19th December 2019

The must visit European conferences of 2020

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A previous boss once told me that “You can’t always do your best work when tied to a desk” and boy was he right. I, on many occasions, find my best ideas come to me at the oddest and sometimes most inappropriate times.

So why not aim to spend some time in 2020 getting away from your desk, office or studio, and travel to one of europe's top design, development and marketing conferences. We already have a number in our calendars so we thought we should share some of our top rated with you.

Close to home

As a Nottingham based business we have to represent our local events first! We are very lucky to host so many fantastic events in our city check them out below.

New Adventures 2020
22 – 23 January, Nottingham, UK

What to expect: A carefully framed event focusing on the visions of possible futures and the ways the value of design, research and conservation can help prevent unintended consequences. There will be a focus on the climate crisis and open conversations on inclusivity and privilege. With a number of speakers including Natalie Kane, the Curator of Digital Design at the V&A and Jeff Veen a Design Partner at True Ventures the event is fixed to be a hit!

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21 September, Nottingham, UK

What to expect: A single-track event designed to bring the latest knowledge, advice and strategies from industry experts from some of the UKs biggest brands. The full event timetable is yet to be filled, but be sure to keep your eyes peeled as they announce more speakers as the year goes on.

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Just a stone's throw away

There are a number of fantastic events hosted around the UK; a number of which the team at Abstrakt will be attending in 2020, so will we see you at any?

The UX Conference
2 – 3 March, London, UK

What to expect: A two day conference created to celebrate the collaboration between three design disciplines: UX, UI, and content. Expect talks and workshops from designers at Abstract, Transport for London, Dyson, Shopify, InVision, and Open Table on content design, A/B testing and ethical design decisions.

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16 – 17 April, Brighton, UK

What to expect: A one-day marketing conference and a series of training courses centered around all things search. The event promises to bring together some of the best speakers in the field along with a day of training courses and workshops designed to show practical, hands-on and in-depth Analytics, PPC and SEO.

We’ve got our tickets - Let us know if you're attending too.

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9 – 10 July, London, UK

What to expect: A new approach called the JAMstack is rocking the development world offering front-end teams fullstack capabilities—without the pain of owning infrastructure. This conference is designed to explore everything JAMstack. Attendees of the conference are promised with the guarantee of learning how to design, develop, and deploy fast, modern web projects that run on JAMstack.

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Birmingham Design Festival
5 – 6 June, Birmingham, UK

What to expect: There will be a colour scheme, no literally, the theme for this years event is colour! Running over two days Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June the event will see a curated series of events around the theme of ‘Colour’. The event will focus on the celebration of the local, national and international design industry. With only a few speakers and workshops announced keep an eye out for the updates coming your way throughout the year.

Tickets will be available from early 2020 (usually free)

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Hop on a flight

Want to get out of the UK for a bit? Why not hop over the pond to one of the many conferences and events happening across Europe.

Dot All
TBC, Amsterdam, Netherlands

What to expect: Join the Craft community for what will be yet another year of amazing announcements, workshops and talks from some of the worlds influential developers and designers who love Craft CMS as much as we do. With very little insight into the theme, date or location on the 2020 event we can’t say much more. But it's safe to say our team will be in attendance for sure.

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UX Copenhagen
30 – 31 March, Copenhagen, Denmark

What to expect: Centred around influence and designing for good the speakers were given the topic of “What is influence in UX?” This seems to be a common thread in many of the coming years UX conferences. Looking to the future and how we, as designers, can influence the world we live in and hopefully for the good. Subjects covered in Copenhagen will include DesignOps, tech for social good, future thinking and ethical design. Two full days packed with amazing content from over 20+ speakers, workshops and networking events.

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Marketing Festival
23 - 24 April, Prague, Czech Republic

What to expect: Billed as a unique experience for ambitious marketers to discover, learn, celebrate and shape the future together. As the largest global event dedicated to brand marketers, the festival has been created to reflect the very nature of marketing. With speakers lined up to cover the future of marketing, no-bullshit lectures on what works and what doesn’t and killer copywriting from Vikki Ross the list of her clients is enormous – the biggest entertainment brands in Europe (Sky, Virgin Media), ITV, Body Shop, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Paperchase.

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With so many events happening in 2020 I’d start working on the boss now. Drop some links to some of these fantastic events in your Slack channel and aim to get away from the desk in the next year. If there are any events you are attending let us know, we’d love to catch up. Any we’ve missed and think we should add? Get in touch and we’ll add them to our list.

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