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Upcoming Web Design Events (Dec. 2014 – June 2015)

The year may be slowly coming to an end, but there are still so many exciting conferences to keep in mind before we turn our calendars over to 2015. Our industry’s indefatigable speakers aren’t quite done yet!

We have to admit though, 2014 was a truly exciting year! With so much happening in the industry, conference organizers have done their best to keep you up to date. Take a look at some of the amazing events that are about to close this year’s conference season and, of course, get an early start on next year’s schedule.

Conferences are about gathering information and knowledge, but also about opportunities to get to know other like-minded folks in the web design community. Also, keep in mind that there’s always a benefit to attending any event, and a strong chance that you’ll be exposed to a large amount of new information, so be prepared to absorb the latest techniques brought to you by distinguished authors and speakers!

I’d like to thank everyone for leaving comments in the previous round-up1 — they were truly helpful! I admit, I may have missed or forgotten to mention a conference (or two) in today’s round-up, but please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below in the comments section and I’ll be sure to add it on to this list as soon as possible!

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

December 2014

CSSConf Oakland 2014
“CSSConf is a not-for-profit event brought to you by people dedicated to creating diverse communities and fostering knowledge-sharing in safe environments. CSSConf is a one-day front-end and design-oriented conference for builders of the web. Everyone is welcome.”

  • When: December 9, 2014
  • Where: Oakland, USA

CSSConf Oakland 2014

SmashingConf Whistler 201410
“What happens when you combine a practical front-end conference with a spectacular resort experience? That’s what SmashingConf Whistler is all about—a friendly, hands-on event at the foot of the beautiful Whistler Blackcomb mountains.”

  • When: December 9-12, 2014
  • Where: Whistler, Canada

SmashingConf Whistler 201411

One-Shot Oakland by NodeConf12
“ONE-SHOT is a one day single track speaker series presented by NodeConf.” It’s happening in Oakland as part of the JSFest event.

  • When: December 10, 2014
  • Where: Oakland, USA

One-Shot Oakland by NodeConf13

The Next Web Conference USA14
“Join 1,000 professionals to discuss the latest technology trends, learn about best business practices, discover the hottest startups and network with leading industry influencers. From inspiration to action, TNW USA is the place to be if you’re looking to grow your company and immerse yourself in the culture of innovation.”

  • When: December 10, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

The Next Web Conference USA15

Nothing is Sacred16
Nothing is sacred is “a conference about questioning assumptions, experimentation, and rebuilding what’s already there” and another event during the JSFest festivities.

  • When: December 12, 2014
  • Where: Oakland, USA

Nothing is Sacred17

As a single-day event during the JSFest event “DanceJS is a unique speaker series that aims to foster a community around audio-hacking and dance music.”

  • When: December 13, 2014
  • Where: Oakland, USA


UXI Studio18
UXI Studio features “4 days of professional UX workouts, practical tools and active networking, with seven internationally recognized speakers.”

  • When: December 14-17, 2014
  • Where: Ramat Gan, Israel

UXI Studio19

BackboneConf 201420
“BackboneConf is a two-day conference about building applications on the web, with a focus on the Backbone.js library. BackboneConf is about moving the open web forward.”

  • When: December 15-16, 2014
  • Where: Cambridge, USA

BackboneConf 201421

January 2015

agile content conf22
“Agile can help to bring content into the digital age. Originally used in product development, agile methods rely on teamwork across disciplines, building prototypes at speed, and continuous testing with users.”

  • When: January 19-20, 2015
  • Where: London, England

agile content conf23

Riga Dev Day 201524
“Riga Dev Day is a joint project by three of the most active user groups in Latvia; an event by software developers for software developers; for professionals who value their time; for cross-functional developers and teams.”

  • When: January 22, 2015
  • Where: Riga, Latvia

Riga Dev Day 201525

ConveyUX 201526
“The 2015 event will feature over 30 presenters with 50+ topics. The activities take place over three days. Two days of featured speakers, breakout session, and networking and social activities. The third day is made up of half-day workshops.”

  • When: January 22-24, 2015
  • Where: Seattle, USA

ConveyUX 201527

PHPBenelux Conference 201528
“PHPBenelux is a non-profit usergroup for PHP developers in the Benelux and surrounding area. We organise user group meetings, theme events and an annual conference.”

  • When: January 23-24, 2015
  • Where: Edegem, Belgium

PHPBenelux Conference 201529

/dev/winter 201530
“/dev/winter is a new, free-to-attend 1 day event for software developers focussing on software technology. The event will consist of a mixture of tutorials, case studies, experience reports and hands-on sessions from fellow software developers.”

