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Level Up

Creative Tech Conference 2014

In Association with MadGlory
October 8 & 9, 2014
Saratoga Springs, NY

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Level Up is a creative tech conference that explores the process of creating and shipping modern software products. The conference will feature practical experience by industry experts, over two days, covering four themes; ideate, design, build, and launch. Join us to meet interesting people, make new friends, and learn new skills you can show off at home.

Tickets are extremely limited.

Topical Topics
Show & tell: personalized

A wide range of topics will be explored including everything from server side javascript, to cutting edge trends in design. Plenty of time will be allotted after each talk for questions and discussion.

An Intimate Experience
Guaranteed to meet new people

Top down we've designed Level Up to be an inspirational experience. The venue is walking distance from both the hotel and a vibrant downtown district where you can eat, shop, or grab a beer at any one of several dozen local pubs.

Power Packed
Prepare for a knowledge bomb

Talks will be short and focused; each between 30 & 55 minutes long. Each speaker will have full knowledge of those that present before them, and will build off the concepts conveyed by previous speakers.

Cross Train
Twice the speakers for your buck.

The wide range of topics selected for Level Up are purposefully varied in subject, but share a common theme; each are practical and immediately applicable to your everyday work.

Good Eats
Savor the Saratoga flavor

It's a fact: an engaged mind can burn a lot of calories. Local foodies will prepare lunch and snacks each day to ensure you’re properly satiated (and hydrated!).

Beauty Abounds
Spend a few days at the springs

Enjoy the beautiful historic resort town of Saratoga during the peak of New York's Fall Season (and if you enjoy the outdoors, you're only 30 minutes from the largest park in the continental U.S.).


Hotel Partners

The Saratoga Hilton and The Saratoga Springs Hampton Inn and Suites have extended special rates for Level Up attendees and both hotels are within walking distance from the City Center!

If you're coming from out of town and need a place to stay, we highly recommend you book sooner than later. There are a limited number of discounted rooms available.

The Saratoga Springs Hampton Inn and Suites
25 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
To Book a Room here, call 518-584-2100 and mention Level Up Conference.
Hotel Details

The Saratoga Hilton
534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Book a Room Here!




  • 8am
    Coffee & Registration 8:00-9:30 AM
  • 930am
    Kick-off Speech 9:30 AM
  • 9:45am
    Ideate: Co-Design Not Redesign
    Kevin Hoffman
  • 945am
    Ideate: Ideas are Work
    James Ruffer
  • 1030am
    Ideate: Raising Seed Capital
    Mitchell Patterson
  • 12pm
    Lunch Noon-1:25 PM
  • 130pm
    Design: Products as Systems
    Henry Modisett
  • 2pm
    Leading Projects Through Danger
    PJ McCormick
  • 3pm
    Coffee Break 3:10-3:30 PM
  • 330pm
    Design: Getting Comfortable With Wrong
    Jill Spaeth
  • 430pm
    Build: Server Rendered Single-Page Apps
    Andres Suarez
  • 530pm
    Mandrill Sponsored After Party
    6:00 PM Gaffney's Patio with Vinyl Night DJ
    Enjoy good music and good company while you relax at one of Downtown Saratoga's coolest spots.


  • 800am
    Coffee 8:00-9:15
  • 915am
    Kenneth Adams
    Kick-off Speech 9:15 AM
  • 930am
    Build: The Social Coding Contract
    Justin Searls
  • 1030am
    Build: Postgres – A data platform
    Craig Kersteins
  • 1130am
    Build: Making Your Software Transparent
    Matthew Miller
  • 12pm
    Lunch Noon-1:25 PM
  • 130pm
    Shipping: Content Strategy for Slow Experiences
    Margot Bloomstein
  • 230pm
    Shipping: Developing Hospitality
    Simon Ouderkirk / Daryl Houston
  • 310pm
    Coffee Break 3:10-3:30 PM
  • 330pm
    Shipping: How We Got 60K Users in 60 Hrs
    Sabrina Clark
  • 4pm
    Closing Keynote: Launch Lessons
    Martin Ringlein
  • 5pm
    WordPress Sponsored After Party
    6:00 PM Harvey's Rooftop
    With all your spare energy, split from the conference and come say goodbye to all of your new friends!

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