Upcoming Web Design Events In Late 2012 – Early 2013


With the intense workload throughout the year, we tend to miss out on the opportunites for networking with like-minded designers and developers. This makes it difficult for us to catch up and stay up to date with what’s going on in our industry. For this reason, we’ve put together a list of upcoming Web design and development conferences that will present to you only the best techniques, tools and modern design approaches that are in strong demand worldwide.

This post covers events taking place in about a five-month timeframe up to late February 2013. These conferences take us pretty much through the end of the year, so keep a lookout for our next issue as 2013 gets underway.

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

October 2012

Content Strategy Forum Cape Town 2012
“The third annual Content Strategy Forum. There will be presentations and workshops by international authorities on content strategy, UX, design and more, as well as plenty of music and merriment under the African night-sky.”

  • When: Oct. 24-26, 2012
  • Where: Cape Town, South Africa

Wired 2012
“WIRED 2012 is a two-day event designed to bring alive the talent, creativity and ambition you find in WIRED magazine every month.”

  • When: Oct. 25-26, 2012
  • Where: London (The Brewery)

CocoaConf | iOS/OS X Developer Conference
“CocoaConf is coming to Portland this October 25th to 27th. We’ll have a full day of hands-on workshops, followed by two days packed with technical sessions, exciting keynotes, and engaging panels.”

  • When: Oct. 25-27, 2012
  • Where: Portland

CocoaConf | iOS/OS X Developer Conference

Test the Web Forward
“Test the Web Forward is an event where you will learn to better understand the specs you use every day to design your sites. You will also discover how you can shape the future of the Web.”

  • When: Oct. 26-27, 2012
  • Where: Paris, France

JS.everywhere(2012) – Wakanday
“Join us in the heart of Silicon Valley for a full day of inspiring and informative talks focused on JavaScript by the industry’s most passionate experts, followed by a bonus day of in-depth Wakanday workshops (compliments of 4D), focused on the development platform for Web and mobile applications for enterprise.”

  • When: Oct. 26-27, 2012
  • Where: San Jose, CA

JS.everywhere(2012) - Wakanday

Pittsburgh Web Design Day
“Web Design Day is a one-day conference designed to bring the best of modern Web Design to Pittsburgh.”

  • When: Oct. 26, 2012
  • Where: Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Web Design Day

“This Camp Will Focus On Drupal 7 Deployment, Drupal 8 Development With Updates From D8 Initiatives, And Give You An Opportunity To Get To Know Your Fellow Drupalgeeks.”

  • When: Oct. 26-28, 2012
  • Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

In Front Maceio
“Following the success of other events, the Front in Maceió is the first event focused on frontend development in northeastern Brazil.”

  • When: Oct. 27, 2012
  • Where: Maceio, Brazil

CPOSC | Central PA Open Source Conference
“The Central PA Open Source Conference (CPOSC) is an annual, one-day conference about all things Open Source.”

  • When: Oct. 27, 2012
  • Where: Harrisburg, PA

CPOSC | Central PA Open Source Conference

Drupalcamp Atlanta
“On Saturday, October 27, we’ll hold our all-day Drupalcamp with keynote speaker “mobile-guru” Josh Clark, breakout sessions and Birds of Feather.”

  • When: Oct. 27, 2012
  • Where: Atlanta

Drupalcamp Atlanta

“The latest trends in the field of User Experience, business and digital design through the words of the leading experts.”

  • When: Oct. 27th, 2012
  • Where: Aula Magna USI, Lugano

Re:Design Conferences – Creative Directors
“What happens when you put a bunch of creative directors in a room, throw in a few sangrias, and tell them to talk to each other? Magic, baby, pure magic. For RE:DESIGN/Creative Directors, we feature sessions by leading creative directors. We focus on small-scale peer-based conversations, so we limit the number of attendees to 125. The result is two days of interacting with a stellar group of fellow creative directors.”

  • When: Oct. 29-30, 2012
  • Where: Portland, Oregon (Kennedy School)

Games DevCon
“The Games DevCon brings together key players in the German games industry over two days, the industry provides an outlook on trends and perspectives and presents business opportunities.”

  • When: Oct. 29-30, 2012
  • Where: Mayence, Germany

Pioneers Festival
“STARTeurope goes beyond expectations to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovative technology. 60 world-class, international speakers will split up on two tracks and Europe’s top 50 start-ups will battle in the Startup Challenge.”

