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Top opportunities for web designers in 2017

There's a popular saying that goes: 'It's not what you know, it's who you know." However if you want to network with new people and learn something at the same time, there's nothing better than an event or a conference. Packed with plenty of web design inspiration (opens in new tab), these upcoming talks and shows are fantastic opportunities for designers and developers of every level.

01. Generate NYC (opens in new tab)

  • Date: 27-28 April 2017
  • Location: New York, USA

net magazine and Creative Bloq's very own conference returns for a fourth year. Packed with industry-leading speakers, Generate covers topics such as practical frontend solutions for creative design challenges, creating design systems, building a better ecommerce experience, and much, much more.

02. Script (opens in new tab)

  • Date: 27 Jan 2017
  • Location: Linz, Austria

Script ‘17 is a one-day JavaScript event with an international speaker lineup. Bonus: it starts at noon, so there’s no need to drag yourself out of bed early.

03. Awwwards (opens in new tab)

  • Date: 2-3 Feb 2017
  • Location: London, UK

Oliver Reichenstein, Mr. Bingo and Paul Lewis will speak at this respected awards scheme’s London conference. Dig out your 3D-glasses before you venture onto the website, or prepare for a headache.

04. Leading Developer (opens in new tab)

  • Date: 21 Feb 2017
  • Location: New York, USA

Head down to this one-day conference for technical leads to hear pearls of wisdom from engineers at Etsy, FreeAgent, Twitter and more.

05. Topconf (opens in new tab)

  • Date: 28 Feb - 2 Mar 2017
  • Location: Linz, AT

Looks like Linz is the place to be for conferences this winter. The second of our Austrian doublebill is Topconf, a three-day event ‘by developers, for developers’.

06. MagmaConf (opens in new tab)

  • Date: 29-31 Mar 2017
  • Location: Manzanillo, Mexico

Katrina Owen and Caleb Thompson are confirmed for this community tech conference in Mexico.

This article was originally published in net magazine (opens in new tab) issue 287. Buy it here. (opens in new tab)

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Ruth spent a couple of years as Deputy Editor of Creative Bloq, and has also either worked on or written for almost all of the site's former and current print titles, from Computer Arts to ImagineFX. She now spends her days reviewing mattresses and hiking boots as the Outdoors and Wellness editor at, but continues to write about design on a freelance basis in her spare time.