200+ UX, frontend and design conferences, events, meetups & summits in 2020

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1. Pune Design Festival 2020

2020 marks the 14th year of the Pune Design Festival. This year, attendees will explore the theme Crossroads.
We constantly find ourselves at the crossroads of cultural shifts, craft, technology, skills, and tools, bringing in a diversity of challenges. Has design been an enabler? Is design bridging the contrasts and handling extremes?
The theme will bring forth discussions, debates, case studies and workshops that showcase the signs of changing times at the turn of the decade.

Dates: Jan 10-11, 2020

Location: Pune, India

Ticket prices: $45 – $170

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

2. CLT Sketch Meetup

An official Sketch meetup for designers and developers in Charlotte. Share knowledge, trade tips, and hear about new plugins and resources. Meet local designers and members of the Sketch team, learn more about the app and have fun with likeminded people. Whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned pro, or somewhere in between, all levels of experience are welcome.

Date: Jan 15, 2020

Location: Charlotte, USA

Ticket prices: Free

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

3. In/Visible Talks

A conference for creative professionals that celebrates the art of design. It focuses on fresh takes and honest talks about the process, inspiration, and challenges behind the creative practice.

Date: Jan 16, 2020

Location: San Francisco, USA

Ticket prices: $450 – $1500

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

4. HalfStack Conference 2020

An authentic, high-value experience for attendees and sponsors focused on UI-centric JavaScript and web development. The priority for HalfStack is the attendee experience, with great food, drinks, talks, swag, and community. HalfStack is a UI-centric, one-day single-track conference hosted in a relaxed environment. HalfStack carefully curates talks that inspire and inform the audience in a highly interactive and entertaining manner. An intimate feeling where each attendee has time to meet one another.

Date: Jan 17, 2020

Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA

Tickets: TBA

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

5. DesignTO

DesignTO Festival is Canada’s leading (and largest) annual design festival that celebrates design as a multidisciplinary form of creative thinking and making, with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week, January 17-26, 2020.

Dates: Jan 17-26, 2020

Location: Toronto, Canada

Ticket prices: Free – $50

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

6. UXCamp DC 2020

UXCamp DC is a conference for people who love design. It is an intense day with 24 45-minute sessions and workshops presented by thinkers and doers from all levels of design experience from beginners to seasoned practitioners. It is a day of gathering for people who are passionate about creating great experiences for people.

Date: Jan 18, 2020

Location:  Washington DC, Washington

Ticket prices: Free – $50

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

7. You Got This

An affordable one day conference for early-career developers to talk about the non-technical skills needed for a happy, healthy work-life. You Got This conference is ideal for folks looking to soon get their first developer role (not just students, also career-changers), junior devs looking to skill-up and grow professionally into their next roles and managers/team leaders wanting to know more and better support their team

Date: Jan 18, 2020

Location: London, UK

Ticket prices: £60 – £120

Free tickets: Yes, for under-represented groups in tech. This includes, but isn’t limited to: LGBTQIA+ people, people of color, women, non-binary people, and those with disabilities.

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: Yes, for under-represented groups in tech. This includes, but isn’t limited to: LGBTQIA+ people, people of color, women, non-binary people, and those with disabilities.

 

8. Awwwards Conference Tokyo

A digital thinkers conference is coming to Tokyo! It brings you the hottest topics and newest technologies on User Experience, UI Design, Web Design and Development, Animation, Technology, Branding, Trends, Creativity and much more. It includes several brilliant workshops and talks from the best creatives around the world.

Dates: Jan 22 – 23, 2020

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Ticket prices: $318 – $545

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

8. New Adventures

A digital design conference where you’ll explore speculative and critical design, radical inclusivity, climate, sustainability, and much more. New Adventures conference is an unmissable single-track event with bold ideas and practical advice from renowned experts and upcoming voices. This design conference has workshops that teach you how to build better worlds with speculative design; build static sites with Kirby; learn to negotiate with confidence.

Dates: Jan 22 – 13, 2020

Location: Nottingham, UK

Ticket prices: $32 – $360

Free tickets: Yes, for students

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

9. No Code Summit

The No Code Summit brings people together to openly discuss and share ideas on how no-code tools can help you improve or build your business! The no-code space is ultimately made up of designers who can create websites and apps without code, products will be demoed showcasing new tools that designers can utilize!

Date: Jan 22, 2020

Location: New York, NY, USA

Ticket prices: Free – $99

Free tickets: Yes, for volunteers

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

10. Workshop: How to master Sketch & Design Systems

A meetup for designers interested in Sketch. Share knowledge, discover tricks, plugins and new workflows or see how others utilise the powerful tool. As a bonus, they will cover parts of creating a Design System. You shall learn how to plan, build, and maintain a Design System in Sketch App. During the session, we will create a Styleguide, Pattern Library, version control the Design System and document it. You will learn advanced techniques & best practices on systemizing your design, optimizing your workflow, team collaboration, version control, documenting, and all the new features and plugins to work in Sketch App like a pro.

