Maria Keenan

2019 International Conferences in the UK That Deserve Early Attention

There are a lot of eyes on the UK, and there'll be even more in 2019. 

As I'm sure most of you will be aware, the (current) deadline for Brexit is March 29th, 2019, and there's a lot of speculation as to how it will affect the conference space, particularly when it comes to how the Sterling exchange rate may change, as well as international travel agreements. 

However, the show must go on, as they say. The events industry is worth some £39 billion to the UK economy. Whatever the multiple impacts, good or bad, that will come out of the UK leaving the EU for attendees and hosts, here we've handpicked some international conferences that are well worth attending regardless of changes that come our way:

1) ScotlandPHP

Over the past three years, people have traveled from all around the world to one of the foremost gatherings of the global PHP community. After a recent, successful two days in Edinburgh, Scotland PHP will return in 2019 to offer talks and workshops on the development of web applications. 

For those of you who might need a primer on the subject, this video from study.com is a highly approachable resource: 

What is PHP Used For? - Uses & Advantages - Video & Lesson Transcript

Given the popularity of the conference, the organisers have released a Super Blind Bird ticket option for enthusiasts who want to be ahead of the game and are willing to commit to attending before the speakers for 2019 edition have been announced. Registrants who choose this option will also get exclusive swag and insider details before they're announced to the general public. 

Date: November 9th, 2019.

Tickets: The Super Blind Bird option is available now for the handsome sum of £100.

2) TestBash Brighton

To briefly illustrate just how popular TestBash events are, at time of writing, there is one (1!) Super Early Bird ticket left for their pre-event, three-day automation in testing course.

TestBash Brighton

TestBash Brighton is in its eighth year, and its success is staggering. One can assume it's partially down to how many options attendees have when it comes to customising what they attend and how they can get the most benefit from the conference. 

As well as the aforementioned pre-game course, the three day conference proper will be split as follows:

  • Day 1 will be a single-track conference on TestBash essentials and fundamentals. 
  • Day 2 is set aside for workshops. There are ten half-day workshops in total, and 2 talk tracks to enjoy. 
  • Finally, Day 3 will showcase nine talks. 

TestBash is hosted by the Ministry of Testing and they consistently provide a friendly, professional, safe environment for all involved, providing childcare and a robust code of conduct

Dates: April 3rd - 6th, 2019.

Tickets: Available here, starting at £299 for Super Early Birds. 

3) UX London

In 2019, UX London will be 11 years old. For context, they started in the same year as the Haydron Collider was powered up, Barack Obama took office, and Lady Gaga released her first album. 

UX London

In 2018, UX London was host to such speakers as the VP of Product at Intercom, the Senior Interaction Designer at Google, and the Founder of Studio D. 

Next year, they'll be hosting the event in the beautiful Trinity Laban which they describe as the "perfect place to unlock your creativity."

As well as speakers up to the caliber of those they've welcomed in the past, each day of the conference will include a selection of workshops hosted by UX virtuosos. For full details, keep an eye on their 2019 site

Dates: May 29th - 31st, 2019

Tickets: Super Early Bird three-day passes are now available and cost £1,039.

4) Digital Publishing Innovation Summit London

Innovation Enterprise are a vertiable powerhouse of exciting conferences. 

Due to the high volume of quality conferences they produce each year, it's no surprise that they've perfected fomulae that keep attendees coming back for more. 

On top of that, they provide access to presentations from their events on demand to make the event more accessible to those who many not be able to physically take part.

The Digital Publishing Innovation Summit in particular is described as "an exclusive gathering of senior executives operating within digital publishing and online media." 

At the conference, attendees and speakers will tackle challenges such as how to keep direct advertising effective and creative, navigating best practices when it comes to subscriptions, and much more. 

Dates: May 3rd & 4th, 2019. 

Tickets: Available now, starting at £595 for a one-day pass. 

5) Data Visualisation Summit London

Like I said above, they're a powerhouse. If digital publishing isn't quite your thing, Innovation Enterprise will also be hosting a data visualisation summit in London a month beforehand. 

Innovation enterprise-1

Among the topics being covered, the conference will showcase insights about visualization for social sharing and storytelling, the use of real-time dashboarding as well as the introduction of AI and VR tools.

Dates: April 2nd & 3rd, 2019.

Tickets: On sale now. Also starting at £595.

6) Digital DNA 2019

As well as England and Scotland, Northern Ireland promises to be a hub of activity when it comes to events in 2019. 

DigitalDNA will enter its seventh year then, and will return to St. George's Market in Belfast. 

Digital DNA

Offering something for everyone, the conference will cover eight areas, host 3000 attendees, 150 speakers, 100 exhibitors and just over 80 hours of content. The event operates across industries with the main goal being to bring together the great minds that will push digital expansion and evolution even further in the years to come. 

One attendee recently left a testimonial saying that the team somehow managed to "remove all the stress" from attending a conference. Given the scale of this event, that alone is worth checking out. 

Dates: June 18th & 19th, 2019. 

Tickets: Super Early Birds are an actual steal at £45.

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