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The conference that changed my career

Six years ago, I was just starting my career as a web developer. I had been working as an HR pro for a few years, and was trying to break into a new field as a self-taught developer.

I somehow convinced my manager at the time to pay for me to attend a brand new conference being run in driving distance from me in Providence, RI: Artifact.

It was an amazing experience for me. I got to see and meet people who I had been learning so much from talk in person, like Dave Rupert, Jen Simmons, Ethan Marcotte, and Brad Frost. I made some new friends, like Chris Buecheler and Divya Sasidharan.

I also met someone who several months later helped me get my first real web developer role. I had been job hunting for almost two years.

Artifact literally changed my career.

Cofounded by Jennifer Robbins, Arianne Stiles, and Christopher Schmitt, Artifact ran for just two years.

It was an affordable, small, single-track conference with a wonderfully intimate vibe. You could have a back-channel conversation on Twitter and then see those people in walking around a short while later. That’s actually how Chris Buecheler and I met.

It’s the gold standard I hold all other conferences to. None have ever been as good, as I was heartbroken when Jennifer told me they wouldn’t be running another one.

But the story doesn’t end there…

Five years later, Jennifer, Arianne, and Christopher are bring Artifact back—and I’m beyond excited to announce that I’ll be speaking there!

I’ll be talking about the Lean Web alongside industry legends like Brad Frost, Sarah Drasner, Chris Coyier, Jen Simmons and more. And in what feels like a full circle moment, my friend Divya is also speaking. She was also just starting her career when we met, and I’m beyond excited to be sharing a stage with her.

The two-day conference is happening on September 30 and October 1 in Austin, TX. There are a small number of early bird tickets on sale right now.

Click here to learn more and get your tickets.