Date: Jan 23, 2020

Location: Remote/Online

Ticket prices: $144 – $345

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

11. Humanising Design

Figma’s meetup where you’ll dive into cognitive UI/UX principles that can be used to create delightful experiences for users.

Date:  Jan 25, 2020

Location:  Lagos, Nigeria

Ticket prices: Free

Travel grants: No

 

11. Frontstack – Media on the Web 2020

Frontstack is a tech community built on the foundation of technological excellence and developer awareness. As its name implies, it’s all about front-end web technologies and their affinities. Their mission is to effectively grow the developer ecosystem, stem world-class developers through the community by creating exposure to front-end technologies. Media on the web has advanced a lot over the years. The capabilities for complex media on the web have increased, as well as our tools as developers for handling them. In this conference, you’ll cover everything to do with media on the web!.

Date:  Jan 25, 2020

Location: TBD

Ticket prices: Free

Travel grants: No

 

12. Nielsen Norman Group UX Conference Texas

Full-day immersive courses about UX best practices, proven methods, and hands-on exercises led by NN/g experts and world-class invited speakers. You’ll learn how to generate big ideas with design thinking; unearthing user pain points to drive breakthrough design concepts, how to measure UX and ROI, and essential tips for every UX leader.

Dates: Jan 27 – 31, 2020

Location: Austin, Texas

Ticket prices: $1234 – $4348

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

13. Creating Product Illustration Libraries with Pablo Stanley

Illustrations are emerging as a vital part of the user experience of a product, as they help tell your brand story, articulate and communicate your values and brand personality. How do you create a successful illustration system, shaping a strong visual identity? How do you decide on a core set of principles?

Date: Jan 28, 2020

Location: San Francisco, USA

Ticket prices: $25 – $35

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

14. Madrid Design Festival

Madrid Design Festival is an international event that wants to convert Madrid into the capital of design and elevate the city to a privileged position in the international arena. The festival is held in February and will encompass all design disciplines, from architecture to graphic design, communications to interior design, all of them hybridizing into a contemporary and innovative format.

Date: Feb 1 – 28, 2020

Location: Madrid, Spain

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

15. IxDA Interaction 2020

A mix of workshops, talks, and hands-on experiences aimed at inspiring designers around the world. It brings together the brightest minds in design, science, philosophy, psychology, and business. IxDA Interaction Week 2020 is a mix of events aimed at inspiring designers and anyone who design: expect the thought-provoking, the revitalizing and the diverse.

Date: Feb 2 – 7, 2020

Location: Milan, Italy

Ticket prices: $195 – $1500

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

16. JSConf Hawaiʻi 2020

A two day, single-track JavaScript conference dedicated to web development, JavaScript and building a community. Join us for our second annual JavaScript conference, coming February 2020 at the Alohilani Resort! Attend this design conference to listen to a panel of amazing speakers, meet new people, and enjoy the activities Hawaiʻi has to offer!

Dates:  Feb 5 – 7, 2020

Location:  Honolulu, HI, USA

Ticket prices: Free– $900

Free tickets: Yes, for children under 15 years old

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: Yes

 

17. Front End North 2020

Front End North is a welcoming one-day, single-track front end conference for developers, designers and others who work on the web. Front End North is returning on 7th February 2020 at The Crucible in Sheffield, UK. Hosted by the organizers of the Front End Sheffield meetup, FEN is a grassroots, low-cost conference with a mixture of established and new speakers.

Dates: Feb 7, 2020

Location: Sheffield, UK

Ticket prices: $55

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

19. Outcome Conference

A design conference that talks about startups, products, UX and design from a storytelling perspective. Topics include user research, design systems, taxonomy and architecture, brand voice, customer success, business goals, onboarding, dark patterns, and churn rate.

Dates: Feb 8, 2020

Location: Chandigarh, India

Ticket prices: $35 – $56

Free tickets: Yes, for Outcome members

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

20. Sketch Dallas February Meetup Event

An official Sketch meetup for designers and developers in Dallas. Share knowledge, trade tips, and hear about new plugins and resources. Meet local designers, learn more about the app and have fun with likeminded people.

Date: Feb 11, 2020

Location: Dallas, USA

Ticket prices: Free

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

21. idto Inclusive Design Toronto

A design conference exploring how we can live, work, and design for inclusion. Inclusive Design Toronto (IDTO) will create a space where everybody belongs. You’re invited to listen to and learn from our storytellers as they share different ways they approach living, working, and designing inclusively. IDTO looks at the impact of design on inclusivity and asks how can we make decisions to more fully embrace human diversity.

