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Upcoming Web Design and Development Conferences in 2011-12


We spend a lot of time learning and thinking about the designs we see online, yet what we miss quite often are practical insights into the design process and workflow of our colleagues. This is why conferences are great for our industry. We meet people who think very much like we do and most probably struggle with similar problems; and perhaps they’ve found a solution which can inspire others. We learn how our colleagues work and what they have experienced; we can exchange our thoughts and ideas directly — something that we might struggle finding time for on Twitter or via email. Networking is great, and it’s powerful. And this is why every now and again we present an overview of upcoming conferences on Smashing Magazine.

In fact, it’s that time of year again when the Web design conference schedule really heats up. As we’ve always done in the past, here we present to you a chronological list of all the upcoming events and conferences that are of specific interest to Web designers and developers. We’ve also put together a Google Calendar1 as well as an Events iCal (.ics) file2 for you to use as a reference for your schedule. If you know of an event taking place between now and February, please add it to the comments. You can jump to a section using the links below:

September Events

Flash on the Beach
“Three days of design, code, inspiration and networking for digital designers, developers and artists.”

When: September 11 – 14
Where: Brighton, UK at the Brighton Dome

Flash on the Beach

Breaking Development9
“Breaking Development is coming to Nashville with an awesome lineup of mobile speakers and challenging topics. We’ll follow two days of incredible sessions with a day of workshops where you can roll up your sleeves and get elbow deep in the latest coding and design practices.”

When: September 12-14, 2011
Where: Nashville, TN, USA at the Gaylord Opryland

Breaking Development10

Future of Mobile11
“The Future of Mobile (FOM) is a one day conference aimed at mobile designers, developers, and entrepreneurs. FOM brings together mobile visionaries to discuss cutting edge topics such as HTML5 for mobile design, UX for mobile interfaces, tips on how to make your mobile App successful and much more.”

When: September 16, 2011
Where: London, UK at the Mermaid Conference Centre

Future of Mobile12

Google Developer Day
“Google Developer Day is a one-day event featuring advanced technical content on Google platforms and products from the teams that work on them. Join us for the latest developments in Android, Chrome, HTML5, Cloud and more.”

When: September 16, 2011
Where: Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Sheraton WTC Hotel

Google Developer Day

London Design Festival13
“First staged in 2003, the London Design Festival is one of the world’s most important annual design events. The nine-day Festival programme is made up of over 280 events and exhibitions staged by 200 partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world.”

When: September 17-25, 2011
Where: London, UK at a number of different venues across the city

London Design Festival14

Kings of Code15
“On September 19th 2011, 300 developers will gather in Amsterdam to explore and discuss the latest trends, developments and best practices in web and mobile development technologies. We’ve invited leading international speakers & developers to share their knowledge and visions on development and coding.”

When: September 19, 2011
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands at Felix Meritis

Kings of Code16

Search Engine Strategies17
“SES Conference & Expo is the leading global event series that educates delegates in search and social marketing, putting a special focus on tactics and best practices. SES Events provide instruction from the industry’s top experts, including representatives from the Search Engines themselves.”

When: Six Dates in six cities starting on September 21
Where: Hong Kong, Amsterdam, New York, Berlin, Chicago, and Singapore

Search Engine Strategies18

“EuroIA invites your participation to this premier European event on Information Architecture. Join us in Prague, Czech Republic, September 22-24, 2011, for three incredible days of workshops, presentations, panels, and networking with information architects from across Europe and around the world.”

When: September 22-24, 2011
Where: Prague, Czech Republic at the Prague Marriott Hotel


“Meet your community. Get inspired by opinion-leaders in your field. Get new contacts and ideas. Enjoy unique atmosphere, which is not replaceable by YouTube. Recharge energy at the biggest Central European web conference for a great price.”

When: September 22-24, 2011
Where: Prague, Czech Republic at the University of Economics


Node.js Conference23
“Node.js is an event-driven I/O framework for the V8 JavaScript engine. It is intended for writing scalable network programs such as web servers. This conference is born with this spirit : not strictly a commercial or promotional event, but rather a gathering organized using time, passion and willingness taken away from our daily working life. From the community for the community.”

When: September 24, 2011
Where: Brescia, Italy

Node.js Conference24

Accessibility Summit25
“Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web’s most notable experts in Accessibility for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the Accessibility Summit! Bring the experts to your desktop September 27th from 9AM to 5PM (CT).”

