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January 27 2014

17:18

Getting The Most Out Of Your Web Conference Experience


  

To be a Web professional is to be a lifelong learner. The ever-changing landscape of our industry requires us to continually update and expand our knowledge so that our skills do not become outdated. One of the ways we can continue learning is by attending professional Web conferences. But with so many seemingly excellent events to choose from, how do you decide which is right for you?

During the course of my career, I have had the good fortune to attend a number of conferences, workshops and professional events. I am often asked by Web professionals who are preparing to attend their first conference how they can select the right one for their needs.

In this article, I will share the methods that I have found helpful in choosing high-quality conferences, as well as some tips to help you get the most out of the events you decide to attend.

What Are You Looking For?

The first step to finding a high-quality conference is to decide what you are looking for. Every conference is different. Some focus more on the technical aspects of our profession, while others offer a diverse set of presentations, some that are inspirational or even business-focused that complement ones about code and other technical topics.

Check out a list of Web design events taking place from January to June 2014.
Check out a list of Web design events taking place from January to June 2014. (Image credit: opensource.com)

Personally, I have always enjoyed conferences that feature a varied set of topics and speakers, but your needs may be different than mine. Furthermore, your needs may change throughout your career. If you have to learn a new technology, perhaps for a project you are working on, then an event focused on that particular topic might be exactly what you need at that point.

Once you have a general sense of what you are looking for in subject matter, the next step is to do some research.

Research The Sessions And Speakers

Start your research by visiting a conference’s website and reading about the sessions. I typically look for topics that I am already knowledgeable about, as well as areas that I know little to nothing about but would like to be introduced to.

In my experience, finding a conference that reinforces and expands skills that you already have while exposing you to aspects of the industry that you are not as familiar with will give you a more well-rounded experience than simply revisiting topics that you already count among your strengths.

If session titles and descriptions have yet to be posted, then you can get a feel for the topics to be covered by looking at the speakers listed for the event. Most speakers specialize in a particular area, such as CSS, usability or content strategy. A recognized expert in content strategy will likely speak about content strategy in some form, so by reviewing their individual website and learning more about their work and expertise, you will generally get a sense of what their session will be about.

This is important for small events, whose available spots are limited. These events often sell out quickly, before the exact nature of the sessions is even announced, so getting a feel for the content by researching the speakers might be the best way to come to a decision before tickets are all gone.

Conference notes
In addition to sessions, many conferences offer optional full- or half-day workshops, which typically focus on particular topics in much more detail than normal sessions. So, if you are looking to learn more about a topic, consider adding a workshop to your plans.

Cost

The sessions are an important factor in choosing the right conference, but they are not all you must consider. Cost is another critical aspect.

The cost of attending a professional conference can be significant. I have seen tickets range anywhere from a few hundred dollars for a one-day event to a few thousand for a week-long conference. Before you look for an event, determine a budget. Whether you are paying or your company is picking up the bill, knowing what you can afford will help to immediately narrow your options.

If your company is paying, you will likely need to explain the event’s value and justify the expense. Resources such as Smashing Magazine’s “8 Reasons Why You Should Send Your Incredibly Hard-Working, Deserving Employee to the Smashing Conference” can help you make your case. Other conferences offer similar resources to provide to the decision-makers in your organization from whom you will be seeking approval.

Timing

Timing is also important. Finding a conference that works with your schedule, including the timelines of your clients, projects and other obligations, is sometimes tricky. I typically try to book a conference well in advance, when my schedule for that period has yet to be filled. I then work my future appointments and project work around it. I find this easier than booking an event late and then squeezing it into what little free time I have left. Booking in advance also allows you to take advantage of early-bird pricing, as well as to avoid being disappointed by sold-out tickets.

Get Away If You Can

The last consideration is location. Ticket prices can be high, and travel expenses (including transportation, accommodation and meals), if the conference is outside of your area, adds significantly to the cost. Still, getting away can really improve the experience.

Traveling makes a conference more of a special occasion. It’s not a vacation, but it is a break from your normal routine. If you commute from home, then you’re more likely to treat the end of the day as the end of any other work day, skipping after-conference gatherings and activities (more on these shortly) which are the most valuable asset of every conference experience. Being away from home helps you to avoid falling into your normal routine and immerses you more fully in the event.

When figuring out your budget, factor in travel costs so that you can consider events away from home. This is not always practical, and you might be restricted to conferences in your city or nearby (if you are lucky enough to live next to a city that hosts professional Web conferences). But if you can find the budget to travel, seize the opportunity!

Prepare To Be Social

Web conferences open you to fresh ideas and approaches, while energizing and exciting you for work. Education and inspiration are not the only benefits, though. Socializing with your colleagues in the industry is an important part of the experience, too. And to truly realize this benefit, you must put yourself out there and be social.

Most events that I have attended over the years included meals for attendees — typically, breakfast and lunch. I always get to the venue early on the first day to grab some breakfast. As I enter the eating room, I look for people to join and introduce myself to. After introductions and some conversation, I’ll know a bit about them and have begun to make connections.

I repeat this process at lunch and every day of the event, finding new people to meet each time. Over the years, I have met some incredibly cool people, and I maintain contact with many of them — typically, through email and Twitter. These relationships have become extremely valuable to me, giving me peers to bounce ideas off, share new work with and turn to for help.

I remember a project from a few years ago in which a tricky bit of CSS was giving me problems. I tweeted the issue, asking for help. Within minutes, two fellow front-end developers whom I had met at separate conferences each replied to me with workable solutions. That is powerful, and it was the result of putting myself out there and being willing to meet new people.

In addition to meals, some conferences hold “jam sessions,” which encourage attendees to interact and present their findings to each other. This is another opportunity to be social, so don’t be shy! Get out there, meet new people, ask questions, share your experiences, and begin forming lasting, worthwhile relationships with others in the industry.

Party Time

Every conference I have been to included some kind of after-party. Absolutely take advantage of these opportunities. Sadly, many attendees decide to skip them.

As mentioned, if you are close to home, you’ll be tempted to blow off the after-parties and get back to your normal routine. Doing so, however, will rob you of another chance to meet interesting people and form worthwhile relationships. While I have certainly met great people at mealtime, upbeat after-parties have an even better atmosphere in which to connect with other professionals.

Some people I have met at parties have become not just professional contacts, but friends. I would not have made those connections had I decided to go back home or to my hotel room.

When going to a conference, be ready to socialize.
When going to a conference, be ready to socialize. (Image credit: Kris Krug)

Adjust your schedule to arrive early enough to enjoy breakfast and late enough to attend the after-parties. Have business cards on hand, and do not be afraid to ask others for their card or contact information.

This doesn’t mean turning the event into a pure networking session, where all you do is gather cards and email addresses. But if you meet someone whom you enjoy speaking with, ask for their card and reach out to them after the event. Remember, socializing and networking are as important as learning and being inspired, so put yourself out there and make some connections!

Leave Work At Work

To get the most out of a conference, focus on the event itself and put work aside for a bit. This can be challenging, especially if you are a freelancer with no one back at the office to cover for you. But focusing on a presentation or conversation is hard when your attention is on the current work project open on your laptop.

For years, I would bring projects with me to conferences to stay on top of the workload. Even if I wasn’t working on a project, I would have my laptop or tablet ready to reply to all emails and would remain constantly available to clients and colleagues. After a while, I realized that I often focused more on my device than on the presenters. That is a problem, and I realized that I needed to make a change.

For the last few conferences I have attended, I have left my computer in my bag during sessions. No working on projects. No checking email. I just focus on the presentation. I instead use breaks between sessions or time after lunch to quickly respond to any critical emails, leaving less important communication for when I return to the office.

Even doing so, I am careful not to cut into the conference’s social time, and I restrict myself to a few minutes to handle issues that simply cannot wait. In fact, very few emails I get fall into this category, so there really is no need to rush to reply at the expense of the conference experience.

Actually some of the best conferences my colleagues have attended are the ones that have no Wi-Fi at all, using it as a feature rather than a shortcoming. This way attendees are encouraged to be more active at the event and engage into conversations happening during the conference days. The only issue is that if you travel from abroad, you can’t follow conversations on Twitter. But quite often you’ll find out that you’ll need a SIM-card with some data anyway (for the party or finding directions), and that’s perfectly enough for minor tasks anyway.

You decided to attend the conference for a reason, and it was not to catch up on work. Break away from that job for a while, as hard as it is. Even if you think you can juggle work and the conference, put away the computer and concentrate on the presenters. You will find, as I did, that you get so much more out of the presentations and conversations between presentations (which are at least as important).

Take Notes

Taking notes seems obvious, but how you take notes makes a big difference. I used to use my tablet, but now that it’s tucked away during presentations, I can no longer use it to take notes. Instead, I’ve gone low tech and started using good old fashioned paper and pen.

Once I began using a notepad, I found that my notes make more sense to me and that I retain much more. The combination of focusing on the session and writing down notes and my thoughts really help the content sink in. I also find myself taking more notes than before (likely because I’m paying closer attention) and getting more out of each presentation as a whole.

The notes will help you absorb the content and regroup once the conference is finished.
The notes will help you absorb the content and regroup once the conference is finished. (Image credit: chungholeung)

Similarly, I have spoken with a number of fellow designers who enjoy “sketchnoting” at events and who report similar results. By taking down notes on paper — in their case, very creatively — they absorb and retain more from the sessions. So, pack a notepad and pen, and prepare to go old school with your note-taking!

Regroup, Reflect And Share

Feeling overwhelmed by work when you return to the office is normal, especially if you have taken my advice and left work at work during the conference. Getting back in the swing of things can quickly push the conference to the back of your mind, so you need a process to bring it to the forefront.

As soon as I get back to the office, before even checking my backlog of email, I download any session materials that conference presenters have made available. I also schedule a few hours, no later than a week after having returned, to sit down with other members of my team to discuss what I took away from the event.

With the slides and my notes on hand, I teach others in my organization what I learned. Explaining the content to others reinforces what I have learned and ensures that it sticks with me long after.

Be sure to schedule some time to review what you have learned. Even if you do not have colleagues to share with, download the session material and review your notes to make sure that the lessons are not soon forgotten. You could also organize or attend a local meeting with other Web professionals in your area to share what you’ve learned. You can use tools like Meetup to find or initiate meetings in your area.

Take A Break

Look at a handful of Web conferences and you will likely see the same presenters at many of them. Some might even give the same presentation at multiple events. This makes sense. Different events have different audiences, so to reach the most people and get the most mileage from their heavy preparation, speakers will often take their presentation on the road to multiple events.

The problem is that if you attend several events in a short span of time, you will begin to see talks repeated or, at least, sessions that are very similar to ones you have attended. I went through a period of attending four or five conferences a year for about three years. Towards the end of that time, I found that the sessions were getting repetitive. I was seeing the same speakers year after year, and their presentations felt like little more than updates to what I had heard the year prior.

I spoke with other attendees at these conferences and noticed how excited they were by the material, as excited as I was when first introduced to it. The problem was that it was not new to me any longer. I was not getting much out of the conferences because there was too little new information to justify the expense, of both time and money. It was time for a break.

Bringing this back to where we began, first determine what you want to learn at an event. If the sessions offer mere updates to content you already know well, then skip the event, even if you have the time and budget.

Also, consider events that are very different from what you normally look for. Instead of a Web conference, look for something totally different, something that will expand your skill set or knowledge. That really is what it’s all about after all.

In Summary

Attending a professional Web conference can be a wonderful experience. To get the most out of it, remember these points:

  • Determine what you want to learn and your budget. This will narrow your options.
  • Research sessions and speakers to get a feel for what will be covered.
  • If you have the budget, consider traveling to get the most out of the event.
  • Prepare to be social and to meet others in your industry. Attend all meetups and after-parties and exchange contact information to form lasting relationships.
  • Concentrate on the presenters, not your computer. Leave work at work, and focus on what you came for.
  • By taking notes with pen and paper, you will absorb and retain more and get more from your notes.
  • Afterwards, schedule time to review what you have learned, and, if possible, share it with others in your organization or area.
  • Take a break from conferences if you find them becoming too repetitive. There is no point in attending a conference that you will get little out of.
  • Have fun. Conferences are a good time! Get ready to be educated and inspired, but also enjoy yourself!

(al, ea, vf, il)


© Jeremy Girard for Smashing Magazine, 2014.

January 22 2014

16:50

Conferences Round-Up: Upcoming Web Design Events (Jan. 2014 – Jun. 2014)


  

2013 has come and gone, delighting us with a plethora of inspirational, educational and fun conferences. You should start planning 2014 right now to make sure that you don’t miss your chance to get away from your desk and meet some brilliant minds and peers — face to face!

In this roundup of conferences, we are happy to present you all of the upcoming Web-related conferences, starting from January. This might be just the time to get a ticket to conferences in warmer climes! For now, we’ve included conferences up to June, so make sure you don’t miss your favorite one.

Get to know your peers in the Web design community and absorb an enormous amount of information in only a short period of time. Keep in mind that visiting a conference is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the latest techniques directly from distinguished authors and speakers.

And by the way, thank you for your kind and helpful comments on previous conference roundups. Keep ‘em coming! If you know of an upcoming event that you think shouldn’t be left out on this list, just let us know in the comments section below!

The list is quite lengthy, so let’s dive in.

January 2014

The Design of Understanding 2014
“A one day conference looking at how ideas are designed to be more understandable. We look within and beyond the discipline of Information Design to related fields too – this year with speakers from government, product designcomics, toy makers and magazines.”

  • When: Jan. 24, 2014
  • Where: London, UK

The Design of Understanding 2014

Mobile Web+DevCon: San Francisco 2014
“Global Strategic Management Institute (GSMI) is excited to host Mobile+Web DevCon 2014, now in its fourth installment. Anyone interested in learning, from the best, solutions for mobile app and web development and design to enhance their business strategy should attend.”

  • When: Jan. 28-30, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Mobile Web+DevCon: San Francisco 2014

Renaissance 2014
“The first day of Renaissance will inspire us with a great builder’s story and some amazing creative tools. On the second day, we’ll roll up our sleeves and dig into some tough but essential topics for successful app making. On Friday we’ll take a critical look at the state of the iOS app business and explore new areas for growth and app making.”

  • When: Jan. 29-31, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Renaissance 2014

Take Off 2014
“Your first European tech conference (of the year). Community backed non profit tech event taking place in Lille, between London, Brussels and Paris.”

  • When: Jan. 30-31, 2014
  • Where: Lille, France

Take Off 2014

February 2014

FOSDEM 2014
“FOSDEM is a two-day event organised by volunteers to promote the widespread use of open source software. Taking place in the beautiful city of Brussels (Belgium), FOSDEM is widely recognised as the best open source conference in Europe.”

  • When: Feb. 1-2, 2014
  • Where: Brussels, Belgium

FOSDEM 2014

Jfokus 2014
“Jfokus is the largest annual conference for everyone who works with Java in Sweden. The conference is arranged together with Javaforum Stockholm. Javaforum is a Swedish developer community and an official Java User Group (JUG) with premier purpose is to support Swedish developers. During three days, you will have an unique opportunity to keep yourself updated with the latest development of the Java platform through numerous interesting sessions.”

  • When: Feb. 3-5, 2014
  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden

Jfokus 2013

Respond 2014
“A festival of Responsive Web Design for designers and developers of the multi-device Web.”

  • When: Feb. 4-5, 2014
  • Where: Sydney, Australia

Respond 2014

Lift14
“Lift Conference is one of Europe’s key events about innovation and digital technologies. It features a special blend of inspiring speeches by some of the world’s best speakers, truly interactive workshops, exhibitions of interactive media projects and prototypes to play with …and the legendary Fondue!”

  • When: Feb. 5-7, 2014
  • Where: Geneva, Switzerland

Lift14

Interaction14
“Interaction14 will explore the wide diversity of interaction design practices and seek inspiration from related disciplines. Four days of workshops, presentations and social events.”

  • When: Feb. 5-8, 2014
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Interaction14

Visualized 2014
“Join us as 30+ innovators of the industry take to the stage for discussions on data stories that matter. Stay tuned as more presenters are announced in the weeks to come.”

  • When: Feb. 6-7, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

Visualized 2014

Webstock 2014
“A spectacular of astounding talent & splendour set to edify, enlighten, dazzle & delight.”

  • When: Feb. 10, 2014
  • Where: Wellington, New Zealand

Mobile Marketing Strategies Summit: San Francisco 2014
“Join us at the Mobile Marketing Strategies Summit (MMSS) on February 11-13, 2014 in San Francisco, CA to better understand how to truly drive revenues with an integrated mobile strategy. With mobile website and app usage rising exponentially, now more than ever is the time to adopt a mobile marketing strategy.”

  • When: Feb. 11-13, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Mobile Marketing Strategies Summit: San Francisco 2014

jQuery Conference San Diego 2014
“jQuery Conference is about bringing together experts from across the field of front-end development to bring you up to speed on the latest open-web technologies. Get the latest on jQuery and related projects, code architecture and organization, design and implementation practices, tooling and workflow improvements, and emerging browser technologies.”

  • When: Feb. 12-13, 2014
  • Where: San Diego, USA

jQuery Conference San Diego 2014

Tag-It
“Be inspired and keep up with the latest trends and opportunities. Build networks and contribute to the recruitment and human resource development in the North. A conference tailored to those who work in IT, web or digital solutions.”

  • When: Feb. 12-13, 2014
  • Where: Tromso, Norway

Tag-It

Meta Refresh 2014
“Meta Refresh is an annual conference on the construction of user interface on the web and mobile. This year’s edition features two days of workshops (with limited seating capacity) and two days of conference featuring a stellar line-up of speakers from around the world.”

  • When: Feb. 12-15, 2014
  • Where: Bangalore, India

Meta Refresh 2014

London JS Conf
“London JS Conf is a brand new JavaScript Conference from the team behind London JS, the monthly JavaScript meet-up in London.”

  • When: Feb. 13, 2014
  • Where: London, England

London JS Conf

EdinburghJS February 2014
“The long awaited EdinburghJS meetup begins this year on the 13th February! The event will be hosted in TechCube and feature two talks from local JavaScripters, plus pizza and drinks. Tickets are free but due to venue restrictions spaces are limited, so please register here if you plan to attend.”

  • When: Feb. 13, 2014
  • Where: Edinburgh, UK

EdinburghJS February 2014

The Product Owner
“Inspirational talks on innovative products by their product owners.”

  • When: Feb. 13, 2014
  • Where: Oxford, UK

The Product Owner Oxford meetup

Awwwards – Love Days
“Romantic and inspiring days for passionate web designers. We’re living in a truly exciting time; when new technologies, trends, and ideas are in full bloom all over the internet. To celebrate this, we are bringing together well-known web designers, visionaries, and innovative thinkers to inspire, teach, and help us uncover the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead.”

  • When: Feb. 13-14, 2014
  • Where: Paris, France

Awwwards - Love Days

In Control Conference 2014
“A great line-up of 12 internationally recognized educators and industry leaders that includes Dave Rupert, Estelle Weyl, Val Head, Daniel Ryan, and more.”

  • When: Feb. 17-19, 2014
  • Where: Orlando, USA

In Control Conference 2014

An Event Apart: Atlanta 2014
“An Event Apart Atlanta is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for. Join us for twelve great speakers and sessions, plus an optional day-long workshop on mobile design with Luke Wroblewski.”

  • When: Feb. 17-19, 2014
  • Where: Atlanta, USA

An Event Apart: Atlanta 2014

UX Riga 2014
“The first ever Usability & User Experience design conference in Latvia.”

  • When: Feb. 20, 2014
  • Where: Riga, Latvia

UX Riga 2014

Snow*Mobile 2014
“There will be meaningful discussion about Mobile Development (iOS, Android, Window Phone, Mobile Web) in Madison. Learn strategies and gain best practices for the rapidly changing mobile landscape.”

  • When: Feb. 21-22, 2014
  • Where: Madison, USA

Snow*Mobile 2014

TOCA ME Design Conference
“The TOCA ME design conference will facilitate critical discussions on the issue of design and provide opportunities for Munich-based designers and creative persons to network with representatives of design centers from around the globe.”

  • When: Feb. 22, 2014
  • Where: Munich, Germany

TOCA ME Design Conference

DevNexus 2014
“Atlanta’s most exciting conference for professional software developers is back in 2014! Come discover how the industry’s best minds use the latest technologies to build solutions to business problems. Network with other Atlanta software developers, and study real life case studies in application design and development.”

  • When: Feb. 24-25, 2014
  • Where: Atlanta, USA

DevNexus 2014

Usability Week San Diego
“NN/g’s Usability Week helps you get up to speed on user experience best practices, so you can plan, create and manage successful user interfaces.”

  • When: Feb. 24-27, 2014
  • Where: San Diego, USA

Usability Week San Diego

Mobile World Congress 2014
“Mobile World Congress is the blueprint for the NEXT big innovation. Whatever is coming NEXT will likely be born at Mobile World Congress 2014 – either announced on stage during our Conference programme, showcased in our award-winning Exhibition, or conceived during one of the thousands of meetings taking place during the week.”

  • When: Feb. 24-27, 2014
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

Mobile World Congress 2014

ConFoo Conference 2014
“ConFoo is a non for profit, multi-technology conference including PHP training, talks on HTML5, PHP, Cloud Computing and many industry topics.”

  • When: Feb. 24-28, 2014
  • Where: Montreal, Canada

ConFoo Conference 2014

Reasons:London
“Reasons:London returns for a 2nd time to Old Street, London. An affordable single dayer, with an awesome line-up of speakers. Kicking off at lunchtime on Friday 28th Feb is the perfect way to finish your working week and start your weekend!”

  • When: Feb. 28, 2014
  • Where: London, UK

Reasons:London

jQuery Europe 2014
“International speakers and web pioneers show the newest trends and techniques for web, apps and smart TV development with jQuery. Two days of conference with awesome sessions, one additional day of jQuery training and lots of opportunities to meet and greet with developers from all Europe.”

  • When: Feb. 28 – Mar. 1, 2014
  • Where: Vienna, Austria

jQuery Europe 2014

March 2014

Kod.io 2014
“Kod.io is a developer conference from Europe. It brings people from various programming disciplines together in order to create the ideal environment to share knowledge.”

  • When: Mar. 1, 2014
  • Where: Linz, Austria

Kod.io 2014

Intro to Ember
“In this course, you will be building a full-fledged Ember application from the ground up. As you build the application, we will explain the concepts behind each feature that you will need to implement.”

  • When: Mar. 3-5, 2014
  • Where: SW Portland, USA

Intro to Ember

Wearables DevCon
“Wearable computing devices are the next Big Wave in technology. And the winning developers in the next decade are going to be the ones who take advantage of these new technologies EARLY and build the next generation of red-hot apps.”

  • When: Mar. 5-7, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Wearables DevCon

QCon London 2014
“QCon highlights the most important development topics driving innovation – things you should be doing now or researching for your next project – presented by the doers in our community. Our conferences bring practitioners together with attendees who influence innovation in their teams.”

  • When: Mar. 5-7, 2014
  • Where: London, UK

QCon London 2014

UX Hong Kong 2014
“User Experience Hong Kong (UXHK) is a learning event dedicated to bringing all product and service design disciplines together, from research, marketing, design, technology and the business to name a few, who are interested and passionate about designing great experiences for people and business for a better world for all.”

  • When: Mar. 6-8, 2014
  • Where: Hong Kong, China

UX Hong Kong 2014

Mdevcon 2014
“The conference is by mobile developers, for mobile developers. We have two days with multiple tracks, designed in such a way that whether you’re an android, iOS or other mobile platform developer, there’s always at least one session that should be of interest.”

  • When: Mar. 7-8, 2014
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mdevcon 2014

SXSW Interactive Festival
“An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2014 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer.”

  • When: Mar. 7-11, 2014
  • Where: Austin, USA

SXSW Interactive Festival

India Technology Tour March 2014
“Zenith Society invites extraordinary achievers around the world to participate in high-impact business travel opportunities. By unlocking valuable contacts and networks of influencers we help you take your passions to the next level.”

