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day 1

08:15 AM - Door Opening

08:30 AM - Coffee and Pastries

09:00 AM - Single track keynotes part 1

10:30 AM - Coffee

11:00 AM - Single track keynotes part 2

01:00 PM - LUNCH TIME !

02:00 PM - Multiple track keynotes, workshops

06:00 PM - End of multi-track sessions

06:30 PM - Lets get the party started !

day 2

07:30 AM - 5k run (get in touch with us!)

08:30 AM - Coffee and Pastries

09:00 AM - Single track keynotes part 1

10:30 AM - Coffee

11:00 AM - Single track keynotes part 2


02:30 PM - Multiple track keynotes, workshops

05:30 PM - End of multi-track sessions

06:30 PM - Door closing



The photostory of everything Michal Budzynski

JavaScript, Creative Coding

Have you ever realized that a picture is nothing but a collection of colored points? If each of them can be described by three numbers from 0-255, there are 256 ^ 3 = 16 777 216 possible pixels. So there is 2^4915200 different 640x480 images ((256 ^ 3) ^ (640 * 480)). What we could find in them if all had been generated?

Everything. For example - you reading this description on TakeOff Conference page, screenshot of Crockford's JSLint's source code from 2030, finally with 'let' and 'const' support, or mini tuna army fighting with giant star-nosed moles on yet undiscovered planet with every possible background, from every possible point of view. Is it even possible?"


Writing awesome code Hans Christian Reinl

Methodology, Front-End, Best practices

Writing code is hard. Especially when you have to work in a team and everyone writes his or her code differently. As if it wasn't hard enough to understand and implement the functionality of an app.

To work against barriers of understanding code define how your team writes code. Set up coding guidelines and style guides so you can focus on functionality. This is not limited to your JavaScript-Code: Give some love to your HTML and CSS as well. As a result you reduce the time you spent doing tasks that are less enjoyable and let you focus more on the work that you love.

robin Robin Berjon


There are currently more Web standards in preparation at W3C than have been published since it exists. In this talk we'll take a look at a small sample of species from this Cambrian explosion in technology to see what's coming next on the Web platform.


Product-Oriented Architectures Rob Spectre

API, Architecture, SOA, Best Practices

An argument for a different type of software architecture where all services are built as hardened APIs that can be externalized to customers. Talks about the genesis of this concept at Amazon for what would become Amazon Web Services, its application at new startups like Twilio, and the differences between it and regular SOA.


Unlimited scalability with NoSQL databases Jean-Pierre LeGoaller

Scalability, NoSQL

To ensure web applications are both highly available and cost optimized, it is important that they are designed to scale up and down automatically according to real usage. This includes the application servers and web servers as well as the database behind them.

Relational SQL databases generally only support vertical scaling and can quickly become bottlenecks when dealing with a high volume of traffic.

This talk will explore how NoSQL databases can provide a highly scalable alternative to SQL databases to handle high traffic with virtually no scaling limit. Specifically we will cover in detail the NoSQL offering Amazon DynamoDB which powers some very high traffic web apps like Shazam.


Responsible use of data visualization Irene Ros

Data Visualization, Inspiration

Irene will discuss the objectivity of the medium and how design choices we make alter our perception of the data, this talk will include some best practices and core concepts about data visualization.


The Web Platform of tomorrow - HTML42 & CSS13 Paul Rouget

HTML5, Javascript, CSS

Paul will discuss the web of tomorrow, including: WebRTC, getUserMedia, CSS4, new WebAPIs and mobile.


Robots need love too Sebastian Golasch

JavaScript, Robots, Creative Coding

"Born in the mid 90´s as the stepdaughter of Java Applets in Netscape Navigator, JavaScript has gone a long way. Once used to validate forms and to dynamically change the background color of webpages, JavaScript is now the number one citizen in the interwebs."