  • When: January 24, 2015
  • Where: Cambridge, England

/dev/winter 201531

High Load Strategy Conference32
“Today applications run on billions of devices that are connected together, from a refrigerator in a kitchen to a multi-thousand core server cluster in a cloud. Users demand milliseconds response time and 24×7 uptime. Classical architectures do not work anymore for today’s demand. We invite developers, analysts and other field experts who have pondered the difficulties and possibilities of scaling systems to share their expertise and attend our exclusive event on High load strategy. ”

  • When: January 30, 2015
  • Where: Vilnius, Lithuania

High Load Strategy Conference33

Rail Camp NZ 5
“Imagine yourself and a group of Ruby programmers on a country retreat for a weekend of talks, hacking and fun. Things which may or may not happen” include: “Hacking, Learning, Werewolf, A swim in the sea.”

  • When: January 30 – February 2, 2015
  • Where: Auckland, New Zealand

Rail Camp NZ 5

“ConfConf will aim to challenge industry perspectives and recurring criticisms that plague tech events, providing a platform for open debate and discussion on matters such as diversity, inclusivity and enabling new talent.”

  • When: January 30 – February 2, 2015
  • Where: Birmingham, England


February 2015

Rolling Scopes Conference36
“This conference is made by developers who don’t seek any profit for developers looking for some fun. The Saturday before the main conference will be dedicated to a series of workshops.”

  • When: February 1, 2015
  • Where: Minsk, Belarus

Rolling Scopes Conference37

Jfokus 201538
Jfokus is Sweden’s largest developer conference. Come see 21 great speakers in Sweden’s capital.

  • When: February 2-4, 2015
  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden

Jfokus 201539

Mobile+Web DevCon: San Francisco 201540
“Mobile+Web DevCon is a three day event dedicated to helping developers and software engineers like you master the latest development tools and trends as well as best practices in design and UX. The first day is made up of hands-on labs – three hour hands-on sessions that allow attendees to deep dive into a specific topic and work collaboratively with small groups of attendees facing similar development challenges.”

  • When: February 3-5, 2015
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Mobile+Web DevCon: San Francisco 201541

ForwardJS 201542
“Three tracks will cover an abundance of technical topics including JavaScript, the ES6 standard, real-time communication, web MVC components, functional programming, UX, data visualization, and more.”

  • When: February 3-5, 2015
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

ForwardJS 201543

MCE 201544
“MCE started as a conference for developers by developers. This year, we are expanding our horizons to include all mobile creators – developers, designers and tech leaders. We are interested in details, hidden mechanisms, in short – everything behind the scenes that makes the user go WOW! when they download an app.”

  • When: February 4-6, 2015
  • Where: Warsaw, Poland

MCE 201545

Lift Conference46
“45 entrepreneurs from 37 countries will present their business ideas at the grand final to win an equity investment of up to USD 500’000. Visit their booths in the SSW space and learn from their unique experience during 5 dedicated workshops.”

  • When: February 4-6, 2015
  • Where: Geneva, Switzerland

Lift Conference47

Space City JS48
“Space City JS is a conference in Houston, TX focused on the rigor of JavaScript and the web platform, put on by your neighborhood community leaders of houston.js.”

  • When: February 5, 2015
  • Where: Houston, USA

Space City JS49

“RWDevCon is a conference focused on high quality programming tutorials. Learn about Swift and iOS 8 via high quality hands-on tutorials led by the authors you know and love.”

  • When: February 6-7, 2015
  • Where: Washington, DC, USA


FITC Tokyo 201552
“Discover NEW ideas and concepts, explore and push the limits of technology in design and art at FITC Tokyo 2015. Learn how designers and technologists are reinventing what their tools are designed for, finding alternate ways to get what they want, and pushing the boundaries of what is possible to avoid mediocrity.”

  • When: February 7-8, 2015
  • Where: Tokyo, Japan

FITC Tokyo 201553

“Join the IxDA community in San Francisco for three days of talks, workshops and activities exploring the past, present and future of interaction design.”

  • When: February 9-11, 2015
  • Where: San Francisco, USA


UX Salon 2015 / Tel-Aviv56
“The creative process is more than just finding the right tool for the job; it’s also about finding the best approach to being creative. This year the conference theme is “The creative Toolbox“, we will examine practical and inspirational tools for our day-to-day work.”

  • When: February 10-11, 2015
  • Where: Tel-Aviv, Israel

UX Salon 2015 / Tel-Aviv57

Mobile Trends Conference58
“Explore the newest trends of creating mobile websites and applicatons. We are inviting developers, as well as marketers, who want to take a peak at the technical side of the mobile world.”

  • When: February 11-13, 2015
  • Where: Krakow, Poland

Mobile Trends Conference59

“The NG-NL Conference in Amsterdam is the first AngularJS Conference that will take place in The Netherlands. One full day we will be hosting sessions and workshops about AngularJS and related topics.”

  • When: February 13, 2015
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands


An Event Apart Atlanta62
“An Event Apart Atlanta is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design.

  • When: February 16-18, 2015
  • Where: Atlanta, USA

An Event Apart Atlanta63

Webstock 201564
“A spectacular of astounding talent and splendour set to edify, enlighten, dazzle and delight.”

