Web Conferences and Events: Every Professional Must Attend

The World Wide Web (www) commonly known as The Web. In March 1989 the idea of WWW came from Sir Tim Berners-Lee. His idea was to marry hypertext with internet. Today we all can rename internet with World Wide Web. Within the last two decades there has been millions and millions of websites built. And within these years the population of Web Professionals has also rapidly increased.

We all love to get knowledge from the experts and the experts also love to share their knowledge because Sharing is the best method to increase or expand your knowledge. When we were at school we have attended many seminars and conferences, so that we can gather more knowledge from other institutes also.

Web conferencing is used to conduct live meetings, trainings, presentations, demonstrations, discussions etc. Through this conference the main target is to make Beginner to Expert and Expert to Professionals. I have attended lots of web conferences and it has given me lots of inspiration, motivation and new perspective to view the Web World. My first Web Conference which I have visited was held in My Institute Arena Multimedia (http://www.arenach.com) and from there I got the main inspiration.

In this article I am highlighting more than 50 Web Conferences around the world.

General Web Design Conferences

The following list includes conferences and events focused on design, usability, web standards, and coding.

An Event Apart

From the makers of A List Apart. An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.


Location: Multiple U.S. cities

Front-End Design Conference

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Location: U.S.A

Web Directions

Our major conferences, Web Directions South and Web Directions North, are held annually in Sydney, Australia and Vancouver, Canada, and cover the full range of interests for web professionals — web design, front-end and back-end development, information architecture, interaction design, accessibility, data visualization and much more.


Location: Australia, North America, Japan

In Control Conference

Learn from a diverse array of Web experts to use modern tools and techniques to refine your Web design craft now. Harness creative inspiration to unlock your potential, amplify innovation, and broaden your reach. Immerse yourself in two days of idea exchange with potential business partners who are as forward-thinking as you are.


Location: U.S.A.

Future of Web Design

There’s loads going on at this years event. You’ll hear from great speakers, enjoy in depth workshops and make new friends and contacts. It’s a 1 day, 1 track event with a 2nd day of fantastic workshops.


Location: New York City, U.S.A.

Voices That Matter Conferences

The Pearson Education Voices That Matter Conference series gives voice to the most important thought leaders in technology, design, and business today. These conferences give our readers access to those who have devised new technologies, new approaches and new inventions. Our speakers are the individuals who have made the strongest contributions impacting their industry.


Location: Multiple U.S. cities

WebVisions

WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy to uncover the trends and agents of change that will shatter your assumptions about the Web. Be ready to network, share ideas and be inspired by an all-star lineup of speakers.


Location: Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.

EdUI Conference

EdUI offers a rare speaker lineup of top web innovators that will inspire and enlighten web designers, developers, managers, and user experience and interaction design professions from any industry.


Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.

Web Design World

Since 1997, we’ve helped thousands of Web designers learn what they need to know to make better web sites, manage web projects, and get home at a decent hour.


Location: Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Fronteers

Fronteers wants to organize a world class front-end web development conference each year. This is entirely done by volunteers, so we can keep the costs as low as possible.


Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Big (D)esign Conference

The Big Design Conference is an intense day of learning within the scope of Strategy, Social Media, User Experience, and Code Development. Experts from across the country will gather to present theories, research, experiences, and best practices to students, professionals, and executives looking to stay on the bleeding edge.


Location: Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

IDEA Conference

IDEA brings together leading interaction design thinkers from across the globe, and challenges them: to share beyond the concepts that inspire them most, and deliver practical guidance for attendees to begin making an immediate difference in the networked world of today and tomorrow.


Location: North America

UI, UX, & IA Conferences

The following list includes conferences and events focused on user interface design, user experience design, usability, and information architecture.

Web 3.0

At Web 3.0 Conference we will explore how companies are using the semantic web today, and should be using them tomorrow, for significant bottom line impact in areas like marketing, corporate information management, publishing, customer service, and personal productivity.


Location: Multiple U.S. cities

UX Australia

UX Australia is a 3-day user experience design conference, with inspiring and practical presentations, covering a range of topics about how to design great experiences for people.


