Generate New York is the conference for web designers presented by net magazine and Creative Bloq – and it takes place just one work from today (Friday 17 April).
It's the biggest date on the web design calendar, and you really don't want to miss this one. If you haven't got your ticket yet, here are 13 very good reasons why you should do so...
01. You'll see phenomenal speakers(opens in new tab)
We've put together a stellar bunch of people for this event. Besides the keynote speakers, Brad Frost and Mike Monteiro, we'll be welcoming the following speakers: Anton Repponen, Dave Rupert, Irene Pereyra, Jon Setzen, Jonathan Snook, JoonYong Park, Joshua Davis, Kristopher Kowal, Lara Hogan, Netta Marshall, Pamela Pavliscak and Val Head.
For more information, see the Generate New York speakers' page (opens in new tab).
02. You can customise your day(opens in new tab)
We've arranged the talks into two tracks (opens in new tab) this year so that you can pick talks most relevant to your job, tailoring the day to match your interests.
03. You'll discover tomorrow's trends
Our speakers are all experts in their respective fields. Many are carrying out the experiments, and making the discoveries that will shape tomorrow's biggest sites. Come along and learn the principles you need to stay ahead of the curve.(opens in new tab)
04. The networking will be amazing
We’re sure you'll be blown away by the talks, but past attendees often say the best thing about Generate is the people they've met there. This is a chance to make contact with lots of fellow web folk in a fun, energised environment – who knows what opportunities could come out of these meetings...
05. It's in a fantastic location(opens in new tab)
Generate is surrounded by amazing streets and sights
Generate is taking place at the New World Stages, in the heart of New York's famous and vibrant theatre district, just off Time Square. The venue is surrounded by a variety of restaurants and is neighboured by Hell's Kitchen.
So, when you've eaten, take a stroll on the streets trodden by Charton Heston, James Dean and Sylvester Stallone.
06. The afterparty will be legendary(opens in new tab)
When all the talks and activities are done, there’s an after party! Like last year it'll be at the ubercool nightspot Hudson Terrace (opens in new tab).
07. You can make a trip of it
If you're not based in New York, why not take a trip to the city for a few days? There are plenty of other great things going on at around the same time such as the Tribeca Film Festival (opens in new tab). The celebration of film, art, and culture was founded, in part, by Robert De Niro in 2002. It has grown to welcome over three million people and will be in full swing during most of April.
Also, check out Games for Change (opens in new tab). It's a huge gathering dedicated to exploring the positive power of digital games.
You might also want to hit the Brooklyn Folk Festival (opens in new tab), the Rainbow Book Fair (opens in new tab), and the very green Earth Day event (opens in new tab).
08. You'll learn about the latest design thinking(opens in new tab)
Katie Kovalcin, net magazine's Young Designer of the Year, will be speaking at our conference. She'll be giving a talk called 'Design the code, not comps! (opens in new tab)'
"When developers are coding early in the design process, magical things start to take shape," says Kolvacon. "I'll explain how to incorporate a collaborative process and walk through a process case study to demonstrate the benefits for all of those involved, including the client."
09. You'll find out how to kickstart your side-business
There's never been a better time to put your web design skills to a new use. With over 140,000 stores operating on Shopify (opens in new tab) there's a huge demand for web designers specialising in Shopify theme development.(opens in new tab)
In this 30 minute session you'll get an overview of the Shopify platform and an in-depth look at six ways in which being a Shopify Partner can help you increase your revenue streams. So, come along and find out how to give your business a kickstart.
10. You'll learn how to survive as a modern web worker
Brad Frost (opens in new tab) will be delivering the keynote, in which he'll talk about the constant technical changes web workers face, and how, trying to keep pace with it, can leave you feeling utterly exhausted.(opens in new tab)
Brad Frost will be delivering Generate New York's opening keynote speech.
Frost says: "We're swimming in options, technologies, techniques, opinions. I want to talk about what it means to make a website in 2015 and what it means to call yourself a web designer."
11. You'll get exclusive video access to talks
Generate is a two track conference, which means there's lots of choice on offer. It also means there's a risk you might miss a speaker you really want to see. Don't worry. As an attendee you'll get exclusive online access to all of the speaker's talks. So, after the event you can sit back and enjoy everying again.
12. Did we mention lunch?(opens in new tab)
Finally, if you still need persuading, here's a final clincher – the lunch will be fantastic! So what are you waiting for...?