Upcoming Conferences and Events for Designers and Developers in 2011


We’re well into 2011, and many designers and developers around the world are planning their travels for the year, including the possibility of attending any Web design or development conferences. To help you out with your plans for the upcoming months, we’ve put together a list of conferences and events that you might want to consider.

This particular post covers events taking place in about a six month timeframe that ends in late August and early September. Later this year, we’ll post another article like this at the end of August that will cover events covering a six-month period beginning in September.

As always, there is no way for us to be able to include every possible event here, but we’ll be glad to update the list if you provide a comment to an upcoming event that you feel would be of interest to Smashing Magazine’s readers. This may also be the chance to eventually meet each other1 this year.

Choose the month that interests you most:

March 2011 Events

Drupalcon Chicago8
“In March of 2011, thousands of Drupal users, developers, designers, evaluators and businesspeople will descend on Chicago’s Sheraton Hotel and Towers for sessions, talks, code sprints, and more at DrupalCon Chicago. Whether you’re already using Drupal or considering it for your company or organization, you won’t want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind event.”

When: March 7 – 10, 2011
Where: Chicago, IL, USA at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel

Drupalcon Chicago9

FITC Amsterdam10
“FITC Amsterdam will feature over 50 presentations and panels covering the Creative, Technical, and Business aspects of Flash and digital media. The conference offers two full days and nights of events, plus one day of optional pre-festival workshops and over 750 attendees anticipated from around the globe.”

When: March 8 – 9, 2011
Where: Amsterdam, the Netherlands at De Meervaart

FITC Amsterdam11

SXSW Interactive12
“SXSW® Interactive features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, the incredible new SXSW Trade Show and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new digital works, video games and innovative ideas the international community has to offer.”

When: March 11 – 15, 2011
Where: Austin, TX, USA

SXSW Interactive13

The Big M14
“The Big M is a brand new independent mobile focused event aimed at those who want to learn from and connect with the very best people in the industry. Join us in beautiful Bath for two days of sessions and workshops on mobile development, mobile design and mobile business. Hear from leading industry figures, be inspired and connect.”

When: March 20 – 22, 2011
Where: Bath, UK

The Big M15

SES Conference & Expo16
“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 March 21, 2011
Where: New York, Shanghai, Toronto, San Francisco, Chicago

SES Conference & Expo17

“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 27 – 30, 2011
Where: Orlando, FL, USA at the Grande Lakes JW Marriott Resort Hotel


An Event Apart Seattle20
“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: March 28 – 30, 2011
Where: Seattle, WA, USA at the Bell Harbor Conference Center

An Event Apart Seattle21

Web 2.0 Expo22
“Web 2.0 Expo, co-produced by O’Reilly Media, Inc. and UBM TechWeb, showcases the latest Web 2.0 business models, development paradigms, products, and design strategies for the builders of the next-generation Web.”

When: March 28 – 31, 2011
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA at Moscone West

Web 2.0 Expo23

Photoshop World Conference & Expo24
“Designed to help you boost your training and experience, the Photoshop World graphic design and photography convention offers three days of pulse-pounding training with classes from renowned experts in the field and a once-in-a-lifetime experience guaranteed to enhance your skill set and help your work soar to new heights!”

When: March 30 – April 1, 2011
Where: Orlando, FL, USA at the Orange County Convention Center

Photoshop World Conference & Expo25

IA Summit26
“The IA Summit is the premier destination for those who practice, research and are interested in the structural design of shared information environments. Some call themselves information architects (and many don’t) but all share a common desire to help people live better lives through meaningful experiences with information.”

When: March 30 – April 3, 2011
Where: Denver, CO, USA at the Colorado Convention Center

IA Summit27

Think Vitamin Online Conferences28
“Membership includes valuable conferences. You can attend live, watch the video later or view videos of past online conferences. Ask the speakers your questions and chat with the other attendees.”

When: Numerous dates starting March 2011
Where: Online

Think Vitamin Online Conferences29

The Usability Week 2011 Conference30
“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 28 – May 13, 2011
Where: Hong Kong, Melbourne, London, Washington, and Minneapolis

The Usability Week 2011 Conference31

Geeky by Nature32
“Geeky by Nature is about bringing together the world’s best artists, designers, coders, and creative minds to explore the possibilities that other disciplines can bring. Whether it’s computer based, film, print or inspirational, one thing is for sure, it will be unmissable! GBN will be an amazing two days, exploring the best from art, code and design.”

When: March 31 – April 01, 2011
Where: New York, USA

Geeky by Nature Conference33

April 2011 Events

“The conference offers about 30 sessions about developing and designing applications and Web sites. 10 full day workshops with just 19 attendees in each workshop are available as well”.

When: April 5 – 8, 2011
Where: MediaPark, Cologne, Germany


Scottish Ruby Conference36
“The Scottish Ruby Conference rebrands the successful Scotland on Rails conference.”

When: April 7 – 9, 2011
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland at the Royal College of Physicians

Scottish Ruby Conference37

Voices That Matter: iPhone Developers Conference38
“Reinforce your skills and discover emerging trends this April at the Voices That Matter: iPhone Developers Conference, where we will connect you with some of the biggest names in the industry, as they teach you how to create effective user interfaces, utilizing exciting design and the latest technology, for the iPhone, iPad, or both.”