  • When: February 16-20, 2015
  • Where: Wellington City, NZ

Webstock 201565

ConFoo 201566
“ConFoo is a multi-technology conference for web developers.” It will feature 150 presentations, cover “a multitude of web and mobile technologies”, focus on “pragmatic solutions for web developers”, and generally offer “great content.”

  • When: February 18-20, 2015
  • Where: Montreal, Canada

ConFoo 201567

“Reasons:London returns for the 3rd time to Old Street, London. An affordable single dayer, with an awesome line-up of speakers. Kicking off at 11:00AM on Friday 20th February, is the perfect way to finish your working week and start your weekend!”

  • When: February 20, 2015
  • Where: London, UK


TOCA ME design conference 201570
The TOCA ME design conference will feature 5 international speakers and an exhibition in Munich, one of Germany’s most picturesque cities.

  • When: February 21, 2015
  • Where: Munich, Germany

TOCA ME design Conference 201571

FITC Amsterdam 201572
“FITC is the intersection between Creative Technologists, Designers, Developers and all-around awesome thinkers from various innovative industries across the globe. They converge every year in Amsterdam to connect, challenge, inspire and to experience the cutting edge in design and technology.”

  • When: February 23-24, 2015
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

FITC Amsterdam 201573

Awwwards Conference 201574
“A web design conference where digital architects, pixel visionaries, and curators of dreams alike, come together to share with us their best-kept secrets, unveiling the key to their success. Obsessive, passionate, scrupulous and meticulous; always creative; always brave.”

  • When: February 24-25, 2015
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

Awwwards Conference 201575

UX Riga 201576
“UXRiga conference is designed as a one day practical event, targeted on in-house digital, e-commerce and development department representatives, designers and developers, as well as local web design agencies. Hands-on workshops, keynotes and local case studies will provide inspiration and necessary skills to build your client loyalty by improving their user experience of web and mobile applications, as well as IT systems.”

  • When: February 26, 2015
  • Where: Riga, Latvia

UX Riga 201577

SearchFest 2015
“SearchFest presents multiple informative learning tracks, workshops, and panel sessions designed to provide direct insight into the most up-to-date strategies and technological advancements in online search marketing and social marketing.”

  • When: February 27, 2015
  • Where: Portland, USA

SearchFest 2015

March 2015

Mobile World Congress 201578
“Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest annual gathering of mobile and related industry C-Level executives. If anything is happening in mobile, it can be found at MWC. Learn more about the organisations behind the event and check out highlights of our best-ever 2014 event.”

  • When: March 2-5, 2015
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

Mobile World Congress 201579

Con London 201580
“A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams.”

  • When: March 2-6, 2015
  • Where: London, England

Con London 201581

Confab Government 2015
“This special one-day content strategy event is for government employees, teams, and contractors. At Confab Government, we will focus on the unique content challenges of content strategy in the public sector. This is your chance to hear about plain language, user-centered experiences, data-driven decisions, and how to do your work when your stakeholders are…well, EVERYBODY.”

  • When: March 3, 2015
  • Where: Washington, DC, USA

Confab Government 2015

ng-conf 201582
ng-conf presents the best speakers in Angular. Come see 20 experts in the field and have some fun carving Utah snow or playing StarCraft while you’re there.

  • When: March 4-6, 2015
  • Where: Salt lake City, USA

ng-conf 201583

DrupalSouth 201584
“Developers, themers, site builders, web teams, business owners: help Drupal transform organisations, the web, and the world. DrupalSouth is a non-profit conference run by a team of volunteers from the community with the fiscal and legal support provided by Linux Australia Inc.”

  • When: March 5-7, 2015
  • Where: Melbourne, Australia

DrupalSouth 201585

jQuery UK 201586
“jQuery UK returns to Oxford for its fourth year. Join us for two packed tracks featuring the biggest names in front-end development, and leave with practical takeaways you can put to use straight away.”

  • When: March 6, 2015
  • Where: Oxford City, England

jQuery UK 201587

Mdevcon 201588
“Mdevcon is targeted at developers working with mobile technology. There will be talks targeted at a specific platform and talks of a more platform independent nature. We welcome independent developers, freelancers and developers working for a company – It doesn’t matter who you are or where you work, if you work with mobile technology you’ll enjoy this conference.”

  • When: March 6-7, 2015
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mdevcon 201589

.concat() 201590
“We invite the web development community from Austria and the entire world to Salzburg. Come and hear talks about the wide variety of web topics and it’s community so you can build better applications for more platforms, devices and humans.”

  • When: March 7, 2015
  • Where: Puch bei Hallein, Austria

.concat() 201591

Typography Day 201592
“The event will feature a day of workshops on Typography and Calligraphy followed by two days of conference dedicated to ‘typography, Sensitivity and Fineness’. The conference includes presentations by invited keynote speakers, eminent academicians, blind juried papers, industry professionals, research scholars and students.”

