April 13, 2018, Kromhouthal, Amsterdam



tracksGeneral + React Native


speakersfrom all over the globe


react devsfans and lovers

The Event

React Amsterdam is a celebration of good things coming together:

React that rocks and spring in Amsterdam that blossoms

A full-day, two-track conference on all things React, gathering Front-end and Full-stack developers across the globe in the tech heart of Europe. We're coming back with a new gig on April 13, 2018.
Mark your calendars for the biggest React community event.

Same as last year, days before (and after) the main event, we'll host a training day, with three workshops on advanced React and State Management as well as a crash course on React Native.

For more fun activities with networking with our community, join our official Slack channel.

Feel The Vibes

Check out the the after-movie and mood videos from React Amsterdam 2017 edition:

Check out our YouTube channel for more talk recordings of previous editions and meetups.



Gedempt Hamerkanaal 231
Amsterdam, 1021 KP

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  • Michele Bertoli

    Facebook, United Kingdom

    Front End Engineer with a passion for beautiful UIs.

  • Tereza Sokol

    NoRedInk, Denmark

    Tereza is an engineer at NoRedInk working on the Elm frontend as well as the developer of elm-plot, a plotting library written purely in Elm.

  • Brent Vatne

    Expo, USA

    Front-end web/mobile developer working on Expo and React Native.

  • Ken Wheeler

    Formidable, USA

    Director of Open Source at Formidable and the author of libraries like Slick Carousel, McFly, react-music, webpack-dashboard, Spectacle.

  • Shirley Wu

    Freelance, USA

    Shirley Wu is a software engineer specializing in data visualization who put emoji on Obama’s face and showed the world how the final presidential debate in the US played on the minds of voters. Loves tinkering with React and D3 and giving fantastic talks about them.

  • Mike Grabowski

    Callstack, Poland

    Head of Open Source, React Native Core Contributor.

  • Tracy Lee

    This Dot, USA

    Tracy is a speaker, writer, and serial entrepreneur passionate about JavaScript and new technologies. Loves open source projects, pairing with friends, and empowering people to do awesome things. Tracy is also an organizer of ng-cruise and track chair for QCon.

  • Michel Weststrate

    Mendix, The Netherlands

    Full-stack lead developer and an author of MobX.

  • Leland Richardson

    Airbnb, USA

    Software Engineer at Airbnb. Active Open Source contributor to Enzyme and multiple other projects from Airbnb.

  • Rebecca Hill

    Usabilla, The Netherlands

    Full stack JavaScript engineer at Usabilla, building feedback software. Not-so-secretly helping JavaScript take over the world.

  • Kristijan Ristovski

    ReactAcademy, Macedonia

    Teaching React & Javascript at React Academy. Cares about open source, made and maintains sizzy.co, custom-react-scripts, and mobx-router. He had the chance to work and experiment with a variety of languages and frameworks.

  • Alexey Kureev

    Werkspot, The Netherlands

    Software engineer passionate about React, React Native and their ecosystem. Co-author of RNPM. Author of "How to create your own native bridge" articles.

  • Narendra Shetty

    Booking.com, The Netherlands

    Frontend Developer at Booking.com. Working on React & Redux since a year. Hate slow websites and strongly believe that web performance is a key for conversion.

  • Vladimir Novick

    vscaper, Israel

    Software Architect, consultant, worldwide speaker, co-organizer of ReactJS Israel, Author of "React Native - Build mobile apps with JavaScript" book and several workshops and courses. On daily basis Vladimir works in Web, Mobile, VR/AR and IoT fields both for customers and on personal projects.

  • Nader Dabit

    React Native Training, USA

    Nader has been developing with React Native for over 2.5 years. He has worked with and trained developers from fortune 500 companies like Amazon, Visa, American Express, and Microsoft, helping them to get up to speed with the framework as quickly as possible through his company React Native Training.