  • When: Mar. 8-20, 2014
  • Where: India (Mumbai, Bengaluru, Agra, Delhi)

India Technology Tour Jan 2014

Fluent 2014
“O’Reilly Fluent spotlights the emerging methods, tools, and technologies of the Web Platform. Developers, UX/UI designers, and project teams come to Fluent to share their experiences and expertise—and to learn what they need to know to stay competitive.”

  • When: Mar. 11-13, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Fluent 2014

STLUX 2014
“A one-day user experience conference where professionals come together and explore current research, trends, and best practices in creating phenomenal user experiences.”

  • When: Mar. 14, 2014
  • Where: St. Louis, USA

STLUX 2014

JSConfUY 2014
“JSConfUY is the first JavaScript conference in Uruguay featuring Paypal’s Doug Crockford.”

  • When: Mar. 14-15, 2014
  • Where: Montevideo, Uruguay

JSConfUY 2014

wroc_love.rb 2014
“We had a dream, of a not-for-profit event organized by the community. Shaped by the speakers ready to fight with arguments, but always in a friendly atmosphere and with mutual respect. With an audience that values diversity of opinions and experiences and can also express its voice on stage. We believe that we can fulfill this promise with your little help.”

  • When: Mar. 14-16, 2014
  • Where: Wroclaw, Poland

wroc_love.rb 2014

WebCoast 2014
“A physical meeting place for those of us who work, play and socialise on the web. A market place where we can exchange ideas and opinions, knowledge and inspiration.”

  • When: Mar. 14-16, 2014
  • Where: Göteborg, Sweden

SmashingConf Oxford 2014
“With our upcoming SmashingConf Oxford 2014, we’ll explore real-life projects, workflows and hands-on insights that we all can learn from and use right away. Same game, same rules: 1 track, 2 conference days, 5 workshops, 18 excellent speakers!”

  • When: Mar. 17-19, 2014
  • Where: Oxford, England

SmashingConf Oxford 2014

NSConference 6
“NSConf isn’t just about super speakers, awesome networking and loads of learning. It’s about that feeling you take away when you leave. The feeling you can take on the world – one app at a time.”

  • When: Mar. 17-19, 2014
  • Where: Leicester, England

NSConference 6

Makerland
“3 days of talks and intensive workshops on Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, iBeacons, micro-location, robots and everything you can label as ‘Internet of things’. Dive into the world of hardware and learn how to build stuff.”

  • When: Mar. 17-19, 2014
  • Where: Warsaw, Poland

MobileTech Conference 2014 (Spring Edition)
“Sustainable mobile strategies require a high level of technical and strategic knowledge. Due to its cross-platform concept the MobileTechCon has become one of the most important events in Germany for the mobile industry.”

  • When: Mar. 17-20, 2014
  • Where: Munich, Germany

MobileTech Conference 2014 (Spring Edition)

Webkongress Erlangen
“Webkongress Erlangen has been conceived as a forum for the exchange of information between Web developers and Administrators. Its main focus lies on emerging technologies and trends in the field of web technologies. In 2014 the main subjects will be accessibility, user-friendly Web design and Content-Management-Systems.”

  • When: Mar. 20-21, 2014
  • Where: Erlangen, Germany

Webkongress Erlangen

JavaLand
“JavaLand 2014 is opening its gate for two days only. Be there when the new conference becomes the center of Germany’s Java-development scene. Knowledge transfer, Networking and good conversations meet adventure, fun and action!”

  • When: Mar. 25-26, 2014
  • Where: Brühl, Germany

JavaLand

IA Summit 2014
“The way we find information, the devices and interfaces we use to find it, and the methods behind it all create frustration, joy, and affect the lives of everyone we know. The IA Summit is the premiere, community-curated, and community-run gathering on the ever-evolving disciplines of information architecture, and experience design.”

  • When: Mar. 25-30, 2014
  • Where: San Diego, USA

IA Summit 2014

JS.everywhere(2014) Europe
“The JS.everywhere() conference demonstrate how strong are JavaScript and HTML5 to build and deploy Web and mobile community as well as B2E, B2B and B2C professional application using widely supported Web Standards. 4D is glad to organize the 5th edition of JS.everywhere() and is working hard to provide you again an awesome experience.”

  • When: Mar. 27-28, 2014
  • Where: Paris, France

JS.everywhere(2014) Europe

RubyConf Philippines 2014
“Join us in the first ever Ruby conference in the Philippines. Get to know the vibrant local community in 2 days of great Ruby talks and other exciting activities.”

  • When: Mar. 28-29, 2014
  • Where: Manila, Philippines

RubyConf Philippines 2014

Beyond the Desktop Conference
“Beyond The Desktop focuses on new, emerging techniques for web development and design for mobile devices. Our speakers are hand-picked to make sure you get challenging, well-delivered talks from a variety of different perspectives.”

  • When: Mar. 31 – Apr. 2, 2014
  • Where: Dallas, USA

Beyond the Desktop Conference

An Event Apart: Seattle 2014
“If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for. Join us for twelve great speakers and sessions, plus an optional day-long workshop on touch-based design with Josh Clark.”

  • When: Mar. 31 – Apr. 2, 2014
  • Where: Seattle, USA

An Event Apart: Seattle 2014

April 2014

RWD Summit 2014
“The 3rd annual online, live responsive web design conference.”

  • When: Apr. 1-3, 2014
  • Where: Online

RWD Summit 2014 online conference

Berlin Expert Days 2014
“The Berlin Expert Days conference promises to hold the promise of the previous years and deliver worthy industry knowledge with over 50 talks in two days.”

  • When: Apr. 3-4, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

Berlin Expert Days 2014

WebVisions
“WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism.”

  • When: Apr. 3-4, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

WebVisions

WebExpo Prague 2014 Conference
“Sharing best web creation practices helps creators build better web applications effectively and with a joy. We believe that it makes users happy as well.”

  • When: Apr. 4-5, 2014
  • Where: Prague, Czech Republic

WebExpo Prague 2014 Conference

UX Salon 2014
“UX Salon mission is to bring you the most updated information in the UX world, practical tools and inspiration for your day-to-day work. UX Salon is a group dedicated to the professional practice and learning of user experience design. This April, join us for two days of networking and great talks by design professionals and leaders in the industry.”

  • When: Apr. 6-7, 2014
  • Where: Tel Aviv, Israel

UX Salon 2014

IDC 2014: Information Design Matters
“2014 is the 30th anniversary of an almost continuous series of IDA conferences, so we plan to celebrate this through reminiscences and surprises.”

  • When: Apr. 7-8, 2014
  • Where: London, England

IDC 2014:Information Design Matters

Future Of Web Design
“What makes Future of Web Design different from other design conferences? Experience. We’ve been producing web design conferences for almost a decade, and are intimately familiar with the trends, technologies, and stars that make the web beautiful. Our two-track event means you always have a choice — you’re not locked into one room and one track. And we record every session for all attendees, so you’ll never miss a thing. As always, content is king.”

  • When: Apr. 7-9, 2014
  • Where: London, England

Future Of Web Design

UX Immersion Mobile Conference
“The best mobile experiences follow users from one place to another no matter what device they use. They seem to effortlessly fuse content, context, and user behavior. The result means we can start a video on our commute, keep watching at our desk, then pick up where we left off once we get home. UX Immersion Mobile dives into what it takes to create these kinds of seamless experiences.”

  • When: Apr. 7-9, 2014
  • Where: Denver, USA

UX Immersion Mobile Conference

TEDx Charleston 2014
“We will open your mind, inspire your heart and make you aware that even the smallest ideas and actions can have exponential impact on our community and the world.”

  • When: Apr. 8, 2014
  • Where: Charleston, USA

TEDx Charleston 2014

Funka Accessibility Days
“Funka Accessibility Days is northern Europe’s largest conference on accessible ICT. We are proud to welcome some of the world´s leading experts on web accessibility to the beautiful city of Stockholm.”

  • When: Apr. 8-9, 2014
  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden

Funka Accessibility Days

QCon São Paolo 2014
“The QCon São Paulo 2014 will take place in the new location and will have 10 tracks of content, the most ever, plus two tracks solutions. There will be six rooms simultaneously in large installations WTC Events Center, with over 60 speakers discussing and presenting the most innovative and current trends in software development topics.”

  • When: Apr. 9-11, 2014
  • Where: São Paolo, Brazil

QCon São Paolo 2014

MadWorld 2014
“MadWorld 2014 is the premier technical communication and content strategy conference for technical writers, documentation managers and content strategists.”

  • When: Apr. 13-15, 2014
  • Where: San Diego, USA

MadWorld 2014

Industry 2014
“Industry is back with another carefully curated selection of talks covering a range of topics. 8 Speakers will provide insights in to their work and offer ways to make us all better at what we do.”

  • When: Apr. 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Industry 2014

Craft Conf 2014
“CRAFT is about craftsmanship, which tools, methods, practices should be part of the toolbox of a modern developer and company, and it is compass on new technologies, trends. You can learn from the best speakers and practitioners in our community.”

  • When: Apr. 23-25, 2014
  • Where: Budapest, Hungary

Craft Conf 2014

JS Unconf
“Unconf means unconference. There is no schedule or speaker list in advance. Everybody can apply with a talk. Everybody can vote for talks. The talks with the most upvotes will be picked.”

  • When: Apr. 26-27, 2014
  • Where: Hamburg, Germany

JS Unconf

An Event Apart Boston 2014
“An Event Apart Boston is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for. Join us for twelve great speakers and sessions, plus an optional day-long workshop on mobile design with Luke Wroblewski.”

  • When: Apr. 28-30, 2014
  • Where: Boston, USA

An Event Apart Boston 2014

May 2014

DotYork Conference 2014
“A one-day conference for people who make websites. We’re planning on sitting 200 of you in a cinema for the day, and putting six great speakers in front of you. It’ll be inspirational, fun, and affordable.”

  • When: May 1, 2014
  • Where: York, England

DotYork Conference 2014

FutureJS
“A conference about JavaScript, fresh ideas and what’s to come in our browsers.”

  • When: May 1-3, 2014
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

FutureJS

ConverSE 2014
“Welcome to the conference for everyone working with technology in creative ways. Learn from experts. Hang with friends. Be entertained and inspired.”

  • When: May 1-3, 2014
  • Where: Columbia, USA

ConverSE 2014

Things
“ThingsCon is a two-day conference about the future of the hardware business ranging from Internet of Things, wearables and connected devices to 3D printing and new manufacturing techniques.”

  • When: May 2-3, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

Things

ARTIFACT Conf 2014
“ARTIFACT is an intimate two-day, single-track conference that helps WEB DESIGNERS and DEVELOPERS adapt their tools and processes to the challenges of designing for a MULTI-DEVICE world.”

  • When: May 5-7, 2014
  • Where: Austin, USA

ARTIFACT Conf 2014

DATA 2014: Creative Technologies Summit
“DATA Interactive 2014, an annual celebration of creativity and innovation in Pittsburgh, PA. In its sixth year, this event showcases the coolest new art and technology projects, and, this year is expanding to include a national creative technology think tank where big thinkers get together in small spaces to share and create new big ideas.”

  • When: May 7-8, 2014
  • Where: Pittsburgh, USA

DATA 2014: Creative Technologies Summit

WebVisions Portland 2014
“WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism. Since 2001, we’ve built a loyal audience of designers, developers and industry leaders.”

  • When: May 7-9, 2014
  • Where: Portland, USA

WebVisions Portland 2014

Front-Trends 2014
“Check out the newest installment of the Font-Trends conference with many notable industry speakers.”

  • When: May 7-9, 2014
  • Where: Warsaw, Poland

Front-Trends 2014

The Geek Gathering
“The South East Europe and Balkan Dev Conference with the coolest name in the business is back.”

  • When: May 8-10, 2014
  • Where: Osijek, Croatia

The Geek Gathering

droidcon 2014
“droidcon is all about Android, meeting the Android community, learning about the latest develops and giving you a stage to talk about your apps and solutions or just discuss a problem you are facing.”

  • When: May 8-10, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

droidcon 2014

ScotlandJS 2014
“JavaScript keeps growing and growing. It is the language most repos on GitHub are written in! Scotland JS aims to bring together 30+ local and international speakers and to enable attendees to share their experiences and learn we are introducing a new Discussion Track.”

  • When: May 9-10, 2014
  • Where: City of Edinburgh, Scotland

ScotlandJS 2014

JavaCro’14
““JavaCro’13” was our 2nd International Java conference in Croatia which gathered in 2,5 days over 200 participants and presented 50 attractive sessions, including Java evangelists keynotes. And now we proudly present JavaCro’14 3rd International Java Conference in Croatia!”

  • When: May 12-14, 2014
  • Where: Porec, Croatia

JavaCro’14

JAX 2014
“JAX represents Europe’s leading conference series about enterprise technologies, agile methods and software architecture.”

  • When: May 12-16, 2014
  • Where: Mainz, Germany

JAX 2014

Laracon 2014
“Laracon is a conference centered around the Laravel framework. The first Laracon was held in Washington, DC on February 22nd and 23rd, 2013.”

  • When: May 15-16, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

Laracon 2014

Service Design in Government
“The UK’s event for Government Service Design” is bound to be the conference of the year for developer working with government systems.”

  • When: May 15-16, 2014
  • Where: London, England

Service Design in Government

TYPO Berlin 2014 »Roots«
“TYPO Berlin 2014 Roots is dedicated to the lasting values of design, which have accelerated at a dizzying speed thanks to total digitalisation – from the first draft right up to production.”

  • When: May 15-17, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

TYPO Berlin 2014 »Roots«

OFFF Barcelona 2014
“Dubbed a “creativity festival,” OFFF has been functioning as a reference point for creators, artists, programmers, theorists, students and enthusiasts interested in post-digital culture and free contemporary creation in the worlds of art and design for just over a decade now. The 2014 edition will see contributions from a huge variety of creators.”

  • When: May 15-17, 2014
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

OFFF Barcelona 2014

Port80 2014
“Pow wows for web folk! We run events for people who design or build websites, who are involved with the designing/building of them or who are just plain old interested.”

  • When: May 16, 2014
  • Where: Newport, Wales

Port80 2014

jQuery UK 2014
“Last year we doubled the conference size and kept the winning formula of amazing speakers and seriously good content and added exciting extras like a Rising Stars speaker track and our now famous jBeery festival as part of the after party. jQuery UK 2014 is going to be even better!”

  • When: May 16, 2014
  • Where: Oxford, England

jQuery UK 2014

PragueJS
“Advanced Javascript topics for rising developers” in one of Europe’s most romantic cities.

  • When: May 16, 2014
  • Where: Prague, Czech Republic

PragueJS

SHiFT Conference 2014
“SHiFT is a conference where design and technology are discussed in a language that everyone can understand, to nurture creativity and innovation and help society progress to a better living.”

  • When: May 16-17, 2014
  • Where: Düsseldorf, Germany

SHiFT Conference 2014

The South Web Experience
“One day of lectures to learn and start conversations plus one day of practice and experimentation. Two evenings to get to know and build relationships.”

  • When: May 16-17, 2014
  • Where: Toulouse, France

The South Web Experience

Society for Technical Communication Summit 2014
“The Summit is packed with more than 80 sessions over the three full workdays with topics covering all aspects of technical writing, editing, project management, and publication production.”

  • When: May 17-21, 2014
  • Where: Phoenix, USA

Society for Technical Communication Summit 2014

beyond tellerrand 2014
“For a friendly and inspiring community. Workshops and talks for web enthusiasts. Get your dose of design, tech, inspiration and networking!”

  • When: May 19-21, 2014
  • Where: Düsseldorf, Germany

beyond tellerrand 2014

SDD 2014
“SDD (Software Design & Development) is an annual conference for software designers, developers and architects, which takes place at the Barbican Centre in London. We bring together some of the world’s foremost software development experts, and put together an intensive five-day programme of in-depth technical sessions and workshops on a wide range of key topics.”

  • When: May 19-23, 2014
  • Where: London, England

SDD 2014

HighEdWeb Michigan 2014
“THIS TIME…IT’S PERSONAL. The HighEdWeb Regional Conference in Michigan is designed for all higher education web professionals — from programmers and developers to communicators and designers — who want to explore the unique web issues facing colleges.”

  • When: May 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Ann Arbor, USA

HighEdWeb Michigan 2014

La Conf Paris 2014
“A conference to share wonderful food with the coders, entrepreneurs and visionaries who build the things you love.”

  • When: May 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Paris, France

La Conf Paris 2014

UX Lausanne 2014
“UX Lausanne is the first Western Switzerland event dedicated exclusively to User Experience Design. We look forward to connect you with some of the most influential UX practitioners, leading thinkers, talented developers and innovative designers.”

  • When: May 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Lausanne, Switzerland

UX Lausanne 2014

Semi-Permanent Sydney
“2014 will see an exciting reinvention of Semi-Permanent. We’re expanding the world’s premier design conference into a fresh festival of art, design and creativity. New additions to the event mean more levels of entertainment, interaction and inspiration than ever before, so if this isn’t already an unmissable event on your creative calendar, it is now.”

  • When: May 22-24, 2014
  • Where: Sydney, Australia

Semi-Permanent Sydney

IA Konferenz 2014: Brand Experience
“The IA Konferenz, the german conference for information architecture, is the yearly meeting of the german language IA and UX community.”

  • When: May 23-24, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

IA Konferenz 2014: Brand Experience

Mobile Trends for Business & Mobile-IT EXPO
“Krakow will witness the first edition of the Fair Solutions and Mobile Technologies Mobile-IT . The event is devoted to issues related to the effective use of mobile technology in both the private and public sectors.”

  • When: May 27-28, 2014
  • Where: Krakow, Poland

Mobile Trends for Business & Mobile-IT EXPO

CSS Conf 2014
“CSSConf is where developers come together to talk about building the world’s most engaging user interfaces. The presenters push the boundaries of what is possible — talking about the latest technologies, cutting edge techniques, and tools. We look forward to seeing you on Amelia Island!”

  • When: May 27, 2014
  • Where: Florida, USA

CSS Conf 2014

JSConf US 2014
“JSConf has been the launch pad for many of the greatest things that we now take for granted on the web. This year will be no exception thanks to our famously unique call for speakers process designed to spotlight the new faces and ideas in the community.”

  • When: May 28-30, 2014
  • Where: Amelia Island, USA

JSConf US 2014

UX London 2014
“We bring engaging industry leaders from around the world, a format which combines inspirational talks with lively, hands-on workshops, and a flexible ticket structure that lets you immerse yourself in the whole event, or just the days most relevant to you. Not to mention that the venue – and even the food! – are an experience in themselves. This is a UX conference with a difference.”

  • When: May 28-30, 2014
  • Where: London, England

UX London 2014

Bulgaria Web Summit 2014
“Bulgaria Web Summit is the new name of the conference, which started back in 2004 under the name WebTech and then was renamed to P2P Conference. We started WebTech in 2004. The aim was to provide a forum, where people, interested in web programming, development, Internet entrepreneurship and so on, could meet and exchange ideas.”

  • When: May 31-Jun. 1, 2014
  • Where: Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria Web Summit 2014

Collision
“Collision is our first major tech conference in the United States. If you want the chance to join 500 tech industry leaders, as well as a select group of early stage startups, this May in Las Vegas then simply apply for a 2 for 1 ticket above. It’s free to apply, and takes less than a minute.”

  • When: May, 2014
  • Where: Las Vegas, USA

Collision Conference in Las Vegas

June 2014

webinale 2014
“Business, Design and Technology are the foundation to success on the Web. Only who has mastered the combining all three disciplines has the necessary tools to design successful digital business models.”

  • When: Jun. 1-4, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

webinale 2014

International PHP Conference Spring 2014
“The International PHP Conference is a globally recognized event for PHP developers, webworkers, IT managers and everyone interested in web-technology. Once again, the conference will explore key topics and core technologies for developers and decision makers.”

  • When: Jun. 1-4, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

International PHP Conference Spring 2014

DrupalCon
“DrupalCon remains one of the most affordable tech conferences around thanks to support from our generous sponsors.”

  • When: Jun. 2-6, 2014
  • Where: Austin, USA

DrupalCon

CSS Day 2014
“CSS Day is an event for intermediate and advanced CSS developers featuring eight world-class speakers and eight world-class sessions.”

  • When: Jun. 4, 2014
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

CSS Day 2014

UXLx: User Experience Lisbon 2014
“Come to sunny Lisbon for 16 hands-on workshops to hone up your skills and 10 inspiring talks from thought leaders in the field. Apply for one of the 10 talk slots to share your experiences. After hours, meet fellow UX Pros from all over the world in our great parties and meetups.”

  • When: Jun. 4-6, 2014
  • Where: Lisbon, Portugal

UXLx: User Experience Lisbon 2014

Scotch on the Rocks
“Scotch on the Rocks is our annual gathering of web technologists, bringing together some of the brightest minds from across the globe. Focusing on development, best practices and human experience, Scotch on the Rocks has built a reputation as a must attend event.”

  • When: Jun. 5-6, 2014
  • Where: City of Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotch on the Rocks

Kerning 2014
“Kerning features a day of workshops and a Conference day full of talks. Kerning offers a very interesting chance to meet developers, gurus, managers and innovators from all over the world. Kerning is a non-profit event.”

  • When: Jun. 5-6, 2014
  • Where: Faenza, Italy

Kerning 2014

2014 M-Enabling Summit
“The M-Enabling Global Summit is the only program exclusively dedicated to promoting mobile accessible and assistive applications and services for senior citizens and users of all abilities, a market of more than one billion users worldwide, with considerable untapped potential.”

  • When: Jun. 9-10, 2014
  • Where: Arlington, USA

2014 M-Enabling Summit

Web Conference at Penn State 2014
“A community of higher education, web and other professionals from Penn State and around the world who engage, interact and share knowledge about the web. With Will Wheaton!”

  • When: Jun. 9-11, 2014
  • Where: Pennsylvania State College, USA

Web Conference at Penn State 2014

QCon New York 2014
“QCon aims to empower software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the enterprise software development community.”

  • When: Jun. 9-13, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

QCon New York 2014

Ready to Inspire XL
“Ready to Inspire is a brand new conference about the craft of web design, type and code. It has workshops, live music, meetups and parties, but above all an exciting lineup of today’s craftspeople and mind blowing new faces.”

  • When: Jun. 10-13, 2014
  • Where: Leiden, Netherlands

Ready to Inspire XL

PUBKON Conference
“Two days full of diverse topics and lectures around Publishing with some of the best speakers from Germany.”

  • When: Jun 12-14, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

PUBKON Conference

PePcon 2014: The Print + ePublishing Conference
“The InDesign event of the year! Find answers and valuable insight on publishing for eBooks, print, iPad/tablets, interactive documents, and more! Be inspired by fresh ideas and new products.”

  • When: Jun. 15-18, 2014
  • Where: Chicago, USA

PePcon 2014: The Print + ePublishing Conference

Future Insights Live
“Web Design Conferences. Mobile App Developer Events. Tech Workshops.”

  • When: Jun. 16-20, 2014
  • Where: Las Vegas, USA

Future Insights Live

SmashingConf New York 2014
“The Smashing Conference finally crosses the Atlantic with 2 days, one track, 18 brilliant speakers, and hands-on, practical and useful talks. Big Apple, here we come!”

  • When: Jun. 17-18, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

SmashingConf New York 2014

UX Scotland 2014
“From the organisers of UX Cambridge comes another practical UX conference. Now in its second year we expect UX Scotland to be even bigger and better than our 2013 event.”

  • When: Jun. 19-20, 2014
  • Where: Edinburgh, Scotland

UX Scotland 2014

WebVisions Barcelona
“WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism. Since 2001, we’ve built a loyal audience of designers, developers and industry leaders.”

  • When: June 19-22, 2014
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

WebVisions Barcelona

Generate Conf
“The conference for web designers and developers, presented by .net magazine and creative bloq.”

