Conference Handbook 2023

On this page you can find information about the event that will help you prepare for your trip and maximize your experience at JSHeroes. We’ve included details on the conference venue, agenda, and social events, as well as information on some of the initiatives we are taking to make the event accessible and comfortable for everyone.

Whether you’re attending JSHeroes for the first time or you’re a returning attendee, we hope this handbook will serve as a valuable resource for you.

📆 🌎 Date and Venue

JSHeroes 2023 will take place on May 18-19th (Thursday & Friday) at Grand Hotel Italia in Cluj-Napoca. It is a one-track conference and we have reserved the space from the hotel’s ground floor, a spacious conference room, and a large lobby, where you can enjoy the talks, the technical booths, and the networking area.

Also, during the coffee and lunch breaks, we will have multiple small stages, in some parts of the hallway, where everyone will be able to join, as a speaker or participant. We want to encourage open discussions, open-source projects presentations, lightning talks, and anything which is remotely related to what we do and our mission and values.

📒✨ Agenda and Theme

This year we want to shift our attention to the decade of progress in the world of web development. Back in 2013, we went through a period of rethinking practices as front-end development took off and became one of the most crucial disciplines in tech. Frameworks like: React, Angular, or Vue, and their ecosystems now enter into their second decade of existence, while web capabilities and standards are increasingly more potent and versatile.

So in 2023, let’s celebrate the past 10 years, reflecting on the evolution of our tools and patterns, with the good and the bad that comes with this rapid evolution.

Check out the agenda here. We’ll post all the talks, soon after the conference, on our YouTube channel. During the conference, we’re not going to live stream though.

🎤 Pre-event meetup

The evening before the event, on the 17th of May, we organize the traditional pre-event meetup. This year, we’re partnering up with Women in Tech Cluj and we’re going to have a panel discussion with three of our conference guests from 2023. Registration is available via

📍 City tour

Are you coming to Cluj for the first time? Or maybe you’ve been here before (or you even live here) but you don’t know much about its history? We’re organizing a two-hour free walking tour with a professional local guide.

If you are interested, please register via this quick form so we are better prepared for the size of the group.

🎫 Tickets

Please make sure you have your name registered and that your ticket info is correct. You can also easily change your ticket details by accessing them directly from your email. No need to print anything, we’ll have your badge ready at the registration desk.

If your plans change and you can’t attend the conference, you can always re-assign your ticket to someone else, or you can ask for a refund. Drop us a line at if you need any assistance with this.

📢 Communication

Join our slack group for quickly communicating with the organizers and speakers during the event. We will also communicate news/updates about the event on Slack before and also after the event.

We post all the major updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages. So you can follow and join us on both.

We encourage you to use the hashtag #JSHeroes2023 to tweet and post about the conference, connect with other attendees, and share your photos when the big days arrive.

🚌 Transportation

You can conveniently reach the event location by bus, as line 21 stops a few hundred meters away from the venue.

Please keep in mind that the dedicated parking area at the hotel is not free anymore. Additionally, heavy traffic is to be expected in the area during morning rush hour, so plan accordingly and allow extra time for travel. We hope you have a safe and smooth journey to the conference.

♿ Accessibility

We are trying our best to make JSHeroes hassle-free for everyone. The venue is a 5-star hotel that is fully wheelchair accessible and all the activities are held on the ground floor.

Additionally, we will hand a set of accessibility guidelines to all our speakers to ensure that their talks and slide decks are inclusive in language and content.

We have two dedicated rooms at the first floor of the hotel: a kids room and a focus room. There’s a dedicated page for accessibility and inclusion at JSHeroes we invite you to read to find out more about.

🌱 Eco-friendly

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s event has been organized with sustainability in mind and with the desire to limit its environment impact.

We understand the importance of reducing our carbon footprint and promoting eco-friendly initiatives in the industry, which is why we have started to implement a few green initiatives to make this conference as sustainable as possible.

🎤 Alternative stage

We’re bringing back the concept of the alternative stage, a laid-back area in a corner of the event hall where speakers and attendees gather in the coffee breaks and during the lunch break for informal discussions or on the spot presentations. The stage is hosted by Andrei Antal and the details about the discussions will be announced before the breaks by our MC.

🧘 Pilates session

As a novelty for 2023, we’re introducing a pilates session in the morning of the second day of the event. The session will be held in a separate room and will be driven by one of our close friends, Carmen Popoviciu, who is also a certified pilates trainer. She will showcase different types of exercises for improving our posture or dealing with pains specific to intense office work.

If you wish to attend, please register via this form so we know how to better prepare for the session.

🍎 Catering

There is a premium catering lunch and coffee breaks. We don’t want you to run around all hungry and decaffeinated throughout the day, so the lunch and coffee breaks are included in the ticket price. For lunch, you can expect a healthy meal with various options. It includes vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

📸 Photos

Throughout the conference, we’ll take photos and video shots. Your participation at the event represents your consent to share the materials on social media. If you don’t want to appear in photos, you can choose a white lanyard at the registration and we’ll take care to filter the materials that will be shared online.

🎉 After party


🤝 Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at the JSHeroes event are required to agree with our Code of Conduct. As organizers, JSHeroes will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all of you to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

🧭 Explore the City

Cluj-Napoca has a lot of interesting places to see and explore. If you’re looking for things to do during your free time while attending JSHeroes conference, be sure to check out the map we’ve built of the city’s top attractions we recommend.

Some must-see places include the Alexandru Borza Botanical Garden, St. Michael’s Church and the National Museum of Art. There are also plenty of cafes, restaurants, and bars where you can relax and soak up the local atmosphere.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, Cluj-Napoca has something for everyone. We hope you enjoy exploring the city and all it has to offer!