2019 Developer Roadshow Asia: Singapore

Mozilla Developer Roadshow is excited to join developers and web creators back in Singapore!

Thank you to our host Grab for joining Mozilla to bring this DevRoadshow to the community. Grab is Southeast Asia's leading company providing transportation, logistics and financial services. Grab aims to solve key problems in the region and improve the lives of millions through technology.

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.

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Additional Information

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

Directions to Venue: Marina One Office (M1) - 9 Straits View, Marina One West Tower. Go to the reception desk and tell them you are attending the Mozilla Developer Roadshow at Grab. They will hand out a visitor pass which will bring you to level 22.


  • 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.

Venetia Tay
Talk Description: Designing for User-centered Privacy

We are embedding technology in everything from dating to driving and from the environment to elections and our desire for convenience and safety has given way to trade-offs for our privacy, security, and well-being. Venetia's talk will explore the state of privacy awareness in Asia, why privacy matters, and share the research Mozilla has done on understanding user mindsets around protection. She will further address how we are responsible for protecting our users as designers and developers of these technologies and systems.

Venetia Tay is the Head of Audience Insights at Mozilla, the not-for-profit behind Firefox. Her focus is to understand their key consumer and developer audiences and be the authentic “voice of the user” in the organization. As a business strategist with a mixed methods research background, she focuses on research that delivers actionable insights to inspire and shape design, product development and brand/marketing strategy.

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.

Sriraghavan Subramanian, Guest Speaker from Grab Engineering Team
Talk Description: Percentage Rollout for Single Page web applications

Canary Deployments and percentage-based rollout are common in today's back-end world. The team at Grab is currently looking for ways to implement similar concepts for web-apps (Statically hosted single page applications). The primary goal for Gradual Rollouts is to serve as an early warning indicator with smaller blast radius if things go wrong. It could also be used to A/B test big UI revamps or tech stack upgrades. This talk aims to demonstrate this gradual (% based) Rollout for Single Page web-apps with focus on those that are hosted on a AWS Cloudfront Setup.

Sri have been with Grab for 2+ years, primarily working with the Web Platform team which focuses on building common solutions for making lives of Full Stack developers easier. This includes tools for managing the entire life cycle of web-apps from scaffolding, developing, testing, building, deploying and monitoring. Sri also enjoys spending time playing Cricket or playing one of Valve's many awesome games.

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.