passion for programming and began contributing to Firefox in 2006 where he now leads the work on web compatibility tool as well as the animation tool and contributing to other developer tools in Firefox. Follow Daisuke @dadaaism

Brian Birtles
Talk Description: 10 things I hate about Web Animation (and how to fix them)

Animations can make your site or app feel intuitive, fun, and polished, but they can also be hard, slow, and irritating. Let's look at some of the difficult parts and new features Mozilla has been working on to fix them.

Based in Tokyo, Brian has been working on animation features in Firefox since 2004 and contributing to CSS animation specifications since about 2010. In 2019 he started Birchill, Inc. in Japan to make Web apps but continues to contribute to Firefox and the W3C Follow Brian @brianskold

Philip Lamb
Talk Description: Developing for Mixed Reality on the Open Web Platform

Mixed reality (including virtual and augmented reality) is a hot area of software development right now. All the major software players want to own the space and are actively trying to attract developers to their proprietary platforms. Users are reaping the benefits of this investment, but for developers, there are dark clouds gathering: platform lock-in risk, market fragmentation, and violations of user privacy. Mozilla proposes and is building a different model, one based on open standards, open-source, and user-agency over data and privacy.

This talk will discuss recent developments in MR technologies and platforms, present the open platform alternative being built at Mozilla, and showcase recent developments by the MR team at Mozilla, including the Firefox Reality VR browser, Hubs by Mozilla social VR, frameworks for content creators, and WebXR, the new W3C standard API for building MR apps that run over the web.

Philip Lamb is a Senior Research Engineering Manager with Mozilla’s Mixed Reality research group, working on virtual and augmented reality browsers and novel mixed-reality technologies. He has 20 years experience in augmented and virtual reality, alongside skills in real-time rendering, software architecture, and an academic background in robotics and perceptual psychology.

Kathy Giori
Talk Description: Mozilla WebThings: Manage Your Own Private Smart Home Using FOSS and Web Standards

Mozilla has built the WebThings Gateway as an open source implementation for the W3C Web of Things standard, targeting smart home applications. We will show how to set up and manage a WebThings Gateway, so you can go home and configure your own. Then you will get hands-on, and learn to make your own smart home devices (using low-cost developer boards). And finally, we will show how to connect commercial products to your home gateway, while still protecting your privacy (by keeping data local, not sending it to the cloud).

Kathy Giori is a Senior Staff Advocate at Mozilla, promoting WebThings, an open source Web of Things implementation which embodies Mozilla's values around privacy, security, and interoperability. In previous roles at Arduino.org, Qualcomm Atheros, and other startups, she has been promoting the benefits of open hardware and software, and finds that bridging open communities with industry drives faster innovation. She received her bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and her master’s in EE from Stanford.