  • Olga Petrova

    Sencha, Germany

    Software developer with more than 13 years of experience in developing enterprise and data science applications. Worked with a broad range of web technologies, JavaScript libraries, and frameworks, and she has a special interest in data visualization and developing enterprise web applications.

  • Manjula Dube

    Bookmyshow, India

    Senior Developer at Bookmyshow, tech blogger, loves javascript & public speaking.

  • Richard Threlkeld

    Amazon, USA

    Senior Technical Product Manager at AWS Mobile. He helped launch both AWS Amplify and AWS AppSync, and before that worked as the North America mobile development specialist for AWS customers focusing on native and hybrid clients, as well as infrastructure and security designs. Prior to that he worked as a dedicated architect for AWS customers rolling out Big Data solutions for Ad Tech and Gaming.

  • Rotem Mizrachi-Meidan

    Wix, Israel

    Rotem is a software engineer, open source advocate, passionate about Android, React Native, mobile performance, writing developer tools and Lego! In his current position at Wix.com, Rotem is working with React Native, writing infrastructure and testing tools.

  • Shalom Yerushalmy

    Wix, Israel

    Shalom is a software engineer, big data master, loves infrastructure and building internal tools for other developers.

  • Almero Steyn

    QDelft, The Netherlands

    Almero Steyn is front-end engineer and accessibility specialist at QDelft in the Netherlands. He spends his time finding solutions for accessibility issues encountered on actual projects, including projects for the Dutch government. Almero advocates for a11y in design, development and testing and has authored the page on accessibility in the React documentation.

Evening programme

  • Wowa Barsukov

    Primelephants, Germany

    Chief visioner officer at Primelphants. React Adept. Ableton lover and podcaster. He helps FinTech projects leverage their frontend development.

  • Sara Vieira

    YLDio, Portugal

    Front-End Developer at @YLDio, open sorcerer, maker of useless modules, Blogger, Drummer and horror movie fan girl.

  • Phil Plückthun

    Formidable, United Kingdom

    Phil is a core contributor for styled-components, has joined Formidable in early 2017, and is now focusing on building React Native developer tools and apps, bettering the CSS-in-JS ecosystem, and writing some Reason.

  • Radoslav Stankov

    Product Hunt, Bulgaria

    Radoslav is a web developer for more than a decade. He believes that frontend and backend are equally important. In the last several years he juggles between Ruby and Javascript projects. Organizer of React.NotAConf. Currently works at Product Hunt.

  • Simon Dudley

    Auto Trader, United Kingdom

    Senior developer with an interest in mentoring, functional programming and promoting clean code.

  • David Carter

    Auto Trader, United Kingdom

    Allegedly full-stack developer with an ever-increasing interest in the crazy world of JS frameworks

Our MC's

  • Gant Laborde

    Infinite Red, USA

    Chief Technology Strategist for Infinite Red, Worldwide Speaker, Published Author, Blogger, and Adjunct Professor focussed on React Native Mobile.

  • Mettin Parzinski

    Lab Rooms, The Netherlands

    Frontend development consultant @ Lab Rooms. React guy that also did a RN app. Father, squash player, sells booze via Gall.nl, bad at chess. Working on a pet project with Draft.js too.


  • 7:00

    Ferry From Central Station

    Take a direct ferry from Amsterdam Central Station to React Amsterdam Venue. The boat with green flag, and React Amsterdam logo on it, will cruise from 7 till 10am.

  • 7:30
  • 8:00
    Welcome Breakfast
  • 9:00
    Conference Opening
  • 9:20
    Keynote by
    Tracy Lee

    This Dot

    Reactive Programming Demystified: Drink the Kool-Aid

    There will always be a new JavaScript framework to learn. Technology will continue to evolve and change, and developers will continue to rewrite applications. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could just copy paste 90% of our code from framework to framework?
    Well, you can. Reactive programming enables just this AND the ability to future proof your code.
    Not only can reactive programming help with your solutions to JavaScript fatigue, but the concepts and technology remain consistent from framework to framework.
    Learn how to create a more composable application architecture and an arsenal of lego bricks with RxJS, a push based primitive and domain specific language that sits on top of JavaScript.