When: April 9 – 10, 2011
Where: Seattle, WA, USA at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center

Voices That Matter: iPhone Developers Conference39

“Coding is about more than code. Whether it’s building a solid community, writing good documentation, or hacking space exploration, CodeConf is about improving the software ecosystem through best practices. Come with an open mind and leave a better programmer.”

When: April 9 – 10, 2011
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA at the Hyatt Regency


360|Flex Conferences42
“360|Flex is the first and still the best Adobe Flex developer conference in the world. We’re not a publishing company pushing books, or a media company selling subscriptions. We’re a conference company, focused on community. Our goal is to bring the best and brightest in the developer community together for 4 days of incredible sessions, awesome parties, good times, and learning.”

When: April 10 – 13, 2011
Where: Denver, CO, USA at the Marriot Denver South

360|Flex Conferences43

Breaking Development Conference44
“Join us for two days of quality talks describing how to design, develop, and leverage the mobile web. Our speakers will walk you through mobile strategies appropriate for your company, design considerations for the mobile platform, development techniques, and how to use web technologies to build cross platform applications.”

When: April 11 – 12, 2011
Where: Dallas, TX, USA at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine

Breaking Development Conference45

O’Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo46
“The O’Reilly MySQL Conference and Expo is an interactive learning community—four days packed with connections to MySQL developers and open source experts who know their subject inside and out. You’ll gain unique insights from speakers, vendors, project leaders, and other participants who are using MySQL to successfully run the world’s most demanding applications, saving millions of dollars over proprietary software and hardware solutions.”

When: April 11 – 14, 2011
Where: Santa Clara, CA, USA at the The Hyatt Regency

O'Reilly MySQL Conference and Expo47

“MIX is a gathering of developers, designers, UX experts and business professionals creating the most innovative and profitable consumer sites on the web. Sessions range from technical, code-based topics to expert advice on content strategy, usability and design. Explore the future of the standards-based web — join the conversation at MIX11.”

When: April 12 – 14, 2011
Where: Las Vegas, NV, USA at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center


UX London50
“UX London is a unique three-day event combining inspirational talks with in-depth workshops presented by some of the industry’s biggest names. Whether you’re beginning your career, or a seasoned professional, UX London is your chance to add core skills, absorb strategic thinking, and learn advanced techniques from pioneers in the field.”

When: April 13 – 15, 2011
Where: London, UK at the Cumberland Hotel

UX London51

“webDU is the premier Antipodean Web Technology Conference, taking place 14-15 April 2011 in Sydney, Australia. This is the ninth year the conference will be held. 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.”

When: April 14 – 15, 2011
Where: Sydney, Australia at the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour


Where 2.054
“The O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference explores the intersection of location technologies and trends in software development, business strategies, and marketing. The source for all things location-aware, Where 2.0 brings together CTOs, marketers, developers, technologists, researchers, geographers, startups, business developers, and entrepreneurs.”

When: April 19 – 21, 2011
Where: Santa Clara, CA, USA at the Santa Clara Convention Center

Where 2.055

The Next Web Conference56
“The Next Web brings together the best from Europe and the United States to look at overall Internet trends.”

When: April 27 – 29, 2011
Where: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The Next Web Conference57

“LessConf is a two-day conference with just 225 attendees. Lunch is provided on site. You’ll get the meet the speakers. You’ll get inspired (again). Between speakers and during lunch there are tons of opportunities to meet others in our industry. At LessConf you will hear great speakers, meet amazing people, and develop relationships.”

When: April 29 – 30, 2011
Where: Atlanta, GA, USA at the Georgia Institute Of Technology


May 2011 Events

“JSConf is one of the best tech conferences out there and rightly so, because JavaScript or JS is one of the best languages out there. The core focus of this conference is to present the wonders of JavaScript that are often overlooked. The content of the conference caters to all types of JavaScript developers from client interface to server development to testing.”

When: May 2 – 3, 2011
Where: Portland, OR, USA at the Portland Art Museum


FITC Toronto 201162
“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 three day 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.”

When: May 2 – 4, 2011
Where: Toronto, ON, Canada at the Guvernment

FITC Toronto 201163

An Event Apart Boston64
“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: May 2 – 4, 2011
Where: Boston, MA, USA at the Marriott Copley Place

An Event Apart Boston65

CMS Expo66
“You’re invited to compare the best of the best in CMS and learn first-hand, from leading developers, designers and business minds of our time.”

When: May 2 – 4, 2011
Where: Chicago, Illinois, USA at the Hilton Orrington Hotel

CMS Expo67

WordCamp Developers68
“The conference will feature 2 tracks, one targeting WordPress UX topics and issues, and the other targeting strictly development issues. The day will also be host to a WordPress Un-Conference where participants are encouraged to pitch talks and join in discussion.”

When: May 5, 2011
Where: Vancouver, BC, Canada

WordCamp Developers69

Make Web Not War70
“At this conference, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and techniques available to the ever-evolving web community. Here we will explore the power and flexibility of new web paradigms, mixed web environments, interoperable applications, and PHP on Windows and Azure. MWNW is about bridging the gap between different platforms, communities, and developers of all trades and backgrounds.”

