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Upcoming Web Design Conferences (August 2020 – December 2020)

Conferences are about gathering information and knowledge but are also opportunities to meet and learn from other like-minded folks in the web design community. Plus, you’ll be exposed to a large amount of new information, which will help you to advance in your career.

Please note that dates are subject to change due to COVID-19. I have tried to update all the information below, but it would be best to check the websites for further information regarding their conference dates and schedules.

We’re putting our heart and soul into crafting personal, inclusive and valuable events for all of us to become better professionals. With online workshops, we aim to give you the same experience and access to experts as in an in-person workshop, without needing to leave your desk. So you can learn at your own pace, in your own time, and follow interactive exercises along the way.

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Boost your skills online and learn practical, actionable insights from experts in the industry, live. With insightful takeaways, interactive exercises, access to experts, slides, recordings and a friendly Q&A.

Now, enough for the plug! Let’s dive into our list for April to August:

August 2020

THAT Conference 2020
Update: Let's cut right to the chase, first it was COVID-19, then came the murder hornets, and now there is a pack of bears who’ve just decided to take over camp. We’re pretty sure they’re just waiting for the bacon but honestly we’re too afraid to ask. Rather than trying to replicate our camp experience online, we’ve decided to take a different approach. We’re in the midst of building a new way to run virtual open spaces. On August 3rd we will host the largest open spaces we’ve ever had. This means you’re in complete control of your experience. The topics, times, the duration, and most importantly the conversation. Our goal is to create a facility that will bring the most value to each and everyone of us in a way that’s most efficient online.”

  • When: August 3, 2020
  • Where: Online
THAT Conference 2020

UX And Digital Design Week 2020
“Create experiences that people will fall in love with. Get inspiration for your current projects and advice on how to build a design team of your dreams. Find out the secrets of what makes products successful and what mistakes companies made when they were building new services.”

  • When: August 10-14, 2020
  • Where: Online
UX And Digital Design Week 2020

Lead Dev New York 2020
As announced earlier this month, due to global uncertainty around Covid-19, it is with deep regret that we have had to postpone our 2020 LeadDev New York conference.The conference will now take place on April 7 and 8, 2021 at Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City. The Lead Developer New York is a two-day conference packed full of inspirational and practical sessions from the world’s top technical leaders, focussed around three core themes: teams, tech and tools. Engineering leaders learn to nurture high performing teams, apply the best tech and tools for the job, and thrive as they meet the challenges of software engineering leadership.”

  • When: ~~August 11-12, 2020~~
  • Where: New York, NY, USA
Lead Dev New York 2020

International Travel Roadshow-Kuala Lumpur
“International Travel Roadshowis a unique & well known travel roadshow which is a connects the world wide sellers (exhibitors) and Buyers (Travel agents / Tour Operators) from the local city. The Roadshow usually happens 1 day in each city to meet the hand picked outbound tour operators. ITR is not like any other travel exhibition just for the below reasons. 1Day - 1 City - 100 Buyers Pre-fix Appointment with Buyers Networking Lunch with Buyers Luxury - MICE - Business Travel Invitation to Potential Buyers Full Day Roadshow.”

  • When: August 13, 2020
  • Where: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
International Travel Roadshow-Kuala Lumpur

International Travel Roadshow-Singapore
“International Travel Roadshowis a unique & well known travel roadshow which is a connects the world wide sellers (exhibitors) and Buyers (Travel agents / Tour Operators) from the local city. The Roadshow usually happens 1 day in each city to meet the hand picked outbound tour operators. ITR is not like any other travel exhibition just for the below reasons. 1Day - 1 City - 100 Buyers Pre-fix Appointment with Buyers Networking Lunch with Buyers Luxury - MICE - Business Travel Invitation to Potential Buyers Full Day Roadshow.”

