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Web Development Conferences

March 23rd, 2009 by Erick Beck

Spring break is over, it’s almost Summer, and that means it’s time to start thinking about conferences you want to attend. We find conferences an invaluable way of both finding out the state of what other universities are doing and for showcasing what we ourselves have done and increasing the reputation of the university’s web presence. We encourage others to attend conferences and do the same.

While there are dozens if not hundreds of conferences out there, there are relatively few focused on web development. This post will list a few of them that I am familiar with.

An Event Apart looks amazing this year. They actually hold several gatherings throughout the year, with a slightly different lineup of speakers each time, rather than it being a one-time event. I would love to be able to go to the May date in Seattle, it looks like a wonderful lineup of speakers and topics. There are also options for Boston in June, Chicago in October, and San Francisco in December.

On July 14 the Higher Education Web Symposium takes place in Philadelphia. I went to this conference last year and it was very nicely done and featured great speakers. This year it looks like they’re shortening the official part of the conference to a single day and having a second day of more informal group conversations. I think we’re going to be passing on this one this year because of other commitments.

The eduWEB Conference takes place July 20-22 in Chicago. They haven’t released their daily agenda yet, but they generally put on a good show. Of particular note, they try to incorporate both the back-end technical aspects of manging the web with the design and marketing sides, so you get a complete picture and can hop from one track to another to get whatever most suits you. I’m hoping to attend this conference if at all possible.

Of course the HighEdWeb conference is probably the most recognized and respected of the web development conferences that focus on Higher Ed. This year it will be in Milwaukee from October 4-7. John and I both plan to attend this one. For those who love to travel and have lots of time (not us unfortunately,) hit HighEdWeb one week and then AnEventApart the next week in Chicago, they’re close enough to take in both in one trip if you have the time.

Many of these conferences have Facebook pages and Twitter streams going. We encourage you to join and let others know if you’re planning to attend. If any of you are attending the meetings we are we would love to hear from you and chat beforehand, and if you’re attending any other conference we’d love to hear your experiences. If you have another conference that you would suggest for the campus community we also invite you to post that as a comment here.

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2 Comments to Web Development Conferences

  1. Google IO looks promising, especially the “Even Faster Websites” session at which the creator of YSlow will be speaking.

    UX Week is already shaping up to be pretty interesting:

  2. Robert Stackhouse on March 23rd, 2009
  3. Google Test Automation Conference (GTAC) is pretty cool too. I wanted to go last year. But they’ve chosen a location for this year yet:

  4. Robert Stackhouse on March 23rd, 2009

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