When: May 6 – 7, 2011
Where: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Make Web Not War71

J and Beyond72
“An International Joomla! Conference.”

When: May 6 – 8, 2011
Where: Kercrade, the Netherlands at the Rolduc Conference Centre

J and Beyond73

Google I/O Developer Conference74
“Google I/O brings together thousands of developers for two days of deep technical content, focused on building the next generation of web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Google Chrome, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.”

When: May 10 – 11, 2011
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA at the Moscone Center

Google I/O Developer Conference75

UX Lx: User Experience Lisbon76
“Three eventful days in Lisbon to learn from world renowned speakers and meet UX Professionals from around the world. Hone up your skills with 16 practical workshops, 26 thought provoking talks and enjoy the city with lots of networking activities.”

When: May 11 – 13, 2011
Where: Lisbon, Portugal at the FIL Meeting Centre

UX Lx: User Experience Lisbon77

“In two days we’ll explore the mobile world from a web-centric point of view. All of our speakers are deeply rooted in the web and have at one time or another decided to take their talent to mobile. They will teach you which web techniques work on mobile, which don’t, and which new ones you need in order to keep up with a rapidly changing web.”

When: May 12 – 13, 2011
Where: Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in Felix Meritis


Web Directions Unplugged80
“HTML5 is fast becoming the way to develop not just web apps, but native apps for platforms like Android, iOS and webOS. Join us for two groundbreaking days of practical development and design presented by leading experts in this exploding field.”

When: May 12 – 13, 2011
Where: Seattle, WA, USA at The Conference Center

Web Directions Unplugged81

Valio Con82
“Conference at the beach where it’s all about actual fun and not sitting in a hotel lobby the entire time.”

When: May 13 – 15, 2011
Where: San Diego, CA, USA

Valio Con83

“RailsConf, co-produced by Ruby Central, Inc. and O’Reilly Media, Inc., is the largest official conference dedicated to everything Ruby on Rails. Through keynotes, sessions, tutorials, events, and of course lots of hallway hacking, RailsConf is the meeting place for the Ruby on Rails community.”

When: May 16 – 19, 2011
Where: Baltimore, MD, USA


Future of Web Design86
“The Future of Web Design is coming back to London in 2011. Following on from the success of last year we will be bringing you a beautiful three full days of essential web learning.”

When: May 17-18, 2011
Where: London, UK at the The Brewery

Future of Web Design87

Falsy Values88
“A true JavaScript event.”

When: May 18 – 20, 2011
Where: Warsaw, Poland

Falsy Values89

TYPO Berlin90
“To shift is to pick up speed, to push the envelope, to change your perspective. All three are useful strategies for TYPO 2011, in order to bring visual communications in line with the latest developments in technology.”

When: May 19 – 21, 2011
Where: Berlin, Germany

TYPO Berlin91

InDesignSecretsLive Print and ePublishing Conference92
“Founded by world-renowned InDesign experts David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción, and dedicated to the proposition that InDesign professionals deserve a great learning experience, the Print and ePublishing Conference brings together over a dozen of the leading InDesign experts minds for three days of non-stop inspiration and education!”

When: May 23 – 25, 2011
Where: Alexandria, VA, USA at the Westin Alexandria

InDesignSecretsLive Print and ePublishing Conference93

Gravity Free94
“GRAVITY FREE 2011 is a celebration of excellence in multidisciplinary design innovation. It stars a remarkable cast of world-class designers who are changing the way we see the world, from a diverse group of design disciplines”

When: May 24 – 26, 2011
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA at the

Gravity Free95

Web Directions @media96
“HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Mobile, Interaction Design, User Experience, and everything else that’s hot right now—it’s all on the carefully curated Web Directions @media program for 2011.”

When: May 24 – 27, 2011
Where: London, UK at Queen Elizabeth Hall

Web Directions @media97

mesh conference98
“mesh is happening because the five founders (see below) believed that Toronto deserved to have a world-class conference where people with an enthusiasm for the Web could talk about how it is affecting the media, marketing, business and society as a whole.”

When: May 25 – 26, 2011
Where: Toronto, ON, Canada

mesh conference99

“WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy to uncover the trends and agents of change that will shatter your assumptions about the Web. Be ready to network, share ideas and be inspired by an all-star lineup of speakers.”

When: May 25 – 27, 2011
Where: Portland, OR, USA at the Oregon Convention Center


International PHP Conference102
“The IPC 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. We will show how to scale your applications, explain the details of Continuous Integration or evaluate different approaches to NoSQL.”

When: May 29 – June 11
Where: Berlin, Germany at the Maritim proArte Hotel

International PHP Conference103

“Business, Design and Technology are the three basic pillars for success on the World Wide Web. This webinar has been prescribed for these three pillars of the first conference in 2007.”

When: May 30 – June 1, 2011
Where: Berlin, Germany at the Maritim proArte Hotel


June 2011 Events

Interlink Web Design Conference106
“nterlink Conference will be a small and carefully crafted 3-day web event that will appeal to all web professionals. This international web design conference welcomes website architects, usability specialists, project managers, marketing coordinators, web developers, website designers and any other online professional that wants to meet others in the industry and get inspired.”

