The nicest little web conference in the West

Digpen is the multi-disciplinary, grassroots web conference with an inclusive, community ethos, and friendly, welcoming vibe. It's run by and for the web community in South West.

“Digpen is an excellent conference, and only being out of the country will keep me away from the next one.”

“Striking a balance between a community vibe and a professional show on a low budget is extremely difficult and you did it.”

“Being from London, I can only be envious of the lovely people attending Digpen.”

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Join us in Plymouth for a day of workshops followed by a full-day, two-track conference and learn:

  • how to design for the true mobile use-case
  • why it’s time to get back to raw JavaScript (and how Coffeescript makes that a cinch)
  • how to keep your front-end code modular and maintainable - and automate it with Grunt
  • why Crowdcube are rocking Laravel
  • how to harness the creative process
  • sales copywriting and public-speaking tips
  • …and why you should never, ever code after 5

Conference: £45 including lunch and refreshments (and VAT)
Workshops: £15 each

Friday 26 September


Four workshops taking an in-depth look at some of the hottest topics in web design and development.
Followed by pre-conference social at THINQTANQ.

Workshop programme | Location

Saturday 27 September

Main Conference

A full day of talks on all things web and digital. Two tracks of both introductory and advanced sessions. Including lunch, plenty of tea and coffee breaks, and after-party.

Conference programme | Location

Why come to Digpen?

New perspectives, new voices

We've got a rich mix of design, development, marketing and business topics, much of it from new speaking talent you won't see on the regular web conference circuit.

True multi-disciplinary format

We run two sessions in parallel for most of the day so you can pick the talks most relevant to you.

Plenty of breaks

We build in lots of downtime for the all important ‘hallway track’ so you have time to meet everyone, including speakers. And then keep the discussion going at the after-party.

Inclusive community

Whether you're from the South West or further afield, an old pro or just starting out, a Digpen veteran or first-timer, you're guaranteed a friendly welcome.

See our code of conduct.

Unbeatable value

Thanks to our volunteer organisers, all our speakers giving their time for free, and the invaluable support of the University of Plymouth and our other sponsors, we're able to bring you all this for the wallet-friendly price of just £45, with workshops just £15 each.

Lunch and refreshments all included

Yup, lunch is included in your ticket price. No need to bring sandwiches! And we'll keep the tea and coffee flowing throughout the day too.

Workshop Programme

Friday 26 September, 10:00am-4:30pm
THINQTANQ, Plymouth, PL1 2AN

Estimating your next web project (the easy way)


Learn a quick, simple way to estimate a web project with Professional Scrum Trainer Derek Davidson. Free yourself from from the old tyranny of estimating, and gain the confidence to try estimating in a different, more agile way that benefits you and your client alike.

Introduction to mobile web accessibility


This primer on mobile accessibility from accessibility expert Jon Gibbins will give you a solid grounding on standards, guidelines and principles of making websites accessible on mobile devices, and demonstrate some of the accessibility features available on iOS and Android.

Automating front-end builds with Grunt


Front-end development in 2014 is more complicated than it has ever been – with tools, jargon and a plethora of different "best practices" arriving daily. In this session Andy Wood and Andy Mantell will explain why a build tool like Grunt should be in your toolkit, the cool JavaScript and CSS things it can do, and take you through a quick set-up guide.

Hacking the Google Snippet


Discover the different types of structured markup you can embed within web pages, and how to use them to control how your website appears in Google’s listings, with Ian Macfarlance, DigitasLBi's Head of Technical Search. Understand the different formats and data types available, the benefits of using them, and get your hands dirty writing and testing some real code examples.

Followed by …

Pre-conference Party, Hosted by THINQTANQ


Drinks and nibbles. All welcome.
Please join us even if you can't make the workshops or conference.

You'll need to bring your own laptop to get the most from the more technical workshops.

just £15 per workshop

Conference Programme

Saturday 27 September, 10:00am-5:00pm
Robbins Conference Centre, Plymouth, PL4 8BZ

Full schedule: View on Lanyrd - Download as PDF

The numbers game at the Office for National Statistics

One man (and his team)’s mission to fix “the worst, most important, website in the UK” and make tens of thousands of official statistics accessible and usable

Distractedly intimate: your users on mobile

Developing for mobile isn’t just about small screens and web vs native. How do we build for the intermittent, partial attention of users’ most intimate and most loved devices?

The UX of Things

As the ‘Internet of Things’ becomes reality, what are our responsibilities when the things we build affect people’s comfort, safety and most personal data?

The creative process

How do artists get from A to B when they don't know where B is? And how can you use the same creative process to successfully go from initial, vague idea to finished product

Work – where will we?

Be more productive by adapting your work space to provide the right environment for concentrating, collaborating, learning and socialising

Don't code after 5

In an industry that never stops its incessant production of new, fascinating and shiny things, why you should never do your day job as a side project

You up here next year

Have fantastic ideas and skills to share, but don’t know where to start or nervous about public speaking? Overcome your fears, learn practical strategies and come back next year as a speaker

Modular and maintainable front-ends

Build clean, modular and maintainable front-end HTML & CSS whether you're working alone or as part of a larger team

Why choose Laravel?

Why Crowdcube chose the Laravel PHP Framework to power their large-scale web application, and how they use it as a multi-disciplinary team

What do we want from open data?

We are swimming in data, now how do we make it useful - to developers and to the public?

Do you really need jQuery?

How to ditch jQuery for newer HTML5 APIs and the performance benefits of raw JavaScript

Coffeescript, the good parts

Get all the best bits of JavaScript, but with simpler syntax and fewer 'gotchas'

Building mobile apps with PhoneGap

Use your existing web development skills to make cross-platform native mobile apps with PhoneGap

The endless possibilities of collaboration

The benefits of rapid, iterative, collaborative development as seen from both sides: as a client and a member of the maker community

Sales Copywriting: the secret weapon your business needs

Write sales and marketing copy that gets attention, speaks to the desires and needs of your customers and gets them to take action and make that purchase


5pm until late
at the newly-refurbished The Roundabout, Plymouth, PL4 8AQ


Conference Venue

We're delighted to return to Robins Conference Centre at the University of Plymouth. As well as a 200 seat main auditorium it also features breakout rooms for multi-track sessions and a large central lobby for relaxing and meeting fellow conference goers.

Robbins Conference Centre, University of Plymouth, Gibbons Street, Plymouth, PL4 8BZ. Larger Map & Directions

Workshop Venue

Our workshop venue is Plymouth's funky new co-working space, THINQTANQ, located near Plymouth's iconic waterfront.

They're also hosting a pre-conference social on the Friday night.

THINQTANQ, Fairbairn House, Higher Lane, Plymouth, PL1 2AN. Larger Map & Directions

Code of Conduct

Digpen is an inclusive, welcoming event. Please help us keep it that way. Digpen should be a friendly, safe and positive environment for all, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). Sexual, racial or other harrassement, including use of sexual language and imagery, is not acceptable from anyone, including speakers and sponsors.

Our code of conduct sets out in more detail what we consider acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. It applies to all conference venues both on- and offline, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Anyone violating the code of conduct may be expelled from the event without a refund.

With Thanks To

  1. Organisers Cayenne
  2. Conference Venue
  3. Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors



By registering you agree to the terms & conditions and code of conduct

Conference Tickets

  • Full day of talks on the Saturday across two tracks
  • Lunch
  • Tea and coffee
  • After-party at the Roundabout

Workshop Tickets

  • Choose one or more 1-hour workshops
  • Only 20 places per workshop
  • Bring your own laptop
  • Includes refreshments
  • Lunch not included