2014 bumper list of digital comms and content conferences

conference room with attendeesWhether you’re intending to boost your career by attending a conference in 2014, or just looking to follow along online, here is our 2014 conference calendar for digital communication professionals. There are more than 40 listed events below, focusing on many key digital job areas, such as:

  • tech comm
  • content strategy and marketing
  • IA and UX
  • augmented reality
  • intranet, CMS, mobile and more


Mobile Trends Conference, Krakow, Poland, 16-17 January 2014
Poland’s biggest IT conference dedicated to mobile technologies is growing every year with 300-400 people attending the conference each day. All presentations will be translated into English.


Webstock, Wellington, New Zealand, 10-12 February 2014
This fun digital conference draws some of the biggest (and most interesting new) names in digital to New Zealand.

SES (Search Engine Strategies) London, 10-13 February 2014
Hone your search strategy with talks and panels on all aspects of paid, owned and earned media.

XML Prague, Czech Republic, 14-16 February 2014
A conference on markup languages and data on the web featuring topics such as: web markup, semantic visions and reality, publishing for the 21th century, XML technologies and big data, and the state of the XML union.

An Event Apart, Atlanta, US, 17-19 February 2014
One for web designers, the Atlanta event kicks off the first of nine events that take place throughout the year and across the US.

Intelligent Content , San Jose, US, 26-28 February 2014
This annual content conference, created by The Rockley Group and The Content Wrangler, is about to enter its sixth year, and in 2014 will feature a keynote by Joe Pulizzi of the Content Marketing Institute. More than 70 experts will present over the three days with the focus: ‘how to deliver the right content, to the right people, at the right place and time, on any device’.


SXSW Interactive, Austin, US, 7-11 March 2014
The biggest web festival in the world, famous for its parties as much as its panels. So good we’ve been twice.

rethink conf // 06, Oslo, Norway, 19 March
A bi-annual conference on strategic business usage of digital marketing and social media, featuring international experts and networking opportunities.

Webkongress Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany, 20-21 March 2014
The fourth Webkongress for IT, dev and design experts presents innovation in web technology as well talks on accessibility, content management systems (CMS) and web design.

Social Media Marketing World, San Diego, US, 26-28 March 2014
A mega-conference for marketers put on by leading business blog, Social Media Examiner. The 2014 event features luminaries such as Chris Brogan, Mari Smith (Facebook), Brian Clark (Copyblogger) and Joe Pulizzi (CMI).

The IA Summit, San Diego, US, 26-30 March 2014#iasummit
The event to attend for professionals in information architecture and experience design. the theme for this year after 15 years of the IA Summit is ‘The Path Ahead’.

#SMWF Europe, The Brewery, London, 31 March -1 April 2014
Conference aimed at social media and digital marketing professionals.

Content Marketing World Sydney, Australia, 31 March-2 April 2014
Content Marketing World has expanded from its US roots and is running its second Australian conference.

Click Z Live, New York, 31 March-3 April 2014
Digital marketing conference looking at latest trends in marketing and advertising, plus tools, tips, and tactics to help streamline marketing campaigns in 2014.


Digital Media Europe 2014, London, 7-9 April 2014
One for European publishers to discuss digital impacts in mobile, social, paid content, business innovation and advertising.

Intra.NET Reloaded 2014, Berlin, Germany, 10-11 April 2014
An event for intranet managers and internal comms teams to discuss the latest issues in digital internal communication and knowledge management.

MadWorld 2014 Worldwide Learning Conference, San Diego, US, 13-15 April 2014
Leading technical communication and content strategy conference for technical writers, documentation managers and content strategists.

TCeurope Colloquium 2014, Aix-en-Provence, France, 25 April 2014
An event for technical communicators featuring talks on techcomm skills and tools, ebooks and more.


J. Boye Philadelphia 14, Philadelphia, US, 6-8 May 2014
Web and intranet conference for web managers, web project managers and intranet managers. The event features 10 workshops and tracks ranging from platforms and standards to content strategy, mobile to user experience design.

Confab Central, Minneapolis, US, 7-9 May 2014
‘The content strategy conference’ – Confab has also added a European event to the schedule in September.

Adobe Digital Marketing Summit EMEA, London, 14-15 May 2014
How to thrive as a marketer in a brave new digital world.

STC Technical Communication Summit, Phoenix, US, 18-21 May 2014
More than 82 speakers will be talking tech comm at this popular event, with Jonathan Colman of Facebook announced as the keynote.

Augmented Reality World Expo aka awe2014, Santa Clara, US, 27-29 May 2014
Now in its 5th year, AWE brings together the world’s largest gathering of augmented reality (AR) professionals to ‘make the world more interactive’. In 2014, expect,wearable computing, digital eyewear, gesture and sensors devices, and The Internet of Things.


UA Europe, Krakow, Poland, 5-6 June 2014
This annual conference for technical communicators, user assistance specialists, information architects, technical authors, software developers and documentation managers heads to Krakow this year for the latest developments in software user assistance and online help.