Date: Feb 12, 2020

Location: Toronto, Canada

Ticket prices: $23

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

22. Brand New: First Round

A one-day showcase of original presentations made to clients showing initial design explorations for logo, identity, and branding projects. Speakers will share their first-round presentation process by showing the original PDF/Keynote/PPT file that they presented to a client the very first time they saw a range of design explorations (or a single design exploration). This is a unique opportunity to learn how to present your work and get your best work implemented.

Date: Feb 14, 2020

Location: Portland, USA

Ticket prices: $93 – $125

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

21. Figma Africa Enugu Meetup

Figma’s event where you’ll explore places where people could go and get resources and inspiration for their design.

Dates: Feb 15, 2020

Location:  Lagos, Nigeria

Ticket prices: Free

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

22. Graphika Manila

Graphika is the premier creativity conference in the Philippines, hailed as one of the most influential events on design this side of the world. Every year is a distinctively inspiring design conference, showcasing multidisciplinary creative approaches in identity, art direction, animation, web and even designed environments, as shared by thinkers, collaborators, and partners over a two day, jam-packed weekend. The conference focuses on the creative side of design rather than technology.

Date: Feb 15, 2020

Location: Manila, Philippines

Ticket prices: $50 – $60

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

23. Nielsen Norman Group UX Conference Singapore

Full-day immersive courses about UX best practices, proven methods, and hands-on exercises led by NN/g experts and world-class invited speakers. You’ll learn how to generate big ideas with design thinking; unearthing user pain points to drive breakthrough design concepts, how to measure UX and ROI, and essential tips for every UX leader.

Dates: Feb 17 – 22, 2020

Location: Singapore

Ticket prices: $1234 – $5032

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

24. UXistanbul

The first UX conference of Turkey that gathers UX and Usability professionals from the world’s leading companies in Istanbul, to share their experiences. Topics include user research & strategic research, strategic design, actionable insights, DesignOps, product development, UX, CX and much more.

Date: Feb 18, 2020

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Ticket prices: $170 – $250

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

25. Awwwwards Conference Amsterdam

An event for designers, web developers,  digital creatives, and digital dreamers in an iconic city. It brings you the hottest topics and newest technologies on User Experience, UI Design, Web Design and Development, Animation, Technology, Branding, Trends, Creativity and much more. It includes several brilliant workshops and talks from the best creatives around the world.

Dates: Feb 19 – 21, 2020

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ticket prices: $390 – $890

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

26. TSConf JP

TSConf JP is the first TypeScript conference in Japan that succeeds TSConf held in the US. TypeScript has changed dramatically over the last few years. Increasing usage, strengthening type inference, growing ecosystem, maturation of local know-how, and the environment that supports TypeScript are evolving day by day, establishing the de facto standard for developing JavaScript.

Date: Feb 20, 2020

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Ticket prices: $91 – $136

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

27. Mouvo

A two-day festival presenting motion design in all its forms – as a creative field as well as an outlet for personal expression. As every year, Mouvo has invited the world’s leading creators who are rocking the world of graphic design, animation, video, and new technologies. This time, we want them to show us how entertainment is created and how you can have fun doing your job as well. The motion design conference will present an inventive take on video games, television, music videos, live performances, and interactive installations. You will learn how to enjoy experimenting and think of design as a game. You will discover new ways of connecting with and entertaining audiences. Come and be inspired by the world’s top designers and get some practical tips from them. Mouvo is not only an opportunity to get lots of useful information and have fun, but also a chance to meet interesting professionals from the motion design community.

Dates: Feb 21 – 22 2020

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Ticket prices: Free – $400

Free tickets: Yes

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

28. World IA Day

World Information Architecture Day is a one-day annual celebration held in dozens of locations across the globe. The World IA Day was created to celebrate Information Architecture (IA) and to empower local leaders keep growing and sharing within their communities. It explores how Information Architecture ties and binds different ideas involved, the end users, the stakeholders, the designers and the developers. How IA is often the bridge element between them all and tying together through understanding. How IA filters the noise for a better collaboration for a growing community.

Date: Feb 22, 2020

Location:  Online/Remote

Ticket prices: Free

 

29. IndieWebCamp Austin

IndieWebCamp Austin 2020 is a gathering for independent web creators of all kinds, from graphic artists to designers, UX engineers, coders, hackers, to share ideas, actively work on creating for their own personal websites, and build upon each others creations.

Date: Feb 22 – 23, 2020

Location: Austin, TX, USA

Ticket prices: Free – $10

Free tickets: Yes

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

30. Nielsen Norman Group UX Conference Los Angeles

Full-day immersive courses about UX best practices, proven methods, and hands-on exercises led by NN/g experts and world-class invited speakers. You’ll learn how to generate big ideas with design thinking; unearthing user pain points to drive breakthrough design concepts, how to measure UX and ROI, and essential tips for every UX leader.

