HighEdWeb 2015 Early-Bird Registration Ends July 31

Today, Friday July 31, is the last day get the HighEdWeb 2015 Annual Conference early-bird registration discount! Conference registration will stay open until the end of August (or until we sell out), but when you register by Friday, July 31, you save $125.

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Need a reason (or 10) to head to HighEdWeb?
There are a lot of great conferences out there. And you have lots of choices for spending your professional development money. We think HighEdWeb 2015 (October 4-7 in Milwaukee, Wis.) is the right choice, for a lot of reasons:

  1. HighEdWeb is the conference created BY and FOR higher ed Web professionals. We are an all-volunteer organization, working to further our shared profession — and you can bet we really understand what’s happening right now in the higher ed Web world, and where it’s headed in the future, because we’re right there with you.
  2. Seven tracks of great content, covering topics including development and programming, marketing, content and social strategy, accessibility, educational technology, design, professional skills, and more.
  3. 70+ presentations by the best-of-the-best — great professionals, doing great work, and sharing it with you.
  4. Two world-class keynotes: our old friend @UnMarketing, Scott Stratten, AND Bill Nye (yes, THAT Bill Nye, the Science Guy!)
  5. Dozens of poster presentations at our Poster Session, affectionately called “the science fair for Web geeks.”
  6. Time with the HighEdWeb community, who are pretty fantastic and connected all year round.
  7. Food for the mind AND body, including conference meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks) and social events each night.
  8. A visit to Milwaukee, a city with a thriving river-front entertainment district, home of Harley-Davidson, great breweries, amazing art, and lots to explore.
  9. Add-on half-day workshops, helping you really maximize your learning.
  10. Technical, Integrated Marketing and Leadership Academies, held in conjunction with HighEdWeb 2015 on October 3-4.

We could keep going … and going … and going … but we hope you get the idea, and that you’ll plan to join us in October for an incredible event!

The HighEdWeb 2015 Schedule is Out!

We’re thrilled to share that the HighEdWeb 2015 Annual Conference schedule is live! http://2015.highedweb.org/schedule/

This year we’ll be gathering in Milwaukee, Wis. on October 4-7 to learn from a stellar lineup of speakers, with 70+ sessions in six tracks. There is something for everyone: programmers, strategists, developers, designers, content creators, social media managers, and everyone in between!

Session tracks include:

  • Applications, Integration and Mobile
  • Development, Programming and Architecture
  • Marketing, Content and Social Strategy
  • Management and Professional Development
  • Technology in Education
  • Usability, Accessibility and Design
  • Sponsor & Vendor-Partners

As well, we’re once again offering half-day pre- and/or post-conference workshops, with topics ranging from content management and storytelling to analytics and responsive design.  And those who want an in-depth professional development experience can take part in one of our professional Academies, to be held in Milwaukee on October 3-4 in conjunction with the Annual Conference. These two-day intensive professional development opportunities are offered in three topic areas: Integrated MarketingLeadership and Technical.

Begin plotting out your conference now: review the schedule and check out the speakers at the #heweb15 website. And if you aren’t registered yet, you can get that done, too. Let’s do this — see you in Milwaukee!

HighEdWeb Announces … Regionals 2015

The Higher Education Web Professionals Association’s mission is to “strive to advance web professionals, technologies and standards in higher education.” We do this in a variety of ways, including providing top-notch professional development opportunities in our conferences and workshops.

And exactly because they are such an important part of our mission, we’re particularly excited to announce the 2015 HighEdWeb Regional Conference schedule:

HighEdWeb Regional Conferences are designed to be smaller one- or two-day events, highlighting the knowledge and presentations of Web professionals in your area. Local, low cost and a great value, Regionals are the perfect way to get in your spring professional development — and are a great prelude to our big HighEdWeb Annual Conference, to be held this October in Milwaukee, WI!

Regional Conference registration is limited, so be sure to visit your region’s conference website to learn more about these events.

Register for HighEdWeb 2014 before FY2013-14 concludes

Join me! HighEdWeb 2014 Conference, Oct. 19-22 in Portland, OR. #heweb14The end of fiscal year 2013-14 is near, and we have a great play for how you can use those extra end-of-year funds in an awesome way — register for HighEdWeb 2014 in Portland, Ore., and snag our great early bird deal.

So, why HighEdWeb?

HighEdWeb is the annual conference of the Higher Education Web Professionals Association, created by and for all higher education Web professionals — from programmers to marketers to designers to all team members in-between — who want to explore the unique Web issues facing colleges and universities.

Your conference registration includes:

  • Access to 70+ general sessions in multiple conference tracks
  • Entrance into the keynote presentations
  • Admittance to the #heweb14 poster session
  • All conference materials
  • Daily continental breakfasts, lunches and refreshment breaks
  • All networking receptions and events, on- and off-site

Already registered? Add a workshop or Academy!

Supercharge your conference experience by adding an Academy or workshop to your registration. These extra professional development opportunities take an in-depth look at special topics, skills and issues relevant to higher education web professionals.

See our workshop lineup and learn more about our Leadership, Integrated Marketing and Technical academies.

