As you will no doubt be aware of, we attend a lot of events over the year, including everything from small user groups to huge conferences. We’ve seen our fair share of amazing events over the past year, and can safely say that we wouldn’t want to be in the position to pick the best one! However, with the help of all the people who nominated their favourite conferences, as well as the judges who whittled it down to three spots for event of the year…
Build Conference 2011
Build was founded by Andy McMillan (he who also co-founded The Manual) in 2008, after a discussion in London about how web/design conferences were getting bigger and more commercialised. He wanted to bring conferences back to what they should be, making it about and for the community. Since then, it’s become one of the hottest tickets on the conference schedule (with tickets for 2012 already in short supply). Build 2011 saw the likes of Josh Brewer, Wilson Miner (who is also nominated for Voice of the Year), Jason Santa Maria and Simon Collison wax lyrical about their craft, and also managed to get a nomination for ‘Web We Should Mate With’ at this year’s Critters for their gorgeous website (including one of the nicest implementations of video I’ve ever seen). We still haven’t made it along to Build, but fingers crossed we’ll finally get across to Belfast to see what already looks like a brilliant line up for 2012! Read a more detailed writeup of Build 2011 by Robert Stringer here.
New Adventures in Web Design 2012
Fresh off the heels of last year’s win at The Critters, New Adventures has made it’s way on to the shortlist again with this year’s offering. With a lot of people whispering about a ‘difficult second album’, after the breath of fresh air that was New Adventures 2011, Simon Collison (who is also nominated for Web Personality of the Year) and Greg Wood pulled another gem out of the bag, with another near-flawless lineup and all the charm that New Adventures offered last year. For those who didn’t make it along, New Adventures 2012 saw the likes of Trent Walton, Dan Mall, Cameron Koczon, Ben Bodein and Frank Chimero (another Voice of the Year nominee) take the stage to deliver their thoughts on the state of web design. Our write-up is over here for a bit more in-depth coverage of the event, check out Laura’s article here.
Web Developer’s Conference 2011
Last, but definitely not least, is 2011/12′s dark horse, Web Developer’s Conference. Started by Alex Older in 2007, WDC started because of the lack of affordable web development and design conferences for students outside of London. Sick of seeing conferences that charge anywhere up to £1500 for a ticket, Alex decided to start his own conference whilst still at university. Since then, WDC has grown and grown, with each year attracting the best new speakers in web development, and recently taking over Bristol’s Odeon cinema as the venue! Last year saw Paul Boag, John O’Nolan, Rob Hawkes, Elliot Kember and Ben Bodien take the stage, amongst others, for a day of web development and design goodness. Read more about WDC 2011 on Simian Studio’s blog here.
Where’s my invite?
We’re giving away a daily invite to The Critters so you can come along and vote for your favourites on June 20th at Cargo in Shoreditch, London. All you need to do is tweet this article with the hashtag #thecritters, and we’ll select someone at 4pm today and send them an invite!
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