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Sia Speaks

Hello, I'm a Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies based in New Orleans. I'm also a Women Techmakers ambassador and co-organizer for GDG New Orleans. As a developer, I love building things that help make people's lives easier. As a person, I also love making developer's lives easier through teaching, speaking, and mentoring. You can find more information about me and the topics I speak about here. I currently talk about more JavaScript and front-end topics such as JavaScript, front-end performance, and React. Would you like me to speak at one of your events? Email me, or DM me on Twitter!

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Videos

Here's my most recently recorded talk from Full Stack Fest in Barcelona:

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Upcoming Talks and Workshops

Previous Talks and Workshops

Current Active Topics

Modern JavaScript for Modern Browsers

Web performance matters. From SEO to bottom-line revenue impacts, performance can make or break your app. However, fixing performance feels like a quagmire of expert-level topics. What if I told you JavaScript bundle sizes could be cut up to 50% by doing one thing only? Nearly 90% of web traffic runs on modern browsers, but we're transpiling all of our JavaScript to ES5. That’s expensive. In this talk, we'll learn about differential serving, or serving both modern bundles and legacy bundles using webpack. This talk is framework agnostic, and best if you have at least a basic understanding of JavaScript.

The Future of Front-End Performance

Help! My app bundle is 5MB! My users are angry that my app is so slow! It’s easy to forget that performance matters when we are under pressure to deliver features quickly. What data should we use to inform our decisions? From code splitting, lazy loading, and tree shaking to bundle analysis, progressive rendering, and modern transpiling, come learn how you can deliver a better experience to your users with high-performing front-end apps. This talk is library-agnostic (React, Angular, Vue, etc.).

#IamRemarkable Workshop

#IamRemarkable is a Google initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. This 90-minute workshop highlights to participants the importance of self promotion in their careers and provides them with the tools to practice this skill. I am an official #IamRemarkable facilitator.

Hint, hint, perf matters!

Resource hints are a cool way to play tricks with latency to load web applications faster. Come learn all about resource hints as we apply them to Google Fonts to make them faster.

Get in the Fast Lane: Measuring Web Performance

(Workshop) Are you losing revenue to performance? 53% of mobile site visits are abandoned if a page takes longer than 3 seconds to load. Performance is important. Tooling can be hard. Do flame charts intimidate you? Come learn how to audit and fix common performance issues using Chrome DevTools, Lighthouse, PageSpeed Insights, and webpagetest.org. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll learn about the most common performance pitfalls and fix latency, image, and JavaScript issues in a sample web application. You must understand HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and running npm scripts to get the most out of this workshop. Understanding webpack is helpful but not required.

See the full description here.

Responsive Images

Images account for more than 40% of the bytes downloaded to load a website. How can you make sure that your users only download the smallest image necessary while preserving image quality? Which file formats suit which image types best? How can you use art direction in images to show the best image for a viewport layout? Come learn about this and more! A basic understanding in HTML and CSS is required to get the most out of this talk. (Can be easily converted to a half-day workshop)

Performance and Real User Monitoring

What is Real User Monitoring versus Synthetic Testing in the realm of front-end performance? What are some of the tools available to measure both? In this talk we'll do an overview of measurement methods and do a deep-dive on the Navigation, Resource, and User Timing APIs.

Getting to Know Webpack 4 Workshop

Are you afraid of your build tool? Fret no more. Come learn the basics of Webpack, using the new version 4. We'll learn about the new features such as sensible defaults as well as the core features. During this half-day workshop, we will build a simple application using JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and images to understand all parts of setting up the build tool.

Your Idea Here

Do you need help with a specific topic? Would you prefer a longer workshop instead of a conference-style talk? Let me know!

Bio, Headshot, and Testimonials

Bio - Long

Sia Karamalegos is the founder and lead developer Clio + Calliope, a mobile and web design and development firm based in New Orleans. She has over 15 years of experience in technology, strategy, project management, and operations from small startups to large corporations across multiple industries, especially high-tech and education. She taught web development to adults at Tech Talent South, a southern-based tech education company, and wrote curriculum for Viking Code School, the top online software engineering training and job placement program.

Sia is a Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies and a Women Techmakers ambassador. She co-organizes GDG New Orleans and its marquee event, DevFest New Orleans. She has been recognized in the Silicon Bayou 100, the 100 most influential and active people in tech and entrepreneurship in Louisiana. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in chemical engineering and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. When she's not coding, speaking, or consulting, Sia likes to write short stories and dabble in charcoal figure drawing. She's also an avid endurance athlete.

Bio - Short

Sia Karamalegos is a developer, international conference speaker, and writer. She is a Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies and a Women Techmakers ambassador. She co-organizes GDG New Orleans and its marquee event, DevFest New Orleans. She is the founder and lead developer for Clio + Calliope Web Development and was recognized in the Silicon Bayou 100, the 100 most influential and active people in tech and entrepreneurship in Louisiana. When she's not coding, speaking, or consulting, Sia likes to write short stories and dabble in charcoal figure drawing. She's also an avid endurance athlete.

Headshot

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwRL6D34a40YZUxtUjExak9XRXc/view

Testimonials

"Sia was my instructor at Tech Talent South. Thanks to her I've been able to move forward in my career as a Software Developer. Her knowledge and endless patience for our questions created a foundation that I've been building on ever since. She is a fantastic teacher." -- Ryan Hageman, independent software developer

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