When: June 2 – 4, 2011
Where: Vancouver, BC, Canada at The Capilano Performing Arts Theatre

Interlink Web Design Conference107

Internet Week108
“Since 2008, Internet Week has taken place all over the city, thanks to our many partners hosting diverse events in different locations. The result is a critical mass of web-focused events that raises the profile of NYC’s industry as a whole, as well as the partners who participate.”

When: June 6 – 13, 2011
Where: New York City, NY, USA at Metropolitan Pavilion & The Altman Building, and around NYC

Internet Week109

DIBI Conference110
“DIBI (pronounced “dibby”), is the annual Design It. Build It. Conference held at The Sage Gateshead in the North East of England. DIBI brings together both sides of the web coin for an unusual two-track web conference. World renowned speakers leading in their fields of work will talk about all things web.”

When: June 7 – 8, 2011
Where: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

DIBI Conference111

“We invite you to the North American TYPO3 conference held this year in San Francisco. This will be a great time to learn more about the powerful system we use everyday and to connect with other developers from both North America and Europe. Several internationally-known leaders of the TYPO3 community will be attending and presenting.”

When: June 9 – 11, 2011
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA at the Fort Mason Center


Flash and the City114
“Explore, discover, connect.”

When: June 9 – 12, 2011
Where: New York City, NY, USA

Flash and the City115

UXcamp Europe116
“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: June 11 – 12, 2011
Where: Berlin, Germany at Erwin-Schrödinger-Zentrum of the Humboldt University

UXcamp Europe117

WordCamp Kansas City118
“WordCamps are community organized meetings for users of WordPress, the blogging platform and content management system that is sweeping the online world.”

When: June 11 – 12, 2011
Where: Kansas City, MO, USA at Johnson County Community College

WordCamp Kansas City119

An Event Apart Atlanta120
“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 13 – 15, 2011
Where: Atlanta, GA, USA at the InterContinental Atlanta

An Event Apart Atlanta121

140 Character Conference122
“The #140conf events provide a platform for the worldwide twitter community to: listen, connect, share and engage with each other, while collectively exploring the effects of the emerging real-time internet on business.”

When: June 15-16, 2011
Where: New York City, NY, USA

140 Character Conference123

Nordic Ruby Conference124
“Come to Nordic Ruby 2011 and you will get a two day, single track Ruby conference, featuring the winning concept of 30 minute talks and 30 minute breaks. Very appreciated last year.”

When: June 16 – 18, 2011
Where: Gothenburg, Sweden

Nordic Ruby Conference125

“The Web Typography Conference”

When: June 17, 2011
Where: Brighton, UK


HOW Design Live128
“What do you call a mega-gathering of thousands of designers, freelancers, in-house managers and—new for 2011—packaging designers, plus a speaker roster packed with some of the brightest minds in the industry? HOW Design Live! Click the links below for more on each HOW Design Live event, then sign up for The BIG Ticket for exclusive access to all four conferences!”

When: June 22 – 27, 2011
Where: Chicago, IL, USA at the Hyatt Regency

HOW Design Live129

Eyeo Festival130
“Three days of inspirational talks, demos, labs, and workshops and opportunities to connect with people whose extraordinary creations are pushing the envelope. The line up is amazing. 30 brilliant individuals, one amazing collection of talent and insight. Add yourself to the mix, and it just gets better.”

When: June 27 – 29, 2011
Where: Minneapolis, MN, USA at the McNamara Alumini Center

Eyeo Festival131

Future of Web Apps132
“The Future of Web Apps is coming to Las Vegas in 2011. The brand new event is a beautiful three full days of essential web learning.”

When: June 27 – 29, 2011
Where: Las Vegas, NV, USA at Meet exhibition venue

Future of Web Apps133

July 2011 Events

Designer/Developer Workflow Conference134
“What’s the big deal about workflow? Workflow is something we all do, day in and day out – although you may not even think about it. Do you work with multiple applications during the day? Do you work with team members, departments, clients, etc.? Improving those workflows is what D2W is all about.”

When: July 14 – 16, 2011
Where: Kansas City, MO, USA at the Crown Plaza Hotel

Designer/Developer Workflow Conference135

Front-End Design Conference136
“Front-End Conf is an event dedicated to content, presentation and behavior and to the awesome people in the design and development community.”

When: July 23, 2011
Where: St. Petersburg, FL, USA

Front-End Design Conference137

The O’Reilly Open Source Convention138
“OSCON provides a central place to gain exposure to and evaluate the new projects, tools, services, platforms, languages, software and standards sweeping through the open source community and the broader technology industry.”

When: July 25-29, 2011
Where: Portland, OR, USA

The O'Reilly Open Source Convention139

re:build Conference140
“re:build is an intimate one-day event hosted in Downtown Indianapolis. We’re busy lining up some of our favorite speakers from all across the country. ”

When: July 29, 2011
Where: Indianapolis, IN, USA

re:build Conference141

“A one day BarCamp in Richmond, London for anyone involved or interested in user experience design, interaction design, information architecture or usability.”