  • When: June 20, 2014
  • Where: New York City, USA

Generate Conf

mLearnCon 2014 Conference & Expo
“The premier mLearning conference and expo … mLearnCon is focused on every aspect of mobile learning including management strategies, platforms, operating systems, authoring tools and technologies, content design and development, and best practices.”

  • When: Jun. 24-26, 2014
  • Where: San Diego, USA

mLearnCon 2014 Conference & Expo

Open Source Bridge
“Open Source Bridge is an annual conference focused on building open source community and citizenship through four days of technical talks, hacking sessions, and collaboration opportunities.”

  • When: Jun. 24-27, 2014
  • Where: Portland, Oregon

Open Source Bridge

enterJS 2014
“JavaScript is the only language that allows consistent and continuous development of Web apps from UI to server-side. enterJS discusses the resulting challenges businesses face in a series of talks and workshops.”

  • When: Jun. 30-Jul. 2, 2014
  • Where: Cologne, Germany

enterJS 2014

More Links for Keeping Up

Here are a few links that will also help you keep up with the newly scheduled design and/or development conferences being shared through Lanyard that have been sorted out by category:

Where Are You Going?

If you are going to any one of these events, we’d love to hear about this in the comments section below! What are you most excited about? And what are you looking forward to learning and experiencing?

Our next events list will come out mid 2014, so keep your eyes and ears open! And by the way, the Smashing team is constantly organizing a series of workshops, as well as the Smashing Conferences this year — it would be wonderful and a great honor to meet you personally someday!

Please take a minute to participate in this poll:

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© Jan Constantin for Smashing Magazine, 2014.

August 23 2013

12:14

Conferences Roundup: Upcoming Web Design Events (Sept. 2013 – Feb. 2014)


  

This year has already offered us lots of fantastic Web conferences and events, and guess what, it still hasn’t come to an end! You can continue to plan ahead and make sure that you don’t miss your chance to get away from your desk and meet some brilliant minds and peers — face to face!

In this roundup of conferences, we are more than happy to present to you all the upcoming Web-related conferences. We start with September (which is actually just around the corner) but nevertheless, there still might be a chance for you to grab that ticket! We’ve included events until early 2014, so make sure you don’t miss your favorite one.

Get to know your peers in the Web design community and absorb an enormous amount of information in only a short period of time. Keep in mind that visiting a conference is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the latest techniques directly from distinguished authors and speakers.

Since there is no way for us to include every possible event, we are thankful for any heads up from any of our readers! If you know of an upcoming event that you think shouldn’t be left out on this list, just let us know in the comments section below!

The list is quite lengthy, so let’s dive in.

September 2013

Reasons To Be Creative
“Bringing together some of the most respected and brilliant minds from the worlds of design, code, art and education to share their passion, knowledge, insights and work. Reasons to be Creative is 3 days, 3 tracks with over 45 speakers.”

  • When: Sept. 2,3,4 2013
  • Where: Brighton, UK

reasonstobecreative

MobileTechCon 2013
The platform transcending concept of the Mobile TechConf aims to spread know-how in the field of mobile technologies, which requires high levels of technical and strategic knowledge.

  • When: Sep. 2-5, 2013
  • Where: Berlin, German

MobileTechCon 2013

Herbstcampus 2013
This tech conference for software developers, architects and project managerswill feature 4 days of software development and technology talks focused on .NET and Java.

  • When: Sep. 2-5, 2013
  • Where: Nürnberg, Germany

Herbstcampus 2013

iOSDevUK 3
“iOSDevUK is a 3 day indie-oriented iOS developer conference with twin tracks – one pretty techie, and the other full of things that you need to know about iOS development – business, design, graphics and other interesting stuff.”

  • When: Sep. 3-5, 2013
  • Where: Aberstwyth, UK

iOSDevUK 3

UX Cambridge 2013
“UX Cambridge is a community-driven, practical User Experience 3-day conference for software, mobile and web applications.”

  • When: Sep. 4-6, 2013
  • Where: Cambridge, UK

UX Cambridge 2013

Lighthouse 2013
“Lighthouse’s digital culture conference, Improving Reality, is returning for a third year this September. Expect tours through worlds that artists are growing rather than making, critical revelations of the systems and infrastructures that shape our world, and narratives of radical alternative futures.”

  • When: Sep. 5, 2013
  • Where: Brighton, UK

Lighthouse 2013

Blend Conference 2013
A generalist conference featuring 50 diverse speakers sharing ideas and conversations about user experience, design, and web development.

  • When: Sep. 5-7, 2013
  • Where: Charlotte, USA

Blend Conference 2013

dConstruct 2013
“dConstruct 2013 is a gathering of smart and entertaining people poking at the intersection of technology and culture.”

  • When: Sep. 6, 2013
  • Where: Brighton, UK

dConstruct 2013

TypeTalks 2013
“In its third edition, the TypeTalks symposium is coming back to its hometown, Brno. Expect great atmosphere, a small event with friendly colleagues, and great speakers who have something to say. A day full of proper lectures will be preceded by an ultra-democratic evening of extra-short presentations (aka TypeShorts™) and an infodesign workshop.”

  • When: Sep. 6-7, 2013
  • Where: Brno, Czech Republic

TypeTalks 2013

Tech Fest NW 2013
“TFNW is the little sister to MusicfestNW, the towering music festival (34,000 attendees), that has taken over the city of Portland for five days each year since 1995. In 2012, we added three days of tech programming, to honor and explore the technology, startups, and design culture that make Portland a digital hub.”

  • When: Sep. 6-8, 2013
  • Where: Portland, USA

Tech Fest NW

Unhosted Unconference and Hackathon 2013
“Unhosted web apps invade the hills of central Bohemia” for 4 days.

  • When: Sep. 6-10, 2013
  • Where: Belfort, France

Unhosted Unconference and Hackathon 2013

IndieWebCamp 2013
“Join us at Lighthouse for two days of a BarCamp-style gathering of web creators building and sharing open web technologies to empower users to own their own identities & content, and advance the state of the indie web.”

  • When: Sep. 7-9, 2013
  • Where: Brighton, UK

IndieWebCamp 2013

Nodeland Conference 2013
“NodeConf.eu is a full 3-day event, with a very limited number of tickets. At NodeConf.eu you will be staying in NodeTown, a village on the Island of NodeLand.” And it’s all about — you’ve guessed it — Node.

  • When: Sep. 8-11, 2013
  • Where: Nodetown, Nodeland (but really in Ireland)

Nodeland Conference 2013

Usability Professionals | Mensch & Computer 2013
The Usability Professionals Conference aims to convey critical information and knowledge on the subject of Usability and User Experience through practical lectures, tutorials and workshops. It is an excellent opportunity for “newbies” to connect with peers and exchange ideas and information.

  • When: Sep. 8-11, 2013
  • Where: Bremen, Germany

Usability Professionals | Mensch & Computer 2013

Smashing Conference 2013
“The Smashing Conference is back! In September 2013, Freiburg will once again welcome speakers and Web design enthusiasts and professionals from around the globe. Be part of the experience!”

  • When: Sep. 9-10, 2013
  • Where: Freiburg, Germany

Smashing Conference

Webdagene 2013
“Webdagene is Norway’s premier conference for web communicators with 400 attendants in 2012. The conference is hosted and organized by Netlife Research, a leading Norwegian user experience consultancy.”

  • When: Sep. 9-11, 2013
  • Where: Oslo, Norway

Webdagene 2013

UX STRAT 2013
“UX STRAT brings together UX leaders, strategists, researchers and senior practitioners to discuss the latest trends in strategic experience planning and design. Join us for an event that will help you take experience design within your organization to the next level.”

  • When: Sep. 9-11, 2013
  • Where: Atlanta, USA

UX STRAT 2013

Mobility and the Modern Web Conference
“Evolving out of the 2011 & 2012 MWF Conferences, the 2013 MMW Conference will focus on the standards and practices of the modern web, open-source frameworks and tools that make it easy to get going with mobile and responsive design, and examples of how mobility is reshaping learning and research.”

  • When: Sep. 10-12, 2013
  • Where: Los Angeles, USA

Mobility and the Modern Web Conference

ConvergeFL 2013
“3 slammin’ days of web design & dev action designed to give you Hadouken like abilities.”

  • When: Sep. 11-13, 2013
  • Where: Jacksonville, USA

ConvergeFL 2013

SmartDevCon 2013
“The conference SmartDevCon is orientated at companies and specialists connected with modern device solutions that within recent years have dominated and redefined this market segment.”

  • When: Sep. 12-14, 2013
  • Where: Katowice, Poland

SmartDevCon 2013

CSSconf.eu 2013
“CSSconf.eu is a conference dedicated to the designers, developers and engineers who build the world’s most engaging user interfaces. From the community, for the community.”

  • When: Sep. 13, 2013
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

CSSconf.eu 2013

Generate 2013
“Generate is the first conference created by .net and Creative Bloq. As you will see from the schedule, we’ve been lucky enough to attract an excellent bunch of speakers that includes well-known faces such as Mark Boulton, Oliver Reichenstein, Stephanie Rieger and Stephen Hay, as well as some brilliant rising stars.”

  • When: Sep. 13, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

Generate 2013

MobileUXCamp DC 2013
“MobileUXCamp DC is a mobile technology themed BarCamp. We aim to bring together mobile enthusiasts, explorers and professionals to share the current state and their visions for the future direction of mobility.”

  • When: Sep. 14, 2013
  • Where: Washington, DC, USA

MobileUXCamp DC 2013

JSConf EU 2013
“JSConf EU, the labour-of-love conference for the JS community in Europe.”

  • When: Sep. 14-15, 2013
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

JSConf EU 2013

Fluxible 2013
“Spend two days learning from the pros, making new friends and connections, and having fun. Plus, get free admission to the Festival of Interstitial Music.”

  • When: Sep. 14-15, 2013
  • Where: Kitchener, Canada

Fluxible 2013

Barcelona Ruby Conference 2013
“Barcelona Ruby Conference is run by Codegram Technologies, a Ruby/Rails shop from Barcelona”, that is quite commited to the open-source community.

  • When: Sep. 14-15, 2013
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Ruby Conference 2013

Lean Day: West
“Two days of workshops and talks detailing case studies and best practices implementing lean startup and lean UX in the enterprise.”

  • When: Sep. 15-17, 2013
  • Where: Portland, USA

Global Design Forum 2013
“The Global Design Forum is the pre-eminent agenda setting event for design, staged during and organized by the London Design Festival.”

  • When: Sep. 16-17, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

Global Design Forum 2013

Web & PHP Conference
“This is a three-day conference that will immerse you in a world of continuously evolving web technologies [including] PHP, security, testing, architecture, frameworks, cloud, HTML5, CSS3, responsive design, UX, mobile web or web-based mobile apps”.

  • When: Sep. 16-18, 2013
  • Where: San Jose, USA

Web & PHP Conference

Objective-Cologne 2013
“An international Cocoa/Objective-Conference at the heart of Europe” in the beautiful, historic German city on the banks of the Rhein river.

  • When: Sep. 17-18, 2013
  • Where: Cologne, Germany

Objective-Cologne 2013

ModUX 2013
“ModUX 2013 Conference is a three-day community focused conference dedicated to bringing together thought leaders in the desktop and mobile web industry. Join us at ModUX this year to get the latest and the greatest about Sencha frameworks and tools, listen to what experts have to say about the future of desktop and mobile web, and hang out with some awesome developers from companies around the world.”

  • When: Sep. 18-20, 2013
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

ModUX 2013

onGameStart 2013
“The first HTML5 Game Conference”.

  • When: Sep. 18-20, 2013
  • Where: Warsaw, Poland

onGameStart 2013

Strange Loop 2013
“Meet us in St. Louis, Sept 18-20th, 2013, to make connections with the creators and users of the languages, libraries, tools, and techniques at the forefront of the industry. Topics include emerging languages, concurrent and distributed systems, new database technologies, front-end web, and mobile apps.”

  • When: Sep. 18-20, 2013
  • Where: St. Louis, USA

Strange Loop 2013

From The Front 2013: The Frontend Brothers
The From The Front Conference is back. Last year this frontend conference was very popular and had a great line-up. What do they have in store for us this year?

  • When: Sep. 19-20, 2013
  • Where: Bologna, Italy

From The Front 2013: The Frontend Brothers

Circles Conference 2013
“A place to learn from world-changing thinkers and innovators for the creative community.”

  • When: Sep. 19-20, 2013
  • Where: Grapevine, Texas, USA

Circles Conference 2013

Monitorama EU 2013
“We had a great time in Boston and now we’re bringing it to the other side of the pond! Join us at the Urania venue in Berlin to hear talks from leading open source developers and web operations “thought leaders”. Afterwards, we’ll take what we’ve learned and bring it to life during the Hackathon.”

  • When: Sep. 19-20, 2013
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

Monitorama EU 2013

WebExpo Prague 2013 Conference
“A unique event in central Europe which connects people from different areas of the Web – business, development and design.”

  • When: Sep. 19-21, 2013
  • Where: Prague, Czech Republic

WebExpo Prague 2013 Conference

JSFoo 2013
“JSFoo is India’s only national JavaScript conference series, with previous editions in Bangalore, Pune and Chennai. This year’s Bangalore edition is a flagship two-day event.”

  • When: Sep. 19-21, 2013
  • Where: Bangalore, India

JSFoo 2013

DIGITIZED 2013
“On its third edition, Digitized takes the step from national to international. And further more, by taking advantage of its location and the timing it aspires to serve a three point mission: Work-Learn-Fun. This year’s digitized attendees will have the chance to pick any combination of its three components.”

  • When: Sep. 20-21, 2013
  • Where: Athens, Greece

Digitized 2013

Nickel City Ruby Conference 2013
“Visit Buffalo, NY for 2 days of Ruby, learning, and discussion with speakers and the large local tech community.”

  • When: Sep. 20-21, 2013
  • Where: Buffalo, USA

Nickel City Ruby Conference 2013

Tÿpo St.Gallen 2013
“The three-day symposium on Typography is held at the School of Design in St. Gallen, and runs from 20 to 22 September 2013. Numerous top-caliber speakers will grapple with the space between letters – the white space.”

  • When: Sep. 20-22, 2013
  • Where: St.Gallen, Switzerland

Tÿpo St.Gallen 2013

Edge Conference 2013
“Edge is a new kind of non-profit one-day conference on advanced web technologies for developers and browser vendors, raising funds for Girls Who Code.”

  • When: Sep. 23, 2013
  • Where: New York City, USA

Edge Conference 2013

The Dare Conference
“You’re a troublemaker. You can’t ignore the clash between today’s soulless production-line culture and the digital revolution, which rewards connection and openness. Our outdated organisations need your help—and yet, you can’t change the world on your own. Join us in London for a three-day conference where we dare to take risks, be vulnerable, and do work that matters.”

  • When: Sep. 23-25, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

The Dare Conference

SmartWeb Conference 2013
“SmartWeb is a conference organized for web designers & developers, interaction specialists, UX designers, and web entrepreneurs. During the eight session program, attendees will discover the latest trends in modern web and mobile development, and meet your peers and great people from web industry.”

  • When: Sep. 24, 2013
  • Where: Bucharest, Romnia

SmartWeb Conference 2013

PhoneGap Day EU 2013
“Web Conferences Amsterdam, the organization behind the successful Mobilism conference, is organizing our 2nd annual European conference dedicated entirely to PhoneGap. Part conference, part celebration, expect a fun and informative day packed with people who are using PhoneGap as part of their mobile app development.”

  • When: Sep. 24, 2013
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

PhoneGap Day EU 2013

NAGW National Conference 2013
“NAGW’s National Conference is the best education for the least cost: three full days plus pre-conference training workshops, including most meals, for a low-cost rate.”

  • When: Sep. 24-27, 2013
  • Where: Louisville, USA

NAGW National Conference 2013

AGI Open London
“In the spirit of openness, AGI Open offers a programme of dialogues. And as well as designers being interviewed and interrogated, delegates to the event will have a chance to meet the speakers and discuss the hot issues of the day with them.”

  • When: Sep. 26-27, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

AGI Open London

Login Conference
“LOGIN is the conference for developers and professionals, executives, venture capitalists, designers in the gaming and technology industry, including Mobile game development, MMOG development, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network development, Online game development, Console game development, and digital distribution.”

  • When: Sep. 26-27, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Login Conference

WebVisions Chicago 2013
“WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism.”

  • When: Sept. 26-28, 2013
  • Where: Chicago, Illinois, USA

WebVisions Chicago 2013

euroia 2013
“As in previous years, our conference does not have a specific theme. Rather, we will be putting together an English-language programme that represents a wide range of subjects – from hard-core search strategies, to more general user-experience topics. All proposals have to be written in English.”

  • When: Sep. 26-28, 2013
  • Where: Edinburgh, UK

euroia 2013

CocoaConf Columbus 2013
“CocoaConf Columbus is a developer conference focused on all things Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. We’ll be rounding up some of the smartest and most passionate developers in the region for two days packed with Cocoa grooviness: engaging technical sessions, informative panels, good times, and opportunities to get out and meet the community.”

  • When: Sep. 27-28, 2013
  • Where: Columbus, USA

CocoaConf Columbus 2013

Over the Air 2013
“Over the Air is an event that defies easy description. It’s a celebration of creativity. It’s a festival of all things mobile. It’s a place where attendees can learn about technologies, trends and techniques. It’s a sleep-over. It’s a two day party. It’s an event where practitioners of creative and technical disciplines can come together to learn from each other. It’s about recognizing software development as a creative discipline.”

  • When: Sep. 27-28, 2013
  • Where: Bletchley Park, UK

Over the Air 2013

Shropgeek (R)Evolution
“The last three years have proved so popular, we are making Shropshire’s favorite web conference a full day event in 2013. Planning is underway and we already have some great speakers lined up. Including Elliot Jay Stocks, James Whittaker and Laura Kalbag.”

  • When: Sep. 27, 2013
  • Where: Shrewsbury, UK

Shropgeek (R)Evolution

Rencontres Django 2013
This event joins the francophone fans of “Django” for a week-end of talk and collaboration in lovely Belfort, France.

  • When: Sep. 28-29, 2013
  • Where: Belfort, France

Rencontres Django 2013

An Event Apart: Austin 2013
“An Event Apart Austin is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

  • When: Sep. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013
  • Where: Austin, Texas, USA

An Event Apart: Austin 2013

GOTO Aarhus 2013
“GOTO Aarhus is an premier software development conference designed for developers, team leads, architects, and project managers. At GOTO, the program is created by developers for developers.”

  • When: Sep. 30 – Oct. 4, 2013
  • Where: Aahrus, Denmark

GOTO Aarhus 2013

 

October 2013

LXJS 2013
“A 2-day not-for-profit by-the-community and for-the-community international conference about the New Worlds of JavaScript [set\ in a movie theater from the early 50s in the heart of Lisbon and with pre, during and after parties, this is not your average conference.”

  • When: Oct. 2-3, 2013
  • Where: Lisbon, Portugal

LXJS 2013

Inspire Conf Sao Paolo 2013
“Ready to Inspire is a brand new conference about the craft of web design, type and code. It has workshops, live music, meetups and parties, but above all an exciting lineup of today’s craftspeople and mind blowing new faces.”

  • When: Oct. 2-4, 2013
  • Where: Sao Paolo, Brazil

Inspire Conf Sao Paolo 2013

MEDIT Symposium 2013
“Starting this year, an exciting Software Development Conference is planned in the heart of the Mediterranean. The event features two full conference days with multiple tracks, providing a community for learning, networking and tracking innovation in software development.”

  • When: Oct. 3-4, 2013
  • Where: Milazzo, Italy

MEDIT Symposium 2013

Joomla!Day UK 2013
“Joomla! Day UK 2013 will bring together some of the world’s leading Joomla specialists and fellow developers for a full weekend of conferencing, networking and exploring Joomla together in an inspiring and friendly environment.”

  • When: Oct. 5-6, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

Joomla!Day UK 2013

WordCamp Europe 2013
“The biggest WordPress conference in Europe, organized by the community, for the community. Our curated list of speakers will be from all over the world, showcasing the best and brightest in Europe, and bringing in international heroes to meet you all.”

  • When: Oct. 5-7, 2013
  • Where: Leiden, Netherlands

WordCamp Europe 2013

Captivate Conference 2013
“Over hundred experts from film, games, music & mobile industries. From Keynotes to workshops and master classes you will find something to learn, a new way of approaching business or your career.”

  • When: Oct. 6-8, 2013
  • Where: Austin, USA

Captivate Conference 2013

DIBI 2013
“Web Designers & Developers reap a 2 track event for both sides of the Web coin. DIBI 2013 promises thought provoking speakers along with work enhancing Seminars all wrapped up in a closing Party and Hackfest.”

  • When: Oct. 7-8, 2013
  • Where: Gateshead, UK

DIBI 2013

Delight 2013
“The event features a unique lineup of inspiring case studies, workshops and keynote presentations, as well as peer networking with fellow experience design, digital, marketing, and business leaders.”

  • When: Oct. 7-8, 2013
  • Where: Portland, USA

Delight 2013

Semi-Permanent Stockholm 2013
“Semi-Permanent combines speaker presentations, exhibitions and parties into a festival of creativity. A refreshing look at the current state of the art and design world – both educational and inspiring.”

  • When: Oct. 7-8, 2013
  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden

Semi-Permanent Stockholm 2013

Future of Web Design 2013
“What makes Future of Web Design different from other design conferences? Experience. We’ve been producing web design conferences for almost a decade, and are intimately familiar with the trends, technologies, and stars that make the web beautiful. Our two-track event means you always have a choice — you’re not locked into one room and one track. And we record every session for all attendees, so you’ll never miss a thing. As always, content is king.”

  • When: Oct. 7-9, 2013
  • Where: New York City, USA

Future of Web Design 2013

2013 Design Research Conference
“Practicing designers, artists, scientists, engineers, educators, and entrepreneurs will present a variety of perspectives on balancing multiple creative forces amidst complex systems and issues.”

  • When: Oct. 8-9, 2013
  • Where: Chicago, USA

2013 Design Research Conference

JingJS 2013
“JingJS 2013 is a two day conference focused on JavaScript and Node.js technologies. This developer driven event will bring together notable figures from both the Chinese and international JavaScript communities to share their knowledge and passion for JavaScript.”

  • When: Oct. 9-10, 2013
  • Where: Beijing, China

JingJS 2013

Internet & Mobile World 2013
“Get your update on digital, mobile & software technologies in a 2 day condensed event. Participate to over 50 knowledge seminars presented by more than 30 international speakers.”

  • When: Oct. 9-10, 2013
  • Where: Bucharest, Romania

Internet & Mobile World 2013

Brooklyn Beta 2013
“Brooklyn Beta is an annual gathering of some of the friendliest folks on the Web.”

  • When: Oct. 9-11, 2013
  • Where: New York, USA

Brooklyn Beta 2013

Big Des Moines 2013
“Four-hundred of the nation’s most heartfelt hustlers, builders, change agents and doers will come together to hear stories and best practices from more than a dozen notable speakers, create lasting connections within the regional and national community and walk away with an energy to follow their passions.”

  • When: Oct. 9-11, 2013
  • Where: Des Moines, USA

Big Des Moines 2013

ATypI Amsterdam 2013
“This year’s conference takes its theme, “Point Counter Point,” from an early form of polyphony in music, in which multiple melodies combine to build a composition; this interplay of point and counter point also embodies the way visual communication is created and perceived, and it reflects the back-and-forth dialogue that characterizes so much of Dutch cultural history.”

  • When: Oct. 9-13, 2013
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

ATypI Amsterdam 2013

Fronteers 2013
“Founded in 2007, Fronteers is the non-profit trade organization of Dutch front-end developers. Its goals include the professionalisation of our trade, (improved) recognition of the front-end discipline, and improving the position of Dutch front-end developers in their company and the web design/development world in general.”

