The 29 best creative conferences to attend in 2020

The 29 best creative conferences to attend in 2020

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One of the best ways to stay on top of industry trends and get ahead in your field is by attending conferences! You can expand your network by meeting other pros, plus hear the best advice from industry-leading speakers. Not only can you get the best experience and knowledge out of conferences, but you’re also sure to stay inspired!

To help you find the perfect conference, I’ve gathered the best list of creative conferences to attend in 2020 for marketers, designers, developers, or product managers. In no particular order, I’ve highlighted some of the greatest conferences that would be beneficial to anyone in the ever-changing world of tech, so pull out your calendar and start adding these conference dates for 2020 before it’s too late!

Without further ado, here are 29 of the best creative conferences to attend in 2020!

Disclaimer: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these events may have been canceled, postponed, or are now virtual events. Please check each event’s website for more information.


WordSesh

Virtually on March 24-25, 2020

Join this virtual WordPress meetup to chat with fellow WordPress professionals, learn from world-class presenters, and gain access to exclusive, virtual swag.


CanceledCon

Virtually April 4-5, 2020

This is a free creative event streamed live with special guests from the community, portfolio reviews, and giveaways! Celebrate your creative spirit at CanceledCon this year.


Confab

Virtually on May 18-20, 2020

This virtual conference is one you don’t want to miss! From UX to storytelling, accessibility to structure, Confab will bring together curious folks who are committed to making content more useful and usable. you’ll connect with others via a live broadcast, attend Q&A sessions, as well as access to live demos of helpful tools.


The Customer Validation Conference

Virtually on April 7-9, 2020

Join this year’s event to learn more about product testing and ongoing customer engagement. You’ll take a deep dive into pre-release customer testing strategies and see how immediate product feedback can help drive actionable recommendations for your next release — all while supporting your agile methods. You’ll also hear how industry leaders are developing a customer-obsessed culture, improving product development, integrating their programs into continuous development, and introducing game-changing practices to their organization.


STAREAST Virtual conference

Virtually May 4-7, 2020

The STAREAST Virtual conference will be streaming live and includes five keynote presentations, select industry technical presentations, and dozens of interviews with speakers and other experts attending the event. The virtual conference also offers the ability to chat live during sessions with fellow virtual attendees, and you will be able to visit the virtual Expo hall to explore the most recent demos and offerings from solution providers.


Digital Thinkers Conferences

January 22-24, 2020
Tokyo, Japan 

February 19-21, 2020
Amsterdam, Netherlands

July 14-16, 2020
Toronto, Canada

If you love Awwwards, you’re going to love these three Design Thinkers Conferences this year. Held in Amsterdam, Toronto, and Tokyo, this three-of-a-kind conference caters to designers, but also brings in speakers, developers, and dreamers alike would love. Hear from freelancers, company designers, and self-starters. It’s worth checking out for their website alone – it’s amazing!


Developer Week

February 12-16, 2020
San Francisco, California

This conference brings next-level content for anyone in attendance. Join developers, engineers, managers, and execs to not only learn, but to celebrate one another. Developer Week is known for highlighting the newest and best innovations in the dev world at this event. And if you can’t make it to the full conference, check out some of their one-off events and hiring expos!


Create and Cultivate 2020

February 22, 2020
Los Angeles, California

Create and Cultivate is the ultimate conference for women, specifically those who want to take their creative career to the next level. This conference brings in women in leadership roles in the digital and creative industry from across the country for one full day of panelists and programming.


Experience Design Week

February 25-27, 2020
Denver, Colorado

If you’re a UX designer, this is one event you won’t want to miss! UX design leaders are coming together from some of the biggest companies and brand names around to speak at Experience Design Week 2020. You’ll also get the chance to hear from over 25 world-class speakers with experience at Volo, Shutterstock, Spotify, and so many others!


SuperConf

March 13-14, 2020
Miami, Florida

SuperConf is an event like no other with programming that’s tailored to designers, developers, and entrepreneurs alike! The first day of this conference includes lightning round talks where you’ll get to hear from entrepreneurs about new and upcoming companies. Bonus? One lucky winner will receive a $10,000 prize that’s voted on toward the end of the day. This conference keeps its attendee limit at 250 so you’re guaranteed to meet some awesome connections at the end of the weekend. Grab your ticket before they run out!


