Monika Trojanová
Jul 31, 2017 · 5 min read

Three leading developers are coming to Prague. It’s going to be phenomenal!

One escaped from jazz to programming, the second hacked GitHub before he was twenty, and the third invented a JavaScript “bundling” machete. We’re excited to have these three top programmers joining us at this year’s WebExpo.

Mike Amundsen

He studied musical theory and composition and was poised to become a professor. In the eighties, however, he became fascinated by his home computer and got into programming instead. Now, he use his highly developed logic and methods to build APIs. However, he does admit that he tends to approach systems design the way some might approach creating a musical composition.

“The application — the “composition” — is influenced by who shows up, what they want to do (or play), and how each interacts with the other. The web is very much like one big improvisation,” he said in an interview with

Mike’s domain is quite simply all the many challenges associated with APIs. He goes to the ends of the earth lecturing and teaching for the API Academy, which primarily helps the private sector with approaches to API design, implementation, and maintenance procedures.

This year, you’ll finally have the chance to meet Mike at WebExpo. After his talk, he’ll be happy to chat about the systems design, sociology, or his favorite jazz. At the bar, you’ll also find out whether he likes drinking the vodka that shares the same name.

Dreams, Lies, and the Autonomous Web

We are creating autonomous operating systems that can handle almost anything. However, the transmission of data between these systems is a serious matter, and yet, in nature, crosssystem communication is common. So, why wouldn’t the same go for websites?

Mike has the extraordinary ability to overlap all related disciplines, drawing on the latest findings from social sciences, communication theory, and systems design. His talk will outline a future model of computing, which relies on deliberate deviations that make interactions with other systems more efficient. With all that jazz.

Egor Homakov

He was just 19 years old when he hacked Rails on GitHub. It caused quite a stir and naturally, the job offers came pouring in. Egor then worked as a Ruby programmer at a number of startups and delved into the security of the web. For over 5 years, he’s been a consultant at the American company, Sakurity, which searches for website vulnerabilities. You might be familiar with some of the folks they’ve “investigated” — Uber, Wordpress, and AirBnB.

While auditing, he discovered a bulletproof model that enhances website security like never before. And he’s going to tell you why and how to use SecureLogin this year in Prague. We’re sure looking forward to hearing from him! In addition to bug hunting, he also has a passion for traveling, beer, and bitcoins.

SecureLogin: usable and secure authentication

Password verification has long been unsafe, not to mention that it also keeps users from converting on websites. So, Egor developed a decentralized authentication protocol since classic authentication looks like an open door to hackers.

Egor will outline how SecureLogin works, how it can help your users, and why hackers can’t break it. And by the way, it’s already available and free to use on your own website.

Juho Vepsäläinen

Juho helps programmers cut through the Javascript jungle — and his machete is Webpack, which creates JavaScript bundles from modular code for browsers. In 2014, front-end developers at Instagram started using Webpack and since then, other big projects have been looking into it closely. In fact, WordPress switched to Webpack this year.

In just two years, Juho’s company SurviveJS has become one of the most recognized authorities on development. Juno also decided to help the community and has published books on Webpack and React. His exciting career has been full of successes and unpleasant mistakes — and Juho will be telling it all live at WebExpo 2017.

From a Freelancer to a Business Owner — Case SurviveJS

This will be a good motivator for everyone, not just for small fish in the developer pond! Juho describes his path from the role of supplier to the role of owner. He’ll talk about how he built up his own business in the technical field. And he’ll also tell you that the way the business has grown in the last two years was a bit inadvertent.

You’ll also hear useful tips on how to find your own strategy for growth in the technical and business world.

When you go to thank him after his talk, make sure you know to things: Juho doesn’t drink beer (he’s the opposite of Egor), and he hates dead fish handshakes!

Mark the 22–23 September in your calendars! Avi Itzkovitch, Anton Repponen and Irene Pereyra, and Tomas Della Vedova are also coming to WebExpo 2017!

Buy your ticket now and get 1000 CZK off »

Looking forward to WebExpo? Do you have questions or comments? Feel free to write to us on Twitter. We’re happy to help!


Glimpse behind the scenes of preparations for the conference WebExpo 2018 (Prague, September 21-22, 2018)

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Glimpse behind the scenes of preparations for the conference WebExpo 2018 (Prague, September 21-22, 2018)

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