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The 4th Annual Online, Live ExpressionEngine Conference

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Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web's most notable experts in ExpressionEngine and EE Add-Ons for an all-new, one day online conference, the Engine Summit 2013! Bring the experts to your desktop on June 12, 2013 from 9AM to 5PM (CT).

Don't miss this great event and purchase your tickets now!

June 12, 2013 \\ 9AM to 5PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

Designing for EE Development 9am CT

by Eric Miller, President of Eric Miller Design

Whether you’re handling the dev yourself, part of an in-house team or partnering up with an EE firm, your role as a designer is a lot more than making things pretty.

  • Navigating the designer-developer relationship
  • Understanding the big picture, from design to EE to real world product
  • Deliverables that lead to successful projects
  • Designing for clients (and their budgets)

About Eric Miller

Eric has been creating websites and designing for print since 1998. Eric spent nine years as the in-house web designer and developer for Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). He is also a writer, and was responsible for the graphic design section on about.com, a NY Times company, from 2007 to 2012. He is a member of the ExpressionEngine Professional Developers Network and serves as a Webby Awards judge for the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Eric is always the lead designer and contact for our projects.


Setting Up Clients for EE Success 10am CT

by Angie Herrera, Lead Creative at 420 Creative

Part of our job as EE devs is to ensure the client can quickly and easily modify the content on their site. Doing that requires critical planning, some control panel tweaking, and of course, client training and documentation.

Learn a few tips on how to set your clients up for success with EE, including:

  • Organization and planning way before a single line of code is written;
  • Using key add-ons for making the CP less intimidating and more intuitive;
  • Making good use of custom field instructions;
  • Making good use of Publish Layouts;
  • Different methods to client training, including web-based documentation & screencasts.

About Angie Herrera

Angie Herrera is the lead creative at 420 Creative.

Her passion for design started at a young age before she even knew what in the world graphic design was.

Angie graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Graphic Design and has been pushing pixels ever since, working with Nike Golf, Portland Hilton, Mentor Graphics, and several startups and small businesses in the greater Portland area.

If she?s not talking design or EE, she?s usually got something to say about soccer.


Mastering Events-driven Site with Solspace Calendar 11am CT

by Jae Barclay, Founder & Teacher at Creat-ee

Managing events in ExpressionEngine has had a long and an “eventful” history, and with Solspace’s Calendar and Low’s Low Events, creating an EE site with a powerful event management feature is within reach of all EE developers. Both are fantastic options, but today we’ll jump into Solspace’s Calendar module.

In this session, Jae will start with the basics of setting up the calendar “master” channel, creating individual calendars, how to make sense of the Calendar’s unique field type, and various template tags and techniques to pull everything together.

Of course, we’ll also share some of the pitfalls we need to avoid, and what we can do to optimize the tags & templates to make the often query-heavy functionality fly and render like a champ.

About Jae Barclay

Jae is the co-owner & Chief Creative Officer of ejaeDesign (http://www.ejaedesign.com), an interactive design studio in downtown New York.

As part of ejaeDesign, Jae helps emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, and individual professionals launch engaging, rewarding, and memorable online brands based on Magento eCommerce platform and ExpressionEngine content management system.

In previous roles as an online brand expert and creative director, Jae led successful projects from large Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and startups, in New York and Seoul. His experience includes serving as a creative director for the global interactive company Agency.com, where he led a team of 30 designers, information architects, and programmers in redesigning www.samsung.com and its comprehensive online branding for over 50 countries.

Jae also had the opportunity to share his passion in design and typography as an Associate Professor of Interactive & Graphic Design at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University.

Over Jae's 15 year career, he has worked with some of the top brands in the world including Samsung, 3M, Dell, Pfizer, Hyundai Motors, SEI Investments, AmorePacific, Museum of Arts & Design New York, XPLANE, and Yahoo!.