  • When: Oct. 29-31, 2012
  • Where: Vienna, Austria (Hofburg Imperial Palace)

2012 HOW Interactive
“At the HOW Interactive Design Conference, experts like Jose Caballer, Christopher Butler and David Sherwin will help you transfer your print design skills to the Web.”

  • When: Oct. 29-31, 2012
  • Where: San Francisco

2012 HOW Interactive

Fall 2012 Dev Connections
“Dive into an extensive variety of sessions that will help you effectively utilize the latest ASP.NET and HTML5 technologies during the Fall 2012 ASP.NET & HTML5 Connections conference.”

  • When: Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, 2012
  • Where: Las Vegas, NV (Bellagio)

Fall 2012 Dev Connections

November 2012

Build 2012
“At Build, we’ll dive deep to cover all the areas you care about. How to design and build beautiful Windows 8 apps. How to sell your apps in the Windows 8 Store and make money. And much more.”

  • When:Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, 2012
  • Where:Redmond, WA

Build 2012

HD Live 2012
“Now in our third year, HDLive is back for 2012 showcasing some of the world’s leading experts in technology, business, branding, education, mobile and the Web.”

  • When: Nov. 1st, 2012
  • Where: Hull, UK

BADCamp 2012
“BADCamp is a gathering of like-minded people to discuss and learn about Drupal, an open-source content management system that is powering more of the Web every year.”

  • When: Nov. 1-4, 2012
  • Where: U.C. Berkley, CA

BADCamp 2012

API Strategy and Practice Conference
“API Strategy and Practice is a vendor neutral and community supported API industry conference.”

  • When: Nov. 1-2, 2012
  • Where: New York, NY (Westin Grand Central)

API Strategy and Practice Conference

Topconf Tallin
“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. 1-2, 2012
  • Where: Tallinn, Estonia

RubyConf 2012
“A conference that is all about Ruby!”

  • When: Nov. 1-3, 2012
  • Where: Denver, CO

RubyConf 2012

UX Brighton 2012
“A mix of practical and theoretical, commercial and academic – the point of this year’s theme is that knowledge of the past informs us to create better products for the future.”

  • When: Nov. 2, 2012
  • Where: Brighton, UK (The Corn Exchange)

Frontend Masters Workshop Series 2
“6 Intense Days. 6 Incredible Speakers. Become a Guru by Learning from the Masters.”

  • When: Nov. 2 through Dec. 14, 2012 (Fridays)
  • Where: Burnsville, MN (South of Minneapolis, MN)

Frontend Masters Workshop Series 2

“The FrontInSampa is an opportunity for the Front-end development community in Paulista to meet and improve. Sharing experiences for the common good.”

  • When: Nov. 3, 2012
  • Where: Sao Paulo, Brazil

SQL in the City Seattle 2012
“We’ve invited along some of the top SQL Server MVPs to provide insights about key topics for SQL Server.”

  • When: Nov. 5, 2012
  • Where: Seattle

SQL in the City Seattle 2012

UI17: User Interface 17, The UX
“Up your UX game with daylong workshops on advanced design processes, flexible team–based techniques, and multi–device solutions. 3 days you can’t miss.”

  • When: Nov. 5-7, 2012
  • Where: Boston, US

UI17: User Interface 17, The UX

QCon San Francisco 2012 Conference
“The program includes two tutorial days led by over 80 industry experts and authors and three conference days with 18 tracks and over 80 speakers covering a wide variety of relevant and exciting topics in software development today.”

  • When: Tutorials – Nov. 5-6 | Conference Nov. 7-9, 2012
  • Where: San Francisco

QCon San Francisco 2012 Conference

CodeKen 2012 – Software Developer Conference
“CodeKen 2012 is a one day online social conference for developers with a passion for their profession.”

  • When: Nov. 6,2012
  • Where: Online

How To Web 2012
“Follow practical case-studies, discover how tech innovation changes the world, meet your peer tech entrepreneurs and professionals from all around Central and Eastern Europe.”

  • When: Nov. 7-8, 2012
  • Where: Bucharest, Romania

“CodeConnexx is a two-day, one track conference that aims to bring together men and women of all ages, races, backgrounds, and skillsets interested in talking about code.”