Location: Australia

Information Architecture Summit

The Information Architecture Summit is the premier gathering place for information architects and other user experience professionals. The conference has grown from a special interest group’s efforts to define an emerging field, to a rich and expanding community of practice, shaping and informing multiple disciplines.


Location: Multiple cities worldwide

UXCampLondon

A one day BarCamp in Richmond, London for anyone involved or interested in user experience design, interaction design, information architecture or usability.


Location: Richmond, London, U.K.

UX Week

UX Week is the premier user experience conference. With a mix of inspiring talks from recognized thought leaders and hands-on workshops delivering takeaway skills, this event delivers for user experience professionals at all levels — directors, managers, and practitioners.


Location: San Francisco, U.S.A.

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.


Location: London, U.K.

Advanced Common Sense Usability Workshops

Usability workshops presented by the consulting firm “Advanced Common Sense”, owned and operated by Steve Krug, author of Don’t Make Me Think.


Location: Multiple U.S. Cities

Usability Week Conference

In place of scattered, shallow talks, Usability Week offers up to 6 days of deep learning as international experts lead 33 full-day tutorials on topics such as: Fundamental guidelines for Web usability, Improving usability for complex applications, Applying information architecture (IA) principles, Writing for the Web, Agile development and usability, Managing user experience strategy.


Location: New York, Chicago, London, San Francisco, Toronto

JavaScript & AJAX Conferences

The following list includes conferences and events focused on JavaScript programming, JavaScript libraries, and Ajax.

JQuery Conference

The annual conference of jQuery users and developers. There will be talks on jQuery, jQuery UI, plugins, complex application development, and more — all from the top jQuery developers. Case studies from some of the leading users of jQuery will be included along with a 3 hour tutorial for those just getting started.


Location: U.S.A.

Full Frontal JavaScript Conference

Full Frontal is a conference held in Brighton UK, for the front end developers with JavaScript skills ranging from beginner to advanced. If you’ve dabbled with JavaScript in the past and wanted to learn more about how the language works and what makes it tick, then this conference is for you.


Location: Brighton, U.K.

Graphic Design Conferences

The following list focuses on events and conference related to graphic design and design-related tools and technologies.

HOW Design Conference

The HOW Design Conference recognizes that graphic design is a business as well as an art. We launched this annual event in 1991 with the goal of providing a hands-on, educational program to enable designers to better balance the three key components of graphic design: creativity, business and technology. Conference sessions cover a mix of these three critical design issues, with particular emphasis on creative and business topics.


Location: U.S.A.

Adobe MAX

Connect. Exchange ideas and build relationships with leading designers and developers, industry experts, and Adobe product teams. Discover. Choose from hundreds of sessions and labs presented by industry leaders and Adobe experts on best practices and emerging technologies. Inspire. Join the inspiring conversations that unfold when thousands of the most innovative, creative minds gather in one place.


Location: U.S.A.

TypeCon

TypeCon explores type for the screen, printing history, Dutch design, type in motion, Arabic calligraphy, the American Arts and Crafts movement, experimental typography, and much more. Special events include the third annual Type and Design Education Forum, and an exhibition of international type and design.


Location: U.S.A.

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the most important event in the photo industry. Designed for professionals and advanced amateurs in the photographic and imaging industries, PDN PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography.


Location: New York City, U.S.A.

London Design Festival

The London Design Festival is an annual event established to celebrate and promote London as the creative capital of the world.


Location: London, U.K.

View Conference

VIEW Conference is the premiere international event in Italy on Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 3D Animation, Gaming and VFX.


Location: Italy

Design City

Design City, a ’show within a show’, will bring together graphic designers with vendors who sell to the graphic design market. It connects buyers with sellers in a modern, interactive, results-driven environment. As one of the first trade shows of its kind in Canada, Design City aims to further strengthen the graphic design community and bring together buyers and sellers in the industry.


