Web Unleashed 2014 Preview

WEBUnleashed_250x250In the continuously changing space of web development, attending a two-day intensive on the latest technologies and experiences is a nice way to get you up-to-date on the skills that drive your profession. The upcoming front-end developer conference Web Unleashed 2014 is exactly that; you’ll also have the opportunity to network and share ideas with like-minded professionals.


Speakers like Paul Trani (Adobe), Dave Methvin (jQuery Foundation), Brian Holt (reddit), Caitlin Potter (The Angular Project), Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc) and Matias Niemelä (AngularJS) will speak giving workshops and presentations about a broad variety of topics, ranging from JavaScript, optimization, game development and web apps, to talks about client management and new web technologies like SVG, Web Components, Node.js, Ember or responsive web development. In addition there will be a few presentations on 8bit Game Music and Virtual Reality; these will feature new and exciting technologies which will present an outlook on the web of tomorrow.


Two, full-day workshops are also available, the first being an introduction into angular.js with Ray Villalobos who is an author and teacher at Lynda.com. The second one titled “Workshop – JS Showdown” gives an overview on Ember, Angular, React, and Backbone and aims to enable you to make an informed decision about which framework is the best fit for your next project. This workshop is held by Brian Holt who is a front-end developer at reddit.


Having been working as a front-end developer for over 5 years now, the line-up sounds interesting to me and seems to match most of what I find relevant in my day to day business. Conferences are a great way to find new inspiration and get yourself stoked about upcoming projects. I know from personal experience about the effectiveness live workshops where you have the opportunity to ask questions and get your hands in the code right away.

Not to mention the two days off of busy client work.


The event, produced by FITC, takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Center and runs from September 17-18, 2014 closing with a pub night at The Fifth Pub House. Tickets start at $279 for freelancers and $349 for non-freelancers – but you can save $50 by using the discount code CMRDRE. If you’d like to attend only one of the workshops, $149 gives you the opportunity to attend the workshop day on September 16.


Are you attending Web Unleashed 2014? Let us know in the comments section below!



Philipp Schöfer is Web Developer and Founder of Perspektive Web + Design