11 Upcoming Must-Attend Conferences for Web Designers and Developers

by on March 11th, 2011 1 comment

With SXSW Interactive taking place over the next five days now is a good time to check out some other upcoming conferences that Web Designers and Developers may be interested in. With that said, here are some great conferences coming up in the next month or so.


An Event Apart Seattle

Whether the topic is creating the right content and features for your audience, designing pages that are a pleasure to read and use, or beating browsers and web gadgets into submission, An Event Apart’s presenters are as gung-ho about it as you are. Each speaker has made genuine contributions to our industry. Each is a star.

The two-day event takes place in one room, on one track. Whether you call yourself a designer, a developer, or any of a dozen other titles, you will learn with your colleagues–just like you work with them in real life.

When: March 28 – 30, 2011
Where: Seattle, Washington at the Bell Harbor Conference Center

Web 2.0 Expo

Encompassing the Web, mobile networks and connected devices, the digital economy spawns a host of new businesses every year. But how, exactly, do you become the next Groupon, Foursquare or Zynga? Who’s doing the smart stuff, making money and making a difference?

At the next Web 2.0 Expo, we’ll reveal the key pieces of the digital economy and the ways you can leverage important ideas for your own success. We’ll apply the economic filter to data collection, social connections, social media platforms, browser successes, old media in new channels, global commerce, and much more.

When: March 28 – 31, 2011
Where: San Francisco, California at Moscone West

Photoshop World Conference & Expo

Whether you’re hoping to pick up new lighting techniques from the pros or want to better familiarize yourself with Photoshop and Lightroom, Photoshop World’s team of top-notch instructors give you a healthy dose of learning and inspiration. After training with NAPP’s highly regarded team of Photoshop experts and acclaimed photographers at our design and photography convention, you will see a big difference in your work almost immediately!

When: March 30 – April 1, 2011
Where: Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center

Geeky by Nature

What is Geeky by Nature all about? It’s about bringing together the worlds best artists, designers, coders, and creative minds to explore the possibilities that other disciplines can bring. Whether it’s computer based, film, print or inspirational, one thing is for sure, it will be unmissable!

GBN will be an amazing two days, exploring the best from art, code & design. Add a list of speakers who are second to none, a whole lot of creative inspiration, the backdrop of New York City and you have the ingredients for a really exciting two days!

When: March 31 – April 01, 2011
Where: New York City, New York



The event includes three parts: A conference from April 6 and April 7 – two exciting days with more than 25 presentations about technology, design and inspiration. Before the conference, on the 5th, you can attend at one of five full day workshops and right after the conference, on the 8th there are another 5 full day workshops. No matter if decision maker, manager, developer, designer or artist: every year 500 early adopters and professionals of the web scene come to the FFK for the competent speakers, the inspirational content and the familiar atmosphere. Who ever wants to hear the latest buzz and exchange about Rich Applications has reached the exact right event.

When: April 5 – 8, 2011
Where: MediaPark, Cologne, Germany at Komed at the MediaPark Cologne


MIX is a gathering of developers, designers, UX experts and business professionals creating the most innovative and profitable consumer sites on the web. Sessions range from technical, code-based topics to expert advice on content strategy, usability and design. Explore the future of the standards-based web.

When: April 12 – 14, 2011
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center

UX London

UX London is a unique three-day event combining inspirational talks with in-depth workshops presented by some of the industry’s biggest names.

Whether you’re beginning your career, or a seasoned professional, UX London is your chance to add core skills, absorb strategic thinking, and learn advanced techniques from pioneers in the field.

When: April 13 – 15, 2011
Where: London, UK at the Cumberland Hotel


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: April 14 – 15, 2011
Where: Sydney, Australia at the Four Points by Sheraton

Where 2.0

The O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference explores the intersection of location technologies and trends in software development, business strategies, and marketing. The source for all things location-aware, Where 2.0 brings together CTOs, marketers, developers, technologists, researchers, geographers, startups, business developers, and entrepreneurs.

When: April 19 – 21, 2011
Where: Santa Clara, California at the Santa Clara Convention Center

The Next Web Conference

The Next Web Conference is founded by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Arjen Schat and Patrick de Laive in 2006 and has been successful in every edition. It has grown out of the need to bring the professional web industry together in Europe. Now 5 editions later 1200 influential Internet professionals come together in Amsterdam for 3 days of inspiration, business and a lot of fun.

When: April 27 – 29, 2011
Where: Amsterdam, the Netherlands


LessConf is a two-day conference with just 225 attendees. Lunch is provided on site. You’ll get the meet the speakers. You’ll get inspired (again). Between speakers and during lunch there are tons of opportunities to meet others in our industry. At LessConf you will hear great speakers, meet amazing people, and develop relationships.

When: April 29 – 30, 2011
Where: Atlanta, Georgia at Georgia Tech

If you have been to a conference and would like to share your experience or know of some others our readers might be interested in, please feel free to share them with us in the comments.