You might ask yourself, that´s it? No more white spots on the JavaScript landscape? Well, do you know that we can control robots with JavaScript? No? Well then I got some good news for you, any JavaScript developer can be upgraded to a robot building scientist within 45 minutes. You don´t believe me? Well then check out my talk about blinking lights, beeping machines and of course: flying robots.


12 Steps to win at Software Development Gregg Pollack

Methodology, Best Practices

This is a talk covering 12 lessons they don't teach in programming class. It takes more then just technical skills to succeed at being a software developer. You may also need to communicate effectively, manage projects, train your clients, and mainly just play well with others. In this talk I will give some tips to increase your chances of success in our chosen field.


HTML5 New APIs Ido Green

HTML5, Chrome, Cloud, App Engine

Modern web apps are rich and interactive applications. This talk will cover new HTML5 APIs for building modern web apps that will delight and amaze your users. Ido will cover the following: the latest and greatest application patterns and HTML5 APIs, some cool tips on Chrome DevTools, tools for building cutting edge APIs using Google App Engine power.


Scaling your next project with schema-free databases Chris Molozian

Database, NoSql, Performances, Scalability

Change is the one thing you can guarantee will happen in your next project. Fixing your schema before you've even launched means taking a massive gamble over what your users will want and how you're going to deliver it.

The new generation of schema-free databases give you the flexibility to learn what your users need and what your application should do. As a bonus, databases such as Riak give you huge scalability meaning that you needn't fear success.

Chris introduces the new world of schema-free/NoSQL databases and focuses on how Riak can make your next project truly web-scale.


Introducing MeteorJS Geoff Schmidt

NodeJS, Realtime, NoSQL

Meteor is an open-source platform for building top-quality web apps in a fraction of the time, whether you're an expert developer or just getting started.



Business Logic in the Cloud with Google Apps Script Thomas Parisot

Google Apps, Javascript

Description Remember your complex Excel VBScripts or your first handmade Access+Word mailer system nightmares?

Google Apps Scripts is a hidden replacing gem without having to buy a SAP licence.

JavaScript is the definitive language to build scripts, deploy simple & complex workflows using your company’s Google Apps services and datas: retrieve from third party providers (like Twitter), host in Spreadsheets, publish to Calendar, notify with emails and more.


Push and use responsive images Anselm Hannemann

W3C, Standards, Responsive design

Responsive images are the hot topic this year and we are finally getting to an end. An editor's draft has been written for the W3C. But now you might wanna know, where we go and what to use. I'll give you a quick overview. And show how it could work on devices.


3D CSS, Finding the right perspective Peter Westendorp


3D CSS lets us do awesome things with ease. However, there are quite a few drawbacks on 'being cutting edge'. We'll learn how 3D CSS works, what some best-practices are, why auto-updating browsers can be a pain and how to keep calm when your 3D creation seems to be falling to pieces.

Finally we will look at the history of web development to find out how we should deal with our excitement about this new technology.


Automated deployments with robots Ole Michaelis

Continuous Integration, Robots, Hubot

Continuous deployment is the high art of devops. So there are several ways to achieve this: many use a one-click deployment tool like ‘Deployinator’, or something self-written. This talk should give some insights about how we (Digital Pioneers N.V.) deploy our apps controlled by an awesome chat robot named hubot (by github). It will also show you how to simply do it the way we do!


Flasky Goodness Kenneth Reitz

Python, SOA, Flask

This talk dives into Service-Oriented Architecture and why Django isn't always the best tool for the job. We'll overview the Flask web framework, and how it can be a great fit for distributed applications.


Organisation Pays Off: Structuring your App with Require JS Jack Franklin

Javascript, Architecture, RequireJS

When you start a new project, your first thought is often that you want to dive right in. Perhaps you'll whip up a quick folder directory, create an app.js file and get coding. This seems great at first but as your app grows and your code gains complexity, quickly this will become a nightmare.

Perhaps you try to then split it up into multiple files, but including them on each of your html pages, and in the right order, becomes just as bad. Splitting up your files splits your codebase into neatly organised blocks but then you've got dependencies to manage - which JS files do the others depend on?