  • 9:50
    Michele Bertoli


    setState Machine

    What if your components' state was deterministic?
    Learn about implementation of State Machines to manage React Components' state - from the basics of the Automata theory to autogenerated tests.

  • 10:20
    Coffee Break
  • 11:00
    Michel Weststrate


    There and back again: grokking state and data

    Many teams have been discussing on whether to go the immutable or mutable state route. Flux or MVC or MVVM? Redux, MobX or Apollo? Instead of answering the question, in this talk we will look at JavaScript code on a more fundamental level: How do data structures work in JavaScript. What assumptions can be we make if we treat them to be immutable? Or mutable? How can we express concepts like identities, references, collections, mutations, derivations in either case? And can we bent the rules between the two? This talk will provide you a deeper understanding of the difference between state and data. A deeper understanding of JavaScript itself. Which will help you to improve the state you manage, regardless of the library you use to implement that.

  • 11:30
    Shirley Wu


    D3 and React, Together

    D3 and React, who should control the DOM? After all, React’s whole purpose is managing updates to the DOM so we don’t have to. D3, on the other hand, is a library for building data visualizations, and it too needs access to the DOM. And stepping back, when should we even use D3 and React together? In this talk, I will give guidelines on when React should have ownership of the DOM, and when D3 should instead. More importantly, I will cover the interactions and applications that will benefit the most from using D3 and React, together.

  • 12:00
    Lightning talks

    Structure Your App's Story With Sagas and Selectors

    How to “Reactify” Your Existing UI Components

    Inclusive React: A Survival Guide

    Lightning talk descriptions.

  • 12:30
    Lunch Break
  • 14:00
    Kristijan Ristovski


    React State Management In a GraphQL Era

    Now that GraphQL takes care of managing data in our apps, is an external state-management library even needed? Let's explore all the possibilities and compare the combinations of React, Apollo, Redux, MobX, and Next.js.

  • 14:30
    Richard Threlkeld


    GraphQL at scale with AWS

    As the popularity of GraphQL grows, many hard questions are being asked by companies adopting it as an API standard. What databases or search engines can I use it with? How do you aggregate data from multiple sources globally? Can GraphQL fetched data be available offline, and if clients mutate it how are conflicts resolved? Is there a secure way to control data access based on user authentication? Do subscriptions scale to thousands or millions of users? How do I use it with content like images or video? We’ll learn about AWS AppSync, a managed GraphQL service with offline and realtime features, and see the latest features and functionality that have just been released to market.

  • 15:00
    Coffee Break
  • 15:30
    Manjula Dube


    Rethinking With React 16

    React v16.0 comes with some major changes and an update to the core algorithm. With React v16.0 Facebook has completely revised the internals of React while keeping the public API essentially the same.
    Learn about what’s new in React 16 which would include a brief explanation of the new algorithm along with focus on few of the new features like Error Boundaries, Portals, Fragments and SSR with React 16.

  • 16:00
    Ken Wheeler


    Mixed Mode React

    This talk will focus on the creative exploitation of React component architecture to render not only to DOM elements, but other targets as well, at the same time. We will explore techniques you can use to achieve this, common pitfalls, useful applications of these patterns and not so useful, but wildly entertaining applications of these patterns.

  • 16:30

    React Open Source Awards

    First annual React Open Source Awards, where our MC's will name the winners and present prizes to project representatives. Check out the nominees here.

  • 17:00

    Closing of First Half-day Programme

    Giving rounds of applause to speakers, volunteers and organizers and start the food truck break before the evening programme.

  • 17:30

    Food Truck Break

    Use it wisely to recharge or have a meal in the food trucks area or one of the restaurants nearby to get prepared for the Horror stories section and React Party starting.

  • 19:00
    Horror Stories

    How We DDoS Ourselves with SSR

    Public Speaking: How Bad Can It Be

    Wonky Game Physics in Reason and Lessons Learned

    The Tell-Tale Metric: Replatforming with Edgar Allan Poe

    Horror story talk descriptions.