  • When: Oct. 10-11, 2013
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Fronteers 2013

Big Android BBQ 2013
“The Big Android BBQ is the world’s preeminent mobile technology conference for Android developers, hackers and enthusiasts. With more activities, sessions and exhibitors than previous years, the Big Android BBQ 2013 is bigger and better than ever before.”

  • When: Oct. 10-12, 2013
  • Where: Dallas/Fort Worth, USA

Big Android BBQ 2013

Paris-Web 2013
Paris-Web, the conference by people who make the web, explores the themes of Web accessibility, digital design and open standards.

  • When: Oct. 10-12, 2013
  • Where: Paris, France

Paris-Web 2013

The Digital Barn 3
“A little digital and web event for designers, developers and geeks set in the charming town of Barnsley. Now in it’s third year of awesome the all-day event provides two rooms packed with a mixture of well-seasoned and newbie speakers alike.”

  • When: Oct. 11-12, 2013
  • Where: Barnsley, UK

The Digital Barn 3

Transbay Fest 2013
“Based in San Francisco, California, the Transbay Fest is an innovative modular event series that celebrates film, transmedia, video, apps, games and augmented reality and acts as a catalyst for conversation, exploration, action and engagement through four modules:” Media, Interactive, Conference and Social Sessions.

  • When: Oct. 11-12, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Transbay Fest 2013

RuPy 2013 Conference
“RuPy is a unique conference that brings together communities from different state-of-the-art programming languages Ruby, Python, JavaScript, Clojure and related technologies.”

  • When: Oct. 11-13, 2013
  • Where: Budapest, Hungary

RuPy 2013 Conference

The Geek Gathering Conference
“The Geek Gathering is about JavaScript, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Web Application Security and Hybrid Web Development with a splash of science and dancing.”

  • When: Oct. 11-13, 2013
  • Where: Osijek, Crotia

The Geek Gathering Conference

SHiFT : Social and Human Ideas For Technology
“An exciting, international two day event, gathering some of the brightest, most ingenious minds of our time together, to peer into the future.”

  • When: Oct. 12-13, 2013
  • Where: Düsseldorf, Germany

SHiFT : Social and Human Ideas For Technology

Sass Conf 2013
“Introducing SassConf, a two day conference devoted to modern front-end development. Prepare yourself for a fantastic two day conference; day one will be filled with talks from big players in the Sass and Front-End communities and day two will be an unconference where you will be able to break out into smaller groups to talk and work.”

  • When: Oct. 12-13, 2013
  • Where: New York City, USA

Sass Conf 2013

CFCamp 2013
“The CFCamp has established itself as a fixture for ColdFusion developers and offers this year again many interesting sessions by well-known speakers. In addition to the two day conference there will be an interesting program of free courses, sessions, the CFAcademy and a fantastic party!”

  • When: Oct. 14-15, 2013
  • Where: Germering, Germany

CFCamp 2013

UCDA Design Conference 2013
“The UCDA Design Conference provides you an opportunity to get an in-depth look at some of the issues facing designers and communication professionals both in and out of educational institutions.”

  • When: Oct. 12-15, 2013
  • Where: Louisville, Kentucky, USA

UCDA Design Conference 2013

MobileCON 2013
“The MobileCON™ conference is 100% business and mobile IT focused—the only event of its kind. This user conference meets trade show is a one-stop shop for learning how to solve your most pressing problems in mobility. Join us for thought leadership, actionable education, peer-to-peer learning and solutions shopping.”

  • When: Oct. 16-18, 2013
  • Where: San Jose, USA

MobileCON 2013

Mobilize 2013
“Five years ago, Mobilize was the first conference of its kind to outline the future of mobility after Apple’s iPhone exploded onto the scene. We continue to track the hottest early adopters, the bold visionaries and those about to disrupt the ecosystem. This year we’ll cover: the internet of things and industrial internet, Mobile big data and new product alchemy, Wearable devices, BYOD and mobile security.”

  • When: Oct. 16-17, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Mobilize 2013

Big Design Events 2013
“The Big Design Conference is four intense days of learning within the scope of Strategy, Mobile, User Experience, Gaming, Code Development, Usability, and Film Design.”

  • When: Oct. 17-20, 2013
  • Where: Dallas/Fort Worth, USA

Big Design Events 2013

Midwest UX 2013
“Next fall, user experience designers, developers, makers, students and educators from around the Midwest are invited to meet peers, advance the discipline and make make the third Midwest UX Conference the biggest and most colorful.”

  • When: Oct. 17-19, 2013
  • Where: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Midwest UX 2013

WDC2013
“As always we’re putting together the best value 1 day conference money can buy. We have listened to feedback, made notes and corrected mistakes and think 2013 will be something to write home about. We have lined up some of the top speakers in the web industry to educate and inspire you in what you do every day.”

  • When: Oct. 18, 2013
  • Where: Bristol, UK

WDC2013

DevFest Vienna 2013
“DevFests are large-scale community events throughout the world, following the tradition of Google DevFests and organized by local user groups.”

  • When: Oct. 18-20, 2013
  • Where: Vienna, Austria

DevFest Vienna 2013

The Realtime Conference 2013
“RealtimeConf is a not-for-profit event assembling the diverse developers and doers who push forward the bleeding edge of the web. Our mission is to help you bring open communication to the Open Web.”

  • When: Oct. 18-19, 2013
  • Where: Portland, USA

The Realtime Conference 2013

Phoenix Design Week 2013
“Phoenix Design Week connects the design community with a series of interactive events, exhibitions, presentations and a conference. The weekend conference brings internationally-recognized keynote speakers alongside local design authorities as part of an enlightening week celebrating all aspects of design.”

  • When: Oct. 18-25, 2013
  • Where: Phoenix, USA

Phoenix Design Week 2013

NSScotland 2013
“This second year of Scotland’s first conference for Mac and iOS developers is loaded with content for both beginners and more experienced programmers. In addition to our popular single-track two day weekend conference, we are offering a choice of two full day tutorials.”

  • When: Oct. 19-20, 2013
  • Where: Edinburgh, UK

NSScotland 2013

User Interface 18 Conference
“Dig into two days of daylong workshops and one day of practical talks by UX experts in usability research, persuasion, teamwork, planning, and UI and product design.”

  • When: Oct. 21-23, 2013
  • Where: Boston, USA

User Interface 18 Conference

Breaking Development Nashville 2013
“Web design and development for beyond the desktop. We are coming back to the city of Nashville, Tennessee for another great Breaking Development! Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the event.”

  • When: Oct. 21-23, 2013
  • Where: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Breaking Development Nashville 2013

CSS Dev Conf 2013
See the “Best and Brightest Minds in the CSS Community” at the Stanley Hotel in the Rocky Mountains.

  • When: Oct. 21-23, 2013
  • Where: Denver, Colorado, USA

CSS Dev Conf 2013

HTML5 Developer Conference 2013
“HTML5DevConf continues to grow into the largest independent technical software developer focused conference in the known universe, with the finest technical speakers in the cosmos.”

  • When: Oct. 22-23, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

HTML5 Developer Conference 2013

Apps World 2013
“Apps World has grown to be the leading global multi-platform event in the app industry. This year’s Earls Court 2 event is set to be the biggest yet with over 250 exhibitors and over 8000+ attendees including developers, mobile marketers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, platform owners and industry professionals registered for two days of high level insight and discussion.”

  • When: Oct. 22-23, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

Apps World 2013

Future of Web Apps 2013
“Future of Web Apps (FOWA) is returning to London for the 7th consecutive year bringing you three days of the best in the world of web development, business and entrepreneurship, all covering future focused subject matter. From JavaScript, API’s, Node.js and CoffeeScript to Realtime, HTML5, Funding, Startups, Data Analysis and more – there is something for everyone!”

  • When: Oct. 23-25, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

Future of Web Apps 2013

Droidcon London 2013
“London’s biggest Android Conference. Fun times were had at Droidcon London 2012! The Android community came out in full swing to present their latest apps, their niftiest solutions, and most innovative applications of Android.”

  • When: Oct. 24-25, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

Droidcon London 2013

Frontiers of Interaction 2013
“It is a bit hard to define FoI as a conference or an event, it is more a hybrid show. Its unusual format creates an immersive experience featuring music, interactive and artistic installations, demo sites and keynotes, and makes it an ideal venue for thinkers and doers, managers and entrepreneurs, innovators and academics, early adopters and long-term geeks.”

  • When: Oct. 24-25, 2013
  • Where: Milan, Italy

Frontiers of Interaction 2013

Web Directions South 2013
“Australia’s biggest event for the web industry: Be inspired by the web’s biggest thinkers. Learn from world leading experts in Web design & development, UX and Interaction design. Connect with your peers from around the country and around the world.”

  • When: Oct. 24-25, 2013
  • Where: Sydney, Australia

Web Directions South 2013

Adobe ColdFusion Summit 2013
“Adobe ColdFusion Summit 2013 offers a unique opportunity to connect in-person with the ColdFusion community including engineers, developers and peers. Interact with other ColdFusion developers and the Adobe ColdFusion team, inspire other developers with your ColdFusion expertise and bring new information back to your organization, further expand your ColdFusion knowledge and expertise.”

  • When: Oct. 24-25, 2013
  • Where: Las Vegas, USA

Adobe ColdFusion Summit 2013

Books In Browsers
“Books in Browsers is a small summit for the new generation of internet publishing companies, focusing on developers and designers who are building and launching tools for online storytelling, expression, and art.”

  • When: Oct. 24-26, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Books In Browsers

#TIDE 2013
“We want to provide a unique event that can inspire not only the current and future generations, but all of those people that can benefit from hearing these ideas. We also want to have a bit of fun too so we will try to keep the event as laid back as possible and naturally there will be sand, sea, ice cream and all sorts of seaside frolics.” Also, you can learn to surf.

  • When: Oct. 25, 2013
  • Where: Scarborough, UK

#TIDE 2013

Pittsburgh Web Design Day 2013
“Web Design Day is a one-day conference designed to bring the best of modern Web Design to Pittsburgh. Spend the day with high-end presentations from some of the best and friendliest in our industry and lunching with the best set of attendees around. Then leave the digital aside just for a while for a party and printmaking fun exclusively for Web Design Day attendees.”

  • When: Oct. 25-26, 2013
  • Where: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Pittsburgh Web Design Day 2013

Star Tech Conf Santiago 2013
“The great conference that brings together world renowned stars in software development and local tech experts to talk about HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Ruby, Java, Python, Mobile and more.”

  • When: Oct. 25-26, 2013
  • Where: Santiago, Chile

Star Tech Conf Santiago 2013

CocoaConf Boston 2013
“The CocoaConf 2013 fall tour brings us to Boston for our New England debut. Two days of awesome technical sessions, awesome panels, awesome good times, and awesome opportunities to get out and meet the community. The day before CocoaConf Boston, we’ll be opening for the big show with three pre-conference workshops and tutorials, led by a line-up of renowned trainers and authors in the Apple developer community.”

  • When: Oct. 25-26, 2013
  • Where: Boston, USA

CocoaConf Boston 2013

Compute Midwest 2013
“Compute Midwest is a 2 day convergence of tech in Kansas City: new people, new ideas and new frontiers. With 1 conference, an all-star lineup of speakers, a hackathon & 2 parties, Compute Midwest provides a fantastic opportunity to connect you with 500+ forward thinking tech minds.”

  • When: Oct. 25-27, 2013
  • Where: Kansas City, USA

Compute Midwest 2013

Mozilla Festival 2013
“The Mozilla Festival is an annual gathering of passionate thinkers and inventors from around the world who meet to learn from each other and help forge the future of the web. MozFest is 3 days of productive skill-sharing through hands-on sessions.”

  • When: Oct. 25-27, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

Mozilla Festival 2013

push.conference 2013
“push.conference is a unique inspiring event for the interactive professional field. It unites the established UX/ UI scene with the potential and skillset of a new generation of creative coders and technologists on two amazing days in Munich.”

  • When: Oct. 25-26, 2013
  • Where: Munich, Germany

push.conference 2013

WebTech Conference 2013
The Web Tech Conference is all about Web related technologies, from HTML5 to Web security.

  • When: Oct. 27-30, 2013
  • Where: Munich, Germany

WebTech Conference 2013

International PHP Conference 2013
“The International PHP Conference is a globally recognized event for PHP developers, webworkers, IT managers and everyone interested in web-technology. Once again, the conference will explore key topics and core technologies for developers and decision makers.”

  • When: Oct. 27-30, 2013
  • Where: Munich, Germany

International PHP Conference 2013

The Email Design Conference
“We love email, and we love great design. Join us as we explore how modern UI/UX concepts extend to the email experience, and demonstrate how careful planning, strategic guidance and stellar design can lead to dramatic results. Spark your creativity, learn new techniques and connect with like-minded practitioners in two full days of amazing talks.”

  • When: Oct. 28-29, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

The Email Design Conference

T3CON13
“This year’s TYPO3 conference is centered around three themes and will extend beyond the TYPO3 project’s scope only. A wide variety of international speakers will give there vision surrounding Community, Future and Business all relating to Content Management.”

  • When: Oct. 29-31, 2013
  • Where: Stuttgart, Germany

T3CON13

November 2013

Antarctic JS
The first JavaScript conference on the last continent will be an online conference, possibly attended by penguins. So far there is very little information about it. But be on the lookout for speakers in tuxedos.

  • When: Nov. 1-Dec.1, 2013
  • Where: Antarctica

Antarctic JS

Ampersand NYC 2013
“Ampersand is an affordable one-day event for knowledgable web designers and type enthusiasts. Ampersand NYC will be a fabulous day of nitty gritty details in all aspects of web typography, presented by experts in typeface design, layout, typesetting, and front-end development.”

  • When: Nov. 2, 2013
  • Where: New York City, USA

Ampersand NYC 2013

Artifact Conference 2013
“ARTIFACT East is a two-day, single-track conference for DESIGNERS who are adapting to the challenge of designing for a MULTI-DEVICE world. ARTIFACT EAST features (nearly) the same amazing line-up of speakers and sessions as Austin, so if you were one of the many who were not able to get a ticket to that sold-out event, here’s your chance.”

  • When: Nov. 4-6, 2013
  • Where: Providence, USA

Artifact Conference 2013

PLAY & MAKE 2013
“PLAY & MAKE is an event running for 13 years and was formerly known as Flashforum Konferenz or FFK. The event is NOT about games or gaming. It is for everybody who is interested in technology and design. Tinkerers, makers, creative coders, designers … you name it.”

  • When: Nov. 4-6, 2013
  • Where: Düsseldorf, Germany

PLAY & MAKE 2013

edUi Conference 2013
“Focusing on the universal methods and tools of user interface and interaction design, as well as the unique challenges of producing websites and applications for large institutions, edUi is a perfect opportunity for web professionals at institutions of learning—including higher education, K-12 schools, libraries, museums, government, and local and regional businesses—to develop skills and share ideas.”

  • When: Nov. 4-6, 2013
  • Where: Richmond, USA

edUi Conference 2013

UX Intensive 2013 Seattle
“UX Intensive is a four-day workshop series for intermediate- level professionals wanting to take their practice to the next level. Examining the four key elements that contribute to successful interactive experiences, each day includes fun, hands-on activities designed to build skills and provide a framework that participants can immediately put into practice.”

  • When: Nov. 4-7, 2013
  • Where: Seattle, USA

UX Intensive 2013 Seattle

W-JAX 13
W-JAX is the leading Java conference. Find out from renown speaker from all over the world what made their projects a success. The agenda will include anything from Java Technologies, Software Architecture to Management Methods and Enterprise Architecture.

  • When: Nov. 4-8, 2013
  • Where: München, Germany

W-JAX 13

J. Boye Aarhus 13
“The J. Boye Aarhus 13 web and intranet conference offers 3 packed days with international experts and inspiring case studies.” It will be a multi-track cross-industry event with evening socials where you can rub elbows with experts and peers.

  • When: Nov. 5-7, 2013
  • Where: Aarhus, Denmark

J. Boye Aarhus 13

Topconf Tallinn 2013
“Topconf Tallinn offers ideal opportunities for learning, networking and tracking innovation occurring in the Java, Mobile, .Net, OpenSource, Lean/Agile, Architecture New Languages & Process communities.”

  • When: Nov. 6-7, 2013
  • Where: Tallinn, Estonia

Topconf Tallinn 2013

UX New Zealand 2013
“UX New Zealand 2013 will be a 3-day user experience design conference – the first dedicated UX conference in NZ. It will start with a day of hands-on workshops; and will then have two full days of presentations.”

  • When: Nov. 6-8, 2013
  • Where: Wellington, New Zealand

UX New Zealand 2013

FITC Web Unleashed 2013
“FITC is back in New England for Web Unleashed 2013 with a ton of learning and collaborating opportunities over a two-day period: day one features a wide range of conference sessions focusing on front-end development and day two takes a deep dive into specific topics with hands-on workshops.”

  • When: Nov. 7-8, 2013
  • Where: Waltham, USA

FITC Web Unleashed 2013

Ready to Inspire 2013
“Ready to Inspire is a conference about the craft of web design, type and code. It has workshops, live music, meetups and parties, but above all an exciting lineup of todays craftspeople and mind blowing new faces.”

  • When: Nov. 7-8, 2013
  • Where: Chicago, USA

Ready to Inspire 2013

UCD2013
“UCD2013 is a unique User-Centred Design conference in London. UCD2013 explores how User-Centred Design is applied in a variety of disciplines. The conference focuses on UK based speakers who are the best in their field representing a variety of different organizations and companies.”

  • When: Nov. 8-9, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

UCD2013

Joomla! World Conference 2013
“The Joomla! World Conference returns for the second consecutive year, bringing together the worldwide Joomla! Community for three days of learning, connecting, and sharing.”

  • When: Nov. 8-10, 2013
  • Where: Boston, USA

Joomla! World Conference 2013

QCon San Francisco 2013
“QCon empowers software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the developer community. A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams.”

  • When: Nov. 11-13, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

QCon San Francisco 2013

Build Conf 2013
“In 2009, Build started out as a one-day web design conference. In the last four years it’s not only grown to become a week-long festival, but it’s also become home to a community of exceptional, hard-working designers, travelling to attend from across the world. In 2013, Build will come to an end. We’ve got something really special planned.”

  • When: Nov. 11-15, 2013
  • Where: Belfast, N. Ireland

Build Conf 2013

Jornadas Chilenas de Computacion UCT 2013
“The Latin American and the International HCI communities are invited to exchange ideas, methods, approaches and techniques that aim designing interactive user experiences. We believe that in the field of HCI, not only we must come to a technology that can be used and appreciated by as many people as possible, but also to romote intercultural exchange and cooperation between people with different backgrounds and needs.”

  • When: Nov. 11-15, 2013
  • Where: Temuco, Chile

Jornadas Chilenas de Computacion UCT 2013

DEVOXX 2013 Belgium
“Java is at the roots of this conference, come learn about what’s new in Java SE/EE, JSRs, JDK8, modularity and much more at Devoxx.” However, there will also be talks about HTML5, Cloud Computing, and pretty much every other subject relevant to Wed developers.

  • When: Nov. 11-15, 2013
  • Where: Antwerp, Belgium

DEVOXX 2013 Belgium

Foresight & Trends 2013
“FT ’13 builds on what you currently know, adds to what you don’t know, contextualizes through pragmatic examples and puts you to work through implementation workshop intensives. Learn exactly HOW to synthesize visionary knowledge and make it COMMERCIALLY relevant for you and your business.”

  • When: Nov. 13-15, 2013
  • Where: Los Angeles, USA

Foresight & Trends 2013

CascadiaJS Conference 2013
“CascadiaJS is a two-day conference on the cutting edge of JavaScript. Browser, server, OS – we cover it all.”

  • When: Nov. 14-15, 2013
  • Where: Vancouver, Canada

CascadiaJS Conference 2013

ITDevCon 2013
“The two-day Conference is structured in 3 parallel sessions. Speeches are 65 minutes long and cover live demos, best practices and all of your questions! You can choose your favorite topics and plan your personalized agenda!”

  • When: Nov. 14-15, 2013
  • Where: Verona, Italy

ITDevCon 2013

CocoaConf Atlanta 2013
“Finishing up the 2013 fall tour, CocoaConf will be in Atlanta, Georgia, for the first time ever. We are pleased to be partnering with the celebrated Big Nerd Ranch for our Atlanta event. Join us for an intense period of nerdery — the nerdiest the region has ever seen. With over 25 technical sessions, panels, keynotes, and opportunities to get out and meet the community, CocoaConf Atlanta is just the event your languishing inner nerd needs.”

  • When: Nov. 15-16, 2013
  • Where: Atlanta, USA

CocoaConf Atlanta 2013

TechPhx 2013
“TechPhx started as a two-day workshop for podcast buffs and has grown phenomenally over the past few years into an unconference for new media enthusiasts and professionals including bloggers, podcasters, writers, musicians, social media fans and content creators of every kind.”

  • When: Nov. 16-17, 2013
  • Where: Tempe, USA

TechPhx 2013

Ready to Inspire 2013 Sa Paolo
“Ready to Inspire is a conference about the craft of web design, type and code. It has workshops, live music, meetups and parties, but above all an exciting lineup of todays craftspeople and mind blowing new faces.”

  • When: Nov. 18-19, 2013
  • Where: Sao Paolo, Brazil

Ready to Inspire 2013 Sa Paolo

JavaScript Summit 2013
“Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web’s most notable experts in JavaScript and jQuery for an all-new, three-day online conference, the JavaScript Summit 2013″.

  • When: Nov. 19-21, 2013
  • Where: Online

JavaScript Summit 2013

The Ultimate Developer Event 2013
“The Ultimate Developer Event is a brand-new conference focused on bringing developers of all types together for two days of inspiration, education, and fun. The Ultimate Developer Event is perfect for developers of consumer and business apps, front-end or back-end engineers, mobile app developers, information architects, open-source contributors, students, startup founders, hackers, Trekkers, and anyone else who believes technology is going to save the universe.”

  • When: Nov. 20-22, 2013
  • Where: Boston, USA

The Ultimate Developer Event 2013

The Email Design Conference 2013 Boston
“We love email, and we love great design. Join us as we explore how modern UI/UX concepts extend to the email experience, and demonstrate how careful planning, strategic guidance and stellar design can lead to dramatic results. Spark your creativity, learn new techniques and connect with like-minded practitioners in two full days of amazing talks.”

  • When: Nov. 21-22, 2013
  • Where: Boston, USA

The Email Design Conference 2013 Boston

Capitole du Libre 2013
Le Capitole du Libre is an event focus on Libre in general and the the Libre platform in particular. However, the event will also host some web-based talks and workshops.

  • When: Nov. 23-24, 2013
  • Where: Toulouse, France

Capitole du Libre 2013

Handheld Conference 2013
Handheld’s motto “Big Ideas For Small Devices” says it all. It’s conference on and around mobile devices with a great lineup, a day of workshops, and a great party with karaoke and specially brewed beer.

  • When: Nov. 27-28, 2013
  • Where: Cardiff, UK

Handheld Conference 2013

RubyConf Argentina 2013
“We are very proud to present the third edition of RubyConf Argentina, a regional conference about Ruby and related technologies.” RubyConf is the largest Ruby event in the Spanish speaking world.

  • When: Nov. 27-28, 2013
  • Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina

RubyConf Argentina 2013

UX People 2013
“Conference about design, UX, interface and interaction design”, featuring “The best experts and leaders in the field of design and UX”.

  • When: Nov. 30, 2013
  • Where: Minsk, Belarus

UX People 2013

December 2013

dotJS 2013
“dotJS is a single-day, single-track event where the best JavaScript hackers in the world appear on a crazy beautiful stage. Like last year, the lineup will feature only hackers and gurus but the talks will be slightly more technical.”

  • When: Dec. 2, 2013
  • Where: Paris, France

dotJS 2013

An Event Apart: San Francisco 2013
“An Event Apart San Francisco is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for. Join us for twelve great speakers and sessions, plus an optional day-long workshop on multi-device web design.”

