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Upcoming Web Design And Development Conferences For 2012


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

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

There is no way for us to include every possible event, so you are more than welcome to help us out and provide a comment to an upcoming event that you feel would be of interest to Smashing Magazine’s readers. This may also be a chance for you1 to meet members of the Smashing Team this year.

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

February 2012 Events

Multipack Events9
“The Multipack is a community of multi-talented Web professionals from across the West Midlands. Every month we get together to discuss design, code, standards and technology, and share our knowledge, skills and talents.”

When: Various dates throughout 2012
Where: Various UK locations

Multipack Events10

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

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

Web Direc­tions’ “What do you know?”

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

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


SES Conference & Expo13
“SES Conference & Expo is the leading global event series that educates delegates in search and social marketing, putting a special focus on tactics and best practices. SES Events provide instruction from the industry’s top experts, including representatives from the Search Engines themselves.”

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

SES Conference & Expo14

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

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

In Control Conference

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

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


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

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


No Fluff Just Stuff Software Symposiums19
“This conference will focus on the latest technologies and best practices emerging in the enterprise software development space. Our speakers are authors, consultants, open source developers, and recognized industry experts. NFJS brings a high quality conference to your city, making the event accessible not only to senior engineers, but to the whole team. ”

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

No Fluff Just Stuff Software Symposiums20

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

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


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

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

PHP UK Conference

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

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

OpenCF Summit

Usability Week Conference 201223
“Many conferences offer cavernous exhibit halls, brief seminars on second-hand discoveries, and a sense of anonymity that can be truly alienating. Usability Week takes a different approach. In place of scattered, shallow talks, Usability Week offers up to 6 days of deep learning as international experts lead full-day tutorials”

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

Usability Week Conference 201224

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

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

FITC Amsterdam

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

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


Design Indaba Conference and Expo27
“With a focus on international thought leadership, the Design Indaba Conference has become one of the world’s leading design events and hosts more than 40 speakers and 2 500 delegates. The Design Indaba Expo was inaugurated in 2004 and provides a commercial platform for the finest South African designers to leverage goods and services to the local and global markets.”

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

Design Indaba Conference and Expo28

March 2012 Events

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

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


SXSW Interactive31
“The 19th annual SXSW Interactive festival will take place March 9-13, 2012 in Austin, Texas. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies, the event features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to experience a preview of what is unfolding in the world of technology.”

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

SXSW Interactive32

Greenville Grok33
“A small thing, in a great place, with wonderful people, asking a ton of questions and making headway on some decent answers.”

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

Greenville Grok34

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

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


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

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

London Web Summit

DrupalCon Denver37
“DrupalCon Denver is the official conference of the Drupal community. DrupalCon is a biannual event presented to an ever-expanding international audience since Drupal became an open-source project in 2001. It’s put on by the Drupal Association, as well as a fabulous group of volunteers and organizers from across the globe.”

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

DrupalCon Denver38

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

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

IA Summit

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

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

FITC Spotlight: JavaScript

Made by Few Web Conference39
“Made by Few is a 1-day conference featuring talks from entrepreneurs, designers, developers, and creatives. It’s part showcase, part education, and part inspiration.”

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

Made by Few Web Conference40

Photoshop World Conference and Expo41
“Designed to help you boost your skills, Photoshop World offers three days of pulse-pounding training with classes from renowned experts in the fields of Photoshop, photography and lighting and a once-in-a-lifetime experience guaranteed to enhance your skill set and help your work soar to new heights!”

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

Photoshop World Conference and Expo42

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

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


ArabNet Digital Summit45
“The region’s largest digital event just got bigger! This year’s summit will go on for 5 action-packed days featuring cutting-edge panel discussions, specialized workshops, exciting competitions, focused networking sessions, social activities and more.”

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

ArabNet Digital Summit46

April 2012 Events

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

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


An Event Apart Seattle49
“An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

When: April 2-4, 2012
Where: Seattle, WA, USA at the Bell Harbor Conference Center

An Event Apart Seattle50

Web-5 Conference
“The conference’s point is to let us discover, learn and share new technologies (WebGL, Dojo Toolkit, SocketIO, NodeJS, HTML5, JavaScript) and techniques through a practical approach. Thus allowing developers, sysadmins and technical directors to better grasp how these new technologies and techniques will help them in their daily work (and make their customer’s experience even more awesome).”

