Northern Ireland’s pioneering web designers urged to gather for major new conference

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  • A major new conference focusing on web design and development is set to debut at the Waterfront Hall in November.

    Pixel Pioneers, which takes place in Belfast from November 15-17, is aimed in particular at small design agencies, freelancers and students. The programme features a range of in-depth talks, practical workshops and social networking events.

    Pixel Pioneers is the brainchild of former net magazine editor Oliver Lindberg. Now a freelance editor and content consultant, Oliver says he aims to ensure creatives around the country have access to an international-quality web event.

    “When I came up with the idea of Pixel Pioneers, I wanted to create a web conference that’s not about London or big cities in Europe because these are well-served,” he says.

    “I wanted to create a conference with a diverse speaker line-up that is affordable and predominantly aimed at the vibrant digital community here.”

    Oliver hopes to see the Belfast event become a major part of the local tech calendar.

    Pixel Pioneers kicks off with an informal get-together in The Black Box on Wednesday, November 15. The main conference begins on Thursday, November 16 and will see talks from:

    • Una Kravets - New York-based front-end developer, writer and podcaster
    • Laura Elizabeth - independent designer and writer
    • Harry Roberts - front-end architect who’s worked with Google, Unilever and the UN
    • Chris Armstrong - the founder of Niice, a design platform used by Nike, Sony and TIME
    • Eva-Lotta Lamm - user experience designer, illustrator and visual thinker, formerly at Google, Skype, and Yahoo
    • Sareh Heidari - web developer at BBC News
    • Sharon Steed - communications consultant and public speaker
    • Christopher Murphy - Ulster University interactive design lecturer and writer

    Presentations will include how to’s on: creating an app on a shoestring budget; launching new products and side projects; building scalable websites; and building powerful online communities.

    On Friday, November 17, there will be full-day workshops on building faster websites (led by Harry Roberts), and using sketching techniques to rapidly develop website and app interfaces (led by Eva-Lotta Lamm).

    Feedback so far has been very positive with delegates coming in from around the UK and as far afield as Estonia.

    “It promises to be a great networking opportunity and a great opportunity to celebrate the creative community in Belfast and Northern Ireland,” says Oliver.

    The inaugural Pixel Pioneers event took place in Bristol in June and attracted more than 150 attendees. Plans are in place to rollout the event to more cities over the coming 12 months.

    For further information about Pixel Pioneers and to register your place, log on to

    Sync NI readers can get exclusive discount of £15 off tickets for the conference as well as the different workshops taking place. To avail of this discount, please visit Pixel Pioneers ticketing page found here.

    Group discounts (of five or more people) are also available. To find out more contact

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