When: September 27, 2011
Where: Online

Accessibility Summit26

Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing: The Workshop4927
“In this day-long session, I’ll teach you how to do your own low-cost/no-cost testing that’s simple enough to make it a routine part of your design process.”

When: September 27, 2011
Where: Seattle, WA, USA at Seattle Public Library’s Central Library

Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing: The Workshop5028

Back to the Front29
“Back to the Front is a one day Front End Conference organized in Cesena by From The Front with the support of the University of Bologna. Speakers include Jeremy Keith and Lea Verou.”

When: September 29, 2011
Where: Cesena, Italy at Università di Bologna

Back to the Front30

“RubyConf is the official International Ruby Conference. Founded in 2001, RubyConf has provided an annual venue for the ever-growing Ruby community to meet face to face to share, collaborate, and socialize.”

When: September 29 – October 1, 2011
Where: New Orleans, LA, USA at the Astor Crowne Plaza


Over the Air33
“Over the Air is a unique tech-agnostic event for and by the developer community, featuring technical workshops where attendees can roll up their sleeves and tinker with new platforms, operating systems, APIs & SDKs; and tutorial sessions that feature real business cases, new insights and a healthy dollop of inspiration.”

When: September 30 – October 1, 2011
Where: Bletchley, UK at Bletchley Park

Over the Air34

A Better World by Design35
“A Better World by Design is a three-day internationally acclaimed conference held annually at Brown & RISD campuses in Providence, RI that connects students, professionals, and individuals from a variety of disciplines in order to build a global community of socially conscious and passionate innovators.”

When: September 30 – October 2, 2011
Where: Providence, RI, USA

A Better World by Design36

Usability Week 201137
“Many conferences offer cavernous exhibit halls, brief seminars on second-hand discoveries, and a sense of anonymity that can be truly alienating. Usability Week takes a different approach.”

When: Various dates in September, October and November
Where: San Francisco, CA, and Austin, TX, USA and London, UK

Usability Week 201138

October Events

Pittsburgh Web Design Day39
“Pittsburgh Web Design Day is a one-day, web design conference to highlight local talent as well as those with strong ties to Pittsburgh who have gone on to be leaders in our industry. Web Design Day is designed to be an intimate and affordable event. We feature a number of high-end web design presentations, a tasty lunch catered by our friends at Franktuary and great networking opportunities.”

When: October 1, 2011
Where: Pittsburgh, PA, USA at the Left Field Meeting Space

Pittsburgh Web Design Day40

jQuery Conference41
“jQuery Conferences are so exciting because of the speakers that contribute talks during the conference. This year, speakers include Doug Neiner, Ben Alman, Elijah Manor, and Yehuda Katz.”

When: October 1-2, 2011
Where: Boston, MA, USA at the Royal Sonesta Hotel

jQuery Conference42

“JSConf is a conference devoted to the programming language we all love to hate and hate to love, JavaScript. This is conference will be thoughtful, content driven, and exemplify the very nature of JavaScript. The core focus of this conference is to expose some of the details about JavaScript that are often overlooked and present them more as a discussion with the audience.”

When: October 1 – 2, 2011
Where: Berlin, Germany at Alte Münze Berlin


Adobe MAX43
“MAX is an opportunity unlike any other, where you can discover the latest tools and techniques, connect with potential clients, new partners, and old friends, and be inspired by the brightest minds in the industry.”

When: October 1-5, 2011
Where: Los Angeles, CA, USA at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

Adobe MAX44

Phoenix Design Week[s]45
“Phoenix Design Week was started in 2009 to help connect the Phoenix design community. Each year we put together a conference and a week of events and exhibitions meant to bring our community together.”

When: October 1-18, 2011
Where: Phoenix, AZ, USA

Phoenix Design Week[s]46

FITC Unconference
“The Unconference is a way for attendees to convene in a casual setting to share ideas as well as host their own discussion groups. This year FITC has once again been chosen as one of the organizations to run one of the Unconference areas.”

When: October 3-5, 2011
Where: Los Angeles, CA, USA at the Los Angeles Convention Center

FITC Unconference

Future of Web Apps47
“The Future of Web Apps London (FOWA) is a 3 day conference aimed at Web Developers and Entrepreneurs. FOWA brings together web visionaries to discuss the technologies, platforms and business models you should be using to launch the next generation of successful web apps.”

