One business resolution worth keeping is making a commitment to attend more in-person networking and tech events. For entrepreneurs in and around the design industry, conferences are an excellent way to get to know the latest developments in your space, find great new services, and get a read on potential new clients and customers — plus, you never know who else you’ll meet.
Every year plenty of conferences and events are being organized specially for web designers and developers. However, it's impossible for one to attend them, as it will leave no room for project development (the main task of a designer and developer). Therefore, we have compiled 20 conference from around the globe. You can survey to see which one will best suit your time schedule, location and pocket. But I think these shouldn't be a barrier.
1. Reasons to Be Creative
Reasons to be Creative is a conference for web designers, coders, & anyone with a creative mind. It takes place in Brighton, UK, and is always on the first Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday of September every year. Reasons brings together the best in art, design, code, & inspiration, and is a fantastic 3 days of education and inspiration. If you are passionate about the craft that goes into your work, then this conference is for you.
Date: September 1-4, 2014 in Brighton, UK
FOSDEM is Europe’s largest conference on open source technologies. It's a two days free event that offers open source communities a place to meet, share ideas and collaborate.
It is renowned for being highly developer-oriented and brings together 5000+ geeks from all over the world. It is sponsored by big names such as Google, HP, Colt, Cisco and Oracle, so it is bound to be a really big event.
Date: February 1-2, 2014 in Brussels Belgium
3. Industry Conf
Industry is organised by Gavin Elliott who previously set up and organised the DIBI Conference in 2010 and 2011. After stepping away from that and taking a year out he came back with Industry: An Event for Web Professionals which first took place in April of 2013. It features 8 speakers who'll be sharing their experiences on topics including web design, front-end development, user experience and the business of the web there'll be something for everyone no-matter what job title you hold.
Date: April 22-23, 2014 in Newcastle
Port80 2nd best conference in Wales. There are four events per year: a large, main web conference in May (‘Port80‘) and three, low cost, quarterly evening events (‘Localhost‘). All events are currently held in Newport, South Wales.
Date: May 16 2014, in Newport, South Wales
The Next Web Conference is the breath of fresh air bringing together the world’s leading thinkers, promising global startups and most inspiring technology companies to do business and share their ideas with the world. In this event approximately 40 tech and mobile startups along with 2500+ attendees and more than a dozen speakers participate and talk about their vision on technology and its impact on business & culture.
Date: April 24 & 25, 2014 in Amsterdam, NL
August – São Paulo, BR
October – New York City, US
6. Future of Web Design
The Future of Web Design is a bit different from other design conferences, as it has been producing web design conferences for almost a decade, and are intimately familiar with the trends, technologies, and stars that make the web beautiful.
It’s a two-track event, where you can choose the one that suits your preference, and there is additional bonus for all attendees - Every session is recorded for all attendees so that you won't miss out on anything.
Date: April 7-9, 2014 in London
Convergese promises a conference for "designers and developers who want to explore the mysteries of the web." It's held in multiple venues all across Columbia. In 2013, participants heard inspirational talks from Chris Coyier, Grey Hoy and James White.
8 . Mobile+Web DevCon
Mobile+Web DevCon is a three deay events for mobile and web developers. It features a day of pre-conference hands-on labs, three-hour sessions dedicated to helping you build better and more beautiful apps. Two more days of general conference sessions bring you the latest in iOS, Android and Mobile Web and Web Development. We’ll also be featuring a new Design for Developers track to help you master design fundamentals including UX and UI
Date: January 28-30, 2014 in San Francisco
WebVisions is an awesome conference that explores the future of web and mobile design, technology and digital media in NYC, Chicago, Portland and Barcelona.
Date: April 3-4, 2014 in New York
May 7-9, 2014 Portland
June 19-21, 2014 Barcelona
Sept 25-26, 2014 Chicago
10. An Event Apart
An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day 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 brings together twelve of the leading minds in web design for two days of inspiration and enlightenment. An Event apart is a must-go conference for web designers and developers that want to meet the industry experts and learn about the latest trends in the design space.
Date: February 17-19, 2014 in Atlanta
March 31-April 2, 2014 in Seattle
April 28-30, 2014 in Boston
May 12-14, 2014 in San Diego
July 21-23, 2014 in Washington DC
August 25-27, 2014 in Chicago
September 22-24, 2014 in Austin
November 17-19, 2014 in Francisco
11. Ready to Inspire
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 today's craftspeople and mind blowing new faces. Though, it’s relatively a new event started in the year 2012 only, it has managed to make its presence felt all across the globe.
Date: February 1-5, 2014 in Leiden Netherlands
12. MobileTech Conference
Mobile is considered as the next big thing after computer due to its large usage for surfing the internet. This conference is basically a four day event, where 50+ experts in mobile technology share the best practices they follow via detailed presentations, arrange workshops, and exchange keynotes.
Date: March 18-19, 2014 in Munich Germany
13. WordCamp Central
WorldCamp events are informal, community-organised gatherings put together by WordPress enthusiasts all over the world. The attendees here get a chance to participate and meet with core developers, share their ideas and meet big brains like Matt Cutts, the head of webspam team at Google. Though, the date for this year event haven't be fixed, so be sure to check their page regularly for any update.
14. LeWeb London
LeWeb is the most talked-about international conference for startups and web entrepreneurs. Looking to kickstart your business, attract the global media or discover the next Big Idea? In just three days, you might meet the most valuable contacts of the year.
Date: June 9-10, 2014, London
15. Web & PHP Conference
Web & PHP Con comes from S&S Media, the people behind Web & PHP Magazine, and it's a 3 days event organized especially for developers indulged in ever green web technologies that includes PHP, Architecture, Frameworks, Responsive Design, UX/UI, Security, Cloud, HTML5 & CSS3, Testing, Mobile Web and Mobile Apps. The date for this year event is not yet fixed, so keep checking for update.
WebStock consists three days of intimate hands-on workshops with industry leaders (Monday-Wednesday), two days of action packed, talent-laden, 20+ session conference proper (Thursday-Friday). While most of these sessions are keynote presentations, WebStock often features two steams, giving speakers the chance to delve deeper into their subjects.
Date: February 10, 2014 in Wellington NZ
Webdagene is a 3 day event, where on the first day itself 4 different hands-on workshops are organized. And during the next two days a group of international experts discusses about web and user experience in detail. Though the event is base in Norway, but about 70% of the content will be in English.
Date: October 17-19, 2014 in Norway
18. HTML5 Developers Conference
HTML5 Dev Conference is a must-attend event for every developers who loves codding and HTML generally. Speakers for the event include Robert Nyman from Mozilla, Joe Marini from Google, Divya Manian from Adobe, and Elika J. Etemad fro W3C, give lectures on the latest trends and technology, and share their own stories and experiences on a one single platform. This conference is sponsored by some of the leading tech giants including Google, Microsoft, IBM, Adobe, Yahoo, GE, Twitter, and Snecha.
Date: May 19-23, 2014 in downtown San Francisco
Date: September 17-19, 2014 at the University of California, Los Angeles
20. Edge of the Web
Edge Of The Web is a loosely-structured conference for all kinds of people, from web devs and entrepreneurs to creatives and futurists. The focus is on the wider issues of the industry, and as such the event delves into ethics, design thinking, profitable collaboration and much more.
There you have it 20 Designers and Developers events you really need to look into and most important take part. You not only get to learn and improve your skills, you don't know the opportunities or who you might meet.
People come from different parts of the world and share their own experiences, so feel free to mingle with anyone, and if you have attend any of the listed events before, don’t forget to share your experience with us. .
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