Understanding EE's Error Messages 1pm CT

by Lodewijk Schutte, Self-employed Web Developer

We all make mistakes. And when we make a mistake in ExpressionEngine, we're often confronted with an error message. Sometimes clear, sometimes cryptic. But don't panic; you can learn from them.

  • Learn how to interpret EE's error messages;
  • Increase your debugging skills;
  • Have a better understanding of EE's architecture;
  • How to use deduction to solve mysteries.

About Lodewijk Schutte

Lodewijk "Low" Schutte has been an active member of the ExpressionEngine community for over seven years. During that time, he has released numerous popular add-ons and was voted Developer of the Year in the 2012 Devot:ee AcademEE Awards.

He lives and works in Leiden, the Netherlands: birthplace of the EECI Conference, where he had his speaking debut in 2009. He also spoke at the San Francisco, New York City, and Austin edition of that conference and made a guest appearance in the EE Podcast.

He also teaches classes and gives workshops, together with Jamie Pittock. To learn more about ExpressionEngine training, visit Gee Up.


Debugging an EE Site 2pm CT

by Eric Lamb, Founder of mithra62

Finding the cause of issues is one of the most frustrating and time consuming parts of any website build. Minimizing the pain involved in discovering the “whys” and “hows” of a particular issue is what separates the professionals from the tinkerers. Using the EE Debug Toolbar you’ll learn how to:

  • Overview of EEDT
  • Details on packaged extensions
  • Walkthrough of debugging an EE site with EEDT
  • Custom panel development
  • Add-ons with EEDT panels

About Eric Lamb


Case Study of a Real World Client Site ExpressionEngine Tune Up 3pm CT

by Chad Crowell, Partner at Clearfire, Inc.

Using ExpressionEngine makes it easy to build just about any website or application you can think of. Over time, however, even a prototypical corporate marketing site can experience growth that leads to performance bottlenecks. Chad will talk through the symptoms, available options and decision-making required to get a long-time client's website back to the performance standards that Clearfire strives for, and clients deserve.

About Chad Crowell

Chad has been a web professional since 1997, opened his own business in 2006 and joined Clearfire in 2012 through a merger with his agency, Encaffeinated.

He earned a B.A. in Communication Studies from CSU Sacramento in 1996.

Chad is a developer by trade, and also focuses heavily on business operations and new business development.

He enjoys living just north of San Francisco near lots of wineries and breweries, coaching his kids in little league, and searching for a life outside of work.


EllisLab RoundTable 4pm CT

by James Mathias, CCO at EllisLab, Inc.

Hosted by Chief Creative Officer James Mathias, the popular EllisLab Round Table session returns allowing attendees from all over the world to ask questions about EE and more.

About James Mathias

Father of three, husband of one, Internet improver, gamer, fitness amateur, artist, writer + outlaw.


About the Engine Summit 2013

The 4th Annual Engine Summit covers the ins and outs of ExpressionEngine, one of the fastest-growing content management systems on the web. Spend time with the professionals who create, customize, and deploy ExpressionEngine-powered sites every day.

Why attend the online conference?
  • Attending a conference online means no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead in the office or with family, friends!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
  • Ask questions directly to the speakers!
  • Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want!
Testimonials from
This conference was a load of fun. I loved the instant feedback from the speakers and the atmosphere.

John-David Dalton
Web Application Developer
& Web Performance Summit Attendee

I love these online conferences. It's convenient and you can still learn a lot from the comfort of your home or at work.

Candi Ligutan
5by5.tv Producer

An absolutely fantastic event. Well done—will definitely be back for more!

Russ Weakley
Chair of Web Standards Group
& CSS Summit Attendee

Satisfaction Guaranteed 100%

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Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your reservation. Later on, as the event draws near, you will receive a more detailed message, with the full schedule and other helpful information to help you take full advantage of your conference-going experience and plan your day.

On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you'll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!

Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser (Firefox 1.5, IE 6 & Safari 2 or newer, for example) and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.

Still have questions? Drop us a line or contact us at e4h@heatvision.com if there's anything else you'd like to know.