If only you'd started from the beginning and spent a few moments trying to figure this out, and that's what this talk will be based on. Speaking from my own personal experience of failing to organise code properly in the past, I'll take you through steps to plan out how to split your codebase up, what frameworks and libraries to use to make this much easier, and even take a look at build tools so you can neatly package and deploy your app in one fell swoop.

We'll use the Asynchronous Module Definition (AMD) API for JavaScript modules to produce neatly packaged code. We'll use libraries like Require.JS to achieve this, and handle our dependencies for us. We'll then learn how to use the AMD API when working with 3rd party libraries - ones that come with built in AMD support, and ones that don't. We'll do this manually at first and then use JS package managers like JamJS to do this bit for us too. Eventually we'll end up with an app beautifully divided into individual modules. We will then look at how to avoid these modules interacting too much with each other - using an event driven approach to keep modules form interacting directly with each other.

Once we've made it that far, we will look at build processes, to produce a minified version of your app and dive briefly into command line tools that make this easier.


Design for developers Remi Parmentier


I'm used to meet, discuss and work with a lot of developers. And I often find that they all have the same inability to produce good interfaces. This talk is meant to inspire developers, or anyone who creates products, to create websites and applications that not only look beautiful, but that people use and love.


JSONiq - The SQL of NOSQL William Candillon

Javascript, JSON

Since a couple of years, the NoSQL movement has developed a variety of open-source document stores. They are focused on high availability, horizontal scalability, and are designed to run on commodity hardware. These products have gained great traction in the industry to store large amounts of flexible data. Arguably, the next step for the NoSQL community is on harnessing flexible data processing.

The aim of this presentation is to introduce JSONiq: the SQL of NoSQL. JSONiq extends XQuery, a mature W3C standard for querying and updating flexible data, with native JSON support. It is an expressive and highly optimizable language to query and update NoSQL stores. Moreover, it enables developers to leverage the same productive high-level language across a variety of NoSQL products. We will showcase how JSONiq can be leveraged on top of products such as MongoDB and DynamoDB but also APIs such as Google Analytics.


Doing it angled - Musings with AngularJS Thorben Schröder

Javascript, AngularJS

My talk takes all the learnings we've had here at Quarter Spiral while -#building our new product with AngularJS. It covers the best-practices and -#anti-patterns of how to get you started on Angular, grow and deploy your app-#. In addition to that I will give insight on our Ruby backend -#infrastructure, how it is playing well along with Angular and what problems -#we've faced in their collaboration.

In a last part I will give you a rough overview on how we managed good -#and continuos test coverage for the whole project.


You are not service oriented enough! Jakob Mattsson

Best practices, Creative coding, SOA

The UNIX philosophy of doing one thing and doing it well applies to web apps as well!

Ruby gems, NPM and all of their cousins are great for modularizing code. Yet most developers bundle dozens after dozens of modules together into monolithic projects when building their customer facing products. It is true for the servers and it is especially true for clients.

But what if there was a way to truly stick to the UNIX philosophy? What if we could pipe products together on the highest level and not just on the module level?

This talk will show you a way of doing this. It will be a roller-coaster ride through service-oriented architecture, showing you some cool ideas as well as concrete solutions you can start using right away!


NoSQL & JavaScript: A Love Story! Alexandre Morgaut

Best practices, Javascript, NoSQL

You may all know that JSON is a subset of JavaScript, but... Did you know that HTML5 implements NoSQL databases? Did you know that JavaScript was recommended for REST by Roy T. Fielding himself? Did you know that map & reduce are part of the native JavaScript API? Did you know that most NoSQL solutions integrate a JavaScript engine? CouchDB, MongoDB, WakandaDB, ArangoDB, OrientDB, Riak.... And when they don't, they have a shell client which does...

The story of NoSQL and JavaScript goes beyond your expectations and open more opportunities than you might imagine... What better match could you find than a flexible and dynamic language for schemaless databases? Isn't, an event-driven language what you were waiting for to manage eventually consistency? When NoSQL doesn't come to JavaScript, JavaScript comes to NoSQL, and does it very well...