  • When: Dec. 9-11, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

An Event Apart: San Francisco 2013

January 2014

February 2014

Ready to Inspire 2013 Leiden
“Ready to Inspire is a conference about the craft of web design, type and code. It has workshops, live music, meetups and parties, but above all an exciting lineup of todays craftspeople and mind blowing new faces.”

  • When: Feb. 1-5, 2014
  • Where: Leiden, Netherlands

Ready to Inspire 2013 Leiden

Jfokus 2013
“Jfokus is the largest annual conference for everyone who works with Java in Sweden. The conference is arranged together with Javaforum Stockholm. Javaforum is a Swedish developer community and an official Java User Group (JUG) with premier purpose is to support Swedish developers. During three days, you will have an unique opportunity to keep yourself updated with the latest development of the Java platform through numerous interesting sessions.”

  • When: Feb. 3-5, 2014
  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden

Jfokus 2013

ConveyUX 2014
“ConveyUX is about making software easier and more enjoyable to use through the use of the latest techniques in user research and design. Featuring experienced practitioners who will present a blend of short, inspiring talks combined with longer, more in-depth workshops. The content is centered about four key areas: Wordage and Visual Design, User Analysis and Testing, Mobile and Multi-screen, Pure and Applied.”

  • When: Feb. 5-7, 2014
  • Where: Seattle, USA

ConveyUX 2014

Interaction14
“Interaction14 will explore the wide diversity of interaction design practices and seek inspiration from related disciplines. Four days of workshops, presentations and social events.”

  • When: Feb. 5-8, 2014
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Interaction14

ng-conf 2014
“The world’s first Angular Conference in Salt Lake City” will be featuring the Angular team.

  • When: Feb. 16-17, 2014
  • Where: Salt Lake City, USA

ng-conf 2014

Dev Nexus 2014
“We will be having an incredible line-up of presenters covering a wide array of crucial topics. This year we are expanding to 8 tracks with 70 sessions and 2 keynotes! In addition to providing great content for Java developers, DevNexus is a very valuable networking opportunity. This event attracts Java/JVM talent from the South-East’s largest corporations, software companies and consulting organizations.”

  • When: Feb. 18-19, 2014
  • Where: Atlanta, USA

Dev Nexus 2014

Meta Refresh 2014
Meta Refresh will be “on the construction of UI on the web”.

  • When: Feb. 21-22, 2014
  • Where: Bangalore, India

Meta Refresh 2014

ConFoo Conference 2014
“ConFoo is a non for profit, multi-technology conference” including PHP training, talks on HTML5, PHP, Cloud Computing and many industry topics.

  • When: Feb. 24-28, 2014
  • Where: Montreal, Canada

ConFoo Conference 2014

jQuery Europe 2014
In 2013 jQuery Europe featured “International speakers and web pioneers showing the newest trends and techniques for web, apps and smart TV development with jQuery. Two days of conference with awesome sessions, one additional day of jQuery training and lots of opportunities to meet and greet with developers from all Europe.”

  • When: Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2014
  • Where: Vienna, Austria

jQuery Europe 2014

More Links for Keeping Up

Here are a few links that will also help you keep up with the newly scheduled design and/or development conferences being shared through Lanyard that have been sorted out by category:

Where Are You Going?

If you are going to any one of these events, we’d love to hear about this in the comments section below! What are you most excited about? And what did you learn and experience? We are looking for your personal stories and first-hand insights!

Our next events list will come out in the beginning of 2014, so keep looking out! And by the way, the Smashing team is organizing a series of workshops and the Smashing Conference this year — it would be wonderful to meet you someday!

(il) (ea)


© Jan Constantin for Smashing Magazine, 2013.

August 28 2012

12:43

Circles Conference Giveaway

The awesome folks hosting the Circles Conference are allowing us to giveaway two free tickets for their September 20–21 event. The speaker lineup is sure not to disappoint.

Here’s how to win:

Tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post and the hashtag #circlescon (the hashtag is important as this will be how we’ll be tracking entries).

Here’s a sample tweet: (feel free to copy and paste if you like)

Wow, @CirclesConf looks awesome and @behoff’s giving away 2 free tickets! Details: http://behoff.com/J3cb #circlescon

We’ll be choosing the winners later on tonight so get crackin’!

February 10 2012

17:08

Upcoming Web Design And Development Conferences For 2012


  

We’re well into 2012, and many designers and developers around the world are planning their travels for the year, which may include attending one of the many Web design and development conferences that will be held in the upcoming months. To help you out with your plans, we’ve once again put together a list of conferences and events that you might want to consider.

As always, this post covers events taking place in about a seven month timeframe that ends in early September. In August, we’ll post another article like this that will cover events for the six or seven month period beginning in September.

There is no way for us to include every possible event, so you are more than welcome to help us out and provide a comment to an upcoming event that you feel would be of interest to Smashing Magazine’s readers. This may also be a chance for you to meet members of the Smashing Team this year.

Using the in-page links below, you can choose the month that interests you most:

February 2012 Events

Multipack Events
“The Multipack is a community of multi-talented Web professionals from across the West Midlands. Every month we get together to discuss design, code, standards and technology, and share our knowledge, skills and talents.”

When: Various dates throughout 2012
Where: Various UK locations

Multipack Events

Web Direc­tions’ “What do you know?”
“Come by at 6.30pm and we’ll kick off around 7.00pm. There’ll be ten fast and furi­ous five minute pre­sen­ta­tions show­ing off a cool web devel­op­ment or design tech­nique. There’ll be free beer and a bite to eat, and it’s a great chance to see who’s doing what in the local web indus­try. See you there!”

When: Various dates beginning February 16, 2012
Where: Various cities in Australia

Web Direc­tions’ “What do you know?”

WordCamp
“WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.”

When: Various dates beginning February 17, 2012
Where: Miami, Phoenix, Slovakia, Bangkok, The Netherlands, San Diego, Ponce

WordCamp

SES Conference & Expo
“SES Conference & Expo is the leading global event series that educates delegates in search and social marketing, putting a special focus on tactics and best practices. SES Events provide instruction from the industry’s top experts, including representatives from the Search Engines themselves.”

When: Various dates starting February 20, 2012
Where: London, New York, Shanghai, Toronto, San Francisco

SES Conference & Expo

In Control Conference
“Learn from a diverse array of Web experts to use modern tools and techniques to refine your Web design craft now. Harness creative inspiration to unlock your potential, amplify innovation, and broaden your reach. Immerse yourself in two days of idea exchange with potential business partners who are as forward-thinking as you are.”

When: February 20-21, 2012
Where: Orlando, FL, USA at the Embassy Suites Orlando

In Control Conference

iStrategy
“iStrategy is an inspirational, two-day, digital media conference for senior executives who believe that the success of their business requires a sound digital strategy. iStrategy is held bi-annually at each of our four regional event locations in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.”

When: Various dates beginning February 21
Where: Sydney, London, Chicago

iStrategy

LessConf
“LessConf is not like other events you’ve heard about. Sure there’s speakers, after parties, people with laptops, but LessConf has been called ‘Summer camp for startups’, ‘the best time of my life,’ and even ‘the world’s worst conference’.”

When: February 23-24, 2012
Where: Atlanta, GA, USA

LessConf

No Fluff Just Stuff Software Symposiums
“This conference will focus on the latest technologies and best practices emerging in the enterprise software development space. Our speakers are authors, consultants, open source developers, and recognized industry experts. NFJS brings a high quality conference to your city, making the event accessible not only to senior engineers, but to the whole team. ”

When: Various dates beginning February 24, 2012
Where: Various cities in the USA

No Fluff Just Stuff Software Symposiums

SuperConf
“SuperConf 2012 is where web development & entrepreneurship converge. We will have 9 startups & 8 speakers over 2 days in perfect weather during February.”

When: February 24-25, 2012
Where: Miami, FL, USA at the Miami Beach Convention Center

SuperConf

PHP UK Conference
“PHP UK Conference 2012 is PHP London’s seventh annual conference, powered by PHP London, a community-run, limited company of the UK. For the first time, it is a two day event. The conference planning committee is made of up of the five members of the PHP London executive committee and five additional volunteers.”

When: February 24-25, 2012
Where: London, UK at the Business Design Centre

PHP UK Conference

OpenCF Summit
“OpenCF Summit is a community gathering focused exclusively on advancing free and open source software in the CFML community. If you’re interested in diving into the free software CFML engines, learning more about the free software movement, and interacting with the most progressive thinkers in the CFML community, OpenCF Summit is for you! 72 hours of CFFreedom for the low, low price of only $72. Sleep optional.”

When: February 24-26, 2012
Where: Dallas, TX, USA at the Hyatt Place Dallas/Garland

OpenCF Summit

Usability Week Conference 2012
“Many conferences offer cavernous exhibit halls, brief seminars on second-hand discoveries, and a sense of anonymity that can be truly alienating. Usability Week takes a different approach. In place of scattered, shallow talks, Usability Week offers up to 6 days of deep learning as international experts lead full-day tutorials”

When: Various dates between February 26 and May 18, 2012
Where: New York, Las Vegas, Edinburgh, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Washington

Usability Week Conference 2012

FITC Amsterdam
“FITC Amsterdam features renowned speakers from around the world, all of whom have signed up to share their knowledge and expertise; attendees will leave inspired, educated and challenged to set the bar even higher.”

When: February 27-28, 2012
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, at the European Centre for Arts and Sciences

FITC Amsterdam

Confoo
“PHP, Python, Ruby, Java and .NET Conference.”

When: February 29 – March 2, 2012
Where: Montreal, Canada

Confoo

Design Indaba Conference and Expo
“With a focus on international thought leadership, the Design Indaba Conference has become one of the world’s leading design events and hosts more than 40 speakers and 2 500 delegates. The Design Indaba Expo was inaugurated in 2004 and provides a commercial platform for the finest South African designers to leverage goods and services to the local and global markets.”

When: February 29 – March 4, 2012
Where: Cape Town, South Africa

Design Indaba Conference and Expo

March 2012 Events

QCon
“QCon London is the sixth annual London enterprise software development conference designed for developers, team leads, architects and project management is back! There is no other event in the UK with similar opportunities for learning, networking, and tracking innovation occurring in the Java, .NET, Html5, Mobile , Agile, and Architecture communities.”

When: March 7-9, 2012
Where: London, UK in The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

QCon

SXSW Interactive
“The 19th annual SXSW Interactive festival will take place March 9-13, 2012 in Austin, Texas. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies, the event features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to experience a preview of what is unfolding in the world of technology.”

When: March 9-13, 2012
Where: Austin, TX, USA

SXSW Interactive

Greenville Grok
“A small thing, in a great place, with wonderful people, asking a ton of questions and making headway on some decent answers.”

When: March 15-17, 2012
Where: Greenville, SC, USA

Greenville Grok

Webcoast
“We offer a weekend where you expand your knowledge and your network of contacts, a weekend you will remember and enjoy for a long time.”

When: March 16-18, 2012
Where: Gothenburg, Sweden

Webcoast

London Web Summit
“The two largest web & start up conferences in the UK & Ireland, GeeknRolla and the Dublin Web Summit, are merging to create the London Web Summit. LWS will take place on March 19th in the Brewery.”

When: March 19, 2012
Where: London, UK in the Brewery

London Web Summit

DrupalCon Denver
“DrupalCon Denver is the official conference of the Drupal community. DrupalCon is a biannual event presented to an ever-expanding international audience since Drupal became an open-source project in 2001. It’s put on by the Drupal Association, as well as a fabulous group of volunteers and organizers from across the globe.”

When: March 19-23, 2012
Where: Colorado, USA, at the Colorado Convention Center

DrupalCon Denver

IA Summit
“The IA Summit is the primary event for those redefining strategy and structure in support of cross-channel systems and user experiences.”

When: March 21-25, 2012
Where: New Orleans, LA, USA at the downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel

IA Summit

FITC Spotlight: JavaScript
“Nearly everyone with a personal computer has some sort of JavaScript interpreter on it, making this language essential to the developer’s toolkit. JavaScript has become even more important with the increasing popularity of HTML5, as it is one of the language’s building blocks. By the end of event day, attendees will have enough information to get started with JavaScript development.”

When: March 24, 2012
Where: Toronto, Canada, at the University of Toronto Campus

FITC Spotlight: JavaScript

Made by Few Web Conference
“Made by Few is a 1-day conference featuring talks from entrepreneurs, designers, developers, and creatives. It’s part showcase, part education, and part inspiration.”

When: March 24, 2012
Where: Little Rock, AR, USA at Little Rock River Market

Made by Few Web Conference

Photoshop World Conference & Expo
“Designed to help you boost your skills, Photoshop World offers three days of pulse-pounding training with classes from renowned experts in the fields of Photoshop, photography and lighting and a once-in-a-lifetime experience guaranteed to enhance your skill set and help your work soar to new heights!”

When: March 24-26, 2012
Where: Washington, DC, USA at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Photoshop World Conference & Expo

DevConnections
“Join us and explore the latest trends and get the most up to date information and training available. All while networking with your colleagues and building a valuable network of peers in one of the most entertaining cities in the world.”

When: March 26-29, 2012
Where: Las Vegas, NV, USA at the MGM Grand

DevConnections

ArabNet Digital Summit
“The region’s largest digital event just got bigger! This year’s summit will go on for 5 action-packed days featuring cutting-edge panel discussions, specialized workshops, exciting competitions, focused networking sessions, social activities and more.”

When: March 27-31, 2012
Where: Beirut, Lebanon

ArabNet Digital Summit

April 2012 Events

JSConf
“We have been doing JSConf for 4 years and every single one has been better than the last, it is something we take a great deal of pride in. We make events that aren’t from the standard conference playbook because we believe you deserve more than that. We focus on two things, presenting mind-altering JavaScript technology and uses during the daytime and providing exceptional ‘networking events’ AKA killer parties during the evenings.”

When: April 2-3, 2012
Where: Scottsdale, AZ, USA at the Firesky resort

JSConf

TYPO San Francisco
“San Francisco is renowned as a creative hub. The unique blend of innovative thinking, design, software and technological development in the Bay Area has changed the way the world works. Well designed connections have improved and made our lives more fulfilling. Greater connections mean life can be more challenging, and that requires innovative design solutions. TYPO San Francisco brings together incredible speakers from American and European design communities to share and discuss what it means to connect.”

When: April 5-6, 2012
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

TYPO San Francisco

TYPO3 Developer Days
“So, here is the deal. You have a project related to TYPO3 / FLOW3 / Phoenix or the TYPO3 project in general? You need some manpower to get it done? You want to share your idea and probably find someone who joins your team? You just want to implement the coolest feature mankind has ever seen? Well, then the TYPO3 Developer Days 2012 is the event to go!”

When: April 12-15, 2012
Where: Munich, Germany at MACE

TYPO3 Developer Days

MADinSpain
“Breathe creativity. MADinSpain is an international design event and venue for the most remarkable creative minds of our time.”

When: April 13-14, 2012
Where: Madrid, Spain

MADinSpain

360|Flex
“360|Flex has quickly become THE conference for Flex/AIR/ActionScript developers to attend to connect with the community, learn from the Adobe Engineers, as well as community experts, and get the deepest, most technical understanding of Flex and what’s coming for Flex, anywhere.”

When: April 15-18, 2012
Where: Denver, CO, USA

360|Flex

DIBI Web Conference
“Design it. Build it. The two-track web conference.”

When: April 16-17, 2012
Where: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

DIBI Web Conference

Breaking Development
“Breaking Development focuses on new, emerging techniques for web development and design for mobile devices. Our speakers are hand-picked to make sure you get challenging, well-delivered talks from a variety of different perspectives.”

When: April 16-18, 2012
Where: Orlando, FL, USA at the Gaylord Palms

Breaking Development

140 Character Conference
“The take aways from this event will provide the attending delegates knowledge, perspectives and insights to the next wave of effects twitter and the real-time internet will have on business.”

When: Multiple dates beginning April 17, 2012
Where: New York, USA

140 Character Conference

Great Indian Developer Summit
“With over 14000 attendees benefiting over four game changing editions, GIDS is the gold standard for India’s software developer ecosystem for gaining exposure to and evaluating new projects, tools, services, platforms, languages, software and standards.”

When: April 17-20, 2012
Where: Bangalore, India

Great Indian Developer Summit

UX London
“Presented by Clearleft, UX London is 3 days of inspiration, education and skills development for User Experience Designers.”

When: April 18-20, 2012
Where: London, UK, at the Cumberland Hotel

UX London

BACON
“BACON is a two-day, two-track technology conference on things developers love. Thirty-two tasty sessions on topics including web development, machine learning, astronomy, and electronic music.”

When: April 20-21, 2012
Where: London, UK

BACON

FITC Design & Technology Festival
“The game has changed and FITC is on it! Featuring over 70 renowned digital creators from around the globe, FITC Toronto 2012 attendees will be privy to the knowledge of the best and brightest in the digital space. Covering everything from HTML5 to making digital art, this three day festival will leave attendees inspired to create in new and innovative ways.”

When: April 23-25, 2012
Where: Toronto, Canada at the Hilton

FITC Design & Technology Festival

beyond tellerrand – play!
“This a 4 day event with affordable ticket pricing. 2 workshop days feature full-day workshops and the conference covers 2 tracks with over 20 presentations about technology, design and inspiration on 2 days. Who ever wants to hear the latest buzz and exchange with other creative minds has reached the exact right event. And ticket prices start from just €99,00 including German VAT (19%) and booking fees.”

When: April 24-27, 2012
Where: Cologne, Germany

beyond tolerand - play

TNW Conference
“The 7th edition of The Next Web Conference will be packed with high quality content, networking events, parties and dealmaking opportunities. It’s the place to be for all web and mobile professionals.”

When: April 25-27
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

TNW Conference

Front-Trends
“This is a gathering for front-end lovers to discover the current trends to build a professional career out of innovative front-end development.”

When: April 26-27, 2012
Where: Warsaw, Poland at the Soho factory

Front-Trends

ConvergeSE
“Peel back the layers and examine the intersection between design, development and marketing over two days of workshops and lectures.”

When: April 27-28, 2012
Where: Columbia, SC, USA at IT-ology

ConvergeSE

Future Insights Live
“Future of Web Apps, Future of Web Design, Future of Mobile, and Future of Web in the Enterprise have joined forces to bring you our most comprehensive event EVER!”

When: April 30 – May 4, 2012
Where: Las Vegas, NV, USA at the MGM Grand Conference Center

Future Insights Live

May 2012 Events

GRAVITY FREE
“If you aren’t finding the inspiration you need to think big ideas, to boldly imagine, to create surprise, to do things a little differently, consider the place you aren’t looking — GRAVITY FREE: Design That Opens Minds.”

When: May 1-2, 2012
Where: Chicago, IL, USA at The Spertus Institute

GRAVITY FREE

webDU
“The conference offers the opportunity to get hands-on technical training, gain new skills, hear breaking news from the Web Industry, network with peers and industry leaders, and ultimately become more successful developing and delivering web applications. Nowhere else in ANZ can this audience find the volume and quality of information available under one roof at webDU.”

When: May 3-4, 2012
Where: Sydney, Australia at the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour

webDU

Next Berlin
“The leading European conference for the digital industry. ”

When: May 8-9, 2012
Where: Berlin, Germany

Next Berlin

CMS Expo
“2012 CMS Expo showcases the world’s leading Content Management Systems and the incredible people who power them. Come discover the most innovative CMSs on the planet. Connect to the growing CMS Community. Learn the best ways to deploy your content and tune your CMS to perfectly match the demands of an ever-changing mobile, social, interconnected marketplace.”

When: May 8-10, 2012
Where: Chicago, IL, USA

CMS Expo

J. Boye Web and Intranet Conference
“J. Boye’s conferences grew out of our international groups for online professionals. We are in regular contact with our 400+ members from large and complex organisations and we know their agendas and projects. This puts us in a unique position to assess and determine what is happening in every corner of the field at any given time and enables us to put together a relevant program that really reflects the current challenges of our delegates.”

When: May 8-10, 2012
Where: Philadelphia, PA, USA at The Hub CityView

J. Boye Web and Intranet Conference

Mobilism
“Mobilism is one of the best-respected web conferences in the world, concentrating exclusively on mobile web design and development.”

When: May 10-11, 2012
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Mobilism

Semi-Permanent Creative Conferences
“Semi-Permanent is a world leading design conference that to date has hosted 29 events in 9 cities, covering 5 countries, with over 200 speakers and 50,000 attendees. In 2012, Semi-Permanent celebrates ten years of events- that’s a decade full of stories and wisdom from industry idols. ”

When: Various dates beginning May 11, 2012
Where: Sydney, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne (Australia)

Semi-Permanent Creative Conferences

Future Of Web Design London
“The Future of Web Design proudly presents three days of cutting edge learning and inspiration. Join us for a day of in-depth workshops, followed by two action-packed conference days in the heart of London!”

When: May 14-16, 2012
Where: London, UK at The Brewery

Future Of Web Design London

PEPCON
“Join the world’s top InDesign experts and the Adobe InDesign team, May 14-16 in San Francisco for the InDesign event of the year! Find answers and valuable insight on the topics publishing for eBooks, print, interactive documents, and more! Be inspired by fresh ideas and new products. Includes a 2-day multi-track conference followed by three full-day post-conference tutorials.”

When: May 14-16, 2012
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA

PEPCON

Confab
“As the leading conference of its kind, Confab plays a major role in driving the content strategy conversation forward.”

When: May 14-16, 2012
Where: Minneapolis, MN, USA at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Confab

Internet Week New York
“Since its debut in 2008, Internet Week New York has quickly become one of the world’s top festivals celebrating digital culture, as well as a global showcase for New York City’s thriving technology industry. Internet Week New York 2012 is expected to bring more than 30,000 people from around the world to nearly 300 events at the festival’s headquarters and at dozens of locations throughout the city. ”

When: May 14-21, 2012
Where: New York, USA

Internet Week New York

UX Lx
“3 fantastic days with User Experience Professionals from all the over the world. 16 workshops to develop your skills, 10 talks to inspire you and 16 slots open for you to share your experiences. All this coupled with lots of parties and meetups in sunny Lisbon.”

When: May 16-18, 2012
Where: Lisbon, Portugal at the FIL Meeting Centre

UX Lx

WebVisions Portland
“It’s our 12th big year in Portland, and we’re celebrating with a fabulous lineup of experts in web and mobile design, technology, user experience, DIY, strategy and more!”

When: May 16-18, 2012
Where: Portland, OR, USA at the Oregon Convention Center

WebVisions Portland

D2W Conference
“Workflow is what we do. Day in and day out, although you may not think about it like that. Do you work with multiple applications during the day? Do you work with a developer or designer (depending on which you are)? Then that is what the D2W is all about.”

When: May 16-18, 2012
Where: Kansas City, MO, USA at the Plaza Marriott

D2W Conference

TYPO Berlin
“For decades, design has been looking for something new, for something different – often at the expense of resources and global justice. Many companies have already had to learn things the hard way, because they ignored contemporary social values. Others have learned from the crisis and take social and ecological matters into consideration in their business strategies. Discover at TYPO Berlin 2012 sustain the long-living and the constant in design!”

When: May 17-19, 2012
Where: Berlin, Germany at Haus der Kulturen der Welt

TYPO Berlin

J and Beyond
“J and Beyond, an International Joomla! Conference, is back for the third year. For 3 days in May Joomla! developers and site builders from over 30 countries will gather in Bad Nauheim, near Frankfurt, right in the heart of Europe.”

When: May 18-20, 2012
Where: Bad Nauheim, Germany

J and Beyond

phpDay
“We’ll show new development traits, best-practices and success cases related to quality, revision control, test-driven development, continuous integration and so on. There are also talks about design, project management, agile and various php-related technologies like Zend Framework2, Symfony2, Codeigniter, Drupal, WordPress.”

When: May 18-19, 2012
Where: Verona, Italy at San Marco Hotel

phpDay

A Web Afternoon
“A Web Afternoon is a mini event intended to inspire and educate people who love the web. Think TED, but for the web. Both speakers and attendees will be people from a variety of disciplines, but who all share a common passion for making the web a better place.”