When: April 4-6 2012
Where: Béziers, France

Web-5 Conference

TYPO San Francisco51
“San Francisco is renowned as a creative hub. The unique blend of innovative thinking, design, software and technological development in the Bay Area has changed the way the world works. Well designed connections have improved and made our lives more fulfilling. Greater connections mean life can be more challenging, and that requires innovative design solutions. TYPO San Francisco brings together incredible speakers from American and European design communities to share and discuss what it means to connect.”

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

TYPO San Francisco52

TYPO3 Developer Days53
“So, here is the deal. You have a project related to TYPO3 / FLOW3 / Phoenix or the TYPO3 project in general? You need some manpower to get it done? You want to share your idea and probably find someone who joins your team? You just want to implement the coolest feature mankind has ever seen? Well, then the TYPO3 Developer Days 2012 is the event to go!”

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

TYPO3 Developer Days54

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

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


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

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


DIBI Web Conference57
“Design it. Build it. The two-track web conference.”

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

DIBI Web Conference58

Breaking Development59
“Breaking Development focuses on new, emerging techniques for web development and design for mobile devices. Our speakers are hand-picked to make sure you get challenging, well-delivered talks from a variety of different perspectives.”

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

Breaking Development60

The World Wide Web Conference61
“The World Wide Web Conference is a yearly international conference on the topic of the future direction of the World Wide Web. It began in 1994 at CERN and is organized by the International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee (IW3C2). The Conference aims to provide the world a premier forum for discussion and debate about the evolution of the Web, the standardization of its associated technologies, and the impact of those technologies on society and culture.”

When: April 16-20, 2012
Where: Lyon, France

The World Wide Web Conference62

140 Character Conference63
“The take aways from this event will provide the attending delegates knowledge, perspectives and insights to the next wave of effects twitter and the real-time internet will have on business.”

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

140 Character Conference64

Great Indian Developer Summit65
“With over 14000 attendees benefiting over four game changing editions, GIDS is the gold standard for India’s software developer ecosystem for gaining exposure to and evaluating new projects, tools, services, platforms, languages, software and standards.”

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

Great Indian Developer Summit66

UX London67
“Presented by Clearleft, UX London is 3 days of inspiration, education and skills development for User Experience Designers.”

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

UX London68

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

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


FITC Design and Technology Festival71
“The game has changed and FITC is on it! Featuring over 70 renowned digital creators from around the globe, FITC Toronto 2012 attendees will be privy to the knowledge of the best and brightest in the digital space. Covering everything from HTML5 to making digital art, this three day festival will leave attendees inspired to create in new and innovative ways.”

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

FITC Design and Technology Festival72

beyond tellerrand – play!73
“This a 4 day event with affordable ticket pricing. 2 workshop days feature full-day workshops and the conference covers 2 tracks with over 20 presentations about technology, design and inspiration on 2 days. Who ever wants to hear the latest buzz and exchange with other creative minds has reached the exact right event. And ticket prices start from just €99,00 including German VAT (19%) and booking fees.”

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

beyond tolerand - play74

TNW Conference75
“The 7th edition of The Next Web Conference will be packed with high quality content, networking events, parties and dealmaking opportunities. It’s the place to be for all web and mobile professionals.”

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

TNW Conference76

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

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


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

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


Future Insights Live81
“Future of Web Apps, Future of Web Design, Future of Mobile, and Future of Web in the Enterprise have joined forces to bring you our most comprehensive event EVER!”

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

Future Insights Live82

May 2012 Events

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

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


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

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


Next Berlin87
“The leading European conference for the digital industry. ”

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

Next Berlin88

CMS Expo89
“2012 CMS Expo showcases the world’s leading Content Management Systems and the incredible people who power them. Come discover the most innovative CMSs on the planet. Connect to the growing CMS Community. Learn the best ways to deploy your content and tune your CMS to perfectly match the demands of an ever-changing mobile, social, interconnected marketplace.”

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

CMS Expo90

J. Boye Web and Intranet Conference91
“J. Boye’s conferences grew out of our international groups for online professionals. We are in regular contact with our 400+ members from large and complex organisations and we know their agendas and projects. This puts us in a unique position to assess and determine what is happening in every corner of the field at any given time and enables us to put together a relevant program that really reflects the current challenges of our delegates.”