Loosely coupled architectures for high availability and scalability Jean-Pierre LeGoaller

Scalability, Tooling, best practices

The more complex applications become, the more they are sensitive to the failure of a single component. Splitting your application into independent systems communicating through asynchronous services helps build highly scalable and highly resilient apps.

Discover how to leverage asynchronous messaging services, like Amazon Simple Queueing Service and Amazon Simple Workflow, and how customers like NASA are already using these services to achieve both high resiliency and high scalability.


Designing better Javascript APIs Rodney Rehm

Javascript, Architecture

At some point or another, you will find yourself writing JavaScript code that exceeds the couple of lines from a jQuery plugin. Your code will do a whole lot of things; it will (ideally) be used by many people who will approach your code differently. They have different needs, knowledge and expectations.

This talk covers the most important things that you will need to consider before and while writing your own utilities and libraries. We’ll focus on how to make your code accessible to other developers.


What are Device APIs? Diana Cheng

HTML5, Javascript, Device APIs

Easy! They are all those Javascript APIs that let you access the device’s hardware, but recently they have become much more than that. With Web APIs like Web Intents, developers will soon be able to access resources on the device, cloud and local area network seamlessly. I’ll be showing the bleeding edge Javascript that allows you to determine and keep track of the status of your phone’s battery, trigger device vibration if you wish, capture live audio and video directly into your Web pages, pick images from your device’s gallery or from your preferred cloud storage in a completely transparent manner for the user, and discover services available in your home network. Code and Demos? You bet!


CSS Laid Out Phil Nash

CSS, Webdesign

Laying out websites has traditionally been a pain. In the past lie a hundred thousand discarded HTML table elements and twisted, disfigured floated elements. In the future are the bright lights of flexbox and grid layouts. But where do we stand now? How should we be laying sites out in 2013?


Clean and clear software with Erlang Anthony Eden

Erlang, Functional Programming

Erlang is a functional programming language that was designed for high-concurrency, soft real-time applications. The original authors created Erlang for use in telecom devices which led to the creation of something that is different from any other language you use: completely functional with built in syntax for message passing between lightweight processes, designed to fail fast but with an application framework that deals with failure gracefully and with purpose, Erlang is awesome. As with anything new and different your first response may be fear and doubt. With its seemingly bizarre syntax and totally functional nature, Erlang seems unapproachable at first. It turns out that with a little bit of practice, the syntax begins to make complete sense and the functional aspects become part of your way of thinking, leading to clean and clear software.

Ready to learn a bit of Erlang now? In this talk I will go through the source code for erl-dns, an open source DNS server written in Erlang that I have been working on for DNSimple. I'll demonstrate how to think in Erlang, showing you things like Erlang's fantastic pattern-matching syntax, its process model and how to build applications with OTP, the Open Telecom Platform, which is Erlang's application framework. Using real code examples my plan is to give you a peek into something completely different and provide encouragement to try your own hand at the Erlang language.


Build your website with Awestruct and publish it on the cloud with Git Xavier Coulon

Ruby, Git, Cloud

Awestruct comes from this crazy idea that that you don't necessarily need a CMS to publish your content, because static pages can turn into a dynamic website thanks to modern HTML5 capable browsers. Let's just come back to the roots with web servers hosting static pages while the dynamic part of the site is shifted to the client side.

In this session, you'll be introduced to Awestruct, a ruby-based tool for generating web pages from lightweight markup languages such as HAML, SASS, Markdown, Textile and CoffeeScript. Using Awestruct's extension pipeline, you'll see how to setup a blog with support for comments and analytics, and then publish the generated pages on the cloud using Git."


Event-driven PHP Igor Wiedler

PHP, Realtime

NodeJS seems to be the current hype in the programming world. It is an implementation of the reactor pattern using libev under the hood. None of these concepts are new. They have been used by C programmers for decades and also gained some traction in the ruby and python communities over the last few years.

