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Hello again friends!
Learning is truly a lifelong process and at Balsamiq we highly value continual education. Not only do we make it a focus for our community but we also make sure that everyone at the company has dedicated time for self-improvement.
Each week we are encouraged to use around five hours for uninterrupted learning and we have an annual budget specifically for the costs of books, class fees, and conference expenses. This professional development time can be allocated toward work-related education but we can also use that time to volunteer since we believe that giving back is great for personal growth!
Looking at the tech events created by our community it is clear that education matters to so many and as sponsors we’re happy we get to participate in this learning.
We are raffling away FREE TICKETS (travel and lodging not included.) Enter to win! Good luck!
"HackSTL encourages hackers to come together for 21 hours of coding, designing, and fun! We will provide you with the resources, mentors, and food to create some amazing projects. HackSTL is open to hackers of all levels: no matter if you're a beginner or a veteran, it's a weekend not to miss!"
"Grow today and Prosper tomorrow: Becoming the BA of the Future. Program highlights include: keynote address, a full day of professional development, nine presentations across three tracks, and opportunities to interact with local business analysis experts."
"Ladders Conf. brings together early stage designers from multiple disciplines to amp up hard and soft skills and empower you to take your career to the next stage. Connect and collaborate with other industry professionals to level up your craft and build people skills at the conference in an open and inclusive environment of your peers."
"Pendomonium is a 2 day conference for innovators, collaborators and anyone product obsessed. Engage with remarkable product leaders and dig into topics around product led design, growth, and success alongside a wide array of passionate Pendo community members. Experience it all, set against the charm, quirkiness and southern hospitality of Pendo’s home city."
"Techstars Global Startup Weekend Boston Women's Edition is designed to engage more entrepreneurs and provide them with the necessary resources for long-term success. The weekend will be focused on empowering more women within our community to lend their voice to innovation. It will be one of over 50 Startup Weekends happening around the globe, and the winning team will qualify to attend our global (in-person) demo day with other #globalswwomen winning teams."
"Make a Mark is about creating an equity of design for organizations that worry about the toughest problems in our cities, slave over grants and reports, and sacrifice money and time with their families so we don’t have to think about or solve these same problems. We are building empathy in a world that needs it."
"h2hacks is a biannual high school environmental programming competition founded by Ryan Lee. Create projects addressing real-world problems pertaining to the environment, ocean conservation, sustainability, clean energy, or urban agriculture! Compete for prizes, learn at workshops, and attend our environmental panel!"
"BoS targets those in the ‘scale up’ stage of their business – companies ready to take the leap into growth. The conference has an intimate atmosphere where guests are encouraged to come to learn from one another and help each other through their challenges, not shout or boast about personal achievements."
"A week-long celebration of user experience at venues across Waterloo Region, Ontario. Get to know top speakers from around the world at this “cheeky, ironic, playful” single-track conference. Delicious food, onsite baristas, and live music too!"
"Product World Forum creates a platform at which leading product management and development executives provide tactical insight on the innovative initiatives implemented at the worlds most successful organisations. The events focus is simple: Each speaker shares their INCREDIBLE story and our community walks away with actionable tactics and strategies they can implement into their own projects the same day."
"Cascadia PHP’s focus is to foster community. We want you & every other participant at our conference to feel included & welcomed. We are all developers ourselves & are committed to creating an environment that is friendly, encouraging & helpful to you. Special events like these often create lifelong memories and – better yet – friendships."
"Big Design is a way of thinking, not just an event. It’s looking at bigger pictures and sharing them so we all grow. Experience, wisdom, and creativity solve problems. Many times, we are trying to solve the same problems but from different angles. Big Design can help you think bigger and learn from people who may not belong to your specific industry."
"Make a Mark is a 12-hour design and development marathon benefitting local humanitarian causes. Make a Mark provides resources and fosters an environment where community organizations & visual communicators can engage with one another to better our world."
"HackHSN is a hackathon - a collaborative programming competition where teams of up to four individuals work against the clock to build innovative technological solutions to significant real world problems. It will be the first hackathon in the 60-year history of the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District."
"Two conference days with focus on solving actual problems with new and inspiring perspectives and one festival day make ConnectFest’19 a great choice to learn technology with fun. Connect Fest will gather both professionals & enthusiasts. A diverse tech community will allow you to learn by sharing your knowledge and being faced with different perspectives."
"The 8th SmashingConf Freiburg — in our lovely hometown in Germany — will be taking place in the Historic Merchants’ Hall on September 9–10. With one track, two days, 13 speakers and 260 attendees, expect actionable insights for your work — right at the footsteps of the magical Black Forest."
"At Design Matters, we bring together 1000 UI and UX Designers from all over the world for 2 days of talks and nerd tracks – and fun social happenings. Design Matters is created by designers, and we only have designers on stage."
"AngularConnect is a conference featuring the world’s leading Angular experts, including the core Angular team at Google. This multi-track event features two main tracks of talks, plus mini-workshops, and Office Hours and panel sessions with our speakers. Launched in 2015, the conference hosts over 1000 developers each year. "
"Talk UX is brought to you by Ladies that UX, a global organisation that has created an international community of inspiring, supportive women in design and tech. Founded in Manchester, Ladies that UX is leading a global movement, with chapters in over 55 cities worldwide, that empowers women to achieve their full potential."
"3 days of inspiration, education and skills development for user experience designers, UX leaders, visual designers, user researchers, front end designers, program managers, startup founders and design students. We bring engaging industry leaders from around the world to present a combination of inspirational talks and lively hands-on workshops."
"A 2-day International Conference on Web technologies and everything around the Web. No matter if you consider yourself a designer, dev-ops, backend dev, frontend dev or anywhere in between. #wwktm is for you."
"Software Freedom Day or SFD for short, is a global celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). It is conducted every year in the month of September in different countries. SFD is a public education effort with the aim of increasing awareness of Free Software and its virtues, and encouraging its use."
We hope you get a chance to attend these great events and treat yourself to some professional development time too. We’ll be back next month with more!
Amanda for the Balsamiq Team
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