  • When: March 7-9, 2015
  • Where: Mumbai, India

Typography Day 201593

Wearables TechCon: Santa Clara 201594
Wearables TechCon is “for OEM Builders, designers, and developers of wearable computing technology. Choose from 30+ classes on product design, electronic engineering for wearable devices and embedded development and from 30+ classes on designing software and applications for the hottest wearable platforms.”

  • When: March 9-11, 2015
  • Where: Santa Clara, USA

Wearables TechCon: Santa Clara 201595

DevNexus 201596
“Come discover how the industry’s best minds use the latest technologies to build solutions to business problems. Network with other Atlanta software developers, and study real life case studies in application design and development.”

  • When: March 10-12, 2015
  • Where: Atlanta, USA

DevNexus 201597

Wearable Technology Show 201598
“The Wearable Technology Show is the BIGGEST event for wearables, augmented reality & IOT. Our conference programme has 7 different tracks, offering delegates a unique opportunity to hear from some of the leading experts in wearable technology, view the latest product demonstrations from around the world and network with the industry.”

  • When: March 11-10, 2015
  • Where: London, UK

Wearable Technology Show 201599

onGamestart 2015100
Poland is hosting its large scale HTML5 games conference again. Learn all the tricks for successfully designing your own HTML5 game.

  • When: March 11-13, 2015
  • Where: Warsaw, Poland

onGamestart 2015101

Midwest PHP 2015 Conference102
“The Midwest PHP Conference returns to the University of St. Thomas Downtown Minneapolis campus. Now in its third year, the conference will bring together developers from across the PHP community to learn about modern web development practices across a range of technologies, including PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and more.”

  • When: March 14-15, 2015
  • Where: Minneapolis, USA

Midwest PHP 2015 Conference103

SmashingConf Oxford 2015104
“With our upcoming SmashingConf Oxford 2015, we’ll explore heavily practical insights, tips, tricks and techniques that we all can apply to our work right away. Same game, same rules: 1 track, 2 conference days, 7 workshops, 18 excellent speakers and just 350 available seats.”

  • When: March 17-18, 2015
  • Where: Oxford, England

SmashingConf Oxford 2015105

jDays 2015106
“A Java developers conference about Java SE, Java EE, Java Open Source Frameworks and technologies, Front-end (Web & Mobile), Trends & Future, Software Solutions, Case Studies and Real World Experiences, Methodologies & Tools, and other related subjects.”

  • When: March 17-18, 2015
  • Where: Gothenburg, Sweden

jDays 2015107

rethink conf108
“rethink conf is a bi-annual conference focusing on strategic business usage of digital marketing and social media. We bring together the leading international experts and provide extensive networking with the goal of highlighting and exploring emerging challenges and opportunities.”

  • When: March 17 + 19, 2015
  • Where: March 17th in Stockholm, Sweden, and March 19th in Oslo, Norway

rethink conf109

Service Design in Government 2015110
“Returning for its second year, Service Design in Government is a practical conference for anyone involved in designing or commissioning public services. Participants can engage in hands-on sessions where they can get real-time, real life experience; can learn from case studies and experience reports where speakers have tackled challenges and achieved great results; and enjoy sessions that will require them to bring their own experiences, challenges and questions to put to the speakers.”

  • When: March 19-20, 2015
  • Where: London, England

Service Design in Government 2015111

Internet of Things Conference112
The Internet of Things is one of the most important drivers of innovation for our economy, society and culture. Intelligent, networked devices are getting more and more prevalent in our daily lives. Learn from the leaders in the field how to navigate the technical challenges brought on by these technologies.

  • When: March 23-25, 2015
  • Where: Munich, Germany

Internet of Things Conference113

MobileTech Conference 2015114
The MobileTech Conference is the leading conference for mobile technologies and innovation in the German-speaking area. Attendees will learn useful tipps and techniques from 60 international experts in the field.

  • When: March 23-26, 2015
  • Where: Munich, Germany

MobileTech Conference 2015115

f8 Developer Conference 2015116
“Join leading developers from around the world at f8 2014 at The Concourse in San Francisco. Engineers from Facebook, Parse and Instagram will share what we’ve learned and where we’re headed. We’ll dig into details to help you build faster, to reach more customers and to earn more with your apps. We’ll celebrate what you’ve created, and what we can do together in the future.”

  • When: March 25, 2015
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

f8 Developer Conference 2015117

CSSConfAU 2015118
“CSSConf will revolve around the Melbourne Arts House, a nineteenth century, Victorian-era heritage building with cobblestone entry ways and a beautiful barrel-vaulted ceiling” and feature world-renown experts.

