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I Made a Conference Calendar for People in Tech

Made by Bourn
Maker. Designer. Developer.
・1 min read

Hi everyone! I recently launched conferCal, a conference calendar for developers and other people in tech.

With filters for topics, dates, price and location, I wanted to make it easier to find creative or tech conferences you want to attend, speak, exhibit etc.

Code Calendar

Why

The idea for conferCal came about because I was just too lazy to scour every list on the internet for conferences related to design, code or entrepreneurship. It was also annoying to find cool conferences and then 3 clicks later, figure out that it was too expensive, from a location or price standpoint, to attend.

Plan

My first goal with conferCal is to become a single resource, for those mainly in tech (from designers to developers to marketers to entrepreneurs) to find conferences. Eventually, if the demand is there, it would be awesome to expand to other creative fields. But I’m taking it one step at a time.

Check it out at: https://www.confercal.com
Conferences for Developers: https://www.confercal.com/calendars/code

Let me know what you think! 🙈

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Dian Fay

oh this is cool! I'd love to see filters for open (or not-yet-closed) CFPs where that information is available.

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Made by Bourn Author • Edited

This is something I’ve been thinking about adding! It’s good to hear someone else suggest. Thank you!

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Ben Halpern

This is super thoroughly done. It's also the kind of project with a lot of little details which will continuously need refinement and persistence. It's most useful if enough people think of it as a trustworthy part of their routine so they keep coming back. It takes time to reach that place and this is a great start.

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Made by Bourn Author

You said it perfectly Ben. And that’s exactly what I’m hoping for. Thank you!

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Kyla

This is great, thanks for making it!

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Made by Bourn Author

Thank you!

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Jess Lee (she/her)

This is really really awesome.

If possible, I would love to see Taiwan not listed as a region of China. It's a controversial topic but something I'm really passionate about bringing awareness to.

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Made by Bourn Author

Thank you and sure! Should it be a country instead?

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Jess Lee (she/her)

Yes, please!

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Made by Bourn Author

Ok will do! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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Elena

Very nice product! It was hard for me to find conferences, I used to miss them happening just because I didn't know they were happening.

P.S. I tried to subscribe, but I think it didn't work. Clicking on "subscribe" button after filling all the fields does nothing. Used the site from the smartphone. Would be happy to get emails once it's fixed:)

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Made by Bourn Author

Thanks for the heads up! Just to confirm whether or not it went through, can you check your email to see if you received anything?

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Elena

Nothing in the email so far, not in spam as well.

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Made by Bourn Author

Weird...I tested it and it works for me :( Can you give it one more shot? Shoot me an email (kim@madebybourn.com) if it doesn't work and let me know what happens. 🙏

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Sam Benskin

Great idea, I hope you can get more exposure as it's a great tool. Couple of small issues, the filters are lost when changing the main category, and the region filter for the UK has some odd entries. I'd be happy to help if you want it

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Made by Bourn Author

Thank you! Good point! I didn't build that in actually so I'll add that to my list.

What are the issues with the UK? Shoot me an email at kim@madebybourn.com if you don't want to fill the feed here.

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Sam Benskin

Ok I've sent an email

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Dave Cadwallader • Edited

Any chance we could get a category for "SRE / DevOps" or something similar? There are some great conferences like Monitorama (monitorama.com/) and SRECon (usenix.org/conference/srecon18amer...) which don't appear to have a good category in the current list.

Thanks!

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Made by Bourn Author

There's a topic under Code for DevOps right now. I'll add those conferences to the list :)

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Dave Cadwallader

Oh cool! Small piece of feedback: it wasn't obvious to me that the "topics" menu was scrollable. When I expanded it, I didn't see DevOps because it was outside the scroll area.

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Andres Ravinet

Fantastic! Being in IT,I'm always trying to stay on top of all the conferences related to my field. Any chance we could get a Technology conferences section? I've got a great running list if needed. And of course, thanks for this!

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Made by Bourn Author

Thanks for the suggestion! Do you mean adding "Information Technology" as a topic? Would love to get that list to jumpstart it if added. Shoot me an email at kim@madebybourn.com. Thanks in advance!!

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Andres Ravinet

Yeah. I'll email you right now. Thanks!

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Daniel Jilg

Hey, this is really cool, and I'm going to use it furthermore. One thing that I was missing was the possibility to filter not by country but by continent. E.g. being German, I'd be willing to travel to most European countries, but probably not across the pond. :)

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Made by Bourn Author

Thanks for the suggestion! You're not the first to ask so I'll add it to my list. :)

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Joel Louzado

Is it possible that the filter values persist even if the category is changed?

Steps:

  • Click on 'Code',
  • Select 'Karnataka, India' as the filter for Region,
  • Click on main menu and change to 'Product'.

Right now it resets the filter values but realistically I'm looking for the same type of conference across those categories.

Lovely tool btw, thank you. :)

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Made by Bourn Author

Thanks for the suggestion! Yup, It's on my list to fix this week :)

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Brian Rinaldi

This is very cool. Keep up the great work. As someone who runs a ton of online events, it would be cool if you supported online conferences. Right now it looks like you have to choose a location.

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Made by Bourn Author

Thank you! "Online" is available as an option actually! If adding a conference, you just pick "Online" from the country list and write "Online" for the city.

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Brian Rinaldi

Oh. Interesting. That is great (though perhaps not very obvious). I tried it out and one weird thing was that it did still seem to require a city even though it was now specified as online.

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Iren Korkishko • Edited

Thank you! That's superb! I will add it to my bookmarks!
p.s. Can we change "Kiev" to "Kyiv" (this is correct variant most publishers ignore)?

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Made by Bourn Author

Thanks for the heads up! I had no idea! Fixing it now.

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Iren Korkishko

Thank you!)

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MixMasterMot

This is really really nice

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Made by Bourn Author

Thank you!

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Kelly Andrews

Is there a way to contribute? I would love to help.

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Made by Bourn Author

Thanks for asking! I'll shoot you an email :)

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Anish Kumar

Just twitted it! great work!

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Thank you!

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JeffD

Nice idea and good website (I love the design) but I think about two conf: FOSDEM (Open-source) and PgDay (RDBMS confs). Maybe theses topics are missing :)

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Made by Bourn Author

Thanks for the suggestion! Open-source is a good one actually! I'll see if I can round up a few. If so, I'll add the topic. Otherwise, this would be fine under General for now.

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Shaprieh

Can't say how many times I've been annoyed by the cost of a conference I was super interested in. Glad someone took action! This is great!

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Made by Bourn Author

I understand the sentiment completely. Glad you find it useful! :)

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Gonçalo Morais

This project looks so cool… Congrats!

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Thank you!

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Matt Chaffe

This is great! Awesome!

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Thank you!

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Andy Zhao (he/him)

Very cool! Nice job and idea!

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Thank you!

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Lyon

Great work!

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Thank you!

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Pedro M. M. • Edited

Great idea, I always thought the tech conference info was scattered. Such a terrific design too!

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Thank you!!