In Control 2011 Conference

The In Control 2011 Conference is coming up on February 21-22 and the unmatchedstyle crew will be there. I really can’t wait honestly. I’ve gotten to know Christopher Schmitt founder and producer of the In Control conference as well as those great “summit” online conferences, I’ve spoken with him on several occasions in the past at length about his conferences. Each time he’s put together something that you can truly learn from.

We are going to be at this conference, because I personally trust Christopher’s abilities when it comes to putting together a great conference. This one is the real deal too. In Control is setup so that each speaker has almost two hours to cover their topic, you’re guaranteed at least a full hour from each of them on their topics of choice (and each speaker has a very high level track record for being at the top of their respective games) with plenty of follow up time. The setting is also promised to be a little more closer than larger conferences where you have 500+ people in attendance. Personally these are my favorite, I like to be able to meet a few people and get to know them as much as I can throughout the day and when you’re surrounded by hundreds of people that’s really not easy. Not to mention no one is really going to remember you months later very easily.

Let’s review the speakers and topics here though (deeper intro to each here):

Daniel Burka

Kimberly Blessing
HTML5 Workshop

Emily Lewis
Microformats Workshop

Ethan Marcotte
Responsive Design Workshop

David McFarland
jQuery Workshop

Greg Rewis
Web Workflow Workshop

Stephanie (Sullivan) Rewis
CSS3 Workshop

Mark Trammell
User Research Workshop

Aarron Walter
Emotional Interface Design Workshop

Over the next couple of weeks, building up to our trip to Orlando i’m going to try to talk with some of these amazing speakers for a little preview of what’s coming at us at In Control and of course we’ll try to corner as many of them as we can while we’re there and get some interviews on what they’re up to, it should be fun.


Gene Crawford

With over a decade of experience in the industry he has overseen the design and architecture of hundreds of web sites and applications. An active member in the design community, he's the editor & producer of, the ConvergeSE, ConvergeFL, ConvergeRVA and the Breaking Development conference series.

  • Hello from Hawaii,

    I understand this is about a year old, but how much were the conference tickets when you attended? I feel $495 per session is expensive (especially being right before Christmas – and I didn’t hear anything about fees being put back into the local AIGA organization here as mentioned in the video (0:55).

    It is also interesting that AIGA is traditionally a graphic/print organization but it is being pushed towards a web conference. With AEA and several conferences going on online over the summer, I’m not sure attending this is something vital for the local community.

    I’m speaking on behalf of myself and not AIGA. Just wanted to get your opinion on things. Feel free to email me directly if you have time.

    Thank you,
    Chris Ota


    • Hi Chris, I think the value you place on what a particular conference is worth is entirely up to you. Personally, I think InControl is one of the better conferences being put on right now in terms of the level and quality of content and speakers that you get. It’s on par with AEA easily – and I’ve been to all but the first one myself. This one they’re putting together in Hawaii is just insane too, especially with the CSSDEVCON at the end of it.

      Let me ask you this though out of my own personal curiosity: Are there a lot of conferences in Hawaii for this type of subject matter or meetups or Barcamps or anything?