When: October 3-5, 2011
Where: London, UK

Future of Web Apps48

Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing: The Workshop4927
“In this day-long session, I’ll teach you how to do your own low-cost/no-cost testing that’s simple enough to make it a routine part of your design process.”

When: October 5, 2011
Where: London, UK at The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing: The Workshop5028

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

When: October 6-7, 2011
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, at the Pathé Tuschinski


“We invite you to a stunning event with a broad range of topics and professional speakers. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the powerful TYPO3 CMS, the FLOW3 framework and to connect with other managers, developers and designers from all over the world. Many internationally known leaders of the TYPO3 community will attend and present.”

When: October 6-8, 2011
Where: Frankfurt, Germany in the Congress Park Hanau


“HTML5.tx is the premier event for web designers, developers and technologists in Texas. This event will be a place for people of all disciplines and backgrounds to learn from web experts and each other about HTML, CSS, JavaScript and the future of the web.”

When: October 8, 2011
Where: Austin, TX, USA at St. Edwards University, Ragsdale Center


International PHP Conference55
“The International PHP Conference is the global recognized event for PHP developers, webworkers, IT managers and everyone interested in web-technology. Again, the conference will focus on main topics for developers and core-technologies for decision makers.”

When: October 9-12, 2011
Where: Mainz, Germany at the Rheingoldhalle

International PHP Conference56

PHPNW 201157
“The heart and soul of a conference is the community that it serves. PHPNW is run by passionate volunteers, bringing an annual conference that benefits both developers and their companies.”

When: October 7th,8th & 9th, 2011
Where: Manchester, UK at the Ramada Manchester Piccadilly

PHPNW 201158

“A conference that includes masterclasses and two days of conference material. Speakers this year include Simon Collison, Sarah Parmenter, Andy Budd, and Vitaly Friedman.”

When: October 10-12, 2011
Where: Oslo, Norway at the Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania


Web Directions South61
“Our philosophy is simple — bring together the best local and international independent experts, covering the most relevant topics for practicing web designers, developers and decision makers. To keep up with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, mobile app development and all the latest in design, development and the big picture, there’s only one event to attend: Web Directions South 2011.”

When: October 11-14, 2011
Where: Sydney, Australia at the Masonic Centre and the Convention and Exhibition Centre

Web Directions South62

Brooklyn Beta63
“Brooklyn Beta is a small, friendly web conference aimed at the “work hard and be nice to people” crowd. Last year, our first year, we had a simple message. “Make something you love.” We think the more people who work on their own ideas, the better place the Web and the world will be.”

When: October 12-14, 2011
Where: Brooklyn, NY, USA at the Invisible Dog

Brooklyn Beta64

Do It With Drupal65
“Do It With Drupal is a three-day educational seminar presented by Lullabot that connects attendees with practical information and resources for building Drupal-based websites. Presenters are rockstar Drupal community leaders and authors, as well as renowned experts in fields such as user experience and design, social publishing, and the business of Open Source.”

When: October 12-14, 2011
Where: New York City, NY, USA

Do It With Drupal66

Design by Fire67
“The Design by Fire Conference provides a stage for inspiring professionals to share their passion for interaction design with peers, refueling knowledge and competence to cope with the challenges of IxD’s professional practice.”

When: October 13-14, 2011
Where: Utrecht, The Netherlands

Design by Fire68

edUi Conference69
“Focusing on the universal methods and tools of user interface and interaction design, as well as the unique challenges of producing websites and applications for large institutions, edUi is a perfect opportunity for Web professionals at institutions of learning—including higher education, K-12 schools, libraries, museums, government, and local and regional businesses—to develop skills and share ideas.”

When: October 13-14, 2011
Where: Richmond, VA, USA at the Marriott hotel

edUi Conference70

Pivot: AIGA Design Conference71
“Join more than 1,500 designers at “Pivot” this fall to share what is inspiring about design, how to succeed in meeting your clients’ needs, and how design can be more effective than ever as society, the economy and the context for design evolves.”