Ready to Inspire XL, Leiden, Netherlands, 10-12 June 2014
A conference about the “craft of web design, type and code” – this year’s event is about ‘Making it Pretty’.

DAMA-NY, New York, 12 June 2014
In which the Data Administration Management Association of New York explores the role of information management and how it is changing the way business is done in the information age.

Internet World 2014, London, 17-19 June 2014#internetworld
Part of London Technology Week, this is an event for IT professional with a focus to “define & deliver your digital strategy”. The content side features 150 sessions of talks, benchmarking, case studies, practical workshops and training.

Congility, Gatwick, UK, 18-20 June 2014
Content Agility brings together content strategy, structured content and component CMS under one roof to help turn your content into a business asset. This year’s theme is ‘Driving customer experience from across the enterprise’. Content strategist Rahel Bailie and UX consultant Mike Atherton are among the featured speakers.

WebVisions, Barcelona, Spain, 19-21 June 2014
#webvisions #wvbcn
One of five WebVisions events in 2014; the other European event is in Berlin on October. WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy for an audience of designers, developers and industry leaders.


Content Strategy Forum 2014, Frankfurt, Germany, 1-3 July 2014
#csforum14 #csf14
The fifth event in this annual moveable feast of content strategy will take place in the supercool European city of Frankfurt.

Content Marketing Show, London, 16-17 July 2014
This event garnered great reviews from attendees the last time it was on. With workshops on the 16 July and a 1,000-strong conference on the 17th, CMS will explore the junction between social media, online PR, SEO & content strategy. And it’s free!


Content Marketing World, Cleveland, US, 8-11 September 2014
You can be sure of a starry line-up at the main CMWorld, with Kevin Spacey lined up to speak. The largest content marketing conference, organised by the Content Marketing Institute, also gets bonus points for its follow-up Video on Demand option to see all the presentations.

Technical Communication UK, Brighton, 16-18 September 2014
The annual TCUK conference is the leading event for technical communicators in the UK and this year it heads to the British seaside with a special focus on ‘Technical Content in the Age of Social Media’.

EuroIA, Brussels, Belgium, 25-27 September 2014
Europe’s 10th annual information architecture/user experience summit features presentations, panels and plenty of networking opportunities for IAs.

Mobile App Europe, Berlin, Germany, 29 September-1 October 2014
An event in the heart of Europe in which mobile app experts and professionals share knowledge across the whole development life cycle of mobile applications. Mobile app management, marketing, design, development and testing is the main focus.

Confab Europe, Barcelona, Spain, 29 September-1 October 2014
Content strategy conference featuring case studies, best practices and a gathering of content strategy professionals from around the world.


LavaCon: The Conference on Digital Media and Content Strategies, Portland, US, 13-15 October 2014#lavacon
Founded in 2002, LavaCon has grown from its technical communication roots to include sessions on project management, content strategy, UX, social media, mobile devices and more. The 2014 focus is ‘Implementing User Experience Strategies that Reduce Costs and Generate Revenue’.

UCD ’14, London, UK, 24-25 October 2014A packed programme looking at how user centred design is applied in a variety of disciplines.

WebVisions, Berlin, Germany, 24-25 October 2014
#webvisions #wvbln
The last of five WebVisions events in 2014, exploring the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy for an audience of designers, developers and industry leaders.

Inbound Marketing Summit, Boston, USA, tbc October 2014
One for marketers, covering all things digital – from social media marketing, to executing mobile marketing campaigns, to web publishing.


J. Boye Aarhus 14, Denmark, 4-6 November
The global knowledge-sharing community returns to Aarhus this November for a three-day event featuring 12 tracks, 60 speakers and topics from content strategy to UX to what technology trends are shaping the future. Also, look out for their 2015 conferences in Philadelphia (5-7 May) and Munich symposium (June).

TC World and Tekom, Wiesbaden, Germany, 11-13 November 2014
#tekom #tcworld
The TCWorld conference and the Tekom fair is the largest global event and marketplace for technical communication. Most attendees are from industrial, software and service companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but the event is growing to attract a wider European audience.

CS Applied, London, UK, tbc
#csapplied14 or #csauk
The focus is on practical content strategy: case studies and real-life applications.

Velocity, Barcelona, Spain, 17-19 November 2014
The European wing of four Velocity conferences taking place this year for web professionals working in web operations and performance.

TechDocs UK, Bristol, UK, 19-20 November 2014
The fourth annual TDUK event covers the niche focus of aerospace and defence technical documentation.


Le Web, Paris, 9-11 December
Europe’s conference for tech start-ups and web entrepreneurs.

What did we miss? Let us know in the comments and we can update this post with more events as they are logged. We’ll also be reporting on some of the conferences, too, so please subscribe to the Firehead blog to keep up with conference wisdom.

Image: (CC) Frédéric Bisson/Flickr

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  1. April 25: TCeurope Colloquium 2014. Theme: Our core skills. Whether these skills turn out to be digital or not – well, you’ll have to attend the colloquium to find out! But hey, the colloquium is in Aix-en-Provence in southern France and registration is FREE. Do you need any more reasons to attend? 😉

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