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

J. Boye Web and Intranet Conference92

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

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


Semi-Permanent Creative Conferences95
“Semi-Permanent is a world leading design conference that to date has hosted 29 events in 9 cities, covering 5 countries, with over 200 speakers and 50,000 attendees. In 2012, Semi-Permanent celebrates ten years of events- that’s a decade full of stories and wisdom from industry idols. ”

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

Semi-Permanent Creative Conferences96

Future Of Web Design London97
“The Future of Web Design proudly presents three days of cutting edge learning and inspiration. Join us for a day of in-depth workshops, followed by two action-packed conference days in the heart of London!”

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

Future Of Web Design London98

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

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


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

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


Internet Week New York101
“Since its debut in 2008, Internet Week New York has quickly become one of the world’s top festivals celebrating digital culture, as well as a global showcase for New York City’s thriving technology industry. Internet Week New York 2012 is expected to bring more than 30,000 people from around the world to nearly 300 events at the festival’s headquarters and at dozens of locations throughout the city. ”

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

Internet Week New York102

UX Lx103
“3 fantastic days with User Experience Professionals from all the over the world. 16 workshops to develop your skills, 10 talks to inspire you and 16 slots open for you to share your experiences. All this coupled with lots of parties and meetups in sunny Lisbon.”

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

UX Lx104

WebVisions Portland105
“It’s our 12th big year in Portland, and we’re celebrating with a fabulous lineup of experts in web and mobile design, technology, user experience, DIY, strategy and more!”

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

WebVisions Portland106

D2W Conference107
“Workflow is what we do. Day in and day out, although you may not think about it like that. Do you work with multiple applications during the day? Do you work with a developer or designer (depending on which you are)? Then that is what the D2W is all about.”

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

D2W Conference108

TYPO Berlin109
“For decades, design has been looking for something new, for something different – often at the expense of resources and global justice. Many companies have already had to learn things the hard way, because they ignored contemporary social values. Others have learned from the crisis and take social and ecological matters into consideration in their business strategies. Discover at TYPO Berlin 2012 sustain the long-living and the constant in design!”

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

TYPO Berlin110

J and Beyond111
“J and Beyond, an International Joomla! Conference, is back for the third year. For 3 days in May Joomla! developers and site builders from over 30 countries will gather in Bad Nauheim, near Frankfurt, right in the heart of Europe.”

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

J and Beyond112

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

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


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

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

A Web Afternoon

AgIdeas International Design Week115
“agIdeas International Design Week is the largest and most prestigious design festival in the world. Established in 1991 by Ken Cato, developed and presented by the Design Foundation. agIdeas offers an extraordinary program of events that celebrate design excellence and promotes the value of design driven innovation. ”

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

AgIdeas International Design Week116

Web Rebels117
“The Web Rebels conference is a non-profit community driven conference for everyone who loves programming applications and services using web technology. Our focus is on the art of programming the web based solutions that we all use and cherish.”

When: May 24-25, 2012
Where: Oslo, Norway

Web Rebels118

One More Thing119
“One More Thing isn’t a traditional programming conference. It’s a meeting for iOS developers, designers and those who just want to come along for the ride. You won’t directly learn to code better. Your UI probably won’t improve either. But you will leave with more confidence in your abilities as an iOS developer or designer.”

When: May 25-26, 2012
Where: Melbourne, Australia

One More Thing120

UXcamp Europe121
“The main rule of the conference is: No spectators, just participants! This BarCamp-rule does not mean everybody has to do a Session, but everybody should come prepared to participate in an active manner.”

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

UXcamp Europe122

O’Reilly Fluent Conference123
“The O’Reilly Fluent Conference is about everything JavaScript. If you’re developing for the Web, desktop, or mobile, knowing the ins and outs of JavaScript and related technologies is critical. Come to Fluent to learn from expert developers who are using JavaScript in all kinds of contexts, to do things that no one ever expected JavaScript could do, and do so well.”

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

O'Reilly Fluent Conference124

Interactive Design International Festival
“Taking place over 3 days in Limoges, the Festival focuses on interactive design on a regional, national and international (15 countries) level. Businesses, professionals, research institutions and colleges all share and explore the latest design innovations on themes that respond to large economic, cultural and social issues.”

