The new year is fast approaching, and with a brand new calendar change comes reinvigorated creativity and added motivation. So what better way to rev your engines for another exciting year filled with innovative tech and stunning designs than learning a little extra?
We already rounded up the major events you should attend 2018... but the world is a big, big place, and there's no shortage of places and people who can help us grow. Here are the 7 best tech and design events coming up in January 2018. Will you be going to any of them?
- Jan. 4-Jan. 5, 2018
- Park City, Utah
Head to stunning Park City for an intense two-day crash course in everything user experience and management. There are four tracks you can choose from -- UX, Product Management, Research and Leadership -- and 20 courses that included everything from lectures to hands-on experience. This means you can tailor your education to your exact needs.
What's better? Take advantage of the slopes in your off time, and network with other designers in one of the most beautiful winter wonderlands in the world.
- Jan. 12, 2018 in Buffalo, New York
- Jan. 12, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska
- Jan. 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington
- Jan. 19, 2018 in New York City
In all honesty, there are far too many January Creative Morning talks for us to list (you can check out the full list here) but we rounded up those that are particularly thought-provoking for designers and visual creatives.
A few of our favorites? Let's just say Jan. 12 is a big day. Buffalo's talk lacks a keynote speaker, instead letting audience members share personal anecdotes and stories. Meanwhile, Omaha sees artist Tim Guthrie discuss managing anxiety as a creative professional.
- Jan. 15-Jan. 17, 2018
- Munich, Germany
This three-day conference discusses web, design and creativity -- making it the perfect warm-up for the new year. Stick around for talks with experts on artificial intelligence, robotics, website design and even entrepreneurship.
- Jan. 15-Jan. 19, 2018
- London, United Kingdom
NDC London gets a little more technical in its subject matter, but is still likely of interest to designers hoping to expand their horizons or venture out on their own with a new company. The software developer conference has been around for 10 years, and features 93 speakers and 11 workshops, covering technologies from architecture to machine learning to the future of user experience.
- Jan. 20-Jan. 22, 2018
- Munich, Germany
Deutschland strikes again with another early event perfect for techies and designers alike. This year's theme is "reconquer" and will explore our technology-driven world. Prepare to gain heavy insight into big topics like biotechnology and robots.
- Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2018
Web design continues to reign supreme in 2018 events! This conference, from Nielson Norman Group, is less lecture-based and more "class" based. It prides itself on a lack of "sales pitches," and channels its key players into instructing classes that teach practical skills instead of yammering about personal stories.
- Jan. 30-Jan. 31, 2018
- Hong Kong, China
This fintech (financial technology) event may not be directly design related, but it's sure to interest anyone invested in emerging technologies. The sprawling conference, which boasts over 2000 attendees, features speakers in "fintech, innovation and entrepreneurship." Plus, you'll see startups compete for money, prizes and accolades -- all of which may inspire you on your next professional venture!
Are you heading to any of these conferences? Tell us which ones below!