Announcing dConstruct 2012

I was up in the big smoke last week for UX London. It was excellent: a thoroughly superb line-up of smart speakers and lovely attendees. Kate did a great job of making sure everything ran smoothly.

But there’s no rest for the wicked. With UX London done, Clearleft is gearing up for the other two events we’ve got lined up: Ampersand in June—there are still some tickets available—and dConstruct in September.

We sneakily soft-launched the dConstruct website while we were manning the front desk at UX London. It was put together by our current intern, Bevan Stephens, and as you can see, he’s done a superb job. I offered some guidance on the mobile-first approach which he implemented beautifully.

I’ll write some more later about some of the specifics of the site, but for now, I just want to say: check out that line-up!

Usually Andy is responsible for putting together the roster of speakers but this year it was my turn. It was a lot of work and I have a renewed appreciation for the great job Andy has done every year in putting together a kick-ass conference. I’ve always felt that one of the strengths of dConstruct is the way the day is curated.

There’s a lot to live up to: seven years worth of fantastic talks. But I couldn’t be happier about the line-up we’ve got for dConstruct 2012:

One of my favourite writers, Lauren Beukes; local genius Seb Lee-Delisle; brilliant London lads Tom Armitage and Ben Hammersley; my hero Jason Scott; brain-the-size-of-a-planet Scott Jenson; my super-smart friends Ariel Waldman and Jenn Lukas; and, wait for it …James. Fucking. Burke.

Your reaction to that last one will either be “who?” or “OMGWTFBBQ!” depending on your age and/or penchant for the greatest popular science television shows ever broadcast.

I realise it’s a very self-indulgent line-up—I’ve basically put together my wish list of the smartest, funniest, most eloquent people I know, but it’s all in service of the theme for this year: Playing With The Future.

(Yeah, I came up with that one. Can you tell?)

Lest there be any misunderstanding about the kind of event dConstruct 2012 will be, I’ve written a few words about what to expect:

The presentations may not contain any practical tips you can take back to work on Monday morning but you will gain insights into the direction our digital technology is taking. You might just find yourself showing up at work on Monday morning with an altered perspective on the world.

Tickets go on sale at the end of May. They’ll be a very affordable £130 plus VAT.

Oh, and did I mention the workshops that will precede the day of the conference? Ethan Marcotte, Remy Sharp, Lyza Danger Gardner, and Jonathan Snook: Kick. Ass!

I am so ridiculously excited. I cannot wait until September!

I hope to see you there.

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