React is a library for building event-driven servers with PHP. It's relatively new, but already has some libraries based on it. This talk will go into how event-driven programming works on a low level and what APIs PHP provides. Then I will show you how React provides a usability layer on top of these APIs, how you can use it to build servers for various protocols, and how you can talk to existing apps by using a message queue.


Science-based Development Olivier Lacan

Methodology, Best practices

Development, like science, is a messy endeavor. It’s near impossible to control all the variables. Testing code is a noble goal, but it’s very easy to test the wrong thing. Many experienced scientists are fooled by their senses and biases. To account for that they crafted and refined a Scientific Method. That method has been stress tested by centuries of experimentation, discovery and peer-review. It probably wouldn’t hurt to try to apply it to development and see what it can offer.


Creative Coding : Visualizing Music Jonas Wagner

Javascript, Creative Coding

Improvements in Javascript performance and new features in HTML5 have made it possible to create beautiful visual effects never seen before on the web. In this talk I will show you how to play with web technology and code to visualize the beauty of music. I will start with some background knowledge and move on to a live coding session, which will dazzle and entertain with visuals and sound.


Go: code that grows with grace Francesc Campoy Flores


One of the Go Programming Language’s key design -#goals is code adaptability; that it should be easy to -#take a simple design and build upon it in a clean and -#natural way. In this talk I describe a simple “chat -#roulette” server that matches pairs of incoming TCP -#connections, and then use Go’s concurrency -#mechanisms, interfaces, and standard library to -#extend it with a web interface and other features. -#Although the function of the program changes -#dramatically, the inherent flexibility of Go allows -#the original design to remain intact as it grows.


Creating Games with WebGL and Three.js James Williams

Game programming, WebGL, Javascript, Webdesign

There was once a time where gaming in the browser meant Flash. That time is no more. Based on OpenGL ES, WebGL brings the 3D world to the browser without any plugins. Three.js, a scenegraph library for WebGL, allows us to make creating 3D web apps easier by abstracting away many of the low-level API calls. In this session, you’ll learn the basics of game programming, WebGL, and how to use Three.js to create WebGL applications.


Opening the Cloud with JavaScript Romain Huet

Javascript, Cloud computing, performances

Jolicloud is reinventing the desktop and building an open and independent platform for the cloud, all this using exclusively JavaScript.

This talk will reflect on how we can connect the dots and use JavaScript for everything to create beautiful products, pushing its limits from the front-end, with the latest HTML5 technologies, to the back-end and even the hardware, with Node. It's also an opportunity to present the challenges we’ve faced and share what we’ve learned from them.


Let's fly to the moon! Jerôme Etienne

Gaming, WebGL, Javascript

This talk will be a live coding of a nice WebGL demo. During this talk, you will learn cool things like coding rockets booster with WebGL particles or like using 3D sound localisation with audio API. We will use tQuery, a thin library which tends to make code real short. This library has been designed to lower the barrier of entry for webGL projects. It is very similar to jQuery and provides all the usual things you are used to: element selectors, chained API and clean plugin ecosystem. All you need to participate is a WebGL enable computer and basic knowledge of jQuery!


Network Architecture based on Game Philosophy João Moura

Inspiration, creative coding

Take Off Conf is about trending topics for the upcoming year, and there is a hole new range of possibilities that will start to be more on spotlight this year, because we (developers), are starting to change our mindsets to an asynchronous and really dynamic way of architecture and development.

There isn't a great and big historic about this kind of development, building real time applications, when we are talking about web apps, there is a lot to be discussed and explored, and this is exactly what I want to talk about.

The most of the developers already was or still are a game addicted, so we all know that there isn't nothing more dynamic, asynchronous and multi-thread that multiplayer networked games, and games still have a lot to contribute with us in this new application development era, where one of the most known proverbs are that "Speed matters, and matters a lot!"

This is what this talk is about, we are gonna pass by some of game philosophy and bring this concepts to this new dynamic architecture model that we (developers) and the users of ours applications are seeking.