Location: Canada

Design Indaba

With a focus on international thought leadership, the Design Indaba Conference has become one of the world’s leading design events and hosts more than 40 speakers and 2 500 delegates. Independently curated with a focus on case studies and ingenious problem solving, rather than simply eye-catching portfolios, conference alumni are contemporary industry pacesetters.


Location: Cape Town, South Africa

5D: The Future of Immersive Design

Our goal is to unite a vital community of designers and image-makers and to serve as a catalyst for innovation.


Location: California, U.S.A.

Mobile Web Conferences

The following list focuses on events and conferences covering to mobile web design and related technologies.

Mobile 2.0 Conference

Our two-day event, presented by the Mobile 2.0 Organizing Committee, focuses on understanding and leveraging Mobile Ecosystems, building and successfully monetizing new Mobile Applications and Services, and exploring Disruptive Mobile Innovation and Business Models.


Location: San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Design for Mobile

The Design for Mobile conference is North America’s only design conference exclusively for mobile devices. All aspects are covered, from academic explorations to practical execution, from research to design to development.


Location: Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.

BlackBerry® Developer Conference

At the heart of the BlackBerry® Developer Conference is a core group of technically minded people who come together because they’re passionate about development and the possibilities for building outstanding mobile applications on the BlackBerry solution. Join the best and the brightest from Research In Motion (RIM), drawn from a team of thousands focused on the success of one platform, with a wealth of knowledge and experience in mobile application development.


Location: California, U.S.A.

Back-End Programming Conferences

The following list consists of events and conferences focused on back-end programming languages and tools, platforms, and technologies related to those languages.

PHP Conferences

Visit the conferences page at PHP.net for updates and information on php-related conferences from around the world.


Location: Multiple cities worldwide

MySQL Conference & Expo

The MySQL Conference & Expo is an interactive learning community — four days packed with connections to MySQL developers and open source experts who know their subject inside and out. You’ll gain unique insights from speakers, vendors, project leaders, and other participants who are using MySQL to successfully run the world’s most demanding applications, saving millions of dollars over proprietary software and hardware solutions.


Location: Santa Clara, California, U.S.A.

The ExpressionEngine & CodeIgniter Conference (EECI)

At the ExpressionEngine & CodeIgniter Conference you can meet the experts, be inspired and break new boundaries! This event brings you presentations and workshops from your favorite EE & CI speakers. Both beginners and experienced users will benefit from a variety of topics and sessions: discover how your favourite content management system and PHP framework can bend even further!


Location: Leiden, The Netherlands

JavaOne

The JavaOne conference is the kind of event where the declaration “Classpath is dead!”* causes hundreds of people to applaud soundly and hoot their approval. We’re talking hardcore, middleware-loving, certified-geeky Javaheads coming together to share their love of — and frustrations over — the Java programming language and platform, and the extended technology that it informs.


Location: San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

OpenSource World

OpenSource World focuses on innovative solutions in real-world environments using open source, open standards and open architecture as part of an integrated IT infrastructure. The OpenSource World conference will present the latest Linux and open source ideas in a technical context by industry experts and innovators, giving IT end-users actionable initiatives that bring cost savings to the enterprise.


Location: Multiple cities worldwide

Atlanta Linux Fest

The Atlanta Linux Fest is a free grassroots conference for the GNU/Open Source Software/Free Software community to gather and share information about fun and exciting existing and upcoming Linux and Open Source Software. Attendees of all skill levels are invited to share their experiences to benefit all users of Linux/Free and Open Source Software. Atlanta Linux Fest is the place to learn, make new friends, and have fun!


Location: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Scotch on the Rocks

Scotch on the Rocks, established in 2005, is a conference based out of Edinburgh, Scotland concentrating on all things ColdFusion. Incorporating keynotes, technical sessions and tutorials, as well as the most innovative and successful ColdFusion experts and companies, Scotch on the Rocks is a must-attend conference.


Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

OSCON Open Source Convention

OSCON brings together over 2,500 experts, visionaries, and hackers in the trenches to explore all that open source has to offer. OSCON is the premier gathering place to gain exposure to and evaluate the new projects, tools, services, platforms, languages, software, and standards sweeping through the open source community. Whether you want to make it faster, more effective, or more efficient, open source helps you make it happen for the long term.


