Smashing Conference 2013: A Community Event That Will Change Everything

Smashing Conference 2013: A Community Event That Will Change Everything

Guess what? The Smashing Conference is coming! 2 single-track conference days, 3 full-day workshops, 16 excellent speakers, and only 300 available seats. We’d be honoured to welcome you in our home town Freiburg, on September 9–11th 2013, at the foot of the legendary, beautiful Black Forest in Southern Germany.

You can enjoy the well-known “Münsterwurst” opposite the conference venue, also known as a “lange Rote”. Of course, there are also vegetarian tofu sausages available. Image credit.

SmashingConf 2013: We Are Building The Web

We want the Smashing Conference to be a unique, valuable and friendly event for everybody involved. Not only do we want to provide new perspectives into Web design in general; more importantly, we want the event to focus on how exactly we, designers and developers, work, design and code to solve real-life problems.

Tickets can now be purchased via the SmashingConf 2013 page.

We’ll explore in detail what techniques, strategies and tools we use, but also what lessons we can learn from our personal experiences, successes and failures. Smashing Conference is a conference about how we work and play — and how we build the Web today.

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Speakers and Workshops

We’ve invited excellent speakers who all have something to share, be it personal experiences or case-studies on large projects. We’re very happy to welcome Jason Santa Maria, Dan Mall, Luke Wroblewski, Dan Rubin, Inayaili de Leon, David Březina, Andy Hume, Tim Kadlec and — of course — the Mystery Speaker among the first confirmed speakers. You can find more information about the talks on the SmashingConf 2013 Speakers page.

Taking notes the old-fashioned way. Image credit.

We are also happy to announce 3 full-day and 1 half-day practical, hands-on workshops that will take place after the two main conference days: Dan Mall will be teaching how to be the typographer you were born to be, Dan Rubin will be exploring how to design for User Experience, Luke Wroblewski will be exploring how we can improve Web forms for mobile, and Addy Osmani will be teaching how to become the real front-end warrior.

Does it all sounds good to you? Well, it gets even better: If you purchase a Conference Ticket + Workshop ticket, you can save 15% off the regular price! So what are you waiting for?

Date, Location, Prices

The conference will take place on 9–11th of September in 2013 in the Historic Merchant Hall in our lovely home town Freiburg, Germany. We have only 300 seats, so the number of tickets is very limited. Also, we’ve blocked every single hotel in town for you — you can select your hotel at the SmashingConf 2013 Location page (“Smashing Conference” is the magic word for hotel booking!).

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AirBnB could be a good option as well, but be fast — there aren’t many rooms available. Freiburg is known for being a vacation place, so perhaps you’d like to combine the conference with a relaxing family vacation in the skirts of the Black Forest? We’ve prepared some information about the location of Freiburg, so you don’t get lost in the suburbs of the Southern Germany while travelling here. Now if that isn’t an experience of a life-time, what is? (No, seriously, you will enjoy it!).

The price per ticket is €369 (incl. VAT). We’re organzing 3 full-day (€349) and 1 half-day (€229) workshops. Make sure to actually consider booking a workshop as well — if you buy both a conf ticket and a workshop, you save 15% off the price right away. Three days of learning, sharing, networking — it’s getting better and better! No lunch will be provided, but drinks and snacks will be provided, of course.

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Sponsors, Dear Sponsors

We keep the ticket prices be affordable for everyone, and we’re happy to welcome sponsors to help us make the conference smashing in every possible way. If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Vitaly at hello [@] smashingconf [dot] com. We love our sponsors, and you make the event possible, and we’d be honoured to have you involved!

Snapshot of SmashingMag’s 2012 Conference badge and lanyard. Image credit.

  • “This conference was well worth the money and I hope we will make it next year. Well done Smashing Magazine!” (Source)
  • “The two days of talks offered a very good balance of design-, philosophy-, typography-, and development-based topics. […] Thanks to all who attended, organized, cared, spoke and made this an overall very great event!” (Source)
  • “It was an immensely successful conference […] The talks, the beer and the interesting people definitely made me want to go visit Freiburg again next year!” (Source)


Follow us at @smashingconf and get more details on the SmashingConf 2013 website. Also, more speakers will be announced soon, so get ready to be smashed with a few exciting surprises and announcements!

Questions? Shoot us an email anytime at — we’d love to assist you in every possible way and would be humbled and happy to welcome you in our lovely home town Freiburg this September!

Auf Wiedersehen!

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