When: October 13-16, 2011
Where: Phoenix, AZ, USA at the Phoenix Convention Center

Pivot: AIGA Design Conference72

Design Philadelphia73
“As a cultural initiative partnered with the University of the Arts, DesignPhiladelphia aims to further this region’s creative economy and retain jobs locally. It places Philadelphia in the spotlight as an unrivalled city of innovation and vibrancy – an excellent place in which to live, work, play, and grow!”

When: October 13-23, 2011
Where: Philadelphia, PA, USA at various locations

Design Philadelphia74

“The decoded conference stands for the combination of design and code. It combines creative and technological aspects of our everyday life and brings them all together on a one day kick ass event in the heart of Munich. International speakers from the field of generative design, computational art, information visualization and hardware tinkering are teaming up to share some insights of their work and tell their very own stories.”

When: October 15, 2011
Where: Munich, Germany at Freiheizhalle


Wakanday Conference
“Come make JavaScript the singular language for business solutions, from top to bottom. Wakanday is a conference for developers who believe in JavaScript beyond the front end, who want to see JavaScript on the back-end, in the datastore, and in between: JavaScript everywhere. Join the minds who are working to make this a reality.”

When: October 15, 2011
Where: Boston, MA, USA at the Omni Parker House Hotel

Wakanday Conference

“The Zend PHP Conference (ZendCon) is the largest gathering of the PHP Community and brings together PHP developers and IT managers from around the world to discuss PHP best practices and explore new technologies. The conference will include a variety of technical sessions and in-depth tutorials covering cloud computing, mobile, and enterprise PHP.”

When: October 17-20, 2011
Where: Santa Clara, CA at the Convention Center


Blackberry Devcon Americas
“The BlackBerry® Developer Conference is the showcase for the latest innovations and breakthroughs with the BlackBerry Development Platform. Thousands of BlackBerry enthusiasts come together for sessions, demonstrations, hands-on labs and keynotes — all focused on creating mobile applications for the powerful BlackBerry platform.”

When: October 18-20, 2011
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA at the Marriot Marquis

Blackberry Devcon Americas

Asbury Agile79
“Asbury Agile’s goal is to bring together a group of creative doers and makers in the web industry down to the Jersey Shore to hang out in an informal and friendly environment, 2 stories above the Asbury Park boardwalk, overlooking the ocean, to learn, network and share experiences.”

When: October 19, 2011
Where: Abury Park, NJ, USA

Asbury Agile80

TYPO London81
“TYPO London is a three day conference offering up to 40 presentations from the heart of London. TYPO conferences were birthed in the desktop publishing revolution of the 1990s and overtime, events have become a broad based representation of the creative industry, cultural and social issues and as the name suggests, a contemporary commentary on graphic design, typography and communication from the word up.”

When: October 20-22, 2011
Where: London, UK at Logan Hall

TYPO London82

The ExpressionEngine and CodeIgniter Conference83
“For the second time, EECI is going to the US and this time we’re heading for the East Coast. Fabulous Brooklyn, NY will be ExpressionEngine and CodeIgniter flavored for three exciting days. With a new line-up, fresh topics, a couple of fringe events and the EECI2010 hit “DevDay”, EECI will be the premier ExpressionEngine event of the year.”

When: October 19-21, 2011
Where: Brooklyn, NY, USA at the Invisible Dog Art Center

The ExpressionEngine and CodeIgniter Conference84

Front Row Conference85
“Front Row is a two-day, one-track conference made by the people and for the people who want to shape the future of the web.”

When: October 20-21, 2011
Where: Kraków, Poland at the Park Inn Kraków

Front Row Conference86

“The aim of the WDC events is to bring together a mix on professionals and students and to teach both levels something new and introduce a bespoke networking opportunity and social gathering.”

When: October 21, 2011
Where: Brisol, UK in the Odeon Bristol, Screen 1.


An Event Apart DC89
“An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

When: October 24-26, 2011
Where: Washington, DC, USA at the Westin Alexandria

An Event Apart DC90

VIEW Conference91
“VIEW Conference is the premiere international event in Italy on Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 3D Animation, Gaming and VFX. Through lectures, meetings, tributes, exhibits, screenings and demo presentations VIEW will reveal the new digital frontier sweeping from cinema to architecture, from automotive design to advertisement, from medicine to videogames.”