  • When: March 26-27, 2015
  • Where: Melbourne, Australia

CSSConfAU 2015119

Inspiring Conference120
“Due to international requests (and that’s not marketing speak) Inspiring Conference was and is an all English event. We are very thankful that the Flow and Neos core team has communicated to give us their full support. We are looking forward to having a great speaker line up with lots of interesting Talks about Flow and Neos. ”

  • When: March 26-28, 2015
  • Where: Kolbermoor, Germany

Inspiring Conference121

Mobilism 2015122
“Mobilism will return after a break of a year. Where the first three editions were mostly occupied with web development for mobile phones, this edition is going to cast its net a little wider. We know how to make sites for iOS and Android now, but what’s going to be next? Are you ready for TV? Connected devices? Proxy browsers? Come and see!”

  • When: March 27, 2015
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mobilism 2015123

Islay Conf124
Islay Conf is a “A small and exclusive conference with Tech, whisky and great people on the beautiful island of Islay.”

  • When: March 27-31, 2015
  • Where: Islay, Scotland

Islay Conf125

An Event Apart Seattle126
An Event Apart Seattle is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design.

  • When: March 30-April 1, 2015
  • Where: Seattle, USA

An Event Apart Seattle127

April 2015

WebVisions NYC128
“WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism. Since 2001, we’ve built a loyal audience of designers, developers and industry leaders.”

  • When: April 2-3, 2015
  • Where: New York, USA

WebVisions NYC129

DotYork 2015
“On 9th April 2015, we’re inviting over 300 designers, developers and other digital creatives to the Grand Opera House, York. As well as hearing from 9 amazing speakers on a range of topics there will be plenty of chance to get to know each other throughout the day and into the evening.”

  • When: April 9, 2015
  • Where: York, England

DotYork 2015

FITC Toronto 2015130
“A three-day professional celebration of the best the world has to offer in design, web development, media and innovation in creative technologies. It’s a conference that both unites and transforms the industry – assembling its major leaders and players from across North America and the world. FITC Toronto transforms the Hilton Toronto into an international mecca for the digitally creative, abuzz with Creative Directors from multinational ad agencies, studio heads from Canada’s most sought-after digital production companies, the world’s most surprising digital artists, and freelancers, cultural influencers and tech lovers from all walks.”

  • When: April 12-14, 2015
  • Where: Toronto, Canada

FITC Toronto 2015131

UX Immersion Mobile 2015132
“Have smart people teach you how to design for mobile.”

  • When: April 13-15, 2015
  • Where: Salt Lake City, UT

UX Immersion Mobile 2015133

Yggdrasil 2015134
Yggdrasil is Norway’s most important conference on digital user experiences and interaction design. The conference is interdisciplinary and targets information architects, interaction designers, webmasters, frontend developers, web designers and related professionals in private and public enterprises.

  • When: April 14-15, 2015
  • Where: Norway

Yggdrasil 2015135

“The annual Conference For Enterprise Software Solutions will be held in Vienna/Austria in Spring 2015. This is the eighth conference organized by IRIAN and the fifth one under the brandname ‘CONFESS’.”

  • When: April 14-16, 2015
  • Where: Vienna, Austria


“ConvergeSE is the Conference for those who want to build a beautiful web. It’s for designers with a free heart and a love of details. It’s for the developers who code for joy and are filled with a passion for technology. It’s for the love of the web and the love of our community. ConvergeSE is for you and me and everyone.”

  • When: April 15-18, 2015
  • Where: Columbia, SC


Resonate 2015140
“Bringing together artists to drive a forward-looking debate on the position of technology in art and culture.”

  • When: April 16-18, 2015
  • Where: Belgrade, Serbia

Resonate 2015141

Lone Star PHP 2015142
“This year’s event will provide all of the great PHP speakers and content you’ve come to expect from Lone Star PHP. This year we are introducing the Training Day. Training Day will provide a more hands-on experience for all that attend. There’ll be plenty of time to spend with the local PHP community too through after-parties and other events.”

  • When: April 16-18, 2015
  • Where: Dallas, USA

Lone Star PHP 2015143

Generate NYC 2015
“We’ve gathered together some of the the biggest names in web design for Generate New York including Mike Monteiro, Val Head and JoonYong Park as well as some fantastic new speakers, with more still to be announced.”

  • When: April 17, 2015
  • Where: New York, USA

Generate NYC 2015

BWS 2015144
“Bulgaria Web Summit is an annual conference about the modern web.” Learn “practical lessons which you can immediately apply in your work and thus gain time and money” and meet “participants and speakers working in programming, design, marketing and business development”.

  • When: April 18, 2015
  • Where: Sofia, Bulgaria

BWS 2015145

O’Reilly Fluent Conference 2015146
“O’Reilly Fluent spotlights the emerging methods, tools, and technologies of the Web Platform: JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, and much more. Developers, UX/UI designers, and project teams come to Fluent to share their experiences and expertise—and to learn what they need to know to stay competitive.”

