We are excited to have Adobe MAX in our backyard this year, right here in Los Angeles. So we’re asking around and looking at speakers, and realized ‘where are all our European friends?’

So we started asking around – are you guys coming this year? Many of them could not attend for travel costs, tight economies and what not. So we think, ‘these guys definitely need to be here among the Flash family’. Enter MAX Euro Invasion (#MaxEuroInvasion on Twitter). Not all could come, but several were able to accept our invitation.

Quote from Richard Blakely, Influxis co-founder and CEO:

“Influxis is bringing you what we call for lack of simpler terms #MaxEuroInvasion. This is a group of a few of our Euro friends (really family: Joa Ebert, Andre Michelle, Ralph Hauwert, Seb Lee Delisle, and Mario Klingemann) who we have invited to LA to hang out with us and our larger group of friends (again family) and enjoy the Adobe MAX conference. TRULY, a Flash conference is not the same without these guys, believe me…

So in short there are no apparent plans for these guys to speak yet, although the possibility will certainly exist, or you can just meet one of them. This is a cool thing for everyone and we are honored and humbled to have them as our guests. Looking forward to chilling out again guys, see you in LA at MAX!!”

UPDATE (9/8/09): Joa Ebert, Andre Michelle, Ralph Hauwert, and Seb Lee Delisle will be speaking at the FITC Unconference. Thanks to the gang at FITC!

So who are these guys?

Seb Lee Delisle


Seb has been working in digital media for over 15 years and is now Technical Director at Brighton-based Flash specialists Plug-in Media. He combines his eye for design and animation with his understanding of math and physics to give his work that extra flare and sparkle. Over the last 5 years he has specialized in Flash games, working with clients such as BBC, Sony, Philips, Unilever, and Barclays.

Seb’s work with Plug-in Media has pushed the boundaries of 3D and physics simulations in Flash, and he is now on the Papervision3D development team.

He is a regular face on the international Flash conference scene, and has presented at Flash on the Beach, FITC, and FlashForward. He is known for his ability to communicate seemingly complex subject-matter in a friendly and accessible way. He is the manager of FlashBrighton, a Flash platform user group.

Joa Ebert


Joa Ebert is a core developer and Software Architect of the award winning Hobnox AudioTool. He is known for a lot of projects including WiiFlash, popforge, AS3V, ActionScript Wiki, PBDT and many more.

His talks have strong technical aspects where theory and computer science meet ActionScript.

Joa did also the speed coding at FOTB in 2008.

Ralph Hauwert


Ralph Hauwert is a dutch Flash / Flex expert focused on creating compelling expressive content for the Web.

Ralph is a freelance consultant and developer on rich internet applications and websites, focusing on Flex, AIR and Flash.

Currently his work resides in the field of creating new and innovative experiences online, combining technologies like Papervision3D, AS3, AIR, Cairngorm, to create stunning and well architected applications.

Ralph focuses on innovation and cultivating Flash and Flex competence. He has 9 years of Flash Platform coding experience, has presented at several events like Adobe Live, Spark Europe and the Dutch launch events for Flash 8 and Flash Communication Server.

Ralph is working on Papervision3D as one of the core team members, together with project founder Carlos Ulloa and John Grden. He maintains a weblog at UnitZeroOne which is also his outlet for highend Flash solutions.

Mario Klingemann


Mario Klingemann A.K.A. Quasimondo is what you get when you cross the analytic mind of a coder with the creative fervor of an artist and add a little bit of mad scientist mentality to the mix.

In his aim to surprise himself and his audience he constantly tries to explore uncharted territories in order to discover unseen beauty and unthought ideas.

A key factor in his work is the drive to overcome limitations by creatively repurposing and recombining objects and by this revealing their hidden qualities.

His creations have been exhibited in international art shows and won acclaim among critics as exemplary pieces of net art.

He also shares his explorations and discoveries on design and technology conferences and is lead computational artisan at Aviary.com.

Andre Michelle


Starting about 10 years ago in Flash4 as an autodidact, Andre Michelle repeatedly pushed the limits of Flash possibilities. He recently gave up his freelancer status to work at Hobnox.com (cologne, germany) as chief developer of an online music application in Flash.

UPDATE: Ted Patrick from Adobe (@adobeted) was also excited about them coming and was able to have Adobe sponsor our friends with free MAX passes as well. Many thanks to Ted and Adobe!

4 Responses to “Adobe MAX Euro Invasion”

  1. marc

    Cool to know. Means more fun for the me 8)

    See you!

  2. Euro Invasion At MAX 2009 at blog.joa-ebert.com – Blog of Joa Ebert

    [...] the news has spread pretty quickly I want to shed some light on this as well. Influxis has invited a lot of European Flash developers to come to LA and attend Adobe MAX 2009. Those include Seb Lee [...]

  3. manfred karrer

    great idea! it would have been a shame that these brilliant guys couldn´t come to max because of to heavy costs… adobe wouldn´t you miss them????


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