Vote JavaScript! the write-in candidate for EmpireJS 2016 this May 26th and 27th. Every year the Empire team ramps up we try to highlight one of the things that makes New York City an amazing place to live, work, visit, and git push origin master in.

This year we return to showcase the little language you know and love at the National Museum of the American Indian.

This historical election year won't be the only thing making headlines. We're so excited that we're able to feature New York at its finest, and we're really looking forward to pushing EmpireJS towards another incredible year.


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Code of Conduct

We are an inclusive, kind community that is constantly growing. We ask that you 'don't be a yutz', and try and make our fellow Empire friends feel welcome! Diversity of voices is important to our community, and we are serious when we say EVERYONE AND ANYONE should attend and participate. See our project repo for all of the details on our CoC and reporting guidelines.

If at any point you need help or to report a Code of Conduct violation we have multiple ways to contact us: Find an organizer in person, text (267) 606-0603, send a DM to @empirejs on Twitter, and/or email (however this email account may not be checked frequently).


The National Museum of the American Indian

1 Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004



We're excited to announce a great lodging partner in spitting distance of our beautiful venue--DoubleTree on Stone Street. Stay alongside our traveling speakers and take advantage now to get the EmpireJS discount rate with group code: MXL.

DoubleTree by Hilton
Financial District
8 Stone Street, New York, NY
1(212) 480-9100

EmpireJS' inaugural OSS Night!

A chicken in every pot, and a commit in every repo! The EmpireJS team is excited to open up our inaugural open source night in JavaScript!

You know those docs you reference on a daily basis? Those packages you are wiring up together to make all those websites and apps running? They were all written by volunteers like yourself. Join us for an evening of learning how to contribute to docs, code, and community collaboration through open source contributions. We’ll have mentors in house with endless amounts of encouragement and insight. Every level of programmer is welcome and we’ll have groups to help make everyone feel comfortable at the pace they’d like to move.

This is a small groups workshop-style event. It would be helpful to be familiar with HTML, CSS and/or JavaScript.

Our mentors will help walk you through ways to contribute to the awesome projects you use like:

  • Fixing bugs
  • Adding a feature
  • Writing tests
  • Documentation
  • Adding resources
  • Writing guides

Please bring:

  • An open mind
  • A computer with your GitHub account setup
  • Song requests (gotta keep the party going! background music!)

Are you on open source maintainer who would love more contributors to your project? Been itching to try mentoring? Please register at the event link above or reach out to us at!

May 25

7pm to 10pm
Conde Nast
222 Broadway
New York, NY 10038


Wander the beautiful museum during a break? Go for it. Looking for a little peace? Find our quiet lounge. Need a bit of entertainment over lunch? Join us in the Dyker Auditorium. Want a little fresh air? Grab one of our delicious box lunches and have a picnic at the historic Battery park! Interact with our speakers and enjoy our full day of one-of-a-kind presentations.

A ticket to EmpireJS 2016 includes tasty beverages and overflowing coffee. Both days include a full breakfast and lunch with options for omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know, so we can accommodate you. We've got some big surprises in store for these two days so stay tuned for announcements as we get closer to the conference!

  • Wednesday, May 25th


  • 7:00PM - 10:00PM

    EmpireJS' Inaugural OSS Night!

    Contribute to open source with your friends from EmpireJS at Conde Nast

  • Thursday, May 26th


  • 8:00 - 9:00 AM


    Registration opens

  • 9:00 - 9:15 AM

    Welcome to EmpireJS 2016

  • 9:15 AM - 11:20 AM


    Justin Falcone Why is a Guinea Pig Like a Microservice?
    Matthew Beale What you see is not what you get
    Gregor Martynus Welcoming Communities
  • 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

    Coffee & Snacks

  • 11:20 AM - 12:30 PM

    More talks!

    Donato Borrello The Nitty Gritty of Adaptive Video Transmuxing in JS
    Sarah Meyer JavaScript Minus JavaScript
    The Emcees of EmpireJS JS Tonight
  • 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

    Lunch time (and entertainment!)

  • 1:45 PM - 3:40 PM

    Even more amazing talks!

    Tim Pietrusky I ❤ Music & the Web
    Jason Laster Enter Inspector Inception
    Abdella Ali Automagic UI Elements Using Redux
  • 3:40 PM - 4:00 PM

    Snacks Break

  • 4:00 PM - 6:00PM

    Last round of talks for the day!