The venue

We booked the most amazing venue of the area. It is called Euratechnologies. This old textile factory built with red bricks has been refurbished with tons of steel, glass, & optical fiber.

Cocktail, party, run & surprises

We want to share the love and to enjoy the evening. We booked an incredible place for the evening and we will be throwing a party at the end of the first day. Please join our complimentary bus shuttle from the center of the city and we will get you back after the party. There will be plenty of food and drinks, so let us take care of you.

There is a water canal running from the center of the city to the conference venue. If you are healthy enough, join our 5K run on Friday morning for fun and PROFIT! There will some cool pieces of swag for the best runners. We will move from the historic center to the venue through the Vauban Citadelle, a fortified place.There will be showers available at the venue and a lifting service for your stuff.

Each morning

The conference will run on a single-track in the morning, with keynotes taking place in the 280 seats amphitheater. You may expect talks from top-notch software, engineers, designers, scientists, coming from all over the world. A breakfast will be served from 8h00 to 10h00 and several coffee & tea breaks will be offered through the morning.

Each afternoon

After a complimentary and delicious lunch on the conference venue, we will be holding a few more keynotes (depending on the final schedule) and workshops, focusing on showoffs and coding sessions. Those talks will take place in the main amphitheater and two rooms with a seating capacity of 72 and 54.

There will be between 1 and 3 tracks going on at the same time and we will try to offer a wide choices of topics. During the afternoon, you may expect to find food and drinks to feed your brain cells.

If you are jetlagged or tired, come and chill out and chat with your new friends in our lounge, located near the bar. We will be playing music and baking cakes for your enjoyment.

Your stay in Lille...

We're teaming up with a fresh *** hotel, the Ibis Styles, in the very down town of the city, at 99€/night (with breakfast). Payable at the door.

Please e-mail us at with your ticket number to book a room.

And your way to the venue

Looking forward for a simple way to organize your way to the venue?

We booked a shuttle to pick people in our partnered hotels. Just wait for us in hotel’s lobby, we’ll make the rest. For the others we will indicate some rally points as near as we can for your place.

Otherwise, Lille has many ways to travel, including subway, bus and bicycle. Check out Transpole for more informations. Taking the subway is the easiest solution. Euratechnologies is just a few minutes walking from the Canteleu station.



Jean-Pierre LeGoaller

Amazon Web Services

Solution Architect

Cloud computing enthusiast who enjoys helping companies run their applications on AWS.


Chris Molozian



Chris is a client service engineer and an ex-financial data guy


Jerome Etienne



Jerome is focused on WebGL, javaScript, and cool HTML5 game stuff


Thorben Schröder

Quarter Spiral


Cool Technology Shithead. Creates large scale web applications.


Francesc Campoy Flores


Go Developer Relations

Francesc is the new Developer Programs Engineer for the Go language, working at Google Mountain View


João Moura


Systems Engineer

Brazilian technologist, currently working as consultant and leader developer w/ systems engineering.


James Williams



James Williams is a developer based in Silicon Valley and frequent conference speaker.


Alexandre Morgaut

4D / Wakanda

Community Manager

Alexandre promotes Web Standards, NoSQL, Open Source, & Open Data to the enterprise world.


Jakob Mattsson

Lean Machine


Entrepreneur on the loose. Co-founder and CTO of two startups. JS/Node.js lover. Struggle-addict.


Romain Huet


Co-Founder & CTO

Full-stack engineer who loves building products using only JavaScript & Open Web technologies.


Geoff Schmidt



Cofounded Meteor, Mixapp, and Tuneprint. Worked on Luna at Asana. Also an original Miro developer.


Ido Green


Developer Advocate

Ido is a Developer Advocate for Google Chrome/HTML5/Chrome OS.


Olivier Lacan

Code School


Olivier writes prose and logic to help people learn new technologies at Code School.


Jonas Wagner

Creative Coder

Jonas is a software engineer working on He likes to play with code and guitars.