  • When: Nov. 8-9, 2012
  • Where: Indianapolis

CodeConnexx - November 8-9 2012

CascadiaJS 2012
A conference that is geared towards those interested and immersed in JavaScript.

  • When: Nov. 8-9, 2012
  • Where: Seattle, WA

CascadiaJS 2012

FITC // Web Unleashed 2012
“This year builds upon five years of learning and collaborating over two days; one of which is a day committed to hands on workshops, the second features a day filled with informative sessions.”

  • When: Nov. 8-9, 2012
  • Where: Waltham, MA

FITC // Web Unleashed 2012

“Join us for an inspiring two-day gathering with the brightest minds and social innovators from around the world who are changing how we understand and interact with data; and gain insight into designing data-driven narratives that connect with audiences and visualize the human experience.”

  • When: Nov. 8-9, 2012
  • Where: New York, NY

User Friendly 2012
“Build a Harmonious User eXperience Ecosystem”

  • When: Nov. 8-11, 2012
  • Where: Beijing, China

Compute Midwest 2012
“Compute Midwest is a 2 day convergence of tech: new people, new ideas and innovation in Kansas City.”

  • When: Nov. 8-11, 2012
  • Where: Kansas City, MO

Compute Midwest 2012

Full Frontal 2012
“Full Frontal 2012 is a one day JavaScript Conference”

  • When: Nov. 9, 2012
  • Where: Brighton, UK (Duke of York’s Picturehouse)

UCD 2012 Conference
“UCD2012 explores how User Centred Design is applied in a variety of disciplines.”

  • When: Nov. 9-10, 2012
  • Where: London, UK

UX Camp 2012
“An ad hoc conference on effective usability and good-fit solutions that are built around the “user experience”.”

  • When: Nov. 9-10, 2012
  • Where: Vienna, Austria

Mozilla Festival 2012
“The Mozilla Festival is a magnet for people interested in learning about – and playing with – the future of the Web.”

  • When: Nov. 9-11, 2012
  • Where: London, UK

Webfontday 2012
“Webfontday 2012 is dedicated to courageous and extraordinary solutions in Web design. It will teach hands-on tricks for everyday tasks and display brilliant and inspiring examples.”

  • When: Nov. 10, 2012
  • Where: Munchen, Deutschland

Form, Function & Class 2012
“This Form, Function & Class Conference is the flagship event of the Philippine Web Designers Organization (PWDO) aiming to gather the brightest minds in the Philippine Web design scene. The upcoming event is open to all people who are determined to learn more of the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.”

  • When: Nov. 10-11, 2012
  • Where: Manila, Philippines

WebConf Riga 2012
“WebConf Riga 2012, the international professional Web developers conference. It will gather all kind of Web development professionals mainly from Baltics, Europe and CIS countries.”

  • When: Nov. 10-11, 2012
  • Where: Riga, Latvia

ISWC2012 | The 11th International Semantic Web Conference
“ISWC 2012 is the premier international forum, for the Semantic Web / Linked Data Community. Here, scientists, industry specialists, and practitioners meet to discuss the future of practical, scalable, user-friendly, and game changing solutions.”

  • When: Nov. 11-15, 2012
  • Where: Boston

ISWC2012 | The 11th International Semantic Web Conference

“An Event Apart San Francisco features 12 great speakers and sessions. The two-day conference has sold out, but you can still register for an intense full-day workshop on Designing for Mobile & Beyond”

  • When: Nov. 12-14, 2012
  • Where: San Francisco (The Palace Hotel)

CouchConf NYC | Couchbase
“This one-day event is for anyone who wants to take a deeper dive into Couchbase NoSQL technology, learn where it’s headed and build really cool stuff.”

  • When: Nov. 12, 2012
  • Where: New York, NY (The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers)

CouchConf NYC | Couchbase

Mobile JS Summit
“Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web’s most notable experts in Mobile Javascript for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the Mobile JavaScript Summit!”

  • When: Nov. 12, 2012
  • Where: Online

Build Conference
“Build is a festival for people who design for the Web. For one week in November, a community of smart, talented people come together to share ideas, tell stories, get their hands dirty, and drink a few beers.”

  • When: Nov. 12-16, 2012
  • Where: Belfast, Northern Ireland

SES Chicago 2012 – SES Conference
“Designed for you by industry thought leaders and innovators, our instructional program will meet your needs whatever your experience level.”