  • 19:30
    Wowa Barsukov


    Music of React

    I will show you how to use React components approach while creating music with Ableton Live. This talk will inspire you to connect two independents worlds, Music and React.

  • 20:00

    React Party

    Conference after-party with drinks, snacks, and two halls with music and performances till 22:00.

  • 9:20
    Leland Richardson


    Cross-Language React

    React as an idea and a paradigm is interesting in its own right, and should not be tethered to its JavaScript roots. Ever consider whether or not React would be possible in other languages? Other platforms? What are the pros and cons of doing so? If we had React in multiple languages, would it make sense to change the architecture of React Native?

  • 9:50
    Brent Vatne


    React Navigation

    You start using React Native. Styling? Got it. Animations? A little different, but sure. Now let's add a navigation bar and another screen that we transition to...
    This is where you hit a fork in the road. You can either use a library that wraps the native navigation APIs for the platform or a re-implementation of those APIs using the same React Native primitives (View, Text, Animated, etc) that you use throughout your app. The former is commonly called “native navigation" because most of the implementation is in "native" and the latter is called "JavaScript-based navigation" because most of the implementation is in JavaScript. React Navigation is a "JavaScript-based" navigation solution and React Native Navigation is a "native" navigation library. The choice you make has a significant impact on your app, and it's something you will live with every day while you continue to work on the project.
    I lead the React Navigation along with the creator of the project, Eric Vicenti. I'll explain why we think that building a JavaScript-based navigation library is important, what the limitations are (why there is room for both categories of solutions), and I'll show you how to take full advantage of it.

  • 10:20
    Coffee Break
  • 11:00
    Alexey Kureev


    Network Layer in React Native

    React Native provides us with a set of primitives for building mobile applications. A few of these can be aggregated into a "networking" layer that manages the transfer of data. This layer was designed to mimic an API we have in the Web, but despite all the similarities, it has its own *qualities* and caveats every good React Native developer should know about. In this talk I'll try to guide you through the networking layer in React Native and share some tips and tricks I've learned along the way.

  • 11:30
    Nader Dabit

    React Native Training

    React Native VR + AR Made Simple

    The React ecosystem has given developers the opportunity to target platforms that were once thought out of reach for JavaScript developers. Now, the Viro platform opens the door to developing both AR & VR on both iOS & Android as well as GEAR VR and Google Daydream. In this talk, I will quickly go over how to get up and running with the framework and demo an app that allows user to upload images from the conference into a virtual room, as well as walk around and interact with them in Augmented Reality.

  • 12:00
    Tereza Sokol


    Making Programming for People

    In this talk we’ll discuss the design philosophy of Elm by doing a comparative analysis between architecture and software development, to understand not only how to get started with Elm, but also why.

  • 12:30
    Lunch Break
  • 14:00
    Mike Grabowski


    Imperative is the new black

    One of the benefits of React is its declarative interface and the fact that you can describe any advanced UI pattern with a set of components to have a predictable behavior. That is, completely different from what we have used to be doing - when writing imperative code. In fact, imperative itself is often blamed on Twitter for being highly dangerous and an anti-pattern. In this talk, we will explore different ways of building reusable libraries with React Native (like APIs and higher order components). We will see that imperative code is actually there at low-level and is what makes communication with native world possible.

  • 14:30
    Narendra Shetty


    Push Notification With React Native

    Push notification is a crucial feature for any app. It helps in engagement and retention of the user. Most users will not return to an app after installing it, and that is where push notifications come into play. In my talk I'll be talking about how to achieve this feature with React Native for both iOS and Android.