Igor Wiedler



Igor is fixing bugs in open source since 2006. Currently: Symfony2, Silex and Composer.


Rémi Parmentier

Tilt Studio

Front-end developer

Developer and entrepreneur, Rémi cares for small details and user experience.


Xavier Coulon

JBoss, Red Hat


Working on the JAX-RS and OpenShift components of JBoss Tools and JBoss Developer Studio


William Candillon


Software Engineer

Telecom Lille graguate and software engineer at 28msec. Working on JSONiq, the SQL of NoSQL.


Jack Franklin



Jack works with JavaScript but also dabbles in Ruby, Scala and a number of other languages.


Kenneth Reitz


Python Overlord

Python Overlord for Heroku. Author of Python-Requests, Archivist, Photographer, PSF Member.


Anthony Eden



Founder of DNSimple; builder of DNS and domain services that make developers happy.


Rob Spectre



Rob Spectre is a punk rock technolologist having a barrel of monkeys on the Internet.


Ole Michaelis


Software Engineer

Ole designs beautiful software and loves open source more than his mom (sorry mommy!)


Phil Nash

Mint Digital


Phil is a front end and Ruby developer helping to create innovative products and services at Mint Digital.


Peter Westendorp

Mint Digital

Front-end developer

Peter is a Dutch front-end developer in London, where he enjoys pushing the limits of HTML and CSS.


Robin Berjon



Robin is editor of the HTML specification at W3C and an open source tinkerer.


Diana Cheng

Vodafone Group


Love Diving. Love web and mobile. Working on W3C Device APIs and SysApps.


Anselm Hannemann


Freelance Web Developer

Freelance web developer for mobile devices and tablet publishing, part of w3c respimg


Rodney Rehm


Fullstack Web Developer

Rod is a full stack web developer, enjoying to create tools that not just work, but work well.


Gregg Pollack

Code School


Gregg founded the Rails consultancy Envy Labs, and online learning platform Code School.


Sebastian Golasch


Senior Web Developer

Sebastian is a web developer, JavaScript fanatic & part time robot builder.


Thomas Parisot


Fullstack JavaScript dev

Thomas creates fast, efficient and responsive applications with Web technologies. He loves thinking everything can be done with JavaScript.


Paul Rouget


Technology Evangelist

Paul is instrumental in combining the latest and greatest open Web technologies at Mozilla.


Hans Christian Reinl


Front-End Web-Dev

As a team-member of HTML5 Boilerplate, "drublic" loves to work with Open Source Software.


Irene Ros


Senior Developer

Irene creates engaging, informative and interactive data-driven interfaces and visualizations.


Michal Budzynski


Firefox OS

Michal is an HTML5 game developer addicted to TV Series and Tabasco, working on FirefoxOS in Mozilla.



17 , 18

Your ticket prices includes the French TVA (VAT) and amounts to 19.6% of the price.

TakeOff is run by volunteers and an org. placed under the French law on non profits.

Pricing has changed: here is why.


January 2013, on Thursday the 17th and Friday the 18th

At the beginning of 2013, TakeOff's keynotes and workshops will give you a broad and fresh look at the upcoming trends for code and design on modern web applications. We will be speaking of front-end and back-end, during two days. Brace yourselves and join us !.


We booked an awesome place for the conference : Euratechnologies , located in Lille .

Lille is 1h30 from London, 1h from Paris, 50 minutes from the CDG airport and 30 minutes from Brussels, directly connected via high-speed trains. Some airlines are providing a free shuttle from CDG to the Lille Europe railway station, IATA code XDB.

As the touristic capital of the french flemish region, Lille has a lot of great accommodation options for various budgets and we may recommend a few hotels for our attendees.


Our event is an English-speaking conference for passionate developers and designers. We are curating a wide array of talks, focusing on trending topics for the upcoming year.

From server side to pure front end and design, from new languages, web frameworks to development techniques or typographic tricks, Take Off is your chance to discover how the Web will evolve in the coming year.