Here are some popular new github repositories that can be interesting for web developers. All of them earned their first 1500 stars in 2016.
React in patterns — List of design patterns/techniques used while developing with React (Jul 2016)
Create React App — Create React apps with no build configuration (Jul 2016)
React Slingshot — React + Redux starter kit / boilerplate with Babel, hot reloading, testing, linting and a working example app, all built in (Jan 2016)
End to end testing
UI Widgets, plugins, components
Webpack-dashboard — A CLI dashboard for webpack dev server (Aug 2016)
Lighthouse — Auditing, performance metrics, and best practices for Progressive Web Apps (Mar 2016)
vConsole — A lightweight, extendable front-end developer tool for mobile web page (Apr 2016)
es6-cheatsheet — ES2015 [ES6] cheatsheet containing tips, tricks, best practices and code snippets
52 technologies in 2016 — Let’s learn a new technology every week. A new technology blog every Sunday in 2016
… and a couple more
These are repositories that emerged at the end of 2015 but became popular in 2016.
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