What is indieconf? It’s a conference that brings together the topics that affect freelance web people with experts who’ve been there and done that. I’ve attended a number of tech/web conferences over the past 12 years or so, and while they’ve all been ‘good’, there’s usually very little in the way of information that helps me in the business side of my work. As an independent, there’s questions about bookkeeping, outsourcing, legal issues, time management, billing, sales and marketing, and more that don’t typically get addressed at the typical tech conference. And at ‘small business’ events (conferences, networking meetings, etc), there tend to be very few ‘web geeks’ who speak my own language and understand the particular challenges that I face.
So, from that quandary, indieconf was born.
I’ve been contemplating this for a while, focused the idea some, and have been working for the past 6 weeks organizing a core set of speakers/sessions, location, paperwork, and more ‘stuff’ that goes on with a conference. I’m not even half done, but have been having a great time so far. I think we’ve got a pretty solid line up of speakers and sessions so far, although we’ve got room for a few more (planning between 15 and 18, and we’ve got about 9 or 10 nailed down).
One of the things I’ve tried to do with this is to get speakers from outside the Raleigh area. Right now we’ve got speakers from California, Texas and Pennsylvania as well as the Raleigh area and the Carolina coast. Even people who’ve been to many local or regional events in the NC area likely won’t have crossed paths with all of these speakers, which I hope is seen as a good thing (I think it is!).
So whether you’re a PHP guru just starting out freelancing, a PSD master who’s been at it for years, or someone just considering getting in to the world of freelance web work, I think indieconf will have something for you. With that said, what are some other types of sessions/info you’d like to get out of a conference like this? I’ve got some more topics planned based on early feedback from people, and would like to take on a bit more before making more decisions.
I look forward to seeing you in Raleigh this November at indieconf!
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