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SmashingConf Live is an online conference on August 20 and 21. Instead of full days, it will take two half days, to make it more approachable for everyone. Schedule of Day 1.

Both days start at 8 AM PDT (check your time), with interactive sessions, followed up with a time for Q&As and discussion zones.

But of course that’s not all! Be prepared for design & coding challenges, scavenger hunt and fireplace sessions with mystery guests. And to keep in style, of course we’ll throw a Smashing Party.

We will be posting a detailed schedule soon.

Conference Thursday, 20th | Conference Friday, 21st

Thursday, 20th – Conference

7:00 AM PDT

Doors Open ☕️

Settle in! Grab a cup of coffee. Listen to our conference DJ Tobi and mingle with other attendees!
8:00 AM


Our MC Phil Hawksworth will make you feel right at home.
8:15 AM — 09:00 AM

Design System Pitfalls and How to Escape Them

Design systems are much more than just components and guidelines. From working and consulting with hundreds of design systems teams, SuperFriendly founder Dan Mall will share stories about how teams can free themselves from intermediate and advanced design systems traps like opaque roadmaps, stakeholder obstructions, communication gaps, balancing convention with originality, and more!

09:00 AM — 09:30 AM

Q&A with Dan. Questions, anyone?

⛳️   Join us for a Design & Coding Tournament.
🏕   Follow the fireside chat with Trine Falbe and Heather Burns on Privacy and UX.
👩🏿‍🤝‍👨🏼  Christian Nwamba will be interviewing people from diverse backgrounds.
09:30 AM — 09:55 AM

Visualizing Connections

Connections are a part of us, of the world. From the connections between people, between cultures, within language, and more. In these days when more data is collected daily than we could ever hope to explore, the variety in connections being gathered is opening up the possibility to visualize these (often complex) networks.

During this talk, Nadieh will take you through the design process of several of her (interactive) data visualization works, from personal projects to client work. The common thread they all share, is that they all reveal connections, but all differently. From a family tree of 3000 people connected to the European Royal houses, to those existing between our Intangible Cultural Heritage created for UNESCO, to connections we have drawn in the night skies and more. Revealing that all types connections are unique and revealing the intricacies that lie within them requires a creative, iterative and custom approach.

10:10 AM — 10:40 AM

Q&A with Nadieh, let us know your questions!

🕵️‍♂️  Bring your designs, for a Live UX Audit with Paul Boag.
🍱  Michelle Barker will update you on everything CSS Custom Properties.
10:40 AM — 11:20 AM

Serverless Cloud

Coming soon!

11:20 AM — 12:00 PM

We’ll be chatting with the speaker after their talk.

🎎  Robyn Larsen, Eli Schuetze and Naomi Mayer will be talking about Internationalization and Localization.
👩‍❤️‍👨   What do kitchen cabinets and Git have in common? As a continuation of his article about Git, Shane Hudson explores the "why and when" for using Git's hidden secrets.
🕵️‍♂️   Paul Boag will be giving a Live UX Audit again.
11:50 AM — 12:30 PM

Product Design in the Era of the Algorithm

Machine learning is your new design material; learn how to bring it into your everyday work and the products you're working on today. Like all design materials, machine-generated content, insight, and interaction have a unique grain—a texture that hints at how they want to be used and shaped for best effect. Refit familiar design and UX process to work with the grain of the algorithm and to help the machines solve real problems without creating new ones. The challenges and opportunities of AI and machine learning are plenty; discover your own influential role, and learn to handle this powerful new design material with care and respect.

12:30 PM — 1:00 PM

We’ll be asking Josh your questions, so let us know!

🥟 Join Yiying Lu and design an emoji, together.
🏔  Aarron Walter and Vitaly Friedman will be talking about remote working and how to get the most out of it.
1:00 PM — Late ;-)

🎉 Smashing Party and Challenges

Don't leave us yet, we'll be hosting a little party! Join us for a little quiz, live DJ performance, silly dance moves, and design & coding challenges.

Friday, 21st – Conference

Timings Around The World

  • CityTime
  • San Francisco, USA 🇺🇸8AM–1PM
  • New York, USA 🇺🇸11AM–4PM
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 🇧🇷12PM–5PM
  • London, UK 🇬🇧4PM–9PM
  • CityTime
  • Antwerp, Belgium 🍫5PM–10PM
  • Kyiv, Ukraine 🇺🇦6PM–11PM
  • Mumbai, India 🇮🇳8:30PM–1:30AM
  • Singapore, Singapore 🇸🇬11PM–4AM

Our SmashingConf Live Partners

  • Digital Agency Network (DAN)