The Ultimate List of UK Web Design, Developer & UX Conferences 2018
There's a huge variety of conferences taking place this year for the web design community - too many to choose from, in fact. To make life a bit easier, we've rounded up a selection of the UK-based web design, developer and UX conferences that Ballyhoo staff are thinking of attending this year, along with some key information where available.
a dedicated time and space away from the screen to think about the future of our industry
As it's still early on in the year, many sites aren’t listing their full schedules and pricing yet, but we’ll be keeping the list as up-to-date as possible. Many are very affordable, with discounts usually available for early birds and students. Although many take place in the capital, they do spread the length of the UK too which means that, with Ballyhoo based in Birmingham, travel isn’t too much of an issue.
At Ballyhoo, we take a proactive approach to industry conferences. These events are not just a chance to get away from the office and have an expenses-paid jolly; they present an opportunity to not only expand your knowledge but network with peers. Most importantly, they allow you to create a dedicated time and space away from the screen to think about the future of our industry and how you can adopt and adapt to emerging technology and design trends.
Things to Consider
Before we get listing, there are a few points to consider that factor into whether going to a conference will be a sound investment for you. Cost can be prohibitive regardless of whether you are an employer weighing up the expenses or a freelancer with precious little time to spare away from paid work.
Total ticket price
Go as far as adding tickets to your basket and getting the full price breakdown. Many have hidden booking fees.
Do you have friends or family in the area? Can you stay nearby and then travel a short distance on the day so that you don’t need to shell out for a city-centre hotel? Does travelling down early on the day itself make sense?
If you're on your own, the train is probably cheapest, and you can use the time productively to check out the agenda. If there are a few of you, carpool and don’t forget you can usually claim back the mileage to cover fuel (45p per mile plus 5p per passenger!).
Many conferences film and release their content on video after the event - often for free, others may charge a small fee. If you don't have the time or funds to attend in person, this presents an excellent opportunity to absorb and benefit from the content at your leisure.
UK Web Design, Developer & UX Conferences 2018
January 17-19, 2018
From £1,090 +VAT
Taking place over three days, this software developers conference covers a huge variety of topics, delivered by nearly 100 speakers, with multiple tracks available throughout each day. You can attend one, two or three days and there are an additional two days of workshops taking place on the days prior to the event, you can purchase these separately or as part of an “All Access Pass”.
January 19, 2018
Early bird all sold out, but student tickets are still available. There's even an after-party in the venue bar which includes a complimentary drink.
January 29, 2018
Agile Content Conf is one for content strategists and online marketers. Not strictly web design but an essential piece of the puzzle. Current pricing available is until 15th January, and a two-day ticket is available if you also want to attend the workshop on the day after.
February 15-16, 2018
From £150 +VAT
This PHP conference takes place over three days, with the first day being an optional, immersive workshop day. You can choose to attend the full programme or pick and choose which days to attend (discounts available for subsequent days). Tickets include breakfast, lunch and refreshments and there are pre-conference and mid-conference socials to attend too.
February 20, 2018
This user experience conference is in its second year now, and its theme is “exploring how to improve collaboration between designers and business stakeholders”. Speakers come from a range of big-name companies, including Uber, British Gas, Zendesk and Deliveroo.
Early bird tickets (15% off) are still available until the end of Jan. Student tickets are available too at 50% off. Included in the ticket price are a breakfast registration event, a buffet lunch and an after-party with a free bar.
March 7-9, 2018
From £190 +VAT
This (predominately) UX conference is one for anyone in the public sector looking to create engaging service design. Whether you are part of an internal design team or contracting for government, this event brings together top speakers on the unique challenges that creating truly accessible and goal-oriented services can bring.
Tickets available to attend 1-3 days, with discounts available when booking across multiple days. There's a 20% discount for anyone employed by central or local government, with further discounts available for academics, students and groups.
March 15-16, 2018
From £135 +VAT
Another event coming back for its second year, UX in the City is delivered by the team behind UX Cambridge and UX Scotland. The Financial Times, Google, Foolproof and University of Nottingham all have speakers attending this two-day event.
You can go for one or two days, lunch and refreshments are included, and there are free evening social events.
March 17 – 23, 2018
From £556 +VAT
Neilsen Norman Group's UX conference hosts a number of full-day sessions on a wide variety of UX topics. This is one of the pricier conferences to attend, but there are discounts available for subsequent days/sessions booked. You can also pay an additional fee for session certification to demonstrate CPD.