When: May 19, 2012
Where: Atlanta, GA, USA at the GTRI Conference Center

A Web Afternoon

AgIdeas International Design Week
“agIdeas International Design Week is the largest and most prestigious design festival in the world. Established in 1991 by Ken Cato, developed and presented by the Design Foundation. agIdeas offers an extraordinary program of events that celebrate design excellence and promotes the value of design driven innovation. ”

When: May 21-23, 2012
Where: Melbourne, Australia

AgIdeas International Design Week

UXcamp Europe
“The main rule of the conference is: No spectators, just participants! This BarCamp-rule does not mean everybody has to do a Session, but everybody should come prepared to participate in an active manner.”

When: May 26-27, 2012
Where: Berlin, Germany at Erwin-Schrödinger-Zentrum of the Humboldt University

UXcamp Europe

O’Reilly Fluent Conference
“The O’Reilly Fluent Conference is about everything JavaScript. If you’re developing for the Web, desktop, or mobile, knowing the ins and outs of JavaScript and related technologies is critical. Come to Fluent to learn from expert developers who are using JavaScript in all kinds of contexts, to do things that no one ever expected JavaScript could do, and do so well.”

When: May 29-31, 2012
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA

O'Reilly Fluent Conference

Big Design Conference
“Experts from across the country will gather to present theories, research, experiences, and best practices to students, professionals, and executives looking to stay on the bleeding edge.”

When: May 31–June 2, 2012
Where: Addison, TX, USA at the Addison Crowne Plaza Hotel

Big Design Conference

June 2012 Events

webinale
“The conference is to grow revenues, which shines through the web holistically, focusing not only on individual fragments. The conference is, thus bridging the gap between designers, web developers, managers and entrepreneurs, providing an incredibly lively forum for inspiration, networking and practical know-how.”

When: June 4-6, 2012
Where: Berlin, Germany

webinale

International PHP Conference
“The International PHP Conference is the global recognized event for PHP developers, webworkers, IT managers and everyone interested in web-technology.”

When: June 5-6, 2012
Where: Berlin, Germany at The Maritim proArte Hotel

International PHP Conference

Eyeo Festival
“In 2011, eyeo brought together an incredible group of creative coders, data viz pros, designers and artists. For 2012 we’ll raise the bar. Expect lectures, conversations and workshops with some of the most fascinating minds and makers today.”

When: June 5-8, 2012
Where: Minneapolis, MN, USA at the Walker Art Center

Eyeo Festival

Interlink Web Design Conference
“Interlink Conference is a small hand-crafted event created for web professionals of all types. Explore the intersection of web design, code, and content during 2 empowering days of curated talks and workshops in Vancouver. (Plus, there’s dodgeball.)”

When: June 6-7, 2012
Where: Vancouver, Canada at Robson Square

Interlink Web Design Conference

Valio Con
“Conference at the beach where it’s all about actual fun and not sitting in a hotel lobby the entire time.”

When: June 7-10, 2012
Where: San Diego, CA, USA at the Hyatt Mission Bay

Valio Con

Front-End Design Conference
“The Front-End Design Conference is an annual event dedicated to content, presentation and behavior. The speakers and attendees are made up of awesome people from the web design and development community.”

When: June 8, 2012
Where: St. Petersburg, FL, USA at the Palladium Theater

Front-End Design Conference

NXNE Interactive
“With over 80 presentations, NXNEi bridges the gap between creators of all kinds and interactivity. Whether you’re a musician, film producer, marketer, public relations pro or community manager, NXNE Interactive programming has you covered. Join us for three days of tech and social media exploration to learn how to boost ingenuity while enhancing your marketing and business efforts.”

When: June 11-17, 2012
Where: Toronto, Canada

NXNE Interactive

Ampersand 2012
“Combining the worlds of web & type design.”

When: June 15, 2012
Where: Brighton, UK

Ampersand 2012

Nordic Ruby Conference
“Learn stuff. Meet people. Have fun. Nordic Ruby is a two-day, single-track Ruby conference. At a Japanese spa in the beautiful Stockholm archipelago. All-inclusive.”

When: June 15-16, 2012
Where: Stockholm, Sweden at Yasuragi Hasseludden

Nordic Ruby Conference

An Event Apart Boston
“An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

When: June 18-20, 2012
Where: Boston, MA, USA at the Marriot Copley Place

An Event Apart Boston

HOW Design Live
“In 2012, Boston is the meeting point for the biggest gathering of designers, freelancers, creative team managers, and other creative professionals in the country. That much creative energy under one roof? It’s a recipe for revolutionary ideas and life-changing inspiration. You’ll rethink your approach to work and life, connect with like-minded allies, hear from creative visionaries, and discover new tools to make your job more satisfying and productive than ever before.”

When: June 21-25, 2012
Where: Boston, MA, USA at the Hynes Convention Center

HOW Design Live

O’Reilly Velocity Conference
“Most companies with outward-facing dynamic websites face the same challenges: pages must load quickly, infrastructure must scale efficiently, and sites and services must be reliable, without burning out the team or breaking the budget. Velocity is the best place on the planet for web ops and performance professionals like you to learn from your peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share best practices and lessons learned.”

When: June 25-27, 2012
Where: Santa Clara, CA, USA

O'Reilly Velocity Conference

Google I/O
“After Google I/O 2011, you consistently told us you wanted more time to attend sessions, visit our partners in the Developer Sandbox, and meet 1:1 with the engineers behind Google’s developer platforms and APIs. We recently received an unexpected opportunity to extend Google I/O to three days, so as we announced on our +Google Developers page, we are moving the conference to June 27-29, 2012.”

When: June 27-29, 2012
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA at Moscone Center West

Google I/O

Lone Star PHP Conference
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When: June 29-30, 2012
Where: Dallas, TX, USA

Lone Star PHP Conference

Scottish Ruby Conference
“The Scottish Ruby Conference started life as Scotland on Rails in 2008 and has grown to become Europe’s premier multi-track Ruby conference. And by premier, we mean the one with the most whisky consumed.”

When: June 29-30, 2012
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland at the Royal College of Physicians

Scottish Ruby Conference

July 2012 Events

WebVisions Barcelona
“WebVisions heads to Europe for three days of workshops, sessions and keynotes by leading web, mobile, UX, DIY and strategy experts.”

When: July 5-7, 2012
Where: Barcelona, Spain at Pompeu Fabra University

WebVisions Barcelona

An Event Apart Austin
“An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

When: July 9-11, 2012
Where: Austin, TX, USA at the Hilton

An Event Apart Austin

WDCNZ
“Tech talks for web devs. JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3. Mobile, Security, Scale. Web dev conversations.”

When: July 14, 2012
Where: Wellington, New Zealand

WDCNZ

O’Reilly OSCON
“OSCON is where all of the pieces come together: developers, innovators, businesspeople, and investors. In the early days, this trailblazing O’Reilly event was focused on changing mainstream business thinking and practices; today OSCON is about how the close partnership between business and the open source community is building the future. That future is everywhere you look.”

When: July 16-20, 2012
Where: Portland, OR, USA

O'Reilly OSCON

CSS Summit
“The online conference for CSS. Speakers include Chris Coyier, Lea Verou, Estelle Weyl, Jonathan Snook, and more.”

When: July 31 – August 2, 2012
Where: Online Conference

CSS Summit

August/September 2012 Events

An Event Apart DC
“An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

When: August 6-8, 2012
Where: Washington, DC, USA at the Westin Alexandria

An Event Apart DC

UX Week
“UX Week is the premier user experience design conference. Design professionals from all over the world gather for four days of community, inspiration and skills building.”

When: August 21-24, 2012
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA

UX Week

An Event Apart Chicago
“An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

When: August 27-29, 2012
Where: Chicago, IL, USA at the Westin Chicago River North

An Event Apart Chicago

UX Australia
“UX Australia 2012 is a 4-day user experience design conference, with two days of workshops and two days of presentations about designing great experiences for people.”

When: August 28-31, 2012
Where: Brisbane, Austalia at Sofitel Brisbane Central

UX Australia also presents Agile UX and Service Design 2012.

UX Australia

dConstruct
“”Our 8th year!””

When: September 7, 2012
Where: Brighton, UK at the Brighton Dome

dConstruct

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November 09 2011

21:50

Design, Technology and Cool Shit @ FITC Amsterdam 2012

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FITC Amsterdam has played host to a program focused on design, technology and cool shit for the last four years, and 2012 is no exception. Featuring the best and brightest in the digital space, FITC Amsterdam showcases work which is shaping the future of the digital interactive industry.

2012 has a line-up featuring the best and brightest in the digital space including Hoogerbrugge, Aram Bartholl, Lee Brimelow, Golan Levin, Andreas Müller and many more.

FITC Amsterdam has a history of selling out and 2012 is on track to as well. The combination of unbelievable international presenters, incredible networking opportunities and the infamous FITC parties, all with the amazing backdrop of the city of Amsterdam, creates a stage for the unexpected.

There are a limited number of tickets which sell out fast, so register early to reserve your spot!

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September 13 2011

13:00

Is Conference Pricing Out of Control?

You’ve surely experienced the letdown of registering for a conference, only to find that it costs $1,000 (or more) to attend (not including travel expenses). Isn’t that a bit extreme for two days worth of training? Then again, is that the only way the conference organizers can cover the high costs of planning such an event? Let’s see…

We’ll put the economics of organizing such an event to the side for the time being, and instead focus on the practicality.

Who can afford to spend $1,000 (for the ticket alone) on attending a two day event?

Here’s the thing; unless you’re quite wealthy, or happen to work at a company that will cover the bill (most likely the case), my guess is that most of us simply can’t afford it. Don’t feel badly about this; it doesn’t mean you’re not dedicated to your craft if you’re not willing to fork over $1,000 to attend a conference. In fact, I’d argue that you’re a better person for taking such a stance, while ignoring the incessant conference-specific hash tags on Twitter.

A $1,000 price tag for two days of lectures is exorbitant to the point of being vulgar.


Are you Receiving $1k Worth of Education?

This is the first question you should ask yourself before deciding to attend any conference that charges a high price tag: “Will I receive $1,000 worth of education?”

A common mistake when attending a conference for the first time is assuming that you’re going to drive (or fly) home having greatly increased your understanding of a particular subject.

If I can be so bold, though, you’ll likely find that this is not the case. Oh sure, you’ll come away with some neat new tips and tricks, but if your sole purpose for attending a conference is to “train,” then your money is much better spent elsewhere.

For half the price – $500 – I can give you a stack of books and resources that will teach you the bulk of what you need to know to succeed as a web developer.

In the defense of conferences, training is not their true focus. They’re much more geared for networking (and dare I say, vacations). If you do prefer training, then attend a workshop, which will be a fifth the cost, and five times as educational.

A free open source community cannot survive without a touch of the commercial side to even things out.

The talented Remy Sharp hosts workshops for roughly £200 – a far more appealing price tag. Remember, teachers shouldn’t be expected to work for free. I completely get that. The notion that everything in our industry should be free irks me a bit. A free open source community cannot survive without a touch of the commercial side to even things out.

Let’s use the Tuts+ network as an example. We post roughly 40 free in depth tutorials every single week. The only way we’re able to offer that level of free training, though, is to supplement the sites with an optional Premium program that offers courses, video tutorials, etc. for $9 a month. These extra funds not only allow us to commission higher level, and more in depth tutorials, but they also provide us with the means to continue our primary objective: provide free education to the community. This simply would not be possible without our Premium program.

Notice that our core goal is an admirable one. It’s not to make each editor and the company as rich as possible (though we wouldn’t be against it!). Instead, we want to change the landscape of education entirely. Our asking price is reasonable. I cannot say the same for some conferences, though.


Are These Conference Organizers Bad?

All this begs the questions: are conference organizers, who charge these rates for a 2-3 day event, bad people, or, at the very least, money hungry?

Well, who are any of us to judge? That said, however, let’s consider a few points…for both sides of the argument.

300 Attendees

Assuming the $1k price tag that I’ve noticed around the web, let’s imagine that 300 people attend. That seems to be a reasonable figure, though I could be wrong. At this rate, the conference organizers will gross $300,000 for a weekend conference. This undoubtedly is a huge sum; however, we of course must consider the costs involved in planning this sort of event.

  • Rent the facility (certainly not cheap).
  • Pay airfare, food, and shelter for each speaker. This can add up, if they have around twenty speakers.
  • Pay each speaker. For many conferences – generally those which focus on open source platforms – the speakers offer their services free of charge (other than expenses). However, for a conference that charges $1,000 a ticket, the speakers most certainly receive a paycheck.
  • Design and print the t-shirts, banners, and programs.
  • Provide lunch each day for all attendees.
  • Purchase advertisement spots in magazines and on the web.
  • While many conferences are volunteer based, there will likely be staff involved.
  • A reasonable paycheck for the organizers. They shouldn’t be expected to work for free.

All of the above considered, though, do these expenses add up to $300,000? Maybe so, maybe not; but my instincts say: “If you can’t organize a two or three day event for $300,000, then you’re either making huge mistakes…or huge profits. Even if we cut the number of admissions down to 100, that’s still $100,000 gross.

What’s Wrong with Profit?

Absolutely nothing. As fellow author Jeremy McPeak put it: “…The web is becoming the platform of choice; so demand dictates the price.” Jeremy is certainly correct; demand 100% determines the cost. Why charge $1 when you can get $2?

The various $1k-charging conferences that I see promoted on Twitter so frequently more often than not sell out.

Maybe that’s what, as buyers, we should decide for ourselves; just because you can… doesn’t mean you should. Is the goal to push the web forward, or to make large sums of money? When you charge such an exorbitant price tag, you ensure that the huge majority of those, who would pay the ticket price out of their own pockets, won’t come.

Perk vs. Investment

Companies offer conference trips as perks. In their eyes, they are investing in their staff. What’s $1,000 to a successful company? From the eyes of the staff member, he gets a fun vacation and the chance to network and learn a bit. Win win.

I can’t help but feel, though, that this is somewhat unfair to those who must pay the entry price themselves. I’d wager that these are the folks who are most hungry for knowledge, yet the price tag virtually ensures that the doors are closed to them.


The Question

If it costs a buck, then it’s worth a buck, right?

Perhaps it comes down to this single question: are some conferences simply an excuse to get your company to send you off on vacation, so that you can network with your internet buddies, and, again, learn a bit? The companies will blindly pay the cost, so why not charge four figures?

We associate value with cost. If it costs a buck, then it’s worth a buck. The same must be true for conferences, right? But here’s the thing: some of these conferences are sold under the umbrella of “pushing the web forward.” To me, though, it seems that they’re much less concerned with education, and more about making money. When all is said and done, that’s not a bad thing. Who could blame them?

I suppose you must decide for yourself if this is the sort of conference you want to participate in. Why are WordCamps generally only $50? The upcoming jQuery conference in Boston is $299 – a bit more, but still appropriately priced and reasonable. Airfare must be paid, staff must be compensated, food must be purchased.

The going rate is $1,000 because people will pay it.

My guess is that the true difference in cost stems from the fact that conferences like jQuery’s are much less concerned with making money, and more on raising jQuery’s awareness and teaching one another. Further, other than expenses, speakers don’t receive payment. For some other conferences though, this is not the case, and likely accounts for the increased cost. Your favorite internet celebrities don’t come cheap – nor should they. These guys have spent their entire adult lives acquiring the necessary skills to teach you. That demands some level of compensation. It all comes down to, however, whether or not this compensation comes at the cost of a huge price tag that you likely can’t afford. Then again, maybe such an event wouldn’t be possible with a cheaper ticket price. I find this hard to believe, but, it’s possible. As noted above, though, the going rate is $1,000 because people will pay it.

Each of us is entitled to his own personal opinions. To my eyes, $300 is reasonable; $1000-$2000 is vulgar. But perhaps these conferences aren’t priced for you and me; they’re priced for the companies you work for. They’ll be footing the bill, right?


September 12 2011

21:35

Upcoming Web Design and Development Conferences in 2011-12

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We spend a lot of time learning and thinking about the designs we see online, yet what we miss quite often are practical insights into the design process and workflow of our colleagues. This is why conferences are great for our industry. We meet people who think very much like we do and most probably struggle with similar problems; and perhaps they’ve found a solution which can inspire others. We learn how our colleagues work and what they have experienced; we can exchange our thoughts and ideas directly — something that we might struggle finding time for on Twitter or via email. Networking is great, and it’s powerful. And this is why every now and again we present an overview of upcoming conferences on Smashing Magazine.

In fact, it’s that time of year again when the Web design conference schedule really heats up. As we’ve always done in the past, here we present to you a chronological list of all the upcoming events and conferences that are of specific interest to Web designers and developers. We’ve also put together a Google Calendar as well as an Events iCal (.ics) file for you to use as a reference for your schedule. If you know of an event taking place between now and February, please add it to the comments. You can jump to a section using the links below:

September Events

Flash on the Beach
“Three days of design, code, inspiration and networking for digital designers, developers and artists.”

When: September 11 – 14
Where: Brighton, UK at the Brighton Dome

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Breaking Development
“Breaking Development is coming to Nashville with an awesome lineup of mobile speakers and challenging topics. We’ll follow two days of incredible sessions with a day of workshops where you can roll up your sleeves and get elbow deep in the latest coding and design practices.”

When: September 12-14, 2011
Where: Nashville, TN, USA at the Gaylord Opryland

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Future of Mobile
“The Future of Mobile (FOM) is a one day conference aimed at mobile designers, developers, and entrepreneurs. FOM brings together mobile visionaries to discuss cutting edge topics such as HTML5 for mobile design, UX for mobile interfaces, tips on how to make your mobile App successful and much more.”

When: September 16, 2011
Where: London, UK at the Mermaid Conference Centre

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Google Developer Day
“Google Developer Day is a one-day event featuring advanced technical content on Google platforms and products from the teams that work on them. Join us for the latest developments in Android, Chrome, HTML5, Cloud and more.”

When: September 16, 2011
Where: Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Sheraton WTC Hotel

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London Design Festival
“First staged in 2003, the London Design Festival is one of the world’s most important annual design events. The nine-day Festival programme is made up of over 280 events and exhibitions staged by 200 partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world.”

When: September 17-25, 2011
Where: London, UK at a number of different venues across the city

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Kings of Code
“On September 19th 2011, 300 developers will gather in Amsterdam to explore and discuss the latest trends, developments and best practices in web and mobile development technologies. We’ve invited leading international speakers & developers to share their knowledge and visions on development and coding.”

When: September 19, 2011
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands at Felix Meritis

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Search Engine Strategies
“SES Conference & Expo is the leading global event series that educates delegates in search and social marketing, putting a special focus on tactics and best practices. SES Events provide instruction from the industry’s top experts, including representatives from the Search Engines themselves.”

When: Six Dates in six cities starting on September 21
Where: Hong Kong, Amsterdam, New York, Berlin, Chicago, and Singapore

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EuroIA
“EuroIA invites your participation to this premier European event on Information Architecture. Join us in Prague, Czech Republic, September 22-24, 2011, for three incredible days of workshops, presentations, panels, and networking with information architects from across Europe and around the world.”

When: September 22-24, 2011
Where: Prague, Czech Republic at the Prague Marriott Hotel

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WebExpo
“Meet your community. Get inspired by opinion-leaders in your field. Get new contacts and ideas. Enjoy unique atmosphere, which is not replaceable by YouTube. Recharge energy at the biggest Central European web conference for a great price.”

When: September 22-24, 2011
Where: Prague, Czech Republic at the University of Economics

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Node.js Conference
“Node.js is an event-driven I/O framework for the V8 JavaScript engine. It is intended for writing scalable network programs such as web servers. This conference is born with this spirit : not strictly a commercial or promotional event, but rather a gathering organized using time, passion and willingness taken away from our daily working life. From the community for the community.”

When: September 24, 2011
Where: Brescia, Italy

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Accessibility Summit
“Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web’s most notable experts in Accessibility for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the Accessibility Summit! Bring the experts to your desktop September 27th from 9AM to 5PM (CT).”

When: September 27, 2011
Where: Online

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Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing: The Workshop
“In this day-long session, I’ll teach you how to do your own low-cost/no-cost testing that’s simple enough to make it a routine part of your design process.”

When: September 27, 2011
Where: Seattle, WA, USA at Seattle Public Library’s Central Library

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Back to the Front
“Back to the Front is a one day Front End Conference organized in Cesena by From The Front with the support of the University of Bologna. Speakers include Jeremy Keith and Lea Verou.”

When: September 29, 2011
Where: Cesena, Italy at Università di Bologna

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RubyConf
“RubyConf is the official International Ruby Conference. Founded in 2001, RubyConf has provided an annual venue for the ever-growing Ruby community to meet face to face to share, collaborate, and socialize.”

When: September 29 – October 1, 2011
Where: New Orleans, LA, USA at the Astor Crowne Plaza

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Over the Air
“Over the Air is a unique tech-agnostic event for and by the developer community, featuring technical workshops where attendees can roll up their sleeves and tinker with new platforms, operating systems, APIs & SDKs; and tutorial sessions that feature real business cases, new insights and a healthy dollop of inspiration.”

When: September 30 – October 1, 2011
Where: Bletchley, UK at Bletchley Park

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A Better World by Design
“A Better World by Design is a three-day internationally acclaimed conference held annually at Brown & RISD campuses in Providence, RI that connects students, professionals, and individuals from a variety of disciplines in order to build a global community of socially conscious and passionate innovators.”

When: September 30 – October 2, 2011
Where: Providence, RI, USA

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Usability Week 2011
“Many conferences offer cavernous exhibit halls, brief seminars on second-hand discoveries, and a sense of anonymity that can be truly alienating. Usability Week takes a different approach.”

When: Various dates in September, October and November
Where: San Francisco, CA, and Austin, TX, USA and London, UK

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October Events

Pittsburgh Web Design Day
“Pittsburgh Web Design Day is a one-day, web design conference to highlight local talent as well as those with strong ties to Pittsburgh who have gone on to be leaders in our industry. Web Design Day is designed to be an intimate and affordable event. We feature a number of high-end web design presentations, a tasty lunch catered by our friends at Franktuary and great networking opportunities.”

When: October 1, 2011
Where: Pittsburgh, PA, USA at the Left Field Meeting Space

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jQuery Conference
“jQuery Conferences are so exciting because of the speakers that contribute talks during the conference. This year, speakers include Doug Neiner, Ben Alman, Elijah Manor, and Yehuda Katz.”

When: October 1-2, 2011
Where: Boston, MA, USA at the Royal Sonesta Hotel

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JSConf EU
“JSConf is a conference devoted to the programming language we all love to hate and hate to love, JavaScript. This is conference will be thoughtful, content driven, and exemplify the very nature of JavaScript. The core focus of this conference is to expose some of the details about JavaScript that are often overlooked and present them more as a discussion with the audience.”

When: October 1 – 2, 2011
Where: Berlin, Germany at Alte Münze Berlin

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Adobe MAX
“MAX is an opportunity unlike any other, where you can discover the latest tools and techniques, connect with potential clients, new partners, and old friends, and be inspired by the brightest minds in the industry.”

When: October 1-5, 2011
Where: Los Angeles, CA, USA at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

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Phoenix Design Week[s]
“Phoenix Design Week was started in 2009 to help connect the Phoenix design community. Each year we put together a conference and a week of events and exhibitions meant to bring our community together.”

When: October 1-18, 2011
Where: Phoenix, AZ, USA

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FITC Unconference
“The Unconference is a way for attendees to convene in a casual setting to share ideas as well as host their own discussion groups. This year FITC has once again been chosen as one of the organizations to run one of the Unconference areas.”

When: October 3-5, 2011
Where: Los Angeles, CA, USA at the Los Angeles Convention Center

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Future of Web Apps
“The Future of Web Apps London (FOWA) is a 3 day conference aimed at Web Developers and Entrepreneurs. FOWA brings together web visionaries to discuss the technologies, platforms and business models you should be using to launch the next generation of successful web apps.”

