Sam Thorogood — Engineer at Google Australia since 2009. I enjoy board games, travel, emoji, interesting design discussions and long walks on the beach. My partner, Nicky Ringland, is a founder at Grok Learning.

I'm in the Developer Platforms team at Google. I've worked on Google Wave, Drive, Chrome, App Engine, and the Maps SDK for iOS.

Aeons ago, I studied CS at the University of Sydney, and my 1st class Honours thesis discussed files and their relationships. I regularly return to the University to teach at NCSS.

The Web Is Dead! Long Live The Web!

Talk given at LCA2018 on the modern web, why it “died”, and how it’s coming back—with its capabilities catching up with its reach.


ES6 Modules in the Real World

Broad modules talk given at the Polymer Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. Not specifically related to Polymer, applicable to all JS projects.



Type emoji in your browser. Works from IE11+, loads with ES6 modules on supported platforms.

Focus inside Shadow DOM

Wherein I explain some concepts about how the browser treats focus inside Shadow DOM, and how you as a developer can get access to it.