  • 15:00
    Coffee Break
  • 15:30
    Rotem Mizrachi-Meidan and Shalom Yerushalmy


    Continuous Workflow for a Large React Native App: Mobile At Wix

    The Wix app is a large operation involving ~40 developers from 6 different product groups and a pretty big amount of features. Scaling this project requires code architecture that enables each module to be developed separately, but easily fit the big puzzle.
    We’ll discuss the way we do both unit and E2E testing, the way we scale our CI, the way we deploy and how we fix issues in production when they arise.
    We’ll also share our plans to how we’re going to scale our app and dev process to support 100 developers a year from today.

  • 16:00
    Vladimir Novick


    Controlling Smart Homes With React Native

    Smart homes become more and more popular. With this we still use applications that come with smart products to control them. In this talk I will show you an alternative how you can create your own apps with React Native, that control smart home appliances.

  • 16:30

    Programme Continues in the Main Hall

Lightning Talks

  • Rebecca Hill


    Structure Your App's Story With Sagas and Selectors

    As apps begin to scale, many developers find themselves asking the question - but where does all the hard stuff go? The complicated data manipulation, the validation, the process flow of our apps. In other words, the business logic. If React is designed for the view layer, and we’re using Redux or something similar for the state, then where does the business logic go? This talk looks at the different options and tries to answer that question.

  • Olga Petrova


    How to “Reactify” Your Existing UI Components

    React is a component-based UI library that doesn’t provide any built-in components. Over the years companies and developers have invested a lot of time and money in development of UI components based on VanillaJS or various frameworks. Building components is time consuming, has integration and maintenance risks, and worst of all, distracts developers from the task at hand - actually building the application. In this presentation, you will learn how to quickly and easily “Reactify” your existing JavaScript components to use them in React applications.

  • Almero Steyn


    Inclusive React: A Survival Guide

    Stuck in a jungle of inaccessible code? This swiss army knife of tips and tools gives you what you need to slice through the challenges and make your apps inclusive for all users.

Horror stories

  • Radoslav Stankov

    Product Hunt

    How We DDoS Ourselves with SSR

    The story is about how we DDOS ourselves at Product Hunt for about an year because of the way we've built our SSR React server.

  • Sara Vieira


    Public Speaking: How Bad Can It Be

    Well, my first conference talk didn't go exactly like planned.

  • David Carter
    & Simon Dudley

    Auto Trader

    The Tell-Tale Metric: Replatforming with Edgar Allan Poe

    A harrowing tale of tragedy and misfortune: how a year-long attempt to crowbar a React SPA front-end into a monolithic mobile platform serving many millions of users almost plunged over the precipice into failure. Prepare yourself for all the thrills, chills and linting errors anyone could ever hope for. Warning: tale may rhyme.

  • Phil Plückthun


    Wonky Game Physics in Reason and Lessons Learned

    Reprocessing is a new library for Reason, a rather new programming language building on the OCaml + JavaScript ecosystems. It’s a lean wrapper around OpenGL and WebGL and allows truly cross-platform games to be written rather easily.
    Reason is great for a whole lot of things, but let me take you through a story of trying to write a 2D physics engine in just under 8 hours (Mistakes were made), what strongly typed languages don’t protect you off, and a vision of what you could build with Reason or Reprocessing. The universal future is coming, and Reason is orienting itself just right with projects like bsb-native.

Extended program

Community preparty

The day before

React Party

React meets Friday the 13th

Amsterdam exploration day

By bike, by feet, by boat

React Amsterdam Open Source Awards

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This year we are kicking off first annual Open Source awards to highlight the most exciting and innovative projects of past year, highlighting lesser known projects form independant authors and maintainers.

Together with our community we defined 5 nominations and shortlisted top candidates to be presented to our jury of React opinion leaders and active OS contributors. The winners will be announced on the conference day, April 13, with YouTube live stream to follow.


  • Breakthrough of the year
  • Fun side project of the year
  • Most impactful contribution to the community
  • Productivity booster
  • The most exciting use of technology


We would not be here, if companies like Facebook would not invest into Open Source so heavily, as well as React would not grow that much without support of multiple great companies from across the globe.
We're really grateful for all the trust and support our partners shared with us.

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