Adobe Summit

March 29-April 2, 2020
Las Vegas Nevada

Adobe Summit is the ultimate creative conference and specializes in providing impressive content for advertisers, campaign managers, and anyone in between. During the two days of the conference, you’ll get endless opportunities to learn about the newest industry trends and get to network with industry leaders. Not to mention, those working in the government, education, and non-profit sectors can save big on tickets to this event.


AIGA Design Conference

March 30-April 1, 2020
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

AIGA has curated such an inspirational community that countless designers across the globe are members. Isn’t it time to attend the event built for that exact purpose? This conference focuses on connecting designers by inspiring creativity, networking, and learning.


SXSW Conference

March 13-21, 2020
Austin, Texas

From Southwest comes South by Southwest, the one-of-a-kind conference for professionals in any industry. Conference-goers can choose from dozens of topic tracks including art and music, startups and technology, and just about everything in between. Tickets for this conference sell out quick, so reserve yours today!


DevOps Talks

March 18-20, 2020
Melbourne, Australia

March 23-25, 2020
Auckland, New Zealand  

August 17-19, 2020
Singapore, China

With DevOps Talks, you have not one, not two, but three chances to attend this awesome conference! DevOps Talks brings some of the best minds of development and technology operations as speakers for their three conferences. You’ll get to learn the ropes of working with Agile and learning how to better position your startup!


An Event Apart

April 13-15, 2020
Washington, D.C. 

May 11-13, 2020
Seattle, Washington

June 29-July 1, 2020
Boston, Massachusetts
 

August 17-19, 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota 

October 5-7, 2020
Orlando, Florida

December 14-16, 2020
San Francisco, California

An Event Apart brings together the best of design, code, and content with three full days of design and developer expert talks and interactive sessions. Plus, breakfast and lunch, access to all social events, and some awesome swag. If you love listening to passionate speakers and are ready to be inspired, you have six options to experience this incredible event.


SmashingConf

April 21-22, 2020
San Francisco, California

June 9-10, 2020
Austin, Texas

September 7-8, 2020
Freiburg Germany

October 20-21, 2020
New York, New York

This fun and fast-paced conference is jam-packed with design presentations and thought-leading speakers. A Flywheel favorite, Chris Coyier, who’s a front-end developer and the founder of CSS-Tricks, is one speaker in the lineup in San Francisco and Austin, so you don’t want to miss out!


HOW to Design Live

May 4-7, 2020
Boston, Massachusetts

Creativity meets leadership meets design in this annual event! This conference offers everything you need to amp up your skillset, discover new tools, and pull inspiration from the exciting atmosphere and people.


Think 2020 – IBM Conference

May 4-7, 2020
San Francisco, California

Business meets technology at this can’t-miss conference for anyone in the tech industry. On the books are a handful of education tracks you can pick from including AI automation, how to scale your business with cloud technology, and learning through code challenges. Learn with some of the brightest minds in the world, and then kick back and relax with some fun events, too at this year’s event!


QCon New York by Info Q

May 4-7, 2020
New York, New York

With over 125 speakers and 25 different workshop tracks, QCon brings together software developers, engineers, team leads, and even technical project managers to hear real stories from industry leaders from all corners of the globe. The speaker lineup for 2020 is on its way, but this is one early-bird ticket you’ll want to purchase before they’re gone!


Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2020

May 11-14, 2020
Toronto, Canada

Data, analytics, management, AI, security, and so much more are all on the agenda for this executive-level conference in Toronto, Canada. But don’t let that intimidate you, because it’s focused on CIOs, application leaders, infrastructure and operations leaders, data, and analytics leaders. Why haven’t you registered yet?


The Design Conference

May 20-21, 2020
Brisbane, Australia

If you’re in the land down under (or are craving a nice vacation!) be sure to stop by The Design Conference in Brisbane. This conference is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2020, so this is sure to be a one-of-a-kind event experience! Meet other designers, create your own work in breakout sessions, and hear some of the many fantastic Australian creative keynote speakers. This is one anniversary you won’t want to forget about!