When: October 3-5, 2011
Where: London, UK

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Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing: The Workshop
“In this day-long session, I’ll teach you how to do your own low-cost/no-cost testing that’s simple enough to make it a routine part of your design process.”

When: October 5, 2011
Where: London, UK at The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

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Fronteers
“Founded in 2007, Fronteers is the non-profit trade organization of Dutch front-end developers. Its goals include the professionalisation of our trade, (improved) recognition of the front-end discipline, and improving the position of Dutch front-end developers in their company and the web design/development world in general.”

When: October 6-7, 2011
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, at the Pathé Tuschinski

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T3CON11
“We invite you to a stunning event with a broad range of topics and professional speakers. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the powerful TYPO3 CMS, the FLOW3 framework and to connect with other managers, developers and designers from all over the world. Many internationally known leaders of the TYPO3 community will attend and present.”

When: October 6-8, 2011
Where: Frankfurt, Germany in the Congress Park Hanau

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HTML5tx
“HTML5.tx is the premier event for web designers, developers and technologists in Texas. This event will be a place for people of all disciplines and backgrounds to learn from web experts and each other about HTML, CSS, JavaScript and the future of the web.”

When: October 8, 2011
Where: Austin, TX, USA at St. Edwards University, Ragsdale Center

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International PHP Conference
“The International PHP Conference is the global recognized event for PHP developers, webworkers, IT managers and everyone interested in web-technology. Again, the conference will focus on main topics for developers and core-technologies for decision makers.”

When: October 9-12, 2011
Where: Mainz, Germany at the Rheingoldhalle

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PHPNW 2011
“The heart and soul of a conference is the community that it serves. PHPNW is run by passionate volunteers, bringing an annual conference that benefits both developers and their companies.”

When: October 7th,8th & 9th, 2011
Where: Manchester, UK at the Ramada Manchester Piccadilly

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FRONTEND 2011
“A conference that includes masterclasses and two days of conference material. Speakers this year include Simon Collison, Sarah Parmenter, Andy Budd, and Vitaly Friedman.”

When: October 10-12, 2011
Where: Oslo, Norway at the Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania

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Web Directions South
“Our philosophy is simple — bring together the best local and international independent experts, covering the most relevant topics for practicing web designers, developers and decision makers. To keep up with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, mobile app development and all the latest in design, development and the big picture, there’s only one event to attend: Web Directions South 2011.”

When: October 11-14, 2011
Where: Sydney, Australia at the Masonic Centre and the Convention and Exhibition Centre

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Brooklyn Beta
“Brooklyn Beta is a small, friendly web conference aimed at the “work hard and be nice to people” crowd. Last year, our first year, we had a simple message. “Make something you love.” We think the more people who work on their own ideas, the better place the Web and the world will be.”

When: October 12-14, 2011
Where: Brooklyn, NY, USA at the Invisible Dog

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Do It With Drupal
“Do It With Drupal is a three-day educational seminar presented by Lullabot that connects attendees with practical information and resources for building Drupal-based websites. Presenters are rockstar Drupal community leaders and authors, as well as renowned experts in fields such as user experience and design, social publishing, and the business of Open Source.”

When: October 12-14, 2011
Where: New York City, NY, USA

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Design by Fire
“The Design by Fire Conference provides a stage for inspiring professionals to share their passion for interaction design with peers, refueling knowledge and competence to cope with the challenges of IxD’s professional practice.”

When: October 13-14, 2011
Where: Utrecht, The Netherlands

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edUi Conference
“Focusing on the universal methods and tools of user interface and interaction design, as well as the unique challenges of producing websites and applications for large institutions, edUi is a perfect opportunity for Web professionals at institutions of learning—including higher education, K-12 schools, libraries, museums, government, and local and regional businesses—to develop skills and share ideas.”

When: October 13-14, 2011
Where: Richmond, VA, USA at the Marriott hotel

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Pivot: AIGA Design Conference
“Join more than 1,500 designers at “Pivot” this fall to share what is inspiring about design, how to succeed in meeting your clients’ needs, and how design can be more effective than ever as society, the economy and the context for design evolves.”

When: October 13-16, 2011
Where: Phoenix, AZ, USA at the Phoenix Convention Center

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Design Philadelphia
“As a cultural initiative partnered with the University of the Arts, DesignPhiladelphia aims to further this region’s creative economy and retain jobs locally. It places Philadelphia in the spotlight as an unrivalled city of innovation and vibrancy – an excellent place in which to live, work, play, and grow!”

When: October 13-23, 2011
Where: Philadelphia, PA, USA at various locations

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decoded
“The decoded conference stands for the combination of design and code. It combines creative and technological aspects of our everyday life and brings them all together on a one day kick ass event in the heart of Munich. International speakers from the field of generative design, computational art, information visualization and hardware tinkering are teaming up to share some insights of their work and tell their very own stories.”

When: October 15, 2011
Where: Munich, Germany at Freiheizhalle

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Wakanday Conference
“Come make JavaScript the singular language for business solutions, from top to bottom. Wakanday is a conference for developers who believe in JavaScript beyond the front end, who want to see JavaScript on the back-end, in the datastore, and in between: JavaScript everywhere. Join the minds who are working to make this a reality.”

When: October 15, 2011
Where: Boston, MA, USA at the Omni Parker House Hotel

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ZendCon
“The Zend PHP Conference (ZendCon) is the largest gathering of the PHP Community and brings together PHP developers and IT managers from around the world to discuss PHP best practices and explore new technologies. The conference will include a variety of technical sessions and in-depth tutorials covering cloud computing, mobile, and enterprise PHP.”

When: October 17-20, 2011
Where: Santa Clara, CA at the Convention Center

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Blackberry Devcon Americas
“The BlackBerry® Developer Conference is the showcase for the latest innovations and breakthroughs with the BlackBerry Development Platform. Thousands of BlackBerry enthusiasts come together for sessions, demonstrations, hands-on labs and keynotes — all focused on creating mobile applications for the powerful BlackBerry platform.”

When: October 18-20, 2011
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA at the Marriot Marquis

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Asbury Agile
“Asbury Agile’s goal is to bring together a group of creative doers and makers in the web industry down to the Jersey Shore to hang out in an informal and friendly environment, 2 stories above the Asbury Park boardwalk, overlooking the ocean, to learn, network and share experiences.”

When: October 19, 2011
Where: Abury Park, NJ, USA

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TYPO London
“TYPO London is a three day conference offering up to 40 presentations from the heart of London. TYPO conferences were birthed in the desktop publishing revolution of the 1990s and overtime, events have become a broad based representation of the creative industry, cultural and social issues and as the name suggests, a contemporary commentary on graphic design, typography and communication from the word up.”

When: October 20-22, 2011
Where: London, UK at Logan Hall

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The ExpressionEngine and CodeIgniter Conference
“For the second time, EECI is going to the US and this time we’re heading for the East Coast. Fabulous Brooklyn, NY will be ExpressionEngine and CodeIgniter flavored for three exciting days. With a new line-up, fresh topics, a couple of fringe events and the EECI2010 hit “DevDay”, EECI will be the premier ExpressionEngine event of the year.”

When: October 19-21, 2011
Where: Brooklyn, NY, USA at the Invisible Dog Art Center

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Front Row Conference
“Front Row is a two-day, one-track conference made by the people and for the people who want to shape the future of the web.”

When: October 20-21, 2011
Where: Kraków, Poland at the Park Inn Kraków

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WDC2011
“The aim of the WDC events is to bring together a mix on professionals and students and to teach both levels something new and introduce a bespoke networking opportunity and social gathering.”

When: October 21, 2011
Where: Brisol, UK in the Odeon Bristol, Screen 1.

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An Event Apart DC
“An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

When: October 24-26, 2011
Where: Washington, DC, USA at the Westin Alexandria

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VIEW Conference
“VIEW Conference is the premiere international event in Italy on Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 3D Animation, Gaming and VFX. Through lectures, meetings, tributes, exhibits, screenings and demo presentations VIEW will reveal the new digital frontier sweeping from cinema to architecture, from automotive design to advertisement, from medicine to videogames.”

When: October 25-28, 2011
Where: Turin, Italy at TorinoIncontra

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RIA Unleashed Boston
“Flex, AIR, ColdFusion, and more. FITC is VERY excited to be involved with RIA Unleashed! Guests and speakers from New England and throughout North America will be coming to the 5th Annual RIA Unleashed event this October. This popular, low-cost event is accessible to every budget, and last year’s event was a super success.”

When: October 27-28, 2011
Where: Waltham, MA, USA at Bentley College

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PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo
“Get ready for the hottest industry event for photographers and image-makers, PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo, brought to you by PDN. It’s the only place where you have infinite access to emerging technology, trends and talent while test driving new imaging tools, discovering creative solutions and expanding your network. ”

When: October 27-29, 2011
Where: New York, NY, USA at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

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Creative Camp
“Creative Camp NZ is a non-profit, 2-day and multiple-track event in Wellington happening later this year and successor of the Flash Platform Camps we’ve held in the past two years in Wellington.”

When: October 28-29, 2011
Where: Wellington, New Zealand at Natcoll Design Technology

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DevConnections
“Join us and explore the latest trends and get the most up to date information and training available. All while networking with your colleagues and building a valuable network of peers in one of the most entertaining cities in the world”

When: October 31 – November 3, 2011
Where: Las Vegas, NV, USA at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

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November Events

HTML5 Live
“Unlike most “other” HTML5 events that are geared towards web design, HTML5 Live is designed for enterprise web application developers and architects. The HTML5 Live program dives into areas of Browser Support, Architecture, Communication, Mobile and Web Applications.”

When: November 1, 2011
Where: New York, NY, USA at New World Stages

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YUIConf 2011
“The YUI team is excited to announce YUIConf 2011! We’ll be hosting the YUI developer community at Yahoo’s Santa Clara, CA campus for a two-day technical conference November 3-4. We’re also putting together a couple days of hands-on training workshops November 1-2.”

When: November 1-4, 2011
Where: Santa Clara, CA, USA at at Yahoo’s Santa Clara campus

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HOW Interactive Design Conference
“HOW magazine is delighted to introduce HOW Interactive Design Conference, a three-day event dedicated to helping print designers expand their skill set to confidently navigate web, digital, mobile and other forms of interactive media. This info-packed conference will keep you on top of today’s fast-paced design evolution by helping you capitalize on the new technology and trends that are changing design.”

When: November 2-4, 2011
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA

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Star TechConf
“StarTechConf is a large conference that brings together worldwide stars in software development and local experts in technologies to talk about HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Ruby, Java, Python, Open Data, and more.”

When: November 4-5, 2011
Where: Santiago, Chile

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Future of Web Design
“FOWD New York: three days of cutting-edge web design learning and initimate, expert-led workshops. Give your
Design Team the edge, with sessions from the industry’s leading speakers, the hottest topics and some world-class networking opportunities.”

When: November 7-9, 2011
Where: New York, NY, USA at New World Stages

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User Interface 16
“3 days of design techniques, insights, and inspiration. Full-day immersive workshops on advanced UX topics. Top UX experts
sharing their real-world experience.”

When: November 7-9, 2011
Where: Boston, MA, USA at the Renaissance Hotel

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Build Conference
“Build is a five-day design event made up of three days of conference, workshops, lectures, exhibitions, meetups and parties?–?bookended by a day of film and another of music.”

When: November 7-11, 2011
Where: Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Øredev
“Øredev is the Premier developer’s conference in Europe focused on the whole software development process. Øredev means Quantity and Quality, bringing the best speakers on subjects such as Java, .Net, Project Management, Web development and Testing. We cover the topics you are working with today as well as the ones you will be using tomorrow!”

When: November 7-11, 2011
Where: Malmö, Sweden at the Slagthuset, Jörgen Kocksg

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Velocity Europe
“The Velocity Conference provides you with real-world best practices for optimizing your web pages, specifically the performance of Ajax, CSS, JavaScript, and images. Even sites that had already been optimized can benefit, making for both a better customer experience and bottom line.”

When: November 8-9, 2011
Where: Berlin, Germany

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RubyConf
“RubyConf Argentina is a two-day event designed to cover the interests of a wide spectrum of programmers, from the new developer who is interested in learning Ruby for the first time to the long-time Ruby expert. The event is designed to open a dialogue between developers in Argentina and the rest of the world.”

When: November 8-9, 2011
Where: Buenos, Aires, Argentina

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How To Web
“How to Web 2011 helps Eastern European web entrepreneurs and professionals get the inspiration, knowledge and connections they need for creating global valuable web businesses and apps. You will get hands-on information about success models in Eastern Europe, global web trends and building great web and mobile apps.”

When: November 9-10, 2011
Where: Bucharest, Romania at the Crystal Palace Ballrooms

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Design City
“Design City, a “show within a show”, will bring together graphic designers with vendors who sell to the graphic design market. It connects buyers with sellers in a modern, interactive, results-driven environment. Design City aims to further strengthen the graphic design community and bring together buyers and sellers in the industry.”

When: November 10-12, 2011
Where: Toronto, Canada at the International Centre

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Full Frontal JavaScript Conference
“Full Frontal is a conference held in Brighton UK, for the front end developers with JavaScript skills ranging from beginner to advanced. If you’ve dabbled with JavaScript in the past and wanted to learn more about how the language works and what makes it tick, then this conference is for you.”

When: November 11, 2011
Where: Brighton, UK at the Duke of York’s cinema

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Voices That Matter: iOS Developers Conference
“You’ll be able to devote a weekend to polishing your skills, picking up new techniques from the experts, learning about new technologies, and networking with your fellow developers. Voices That Matter provides the perfect forum to access industry leaders, many of whom have written books on iOS development. You’ll participate in interactive discussions that provide the perfect environment for an effective learning experience.”

When: November 12-13, 2011
Where: Boston, MA, USA at the Harvard Medical School Conference Center

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Screens 2011
“After two successful FITC Mobile conferences we have transformed the event into SCREENS, now dedicated to mobile, tablet and set top box development. Jam packed with information and a massive networking opportunity, SCREENS consists of presentations, demonstrations and panel discussions.”

When: November 14-15, 2011
Where: Toronto, Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

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WordCamp NL
“WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps are open to WordPress.com and WordPress.org users alike.”

When: November 19-20, 2011
Where: Utrecht, The Netherlands at Seats2Meet

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beyond tellerand conference
“An affordable 3-day event with intensive workshops and 15 high quality talks for web enthusiasts: design, technique, inspiration and networking. Don’t miss 3 very inspirational days with over 450 interested designers and developers.”

When: November 20-22, 2011
Where: Düsseldorf, Germany

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The Rich Web Experience
“Front-end development practices continue to evolve at a frantic pace. RWX 2011 will help you stay up-to-speed with the latest tools, frameworks, usability, and development practices. Our speakers are opensource leaders, project committers, published authors, and professional trainers.”

When: November 29 – December 2, 2011
Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

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December Events

Interaction South America
“Interaction South America 2011 is a design event that combines three days of inspiring conversations on activities presented by a set of regional and international experts. Our goal is to share knowledge on interaction design and its practice. Some of the most important global names in the area have already confirmed their presence in the 2011 edition.”

When: December 1-3, 2011
Where: Belo Horizonte, Brasil

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Blackberry DevCon Asia
“The BlackBerry® Developer Conference is the showcase for the latest innovations and breakthroughs with the BlackBerry Development Platform. Thousands of BlackBerry enthusiasts come together for sessions, demonstrations, hands-on labs and keynotes — all focused on creating mobile applications for the powerful BlackBerry platform.”

When: December 7-8, 2011
Where: Bangkok, Thailand at the Centara Grand at CentralWorld

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LeWeb’11
“LeWeb brings together the most influential audience in the Internet ecosystem. Top industry entrepreneurs, executives, investors, senior press & bloggers gather to focus on the key issues and opportunities in the web marketplace.”

When: December 7-9, 2011
Where: Paris, France at Eurosites Les Docks

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An Event Apart San Francisco
“An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

When: December 12–14, 2011
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA at the Palace Hotel

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January Events

New Adventures in Web Design
“We’re working closely with our speakers over the next few months to ensure we bring you engaging, relevant, joined-up themes, and we’ll introduce all eight topics here in late 2011. Note also that our provisional schedule is subject to change.”

When: January 18-19, 2012
Where: Nottingham, UK at the Albert Hall

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February Events

Interaction12
“Our vision is to create an experience over four unforgettable days, plotting a course through the elements of interaction design, which will flood your mind and inspire your work.”

When: February 1-4, 2012
Where: Dublin, Ireland

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An Event Apart Atlanta
“An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

When: February 6-8, 2012
Where: Atlanta, GA, USA at the InterContinental

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Blackberry DevCon Europe
“The BlackBerry® Developer Conference is the showcase for the latest innovations and breakthroughs with the BlackBerry Development Platform. Thousands of BlackBerry enthusiasts come together for sessions, demonstrations, hands-on labs and keynotes — all focused on creating mobile applications for the powerful BlackBerry platform.”

When: February 7-8, 2012
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands at the RAI Convention Centre

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International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces
“IUI 2012 is the annual meeting of the intelligent interfaces community and serves as the principal international forum for reporting outstanding research and development on intelligent user interfaces.”

When: February 14-17, 2012
Where: Lisbon, Portugal

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Other Early 2012 Events

Some other events that will be held early in 2012 are listed below. Details on these events is still forthcoming.

Related Resources

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Which ones do you like most? Are you planning to attend one soon? Perhaps we can meet at some part of the world! Feel free to check Smashing Magazine on Lanyrd, too.


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January 13 2011

05:38

FITC Toronto 2011

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Now in its 10th year, FITC Toronto is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind in the world. With some of the most unique and engaging presenters from around the globe, FITC Toronto is a blitz of over 80 presentations, demonstrations, and panel discussions, sandwiched between the legendary FITC parties and abundant networking opportunities. Topped off with the FITC Award Show, it’s three days and nights that will leave you inspired, energized and awed. Not to be missed.

Speakers of Note

  • Kyle Cooper – Director of 150+ film title sequences, inlcuding Se7en, Across the Universe, Iron Man I / II, and The Incredible Hulk.
  • GMUNK – Design Lead for Graphic Design & Animation at Digital Domain creating graphic content for TRON Legacy
  • Theo Watson – Co-founder of openFrameworks and member of Graffiti Research Lab. Works include Eyewriter, Laser Tag and Laser Graffiti system.
  • Rob Bateman – Co-founder of Away3D
  • Andre Michelle – The man behind Audiotools.com
  • Chris Allen – President and CEO of Infrared5, and inventor of Brass Monkey
  • MK12 – Kansas City based design and filmmaking collective who’s work includes ‘Quantum of Solace’ and ‘Stranger than Fiction’
  • Mc Bess – French illustrator currently living in London

Topics presented at the event

Marketing Your Skillz • The Creative Method and Systems • Design IO: Interactive Installations and Experimental Storytelling • Creative Use of Mobile Capabilities •Beyond the Bar Graph: A Visual Narrative with Data • Fresh AIR: New Flash Animation Workflows for TV and Film • Multiplatform 3D Content Development Made Easy • Comparing Web Video Technologies, from Flash to HTML5 to Silverlight • Building a Flash game in under 3kb • Developing Social Games with the PushButton Engine

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December 15 2010

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September 13 2010

05:24

35 Inspiring Design and Development Related Event Websites

We decided to put together a somewhat different list of inspiring websites. We’re featuring upcoming design, artistic and development related events and conferences websites. The idea is not only to show you ‘beautiful and well designed’ websites but also conferences, talks and places where you can go to get inspiration and to meet people. From UX workshops to Arts Festival and New Adventures in Web Design, you will see inspiring websites and even more inspiring events to renew your ideas and networking. Hope you enjoy.

Hull Digital Live 10

Hull’s very own digital & technology conference is back!

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Crafty 2010

Craft returns to the forefront of creative consciousness this October. Featuring 14 remarkable individuals, Crafty will explore the artistry and process behind disciplines from design to art, fashion to film and advertising to specialized print techniques.

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Tahoe Tech Talk

An interactive conference with lots of Q&A in beautiful Lake Tahoe.

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UX Fundamentals

This workshop gives an outstanding introduction to the world of web user experience design. By learning both the basic theory and practical applications of usability, information architecture and interaction design, you’ll learn how to make websites your users love and your company will profit from.

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New Zealand International Arts Festival

The New Zealand International Arts Festival is a biennial multi-arts festival held in the capital city, Wellington. It is New Zealand’s premier and largest cultural event and celebrates the best arts entertainment from around the world and within New Zealand.

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Technique Retreat

Technique is a unique event – for 48-hours it’s nothing but eat, drink and code (sleep is optional). You’ll get expert technical training, explore emerging technologies and develop new, efficient approaches to working.

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An Event Apart

An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.

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UX London

UX London is a unique three-day event combining inspirational talks with in-depth workshops presented by some of the industry’s biggest names.

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Full Frontal

The one day JavaScript conference.

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FutureM

A first-ever multi-location event experience throughout Greater Boston. The freshest thinkers in marketing, media and technology.

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MITX

Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange

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WebExpo Prague 2010

Central European gathering of web enthusiasts.

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TEDxAthens

TEDxAthens seeks to develop and leverage the TED experience at a regional level, bringing together innovators and inspirational speakers in Athens, Greece.

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The Combine 2010

The Combine 2010 is bringing together movers and shakers in creativity, community, culture, capital and code from across the country. Learn, network and be inspired.

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The Do Lectures

The idea is a simple one. That people who Do things, can inspire the rest of us to go and Do things too.

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New Adventures in Web Design

This is a unique web design event taking place in Nottingham. In the middle of England. In bleak midwinter.

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Build

Build is a small, yet perfectly formed, boutique design conference where interesting, talented web practitioners from all over the world come to share ideas, techniques and inspiration. Some are on stage; some are in the audience.

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Web Directions USA

To keep you ahead of the curve, Web Directions USA features leading web practitioners, bringing you the freshest technologies, techniques and know-how.

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Amped – The Hack Day: Reloaded

Amped is the hack-day, reloaded: high energy, diversity, and breaking the hacker stereotype. If geeks are the new rockstars, then Amped is our Lollapalooza. And even better, thanks to our partners, Amped is free!

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TechCrunch Disrupt

TechCrunch Disrupt is a three-day, single-track conference and startup competition to immerse you in the debate about what’s changing in technology right now, what’s causing it and what we need to do about it to survive and thrive in real time.

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Mashable & 92Y Social Good Summit

Mashable and 92Y present a summit of today’s most inspirational and promising leaders discussing effective ways in which new media can help address the world’s challenges.

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Web Design World

Since 1997, we’ve helped thousands of Web designers learn what they need to know to make better web sites, manage web projects, and get home at a decent hour.

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FITC

FITC has produced events over 30 events since 2002, with over 15,000 attendees through 18 cities around the world. Based and starting in Toronto, we have done events in Amsterdam, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago, Seoul, New York, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Montreal. From Flash to Motion Design, FLEX to AIR, Mobile and more, FITC events each stand as unique and exciting experiences that inspire, educate and challenge.

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Future of Web Apps Conference

The Future of Web Apps is a conference for web developers and entrepreneurs. You’ll learn about cutting-edge tech and exciting new ideas.

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StartupDay 2010

Are You An Entrepreneur Inside? StartupDay 2010 is the conference for pre-entrepreneurs interested in founding or joining a tech startup. Learn what’s important for creating a tech business from scratch.

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The London Design Festival

The London Design Festival is a nine-day celebration of design in the world’s creative capital. The Festival is a platform for the widest spectrum of design disciplines, brought together as a unique and accessible programme.

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ExpressionEngine & CodeIgniter Conference

EECI is back at its European birthplace and better than ever! Packed with internationally renowned speakers, a brand new programme and lots of social events, EECI is bringing the best of the community to Leiden.

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Forward – Phoenix Design Week 2010

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IDEA2010

IDEA: Information Design Experience Access
A global, interconnected network of people and information is emerging faster than many of us have time to understand.