When: Summer, 2011
Where: London, UK


August 2011 Events

An Event Apart Minneapolis144
“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 8 – 10, 2011, 2011
Where: Minneapolis, MN, USA at the InterContinental Atlanta

An Event Apart Minneapolis145

“WordCamp San Francisco is the official annual conference of the WordPress open source project. WordCamp SF 2010 brought together 700+ WordPress users and developers from around the world. In 2011 we’re expanding the programming for publishers, bloggers, and developers.”

When: August 12 – 14, 2011
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA at the Mission Bay Conference Center


Drupalcon London148
“DrupalCon is an international event that brings together the people who use, develop, design and support the Drupal platform. DrupalCon London 2011 will feature content from the most influential people and brightest minds within the Drupal community and beyond, in addition to countless opportunities for networking, code sprints, and more.”

When: August 21 – 26, 2011
Where: London, UK

Drupalcon London149

UX Australia150
“The conference covers core user experience design topics – strategy, user-centred design, interaction design, information architecture, information design, service design, content & visual design. It’s not just digital though, and will also include presentations on the design of physical objects and environments.”

When: August 22 – 26, 2011
Where: Sydney, Australia at Four points by Sheraton

UX Australia151

UX Week152
“Calling UX professionals (or aspiring professionals) of all levels! Join us at UX Week 2011, the premier user experience conference, for fun times , inspiring sessions on the main stage and roll-up-your-sleeves learning during two full days of workshops. It’s going to rock.”

When: August 23 – 26, 2011
Where: San Francisco, CA at The Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF

UX Week153

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  79. 79 http://mobilism.nl/2011
  80. 80 http://unplugged11.webdirections.org/
  81. 81 http://unplugged11.webdirections.org/
  82. 82 http://valiocon.com/
  83. 83 http://valiocon.com/
  84. 84 http://en.oreilly.com/rails2011
  85. 85 http://en.oreilly.com/rails2011
  86. 86 http://futureofwebdesign.com/london-2011/
  87. 87 http://futureofwebdesign.com/london-2011/
  88. 88 http://falsyvalues.com/
  89. 89 http://falsyvalues.com/
  90. 90 http://www.typoberlin.de/2011/
  91. 91 http://www.typoberlin.de/2011/
  92. 92 http://indesignsecretslive.com/conference.html
  93. 93 http://indesignsecretslive.com/conference.html
  94. 94 http://www.GravityFreeDesign.com
  95. 95 http://www.GravityFreeDesign.com
  96. 96 http://atmedia11.webdirections.org/
  97. 97 http://atmedia11.webdirections.org/
  98. 98 http://www.meshconference.com/
  99. 99 http://www.meshconference.com/
  100. 100 http://www.webvisionsevent.com/
  101. 101 http://www.webvisionsevent.com/
  102. 102 http://phpconference.com/
  103. 103 http://phpconference.com/
  104. 104 http://webinale.de/
  105. 105 http://webinale.de/
  106. 106 http://interlinkconference.com/
  107. 107 http://interlinkconference.com/
  108. 108 http://www.internetweekny.com/
  109. 109 http://www.internetweekny.com/
  110. 110 http://www.dibiconference.com/
  111. 111 http://www.dibiconference.com/
  112. 112 http://t3con11-sf.typo3.org/
  113. 113 http://t3con11-sf.typo3.org/
  114. 114 http://www.flashandthecity.com/
  115. 115 http://www.flashandthecity.com/
  116. 116 http://www.uxcampeurope.org/
  117. 117 http://www.uxcampeurope.org/
  118. 118 http://www.wordpresskc.org/
  119. 119 http://www.wordpresskc.org/
  120. 120 http://www.aneventapart.com/2011/atlanta/
  121. 121 http://www.aneventapart.com/2011/atlanta/
  122. 122 http://140conf.com/
  123. 123 http://140conf.com/
  124. 124 http://nordicruby.org/
  125. 125 http://nordicruby.org/
  126. 126 http://ampersandconf.com/
  127. 127 http://ampersandconf.com/
  128. 128 http://www.howconference.com
  129. 129 http://www.howconference.com
  130. 130 http://eyeofestival.com/
  131. 131 http://eyeofestival.com/
  132. 132 http://futureofwebapps.com/las-vegas-2011/
  133. 133 http://futureofwebapps.com/las-vegas-2011/
  134. 134 http://d2wc.com/
  135. 135 http://d2wc.com/
  136. 136 http://frontenddesignconference.com/
  137. 137 http://frontenddesignconference.com/
  138. 138 http://www.oscon.com/oscon2011
  139. 139 http://www.oscon.com/oscon2011
  140. 140 http://rebuildconf.com/
  141. 141 http://rebuildconf.com/
  142. 142 http://uxcamplondon.org/
  143. 143 http://uxcamplondon.org/
  144. 144 http://www.aneventapart.com/2011/minneapolis/
  145. 145 http://www.aneventapart.com/2011/minneapolis/
  146. 146 http://2011.sf.wordcamp.org/
  147. 147 http://2011.sf.wordcamp.org/
  148. 148 http://london2011.drupal.org/
  149. 149 http://london2011.drupal.org/
  150. 150 http://www.uxaustralia.com.au/
  151. 151 http://www.uxaustralia.com.au/
  152. 152 http://www.uxweek.com/
  153. 153 http://www.uxweek.com/
  154. 154 http://conferenceroundup.com/
  155. 155 http://lanyrd.com
  156. 156 http://lanyrd.com/people/smashingmag/
  157. 157 http://ontwik.com/

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Louis Lazaris is a freelance web developer and author based in Toronto, Canada. He blogs about front-end code on Impressive Webs and curates Web Tools Weekly, a weekly newsletter for front-end developers.

