In the last four years my world has shifted from being a founder at the helm of a services company with a side project that involves software development into that of a founder at the helm of a product company with a services company that gets 60% of my time some days and 40% of my time other days. When I’m working with my clients on the service side the balance is usually 70-80% in the service category. With some luck and a lot of hours of hard work I’m hoping to flip the switch and get to 80% of my time going into the product bucket this year.
As the scales tilt more toward product I find that I have an insatiable appetite for knowledge about trends and best practices for design – mobile, web and user experience/human computer interaction and engineering – everything from how and where my teams should be incorporating things like Angular.js or Backbone.js and Node.js into the mix to what the latest trends in Ruby on Rails, mobile development, and even stuff like information retrieval and natural language processing.
Being in the Washington, DC area has never seemed like a bad place for this sort of stuff before, but I never had the desire to really feed my brain on this scale before either.
Today I made a spreadsheet with design and development conferences that I could find online. I wish I could attend them all and a lot more of them, but there isn’t enough time or budget for that. I would settle for a few conferences here in the Washington, DC area, but there is only one mobile UX camp here in the Fall.
I would love to hear of any conferences that are coming up here in the Washington, DC area or around the region that I missed. Things happening as far off as Dallas, Chicago, or Denver could be interesting too.
Here is my list so far*:
|Burlington Ruby Conference 2013||Burlington, VT||Ruby||8/3/13||8/4/13||200|
|Northeast PHP 2013||Cambridge, MA||PHP||8/16/13||8/18/13||200|
|Madison Ruby Conference||Madison, WI||Ruby||8/23/13||8/24/13||299|
|MobileUXCamp DC||Washington, DC||Mobile UX||9/14/13||78|
|StrangeLoop 2013||St. Louis, MO||*.*||9/18/13||9/20/13||500|
|Circles 2013||Grapevine, TX||Front-End Dev||9/19/13||9/20/13||265|
|Nickel City Ruby 2013||Buffalo, NY||Ruby||9/20/13||9/21/13||99|
|Front Porch Front-End Web Developer Conference||Dallas, TX||Front-End Dev||10/8/13||75|
|The Midwest UX Conference||Grand Rapids, MI||UX||10/17/13||10/19/13||n/a|
|CSS Dev Conference||Denver, CO||CSS||10/21/13||10/23/13||495|
|Web Design Day 2013||Pittsburgh, PA||Web Design||10/25/13||195|
|Web Unleashed 2013||Waltham, MA||Web Dev||11/7/13||11/18/13||129|
*Anything that cost more than $500 or that involved the Microsoft stack as a core aspect of the conference (e.g. more than 80% of the content) was left out. I’m personally not interested in the MS Stack unless it is a wall that I have to climb over to get to where I am going. If you have a MS stack conference that is related to web, mobile or application development and you would like for me to link to it I’m happy to do so.
Questions, comments, etc. should be directed to email@example.com – please note that discount codes are carpool offers from friends and interesting people are welcome. I would be happy to publish yours or take advantage of one in the event that you have one to share.
Here are some additional conferences this Fall:
Future of Web Design, New York, NY Web Design 10/7/13 10/9/13 $995
SassConf, New York, NY 10/12/13 10/13/13 $475
Converge RVA, Richmond, VA 10/11/13 10/12/13 $200