SydCSS June

Public group

Web Directions

Suite 2B, Level 2, 2-12 Foveaux Street · Sydney

How to find us

Just a short walk from Central station

Location image of event venue


Feels like forever since the last meet up, and we've missed you HEAPS!

We're super excited about our June meet up, not only is it based on one of our favourite events from last year, but it looks like we'll pass 1,000 members just before we get together.

On the night we'll see speakers who have never presented in public before delivering a 5 minute talk each. They'll be fresh faces with the freshest of ideas, and they'll need the warmest of SydCSS welcomes, so RSVP now.

Food & Drink
At SydCSS we won't give you a full belly, we'll have some light snacks for you and they'll be a couple of drinks for you too. We like to keep the night to around 90 minutes, and encourage people use the night as an excuse to grab some dinner near by with fellow CSS fans.

Popular places to go are Chur Burger ( before and El Loco ( afterwards. If you've got a sweet tooth, then you can't beat Messina (

Keep an eye on Twitter for people organising dinner, and don't be afraid to use the hash tag #SydCSS ( to see who's out and about.

Thinking outside the box model: Scaling CSS in large real-time applications

Matt Fairbrass | ( | @matt_d_rat (

CSS has evolved and changed much since its initial release 18 years ago. Its introduction ushered in a new era of separation of concerns keeping document content and its presentation separate from one another. Since then we have enjoyed a myriad of advancements in the language as it tries to keep pace with the ever changing design landscape of the web. As the types of applications we build become ever more complex, how we write and scale CSS becomes a real challenge. In this talk, Matt looks at the techniques he uses at Lab49 to scale CSS in building real-time foreign exchange banking platforms.

Matt Fairbrass is a 27 year old UX software engineer from London, England. For the past two and a half years, he has been working for Lab49, a strategy, design and technology consulting firm that creates advanced solutions for the world’s leading investment banks, asset managers and exchanges.

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Amy Simmons | @amesimmons ( | (

Amy has been a full-stack web developer for six weeks. Before that she was a journalist for six years. She’s at SydCSS to share her story – how and why she made the career change and what lessons she learnt along the way.

Amy is a developer at ansarada, a General Assembly graduate and a former ABC journalist.

Performance Issues in Modern Web Applications

Buddhike de Silva | @buddyspike28 (

Modern applications receive a lot of credit for being simple to use by the end user. This simplicity sometimes comes with added complexity to the nuts and bolts holding the application together. Where there's complexity you will inevitably find performance problems.

In this session we will walk through some fundamental concepts to analyse performance issues and look at a few handy tools we can use to identify them.

Budd is a web developer and he loves eating spicy food.

Don't work for CSS, make CSS work for you!

Ei Sabai Nyo | @eisabai ( |

CSS development has changed so much compared to a decade ago. It’s not just writing code, there are frameworks, preprocessors, optimisations and everything but the kitchen sink. Ei Sabai loves all the new technologies and new ways of doing things but sometimes finds herself doing things that don’t necessarily add value. In this session, Ei Sabai will show us how she went back to basics and applied 5 simple CSS changes to reduce bounce rate and increase page views.

Ei Sabai Nyo is an entrepreneur and web developer. She is passionate about using web technologies to move ideas forward. She has been in the web development industry for more than a decade and when she is not running after her active toddler, she can be seen at her desk, coding away.

5 things I learned about Website Performance Optimisation

Marco Amoroso |

In this session Marco will share his experiences on ways to optimise how front end resources are delivered to end users. He will be showing us what he's learned, and the mistakes he's made whilst trying to squeeze the most out of the browser.

Marco is a soccer enthusiast, Minecraft fanatic and a passionate resident developer at