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Upcoming Web Design Conferences (January 2020 – June 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.

Happy New Year everyone! 2020 has been… well, 2020. In-person events were impossible (and still are quite tricky most places). In a burst of optimism we’re giving this list the 2021 college try! :-)

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:

January 2021

How To Break Into Web Development
“SkillUp School will hold a free online webinar about Web Development Basics and who Front-end specialists are: https://bit.ly/2W0Cbvr Who should attend this free webinar? All people who would like to switch to Web Development, but need to know: - what web developers actually do; - what are HTML and СSS, and how to work with these programming languages (spoiler: It’s not as complicated as you think); - what are the career prospects, and how much you can expect to be paid; exact steps for breaking into a web development career as a beginner. Also, during the webinar, you will get a chance to lay out your first page! So you will get to see whether you like this profession before the Web Development Course starts. Teacher — Vasilika Klimova, collaborating for more than 10 years as an instructor and mentor in HTMLAcademy, Netology, Moscow Coding School, GeekBrains school, and Loftschool.”

  • When: January 21, 2021
  • Where: Online
How To Break Into Web Development

Incorporate Test Automation into your Salesforce Ecosystem
“What's so great about Salesforce is that it offers an ecosystem where you are left free to customize existing applications and build new ones to your heart’s content. But, for automation testers, this rich customizability can be a source of pain since they are tasked with designing the right test automation process and toolkit to make sure all custom apps work properly, and will not conflict with a myriad of other Salesforce’s inbuilt features. If you want to learn how to make Test Automation work for your Salesforce Development Lifecycle, join us in this January's webinar "Incorporate Test Automation into your Salesforce Lifecycle".”

  • When: January 21, 2021
  • Where: Online
Incorporate Test Automation into your Salesforce Ecosystem

Azure Stack Hub Webinar
“Manage multiple stamp instances efficiently from a single Azure Stack Hub portal Track resource usages across the stamps and generate bills based on the consumptions through automation Scale stamps without the need to scale resources and operational costs with each stamp Bring consistency across the stamps with few button clicks Increase operator productivity and faster time-to-market with improved customer satisfaction and engagement Additional Benefits: Get 30-days free trial access with full functionality to Cloud Assert VConnect multi-stamp management solution for Azure Stack Hub. Additional +15 days POC extension (only for the attendees) to assess the solution with standard support. Get free consulting at a suitable time to better optimize your Azure Stack Hub with Cloud Assert solutions.”

  • When: January 28, 2021
  • Where: Online
Azure Stack Hub Webinar

RE•WORK/Deep Learning 2.0 Virtual Summit
“We will be hosting a NEW Deep Learning 2.0 Virtual Summit on 28-29 January 2021. The summit will include 5 tracks on Technical Advancements: Enterprise AI, Ethics & Social Responsibility, Reinforcement Learning, Generative Models and the Deep Learning Landscape to share the latest technological advancements as well as business applications. Our events bring together the latest technology advancements as well as practical examples to apply AI to solve challenges in business and society. Our unique mix of academia and industry enables you to meet with AI pioneers at the forefront of research, as well as exploring real-world case studies to discover the business value of AI. With over 50+ speakers and 700 attendees, this is a summit not to miss!”

  • When: January 28-29, 2021
  • Where: Online
RE•WORK/Deep Learning 2.0 Virtual Summit

February 2021

AI+ 2021 Launch Event
“AI+ Careers Lab & Expo 2021, taking place on February 3rd 2020, is ideal for job seekers from both the tech and business fields to engage with top employers in the data science field and open up amazing career opportunities. Consider attending if you’re a developer, marketer, data scientist, software engineer, data engineer, data analyst, business analyst, product manager, or in another related field. Don’t miss the chance to get in touch with 10+ hiring partners who will be seeking talented individuals to fill their open data science positions - reach out to them virtually - no matter where you are in the world.”

  • When: February 3, 2021
  • Where: Online
AI+ 2021 Launch Event

UX & Product CONF 2021
“New ideas happen when old ones are challenged and debated. So instead of having speakers run through the same talks that you can probably find on Youtube anyway, the UX & Product Conference is built around a new debate format!”

  • When: February 4, 2021
  • Where: Online
UX & Product CONF 2021

HSE 360° Summit
“HSE360 will provide participants with a platform for information exchange and networking with experts from all across the world. The attendees will be presented with a number of sessions on today’s current issues and trends including behavioral safety and engagement, wellbeing and mental health activities, how to attract the next generation, use of modern technologies.”

