Being a long-time member of the local design and tech communities in Vancouver, I've long felt a need for an event that would speak to my complimentary interests of designing and coding for the web. After watching many start and fizzle over the years, in late 2013 I partnered with a small crew to create one.
Right from the start this was a bigger event than your typical meetup. We've produced over a dozen events that regularly draw crowds of over 100 people, with some of our larger format events in bigger spaces drawing close to 400.
With the goal of giving local speakers a forum for exposure alongside international speakers, we've partnered with various conferences to bring people from around the world to our stage. Over two years we have built up a roster of dozens of speakers that spans three continents.