  • When: Nov. 12-16, 2012
  • Where: Chicago

SES Chicago 2012

Montreal Digital Festival
“Web-In is a Web event created by, and intended for, Web professionals./The Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS) was initially created in 2004 to meet the needs of the Quebec video game industry./Mobiz, The Quebec Mobile Congress, is an event dedicated to the mobile technologies which features lectures, panel discussions and presentations by local and international personalities in the industry.”

  • When: Nov. 12-15,2012
  • Where: Montreal, Canada

Devoxx 2012
“We Code in Peace” A conference for coders!

  • When: Nov. 12-16, 2012
  • Where: Antwerp, Belgium

Daily Web 2012
“Our events are different from others especially the the quality of the content. That we guarantee!”

  • When: Nov. 14, 2012
  • Where: Bratislava, Slovakia

YUIConf 2012
A conference focused on this free, open source JavaScript and CSS library for building richly interactive Web applications, YUI.

  • When: Nov. 14-15, 2012
  • Where: Santa Clara, CA

JS Conf Downunder
An exciting day of JS experts sharing their passion of JS down under.

  • When: Nov. 15, 2012
  • Where: Sydney, Australia (Town Hall)

MobX Conference 2012
“This conference is for all you creative minds out there who deal with User Experience, interfaces and interactions in mobile contexts.”

  • When: Nov. 16-17, 2012
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

JS.everywhere 2012 Europe
“An event focused on the advancement and promotion of JavaScript in the enterprise.”

  • When: Nov. 16-17, 2012
  • Where: Paris, France

Joomla! World Conference 2012
“Joomla! is one of the most popular Content Management Systems in the world and has grown to power millions of websites over the last several years. This conference is a community meeting, and a great starting point for getting involved in the Joomla! community. You’ll get information about almost every aspect of the Joomla! CMS, the Joomla! Web Application Platform, and about the Joomla! Community, the one and only community driven Open Source project.”

  • When: Nov. 16-18, 2012
  • Where: San Jose, CA, USA

Joomla! World Conference 2012

“Building or selling mobile apps? Dev? Designer? UX? Marketing? iOS coder? Web designer? Windows 8 entrepreneur? Android expert? You are devmob. Come to the only conference in New Zealand for everyone who is pushing the limits of mobile platforms.”

  • When: Nov. 17-18, 2012
  • Where: Albany, New Zealand

Handheld Conference
“The conference for all things mobile, Web and native. This is what makes us different to all of the other conferences out there, and let’s be honest, there are a lot.”

  • When: Nov 19, 2012
  • Where: Cardiff, UK

Beyond Tellerrand
“We are back with another edition of beyond tellerrand, an affordable 3-day event with intensive workshops and 16 high-quality talks for Web enthusiasts: design, technology, inspiration, and networking. Day one and two cover 16 talks in a single track conference. Day three features up to 4 full-day workshops with Remy Sharp, Ben Bodien and more to come.”

  • When: Nov. 19-21, 2012
  • Where: Dusseldorf, Germany

Untapped – the Event
“An event where never before heard voices speak about UX.”

  • When: Nov. 20, 2012
  • Where: Clerkenwell, London

“Slush is the largest tech, design & startup conference covering Northern Europe and Russia.”

  • When: Nov. 21-22, 2012
  • Where: Helsinki, Finland

“A unique two-part event for the interactive field. push.ux connects designers and developers of outstanding user interfaces, while push.inspiration unites creative coders and designers experimenting with innovative technologies.”

  • When: Nov 23-24, 2012
  • Where: Munich, Germany

Conversion Conference London
“The conference is dedicated to anyone wanting to achieve maximum ROI from their online campaigns as this is the place where internationally renowned experts explain how to improve sales and dramatically increase your site’s conversion rates.”

  • When: Nov. 27-28, 2012
  • Where: London, UK

Future of Web Design Prague 2012
“Future of Web Design (FOWD) is a first-class conference for Web designers and front end developers, bringing you top speakers, the hottest topics and an unbeatable atmosphere. This year, we’re in Prague for the very first time! As if that wasn’t exciting enough, FOWD is also joining forces with Future of Web Apps (FOWA) giving you two conferences for the price of one!”