When: May 29-31, 2012
Where: Limoges, France

Interactive Design International Festival

Big Design Conference125
“Experts from across the country will gather to present theories, research, experiences, and best practices to students, professionals, and executives looking to stay on the bleeding edge.”

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

Big Design Conference126

June 2012 Events

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

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


International PHP Conference129
“The International PHP Conference is the global recognized event for PHP developers, webworkers, IT managers and everyone interested in web-technology.”

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

International PHP Conference130

Eyeo Festival131
“In 2011, eyeo brought together an incredible group of creative coders, data viz pros, designers and artists. For 2012 we’ll raise the bar. Expect lectures, conversations and workshops with some of the most fascinating minds and makers today.”

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

Eyeo Festival132

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

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

Interlink Web Design Conference

Valio Con133
“Conference at the beach where it’s all about actual fun and not sitting in a hotel lobby the entire time.”

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

Valio Con134

Front-End Design Conference135
“The Front-End Design Conference is an annual event dedicated to content, presentation and behavior. The speakers and attendees are made up of awesome people from the web design and development community.”

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

Front-End Design Conference136

NXNE Interactive137
“With over 80 presentations, NXNEi bridges the gap between creators of all kinds and interactivity. Whether you’re a musician, film producer, marketer, public relations pro or community manager, NXNE Interactive programming has you covered. Join us for three days of tech and social media exploration to learn how to boost ingenuity while enhancing your marketing and business efforts.”

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

NXNE Interactive138

Reasons to be Creative – New York139
“Reasons to be Creative is a festival for creative artists, designers and coders. The festival brings together some of the most respected and brilliant minds from the worlds of art, code, design and education to share their passion, knowledge, insights and work. Expect two days packed with talks, networking, inspiration and learning.”

When: June 14-15, 2012
Where: New York, USA

Geeky By Nature140

Ampersand 2012141
“Combining the worlds of web & type design.”

When: June 15, 2012
Where: Brighton, UK

Ampersand 2012142

Nordic Ruby Conference143
“Learn stuff. Meet people. Have fun. Nordic Ruby is a two-day, single-track Ruby conference. At a Japanese spa in the beautiful Stockholm archipelago. All-inclusive.”

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

Nordic Ruby Conference144

An Event Apart Boston145
“An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

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

An Event Apart Boston146

HOW Design Live147
“In 2012, Boston is the meeting point for the biggest gathering of designers, freelancers, creative team managers, and other creative professionals in the country. That much creative energy under one roof? It’s a recipe for revolutionary ideas and life-changing inspiration. You’ll rethink your approach to work and life, connect with like-minded allies, hear from creative visionaries, and discover new tools to make your job more satisfying and productive than ever before.”

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

HOW Design Live148

O’Reilly Velocity Conference149
“Most companies with outward-facing dynamic websites face the same challenges: pages must load quickly, infrastructure must scale efficiently, and sites and services must be reliable, without burning out the team or breaking the budget. Velocity is the best place on the planet for web ops and performance professionals like you to learn from your peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share best practices and lessons learned.”

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

O'Reilly Velocity Conference150

Google I/O151
“After Google I/O 2011, you consistently told us you wanted more time to attend sessions, visit our partners in the Developer Sandbox, and meet 1:1 with the engineers behind Google’s developer platforms and APIs. We recently received an unexpected opportunity to extend Google I/O to three days, so as we announced on our +Google Developers page, we are moving the conference to June 27-29, 2012.”

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

Google I/O152

Lone Star PHP Conference153
“Lone Star PHP is back for its 2nd annual event. Join us for this two day event and hear the best speakers the PHP community has to offer from all around the world. This year’s event will be June 29th & 30th at the Addison Conference Center in Addison, Tx.”

When: June 29-30, 2012
Where: Dallas, TX, USA

Lone Star PHP Conference154

Scottish Ruby Conference155
“The Scottish Ruby Conference started life as Scotland on Rails in 2008 and has grown to become Europe’s premier multi-track Ruby conference. And by premier, we mean the one with the most whisky consumed.”

When: June 29-30, 2012
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland at the Royal College of Physicians

Scottish Ruby Conference156

July 2012 Events

WebVisions Barcelona157
“WebVisions heads to Europe for three days of workshops, sessions and keynotes by leading web, mobile, UX, DIY and strategy experts.”

