Creating for the web is hard work. Every win has a story, and every loss a lesson. Succeeding takes talent, passion, and dedication to overcome challenges, hurdles, and roadblocks. Forge Conference is where we share these stories, hit failures head on, celebrate successes, and grow together.
Code of Conduct
Forge Conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, age or religion.
Why You Should Attend
And don’t worry, we’ll take good care of you while you’re here. There will be food, beer, and an after party. Philly has been home to makers for more than 200 years, and she’s one hell of a hostess.
LocationSkybox Event Center
2424 East York Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Date & Time
8:00AM - 6:00PM Conference
7:00PM - 9:00PM After Party
Our speakers are just some of the thought leaders that are changing the landscape of the web. Some are developers, some are designers, and some are product people, but every one of them is in the trenches making the web a better place.
Geoff has been designing simple digital products for well over a decade. In 2002, he co-founded Teehan+Lax. Geoff and his company have helped shape products at Google, Yahoo, Prismatic, Weather Network, LG, Globe and Mail, Readability and more. He recently led the design of Medium during its conception and is currently working with Yahoo/Tumblr and Flipboard.
Jason Beaird is a designer, front-end developer, and author of The Principles of Beautiful Web Design. For over 4 years, he’s been hand-crafting interfaces and front-end patterns at MailChimp. He and his team recently won the 2014 NET Award for redesign of the year and they share their tales of research, design and development in The UX Newsletter.
Wren is a designer with a passion for creating beautiful digital products. Since she started working on the web over 12 years ago, she’s done a little bit of everything–from advising startups on UX best practices to pushing pixels for Fortune 500 companies. She’s currently a Principal at Neo where she helps her clients make products that people will love to use.
Marc AndersonFantasy Interactive
Formally trained in traditional graphic design and typography, Marc’s professional career has focused entirely on the digital space. He’s built a keen knowledge of user experience, technical capabilities, interaction design, and concept generation. Currently a designer at the New York office of Fantasy Interactive (Fi), Marc creates work for clients in the sports, travel, and fashion industries.
Tami EvninNasdaq OMX
Tami Evnin is a builder of kick-ass applications as a Product Designer at Nasdaq OMX. She earned her MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons The New School for Design, where she focused on developing social interfaces to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and product development. She is an international award winning artist, mobile designer and product designer.
Nick FinckAmazon Web Services
Nick Finck is a user experience professional who has worked in the web industry for over a decade. He specializes in information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research for web and mobile. Nick has created web and mobile experiences for Fortune 500 companies including Adobe, Intel, REI, Boeing, Google, and Oprah.com.
Josh Payton, VP of UX, partners with Huge’s visual and interaction designers to design and rapidly prototype feature concepts and interfaces. While at Huge, Josh has worked with JetBlue, Disney, and Gannett. During his career, Josh has acted as the UX Design Lead for the home and storefront pages at Amazon.com, and Senior Designer for Microsoft, Washington Post/Newsweek Interactive, and Yahoo! News.
Ian Collins spent the last three years getting hitched, moving north to Portland to buy a house, getting a dog and having his first child. While he wasn’t doing that, he helped build and design Simple, a banking service that people love. Ian bounces between engineering and design, so he can’t help but get the two mixed up now and then.
Lauren RabainoVox Media
Lauren Rabaino is a product manager at Vox Media, working on technology and culture site The Verge to align editorial, sales and product on shipping great products. Prior to joining Vox, Lauren was the news applications editor at The Seattle Times, and also worked as a designer for various media-related startups.
Jake LearVox Media
Jake Lear is a product manager and front-end developer. In his time with Vox Media he has worked on a variety of products, but focuses primarily on the gaming website Polygon.com. Jake now manages a small cross functional product team focused on working with editorial and sales to improve web journalism and advertising through technology.
Marc SasinskiRiot Games
Marc is passionate about creating immersive experiences and product design. His focus areas are experience design strategy and team management. Past engagements have included working as a user researcher and design consultant, with clients ranging from early-stage startups, to Fortune 500 companies. Marc is currently at Riot Games in Santa Monica, California.
Weszt HartRiot Games
Musician-turned-designer, Weszt helps Riot Games create delightful experiences for millions of online social gamers worldwide. While his most recent focus has been solving complex interaction challenges with Riot’s Player Behavior team, Weszt has also worked with Walt Disney World, Lifestyle Media, Humana, and Hilton – among others.
Debra GelmanEPAM Empathy Lab
Debra Gelman is a researcher, designer, and strategist in the field of interactive children’s media. An advocate for child-centered design, Deb has worked with clients including Scholastic, Crayola, and PBS Kids Sprout to design digital experiences for kids ages 2-12. Deb currently serves as Senior Director of User Experience at EPAM Empathy Lab. She is the author of Design for Kids, available through Rosenfeld Media.
The ConferenceSkybox Event Center
2424 East York Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Get Directions to Skybox Event Center
Parking is always a hassle, but is available for those who dare. Feel free to take any spot along East York Street on a first come first serve basis.
Don’t want to drive at all? Cool. We’ll have shuttles running from the hotel Monaco to the event and the after party.
Need a lift? Meet us at the Hotel Monaco where shuttles will run back and forth to the conference throughout the day. Conference shuttles will also be around after the conference to run attendees between the after party and Hotel Monaco. Pick-up at the hotel is the corner of 5th and Chestnut.
For anyone looking to use public transportation we highly recommend still meeting at the Hotel Monaco and taking the shuttle. To get to the Hotel Monaco, simply take the Market-Frankford (Blue) Line to the 5th street station and walk one block south to Chestnut.
If you prefer to take public transportation straight to the Skybox, take the Market-Frankford (Blue) Line to Berks Station, then head east for 7 blocks on East Norris Street to Cedar Street, then go 4 blocks northeast to East York Street and then half a block east to the Skybox, which will be on your right.
The HotelHotel Monaco
433 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Get Directions to Hotel Monaco
Coming from out of town or just want to make a weekend of it? Great! We highly recommend the Hotel Monaco, which has been kind enough to offer a limited number of discounted rooms when you book through Forge.
By the way, it’s also the home base for shuttle pick-up.
In the heart of Old City near Independence Hall and across the street from the Liberty Bell, the Hotel Monaco provides guests with a range of complimentary services in addition to the bold and vibrant design found throughout the space.
- Complimentary wine hour in the evenings
- Complimentary morning coffee/tea served daily in the living room
- Complimentary Bike Rentals, Fitness Center and Fitness Classes on location
- Yoga mats come standard in every room
A huge thanks to all our sponsors for making Forge Conference what it is and for providing the resources that help us all create.
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What’s included with your ticket purchase you ask? Admission to Forge Conference, breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the day, and admission to the after party.
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