  • When: April 20-22, 2015
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

O’Reilly Fluent Conference 2015147

From Business to Buttons: UX, Service Design, Innovation148
“From Business to Buttons is the meeting place for everyone who wants hands-on advice on how to generate business value by creating great user experiences. You will gain new insights from some of the biggest names in User Experience, Service Design and Innovation.”

  • When: April 21, 2015
  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden

From Business to Buttons: UX, Service Design, Innovation149

Naked.js is “a one day Javascript conference held at the King’s Centre, here in Norwich, Norfolk.” It will be featuring 7 experts discussing various topics from Edge.js to Multi Device Interactions.

  • When: April 22, 2015
  • Where: Norwich City, England


Industry 2015150
In 2014 Industry was “organised by Gavin Elliott who previously set up and organised the DIBI Conference in 2010 and 2011. After stepping away from that and taking a year out he came back with Industry: An Event for Web Professionals which first took place in April of 2013.”

  • When: April 22, 2015
  • Where: Newcastle upon Tyne City, England

Industry 2015151

Craft Conf 2015152
“CRAFT is about craftsmanship, which tools, methods, practices should be part of the toolbox of a modern developer and company, and it is compass on new technologies, trends. You can learn from the best speakers and practitioners in our community.”

  • When: April 22-24, 2015
  • Where: Budapest, Hungary

Craft Conf 2015153

IA Summit 2015
“A community gathering of information architects, content publishers, and all who design information spaces. Share stories with people like you, improve your skills with best-practice advice, and make the content you create easier for everyone to find and share.”

  • When: April 22-26, 2015
  • Where: Minneapolis, USA

IA Summit 2015

At the 2015 PUBKON you will meet InDesign and publishing experts who’ll give you valuable tips for everyday work and demonstrate how you can work smarter, faster and more efficiently.

  • When: April 23-25, 2015
  • Where: Cologne, Germany


Future of Web Design London 2015154
Future of Web Design is “the ultimate conference for creators and builders of the web.” The FOWD hardly needs any more introduction as it has been a staple in the industry for many years.

  • When: April 27-29, 2015
  • Where: London, England

Future of Web Design London 2015155

SmashingConf LA 2015156
It’s still a secret, so don’t tell anyone! SmashingConf goes to LA with a new conference spaning 2 conference days and 2 workshop days and featuring 18 brilliant speakers and hands-on, practical and useful talks.

  • When: April 28-29, 2015
  • Where: Los Angeles, USA

SmashingConf LA 2015157

M2M World Congress 2015158
M2M World Congress is the “World’s leading Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Event in 2015!” After a successful event in 2014, there will be a new event in London in 2015.

  • When: April 28-29, 2015
  • Where: London, England

M2M World Congress 2015159

Spring I/O 2015160
Spend “2 days full of Spring, Groovy and Cloud” in Barcelona, one of Spain’s most vibrant cities. Check their website for updates regarding program, speakers and talks.

  • When: April 29-30, 2015
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

Spring I/O 2015161

May 2015

Front-Trends 2015162
“In the last few years, front-end technologies have taken over the leading role in many projects’ development cycle. Be part of an annual gathering of web and mobile developers, UI/UX designers, graphics designers, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS gurus, and professionals from all over the world.”

  • When: May 6-8, 2015
  • Where: Warsaw, Poland

Front-Trends 2015163

Scotland JS164
“JavaScript keeps growing and growing. It is the language most repos on GitHub are written in! Scotland JS aims to bring together local and international speakers and to enable attendees to share their experiences and learn.”

  • When: May 7-8, 2015
  • Where: Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland JS165

An Event Apart Boston166
“An Event Apart Boston is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design.

  • When: May 11-13, 2015
  • Where: Boston, USA

An Event Apart Boston167

beyond tellerrand // Düsseldorf 2015168
“Come and celebrate the 5th birthday of beyond tellerrand in Düsseldorf. As usual we are giving our best to bring you a diverse, entertaining, and educating programm with some of the best and nicest people on stage.”

  • When: May 11-13, 2015
  • Where: Dusseldorf, Germany

beyond tellerrand // Düsseldorf 2015169

GOTO Chicago 2015170
“GOTO Chicago is created “by developers, for developers” where the emphasis is placed on presenting latest developments as they become relevant and interesting for the software development community. GOTO Chicago starts off with two conference days with over 50 presentations.”

  • When: May 11-14, 2015
  • Where: Chicago, USA

GOTO Chicago 2015171

SDD 2015172
“SDD 2015 features 100+ in-depth sessions and workshops on a wide range of key topics, delivered by world-class speakers. The event runs for five days, with the main three-day conference taking place from Tuesday to Thursday, and optional all-day workshops on the Monday and Friday.”

  • When: May 11-15, 2015
  • Where: Barbican, England

SDD 2015173

WebVisions Portland174
“WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism. Since 2001, we’ve built a loyal audience of designers, developers and industry leaders.”