  • When: August 14, 2020
  • Where: Singapore, Singapore
International Travel Roadshow-Singapore

HalfStack NYC 2020
Due to covid-19, we expect that all remaining in-person HalfStack 2020 events will get postponed to 2021. For now we have postponed Newquay, New York, Tel Aviv, and Vienna, and will will soon make a decision on Charlotte and London. An authentic, high value experience for attendees and sponsors focused on UI-centric JavaScript and web development. The priority for HalfStack is the attendee experience, with great food, drinks, talks, swag, and community. Hosted by London's longest-lived JavaScript meetup group, HalfStack is returning to New York for the second time. HalfStack is a UI-centric, one-day single track conference hosted in a relaxed environment. HalfStack carefully curates talks that inspire and inform the audience in a highly interactive and entertaining manner. An initimate feeling where each attendee has time to meet one another; maximum capacity for New York HalfStack is 270 attendees.”

  • When: ~~August 14, 2020~~
  • Where: New York, NY, USA
HalfStack NYC 2020

PowerShell on the River 2020
PowerShell on the River is hosted by the Chattanooga PowerShell user group. Founded in 2016 we set out to promote PowerShell in our own community. After a year of monthly meetings (and after reading about the PowerShell Saturday Booster Pack program offered by the DevOps Collective INC.), we decided that we wanted spread our reach.”

  • When: August 14-15, 2020
  • Where: Chattanooga, TN, United States
PowerShell on the River 2020

International Travel Roadshow-Melbourne
“ITR Australia ( Sydney & Melbourne ) Travel Roadshow is carefully designed to create a great platform for the suppliers around the world to meet the top notch travel buyers in Australia region. Buyers and Sellers love this roadshow for the following reasons. 2 Days - 2 Cities - 60 Buyers Pre-fix Appointment with Buyers Presentation Cocktail Networking Party Invitation to Potential Buyers Full Day Roadshow.”

  • When: August 18, 2020
  • Where: Melbourne, Australia
International Travel Roadshow-Melbourne

Social Media Strategies Summit
“SMSsummit is the #1 event chosen year after year by senior-level marketing professionals to keep up to date on the latest in social media marketing. Over the course of 3 days, we craft the perfect balance of case studies, deep-dive and how-to sessions — all to equip you with the tools and strategies you need to create a strong-performing, engaging social media presence for your brand. Meet other senior marketers across industries that are as dedicated to social media marketing excellence as you are. Our interactive and intimate conference atmosphere and emphasis on peer-to-peer learning give you the opportunity to network with every single attendee and speaker at the event. Attend sessions covering critical topics including social strategy development, content marketing, video, employee advocacy, influencer marketing, paid media, ROI, and more.”

  • When: August 18-19, 2020
  • Where: Online
Social Media Strategies Summit

International Travel Roadshow-Sydney
“ITR Australia ( Sydney & Melbourne ) Travel Roadshow is carefully designed to create a great platform for the suppliers around the world to meet the top notch travel buyers in Australia region. Buyers and Sellers love this roadshow for the following reasons. 2 Days - 2 Cities - 60 Buyers Pre-fix Appointment with Buyers Presentation Cocktail Networking Party Invitation to Potential Buyers Full Day Roadshow.”

  • When: August 21, 2020
  • Where: Sydney, Australia
International Travel Roadshow-Sydney

Beyond Tellerrand Berlin 2020
ATTENTION: The actual uncertain situation caused me to postpone the Berlin edition of 2020 to 2021. Let’s cross fingers things will be better soon and let's stay curious and positive!
Established in 2014, beyond tellerrand is back for the 7th time in Berlin. Two days of conference with talks about design, technology and many opportunities to meet old and make new friends. Don’t miss out.”

  • When: August 24-27, 2020
  • Where: Berlin, Germany
Beyond Tellerrand Berlin 2020

UX Healthcare Online 2020
“We live in a world of constant change. Technology is evolving more rapidly than anyone would have ever thought. In healthcare, this change is not embraced as much as in other industries. Most healthcare systems weren’t designed for this world. With UX Healthcare we aim to make a difference, because better design is needed in the healthcare industry. From clinicians, healthcare insurances to hospital equipment manufacturers - our goal is to help healthcare across the world to implement the best user experiences possible.”