When: October 25-28, 2011
Where: Turin, Italy at TorinoIncontra

VIEW Conference92

RIA Unleashed Boston
“Flex, AIR, ColdFusion, and more. FITC is VERY excited to be involved with RIA Unleashed! Guests and speakers from New England and throughout North America will be coming to the 5th Annual RIA Unleashed event this October. This popular, low-cost event is accessible to every budget, and last year’s event was a super success.”

When: October 27-28, 2011
Where: Waltham, MA, USA at Bentley College

RIA Unleashed Boston

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo93
“Get ready for the hottest industry event for photographers and image-makers, PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo, brought to you by PDN. It’s the only place where you have infinite access to emerging technology, trends and talent while test driving new imaging tools, discovering creative solutions and expanding your network. ”

When: October 27-29, 2011
Where: New York, NY, USA at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo94

Creative Camp
“Creative Camp NZ is a non-profit, 2-day and multiple-track event in Wellington happening later this year and successor of the Flash Platform Camps we’ve held in the past two years in Wellington.”

When: October 28-29, 2011
Where: Wellington, New Zealand at Natcoll Design Technology

Creative Camp

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

When: October 31 – November 3, 2011
Where: Las Vegas, NV, USA at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino


November Events

HTML5 Live97
“Unlike most “other” HTML5 events that are geared towards web design, HTML5 Live is designed for enterprise web application developers and architects. The HTML5 Live program dives into areas of Browser Support, Architecture, Communication, Mobile and Web Applications.”

When: November 1, 2011
Where: New York, NY, USA at New World Stages

HTML5 Live98

YUIConf 201199
“The YUI team is excited to announce YUIConf 2011! We’ll be hosting the YUI developer community at Yahoo’s Santa Clara, CA campus for a two-day technical conference November 3-4. We’re also putting together a couple days of hands-on training workshops November 1-2.”

When: November 1-4, 2011
Where: Santa Clara, CA, USA at at Yahoo’s Santa Clara campus

YUIConf 2011100

HOW Interactive Design Conference101
“HOW magazine is delighted to introduce HOW Interactive Design Conference, a three-day event dedicated to helping print designers expand their skill set to confidently navigate web, digital, mobile and other forms of interactive media. This info-packed conference will keep you on top of today’s fast-paced design evolution by helping you capitalize on the new technology and trends that are changing design.”

When: November 2-4, 2011
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA

HOW Interactive Design Conference102

Star TechConf103
“StarTechConf is a large conference that brings together worldwide stars in software development and local experts in technologies to talk about HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Ruby, Java, Python, Open Data, and more.”

When: November 4-5, 2011
Where: Santiago, Chile

Star TechConf104

Future of Web Design105
“FOWD New York: three days of cutting-edge web design learning and initimate, expert-led workshops. Give your
Design Team the edge, with sessions from the industry’s leading speakers, the hottest topics and some world-class networking opportunities.”

When: November 7-9, 2011
Where: New York, NY, USA at New World Stages

Future of Web Design106

User Interface 16107
“3 days of design techniques, insights, and inspiration. Full-day immersive workshops on advanced UX topics. Top UX experts
sharing their real-world experience.”

When: November 7-9, 2011
Where: Boston, MA, USA at the Renaissance Hotel

User Interface 16108

Build Conference109
“Build is a five-day design event made up of three days of conference, workshops, lectures, exhibitions, meetups and parties?–?bookended by a day of film and another of music.”

When: November 7-11, 2011
Where: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Build Conference110

“Øredev is the Premier developer’s conference in Europe focused on the whole software development process. Øredev means Quantity and Quality, bringing the best speakers on subjects such as Java, .Net, Project Management, Web development and Testing. We cover the topics you are working with today as well as the ones you will be using tomorrow!”

When: November 7-11, 2011
Where: Malmö, Sweden at the Slagthuset, Jörgen Kocksg


Velocity Europe113
“The Velocity Conference provides you with real-world best practices for optimizing your web pages, specifically the performance of Ajax, CSS, JavaScript, and images. Even sites that had already been optimized can benefit, making for both a better customer experience and bottom line.”

When: November 8-9, 2011
Where: Berlin, Germany

Velocity Europe114

“RubyConf Argentina is a two-day event designed to cover the interests of a wide spectrum of programmers, from the new developer who is interested in learning Ruby for the first time to the long-time Ruby expert. The event is designed to open a dialogue between developers in Argentina and the rest of the world.”