  1. 1

    wow thanks smashing magazine, really nice events in this post :O!

  2. 2

    Hey guys nice article… but what about OFFF2011 (starts in june) Ive been to the previous one in Paris. A must go for design-lovers and creative geeks


  3. 3

    Solid list. Looking forward to quite a few of them.

    If I could humbly suggest you add Breaking Development in Dallas on April 10 and 11th to the list. It’s another solid event for anyone interested in design or development for the mobile web with a great speaker lineup and catered meals – http://breakingdc.com

  4. 4

    As for conferences that might be interesting for the Smashing folk: http://codeconf.com/ http://brooklynbeta.org/ and http://atmedia11.webdirections.org/ (Courtesy of http://raditya.nl/events)

  5. 5

    You missed Designer/Developer Workflow Conference in Kansas City http://d2wc.com

  6. 6

    Nice List, weird choice for the quote for the UXcamp Europe thou

  7. 7

    Also check out Nordic Ruby, June 16-18 in Gothenburg, Sweden – http://nordicruby.org

  8. 8

    What about OFFF in Barcelona in June?

  9. 9

    Alexander Hartmaier

    February 14, 2011 8:29 am

    Why are the YAPC’s not listed?

  10. 10

    What an awesome list. I’m new to the Interaction Design field and these conferences would be a great help. So many to choose from. Thanks. I’m going to SXSW for sure. Already got my ticket.

  11. 11

    Nice post Smash, is hopefully going to attend the “Make Web Not War” in early may if there’s any possible way that it fits my schedule :(

  12. 12

    This is an awesome list, many thanks for that; sure beats having to search them one by one. :)

  13. 13

    Thanks for a great list, wish I could attend more conferences over the year but this year i will be going to SXSW, really looking forward to it. Then it will be Frontend2011.com in October for me here in Norway.

  14. 14

    I will visit the http://jandbeyond.org/ Joomla conference in Kerkrade (May 6th – 8th) and the german Joomladay 2011 in Hamburg (September 2nd and 3rd).

  15. 15

    Waiting until august to post about conferences in September? Would be more helpful to post that article much sooner…

    • 16

      But where do we draw the line? If we post in July to announce August+, then that makes the August events short notice. If we post in June to announce July+, then that makes the July events short notice…. and so on… It’s impossible to have posts like this without excluding someone. Since the events usually start to pick up in the spring and fall, I think February and August posts are probably the best option.

      I suggest those who want to stay more up to date and have plenty of time to plan should check out Lanyrd (http://lanyrd.com).

      • 17

        You overlap the posts of course! You cover Feb-Aug in Feb. Then in June, you cover July – end of the year.

        • 18

          Yes, I considered that solution, but then we run the risk of looking biased because we list certain events more than once.

          But I’ll think about that for the next one, thanks for the suggestion.

  16. 19

    Don’t forget about Word Camp SF 2011! http://2011.sf.wordcamp.org/

  17. 20

    There’s a WordCamp in Miami on March 5th – probably too late to add to the list, but nice if you live in the area or need to get away from the cold/snow. Mark Jaquith and Andrew Nacin confirmed (2 Core WordPress developers) along with other core developers and speakers from various parts of the country. Was a sold out event last year.


  18. 21

    I’ve been waiting for this post! thanks a lot guys!!

  19. 22

    The Eyeo Festival will be massive, sold out in 5 days, and should really be on this list:


  20. 23

    This list mainly covers conferences in the Americas and Europe.

    If your in the Middle East around late March, there’s ArabNet Shift 2011 covering the developments of the region http://arabnet.me/

  21. 24

    Great list, but you should also include the The 2011 Print and ePublishing Conference in Washington DC, USA
    May 23–25, 2011


  22. 25

    It should be noted that Google I/O is already sold out, so it might not be best to have it on this list (or at least have something there saying that it’s sold out).

  23. 26

    Great start. Thanks for everyone filling in the ones that were missed. Maybe this would be better suited as a living document that everyone can contribute to?

  24. 27

    “New Castle” should actually be “Newcastle upon Tyne”. Just sayin…

    • 28

      You’re absolutely right. Thanks — fixed.

      • 29

        Andy Reid-McGlinn

        February 15, 2011 3:29 am

        If you want to be even more accurate, you shouldn’t mention Newcastle at all. The Sage is in Gateshead (and was paid for by their council): a separate town altogether.

        Or, you could go the council sanctioned route and call it (the vaguely embarrassing) NewcastleGateshead which covers the whole region.