Front Case study Conference

May 28-29, 2020
Salt Lake City, Utah

This UX and product management conference is just what your development team needs to keep up with the ever-changing best practices in the tech industry. Two days of sharing and interactive Q&A panels are sure to spark your creativity with your team.


99U

June 3-5, 2020
New York, New York

99U is a well-known blog that focuses on everything from design trends, hands-on workshops, to career advice to inspiring talks and interviews with industry pros representing places like the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art and Instagram. Get a taste of fine design from New York with the 99U conference!


Collision

June 22-25, 2020
Toronto, Canada

Collision is an up-and-coming tech and creative conference that invites attendees from across the globe to listen to talk panelists like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to founder and CEO of Medium, Ev Williams. They cover topics from professional development to perfecting lead generation. Are you ready to see if this is the best creative conference in 2020 yet?


ICON11 | The Illustration Conference

June 28-July 1, 2020
Kansas City, Missouri

Do you consider yourself a designer, illustrator, educator, or graphic design enthusiast? If so, ICON 11, the Illustration Conference, could be the conference of the year for you! Since 1999, this conference has been bringing leaders in the illustration world together for four days of illustration and design fun. Not to mention, the conference will be held at the world-class Kansas City Art Institute.


THAT Conference

August 3-6, 2020
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

THAT Conference brings the summer camp vibe to a creative conference that focuses on all things mobile, the cloud, IT, and much more. Did we mention this conference is held at a waterpark? Have you packed your bags yet?


Inbound

August 18-21, 2020
Boston, Massachusetts

You won’t want to miss Inbound 2020. From the marketing and sales experts at HubSpot, this conference will help you spark growth in your business and have fun doing it! Can’t make it? Or just want a sneak preview? Check out their incredible 2019 recap video. Spoiler alert: it’ll definitely make you want to go!


Circles

September 10-11, 2020
Richardson, Texas

Circles conference is one of the top-growing design conferences in the US and brings in design gurus to speak from all over. You’ll hear from well-known design professionals, experience 12 different types of workshops, and maybe have a blast at a party, or two, or three!


Design Matters’20

September 23-24, 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark

Held in the heart of Denmark, Design Matters’20 offers a fresh experience inspired by the arts is the perfect event for all creatives. With workshops, various talk tracks, and even a perfectly curated craft-zone, this conference is sure to leave you feeling energized to dive into creative (or craft) projects of your own!


Disrupt SF 2020

September 14-16, 2020
San Francisco, California

From TechCrunch comes Disrupt SF in the heart of Silicon Valley. This 2020 conference focuses on highlighting the startup life, technology, and TechCrunch’s love for industry news. If you really want to attend, there are tons of options for various kinds of passes and discounts that make your tech conference dreams a reality. Go ahead and just start packing your bags now!

What conferences made it to your calendar? Did we forget any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!


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Comments (4 )

  1. Alyssa

    January 5, 2020

    These are great but you are missing one: Creative Pro Week. I have attended this one several times—it's great! Here is the link: https://creativeproweek.com/

  2. Katarzyna

    January 31, 2020

    Join also ACE! Conference in Kraków 🙂 ACE! 2020 combines two tracks: Agile Software Development and Product Design & Management into one conference. And it's really awesome!

    You can use this code 850656e2ab63d9d8 for 15% discount!

    Check the conference here: https://aceconf.com/home

  3. Zhenia

    July 31, 2020

    Hey guys! While everything is postponed—check out Whatabout: Future of Brands Conference. It's online, and it's epic.

    Paula Scher from Pentagram, Mirko Borsche from Bureau Borsche, Eike König from Hort, and 8 more awesome speakers.

    AR Exhibition, Networking Channels, Portfolio Review, Online Bar and DJ Set. You gonna love online more than offline.

    https://whatabout.digital/

  4. James Powell

    September 24, 2020

    Fantastic list - some amazing options here from around the world - one I really loved the first edition of: Future of Branding Week ✹ Live ✹

    https://futurelondonacademy.co.uk/en/course/branding-week-live

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