Every year I attend a lot of events. Not so many for speaking – my last appearance to do a talk was in November 2013 – more to meet people, to stay in touch with people I know, to make new contacts, to see how other events are organised, and to see certain speakers presenting. Somehow you can says that, running my own events, this is part of my job. Isn’t this great? I think it’s a great fortune.
Apart from Lanyrd, there are many sites creating their own, well organised lists. A few to mention:
- A Guide to 2016 Front End Conferences at CSS-Tricks.com
- Upcoming Web Design Conferences (January–June 2016) at SmashingMagazine.com
- Upcoming UX conferences in 2016 around the world at finduxevents.com
I’m sure there are many more lists and I’m happy to add more, if you let me know about them.
Of all the events – and there are many – I myself am going to be at the following events so far (ordered by date):
awwwards Conference Amsterdam
From January 27th to January 29th I will be in Amsterdam for my first awwards Conference. I love Amsterdam and I’m looking forward to meet a lot of friends who are speaking, as well as the Smashing team, which I will share an AirBNB with – I hope this is not going to be my end ;) It seems like a very web focused event in terms of the speakers and topics I see and I am excited to hear most of the talks. I think all tickets are sold out for this event, sadly.
As I’ve written earlier, I’m going to be in London on February 19th to attend my third Reasons:London, organised by John Davey. Everybody who knows Reasons (or formerly Flash On The Beach) and the host John Davey, also knows, that John always has a good intuition when it comes to exceptional speakers and topics. Over and over I find speakers, that I simply have to ask to come and speak at beyond tellerrand as well. The six speakers he announce so far look very promising, like a really good mix and I heard that there might be another one announced soon. Tickets for this one-day event are only £89 and still available. And flights to London are cheap.
For nine years FITC, originally from Canada, is coming back to Amsterdam. Except for one or two, I think I visited all of them. Again: I love Amsterdam, it is very easy to get to from my place and it is always a very good chance to meet people I know. This year’s edition takes place from February 22nd to 23rd and tickets are still available for €299 (or €239 for freelancers). The mix of topics looks great and creative and the line-up looks really nice with people like Stefan Sagmeister, Anton & Irene, Mr. Bingo, and many more.
Smashing Conference Oxford
If you think I’m only at all these SmashingConf events, because I’m a supervisory board member of Smashing Magazine and therefore I have to be there, then you are wrong. I very much enjoy meeting the people in front of and behind the stage. Cat, Mariona, Markus, Vitaly, Jan, and all the other members of the team are doing a fantastic job and create a nice atmosphere. The third Oxford edition is taking place from March 14th to 17th with workshops on 14th and 17th and the main event on 15th and 16th. The Web focused line-up looks very tasty and if you don’t want to miss out (Oxford is a lovely city as well), you can still get tickets for $499 / £326.
So, these are the four events I’m currently planning to attend. Of course it could always happen that more events add up to the list. I’ll simply update this post until the first quarter of the year is done.
If you are at any of these events, please let me know. Happy to meet. If not: where will you be?