Kilian Valkhof

Building tools that make developers awesome.

Speaking

I have spoken at over 30 conferences including Web Directions Hover, QCon SF, HalfStack online, UX Ya’ll and more. On this page you’ll find information on the subjects I cover, upcoming speaking engagements, previous events and how to book me.

Subjects

I do well delivering both technical talks for developer audiences as well as more high level, future-looking talks for more varied audiences, and am open to creating a new talk for your conference or meetup.

Upcoming events

JS Eindhoven, 15 March (Eindhoven) RSVP here
Title: Stop using JavaScript for that: moving features from JS to CSS and HTML

AdvancedJS Amsterdam, 19 April (Amsterdam) RSVP here
Title: Stop using JavaScript for that: moving features from JS to CSS and HTML

Book me

If you would like me to speak at your event, conference or meetup, please reach out via e-mail, Twitter or LinkedIn. Find common information below. I can present in both English and Dutch (though please let me know beforehand which you expect!)

Personal information

Bio

Kilian Valkhof is the creator of Polypane, the browser for building websites. He wrote his first article on mobile web design all the way back in 2008 (with an exciting look ahead at “media features”!) and hasn’t stopped thinking about responsive websites since. Kilian is a solo developer building his and hopefully your dream browser, he writes about the web on kilianvalkhof.com and anywhere else he’s allowed to, and is an active open source contributor.

Terms

I will help promote the event, will be available to attendees for the duration of the event and attend the social activities surrounding it. I will gladly allow you to record and distribute my talk.

I will bring my own device, HDMI adapter and clicker and expect a power plug and over-ear microphone or other hands-free mic, since my talks often involve demos for which I need my hands.

My expectation is that a conference or event covers travel and hotel if required (unless I can get to the conference and back on the same day, for example those held near my location). This lets me focus on giving the best talk, rather than worry about costs. I’m happy to work with you and figure out the most cost-effective travel and stay.

Photos and headshots

Previous events

2023

We ♥ Web, 17 January (Amsterdam)
Title: Responsive Design Ground Rules

2022

Tech A11y Summit 2022, 15 December (online) More info
Title: Forced colors explained

Front-end Focus: Accessibility for Developers, 24 November 2022 (Utrecht)
Title: Beyond responsive design: new and future media queries

Modern Frontend Live!, 17 – 18 November 2022 (London)
Title: Stop using JavaScript for that: moving features from JS to CSS and HTML

Frontmania 2022, 17 – 5 October 2022 (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Title: Stop using JavaScript for that: moving features from JS to CSS and HTML
Title: Beyond responsive design: new and future media queries

Init Conference 2022, 24 September 2022 (Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Title: Stop using JavaScript for that: moving features from JS to CSS and HTML

AmsterdamJS Spring Edition, April 12 (Amsterdam)
Title: Stop using JavaScript for that: moving features from JS to CSS and HTML

Hover 2022, April 22 & 29, 2022 (online)
Title: :where :is :has?

Codebar Festival 2022, 11-13 March 2022 (online) Video
Title: Beyond responsive design: new and future media queries

2021

Tech A11y Summit, 15 December 2021 (online) Video
Title: An inclusive web, using preference media queries to make your sites for everyone
Title: Accessibility in front-end development (Panel discussion)

Git Commit Show 27 and 28 November 2021 (online)
Title: Beyond responsive design: new and future media queries

Fast Forward by Contentful, 3 – 5 November 2021 (online) Video
Title: Increasing Access to Your Website With “Prefers-Reduced-Data”

Web Directions: AAA, 29 October and 5 November 2021 (online)
Title: Forced Colors explained

CSS Café, 28 October2021 (online) Video
Title: Beyond responsive design: new and future media queries

Conf42, 28 October 2021 (online)
Title: Make Your Electron App Feel at Home Everywhere

Nerdear.la, 20 – 23 October 2021 (online). Video
Title: Responsive Design in 2021

Halfstack Series 1, 8 October 2021 (online). Get tickets to rewatch
Title: Approachable accessibility with media queries

UX Ya’ll, 23-24 September 2021 (online).
Title: An inclusive web: using preference media queries to make your sites for everyone.

Shortstackcon, 3 July 2021 (online)
Title: Increasing Access To Your Website With prefers-reduced-data. Video

Mintbean.io workshop, 26 May 2021
Title: Ground rules for responsive design. Video.

Webdirections Hover 2021, 30 April 2021
Title: Beyond responsive design: new and future media queries.

Frontend Lightning Talks 5.0 – CSS / UX / WCAG / Accessibility, April 13 2021
Title: Responsive design in 2021.

Frontend Lightning Talks 5.0, 9 February 2021
Title: Building desktop apps in Electron

2020

Codefwd: Design patterns, 9 July 2020
Title: Beyond screen sizes: responsive design in 2020. Video.

Halfstack Conf online, 22 May 2020
Title: Responsive design in 2020: It’s not just screen sizes anymore. Video.

React Amsterdam meetup, 6 Feb 2020
Title: Design Tokens 101. Video.

QCon San Francisco, 11-13 Nov 2019
Title: Make Your Electron App Feel at Home Everywhere.
Slides, Video.

2019 and earlier

Fronteers Jam Session X, 3 Oct 2019
Title: We’re all desktop app developers now. Slides. Video.

Zoetermeer Tech night, 22 May 2019
Title: Introduction to Polypane

Digital We Programme, 1 Feb 2017
Title: What I learned about building chatbots Slides (Dutch)

Zoetermeer Tech night, 15 Feb 2017
Title: The Electron Framework. Slides (Dutch)

Electron.js Amsterdam meetup, 11 May 2016
Title: Cross-platform electron. Slides

Kings of Code, 29 Jun 2009
Organizer and MC, front-end side event

Fronteers meetup, 8 May 2009
Title: CSS Frameworks. Slides

Future of Web Apps, 4 Oct 2007
Title: Dutch guild of front-end developers