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Simon Swain

Rats of the Maze

Simon Swain Javascript and Hardware

The year is 2048.

Thirty years ago we outsourced the mundane running of our lives to Machines. Machines that learn. The Machines learnt too well.

All computing resource on the planet has been consolidated in an immense Maze hewn out of solid rock.

No humans are permitted in The Maze, but the warm glow of it's reactors make it an ideal home for millions of giant Rats.

Your mission is to enter The Maze and deactivate the systems that power The Machines.

No human has ever returned from The Maze of the Rats.


Rats of the Maze is an arcade simulation.

The talk will be a journey through the theory and technique of programming radioactive maze-solving rats that seek human flesh -- a journey from the very foundations of computer memory through to the algorithms used to create and solve mazes, wrapped up in unique hand crafted vector graphics running in the browser.

Simon Swain

Simon spends most of his day using Javascript to design systems and human interfaces for real-time data. Based in Sydney, Australia he's come full circle back to his electronic engineering roots to work for a startup creating tiny but powerful wifi enabled modules that will be brains for the coming flood of internet connected devices. On the side Simon produces Techno, keeps obsessively fit and is still trying to work out Wing Chun.

Don't miss your chance to see Simon Swain and many other inspiring speakers at Code 2016.

Tickets start at $999, for two in-depth days with the world's leading Front End Engineering experts.

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Australia's Front End Engineering Conference

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Curated by founder John Allsopp, who has over 20 years of experience with Web development technologies, Code is recognised around the World as an agenda setting event, covering the latest developments in the Web's programming language, JavaScript, the Web platform, and current practice in security, performance and Web engineering.

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Praise for past Web Directions events

Web Directions is the must-attend event of the year for anyone serious about web development.

Phil Whitehouse, General Manager, DT Sydney

I’ve been admiring the Web Directions events for years, and was honored to be part… What a fantastic event!

Ethan Marcotte, inventor of "responsive Web design"

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About Us

Co-founded and now run by John Allsopp, Web Directions has for over a decade brought together leading developers, engineers, visual, IxD, UX and product designers, Art and Creative Directors, indeed everyone involved in producing web and digital products to learn from one another, and the World's leading experts across this vast field.

We spend our lives thinking about what comes next, keeping up with trends in technology, practices and processes, and filtering the hype, to make sure you don't miss trends that matter, and don't waste time on hype that doesn't.

We promise attending one of our events will leave you significantly better versed in the challenges you face day to day, and in solutions for addressing them.

In 2016, we'll be organising Respond in Sydney and Melbourne, Transform in Canberra, Code in Sydney and Melbourne, and Direction in Sydney.

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John Allsopp

John Allsopp has been working on the Web for over 20 years. He's been responsible for innovative developer tools such as Style Master, X-Ray and many more. He's spoken at numerous conferences around the World and delivered dozens of workshops in that time as well.

His writing includes two books, including Developing With Web Standards and countless articles and tutorials in print and online publications.

His "A Dao of Web Design" published in 2000 is cited by Ethan Marcotte as a key influence in the development of Responsive Web Design, who's rightly acclaimed article in 2010 begins by quoting John in detail, and by Jeremy Keith as "a manifesto for anyone working on the Web".

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