When: November 8-9, 2011
Where: Buenos, Aires, Argentina


How To Web117
“How to Web 2011 helps Eastern European web entrepreneurs and professionals get the inspiration, knowledge and connections they need for creating global valuable web businesses and apps. You will get hands-on information about success models in Eastern Europe, global web trends and building great web and mobile apps.”

When: November 9-10, 2011
Where: Bucharest, Romania at the Crystal Palace Ballrooms

How To Web118

Design City119
“Design City, a “show within a show”, will bring together graphic designers with vendors who sell to the graphic design market. It connects buyers with sellers in a modern, interactive, results-driven environment. Design City aims to further strengthen the graphic design community and bring together buyers and sellers in the industry.”

When: November 10-12, 2011
Where: Toronto, Canada at the International Centre

Design City120

Full Frontal JavaScript Conference121
“Full Frontal is a conference held in Brighton UK, for the front end developers with JavaScript skills ranging from beginner to advanced. If you’ve dabbled with JavaScript in the past and wanted to learn more about how the language works and what makes it tick, then this conference is for you.”

When: November 11, 2011
Where: Brighton, UK at the Duke of York’s cinema

Full Frontal JavaScript Conference122

Voices That Matter: iOS Developers Conference123
“You’ll be able to devote a weekend to polishing your skills, picking up new techniques from the experts, learning about new technologies, and networking with your fellow developers. Voices That Matter provides the perfect forum to access industry leaders, many of whom have written books on iOS development. You’ll participate in interactive discussions that provide the perfect environment for an effective learning experience.”

When: November 12-13, 2011
Where: Boston, MA, USA at the Harvard Medical School Conference Center

Voices That Matter: iOS Developers Conference124

Screens 2011
“After two successful FITC Mobile conferences we have transformed the event into SCREENS, now dedicated to mobile, tablet and set top box development. Jam packed with information and a massive networking opportunity, SCREENS consists of presentations, demonstrations and panel discussions.”

When: November 14-15, 2011
Where: Toronto, Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Screens 2011

WordCamp NL125
“WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps are open to and users alike.”

When: November 19-20, 2011
Where: Utrecht, The Netherlands at Seats2Meet

WordCamp NL126

beyond tellerand conference
“An affordable 3-day event with intensive workshops and 15 high quality talks for web enthusiasts: design, technique, inspiration and networking. Don’t miss 3 very inspirational days with over 450 interested designers and developers.”

When: November 20-22, 2011
Where: Düsseldorf, Germany

beyond tellerand conference

The Rich Web Experience127
“Front-end development practices continue to evolve at a frantic pace. RWX 2011 will help you stay up-to-speed with the latest tools, frameworks, usability, and development practices. Our speakers are opensource leaders, project committers, published authors, and professional trainers.”

When: November 29 – December 2, 2011
Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

The Rich Web Experience128

December Events

Interaction South America
“Interaction South America 2011 is a design event that combines three days of inspiring conversations on activities presented by a set of regional and international experts. Our goal is to share knowledge on interaction design and its practice. Some of the most important global names in the area have already confirmed their presence in the 2011 edition.”

When: December 1-3, 2011
Where: Belo Horizonte, Brasil

Interaction South America

Blackberry DevCon Asia
“The BlackBerry® Developer Conference is the showcase for the latest innovations and breakthroughs with the BlackBerry Development Platform. Thousands of BlackBerry enthusiasts come together for sessions, demonstrations, hands-on labs and keynotes — all focused on creating mobile applications for the powerful BlackBerry platform.”

When: December 7-8, 2011
Where: Bangkok, Thailand at the Centara Grand at CentralWorld

Blackberry DevCon Asia

“LeWeb brings together the most influential audience in the Internet ecosystem. Top industry entrepreneurs, executives, investors, senior press & bloggers gather to focus on the key issues and opportunities in the web marketplace.”

When: December 7-9, 2011
Where: Paris, France at Eurosites Les Docks


An Event Apart San Francisco131
“An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

When: December 12–14, 2011
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA at the Palace Hotel

An Event Apart San Francisco132

January Events

New Adventures in Web Design133
“We’re working closely with our speakers over the next few months to ensure we bring you engaging, relevant, joined-up themes, and we’ll introduce all eight topics here in late 2011. Note also that our provisional schedule is subject to change.”