  • When: May 12-15, 2015
  • Where: Portland, USA

WebVisions Portland175

phpDay 2015176
“phpDay 2015 will be from 15th to 16th of May. 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, Laravel, Drupal, WordPress.”

  • When: May 16-17, 2015
  • Where: Verona, Italy


Up Front 2015178
Up Front 2015 is a single-day “front-end conference for anyone that makes for the web”, and features big names in the industry.

  • When: May 19, 2015
  • Where: Manchester, UK

Up Front 2015179

Confab Central 2015
“Next May, join 650 marketers, UX professionals, technical communicators, content engineers, and more in beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota. You’ll get more speakers, more topics … and now, more new voices!”

  • When: May 20-22, 2015
  • Where: Minneapolis, USA

Confab Central 2015

UX London 2015180
“3 days of inspiration, education and skills development for user experience designers.”

  • When: May 20-22, 2015
  • Where: London, UK

UX London 2015181

TYPO Berlin 2015 “Character”182
“At TYPO Berlin 2015, Character and Characters come together. More than 50 experts from the areas of design, communications, typography and psychology will be presenting strategies against a culture of superficiality.”

  • When: May 21-23, 2015
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

TYPO Berlin 2015 Character183

Offf Barcelona 2015
“OFFF is a community inviting all those who are eager to learn to participate and get inspired in a three-day journey of conferences, workshops, activities and performances.”

  • When: May 28-30, 2015
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

Offf Barcelona 2015

June 2015

Kerning 2015184
“Kerning offers a very interesting chance to meet developers, gurus, managers and innovators from all over the world. Kerning is a non-profit event. We want to help grow a community of prepared developers keeping knowledge affordable.”

  • When: June 3-5, 2015
  • Where: Faenza, Italy

Kerning 2015185

User Experience Lisbon 2015186
“Come to sunny Lisbon for 16 hands-on workshops to hone up your skills and 10 inspiring talks from thought leaders in the field. After hours, mingle with fellow UX Professionals from all over the globe and explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities.”

  • When: June 3-5, 2015
  • Where: Lisbon, Portugal

User Experience Lisbon 2015187

Web Applications in Trend188
“You are a part of a vibrant and diverse professional community, linked with others through knowledge, creativity and skill. Web Applications In Trend 2015 is about bringing this community together. WAIT is for those who seek to be educated and inspired, and connect with other developers, designers and web professionals, who are a part of this dynamic industry.”

  • When: June 4-5, 2015
  • Where: Manchester, England

Web Applications in Trend189

UX LAusanne 2015190
“Gathering worldwide User Experience design specialists, our mission is to increase density of connections and exchange between local and international actors in the field.”

  • When: June 4-5, 2015
  • Where: Lausanne, Switzerland

UX LAusanne 2015191

webinale 2015192
“The webinale is the conference for digital professionals, trendsetters and makers on the World Wide Web – it is the optimal crossover platform for knowledge, inspiration and experience across all fields of Web technologies.”

  • When: June 7-10, 2015
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

webinale 2015193

An Event Apart San Diego194
“An Event Apart San Diego is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design.

  • When: June 8-10, 2015
  • Where: San Diego, USA

An Event Apart San Diego195

QCon New York 2015196
“QCon starts with 2 days of tutorials on Monday and Tuesday, June 8-9 followed by the full 3-day conference from Wednesday, June 10-12. The conference will feature over 100 speakers in 6 concurrent tracks daily covering the most timely and innovative topics driving the evolution of enterprise software development today. The setting is the beautiful, centrally-located Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.”

  • When: June 8-12, 2015
  • Where: New York, USA

QCon New York 2015197

UX Scottland 2015198
“A great, practical UX conference in the heart of Edinburgh. Now in its third year we expect UX Scotland 2015 to be even bigger and better than our 2013 and 2014 events. This year’s event dates include 10 June – a pre-conference day.”

  • When: June 10-12, 2015
  • Where: Edinburgh, Scotland

UX Scottland 2015199

Web Design Day 2015200
“Web Design Day is a small and friendly conference that brings the best of web design to Pittsburgh. Join us for a day with high-end presentations from some of the best in our industry covering real world solutions to the challenges we all share.”

  • When: June 12, 2015
  • Where: Pittsburgh, USA

Web Design Day 2015201

CSSDay 2015202
The CSSDay conference is coming back to Amsterdam with 8 world-class speakers and a whole lot of dev knowledge for intermediate and advanced developers. A second conference day is being considered.

  • When: June 12, 2015
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

CSSDay 2015203

SmashingConf New York 2015204
After the great success of last year’s New York conference, we’re bringing the SmashingConf back to the Big Apple. The rules haven’t changed: “2 days, one track, 18 brilliant speakers, and hands-on, practical and useful talks.” As always we have phenomenal speakers lined up.

