Frontrunners is an annual JavaScript and web developers conference held in the Washington, DC area. The next Frontrunners will be held Spring 2024. Check back for details!

Thank You!

Thank you to all of our speakers, attendees, volunteers and sponsors. It was great getting Frontrunners up and running again. The day was fantastic and we can't wait to do it again in 2024!

In the meanwhile, you can relive Frontrunners by watching our videos!. See you next year.

2023 Speakers

Welcome to our hosts Steve Chen and Casey Watts!

Steve is heavily involved in the DC and NYC tech meetup community. In DC, he co-founded DC Code & Coffee, hosted groups like NodeDC & DCJS, and now runs ReactDC and DC Product & Pastries. In NYC and beyond, he founded and operates as the Community Executive Officer of the Code & Coffee organization, a series of community-led meetups in 21 US cities and growing! He has even been recognized by Meetup for his work with NYC Code & Coffee. Previously he was the Head of Developer Relations at Openbase, and an early engineer at DC startups, Framebridge and Arcadia.

Casey Watts! is the founder of Happy and Effective, a company that does coaching, training, and consulting on organizational effectiveness and culture. Casey’s backgrounds are in psychology and software development, including work as an engineer, designer, product manager, ux designer, and engineering manager. He is the author of the applied psychology book Debugging Your Brain. Casey is a co-founder of the inclusive online community Empathy in Tech. He owns a different instrument in every color, and he can play Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance on all of them. Casey has one foot in Washington, DC and the other Baltimore, MD.


Venue: Van Metre Hall


8:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:25 AM


9:30 AM

Keynote: Allison McMillan

10:00 AM

Chris Lorenzo

10:30 AM


11:00 AM

Doguhan Uluca

11:30 AM

Jordan Kasper

12:00 PM


1:30 PM

Dave Aronson

2:00 PM

John Athayde

2:30 PM


3:00 PM

Karl Groves

3:30 PM

Justin Schroeder

4:00 PM

Happy Hour