  • When: February 4-5, 2021
  • Where: Online
HSE 360° Summit

March 2021

Cloud Transformation Champions, Online - Europe 2021 / Corinium
“Taking place for just 1.5 hours per day over three days, Cloud Transformation Champions, Online Europe brings content you cannot find anywhere else, directly to your home, commute or office, on desktop, mobile or tablet, delivered by the region's leading lights in cloud technology!”

  • When: March 2-3, 2021
  • Where: Online
Cloud Transformation Champions, Online - Europe 2021 / Corinium

Reinforce Conference
“Our mission is to make our society reach its full potential regarding technological advancement, a conference that brings experts, skills and eagerness to progress together, while discussing the key to all future technologies.”

  • When: March 3-5, 2021
  • Where: Online
Reinforce Conference

ODSC East 2021 Virtual Conference / Mini-Bootcamp
“ODSC Mini Virtual Bootcamp is the best way to gain in-demand data science skills in the shortest time with minimum investment. Starting in the summer, the Live and on-demand pre-Bootcamp Training & the Learning Hackathon will provide the right preparation and confidence to put your practice to work in your learning path. It’s truly an immersive experience. Over almost a week, you will access an expanse of industry focused data science topics on a scale not offered elsewhere. Uniquely, you will also get invaluable insights by networking and connecting with hundreds of data science attendees, world renowned instructors, industry experts, and dozens of top companies seeking the next wave of talent.”

  • When: March 30 - April 1, 2021
  • Where: Online
ODSC East 2021 Virtual Conference / Mini-Bootcamp

April 2021

Lead Dev New York 2021
“Join the community at the LeadDev New York, where engineering leaders learn to build high performing teams, apply the best tech and tools for the job, and thrive as they meet the challenges of software engineering leadership.”

  • When: April 7-8, 2021
  • Where: New York, NY, United States
Lead Dev New York 2021

Web Directions Hover
“CSS is the often unsung hero of Web development. For nearly a quarter of a century it's added color, typography, layout, and more to the web. In that time it's gone from a straightforward language, to a complex set of capabilities, quite a few of which are little understood. Many web development conferences cover CSS as part of a mix. But few are really dedicated to the langage alone. Hover will be exclusively focused on CSS–the conference CSS deserves. Who's it for? If you build front ends, hover is for you. In depth knowledge All Web Directions conferences feature in-depth knowledge from real world experts. Some you'll know, many you won't, but all bring a world of experience and knowledge.”

  • When: April 16-23, 2021
  • Where: Online
Web Directions Hover

DigiMarCon Online 2021
“DigiMarCon At Home 2021 Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference will take place April 28th to 29th, 2021, Online; Live and On Demand. It is the largest Digital Marketing Event in the World and will be attended by over 10,000 Digital Marketing Professionals. It’s the one digital marketing event you can’t afford to miss! Whether your goal is to reinforce customer loyalty, improve lead generation, increase sales, or drive stronger consumer engagement, DigiMarCon At Home 2021’s agenda will help attendees enhance their marketing efforts. Sessions will focus on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and gaining insight into today’s latest digital tools.”

  • When: April 28-29, 2021
  • Where: Online
DigiMarCon Online 2021

May 2021

beyond tellerrand // DÜSSELDORF 2021
“beyond tellerrand celebrates the 10th edition in Düsseldorf. Join for two days of conference with the renowned familiar atmosphere to attend inspiring and exciting talks plus full-day workshops and side events around those dates. Not to forget the many networking opportunities.”

  • When: May 10-12, 2021
  • Where: Düsseldorf, Germany
beyond tellerrand // DÜSSELDORF 2021

DevOps Pro Europe 2021 Hybrid Edition
“Annual DevOps Pro Europe conference covers the core principles and concepts of the DevOps methodology and demonstrates how to use the most common DevOps patterns to develop, deploy and maintain applications on-premises and in the cloud.”

  • When: May 11-13, 2021
  • Where: Online
DevOps Pro Europe 2021 Hybrid Edition

June 2021

Lead Dev London 2021
“Join our community at the Lead Dev London, where technical 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: June 20-21, 2021
  • Where: London, UK
Lead Dev London 2021

What are you attending?

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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