Geared towards web professionals of all disciplines, the conference appeals to a wide range of technologists with varying levels of expertise.
“We like MinneWebCon to be an opportunity for seasoned professionals and newcomers alike to be able to come together to network and learn from each other,” said Conference Director Sara Hurley who leads the all volunteer planning committee.
Keynote speakers in 2016 will be Denise Jacobs, Founder & CEO of The Creative Dose and Sara Wachter-Boettcher, author of Content Everywhere. The presenter list boasts over 50% women and they’re known for nailing the gender ratio with the conference.
Hurley attributes this achievement to their inclusive session application process. The conference offers a mentor pairing program to encourage first time speakers to apply. Having someone to assist with their presentation can help alleviate some of the intimidation that comes along with presenting at a large conference. By demonstrating a commitment to actively helping new speakers, experienced speakers who were women took note of the conference as a place that was trying to improve the issue of representation.
At this point, women know they are welcomed and respected at MinneWebCon and they get the same range of speaking experience from the women and men submitting sessions. A list of all sessions and workshops can be found in the full schedule for the two day event.
Meant to be an affordable alternative to some of the larger conferences held across the United States, MinneWebCon draws sizable crowds with $100-$200 early bird pricing. Each year the 250 conference passes sell out, and workshops are filled to capacity. Hurley warns that MinneWebCon 2016 will be no exception.