Valio Con 2011 - Web Designer & Developer Conference

  • Friday, May 13th - Sunday, May 15th
  • San Diego, California
  • $750 Conference Pass + Hotel
  • $99 Live Broadcast Pass
  • Anton Zykin "Anatomy of an Icon"
  • Rogie King "Designing for the Client"
  • Dave Hill "Taking Great Photographs"
  • Ethan Dunham "Typography & the Web"
  • Brad Smith "The Business of Starting Up"
  • It's All About You Come Join us at the Beach!
  • Chris Lea "New Web Technologies"
  • Jina Bolton "CSS Workflow with SASS"
  • David Kaneda "Going Mobile"
  • Dmitry Tsozik "Constructing an Icon"
  • Mike Rundle "From Web to iOS"

Featuring talks from the "un-sung" heroes in the industry
on a variety of topics to get you inspired.

Conference at the beach where it's all about actual fun
and not sitting in a hotel lobby the entire time.

Twitter Photo Gallery Photo Walk Gallery

Schedule (This may change a bit)

*All events will take place at the Carlsbad Inn

  • Friday

    May 13th

  • All Day Arrive in San Diego
  • 7:00 pm Kickoff Bonfire
  • Saturday

    May 14th

  • 7:30 am Photo Walk
  • 8:00 am Breakfast & Registration
  • 9:30 am Welcome  
  • 10:00 am Brad Smith "The Business of Starting Up"
  • 10:45 am Giveaway  
  • 11:00 am Anton Zykin "Anatomy of an Icon"
  • 11:45 am Giveaway
  • 12:00 pm Ethan Dunham "Typography & the Web"
  • 12:45 pm Lunch & Discussion  
  • 2:00 pm Jina Bolton "CSS Workflow with SASS"
  • 2:45 pm Giveaway
  • 3:00 pm David Kaneda "Going Mobile"
  • 3:45 pm Info & Announcements
  • 4:00 pm Workshop "Constructing an Icon"
    With Dmitry Tsozik
  • 7:00 pm Drink Night
  • Sunday

    May 15th

  • 8:00 am Breakfast Opens
  • 9:30 am Welcome
  • 10:00 am Mike Rundle "From Web to iOS"
  • 10:45 am Giveaway  
  • 11:00 am Dave Hill "Taking Great Photographs"
  • 11:45 am Giveaway  
  • 12:00 pm Lunch & Discussion
  • 1:15 pm Rogie King "Designing for the Client"
  • 2:00 pm Giveaway  
  • 2:15 pm Chris Lea "New Web Technologies"
  • 3:00 pm Info & Announcements
  • 3:15 pm Workshop "Your First iOS App"
    With Mike Rundle

Conference will be held at:

Carlsbad Inn

3075 Carlsbad Blvd
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Prizes Win this cool stuff at Valio Con

Apple iPad 2

Apple iPad 2 One Winner

That's right. Were going to give away the second generation iPad at Valio Con :)
You could end up leaving Valio Con with a brand new black 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2.
To be entered to win all you have to do is come to Valio Con! It's that easy :)

Apple TV

Apple TV One Winner

Your living room will never be the same again after you bring home your brand new Apple TV!
Powered by Apple's iOS system the Apple TV let's you enjoy movies, TV shows & videos via iTunes, Netflix, Youtube, Flickr and more right from your couch!
To be entered to win all you have to do is come to Valio Con! It's that easy :)

Valio Con Kicks

Valio Con Kicks One Winner

Win yourself some pure hotness: the Valio Con Kicks. This pair of Vans shoes has been illustrated to perfection by Kyle Steed. Many will want, but only one of you is walking out with em'!

Designed By
Kyle Steed

Official Tee

Official Valio Con T-Shirt Everyone Gets One

Along with your Conference Pass you will get one of these awesome t-shirts for free :)
Be one of the few and proud to wear this hand-drawn beauty around all your friends.

Designed By
Kyle Steed

More Prizes will be announced soon!


Anton Zykin

Anton first got into design at university, where he studied chemical engineering. His debut work was a website for the metal band, where he played bass guitar. Anton realized that chemistry and music aren't his elements so he founded SoftFacade in late 2004. At that time he was a sole employee doing all designs and managing projects in parallel.
SoftFacade now is 25 people so Anton is less engaged in design and completely focused on the business development.

His goal is to make SoftFacade the best company in the world of interface design. In his spare time Anton loves to design new SoftFacade's website, listen to metal music and drive fast.

Rogie King

Rogie has a unseemly emotional attachment to shiny web things. At his company Komodo, he digs into creating and perfecting icons, interfaces, interactiions, illustrations and forging the code that makes them move and captivate the user. You'll find him frolicking around the web, socializing incessantly and contributing internet goods for the good of the internet.

Dave Hill

I am a commercial photographer living in Los Angeles. I was born in 1979 and grew up in San Diego. My love of photography has evolved over the years, and now seems to have branched out to the extreme sides of the spectrum. On one hand, I love doing big, epic digital composites. The possibilities are endless, as are the hours spent on it. It's an obsession, really.

