Travel budgets aren’t what they used to be, which means you might find yourself in the unenviable position of attempting to justify the cost of coming to Philadelphia in person to attend the Wharton Web Conference either to your boss or yourself. Here are four reasons why ponying up the travel funds is a worthwhile investment:
- Experts: All of our speakers are experts in their fields, and you just aren’t exposed to these kinds of people everyday. While you’re at the Wharton Web Conference you’ll have the opportunity to get the speaker’s input about whatever problem you might be facing. Sure, you can pick up a book about any of the topics on our schedule, but just try asking that book a specific question about your Web site deployment.
- Stephanie Sullivan Rewis on HTML5
- Patrick Haney on Designing for Change
- Whitney Hess on Universal Design Principles
- Derek Featherstone on Coding for Accessibility
- The conference within a conference: The Wharton Web Conference is actually two conferences in one: the first is the actual conference composed of the scheduled workshops and sessions. The second is the chance conversations you have with fellow attendees in the hallways, before/after sessions, and during lunch. There hasn’t been a technology invented yet that can replicate the informal networking that happens during the Wharton Web Conference.
- Breaking your routine: Getting out of the office is a great way to recharge your creativity, and spending time with other web professionals learning new things will supercharge you. You’ll go back to your work with a fresh perspective and new knowledge to overcome challenging projects (or start brand new ones that never occurred to you before). Not to mention the collegiate atmosphere of Penn’s beautiful urban campus fosters big ideas and deep thinking.
Here are some speaker highlights:
Not to mention our two keynote speakers: Barry Schwartz and Molly Holzschlag and a day of workshops before the conference begins. Check out the full schedule for more information.
In addition to time between sessions, and during lunch, you’ll have a chance to network with your fellow attendees during a number of optional dinners we’re planning for Wednesday evening.
The Wharton Web Conference well worth the time, and money, required to attend.
Registering for the full 3 days costs $529, while registering for any combination of 2 days costs $399. Technically Philly readers can get a $50 discount off of registration by using the promo code “TECHPHILLY.”