Start your own event

This article first appeared in issue 230 of .net magazine – the world's best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

Conferences are great. You get to meet fantastic people, you learn amazing things, you gain experiences and forge friendships that would never have happened without you attending.

However, not everyone can afford the big ones, not everyone can justify spending one or two days away from the computer and not everyone can convince their boss it’s a great thing for the company, even when their boss is them.

So let’s start a new type of event – a cheap, small, evening event open to everyone. To set one up, all you need is motivation and a concept. It may seem like a daunting task putting on an event, but once you break it down into simple stages it all falls together.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. People in this industry are always willing to give you a hand – be it venue finding, website building, sponsoring or any other tasks that need doing.

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