Dates: Feb 23 – 28, 2020

Location: Los Angeles, California

Ticket prices: $1234 – $5032

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

31. FITC Amsterdam 2020

Groundbreaking design and tech event on the future of innovation, design and all the cool stuff in between. FITC Amsterdam features the world’s most innovative, technical and creative talks that will inspire you to pursue your dreams and create your very best work. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded individuals who have the potential to become key collaborators throughout your career. Connect with people who share your creative passion, whether in the exhibitor hall or at one of the legendary after-parties. Who knows, you could meet your next business partner, employee, mentor or boss at FITC.

Dates: Feb 24 – 25, 2020

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ticket prices: $110- $665

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

32. Experience Design Week 2020

Expanding the boundaries of User Experience and more. Topics include CX, UX, CI, experience design, product management, brand management, business strategy, design thinking, and human-centered design. Experience Design Week includes 24+ Workshops and Design sprints; Dive right into some interactive learning with your peers and the executives who do business best. Immerse yourself in the next generation of experience design with expert keynotes, experience touch-points, and a comprehensive Design Drive. Attendees shall learn from the best during their hands-on site tour day in the Mile High City.

Dates: Feb 24 – 26, 2020

Location: Denver, Colorado

Ticket prices: $1649- $3999

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

33. Design Indaba Festival 2020

The annual Design Indaba Conference in Cape Town features the best of global creativity all on one stage. It is also simulcast live to cities around South Africa. Design Indaba has seen over 600 illustrious speakers take to the stage to deliver soul-stirring and mind-awakening talks earning the acclaim as the best conference in the world whilst also actively pursuing change and action – seeding over 200 impact-driven projects into the public square. Design Indaba 2020 will be a 3 day multi-sensory, thought-provoking and expansive experience that includes a series of captivating talks by day and festival by night, featuring live music, theatre, exhibitions, and masterclasses.

Date: Feb 26 – 28, 2020

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Ticket prices: TBA

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

34. LadFest

The sixth edition of Latin American Design Festival LADFEST, gathering in Lima with recognized designers from Latin America and the world. LADFEST will be held in Museo de la Nación in Lima. The festival features lectures, workshops, exhibitions, a design market, and young talent. A selection of the best Latin American designers and creatives up to 30 years old will present their projects at the festival.

Date: Feb 27 – 29, 2020

Location: Lima, Peru

Ticket prices: $55- $105

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

35. ProfsoUX

This is the #1 Conference for UX professionals in Russia. Keep abreast of UX-trends: research methods, visualization, tools. Understand where to move at different stages of development yourself, how to develop a team/business. Get to know UX colleagues, look at the UX job market. Besides traditional UX topics, there will be talks on further development as a UX professional, complicated UX tasks and projects (including scientific research projects), adjacent areas: (psychology, anthropology, urban studies), business demand for UX competencies, specifics of government projects, using mistakes as a tool, automation of design, visualisation and case stories.

Date: Feb 29, 2020

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Ticket prices: $44 – $155

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

36. The UX Conference – London

The UX Conference is a design conference that’s not about buzzwords, but collaboration between designers. Insightful talks on day 1 and hands-on workshops on day 2 – short & sweet. Plus excellent prizes to win from The UX Conference partners. The theme of the conference on March 2-3 2020 is a collaboration between UX, UI and content designers. Invited are amazing speakers with experience working at Abstract, TfL, OpenTable, Dyson, The Paciello Group, Nike, Shopify, 1Password, Government Digital Service, Airbnb, InVision and others.

Date: Mar 2 – 3, 2020

Location: London, UK

Ticket prices: $50- $995

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

37. Bogotá Design Festival

It is a 4-day event that brings together and promotes creativity, innovation and design in all its states, whether in industrial or craft objects, artistic, graphic, digital, gastronomic, visual, interior design or fashion, where the creative industries and design are the transversal subject, impacting both the commercial and cultural, as well as Bogata’s identity as a city.

Dates: Mar 3 – 7, 2020

Location: Bogotá, Colombia

Ticket prices: Free

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

38. Convey UX

ConveyUX is the premier user experience conference on the West Coast. The 2020 conference in Seattle features 65 sessions from 50 UX leaders across three full days. Explore how UX really gets done. Convey UX includes keynote sessions with top designers, speed networking events, networking parties, several interactive UX workshops, project exhibitions, stories from UX designers and more.

Dates: Mar 3 – 5, 2020

Location: Seattle, Washington

Ticket prices: $1495

Free tickets: No

Travel grants / Diversity Scholarship: No

 

39. XR Day

The development of extended reality hardware, devices, interactions, and apps is advancing at a rapid pace. The XR revolution spans augmented, virtual, and mixed realities (AR, VR, MR). Past all the hype, what are the capabilities now and in the future? What are the hurdles to broader adoption? How do we understand