  • When: Nov. 27-29, 2012
  • Where: Prague, Czech Republic (The Prague Congress Centre)

Future of Web Apps Prague 2012
“Future of Web Apps (FOWA) is a first-class conference for Web and mobile developers and entrepreneurs, bringing together visionaries to discuss the technologies and platforms you should use to build the next generation of successful apps. This year, we’re in Prague for the very first time! As if that wasn’t exciting enough, FOWA is also joining forces with Future of Web Design (FOWD) giving you two conferences for the price of one!”

  • When: Nov. 27-29, 2012
  • Where: Prague, Czech Republic (The Prague Congress Centre)

YOW!2012 Australian Software Developer Conference
“Organized by Developers for Developers no other event provides the technical breadth and depth with 39 invited talks in 3 tracks plus 10 invited full-day workshops.”

  • When: Nov. 27-28 (Workshops) 29-30 (Conference)
  • Where: Melbourne, Australia

The Rich Web Experience 2012
“RWX 2012 will cover the hot areas of interest in the Web space today: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Ajax Libraries, jQuery, Semantic Web, iPhone, Android, Netty, Dojo, CoffeeScript, Solr, Node.js, Security, Semantic Web, NoSQL (Neo4J & MongoDB), and more. RWX 2012 will feature 8 parallel tracks with 40 speakers and 120 technical sessions/workshops.”

  • When: Nov. 27-30, 2012
  • Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Design for Conversion
“A highly interactive conference aiming to collectively (as one big family) deepen our knowledge of Persuasive Technology, Experience Design and Evidence Based Marketing, and how these disciplines can learn from each other.”

  • When: Nov. 28, 2012
  • Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Mobile Future
“Mobile Future is an annual event arranged for the eleventh time by Mobil and its business spin-off Mobil:Business, the leading publications in the mobile space of the Northern Europe.”

  • When: Nov. 28, 2012
  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden

“Finally, a JavaScript conference in Asia. With all its awesome!”

  • When: Nov. 29-30, 2012
  • Where: Singapore

UX Cambridge 2012
“A community-driven, practical User Experience conference Connect and learn from your peers and leaders in the industry in a comfortable and exciting space and take away skills you can immediately use in your work”

  • When: Nov. 29-30, 2012
  • Where: Cambridge, UK

“The largest JavaScript conference in France”

  • When: Nov. 30, 2012
  • Where: Paris, France

We Actually Build Stuff
“This conference is for and by people who actually build stuff. The talks are about building actual stuff, not theory. The rot of the trenches never smelled so good.”

  • When: Nov. 30, 2012
  • Where: Vilnius, Lithuania

December 2012

Kings of Code Festival 2012
“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: Dec. 1-4, 2012
  • Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

In Control 2012
“Spend two content-rich days with some of the most forward-thinking Designers and Developer building today’s Web. Limited enrollment and longer sessions allow for more meaningful interaction with our expert speakers and fellow attendees. Join us to expand your skill set and use updated techniques to refine your Web design craft.”

  • When: Dec. 2-4, 2012
  • Where: Honolulu, Hawaii

LeWeb’12 Paris
“#1 European Industry Event”

  • When: Dec. 4-6, 2012
  • Where: Paris, France

CSS Dev Conference
“Join Dan Cederholm, Paul Irish, Estelle Weyl, Chris Coyier, and many more as we discover the latest in the intersection of CSS and Preprocessors (Sass, Compass, etc.), JavaScript, Responsive Web Design & Mobile at the first annual CSS Dev Conference. Two keynotes, twenty sessions and four tracks make for a fast-paced full-day immersion into modern CSS techniques!”

  • When: Dec. 5, 2012
  • Where: Honolulu, Hawaii

RUPY 2012
“Rupy is a conference focused on strongly dynamic technologies related to Ruby, Python and JavaScript.”

  • When: Dec. 7-9, 2012
  • Where: Sao Paulo, Brazil

UX Camp Brighton
“A one day ‘unconference’ at for anyone involved or interested in user experience design, interaction design, information architecture or usability.”