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AIGA Gain

“Gain” is the premier biennial event for business and design leaders.

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jQuery Conference

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Brooklyn Beta

Brooklyn Beta is a collaboration between Analog and Fictive Kin. We want to be the friendliest web conference you’ve ever attended.

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Web Developers Conference

The Web Developers Conference is now building up to its 4th event, WDC2010. As always we’re putting together a great lineup of speakers that will both educate and inspire.

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Future of Web Design

The Future of Web Design is coming back to New York in 2010. The newly revitalised event has evolved into a beautiful three full days of essential web learning. A full day conference followed by 2 solid days of in depth workshops, all taught by the best in the industry.

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ExpressionEngine Camp

ExpressionEngine Camp is a community-powered conference on October 22nd. Learn best practices or share tips about creating web sites with our favorite CMS.

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Note: I will be attending Web Directions USA, in case you wanna meet up. :)

July 21 2010

16:27

Front End Design Conference – The All Female Line-up

Quick! Look at your calendar, now back at me, now back at your calendar, now back at me! What are you doing on July 23rd? You should be at the Front End Design Conference in St. Petersburg Florida. Front End is a single day presentation focused on content, presentation & behavior. Front-End Conf was created for anyone interested in front-end design to spend a day learning and hanging out with a bunch of like-minded peeps. The topics are intended to cover as much of the spectrum of front-end design that we can squeeze into a single day. For our speakers, we look for people that excel in a particular aspect of front-end design. We have seven awesome speakers this year and we’re adding in a few bonus events for anyone looking to “geek out” all weekend.

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The Details

Now, we know we said this is a One Day event but, there’s stuff going on over several days that can gain you some awesome one on one time with the presenters as well as other designers which, as we know is awesome.

The Conference:

July 23rd

9:30 a.m.-5:00p.m.

Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m.

Hilton Bayfront
333 1st Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

$99 Hotel Special

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After-Party

6:00 – ?
After-Party

We’re working out where we’ll be getting together for some drinks and converstation.

Ignite Session and Meet-up

July 24th

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This will be bonus time for attendees to get together, meetup and share an Ignite presentation if they’d like. Maybe we’ll find some speakers for next year…

Studio 620
620 1st Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL‎ 33701

Studio 620’s Site

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Photo Walk

July 25th

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This will be open to anyone that wants to grab their camera and wander around downtown St. Petersburg. We’ll have some sort of contest and prize, too.

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We’ll walk the downtown area, but begin and end at the hotel.

The Presentors

This might possibly be one of the most elite all female line-ups to ever grace the design stage together. This is surely going to be an informative “amazing-fest.”

Larissa

Personal Site: LarissaMeek.com

Follow Larissa on Twitter: @larissameek

Meagan

Personal Site: Owltastic

Follow Meagan on Twitter: @meaganfisher

Lea

Personal Site: XOX

Follow Lea on Twitter: @lealea

Niki

Personal Blog: The Design O’Blog

Follow Niki on Twitter: @nikibrown

Jina

Personal Site: Sushi & Robots

Follow Jina on Twitter: @jina

Adelle

Personal Site: AdelleCharles.com

Follow Adelle on Twitter: @adellecharles

Sarah

Personal Site: Sazzy.co.uk

Follow Sarah on Twitter: @sazzy

Connect with Front End Conference

Blog: blog.frontenddesignconference.com

On Twitter: @frontendconf

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July 05 2010

14:12

Locate a web design conference

Design conferences are a great way to learn, network and hang out with awesome, talented people. This is a great list of some of the best design conferences so you can schedule your next event. See you there! (discovered via @cameronmoll)

July 02 2010

09:51

Making Your Mark On The Web Is Easier Than You Think

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We who work on the Web live in wonderful times. In the past, we did of lot of trial-and-error learning, and the biggest hurdle was getting people to understand what we were on about. Over time, companies like Google, Yahoo, Skype, Facebook and Twitter managed to get the geeky Web into the living rooms of regular people and into the headlines of the mainstream press.

Now more than ever are there opportunities on the Web for you, as a professional, to be seen and to be found. I am a professional Web spokesperson for a large company, and I spoke at 27 conferences in 14 countries last year. I write for several magazines and blogs and have published a few books. When people ask me how I got to where I am now, my standard answer is: by releasing stuff on the Web and by listening and reacting to feedback. And you can do the same.

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There are numerous ways to become known on the Web (or at least to reach out to like-minded people):

  • Use social networking tools.
    This is where the people are.
  • Write a (micro) blog.
    Even if it’s just a scratch pad for your thoughts. This is how mine started.
  • Attend unconferences.
    Everyone who goes is already a presenter, which makes it easy to begin.
  • Attend and speak at conferences.
    Even if it means just asking questions. Conferences are where people find you.
  • Partner and build alliances.
    If you can’t do everything on your own, find someone who completes the set of skills needed.
  • Comment on other people’s work.
    People will find you inspiring if you ask the right questions.
  • Build on other people’s work.
    Can something do almost exactly what you need but not quite? And it’s open source? Fix it for your specific purposes and release it for others who have the same needs.
  • Release free code, designs or templates.
    Nothing gets you noticed more than giving out goodies.
  • Listen and prioritize.
    We already have information overload on the Web; you can be a curator.

Let’s discuss the practical applications of each point.

Use Social Networking Tools

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Social networks have the unsurprising yet beneficial feature of being social: you can actually meet people who share the same interests as you. You might stumble over one or another expert who you’d never reach by email or by contacting them through their blog. I, for example, am happy to answer a quick tweet — and maybe even use it as inspiration for a blog post — but I find myself unable, unfortunately, to answer long emails that bring up a lot of issues from people asking me to fix their code.

Social networks are great for sharing successes and ideas. Upload sketches of your products to Flickr, share an office outing on Facebook (only the photos you could show your mother, of course) or create a screencast of some of your tricks and upload them to YouTube. Whatever you put out there can potentially be sent onward by millions of people. If your productions can be found only on your website, most people won’t ever see them.

Be yourself on social networks. Write a truthful bio and list your name, location, interests and other ways to find you on the Web. I get a lot of traffic from my Twitter profile and that wouldn’t be the case if I just had a cartoon dog there and didn’t list my name.

Write a (Micro) Blog

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On a blog, you can quickly share thoughts, finds, photos, anything. Not every blog has to be the refined and inspiring output of a Web expert. In the same way, a blog should not become an endless stream of boring anecdotes (like sharing the joys of having bought a new doormat this morning). My own blog, wait-till-i.com, has always been a personal scratch pad if nothing else. If I manage to code something that has always annoyed me in a new way, I’ll write a quick post. If I find someone else who has written something cool, I do the same and give my commentary on it.

Keep in mind that if you host yourself, you’ll have to update regularly and battle spam. If all you want is to jot down interesting things from time to time, just use a service like Tumblr, Soup.io or hosted WordPress.

A lot of people fall into the trap of using their blog as a playground: they try out every cool CSS trick and design idea they’ve ever had and redesign it every three weeks. This is tempting, but this kind of fame is fleeting; months down the line, you’ll probably realize that falling short on content was a mistake. My blog looks minimal indeed, and I do everything one could possibly do wrong in terms of SEO, but it still had a Google Page Rank of 8, and I made good money with ads. I wrote about interesting things and people linked to my blog. If your content is interesting, your blog will show up in RSS readers and in people’s updates in social networks or shared bookmarks. You need good, sensible titles and well-structured content. Looks are not that important.

Staying up to date is important. Don’t write treaties and novels; instead, update often and regularly, and you will have a crowd of followers in no time.

Attend Unconferences

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Unconferences (including BarCamp and others like it) are wonderful forums for practicing your public speaking. The cool thing about BarCamps is that everyone who goes has to give a presentation, host a discussion round or do something similar — it won’t just be you up there.

This can be a huge opportunity to speak to people and get a sense of what works for them and what doesn’t. There is no such thing as a failed talk at a BarCamp — just ones that work well and others that are less interesting. Nobody pays to see you, so nothing can be a major disappointment; and because everyone has to speak, there is no incentive to harshly criticize others. There is just no showing off.

If you get a chance to help organize a BarCamp, even better; you’ll get to network early on. Organizing events takes all kinds of people, not just hard-core developers and rock star designers.

Attend and Speak at Conferences

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Attend conferences whenever you can. They are priceless opportunities to network and to get to know people who you read about “in the flesh.” It’s a great feeling to ask a question of someone you’ve learned from and respect, and it shows them their work is appreciated.

Don’t get bogged down taking notes; that’s the job of the organizers. Instead, chat a lot, give out cards or — even better — swap Twitter handles. Go with the flow of the conference; if it’s time for beer, then it’s time for beer and chatter, not time to discuss highly technical matters.

Use the time during the talks and after the conference to your advantage: tweet about the talks and what you liked about them using the official hash tag, and publish a “Conference XYZ in my view” blog post as soon as possible. Immediately after a conference, there is much discussion among those who attended, but sometimes even more among those who didn’t. You could be the person who tells the latter group what they missed, and they just might remember you for it.

Keep your eyes peeled for chances to submit proposals for conferences. Clever conference organizers offer a “B” track — alternatives to the main speakers — and that could be your chance to get a foot in the door. There is always a need for fresh speakers, so don’t be shy.

Partner and Build Alliances

If you want to crack a certain problem but you’re not sure exactly how to do it, put it out as a question. A designer and a developer working together on a demo product or article is always better than a single person trying to do everything (and feeling out of their element). Duos can be highly successful, and even if the team is formed just for a one-off, collaboration lets you deliver products while getting to know the working styles of others.

Another useful way to collaborate is to form working groups. The WaSP task forces, for example, work that way and have been immensely successful. Other developers come together under local banners, which can bring collective fame to all involved. The UK-based Britpack is an example of that, as are the Multipack or the Webkrauts in Germany.

Organize some local meet-ups and go from there. This will help you meet like-minded people, and it will help them get to know you.

Comment on the Work of Others

Leaving comments on blog posts is a great way to become known, especially when you leave articulate comments that add to the conversation or explain the subject matter further. There’s no point posting if you’re going to suck up or divert the discussion. And there are enough comments that propose solutions to CSS problems. (“Just use jQuery. Worked for me.”)

Mull over the content of the post and try to think beyond it. Decent comments include:

  • “Great article. You can see that in action at XYZ.”
  • “Would that also work as a solution to the problem we see at XYZ?”
  • “ABC had a similar solution at XYZ, but it lacked feature X, which this solution fixes.”

You get the idea: show people other resources that back up the current solution, or point out problems in the proposed solution that need fixing and build your own.

You could also leave comments that verify or disagree with other comments that have stirred discussion. Being known as someone who prevents flame-wars or steers them to more productive channels is a good thing.

Build on the Work of Others

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The wonderful thing about Web development these days is that you can easily build on what other people have done. A lot of hard work gets released as source code or as Creative Commons content.

Instead of writing your own solutions to solve problems that other people have nearly solved, extend their work to do the one thing it’s missing on your terms. Why not extend someone else’s ideas and localize them to your market? This could entail translating and changing some features (removing those that don’t apply and adding those that are needed), but it’s probably worth it. When the Yahoo User Interface Library team created its fonts.css file, it found 12px Arial to be a great readable baseline for Web typography. The Yahoo team in Hong Kong found that 12px Chinese glyphs were too small to read, so they adapted. The YUI team — based in Sunnyvale, California — would never have encountered this issue themselves, so having a local team fix it and feed back the information helped everybody involved.

There is no shame in using other people’s work. All you need to do is learn what it does and then make it better. Understanding the work you’re building on is important; if you leave everything to magic and your extensions break later, your reputation will be tarnished — especially if you can’t explain why it happened.

One problem I encountered when I released some code was that I omitted functionality that was flashy but inaccessible; people started overriding my code to make the solution flashy again. My advice, then, is: before you “fix” code, read the documentation and consider the rationale behind its structure and functionality. The original author probably had good reason to do what he or she did. Using open-source resources is as much about respecting the authors as it is about making your work easier.

Release Free Code, Designs or Templates

Once you’ve seen how easy it is to create great products by building on the skills and research of others, take part: release your products and let others have a go. This is the beauty of the Creative Commons Share-Alike license: you give stuff out but people have to mention you, and they are allowed to release your content only under the same terms and conditions.

So, go ahead: upload your code to GitHub or Google Code; put your photos on Flickr; put your designs and templates on showcase websites like deviantART. By doing this, you reach people where they already hang out, rather than hoping for them to stumble across your work by chance. Most of my contracts for paid work have come from people who found and were impressed by free things that I released.

Listen and Prioritize

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A lot of content is on the Web, and keeping up to date on current happenings can be a full-time job. So, even if you don’t want to add to the already buzzing stream of information, you can make your mark by being a good content curator or librarian.

Librarians rock. They don’t know the content of all the books in the library, but they know exactly where everything is and can give you what you need in seconds. You could be that person.

Maintain a good number of RSS feeds, and bookmark them with clear simple notes and proper tags. Use social bookmarking to do the same with content that doesn’t come via RSS feeds. I follow a few people who do nothing but this and they do a splendid job.

One very successful feature of my blog is my “Things that made me happy this morning” column. In it, I list links that I found in my RSS reader and got me excited or prompted a chuckle. I do the same on the official Yahoo Developer Network blog with the Tech Thursday feature. None of this takes much time because I check a lot of websites daily anyway — but I do take time to put them in a list and write a few words about each. It helps me organize my bookmarks, and the world thanks me for it.

Summary

These are just a few ideas you can use to get yourself noticed on the Web. Most are free or fairly inexpensive, so before you spend a lot of money on a social media expert or SEO consultant, have a go on your own. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself enjoying being a known Web citizen. A lot of what I wrote about here is also available in “check box”-style advice in my free Developer Evangelism Handbook.

Don’t hesitate to comment and tell us your tricks, too!

(al)


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May 10 2010

03:02

Giveaway: Voices That Matter Web Design Conference Pass

The kind folks at New Rider have offered FUEL readers a chance at a free pass to their upcoming Voices that Matter: Web Design 2010 conference!

What’s this conference all about? In their own words:

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New Riders’ Voices That Matter: Web Design Conference, now in its fourth consecutive year, will take place June 28-29 in San Francisco and the timing couldn’t be better! Web design is undergoing an historic transformation: while the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript haven’t changed, the new and evolving functionality in the HTML5 and CSS3 specs, the number of new ways in which people access the Web, and the rise of social media mean that Web designers need to know more than ever.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet face-to-face with industry greats and discuss Web design’s most critical topics! We’ll open with a keynote address from Jesse James Garrett, author of The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web and close with a keynote address delivered by Steve Krug, author of the well known book Don’t Make Me Think and the brand new book Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems. From start to finish this conference will blow you away.

How to Enter

Enter to win a free pass (a $595 value) to the conference:

• Visit this post on Fuel Your Coding and just leave a comment (just say anything you like!) and we’ll pick one lucky commenter at random this Friday, May 14th!

Bonus: Special Savings

All FUEL readers can save $150 off the conference fee by providing priority code WBNBLGA when registering. Register before May 14th and save $250 as this $100 discount is combined with the early bird pricing!

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April 29 2010

17:30

LessConf and Front-End Conf: Business and Design Events

There are two business and creative development conferences coming up in the South East U.S., LessConf and the Front-End Design Conference. This is the second run for both events and they represent a new breed of creative conferences sprouting up around the community.

The best part is that we are giving away entries to both events! By commenting on this post, you will have the chance at winning your choice of 1 LessConf ticket or 1 of 3 Front-End Design Conference tickets! There is a catch, though: We want to know why you attend events like these.

So, check out the information on each conference and leave a comment using the guidelines at the bottom of the post. We will draw the winners on Friday, May 7th.

LessConf 3010

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May 21st-May 22nd, Atlanta, GAwww.lessconf.com

LessConf is a conference with talks ranging from startups to design tomarketing to business. It’s a casual two-day event in Atlanta Georgia with awesome speakers to inspire you. It’s for people creating “things”, communities, followings, businesses offline & online.

Do you LOVE design, user experience, marketing, entrepreneurship or social media? Then you should attend this conference! The awesomeness includes amazing speakers like Jason Fried, Cameron Moll, Saul Colt, David Heinemeier Hansson and bacon filled pancakes for breakfast, don’t forget the bacon filled pancakes!
- @lessallan

You can follow the event at @lessconf or Register Now while there are still seats available.

Front-End Design Conference

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July 23rd, St. Petersburg, FLwww.frontendconf.com

Front-End is a single-day web design conference focused on content, presentation and behavior.

Front-End Conf was created for anyone interested in front-end design to spend a day learning and hanging out with a bunch of like-minded peeps. The topics are intended to cover as much of the spectrum of front-end design that we can squeeze into a single day.

FUEL has supported this event from its beginning and attendees will actually get to see FUEL’s co-founder, Adelle Charles, speak this year!

You can follow the event at @frontendconf or Register Now!

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Comment below with:

  • Which conference you would like to attend
  • Why you attend conferences
  • Your Twitter Name (Optional, of course)

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LessConf and Front-End Conf: Business and Design Events

April 21 2010

18:36

Video Interviews with Top JavaScript Developers at JSConf 2010

At JSConf, I was fortunate enough to nab some great developers and interview them about their work. Guys like Kyle Simpson, John-David Dalton, Pete Higgins and more gave me some of their conference time to tell me about their projects and how they're helping the JavaScript community:

JSConf 2010 Organizer Chris Williams

Jeffrey Van Gogh & Matthew Podwysocki talk about RxJS - Reactive Extensions for JavaScript

I've posted five more so be sure to check the rest of them out.

April 12 2010

09:00

FITC Toronto 2010: Design & Technology Festival

FITC

Now in its 9th year, FITC Toronto is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind in the world. With some of the most unique and engaging presenters from around the globe, FITC Toronto is an information blitz of presentations, demonstrations, and panel discussions, sandwiched between our legendary FITC parties and abundant networking opportunities. Topped off with the FITC Award Show, it’s three days and nights that will leave you inspired, energized and awed.

Here’s the skinny

  • April 25-27, 2010 Toronto, ON Canada
  • Three full days and nights of events, plus one day of optional pre-festival workshops
  • Over 70 presentations and panels covering the Creative, Technical, and Business aspects of Flash and digital media
  • Over 1000 attendees from around the globe
  • Over 70 internationally renowned design and technology presenters
  • Includes the annual FITC Awards Show
  • Includes four FITC evening events
  • Includes the ‘FITC Get a Job’ event on Saturday, April 24, a free-to-attend job fair for the Interactive industry

Ticket Information

If you would like to purchase tickets, enter coupon code “fuel” for a 10% discount.

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April 05 2010

06:21

Weapons Of Mass Creation Festival

Cleveland’s progressive design firm, Go Media, is pleased to announce the first annual Weapons of Mass Creation Festival. On May 22 and 23 this two-day art, film, and music event will highlight work from both local and national talent, a celebration of creative visionaries who defy the hand they’re dealt. Much akin to Austin’s popular South By Southwest, this festival will host film screenings, musical performances, art and design showings, and various panel discussions at the Go Media Headquarters, a three-story warehouse located in Ohio City.
Co-owner of Go Media, Jeff Finley, dreamt WMC Fest into existence after a sleepless night wondering why none of the popular festivals seemed to be held in his hometown. Tired of Cleveland’s reputation as a miserable city, he put his head together with like- minded community members and decided to form an event that would not only gather the artistic community of Northeast Ohio, but the nation. By dipping into his vast network created over the years as an acclaimed designer, Jeff managed to collect an inspiring and diverse group to display their work in May.
Five filmmakers are set to screen their projects as well as participate in question and answer sessions. Among them are Lena Dunham of Tribeca, New York, the fresh-faced writer and director behind ‘Tiny Furniture’, a film that was honored by the Jury Award for Narrative Feature after its premiere at the South By Southwest Festival earlier this month. Of the nine independent folk and punk bands set to take the newly constructed stage, four are native to Northeast Ohio. David Dondero, an Omaha folk singer who is listed as an influence for national acts such as Conor Oberst, will not only perform but record a live music video being filmed during festival hours on Sunday. Strategist, Designer, and Entrepreneur Dave Gensler, well known for his founding of the creative network, the KDU, will deliver the keynote address.
Like most independently run events, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest needs the help of the Cleveland community in order to guarantee its success. Fest organizers are looking for volunteers to help out and local businesses willing to sponsor. Finley is running a fundraiser on the popular crowd sourcing site, Kickstarter, trading giveaways and benefits for funding. None of the funds raised so far will be taken unless the $2,500 goal is reached by April 15. Other fundraising efforts include a limited edition poster currently on sale at Imagekind.com, as well as a mixer being held at a to be determined local establishment in upcoming weeks.
Tickets for Weapons of Mass Creation Fest can be purchased online, single-day passes are available individually for $15 or a full weekend pass can be purchased for $25.

Cleveland’s progressive design firm, Go Media, is pleased to announce the first annual Weapons of Mass Creation Festival. On May 22 and 23 this two-day art, film, and music event will highlight work from both local and national talent, a celebration of creative visionaries who defy the hand they’re dealt. Much akin to Austin’s popular South By Southwest, this festival will host film screenings, musical performances, art and design showings, and various panel discussions at the Go Media Headquarters, a three-story warehouse located in Ohio City.

WMCfest-01

Co-owner of Go Media, Jeff Finley, dreamt WMC Fest into existence after a sleepless night wondering why none of the popular festivals seemed to be held in his hometown. Tired of Cleveland’s reputation as a miserable city, he put his head together with like- minded community members and decided to form an event that would not only gather the artistic community of Northeast Ohio, but the nation. By dipping into his vast network created over the years as an acclaimed designer, Jeff managed to collect an inspiring and diverse group to display their work in May.

Five filmmakers are set to screen their projects as well as participate in question and answer sessions. Among them are Lena Dunham of Tribeca, New York, the fresh-faced writer and director behind ‘Tiny Furniture’, a film that was honored by the Jury Award for Narrative Feature after its premiere at the South By Southwest Festival earlier this month. Of the nine independent folk and punk bands set to take the newly constructed stage, four are native to Northeast Ohio. David Dondero, an Omaha folk singer who is listed as an influence for national acts such as Conor Oberst, will not only perform but record a live music video being filmed during festival hours on Sunday. Strategist, Designer, and Entrepreneur Dave Gensler, well known for his founding of the creative network, the KDU, will deliver the keynote address.

Like most independently run events, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest needs the help of the Cleveland community in order to guarantee its success. Fest organizers are looking for volunteers to help out and local businesses willing to sponsor. Finley is running a fundraiser on the popular crowd sourcing site, Kickstarter, trading giveaways and benefits for funding. None of the funds raised so far will be taken unless the $2,500 goal is reached by April 15. Other fundraising efforts include a limited edition poster currently on sale at Imagekind.com, as well as a mixer being held at a to be determined local establishment in upcoming weeks.

Tickets

Tickets for Weapons of Mass Creation Fest can be purchased online, single-day passes are available individually for $15 or a full weekend pass can be purchased for $25.

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Weapons Of Mass Creation Festival

March 29 2010

09:25

TXJS: Upcoming JS Conference in Austin

txjs

JSConf is around the corner, but there’s more 2010 conference action in the pipeline. Paul Irish pinged me about YayQuery’s TXJS and its all-star cast:

TXJS is a full-day conference hosted by yayQuery on June 5 in Austin, Texas. We just landed Douglas Crockford and John Resig as speakers, so what started as a regional conference has turned into sort of a big deal.

Besides Crockford and Resig, we’ve got Peter Higgins, project lead for the Dojo toolkit; Juriy Zaytsev (aka kangax) and Andrew Dupont from the Prototype library; Brian LeRoux of PhoneGap fame; Node.js contributor Tim Caswell; and many others. We’ll be announcing the venue in a few days.

After the talks, we have a hack night and party in downtown Austin, sponsored by Google and hosted by Austin JS.

They’ve kept the prices cheap at $69 for the day.

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