  • When: August 26, 2020
  • Where: Online(USA)
UX Healthcare Online 2020

“Codebreeze 2020
“Codebreeze is an unconference with very little structure. Actually, it’s not a conference at all. Codebreeze is a time and place for software craftspeople to meet. We would like to have like-minded people to gather in one place and have long conversations about our craft over a drink. And to practice our coding skills.”

  • When: August 31- September 7, 2020
  • Where: Turku, Finland
Codebreeze 2020

September 2020

ComponentsConf 2020
Update: Cancelled.
ComponentsConf is an Australian JavaScript conference for front-end and full-stack developers with exclusive focus on frontend frameworks and libraries where world-class experts share unique insights. React conference, Angular conference, Vuejs conference - all in one!”

  • When: ~~September 1, 2020~~
  • Where: Melbourne, Australia
ComponentsConf 2020

CascadiaJS 2020
“CascadiaJS is a conference for web developers, by web developers. It was started in 2012 by folks in the Pacific Northwest to better connect and celebrate the amazing work of the developers communities across the region. We run CascadiaJS for the benefit of developers and the developer community. We care about helping people break into tech, learn new skills, meet interesting people and have fun with each other. We are proud to provide a platform for new and diverse voices in our industry.”

  • When: September 1-2, 2020
  • Where: Online
CascadiaJS 2020

Clarity 2020
Update: Online only
Clarity is a design systems conference focused on how we work together. We provide tools and standards to scale across an increasing number of devices, platforms, and products. But real success comes when people align around a shared vision and language. Diverse perspectives for design, development, and product unite so more people can be a part of the conversation. At Clarity, we elevate our skills through multi-faceted inclusion, empathy, technology, creativity, and collaboration.”

  • When: September 2-4, 2020
  • Where: Online
Clarity 2020

React Native EU 2020
“React Native EU is a leading community conference in Europe, focused exclusively on React Native. What awaits you there? Two days of the conference with over 25 great speakers, Over 400 attendees from all over the world, One-day workshops with three different sessions of practical knowledge; You can’t miss it! This year it will be already the 4th edition of our annual React Native EU conference! Year by year we do our best to keep a high level of conference organizational aspect.”

  • When: September 3-4, 2020
  • Where: Online
React Native EU 2020

Virtual KubeCologne Conference 2020
Update: Online only
KubeCologne is about Cloud-Native Thinking, Learning Kubernetes and its ecosystem, networking and community love! Be part of the second KubeCologne Conference on June 17th in Mediapark Cologne, learn and love Kubernetes® and Cloud-Native Thinking! Be part of the second KubeCologne Conference on June 17th in Mediapark Cologne, learn and love Kubernetes® and Cloud-Native Thinking! Meet with experts and users alike to learn and share knowledge on your journey to enterprise-grade container platforms and CI/CD chains.”

  • When: September 4, 2020
  • Where: Online
KubeCologne Conference 2020

Amsterdam JSNation Conference 2020
Important update: The conference has been postponed to 2021.
Amsterdam JSNation is going to be the main happening of the JS scene in 2020. The conference unites library authors and core teams with fresh ideas, great people, and a summer Amsterdam in the background. We recognize JavaScript development as an art of engineering, and that's why the conference offers both a JS-driven art exhibition and audiovisual performances during the afterparty. After the event, we'll explore the well-known Amsterdam museums together, and later on, we'll gather for a JS hangout in the Vondelpark.”

  • When: ~~September 8-10, 2020~~
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam JSNation Conference 2020

Web Weekend Kathmandu 2020
“A 2-day International Conference on Web technologies and everything around the Web. No matter if you consider yourself a designer, dev-ops, backend dev, frontend dev or anywhere in between.”

