Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Barcelona
In a recent New York Times article, Stephanie Rosenbloom writes about how conferences like SXSW, TED and – yes – WebVisions are doubling as vacation venues…and sure, why not? In the not-so-distant past, conferences pretty much offered the same experience — industry experts offering tame presentations, nondescript pipe-and-drape clad trade show booths, and equally nondescript programs and design. Today, it’s okay to take risks, push the boundaries on presentations, redefine meeting spaces and make the experience fun and memorable…and add a great location into the mix.
Over the next 12 months, WebVisions will be held in Portland (May 22-24), Barcelona (June 27-29), Chicago (Sept. 25-27) and NYC (Feb. 2014)…some of our favorite cities to visit (or live). Each location is steeped in its own local flavor, from Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona to the four star food carts in Portlandia.
As the author notes, “Think about it: the locations (like Austin, Aspen and New York) are tourist destinations in their own right; there’s built-in entertainment (food crawls, walking tours, cocktail hours); and — most important — they draw people attracted to a common theme. Even if you’re shy, all those meet-ups and lectures (not to mention the time you spend waiting in line to get into them) make it a breeze to strike up a conversation.”
For the full text of Stephanie’s article on “Business or Pleasure? Try Both.”, visit the New York Times. And see you at one of the shows!
Mark Frauenfelder – our Thursday afternoon keynote speaker for WebVisions Portland – is the author of some awesome and collectible books: The Happy Mutant Handbook: Mischievous Fun for Higher Primates, Mad Professor: Concoct Extremely Weird Science Projects, The World’s Worst: A Guide To The Most Disgusting, Hideous, Inept, And Dangerous People, Places, And Things On Earth, The Computer: An Illustrated History and Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of Do-It-Yourself.
In the World of Making, Mark is way out front…a co-founder of Maker Faire, Editor-in-Chief of MAKE magazine, and founder of the ultra popular blog, BoingBoing.net. He’s not only personally carrying the banner of the Maker Movement, he’s also working to build the ranks of Makers. In his keynote on “Making Makers: New Tools and Ideas that are Fueling a Movement”, Mark will start with a brief but colorful history of 19th and 20th century making, and present the new tools and technologies that are driving innovation and giving individuals and small groups the ability to create amazing things that would’ve been out of their reach a few years ago. And because we all want things cheap, fast and now, he’ll present new, inexpensive, and effective ways to conduct research and development, design prototypes, and set up manufacturing on the desktop or in the garage.
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Mark is the former editor-in-chief of Wired Online, and was an editor at Wired magazine and Wired Books. He was Playboy magazine’s technology columnist for three years, has appeared on The Colbert Report (twice) and the Martha Stewart Show, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Popular Science, Business Week, The Hollywood Reporter, Wired, and other national publications.
We’ve collected an assortment of presentations from the NYC show – and others will be added as they’re available:
Andy Bichlbaum, “Using Our Talents for Good, Not Just Okay”
Jason Kunesh, “Obama for America 2012: 10 Lessons Learned from Real-Time Design for High Stakes”
Rachel Nabors, “Creating Animated Music Videos with CSS3 and HTML5″
Sara Wachter Boettcher, “Changing Content, Changing Culture”
Senongo Akpem, “Storytelling on the Web: New Techniques and Ideas”
Shay Howe, “Amp Up Your Code: Performance-Driven HTML5 and CSS3″
Rafa Soto, “Build Your Brand the Rock Star Way”
Mihnea Ovidnie, “Using CSS Regions to Create Magazine-like Layouts”
Carolyn Chandler, “The Business of Play”
From io9.com‘s Rob Bricken:
“Mezco’s gotten the right to make Axe Cop action figures! They’re technically based on the cartoon that will air on Fox’s answer to Adult Swim, the Animation Domination HD block, but since that appears to be a nigh-perfect adaptation of the amazing webcomic, these should please all Axe Cop enthusiasts. The 3-3/4-inch line-up will include Axe Cop, Avocado Man, one of Dr. Doo-Doo’s Doody Soldiers, Baby Man and Wexter, Axe Cop’s pet T.Rex who wears sunglasses and has machine gun arms. I feel that bears repeating. There will be an action figure of a T.Rex who wears sunglasses and has machine gun arms.”
Okay, you’ve heard it from us, now ; )
Author and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff is a big idea guy. He’s a commentator on CNN and frequent contributor to Time, Discover and NPR, and he’s not afraid to take on important subjects. That’s why we’ve invited him to deliver his WebVisions NYC keynote on “Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now”.
Sound familiar? It should, ’cause it’s also the title of Rushkoff’s latest book, which will be given to everyone who registers for the show. And you can get your book signed by the author following his keynote.
If you haven’t already registered, why not do it now?
It was a week of fabulousness, with wonderful, fall weather, a Hackathon for Social Good, Studio Tours to IDEO, Gravity Tank, Groupon (go, tiger!) and Threadless, two days of sessions and keynotes at the Siskel Film Center, a day of workshops at Harrington College of Design, super fun parties at City Winery, ROOF bar and Manifest Digital, and treats like muffins and shots (not at the same time) from Github and beer from Rogue Ales.
For a larger collection of photos, visit our WebVisions Chicago Flickr Collection.
Thanks to our wonderful attendees, volunteers, staff and sponsors for helping us to put on one heckova fun show – our first annual fall shindig in Chicago!
The calls for session and panel proposals for WebVisions New York, Portland and Barcelona open on Wed., Sept. 26th! Sessions run for 45 minutes including time for Q&A and should cover innovative ideas in web and mobile design, digital media, UX and technology.
The New York City show will be held from Feb. 27 to March 1st at the Theater for the New City and Barcelona show will be held from June 26 to 28th at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.
» Submit a session proposal
The pre-event discounts for WebVisions Chicago end on Fri., Sept. 21st, and we wanted to announce a special deal: Buy a conference pass and get two workshops for the price of one!
All of our half-day workshops offer in depth training on a wide range of topics, with leading industry experts…many of whom will be presenting in Chicago for the first time. Learn about building awesome HTML5 games with the crew from Bradley and Montgomery, discover the secrets of UnPresenting with Heather Gold, use Game Mechanics to motivate audiences, learn practical design tools for team innovation with Jared Spool, see how SciFi influences interface design and more!
To register, call Brad or Jennifer at (503) 230-2058 with your payment info from 9:00am – 5:30pm, Monday thru Friday or email us at email@example.com.