On the other hand, I yearn for being outside, away from the computer, no lighting equipment, getting back to the kind of photography that got me started in the first place - shooting B/W film. Shooting with such limitations is very liberating.
Either way, as I move forward, I want to focus more and more on telling stories, not only with photographs, but with films as well. I love what I do!

Ethan Dunham

Ethan is an authority in webfont technology. He is both an active web developer and font designer but is best known for creating and the Font Squirrel @Font-Face Generator. He also started, a buy-it-once, use-it-forever webfont distribution site which offers developers a distinct alternative to subscription webfont services. His emphasis on empowering end-users to find and use quality type for the web has earned him industry-wide recognition. Recently the Font Squirrel website was nominated by .net Magazine for a Web App of the Year award.

Brad Smith

Brad Smith is the CEO and Co-Founder of Virb, the company behind the recently re-envisioned website builder at
In 2001, he founded Neubix, a corn-fed, midwestern design agency, which became globally recognized for its simplistic, yet groundbreaking design; apparent on sites like The Big Noob: a big, blue blog about nothing.
Circa 2005, Brad took a hiatus from client work and moved his company to Boston, joining forces with the team at PureVolume.
Now hailing from the island of Manhattan, Brad and his team have charted a course into the land of easy-to-use, elegant website builders.

Mike Rundle

Mike has been designing and developing for the web since the 90s and has worked on projects for Fortune 500 companies, startups, non-profits and the Defense Department. Since the iPhone came out, he's changed focus and is now building apps for the iPhone, iPad and Mac. He's the author of Beak, a Mac Twitter client that's been downloaded by over 30,000 people and Digital Post for iPad, a virtual newspaper app that peaked at #4 in the News category in the iPad App Store. He lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife Eleni and black lab Dora.

Dmitry Tsozik

Dmitry was born in Siberia, Russia where he spent most of his life. Started to study design when he was just a school student. Then he entered the faculty of economics at the university.
But that wasn't his destiny. After four years he left the university to start another career - fighting with bears for food.
Dmitry was a successful freelance designer, playing Nintendo all days long, when he met Anton Zykin several years later. Anton suggested him to move to St. Petersburg and work for SoftFacade.
Now he is a head of design department and still plays Nintendo every day and sometimes crafts icons with his own secret tricks and combos. Dmitry likes mojito, video games and vector graphics.

David Kaneda

David Kaneda has nine years of experience designing in a variety of fields, from architecture and fashion to education and software. David created jQTouch, a Javascript framework for iPhone development. David also maintains WebKitBits, a site about the browser engine in Safari, Google Chrome, and the iPhone. David currently works as creative director at Sencha, and is responsible for the look and feel of their websites and software, including Sencha Touch.

Jina Bolton

Jina is a user experience designer at Engine Yard. Previously, she worked as a visual interaction designer and front-end web developer for super rad companies including Crush + Lovely and Apple, Inc. Jina also founded and co-curates coffee art at Art in My Coffee. She enjoys creating beautiful experiences, and then she likes writing and speaking about it.

Sushi & Robots Art in My Coffee Engine Yard

Chris Lea

Chris is a photographer, musician, and burrito connoisseur, but that's probably less relevant to you than his interest in computers in general and Linux in particular. He's spoken at many events such as FOWA, Wordcamp, and SXSWi largely because he actually knows things like what all that mess in the /proc filesystem is there for, and gets really excited about stuff like fast asynchronous polling in the kernel. Chris works for (mt) Media Temple, where he splits time between performance R&D, a variety of biz dev projects, and systems architecture for Virb.


What is included in the Conference Pass?

Buying a Conference Pass gives you a whole lot more than just having access to the conference, here are some of the additional perks!

What is included in the Double Conference Pass?

All the same benefits as the Conference Pass above. However your Double Conference Pass will be good for 2 people. The Double Conference Pass is meant for 2 people attending Valio Con together and who want to share one room. This pass includes just 1 room for both nights, but gives you 2 Conference Passes.

What is included in the Live Broadcast Pass?

You will receive exclusive access to the Valio Con Live Broadcast page where you will be able to watch all the speakers give their talks LIVE! If you can't make it to Valio Con, this is the next best thing!

Can I get a discount?

We only offer discounts to local San Diego residents. If you are a local resident, email us for more info. We do not offer student discounts.

Can I book a hotel room elsewhere myself?

No. We have worked out a great deal with the Carlsbad Inn and all of our guests must stay there. The price is included in the Conference Pass.

What if I want to stay Sunday night as well?

You can simply ask us to extend your stay another night. You will be responsible for the cost of the extra night. Or you can choose to stay elsewhere on Sunday night, it's up to you :)

What is the Carlsbad Inn like?

Amazing of course! It's an extremely clean and luxurious resort. It's located right on the water (literally) in Carlsbad! There is a rediculous amount of stuff all with in a super short walk. For more info, visit their website.

What airport should I fly into?

The San Diego International Airport (SAN). Carlsbad Inn is 30 minutes from the airport, we'll shuttle you up and back for free :)

Twitter Hashtag?

Sure! If you're gonna post things about Valio Con on twitter and want to use a hashtag, use: #vcon

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