UX Design, Front-end development and Innovation in Creative Technologie Conferences

Design conferences, festivals, and meet-ups are organized every day around the world. They come in forms and sizes. In this overview, we look at the subset of events organized around Digital Design, Front-end development, and innovation in creative technologies.

Working as a designer, developer or creative person in general on the web can be challenging. From sketching your first idea to translating your idea into an interactive piece contains many elements, you have to master.
Next to that, you are navigating the ever-changing design trends, popular tools, or protocols to use in your current or upcoming project. You have to keep laser-focused on your project. At the same time be open to new and interesting developments, like the current wave of Web3.

Industry-leading conferences help you navigate these current developments. They curated a thoughtful program. With a line-up of known and unknown creatives from around the world. Who are laser-focused on their goals. Often they are an expert in their field because of their focus. Even more often they are happy to share their knowledge in friendly and inclusive environments. As listed below.

With the return of in-person events in 2022. Networking, and making connections with your peers will be happening again. As never before. If you are planning to travel for a conference, please note that every location has different regulations around covid. Be sure to check the event website for pandemic-related details. This will prevent confusion about for example wearing a mask or not.

When you travel to attend an event add a couple of days extra –if you can– to explore the city or countryside. So you can digest your experiences, and think about the content you absorbed. When back home, share your newly gained knowledge and energy with your family, friends, and colleagues. So they can thrive as well.

Enjoy your conference experience.


SmashingConf New York 2022

  • October 10–13, 2022
  • New World Stages, New York, USA
  • 25% discount for the community
  • In-person tickets from $525 (normal $699)
  • Online tickets from $150 (normal $200)

SmashingConf is coming back to New York, after a few years of Covid-related—absence! Their conferences are known for that mix of inspiring and practical talks on what’s happening in web design and development, and that friendly community atmosphere.

Their NY conference features a 2-day single-track conference with speakers such as Eva Ferreira, Laura Kalbag and Vitaly Friedman on topics like CSS, Design Ethics and Design Patterns. The day before and after the conference they offer full-day workshops, which are hands-on and practical, so you can apply your new skills immediately. Instead of joining in-person, you can also choose to follow the conference online from the comfort of your own home or office via their Vi.to online conference hub.


beyond tellerrand // BERLIN

beyond tellerrand is back in Berlin to celebrate creativity and inspiration. With motivating, thoughtful and educational talks, workshops, and side events about web, design, technology, and typography.

SmashingConf Freiburg

  • September 5–7,
  • Historisches Kaufhaus, Freiburg,
  • Tickets from $649
  • Plan your trip

Freiburg is SmashingConf's hometown. The 2-day single-track conference is packed with 13 talks and 3 deep-dive workshops on front-end, UX, and JavaScript at the magnificent “Kaufhaus”!

Hatch Conference

  • September 8, 2022
  • Berlin with Live Stream
  • €50 + VAT, use the code NEONMOIRE for 20% OFF

First edition of Hatch Conference in Berlin and online. Hatch is designed for online participants to feel engaged, with high quality video and stage production on-site, so that you will experience as though you were in-person. Experience Berlin’s most talented designers and sought-after brands, from the comfort of your home.

Awwwards Conference Amsterdam

  • September 14-16
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Tickets from €363.00
  • Plan your trip

Awwwards Conference Amsterdam is three exciting days with some of the most influential speakers of the industry, who inspire, teach, and guide us as we face the many challenges and opportunities which lie ahead in the future of the web.

Design Matters Copenhagen

  • September 28-29, 2022
  • Copenhagen with Live Stream
  • Tickets from DKK 2000 (265 EUR / 325 USD)

Design Matters is a conference on new movements in Digital Design. The conference brings together practitioners from the best and most happening companies around the world. Design Matters involves a knowledgeable community of creative and curious minds who share the same drive and passion for digital design, technology, art, and society. The conference and workshops are curated by designers, for designers!


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Nordic.js is a single track JavaScript conference with talks by internationally renowned speakers and rising stars in the JavaScript community. You’ll hear about fun experiments, learn about the latest in JavaScript, and connect with other passionate developers.


  • October 7, 2022
  • Faro, Portugal
  • Tickets from €299 use code DFAO22NEON for a nice discount
  • Plan your trip

designFAO is a conference that brings together Creative People. It is a one-day event that provides inspiration, education, growth, and skills development through deep-dive talks.

SmashingConf New York

SmashingConf New York is a 4-day friendly and inclusive conference for designers and front-end developers. The single-track conference host 13 talks and 8 deep-dive workshops. Note that SmashingConf speakers rarely show slides: they show how they work — their setup, workflows and techniques for getting work done in live interactive sessions. So expect everything from refactoring and debugging to sketching and redesign, live.

Lesbians Who Tech | San Francisco Summit 2022

  • Virtual — October 10-12, 2022
  • In-person - October 10-15, 2022
  • San Francisco, USA
  • Tickets: Virtual is free. In-person from $699

The 9th Annual Lesbians Who Tech & Allies Summit takes place virtually and in front of the Castro Theatre and surrounding city blocks. Lesbians Who Tech expect over 15K+ LGBTQ Women, Women of Color, Non-Binary, Trans techies & our Allies to attend from all over the world this year. Lesbians Who Tech & Allies is the largest LGBTQ professional community in the world — committed to visibility, intersectionality, and changing the face of technology and most importantly, the only organization that centers on LGBTQ Women, Women of color, and Non-binary leaders.

KIKK Festival

The 11th edition of KIKK, an international festival of digital & creative cultures that explores the crossovers between art, science, and technology. The program includes conferences, workshops, an art exhibition, outdoor art installations, a market with makers, startups, and DIY projects, a pro area as well as electronic music parties.

PUSH UX 2022

  • November 3 - 4, 2022
  • Munich, Germany
  • Tickets: 299 Super Early Bird / 449 Regular / 499 Last Minute
  • Plan your trip

PUSH UX returns in person for its 10th anniversary to celebrate the craft, impact and strategies of great design, all the way from people to post-its to pixels!

PUSH UX is a lovingly crafted platform for hands-on design professionals and creative technologists. Join 650 peers in Munich to celebrate the craft, impact and strategies of great design, all the way from people to post-its to pixels!


  • November 3 - 6, 2022
  • Gatineau, Canada
  • Tickest from $599 CDN
  • Plan your trip

CanUX is a four day showcase of modern experience design trends shaped as Canada's premier annual experience design event. Featuring hands-on workshops and a world-class mix of amazing presentations, with plenty of chances to find inspiration, learn, exchange ideas and make new friends.

Webflow Conf

  • November 9 - 10, 2022
  • San Francisco & live stream
  • Online - Free / In-person $359 - $449
  • Plan your trip

At Webflow Conf, you’ll be the first to experience new Webflow features and level up your skills with interactive challenges. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with a thriving community of Webflow users to share expertise, swap stories, and meet new people. And Webflow's community comes together to celebrate this year’s wins, and most importantly, have fun!


  • November 9-11
  • New Orleans, USA and live stream

Now celebrating it's 7th year, Clarity is a design systems conference focused on how we work together. Clarity provide tools and standards to scale across an increasing number of devices, platforms, and products. But real success comes when people align around a shared vision and language. Diverse perspectives for design, development, and product unite so more people can be a part of the conversation. At Clarity, we elevate our skills through multi-faceted inclusion, empathy, technology, creativity, and collaboration.


That’s it for Digital Design, Front-end development, and innovation in creative technologies festivals!

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