        Either way, having missed out last year, I’m hoping to go!

  25. 30

    Thanks for this list Smashing. It would be great to get to SXSW, but I’ll probably go to a couple of events in Europe instead. I attended Frontend2010, and will attend Frontend2011 for sure (not on the list).

  26. 31

    Photoshop World 2011… Yeah, I’ll be there

  27. 32

    Don’t forget the Confoo conference happening in Montreal: http://confoo.ca/en

  28. 33

    Nothing in Phoenix? You already missed WordCamp Phoenix (was in January)

  29. 34

    Great web design inspiration!

  30. 35

    Don’t forget superconf, a startup conference in Miami Feb 25/26: http://superconf.net

  31. 36

    I’ll be at Mix11. There will be two bootcamp sessions, including two sessions on, respectively, HTML5/CSS3 and jQuery. Joe Marini is doing the jQuery one. And I’m going to both…oh yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. 37

    There is a Design Festival in Costa Rica on March 10, 11, 12 it´s called FID (Festival Internacional de Diseño 2011), you should take a look.


  33. 38

    Anyone going to Dibi?

  34. 39

    For God’s sake! When should I work? All this great events, I don’t want to miss any of them.

  35. 41

    Thanks for this massive list of beautiful conferences!

    There is a brand new conference in the Netherlands. “Ready to Inspire” is a web conference about web design, type & code and will be held on November, 30 – December, 1 in Leiden, The Netherlands. check http://inspireconf.com

  36. 42

    And don’t forget WEBSTOCK http://www.webstock.org.nz. It’s HUGE and on NOW in Wellington, New Zealand

  37. 43

    Might be worth putting the cost alongside the When and Where details as some of these seem eye-wateringly expensive. Depending on how deep your pockets are of course. And I’ve got mine stitched up at the moment.

  38. 44

    Great list! For those web designers who want to step outside their comfort zone and get inspired by designers from other disciplines, I suggest Gravity Free: http://www.GravityFreeDesign.com

  39. 45

    Great List! I Hope Smashing Magazine can keep doing these posts more often! :) Thanks!

  40. 46

    Gah! I wish more conferences were closer to me, like in DC or something. I can’t afford to fly all over the world at the moment… at least not yet:)

  41. 47

    Great collection, The Big M in Bath is only down the road from us @ Clip Display

    Thanks for putting this together, these events are really worth highlighting, great resource for inspiring employees and learning new things.

    Now to cheekily ask my boss if I can attend one!!

  42. 48

    Do not for get about the North America conference for TYPO3.

    Thursday, June 9 – Saturday, June 11, 2011
    on the bay in San Francisco, CA, USA


  43. 49

    You should really include the Designer/Developer Workflow Conference in Kansas City. It covers both Design and Developer topics including workflow integration between the two. http://d2wc.com

  44. 50

    thanks alot have always wanted to find some close conferences just didnt know where to look, wish they had a feed of conferences on a website for web development

  45. 51

    You missed the Designer/Developer Workflow Conference in July! http://d2wc.com/

  46. 52

    Falsy Values – JavaScript workshops and conference, 18-20 May, 2011, Warsaw, Poland. Douglas Crockford, Tantek Çelik, Kangax…


  47. 53

    Jose Antonio Marquez Russo

    February 15, 2011 1:48 pm

    Don’t forget to include “Flash and the City” June 9-12 in New York, NY: http://www.flashandthecity.com

  48. 54

    D2W is in July. 14th is the hands-on classes, July 15-16 is the 2-day conference. Downtown KC http://D2WC.com and http://lanyrd.com/2011/d2wc/ is the URL for Lanyrd. D2W is a designer/developer/mobile workflow conference. All sessions center around workflow, whether between designer/developer or between applications. Mobile is new this year. We have a ton of awesome speakers. Plus it is priced right. Only $295 for the 2-day, $295 for the hands-on, or $445 for all 3 days.

  49. 55

    Also from the folks (of whom I am one, LOL) who do 360|Flex;

    Oops, missed the part about this list ending in September. Sorry about that!

    360|iDev – September 11-14 – Denver, CO http://360idev.com
    360|MacDev – November 4-5 Denver, CO http://360macdev.com

    Awesome list! These are hard to compile, so kudos for taking the time!

  50. 56

    WordCamp Kansas City 2011 – June 11th & 12th

  51. 57

    You’re missing Velocity, the web performance & optimization conference, June 14 – 16. http://velocityconf.com/velocity2011

  52. 58

    Dear sirs and madams,

    I would like to ask about conditions to get a major congress of the digital economy positioned in your calander.
    We, the PR agency pr://ip represent the annual NEXT Conference 2011, which will take place in Berlin from May, 17th to 18th. Website http://www.nextconf.eu

    It would be very kind if you contact me via:
    With kind regards
    Norbert Diedrich

  53. 59

    Ehy! Don’t forget that for Joomla! Fun there is the J and Beyond in Netherlands!
    For three days in May, Joomla! users from around the world are invited to attend J and Beyond 2011 – an International Joomla! Conference. J and Beyond is unlike any other Joomla! events that you may have been to, all attendees are invited to submit a paper and the schedule for the three days will be comprised of your suggestions, you are the organisers!
    Visit: http://jandbeyond.org/

  54. 60

    Great, this was not ment to be a public comment but I failed to find an imprint or another way of gertting in contact with you. Hello? :-)

    With kind regards,
    Norbert Diedrich

  55. 61

    Great list of events for 2011. Hoping to make it out to some of them. Valio Con should be another event added to this list. It’s in San Diego, CA in May. I’ll be there!

