The Ultra-Mega 2009 conference list–80+ events to note

I decided to be systematic this year and compile a list of conferences
that interested me ahead of time, so I could better know what I was
missing, where I might speak, and most importantly, how  might plan my
time so I could go to the conferences that would be the most enjoyable
for me (sharing knowledge, learning things, talking with people, cool

Here’s that list.  It’s heavy on feminist and media
conferences, along with the more usual Web 2.0, tech. social media and
venture/start-up events. I’ve excluded most very local events, smaller meet-ups and so on,
just to try to keep it manageable (it’s not).

The key: bold means I am going; bold ital, I am speaking.

Okay, here goes:




  • 2, Social Enterprise conference, Cambridge, MA,
  • 1-2, DEMO, Palm Desert, CA,
  • 3-6, 2008: Etech 2009: San Jose, CA,
  • 4-7, Drupalcon, Washington, DC
  • 9-11, Media Exchange/NAA, Las Vegas, NV,
  • 13-22, SXSW, Austin, TX,
  • 18-19, 2009 Media Summit, New York, NY,
  • 20- 22, IA Summit, Memphis, TN,
  • 23-24, OMMA San Francisco, CA,
  • 20-22,, Nieman  conference in narrative journalism,
    Cambridge, MA,
  • 27-29,, WAM! Women, Action & the Media, Boston, MA,
  • 31-April1, Web 2.0 Expo, San Francisco,


6, 20th Anniversary Conference of the Professional Business Women of California, San Francisco, CA,
12-13, Streaming Media East, NY, NY,
19-21, Where 2.0, San Jose, California
26-27, NetSquared, San Jose, CA,
26-29, D Squared, Carlsbad, CA,
30, Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA,

20-24, OSCON, San Jose, CA,
24-25, BlogHer, July 2009,
28-30, Always On, Stanford, CA,

21-22, Gnomedex, Seattle, WA

30 – October 3, 2009, Grace Hopper conference, Tuscon, AZ,

1-3, ONA/Online News Association,, San Francisco, CA
 15-17, Blogword/New Media Expo, Las Vegas, NV,
20-22, Web 2.0 Summit, San Francisco, CA,
21-23, Pop Tech, Camden ME,,
2009, IDEA 2009, Chicago, IL,

Kelsey Group, Interactive Local Media, Bay area, CA,

Another good conference list for 2009 has been assembled by my friend JD Lasica;
other sources to check are (particular the Web Conference Junkies’ group),
Confabb, which has 81,000 conferences in every possible discipline and industry and Gary’s Guide, which is a multi-city tech meetings list.

Feel free to add conferences to note in the comments.

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  1. Amy Ziari says:

    Susan – I found this through Steve Rubel’s Twitter stream.
    Great list and thanks for taking time to compile. I have a hunch there are a lot of 2009 conference lists out there people have created for their own use, but not enough are sharing with others! There is also this one by JD Lasica, which I’ve found useful.
    Is there any of the women-oriented events you would specifically recommend? I haven’t heard of most of them and am wondering what your experiences have been in the past.

  2. Suzanne Axtell says:

    Awesome list, Susan. Nice to see so many O’Reilly shows represented. :)
    FYI, Web 2.0 Expo New York will be back at Javits November 16-19.
    We also have a new event on search acquisition and architecture: Found, June 9-11 in Burlingame, CA
    If in your travels you come across any speakers that we should consider for our future conferences, feel free to let me know (…

  3. BJ Wishinsky says:

    Thanks for including the Anita Borg Institute’s Women of Vision Awards (look forward to seeing you there!) and Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC). I’m hoping you’ll submit a session for GHC when the Call for Participation goes out January 17; it would be great to have you there as well!

  4. says:

    Hey Susan,
    Don’t forget the Nonprofit Technology Conference on April 26-28, 2009 in San Francisco!
    You’ll be there! Thanks!

  5. Ashley K. Edwards says:

    And how about IZEAFest ’09? It’s later in the Fall, and we’ve got some of the world’s top bloggers already signed-on to be involved.

  6. Laura says:

    Susan, your hard work assembling these has just made my life a whole lot easier. Do you ever do anything where you assess these conferences based on needs & return? It’s hard to sift through them to determine if attending is worth the expense.

  7. Dania says:

    Great list, thanks Susan!

  8. Kevin Werbach says:

    Supernova 2009 will be December 1-3 in SF.

  9. Denise Smith says:

    More Chicks who Click Conferences added and coming to a city near you!
    A Social Media Conference for Women incorporating networking, education and empowerment with like-minded women, achieving great heights in the area of Social Media. June 26-27, Vancouver, BC; August 21-22, San Jose; October 15-16, Dallas and November 13-14, Raleigh.

  10. Sergio says:

    Where can I find a list of new events?

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