Oxford attracts UK’s largest front-end web conference

This May many web developers will gather in Oxford for the third jQuery UK, to discuss and share ideas around the world’s most popular JavaScript framework.

Now in its third year, jQuery UK is the UK’s largest front-end developer conference. It is the only UK event dedicated to jQuery and places Oxford on the map as a hub for technical excellence and innovation.

The 650 visitors from around Europe who will attend are web developers interested in leveraging the client-side capabilities of modern browsers to build web and mobile applications using JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3 and of course jQuery.

Confirmed speakers include The Web Ahead’s Jen Simmons, Tilde Co-Founder Yehuda Katz, CSS superstar Lea Verou and the jQuery Foundation’s Adam J. Sontag. jQuery UK will offer training sessions, as well opportunities for web developers to gather for discussion and debate.

Conference curator John Wards, Technical Director at White October says: “Our previous two years have been great events and had a real buzz around them. This year our focus is on the front-end with more content than ever to choose from in the form of three conference tracks. We have two awesome speaker tracks and a third offering hands-on tutorials to a limited-numbers audience. We are also hosting really interactive workshops the day before, designed to allow front-end developers to increase their skillsets.”

First held in 2012, the event was Europe’s first ever conference about jQuery and was supported by the US-based jQuery Foundation. It sold out in three weeks and received positive reviews from speakers, sponsors and delegates. Demand led to a doubling of its size in 2013 and further growth this year.

The conference is presented by White October Events and is supported by Mandrill, Mozilla and the jQuery Foundation. White October Events also organises All Your Base conference, another popular Oxford-based technology conference

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jQuery is a cross-platform JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML. It was released in January 2006 by John Resig. It is currently developed by a team of developers led by Dave Methvin. Used by over 65% of the 10,000 most visited websites, jQuery is the most popular JavaScript library in use today.