  • When: September 19-20, 2020
  • Where: Kathmandu, Nepal
Web Weekend Kathmandu 2020

PyCon APAC 2020
“It is official! The gathering of APAC Python enthusiast, PyCon APAC 2020 will happen at The Magellan Sutera Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.”

  • When: September 19-20, 2020
  • Where: Online
PyCon APAC 2020

JSConf Budapest 2020
Update: The team decided to reschedule JSConf Budapest to September 23-24, 2021.
We aim to be the JSConf of the region around Eastern-Middle Europe, an area so diverse in culture, people and views. A strictly nonprofit, open-sourced and community driven conference for the community of JavaScript, with the purpose to build and educate about new technologies, ideas and culture.”

  • When: ~~September 24-25, 2020~~
  • Where: Budapest, Hungary
JSConf Budapest 2020

Fem Tech Conference 2020
Update: moved online!
Empowering women and allies from the tech industry. 15 inspiring women speakers, speaking on a variety of tech topics! FemTechConf is a full day tech conference. More information to be released this week. This event will have a strictly enforced code of conduct based on the template at http://confcodeofconduct.com. FemTechConf speakers will cover topics such as Tech Leadership, Data Science, Community Building, Cloud Services and more!”

  • When: September 25, 2020
  • Where: ~~Berlin, Germany~~
Fem Tech Conference 2020

enterJS 2020
Update: moved online!
EnterJS opens its gates for the seventh time in 2020 and offers developers a comprehensive view of the JavaScript-based enterprise world. The focus is not only on the latest trends around the JavaScript programming language itself, but also on the frameworks and tools that are part of skillset of every JavaScript developer. Of course, the conference also takes a look at the latest technologies and frameworks. Always with the aim of being able to assess whether it is worth using them in your own team.”

  • When: September 28- October 1, 2020
  • Where: ~~Darmstadt, Germany~~
enterJS 2020

October 2020

Armada JS 2020
Update:Ticket sales is postponed until further notice due to covid-19 virus outbreak.
Armada JS the biggest JavaScript conference happening in Serbia. Our goal is to strengthen the JavaScript community in the region by bringing it together while inspiring and learning from each other. Nothing fuels collaboration like meeting in real life. Conference program will cover wide range of JavaScript-related topics with more than 30 speakers, both international and domestic, on 3 parallel tracks during 2 days. This year ArmadaJS event is scheduled for October 01-02, 2020 in Novi Sad, Serbia. This event will gather 400+ back-end, front-end and full-stack developers.”

  • When: October 1-2, 2020
  • Where: Novi Sad, Serbia
Armada JS 2020

SmashingConf Austin 2020
Update: As the effects of COVID-19 are still so wide-reaching throughout the world, Smashing cannot proceed with the in-person events in 2020. However, we’re thrilled to present the Austin conference online, combined with the NYC programming on October 13–14, and we’d love to see you there!
The Smashing Cat is coming to Austin, Texas, y’all! Meet an inclusive, practical and friendly conference for front-end developers and designers who love their work. One track, two days, 14 speakers and 500 truly smashing attendees. But most importantly: a community that cares, shares and learns from each other.”

  • When: October 12-15, 2020
  • Where: ~~Austin, TX, USA~~
SmashingConf Austin 2020

UX Healthcare Online 2020
“We live in a world of constant change. Technology is evolving more rapidly than anyone would have ever thought. In healthcare, this change is not embraced as much as in other industries. Most healthcare systems weren’t designed for this world. With UX Healthcare we aim to make a difference, because better design is needed in the healthcare industry. From clinicians, healthcare insurances to hospital equipment manufacturers - our goal is to help healthcare across the world to implement the best user experiences possible.”

  • When: October 14, 2020
  • Where: Online(Australia)
UX Healthcare Online 2020

November 2020

December 2020

Where Are You Going?

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?

By the way, the Smashing team is constantly organizing a series of conferences and workshops! We’d love to welcome you there!

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