March 23, 2018
Early bird tickets have already sold out and current pricing is only available until 23rd Feb, at which point last chance tickets go on sale. There's a real social aspect to Render Conf, with both a pre-event quiz night and an after-conference party. You can also book the pre-event workshop day taking place on the 22nd March (various sessions).
March 23-25, 2018
Okay, not exactly the UK, but close enough. Offset Dublin is a creative festival featuring content across multiple disciplines including graphic design, photography, illustration, fashion, photography and film. Creative types will be in their element here. The website itself is a joy to browse.
Early bird tickets are still available. Students and recent graduates get a nice discount too.
March 24, 2018
So, this non-profit event calls itself an “unconference”, where they do things a bit differently with 20-minute sessions, such as talks, demos or discussions with a focus on sharing and socialising as a catalyst for learning. The schedule isn't even confirmed until the day when speakers have to scramble for their desired timeslot. For anyone who's working in UX design, accessibility, UI, user research, or similar.
It's only two months away but tickets haven’t been released yet. However, we do know that the price will include free meals, a UX quiz with prizes and an afterparty.
May 9-11, 2018
Covering a huge array of topics, including Java, infrastructure, server side, web frameworks, browser apps, security, architecture, AI and even delving into cybernetics and the tech of the future.
You can attend up to three days depending on your preference. 'Blind' tickets are all sold out, but the early birds are still available.
May 10-11, 2018
A web performance conference covering site speed, scalability, accessibility standards and more.
Early bird is already sold out, with current pricing available until 9th April. A limited number of free tickets are available on a 'Scholarship Scheme' whereby applications may be accepted from anyone who feels their personal circumstances hinder their ability to attend the conference.
May 24, 2018
Camp Digital brings together digital, design and UX with a range of presentations and workshops from top speakers on topics such as 'Humanising Data', 'Agile: How to Get Stuff Done Without Wasting Money' and 'Using and Understanding Assistive Digital Technologies'.
Early bird tickets are still available until the end of Jan, with more expensive last-minute tickets on sale in May. Even so, this is still one of the more affordable conferences to attend.
June 8, 2018
Pixel Pioneers launched in 2017 and is back again this year in Bristol on June 8th. The event promises to be a hub for creative culture and looks to bring together the web community for more than just the latest cutting-edge tech. You’ll get eight practical sessions with actionable takeaways for your money plus a range of extras (goodie bag, exclusive Slack channel, afterparty). Neither the tickets nor line-up have been released as of yet.
June 13-15, 2018
Taking place at Dynamic Earth (sure to bring back memories of school trips for anyone from Scotland, like me), this is an established UX event offering the opportunity for the design community to gain hands-on, practical experience and learn from industry peers and leaders alike. This is a 3-day programme, but at the moment it appears that only tickets for the full event are available.
June 21-22, 2018
For user researchers, by user researchers. Some of the world’s best design and user research experts are due to be at User Research London, helping to shape user experience based on the accurate measurement and understanding of user needs.
Early bird tickets are currently available, but there's no word on the content programme yet.
July 11-13, 2018
July 13, 2018
UX Bristol 2018 is now in its eighth year, promising "hands-on UX techniques from leading practitioners in a friendly and sociable setting". The event takes place over a single day, during which you have the opportunity to attend four workshops (from a choice of 12).
Tickets on sale in late May 2018. Price includes booking fee.
September 12-14, 2018
It's still early days for UX Cambridge 2018 but the call for speakers is open, and as an established UX conference it's unlikely to disappoint. More info soon.
September 19-21, 2018
Generate returns again this September for a 3-day programme at the Royal Institution. Tickets are on sale in April 2018.
October 19, 2018
Not much info available on NUX7 yet either other than the date and location, more details coming soon.
November 2, 2018
The theme at this year's UX Brighton is Advancing Research. Topics are likely to include survey design, building research teams, researching for new technologies and taking a step beyond traditional methodologies.
Super early bird tickets are currently available until the end of February with student tickets also available.
November 6-7, 2018
Limited details as yet, the site says "AngularConnect is a 2-day, multi-track conference featuring the world’s leading Angular experts, including the core Angular team at Google".
November 12, 2018
'Freedom' is the central theme of this year's Design It: Build It conference, taking place in Edinburgh. You'll be able to attend eight presentations throughout the day.
November 16, 2018
To Be Announced
A few events that we're also aware of haven't yet announced their 2018 dates, but we’ll be keeping an eye on the links below and adding them to the list as and when more details become available.