Location: U.S.A.

WordCamp WordPress Convention

WordCamp is a conference type of event that focuses squarely on everything WordPress. Everyone from casual end users all the way up to core developers show up to these events. These events are usually highlighted by speeches or keynotes by various people.


Location: Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Flash & ActionScript Conferences

The following list consists of events focused on Adobe Flash animation, ActionScript development, and related technologies.

Flash on the Beach

Flash on the Beach conference is the place to go for design, technical and inspiration if you are a web developer. It has grown quickly and gained fantastic status as the ‘must go to’ conference around… Flash on the Beach brings together the most creative, technical, inspirational, awe-inspiring, educational and entertaining industry leading speakers in the rich media industry.


Location: Brighton, U.K

FITC Design & Technology Events

FITC has produced events for the last 7 years with over 700 presenters and 14 000 attendees through countless cities around the world. From Flash to Motion Design, FLEX to AIR, Mobile and more, FITC events each stand as unique and exciting experiences that inspire, educate and challenge.


Location: Multiple cities worldwide

The ActionScript Conference

The ActionScript Conference (TAC) is a community conference with the focus on Flash Platform. Attendants will see themselves immersed in a day of learning, knowledge exchange, and networking. TAC aims to bring topics on ActionScript 3.0, Flash development, Enterprise Flex 3 and 4, AIR, Integrating of Flash and other Platforms, and building Rich Internet Application to its audience.


Location: Singapore

Flashbelt

The mission of Flashbelt is to bring together new media designers, developers and enthusiasts to share knowledge, inspiration and build community. It’s about professional development and creative inspiration.


Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

SEO & SEM Conferences

The following list consists of events and conferences focused on Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing.

Search Engine Strategies (SES)

Search Engine Strategies (SES) is the leading global conference & expo series that educates delegates on search engine marketing (SEM), including optimization (SEO) and advertising strategies, tactics and best practices. SES Search Marketing Events provide instruction from the industry’s top Search experts, including representatives from the Search Engines themselves.


Location: Multiple cities worldwide

PubCon

WebmasterWorld’s PubCon is an educational conference and industry trade show programmed specifically for web professionals and website site owners. Although our center piece is Search Engine Marketing, whether your primary role is in web site marketing, corporate IT development, or in technology business management, you will find something of value at PubCon (aka: Publishers Conference). It is also designed to be fun and entertaining with ample opportunity for quality networking.


Location: Worldwide

Search Marketing Expo

The world’s leading search engine marketing conference, Search Marketing Expo — SMX — is the search engine marketing conference from Third Door Media, the company behind the Search Engine Land news site, Sphinn.com, and the Search Marketing Now webcast series. SMX is programmed by the sharpest minds in search marketing. Together, Search Engine Land editor-in-chief Danny Sullivan and executive editor Chris Sherman have covered the topics, interviewed the luminaries and educated a generation of search marketers.


Location: Multiple cities worldwide

Marketing & Social Media Conferences

The following list consists of events and conferences focused on Internet marketing, social media, and related trends and technologies.

BlogWorld New Media Expo

BlogWorld & New Media Expo is the only trade show and conference created for the industry of blogging and new media. It will give participants the strategies, tools and technologies they need to stake their claim in the blogosphere.


Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Atlantic Internet Marketing Conference (AIM)

Winning in today’s online marketplace takes skill and understanding of the tools, methods, and strategies employed by Online leaders. The AIM conference will teach your team what it takes to win. From marketing strategists to designers and programmers — we’ll show you the most successful practices today online, how to execute them, and get ahead of your competition.


Location: Eastern Canada

Mesh Conference

Mesh is happening because the five founders (see below) believed that Toronto deserved to have a world-class conference where people with an enthusiasm for the Web could talk about how it is affecting the media, marketing, business and society as a whole. Join us at mesh 2009 and help us connect, share and inspire.


Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Webit e-marketing & e-business Expo

E-Business & e-Marketing Expo for SE Europe is the first event of such scale in the region of Southeastern Europe. At the heart of Webit is The Main Stage, where the very essence of modern integrated marketing will be debated and challenged by influential industry leaders.


Location: South East Europe

The Internet Show

The Internet Show is a series of seminars and showcases, presented globally. It is the only event that brings together Big, Medium and Small business, all eager to find new ways of doing internet business. It is a business, not a technology, show.


Location: Melbourne, Singapore, Johannesburg, Abu Dhabi

TWTRCON

Twitter is transforming business, government and the non-profit world. At TWTRCON, a one-day conference focused entirely on the business use of Twitter, you’ll see case studies and learn best practices from leading organizations that are using the real-time web to deliver measurable results.


Location: Multiple U.S. cities

140 Characters Conference

At the #140conf events, we look at twitter as a platform and as a language we speak. Over time it will neither be the only platform nor the only language. #140conf is not an event about microblogging or the place where people share twitter ‘tips and techniques’ but rather where we explore the effects of the emerging real-time Internet on Business.


Location: New York City, U.S.A

The Next Web

Internet professionals gather for 3 days to enjoy Amsterdam, the conference and to do business.


Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

eduWEB Conference

The eduWeb Conference is an annual, internationally recognized event for the higher education community, attracting those who are involved in online strategy, marketing and technology. This includes recruiting, web site design/ development, CMS, social media, marketing communications and the integration of traditional marketing channels into this new medium.


Location: U.S.A.

Technology Conferences

The following list consists of events and conferences covering a broad range of web-related technologies.

Devconnections Conferences

DevConnections rocks the technology industry as the largest and most exciting event focused on Microsoft technology and your needs. Hands-down this event has the best speakers in our industry, not to mention the coolest attendees. Compare the number of expert speakers, Microsoft architects and in-depth number of sessions to other conference events and you will not find a better value.


Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

dConstruct

dConstruct brings together leading thinkers from the fields of ubiquitous computing, interface design, gaming and mobile to explore the challenges of designing for tomorrow.


Location: Brighton, East Sussex, U.K.

International World Wide Web Conference

The World Wide Web Conference is a yearly international conference on the topic of the future direction of the World Wide Web. It began in 1994 at CERN and is organized by the International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee (IW3C2). The Conference aims to provide the world a premier forum for discussion and debate about the evolution of the Web, the standardization of its associated technologies, and the impact of those technologies on society and culture.


Location: Worldwide

webDU

webDU is the premier Antipodean Web Technology Conference. 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.


Location: Sydney, Australia

Web 2.0 Expo

Web 2.0 Expo is a conference and tradeshow for everyone who cares about embracing and extending the opportunities created by Web 2.0 technologies.


Location: New York City & San Francisco, U.S.A.

International Conference on Scalable Vector Graphics

At the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Open Conference you will have the opportunity to learn to use SVG to create effective and compelling web content, learn techniques for developing SVG software solutions, and see the latest developments from the W3C. You will meet the creators of SVG applications in person, the authors of the SVG specifications, and you will have the opportunity to provide your own input for future development.


Location: Worldwide

Webinale

This conference covers e-Business and Advertising, RIAs, Wdigets, Social Networking, Future and Mobile Web as well as Design and Usability. It takes place every year in Germany and features over 70 talks from leading web experts in English and in German languages.


Location: Berlin, Germany

Where 2.0 Conference

Now in its sixth year, the Where 2.0 Conference is where the grassroots and leading edge developers building location-aware technology intersect with the businesses and entrepreneurs seeking out location apps, platforms, and hardware to gain a competitive edge. In the O’Reilly conference tradition, Where 2.0 presents leading trends rather than chasing them.


Location: California, U.S.A.

Internet Summit

Presented by TechJournal South and Southern Capitol Ventures, the Internet Summit supports web oriented entrepreneurial activity, innovation, and the resultant economic development of the southeast region.


Location: North Carolina, U.S.A.

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