When: January 18-19, 2012
Where: Nottingham, UK at the Albert Hall

New Adventures in Web Design134

“WebVisions explores the future of the Web and mobile design, technology, user experience and business strategy and it’s bringing its Indie/DIY/Maker vibe to venues around the world, with awesome workshops, sessions, studio tours and networking events.”

When: January 18-20th in NYC (Visit website for upcoming dates)
Where: New York City, Barcelona, Portland, Chicago and Atlanta


February Events

“Our vision is to create an experience over four unforgettable days, plotting a course through the elements of interaction design, which will flood your mind and inspire your work.”

When: February 1-4, 2012
Where: Dublin, Ireland


An Event Apart Atlanta139
“An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

When: February 6-8, 2012
Where: Atlanta, GA, USA at the InterContinental

An Event Apart Atlanta140

Blackberry DevCon Europe
“The BlackBerry® Developer Conference is the showcase for the latest innovations and breakthroughs with the BlackBerry Development Platform. Thousands of BlackBerry enthusiasts come together for sessions, demonstrations, hands-on labs and keynotes — all focused on creating mobile applications for the powerful BlackBerry platform.”

When: February 7-8, 2012
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands at the RAI Convention Centre

Blackberry DevCon Europe

International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces141
“IUI 2012 is the annual meeting of the intelligent interfaces community and serves as the principal international forum for reporting outstanding research and development on intelligent user interfaces.”

When: February 14-17, 2012
Where: Lisbon, Portugal

International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces142

Other Early 2012 Events Link

Some other events that will be held early in 2012 are listed below. Details on these events is still forthcoming.

  • In Control Web Design Conference (February 20-21, 2012 in Orlando, FL, USA)
  • Webstock143 (February 13-17, 2012 in New Zealand)
  • CICON (February, 2012 in London, UK)

Do You Attend Web Design Conferences? Link

Which ones do you like most? Are you planning to attend one soon? Perhaps we can meet at some part of the world! Feel free to check Smashing Magazine on Lanyrd147, too.

Thanks to our trainee Luca for preparing the Google Calendar and iCal export for the Web design conferences and events listed in this review.

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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

    ColdFusion’s Enterprise Conference comes to Australia. Not only will we have the same incredible array of top notch ColdFusion content and speakers, we’re adding an extra Flex Track to the already stellar line up.

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    Christian Krammer

    September 12, 2011 5:27 am

    Nice round-up. Unfortunately I will attend none of them. :( There is no money for such “activities” in our company …

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    Emilia Flockhart

    September 12, 2011 5:32 am

    A very impressive list, so much to look forward to over the next 6months… Don’t forget DIBI – Design It. Build It. happening in April for the next batch of conferences…

  4. 4

    Here’s another worth adding to the list, Zeldman is keynoting.

    Do it with Drupal – Oct. 12, 13 & 14

  5. 6

    My goodness, I didn’t realize that there were so many! There is one every weekend and almost everyday! I attend ‘An Event Apart’ and cant think of a better one to attend.

  6. 7

    I wish there were some in Scotland!

  7. 8

    The list is very impressive, but you missed the most important, ours! ;)

  8. 9

    You’ve missed the Interaction South America 2011 event in December. I’ve even tweeted about it. Link to follow:

  9. 11

    Can you add this to the list – – 10/19/11 in Asbury Park, NJ

  10. 13

    I will be in Future of Mobile conference in London 16 september!
    I hope to do really a great experience and to spend a nice weekend in London !

  11. 14

    Ricardo Saavedra

    September 12, 2011 6:45 am

    Great compilation of great events.

  12. 15

    No Drupal Con 2012?

    It should be seminal! Also Drupal 8 will be shaping up by then into something more stable! Grrr……!

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      It’s in March. We’ll include it in a February post. Unfortunately, conferences in early March and early September get somewhat overlooked in these posts, because the post is usually done in late February or late August/September.

  13. 17

    Can I suggest sorting these lists by location? It’s probably the primary factor for most people when they’re deciding if it’s worth the trip.