When: July 5-7, 2012
Where: Barcelona, Spain at Pompeu Fabra University

WebVisions Barcelona158

An Event Apart Austin159
“An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

When: July 9-11, 2012
Where: Austin, TX, USA at the Hilton

An Event Apart Austin160

“Tech talks for web devs. JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3. Mobile, Security, Scale. Web dev conversations.”

When: August 2, 2012
Where: Wellington, New Zealand


O’Reilly OSCON163
“OSCON is where all of the pieces come together: developers, innovators, businesspeople, and investors. In the early days, this trailblazing O’Reilly event was focused on changing mainstream business thinking and practices; today OSCON is about how the close partnership between business and the open source community is building the future. That future is everywhere you look.”

When: July 16-20, 2012
Where: Portland, OR, USA

O'Reilly OSCON164

CSS Summit165
“The online conference for CSS. Speakers include Chris Coyier, Lea Verou, Estelle Weyl, Jonathan Snook, and more.”

When: July 31 – August 2, 2012
Where: Online Conference

CSS Summit166

August/September 2012 Events

“The Rich Internet Application Conference: Where architects and developers of all levels gather to share and learn about creating the next generation of web and mobile based applications. At RIACon you’ll get to network with fellow industry professionals and community leaders while being exposed to the most up to date skills needed for building great applications leveraging the best technologies available today.”

When: August 6-7, 2012
Where: Washington, DC, USA


An Event Apart DC169
“An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

When: August 6-8, 2012
Where: Washington, DC, USA at the Westin Alexandria

An Event Apart DC170

DrupalCon Munich171
“DrupalCon Munich is the official conference of the Drupal community. DrupalCon is a biannual event presented to an ever-expanding international audience since Drupal became an open-source project in 2001. It’s put on by the Drupal Association, as well as a fabulous group of volunteers and organizers from across the globe.”

When: August 20-24, 2012
Where: Munich, Germany at the Westin Grand

DrupalCon Munich172

UX Week
“UX Week is the premier user experience design conference. Design professionals from all over the world gather for four days of community, inspiration and skills building.”

When: August 21-24, 2012
Where: San Francisco, CA, USA

UX Week

An Event Apart Chicago173
“An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

When: August 27-29, 2012
Where: Chicago, IL, USA at the Westin Chicago River North

An Event Apart Chicago174

UX Australia175
“UX Australia 2012 is a 4-day user experience design conference, with two days of workshops and two days of presentations about designing great experiences for people.”

When: August 28-31, 2012
Where: Brisbane, Austalia at Sofitel Brisbane Central

UX Australia also presents Agile UX176 and Service Design 2012177.

UX Australia178

“”Our 8th year!””

When: September 7, 2012
Where: Brighton, UK at the Brighton Dome



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    Brian C. Reyes

    February 10, 2012 7:01 pm

    You didn’t mention

    From the site:
    “With its “Point-of-View” platform, SIC 2012 provides a unique stage for entrepreneurs, technologists, advertisers, designers, entertainers, online business professionals and thinkers to converge: Visionary speakers on technology, creativity, and emergent trends will leave you inspired, and networking events promise to better connect you.”

    SIC was great last year and I’m looking forward to SIC 2012!

    • 2

      That one is in October. SM plans to publishh this post twice a year. Once in February to cover events up to around the beginning of September, and then again in late July/August to cover events up to around the first half of February.

      • 3

        Hey Louis, any updates on the next post? :)

        • 4

          Are there any good conferences coming up in the second half of 2012? I’m particularly interested in any in the D.C. area so I wouldn’t have to travel.

  2. 5

    You forgot to include An Event Apart (Seattle April 2012) – AEA is easily the best web dev conference I’ve been too. But that’s a great list of conferences. Wish I could attend more than one a year!

    • 6

      Oh, looks like it was greyed out on their home page, so I assumed it was already past or something. Looks like it’s sold out with limited workshop seats available, so I’ll add that. Thanks.

  3. 7

    Greate, lovely post!

  4. 8

    Nice collection. One thing: what’s about DrupalCon Munich?

  5. 10

    Reinhard Gloggengiesser

    February 10, 2012 10:49 pm

    DrupalCon Munich

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

    When: August 20-24, 2012
    Where: Munich, Germany at the Westin Grand

  6. 11

    Thanks for these conference list articles – mighty handy.

  7. 12

    Does anyone know of conferences in Philly or Baltimore area?