  • When: Dec. 8, 2012
  • Where: Brighton & Hove City, England

Ready to Inspire Conference
“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: Dec 9-12, 2012
  • Where: Leiden, The Netherlands

Hacker Beach
“Nomadic hackers, come work on your projects in a tropical paradise”

  • When: Dec. 30, 2012-Jan. 29, 2013
  • Where: Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

January 2013

TakeOff Conference 2013
“From server side to pure front end and design, from new languages, Web frameworks to development techniques or typographic tricks, Take Off is your chance to discover how the Web will evolve in the coming year.”

  • When: Jan. 17-18, 2013
  • Where: Lille, France

DLD Conference
“DLD (Digital – Life – Design) is a global conference network on innovation, digital media, science and culture which connects business, creative and social leaders, opinion-formers and investors for crossover conversation and inspiration.”

  • When: Jan. 20-22, 2013
  • Where: Munich, Germany

New Adventures In Web Design Conference
“We work with our speakers to foster an incredible day around several key themes, and we’ll introduce all eight topics later in the year.”

  • When: Jan. 23-25, 2013
  • Where: Nottingham, UK (Albert Hall)

The Design of Understanding 2013
“A one day conference looking at how ideas are designed to be more understandable.”

  • When: Jan. 25, 2013
  • Where: London, UK (St Brides Library)

Mobile + Web DevCon
“Mastering the appropriate development tools, design techniques and latest technologies is the key to keeping pace with a constantly changing industry. Mobile+Web DevCon is dedicated to bringing you the most knowledgeable speakers, the latest research and inspiration for your development career.”

  • When: Jan. 29-31, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, CA

February 2013 (And Beyond)

“The program includes a long list of international speakers from leading universities and software companies”

  • When: Feb. 4-6, 2013
  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden (Waterfront Conference Centre)

Apps World North America
“We’re expecting over 5000 developers, mobile marketers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, platform owners and industry professionals for 9 different targeted workshop tracks, speed meeting, 1-1 meetings, parties, tackling a spectrum of issues across the app ecosystem.”

  • When: Feb. 7-8, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, USA (Moscone Center West)

Apps World North America

Webstock 2013
“Two intense, action-packed days of aspiration, inspiration and brain stimulation, covering everything from empathy in design, to expertry in HTML5 & CSS, to the future of education and how tech makes us human.”

  • When: Feb. 11-15, 2013
  • Where: Wellington, New Zealand (Wellington Town Hall)

Snow*Mobile – A Mobile Development Conference
A community of people who recognize the explosion of mobile devices and see how they are affecting our interactions. Pulling together locals and some experts from around the country and have that conversation!

  • When: Feb. 15-16, 2013
  • Where: Madison, WI (Union South)

Toca Me 2013
“Next Stop Design!”

  • When: Feb. 16, 2013
  • Where: Munich, Germany

FITC Amsterdam 2013
“The latest and greatest in design, technology and cool shit from all around the world. Join fellow digital creators and renowned speakers at the Felix Meritas this February to learn about HTML5, CSS, virtual machines, design, creativity and much more!”

  • When: Feb. 18-19, 2013
  • Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Felix Meritas)

An Event Apart Atlanta 2013
“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: Feb. 18-20, 2013
  • Where: Atlanta, GA (InterContinental)

Mobile Trends Conference & Awards 2013
“This conference is dedicated to mobile technologies and techniques. Mobile Trends Conference is two days – various issues – two groups of customers!”

  • When: Feb. 21-22, 2013
  • Where: Krakow, Poland

The Story
“The Story is a one-day conference about stories and story-telling.”

  • When: Feb. 22, 2013
  • Where: London, UK (Conway Hall)

jQuery Europe 2013
“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. 22-23, 2013
  • Where: Palais Liechtenstein, Vienna

ConFoo Conference
“ConFoo is a non for profit, multi-technology conference. We bring the learning experience to a whole new level.”

  • When: Feb. 25-Mar. 1, 2013
  • Where: Montreal, Canada

SXSW Interactive 2013
“The 2013 SXSW® Interactive Festival will feature five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, the 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: Mar. 8-12, 2013
  • Where: Austin, TX

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?

How many of these conferences are coming to an area near you? Or for that matter, how many are luring you to the area in which they are happening? If you plan on attending any of these or other Web design and development conferences (or workshops) this fall, or have attended any of them already, please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below! Perhaps you’ll be able to meet the members of the Smashing Team this year? It would be our pleasure!

We sincerely thank Louis Lazaris and Robert Bowen for helping us to collect this overview of upcoming events!