Call for 2014 Regional Conferences

It’s intense. It’s rewarding. It’s hosting a 2014 HighEdWeb Regional Conference. And we want you to find out how great it is firsthand:

Submit a proposal by April 30 to host a Spring 2014 regional conference in your area. The 2014 regional conference schedule will be announced at the HighEdweb annual conference this October.

“Planning a regional event, while work-intensive, gives both planning committee members and conference attendees an incredible opportunity to make a positive impact on our community and the field of higher education,” said Steve Lewis, Higher Education Web Professionals Association board member. Regional conference committee members also gain the opportunity to network with peers and interact with presenters, to present ideas to the larger community, and to engage in quality professional development at a reasonable cost.

A limited number of regional conferences will be approved. The location and number of each will be based on the strategic goals established by the governing board of HighEdWeb, and will be decided by factors including:

  • Location in relation to other proposed regionals.
  • Location in relation to the 2014 annual conference in Portland, OR.
  • Proposed committee and staffing.
  • Regional institutions and host facility.
  • Success of past conferences in the area, if applicable.

Please note that all potential regional conference hosts must submit a proposal each year, regardless of past history or experience of hosting a HighEdWeb conference. As well, if there are multiple applications from a given geographic region, only one will be approved and other applicants will be encouraged to work with the approved regional committee.

Submit your 2014 regional conference proposal via our online application, see our website for more information, or contact Tonya Oaks Smith, HighEdWeb regionals conference chairperson, at tosmith@ualr.edu or @marleysmom.

HighEdWeb 2012 is Sold Out

We’re very pleased to share with you that HighEdWeb 2012 is now full and all seats are sold out.

Yes, you read that correctly:  SOLD OUT.  We know, we can barely believe it ourselves.

That means that, come October, 600+ amazing Web pros will be taking over Milwaukee for 4 glorious days to learn and network and generally just get some of the best professional development out there. Thank you, one and all, for making this all possible. We are truly a conference by and for higher ed Web pros, and we’re thrilled that this great community is ready to come together once again in just a few months.

PS: Did you miss out on registering before HighEdWeb sold out? Add yourself to our #heweb12 Waiting List and we’ll keep you posted as seats become available.

HighEdWeb 2012 Keynote: Adam Savage

Photo of Adam SavageHighEdWeb is very pleased to announce the 2012 Annual Conference keynote speaker: Mr. Adam Savage — artist, teacher, lecturer, builder, creator and, of course, co-host of the popular Mythbusters television show. Mr. Savage will join us in Milwaukee at HighEdWeb 2012 for a candid discussion about trying new things, innovation, success, failure and all things in-between.

Adam Savage was born in New York City in the summer of 1967. The child of a psychotherapist and a filmmaker/painter, raised north of the city in Sleepy Hollow, he showed an early penchant for science classes, art classes, the drama club, and elaborate school pranks–though not necessarily attended to in that order. His young adult years took him back in New York City, working variously as a projectionist, photo developer, graphic designer, assistant animator, set designer, gallery owner, actor, sculptor, and prop-maker.

In the summer of 1990, he turned west to San Francisco and fell into its thriving theater scene, working for dozens of companies as a set designer, prop maker, art director, scenic painter, rigger, master carpenter and producer. In Northern California’s hub of the machine art community Adam’s skill arsenal grew — he welded, fooled with pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics, and picked up some rudimentary machining techniques at Amorphic Robot Works, building robotic animals, music-playing robots, climbing robots — even a robotic opera.

During these years he was also sculpting and exhibiting his sculpture in 50-plus solo and group shows around the country. This quirky mix of artistic, theater-design and mechanical skills left Adam with a reputation for solving difficult mechanical set problems for theaters. And that eventually caught the eye of the special effects industry. Starting in commercials, he built and rigged props and set pieces for over 150 commercials, with clients as diverse as Sega, Coca-Cola, Nike, Burger King and Chevrolet. He built the props for and art-directed a Coca-Cola commercial which was then nominated for a Clio award.

He left special effects for 18 months to head R&D for a small startup toy company, ZOOB–creators of ZOOB, the building toy. There he oversaw product development, merchandising and package design, as well as trade-show design and implementation. From the toy world he moved again toward special effects– this time to George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic, where we worked on Star Wars, Episodes 1 and 2, Galaxy Quest, Space Cowboys, A.I., Terminator 3, The Mummy, and over a dozen commercials. Between stints at ILM he worked in the prop department for Disney on Bicentennial Man, and as a model-shop supervisor on the two Matrix sequels. During this time he also taught Advanced Model-making and Problem Solving for five semesters at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.

In the spring of 2002, his old boss Jamie Hyneman called Adam to ask if he’d like to participate in a demo reel for a TV pilot– a new show for the Discovery Channel called Mythbusters. The show aired in January of 2003 with Adam and Jamie as its hosts. It was picked up by Discovery three weeks later. Eight years later, it remains one of the network’s highest rated shows. Mythbusters’ 160-and-counting episode hours have tackled over 750 myths and performed nearly 2,500 experiments. Adam and Jamie travel the country to corporate events, museums, and colleges, for groups as small as 20 and as large as 20,000, telling tales of experiments, explosions and hijinks.

Adam has multiple hobbies and is passionate about restoring his vintage four-wheel drive vehicle, and researching and accruing new pieces for his movie prop collection. But his true love is his family. He lives with his wife, twin boys, and their two amazing dogs.