  14. 19

    Leandro (inkel)

    September 12, 2011 7:19 am

    Care to add RubyConf Argentina to the list? November 8 & 9, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    More info at:

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    This is a great list, unfortunately I will not be able to attend any of them. I wish some of these would come to Houston Texas. I am a single father and traveling is very hard for me to do.
    I wish good things to all those who can travel to these fantastic conferences.

  16. 22

    Great list, thank you. I will be attending HOW Interactive Design Conference in November but it is not on this list!

  17. 25

    Thanks a lot!!!
    we are very proud of being referred by Smashing Magazine!!

    ps – please link our website instead of guestlistapp page: there are way more infos about everything

  18. 27

    Fernando Colaco

    September 12, 2011 8:21 am

    And there’s gotoAndSki
    Flash/Flex/Mobile + Ski/Snowboard in the Swiss alps January 26th to 28th

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    Sérgio Laranjeira

    September 12, 2011 8:33 am

    I wish to go to a few of them. There’s also a very interesting conference in Portugal. Sapo Codebits V. Check the website totally in English.

  20. 29

    Please, notice that Paris Web is scheduled on october 13 to 15.
    6 yeared conference on “webdesign, accessibility and web quality”.
    Already sold out but streaming available.

    See details :

  21. 30

    I’ve never been to any web conference but will attend An Event Apart in San Francisco this December. Read so many nice articles about AEA that I really had to go once. Still wondering how many people from outside the USA will attend AEA like myself. Gonna be awesome anyway!

  22. 31

    NCDevCon 2011 is this weekend – September 17-18, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

    Web, Mobile, RIA and hands on – 2 days – all for $60.

    Checkout for info and links to register!

  23. 32

    John Hodorowicz

    September 12, 2011 12:36 pm

    NCDevCon – Sept 17th – 18th
    (includes hands-on training sessions)

  24. 33

    Awesome list! I hope you will continue to provide such lists!

  25. 34

    Missing a game dev with HTML5 in S.Francisco

  26. 35

    Here is another one that hasn’t been mentioned – UX Web Summit – Sept. 28, 2011 –

  27. 36

    It depends because Australia largely gets forgotten about and even when conferences do make their way down here, some smaller studios find it hard to justify $500-$1k per person….

  28. 37

    Paramaguru Manickavasagam

    September 13, 2011 12:51 am

    I wish there were some in India!

  29. 38

    Hey Louis,

    nice list – but :) how could you miss our MobX Conference (aka The Rock’n Roll Summit) ?? You must be kidding. This is a joke, right? :) Ha, Ha. Now I got it!


    Mobile Experience Design & Usability: Meet the Experts!
    MobX – your premier annual conference for Mobile User Experience, small screen Interaction Design and usable interfaces on smart devices.

    This conference is for all you creative minds out there who deal with User Experience, interfaces and interactions in mobile contexts. It’s not really for developers (but we do love you, nonetheless). MobX is for all those who love small, mobile interfaces and smart experiences, good usability and consistent behaviour.

    There are a multitude of mobile gadgets, phones and tablets out there, with a mind-boggling variety of interfaces – with often dubious usability. We operate small screens in cars, trains and planes and elsewhere.

    Or is there no such thing as a mobile device, as some say, just mobile context? A star-studded line-up of international experts and mobile thinkers will give us their take on this and other key topics. (And there will be time to party as well!)

    Join us in Berlin and learn from the best.

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    Hi! I think you missed Web 2.0 Expo in New York, October 10-13. Still, nice article! Keep it coming!

  31. 40

    For India:

    JSFoo is happening on October 1 in bangalore.

    Techshare India is happening at New Delhi in February 2012.

  32. 41

    Don’t forget about Digitized — DIGITAL DESIGN CONFERENCE 01/10/2011 ATHENS

  33. 42

    I wish the same ….. any event at India ?

  34. 43

    Nothing in India.. :(

  35. 44

    Sketchcamp Chicago
    October 22

  36. 45

    Here’s another one coming up in October. Usability-focused conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan:

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    Any Event in India ?

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    Why are conferences so expensive? Are they really worth the cost or are these people out of their mind?
    I agree with Jeffrey Way []: “Each of us is entitled to his own personal opinions. To my eyes, $300 is reasonable; $1000-$2000 is vulgar. But perhaps these conferences aren’t priced for you and me”

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    Some of the text did not style properly.

  40. 49

    don’t forget about World IA Day in February!


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