The conference was fabulous, and it was really neat to see how far they have come in the last few years. ConvergeSE started one year after Web Design Day and has grown rather fast, but they still keep the “small” vibes that we like. They have grown from a one-day conference to 2 days: 1 day of workshops and 1 day of a single-track conference.
There was one specific thing that I really liked about the conference day: the addition of a few “lightening talks”. Spread among the highlighted speakers of the day were a few 10-minute session that gave people who normally would not be speaking at a conference a chance to talk and show some of the awesome work and amazing ideas that they had. By the middle of the afternoon that day, I decided that I totally wanted to add this to Web Design Day too.
So I’m officially announcing that we are opening 4 additional speaker slots for 10-minute lightening sessions at this year’s Web Design Day. It would be really awesome if we can fill these sessions with local Pittsburgh folks too. (But it’s not a requirement!)
We don’t have submission deadlines, but do encourage you to get your proposal in as soon as you can!