Events for the web industry

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2014 Conference Programme and Schedule

Posted on: May 6th, 2014 by Helen Reynolds

Port80, the best web conference to come out of Wales, ever, is on May 16th at the University of South Wales, Newport. It’ll be tremendous.


Book tickets here.


There are plenty of hotels nearby – here’s a handy list of some good ones.


Online chat before, during and after:
Hashtag: #port80
Tweets: @port80events

Running order

09:00 Opening ceremony


09:10 Denise Jacobs

@denisejacobs – Speaker + Writer + Creativity Evangelist

Port80 Talk: ‘Banish Your Inner Critic’

Your inner critic is an unconscious deterrent that stands between the seeds of great ideas and the fruits of achievement, keeping you stuck by telling you you’re just faking it, that others have more talent, that you’ll never achieve the success you seek.
In this talk, we’ll anatomize this pernicious inner force, and learn techniques to banish this critic so that you can have the mental space and energy to let your true talents emerge — and help you be a badass.

dan09:55 Dan Donald

@hereinthehive – Makes words on big-picture-web-journal-thing Break the Page and occasionally does gig-styled web conferences Speak the Web.

Port80 Talk: ‘Designing Evolution’

The fluidity and flexibility the web offers us is something we’ve never really had to deal with properly before. How can we ensure that looking at capabilities (of which width is one) and describing how a layout can start with a solid baseline of colour and typography can evolve?
Further ahead, what might some of the challenges be if we work with ‘element queries’?

10:40 Morning break

nathan11:00 Nathan Ford

@nathan_ford – Creative Director at Mark Boulton Design

Port80 Talk: ‘Mastering the dark art of fluid layout’

Beautiful, fluid layouts do not need to be mystifying. Designer and developer Nathan Ford will take you through some of the ways traditional grids and other layout methods on the web are hindering our designs, and show you ways to build with fluidity from the start.
He will demonstrate how to derive bespoke grid systems from your content, strengthening the connectedness of device, content and layout, and then show you how to adapt your layout as needed to maintain your smart compositional decisions across an ever-changing landscape.

louise11:45 Louise Tierney

@thelittle_t – Producer & User Experience Analyst for Zengenti

Port80 Talk: ‘Put yourself in their shoes!’

It’s a fact that many decisions are made by our emotions, why then would you publish a website that makes people feel frustrated? Why don’t we all make websites that just ‘feel right’ to use?
Louise explains why it isn’t’ as easy as you might think – there isn’t just one thing to get right. In her talk she explains that it’s a combination of elements which creates a good User Experience; design, layout, colours, content, writing style and the Content Management System (CMS) behind the website.

12:30 Lunch*

roy13:30 Roy Tomeij

@roy – co-founder at AppSignal

Port80 Talk: ‘Make Them Click’

Whether you want it or not, you’re the constant victim of neuro-marketing. Understand the unconscious reasons for your online actions, and how to apply psychology-meets-UX.

kim14:15 Kimberley Tew

@kimberleytew – Freelance copywriter and content manager/strategist

Port80 Talk: ‘Accessibility for Humans’

Accessibility has an image problem. It is often seen as an added extra that must be requested by the client, or as an ugly hindrance to your beautiful design. This is less of a talk, more of a show and tell session that will demonstrate the human impact of accessible websites. There will be no checklists, no code samples, just simple humanity.

15:00 Afternoon break

kev15:20 Kevin Evans

@kwe – CTO and Head of the Development at the University of South Wales

Port80 Talk: ‘These ARE the Droids you’re looking for’

The talk focuses on the theoretical and practical development of mobile context aware applications to delivery rich user experiences. Using technology like Bluetooth LE (iBeacons), Geofencing and Social data, to deliver and gather the right content at the right time. Mixing the digital and physical to create delightful experiences.

jukes16:05 Matt Jukes

@jukesie – Head of Digital Content at the Office for National Statistics

Port80 Talk: ‘Lies, damned lies, and statistics’

Think you have worked on some difficult projects?

The ONS website has been called “a national disgrace” in the Financial Times, “the world’s worst website” in a best-selling book, “virtually unnavigable” in the Guardian and was the subject of a Parliamentary Select Committee investigation. Bet you don’t feel so bad now do you?

The talk will be an honest assessment of why things got so bad, what we are trying to do to fix things and where we hope to get to in the future.

17:00 Closing ceremony

Aftershow: The Riverfront from 19:30*



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