When Flowers Start To Bloom, It’s A Sign That SmashingConf Oxford Is Coming Soon!

Crafting a good front-end is no piece of cake. When tough budgets and ambitious goals interweave, you need just the right expertise to make just the right decisions. That’s why we create heavily practical Smashing Conferences, and the upcoming SmashingConf Oxford 201531 isn’t going to be an exception.

Yes, we’re coming back to the UK: SmashingConf Oxford 201531 will be as practical as usual, taking place in March 16–18th. Get your ticket.4

About The Conference

We don’t care about volatile trends, but we do care about things that work and don’t work in real projects, and why, and that’s exactly what the event will be focusing on. With practical talks, lots of networking, jam sessions, a personal, intimate atmosphere and spectacular surprises (lasers5, anyone?), this is a conference you probably won’t want to miss. A valuable, affordable community event for designers and developers who love their craft. Seriously.

No fluff, no basics, but real actionable insights that you can apply to your work right away. First speakers are already announced6, including Jake Archibald, Zoe M. Gillenwater, Tom Giannattasio, Natalie Yadrentseva, Richard Rutter, Paul Lewis and Peter Bilak. And we’ve got a few hands-on Front-End + RWD workshops7 as well, you know.

£289 / €349
Get your ticket.198350 tickets available, and they’re selling fast.

First Confirmed Speakers

We thoroughly curate every single talk and work alongside our speakers to make sure that each presentation fits nicely within the overall theme of the conference. For the Oxford conference, we’re very happy to welcome the first confirmed speakers:


  • Jake Archibald
    (Front-End, Google)
  • Zoe M. Gillenwater (+ workshop)
    (Front-end, Flexbox)
  • Tom Giannattasio
    (Front-End, Macaw)
  • Natalie Yadrentseva
    (UX, Data Visualization)
  • Seb Lee-Delisle (+ workshop)
    (Creative JavaScript)
  • Richard Rutter
    (Web typography, Fontdeck)
  • Meagan Fisher
    (Front-End, Visual Design)
  • Paul Lewis
    (Rendering Performance, Google)
  • Lorna Mitchell
    (PHP, Open Source Evangelist)
  • Peter Bilak
  • Rachel Simpson
    (UX, Google)
  • Yoav Weiss (+ workshop)
    (Responsive Images Group)
  • Polle de Maagt
    (Creative UX, KLM)
  • Christopher Murphy (+ workshop)
    (Designer, Educator)
  • Bruce Lawson
    (Opera, Standards)
  • Mystery Speaker
    (Someone you definitely know.)
  • …more speakers will be announced soon!

Seven Valuable, Hands-On Workshops

Conference talks are one thing, but a full-day hands-on workshop another. Why not add a practical workshop on top of your conference experience and come back to your office with a bag full of useful findings, learnings and perhaps even skills? Well, that’s what our workshops are all about! And we’ve got a few pretty, pretty good ones prepared for you:

Get your ticket.198Conf + Workshop ticket? You won’t be disappointed.

Fair Pricing: £289 / €349 For Two Full Days

We want to make sure that the conference is affordable for everyone, and this is reflected in the pricing for the event. The regular price is £289 (€349) for two full days (incl. UK VAT 20% and all booking fees), but if you are quick, you can snap one of the 50 early-bird tickets20.

Besides, if you get a workshop ticket, too21, you save £100 off the conference + workshop price. Student discounts (25% off) are available on request as well. Quite smashing, isn’t it? We thought so!

Location And Hotels

Of course we didn’t choose Oxford randomly. It’s perhaps the quintessential English city: a gorgeous maze of winding streets, ancient college buildings, eccentric traditions and some very fine hostelries. Every inch of the city centre is packed with history, and no route you choose will disappoint. Made famous by its world-class university, Oxford is just wonderful for exploration and inspiration. And open areas by the flowing Isis river, ponies grazing and some of the best sunsets out there are within walking distance. It’s very, very lovely in Oxford.

Come and learn amongst the dreaming spires of Oxford!24
Come and learn amongst the dreaming spires of Oxford! (Image credits25)
One of the historic workshop rooms in the City Hall of Oxford.26
One of the historic workshop rooms in the City Hall of Oxford. (Image credits27)
The view of the stage in the main hall.28
The view of the stage in the main hall. (Image credits29)
Yummy Smashing Cat cupcakes!30
Yummy Smashing Cat cupcakes! (Image credits31)

Just like last year, we’ll set up an open-stage session a day before the conference, so you can publicly speak about your own experiences and discuss what worked and hasn’t worked for you. We’ll also put a list of all attendees on the website, so you’ll know beforehand who is coming and perhaps even organize a trip to Oxford together.

Sponsors, Dear Sponsors

We pour our heart and soul into creating a friendly, memorable and inspiring community event for everybody involved. Our goal is a valuable community event with practical talks, neatly packed with lots of learning, sharing and networking opportunities.

We keep ticket prices affordable for everyone, and we’re happy to welcome sponsors to help us make the conference smashing in every possible way. If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, please drop us an email at cat@smashingconf.com32.


So here we go! More speakers will be announced soon, and since it’s a Smashing conference, you should expect a few surprises, but we’re not going to reveal them just yet. If you have any questions, send us an email at hello@smashingconf.com — we’d love to assist you in every possible way and would be humbled and happy to welcome you to Oxford in March!

Ah, and make sure to bring an umbrella with you, of course. But that goes without saying, doesn’t it? Cheers!


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