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    Please list events like this more often. This is an awesome list of places I need to go to! Thanx Smashing Magazine

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    Hey hey! The UX Camp 2012 is in Vienna instead of London… Isn’t it?

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    great list – could you please add a filtering option (Europe, USA, Scandinavia, etc. ..)?

    Greetings from Germany, Werner

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    An Event Apart…I cannot recommend that conference enough.

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    Michael Schofield

    October 25, 2012 3:16 pm

    I totally love and appreciate the round-up. There were some conferences in my back yard that I didn’t even know existed – except they’re ridiculously expensive. Unless backed by a company, how can I swing a $1200 ticket price? There is no way that I can even pretend that the ROI for such an investment would even out. Chrissakes.

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    Leonardo Ferreira

    October 25, 2012 3:19 pm

    Don’t forget this one:

    FEEC Brazil 2012 (Front-end Engineering Creative Convention)
    With: STOYAN STEFANOV (Facebook-EUA), CARIDY PATINO (Yahoo!-Miami), BERG BRANDT (Yahoo!-LA) and more…
    Date: 1 Dec 2012
    City: Recife-PE (Brazil)

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    The list is so far away from web lovers like me living in Bangladesh!! Hope one day they ill happen!! Anyway, a conference titled “Outsourcing Summit 2012″ gonna held in Dhaka City in November 17th. wish to join!!

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    Would be nice if the list was grouped by region as well. Or put separators in between them, it’s hard to see where one event starts and the other ends

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    Richard Duchatsch Johansen

    October 25, 2012 5:55 pm

    There’s another event in Bauru in Brazil / Sao Paulo – http://www.frontinterior.com.br Front-end Developer – 11/24/12

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    I would so want to be a part of most of it, sadly cant be of any, since not even one is in India :(

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    Aw jees, no Western Canadian conferences. Let’s soar, CouchConfs.

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    Can the Joomla! World Conference be added?

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    My TOP 3 are webfontday (http://2012.webfontday.de), beyondtellerrand (http://2012.beyondtellerrand.com) & push.conference (http://push-conference.com/2012). Everything in November. It‘s going to be tough, but I think it will be worth the effort.

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    Steffen W. Schilke

    October 28, 2012 10:41 pm

    We are planing a BarCamp in Germany (in Worms – the city it’s really called like that!) about mobile User eXperience: mUXCamp – April 2013 – http://www.muxcamp-wo.de and http://twitter.com/muxcamp



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    MEDlove – The Service Design, UX and Healthcare Summit !

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    This is a great example of why global (or even nationwide) lists of events should be on a map, not on a calendar or a schedule. I don’t care that an event is close to me in time if it’s halfway around the world. The few people who are willing to travel anywhere on the globe for a conference are likely already aware of the ones most critical to them anyway.

    So, good roundup, but next time please plot these events on a map!

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    The few people who are willing to travel anywhere on the globe for a conference are likely already aware of the ones most critical to them anyway.

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    Hi there,

    You totally forgot our conference!

    It’s called Barcelona Developers Conference – “At world’s End” and it will take place on 6, 7 & 8 December 2012 having as main tracks Cloud, Mobile, Robotics & Indie Game Development.

    With important sections such as APPocalypse Hackathon, Fail Show, Call4Papers (115), Master Sessions and a lot more!

    Hope you decide to come!

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    Don’t forget HTML5.tx, the best open-web conference this side of the Mississippi!


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    UX Hong Kong Feb 22-23, 2013 – http://uxhongkong.com/

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    Thanks for the info Smashing Magazine! I just registered for the Form Function & Class Conference here in Manila, Philippines.

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    Another great upcoming conference to add to the list is interactivity digital! It is a digital marketing conference being held in South Beach, FL May 6-8, 2013.

    Check it out at:

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    Keep the notices coming… how about spring and summer?

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    Frontiers of Interaction 2013
    The meeting point of design, technology and everything interactive.


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    Don’t forget The 2013 Official ExpressionEngine Conference!
    October 14-15 | Portland Oregon


    It’s an EE conference no one will want to miss!!

    Thank you!!!

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    Wow, so excited to see so many people interested in creative events! Good news is there is also another event this September in London, you should check out http://www.designersfiesta.com/ for details!

    I really hope I can meet some of you there, it would be a great chance to network.


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