  56. 62

    Morten Rand-Hendriksen

    February 16, 2011 11:14 am

    Missing on the list is WordCamp:Developers in Vancouver on May 5th: http://www.wordcampdevelopers.com

  57. 63

    Travelling to UK (Sussex) late Oct – early Dec then onto Tokyo up until Christmas. Any conference recommendations?

  58. 64

    You should mention Joomla Day India (http://www.joomladay.co.in) Many Joomla users here, for sure!

  59. 65

    Found no conference in india :( :(

  60. 67

    You missed a BIG one to take place in India in April 2011, Its called Great Indian Developer Summit: http://www.developermarch.com/developersummit/

    • 68

      Thanks Aman, What surprises me that, there are so many great developers and designers in India, still almost no big Conferences and Events.

  61. 69

    Great list. But, other than being inspired, does anyone actually get any solid business leads from any of these conferences?

  62. 70

    Nice list; I was looking for something just like this a month ago. You missed the grand-parent of all of these: http://www.siggraph.org/s2011/ in Vancouver, Aug 7-11.

  63. 71

    Don’t we have any event organized in India

  64. 72

    Thank you, guys!
    Great collection.
    Another upcoming event: Drupal Con central america June 2,3 and 4. http://drupal-centroamerica.org in Costa Rica.

    Best Regards

    Pablo Aviles

  65. 73

    Don’t forget two great Australian conferences: http://www.agideas.net and http://www.semipermanent.com

  66. 74

    Why isn’t http://www.leweb.net listed? I think it is one of the biggest in Europe…

  67. 75

    Hey there – also worth checkin out the J. Boye conference in Philadelphia on 3-5 May. Tracks on Digital marketing, Higher education, Intranet, Online corporate communication, Online health, Online strategy, User experience and Web content management. A knowledge sharing summit with lots of real life cases and expert presentations. http://jboye.com/conferences/philadelphia11/

  68. 76

    Thanks Louis, this is a great list. For all people interested in Appcelerator see Jeff Haynie on Thursday, March 31st in Berlin at http://www.6wunderkinder.com/wunderland/

  69. 77

    Hi, Thanks for the Schedule. Great Events.

  70. 78

    There is one happening in Chennai, India. Do check out http://www.uxnext.in , a UX conference organized by RIA-RUI Society.

  71. 79


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  72. 80

    In early september there will be a conference about Frontend and UX in Zurich, switzerland: http://frontendconf.ch

  73. 81

    Anyone know of any conference for mobile web development in Oct/Nov in the us?

  74. 82


  75. 83

    Caroline Schaefer-Hills

    August 22, 2011 6:24 am

    Any one know of any conferences or workshops relating to Graphic / Magazine / Publication Design or Film in Sweden this fall, winter or spring?

  76. 84

    The Cloud :: Developer Convention (http://cloud-devcon.com) is the chance for any developer to get in touch with the best developers across europe. They should attend, network and become a part of the great community and take their chance to create an awesome application within a team during the Cloud Hackathon!

    Developers, programmers and designers from all over Europe are invited to come to the design hotel EAST Hamburg for a two day convention on 13./14. of October 2011 to hack awesome applications and services on top of the worlds leading and most popular cloud computing infrastructures. During the whole event mentors from the worlds leading cloud infrastructure providers support them to implement their ideas.

    At the end of the Cloud Hackathon, the results will be presented in front of the audience and the jury of leading developers and software architects from around the world.

    Attend and enjoy two days of meeting new people, learn new stuff and build apps andservices on top of worlds leading cloud computing infrastructures with other talenteddevelopers from across Europe. They can win a prize from a pool of gifts sponsored by thecloud infrastructure providers.

    And of course party, party, party in the Upper East of the EAST Hotel Hamburg.

    Of course anybody is a winner. You will become a part of a great community, meet newpeople, learn new stuff and much more.But three categories will be awarded:

    ● The most creative application!
    ● The most cloudable application!
    ● The most portable application!

    Each cloud provider who is a partner of the Cloud :: Developer Convention ’11 commits to sponsor the prizes.

    More information and the charged registration are at http://cloud-devcon.com

  77. 85

    Is this list going to be updated?

    Would love to have a nice list of all events (ok, maybe not all, but the good ones). Suggestions?

  78. 86

    Joomla!Day Sydney coming up on the 5th-6th of November 2011. – http://sydney.joomladay.org.au

  79. 87

    Any update on this list for the rest of the year and 2012?

  80. 88

    Perfect Pitch Recognition

    October 30, 2011 4:13 pm

    Your business sounds interesting. Why is it important to the industry?

  81. 89

    You appear to be about a year behind in updating your web site.

  82. 90

    please link to the 2012 updated version!


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