We love children. We have our own children who will be violating child labor laws on the days of the conference working as volunteers. Don’t be surprised when a 10 year old hands you some swag and tells you to move along because you’re holding up the line.
Please be aware of the following
- Out-of-control children will be ousted from the conference. So we recommend a minimum age of 13 to attend so there is a greater chance the child will be interested in many of our topics.
- Some of our speakers might swear. You’ll just have to get over it. If a speaker drops an F-bomb or whatever, your child will not go to hell. We checked on this already. If the potential of your kid hearing a swear word or two scares you, then keep them at home. We will not apologize for any swear words, dammit.
- After conference functions will have alcohol at them. For example, Ignite Dallas is way more adult-oriented and probably not a good place for kids. In addition there will be other parties and meet-ups where adults will want to drink, unwind, and talk shop. Just plan on having alternative activities if you are staying in the hotel. We may even create a tweet-up for those who are under-aged. Stay tuned for that.
- We ask that you, as the responsible parent we all know you are, ensure your kids are interested in the topics.
Also note that we are working with some school districts to encourage high school students who are interested in design and development to attend the conference. Be on the lookout for future rock stars. We want them to feel like part of the Big Design family and to realize that just because they are creative doesn’t mean they can’t make a living doing so. You are their role models. Please treat them with the respect you expect from others at an event like that. Also, just because they are kids doesn’t mean they will not be your boss in five years.
Posted in: Big Design 2017