    Sher Minn Chong Make art with JavaScript!
    Jem Young Transpilers: Not So Fast My Friend
    Edward Finkler How To Be A Great Developer
  • 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    StatenIslandJS Take-over returns!

    The Flagship Brewing Company, Staten Island

    The NMAI is located directly next to the South Ferry terminal, the most luxurious way to travel around the fair island of Manhattan. Well if luxury is defined as the only free ferry in the tri-state area. So we figured: Why not maximize the most under appreciated borough in New York City?!?

    ... that's right! We're going to Staten Island! JavaScript straight from the Slums of Shaolin.

    According to the schedule the ferry departs every half hour after day one ends. Our destination is just a short walk from where the ferry drops off. So take a boat ride with us and enjoy an evening of food, drinks, games, and whatever our mysterious friends at StatenIslandJS may have up their sleeves! Did we mention there's a killer view of the Statue of Liberty on the way? There is! (Please contact us if you need additional information to plan your travel)

  • Friday, May 27th


  • 8:00 - 9:00 AM


    Registration continues
  • 9:00 AM - 11:20 AM


    Sally Jenkinson All these moments will be lost in time: the web, the future, and us
    Nolan Lawson I like the way you work it: all about Web Workers
    Patricia Realini Jiro Dreams of Code: What Startups Can Learn From Chef Culture
  • 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

    Coffee & Snacks

  • 11:20 AM - 12:30 PM

    More talks!

    Adam Baldwin Continuous Security
    Kenton Jacobsen GraphQL is En Vogue
    Kirsten Hunter Quantifying your Fitness
  • 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

    Lunch time (and more entertainment!)

  • 1:45 PM - 3:40 PM

    Even more amazing talks!

    Thorsten Lorenz Deep Dive into the v8 API
    Brian Sinclair Accessible Accessibility
    Evan Morikawa Desktop JS
  • 3:40 PM - 4:00 PM

    Snacks Break

  • 4:00 PM - 6:00PM

    Last round of talks!

    Tara Lindhal This is your brain on JS
    Myles Borins Node.js Releases, how do they work?
    Lyzzeth Parody How JS is conquering the world… Mapping Javascript Conferences
  • 5:45 PM

    EmpireJS family photo

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  • 5:45 PM - ??:?? PM

    EmpireJS Scavenger Hunt

    As the lights come up and we take our EmpireJS family photo, we’ll immediately segway into our final adventure of EmpireJS 2016—a scavenger hunt!

    Experience our conference neighborhood and the history of NYC with your new friends! Our partners at Museum Hack will be leading us from the stage of NMAI and around the area on an interactive scavenger hunt to explore with the FiDi and old New York. Discover surprising facts, some cool history, and maybe find a cool prize at the end! This party wraps up at a secret bar to be determined as part of our hunt! (Please contact us if you need additional information to plan your travel)


EmpireJS couldn't be possible with the support of our fantastic sponsors.

EmpireJS 2016 Scholarship

EmpireJS exists to educate and grow the Javascript community in New York City. We are constantly seeking ways to make our community broader and more inclusive. In support of that, we are excited to once again be granting scholarships for our upcoming conference.

This scholarship is open to anyone who will be in New York City on May 26th and 27th. Because we are a community-run event, we are unable to provide travel and lodging as part of this initiative at this time, but hope to be able to in the future.

We hope this scholarship program can enable you to join us and contribute to our community!

Sponsor a scholarship

We’d love to be able to provide as many scholarships as possible, and we need your help! If you’re part of a company interested in sponsoring a scholarship get in touch with us! Each $1000 sponsor scholarship sends three recipients at-cost to EmpireJS. Please contact for further details.

Diversity Enthusiast Ticket

Are you an individual who wants to help shape the future of JavaScript through helping to create a more diverse community? We invite you to become a Diversity Enthusiast! The purchase of this ticket ($600 USD) gets you:

  • 1 EmpireJS ticket for you
  • 1 EmpireJS ticket for someone in the community who couldn’t afford to come selected via our scholarship application

How to apply to receive a scholarship

To apply for a scholarship, fill out this form and tell us about yourself! Are you an organization brimming with people who should be attending our conference but can’t swing the cost? Encourage folks to apply! The application deadline is May 10th. We will notify recipients by May 12th, and the remaining applicants will remain on a waiting list in case we are able to offer more tickets from generous giving. If you have any questions, you can also contact us at

Made with ♥ in NYC, for NYC

We are members of the New York City Javascript Community. We love Javascript and organize EmpireJS as volunteers with the goal of growing and educating the tech community in the greater New York area.