  8. 13

    Can’t believe it ! ‘seems there’s not even ONE event in France … ‘:(

  9. 17

    Are there no conferences in Los Angeles in the next 7 months? I know Adobe Max is in October, but is there really nothing until then?

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    Denys Mishunov

    February 12, 2012 2:42 pm

    My 2 days old comment disappeared somehow :) so posting again. Thanks for the list Louis! It is incredibly helpful. You might consider adding Web Rebels conference as well. It will be in May in Oslo, Norway.

  11. 20

    Hi! Nice collection. I made a quick research weeks ago and also wrote down a list of conferences in 2012. Maybe you will find something new.

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    Wish there was more conferences in Australia, To bad all the ones currently happing are way to expensive, even the student prices are stupidly expensive….. Wont be attending any on the fact that after buying ticket and travelling its totalling nearly $1000 before even getting in the door or having anywhere to stay… Not ideal for a freelancer.

  13. 23

    You forgot to mention php|tek.
    May 22-25 in Chicago, IL – US

    While tek focuses on php, this year’s theme is PHP and Friends. We cover a wide range of topics and technologies related to web development including a full-day tutorial on HTML5.

  14. 24

    How about NYC? Any others not listed here?

  15. 25

    There’s also Ciconf that is going to be in London this weekend.

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    You should add backbone conf in Boston

  18. 28

    Thank you so much for this post! I’m self taught and have never really been able to meet other UI designers, but now I’ll be able to go to my very first design conference and be completely humbled!

  19. 29

    How about the great New Adventures in Web Design Conference (naConf) in Nottingham?

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    UXSpain should be here ;)

  21. 31

    Too bad there are no conferences in Belgium.

    If there are please let me know: @soreyn

  22. 32

    UXImmersion 2012 in Portland, OR

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    Also there is the Web-5 Conference taking place in April, the 4th, 5th and 6th in Béziers

  24. 34

    Great list, but I wish there was more conferences in Canada.

  25. 35

    Do you guys know about any conference of web design in Lima, Peru?

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    Tomas Wennström

    February 16, 2012 7:49 pm

    Sweden Social Web Camp might be something for you, if you are close to Sweden in August.

    We meet on a small island with a unique Swedish environment with red cottages, grazing sheep, camping fires and a sauna raft and talk about the future of the internet.

    It’s quite different.

  27. 37

    And don’t forget one the biggest PHP conferences in Europe:

    Dutch PHP Conference
    Dutch Mobile Conference
    Everything PHP and mobile on June 7th – 9th 2012 in Amsterdam

  28. 38

    very helpful share!

  29. 39

    Great list! New on the scene: UX Speakeasy hosted at the San Diego Zoo on March 31, 2012. Stellar line-up of speakers from Russ Unger, Eric Reiss, and many more. The speakeasy also provides free workshops on gaming research, using card sorting for IA, and other great topics if you know the secret code!

  30. 40

    Awesome list! Could you add MinneWebCon, April 16-17, in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN? This is its fifth year, and keynotes are Whitney Hess and John Moe.

  31. 41

    There is one in Belgium and it’s free:

  32. 42

    Whisky Web conference is also happening in April, you might want to add it to this list

  33. 43

    Hello, would you mind adding:

    August 13th – 15th, 2012
    Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

    Mobile, Web & Cloud.

    Thank you!

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    Angelo Fallein

    March 19, 2012 7:55 pm

    Multi-Mania 2012

    May 21-22, 2012 in Belgium at Kortrijk XPO
    Biggest Multimedia Conference in Europe

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    Oops. My comment was supposed to say. Please add That Conference.

    August 13th – 15th, 2012

    Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

    Mobile, Web & Cloud.

  36. 46

    Don’t forget SourceDevCon

  37. 47

    Just a UX nitpick: The banners are the focal point of the entries, I expected the information beneath them instead of above.

  38. 48

    I just need to correct the date for WDCNZ this year, which should be 2nd August.

    We launched the speaker lineup yesterday and the 2012 site is live at


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    Hello, would you mind adding:

    Sep 2nd – 3rd, 2012
    Egyptian Engineering Day 2012

    largest gathering of engineers and developers in Egypt featuring technical sessions for top technologies for developers and engineers

    Thank you!

  40. 50

    Seriously? You forgot about jQuery Conference 2012?!
    San Francisco – June 28 – 29, 2012


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