  • When: June 15-18, 2015
  • Where: New York, USA

SmashingConf New York 2015205

DWX Developer Week 2015206
For the third time the DWX – Developer Week will bring the fields of .NET, Mobile and Web development, soft skills, makers and Internet of Things under one roof in Nuremberg. The participants will get to see 200 experts in the field, some 250 lectures and practice their craft during the workshop day.

  • When: June 15-18, 2015
  • Where: Nuremberg, Germany

DWX Developer Week 2015207

GOTO Amsterdam 2015208
“GOTO Amsterdam is a practitioner-driven enterprise software development conference designed for team leads, architects, and project management and is organized “for developers by developers. As software developers and architects ourselves, we wanted to craft the ultimate conference.”

  • When: June 17-19, 2015
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

GOTO Amsterdam 2015209

Breaking Development (BDConf) is a boutique multi location conference about the mobile web. It is a gathering of passionate, forward thinking web professionals looking to improve their mobile and Responsive Design skills and to interact with industry leaders in the areas of mobile design and User Experience.”

  • When: June 19-20, 2015
  • Where: Nashville, USA


Society for Technical Communication (STC) Summit 2015210
“The Summit consists of two important parts. The first part is the 80+ educational sessions, organized in tracks. The second important part of the Summit is the Expo, with more than 50 companies represented.”

  • When: June 20-24, 2015
  • Where: Columbus, USA

Society for Technical Communication (STC) Summit 2015211

August 2015

Design & Content Conference212
“At the Design and Content conference we’ll team up and learn from industry leaders how we craft experiences and tell stories that shape the future of the web. A day of workshops, two days of talks, and some amazing extras.”

  • When: August 5-7, 2015
  • Where: Vancouver, Canada

Design & Content Conference213

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? Link

If you’re planning to attend any of these events, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below! What are you most excited about? What are you looking forward to learning and experiencing?

Our next events list will be published middle of next year, so keep your eyes (and ears) open! And by the way, the Smashing team is constantly organizing a series of workshops223, as well as the Smashing Conferences224 — it would be wonderful and a great honor to meet you personally someday!

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  1. 1

    FITC always seems to be missed in your roundups. *sad face*

    Tokyo • February 07-08, 2015 •
    Amsterdam • February 23-24, 2015 •
    Toronto • April 12-14, 2015 •

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    Johan Berndtsson

    December 9, 2014 9:08 am

    From Business to Buttons: UX, Service Design, Innovation

    From Business to Buttons is the meeting place for everyone who wants hands-on advice on how to generate business value by creating great user experiences. You will gain new insights from some of the biggest names in User Experience, Service Design and Innovation.

    Announced speakers: Steve Wozniak, Ethan Marcotte, Cindy Alvarez and Karen McGrane

    When: 21 April 2015

    Where: Stockholm, Sweden

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    Dmitri Tcherbadji

    December 9, 2014 4:59 pm

    Would appreciate more links for the continent of Asia :)

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    Hey Dmitri,

    there was an article some time ago on here, where there was a nice map included:

    As you can see on this map/infographic inside the other article, there are not that many events in the first place. I don’t know if ALL conferences held in Asia were included but at least it may give you a nice overview. =)

  6. 9

    How about turning this useful list into a shareable calendar (Google, iCal, etc.)?
    and thanks.

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      That would also be too much. It would be better in an xml or web service where one could search & filter results.

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    Thanks so much for this “short” overview! Much appreciated!

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    A few more for you:

    http: //

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    Bogomil Shopov

    December 17, 2014 1:37 pm – April 18th, Sofia, Bulgaria

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    CSSConf Australia 2015 —

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    Lone Star PHP –

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    Hi – we’re starting a new one in Manchester, UK: @upfrontconf. Perhaps you’d add us to your list? We’ll have the full site, line-up and tickets available very soon!

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    Bruno Figueiredo

    January 6, 2015 11:33 pm

    You forgot UXLx: User Experience Lisbon :)
    3 to 5 June 2015

  14. 19

    Awesome article, just packed my schedule with all the European ones.

    some others ive heard about and attending are:

    Does anybody else know some good Start up events in Europe which are genuine (not filled with sales people on commission).

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    Chris Williams

    January 23, 2015 3:36 pm

    Front Porch Conference takes place this October. The final date isn’t set but we are currently accept proposals for presentations.

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    Philipp Hinrichsen

    February 5, 2015 9:34 pm

    You might have forgotten

    Date: 24 & 25 April 2015

    Where: Hamburg, Germany

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    Raphael Fabeni

    February 18, 2015 7:47 pm

    Hi, there is a brazilian conference:

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    Hello there

    I am glad to write you and i would like to be part of the upcoming conference in your country
    I am in Accra Ghana and i am an Artistic Director with a group just wanting to be partatke and be well
    informed and educated in the standard of activities that goes on globally.

    I hope to her from you soon and you be able to send me some form of invitation for the programe. thank you


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