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This post is written by Kalee Ackerman, Project Manager at University of Illinois.

When it comes to professional development and networking for web professionals of all sorts, the University of Illinois Web Conference might just be one of the best-kept secrets around. It’s mission is simple: to deliver something inspiring, beneficial, and relevant at an affordable price.

Over the years this strategy has proven popular, and for the 17th annual conference on April 27 and 28, 2016, the success story continues. Concepts such as using UX principles to shape your career path, picking up the scent of accessibility, leading a technical team, building high-performance applications, and using tomorrow’s CSS today, lead a strong lineup of diverse web-focused presentations over the course of two days.

If the topics alone don’t enticed you, perhaps the value will. The University of Illinois Web Conference aims to deliver quality programming and memorable experiences. “We spend a lot of our time talking about how to improve user experiences within the web world. Why can’t we apply these same ideas to improve attendee experiences at our conference?” says Doug Burgett, chair of the conference’s planning committee.

By keeping the conference small despite an increase in demand, quality goes up while cost remains low. Selectivity plays a part in this, as only 25% of session proposals make it into the program. The increase in popularity also means an increase in sponsor interest. More sponsors partner to host the event, but attendance levels are capped, allowing the cost to remain affordable.

Another reason to attend? The location. No, Champaign-Urbana isn’t known for being a travel destination, but it has a rich history in technical achievement, with University of Illinois faculty and alumni creating such advancements as the first graphical browser, YouTube, and PayPal, to name just a few. In fact, web professionals making the trip to the University of Illinois can be compared to baseball fans making the trip to Fenway.

So check out this year’s lineup and start making your plans to attend in 2017. Registration opens in January, and if you can’t already tell, it sells out fast!


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Mallory Willsea

Mallory Willsea

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Mallory Willsea brings more than a decade of marketing, digital, and enrollment marketing experience to Higher Ed Live and mStoner. Mallory serves as the main point of contact for Higher Ed Live sponsors. As head of marketing and sales for mStoner, Mallory develops the firm's marketing strategy and works with potential clients to identify right-fit solutions.


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