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October 18-20, 2010
About the Event

Making a Better Web—One Hotel Lunch at a Time

Since 1997, we’ve helped thousands of Web designers learn what they need to know to make better web sites, manage web projects, and get home at a decent hour.

Yes, yes, but why
“Thunder Lizard”?

We get that a lot. One night, back in the previous century, Thunder Lizard cofounder Steve Roth was working with collaborator Olav Martin Kvern on a book called Real World PageMaker. Looking for a killer line for the book, together they hit upon the following hook:

"This book will make you to PageMaker what Godzilla was to Tokyo — a raging, inexorable thunder lizard of a page maker, letting nothing stand in your way."

We still like the name.

Ours is a simple recipe. Start with great designers and developers who also have that rare gift of being able to teach.  Add more great designers and developers who are in the trenches, creating the web sites, large and small, that we use every day. Mix for two or three days. Serve via HTTP.

We’ve cooked up this dish over 30 times since 1997. Along the way, we’ve also tried to make the web a better place. Back in 1998, for instance, we worked with the Web Standards Project to deliver almost a thousand attendee signatures to Microsoft and Netscape demanding that they adopt web standards. We consider ourselves lucky to be part of the most powerful and inclusive medium in history.

These are interesting times: a combination of technical innovation, audience growth, and crummy economy. As a web designer, you can’t escape any of the three. But you can learn how to keep up with the innovation, take advantage of the growth, and survive the downturn. That’s where we come in. We take our mantra — provide practical, no-fluff, how-to — very seriously. If you’ve joined us before, you know that. If you haven’t, please check us out.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who can attend?
The conference is open to the public.

How can I request assistance with special needs (i.e. hearing impaired)?
You will be prompted to tell us about your special needs during registration. We will make every effort to accommodate your request.

Where can I find information about Sponsorship opportunities?
If you are interested in sponsoring Web Design World Las Vegas, please contact your Account Manager today for more information on Exhibits and Sponsorship opportunities.

Companies #s, A-K
Stephanie Chiavaras, Event Sales Manager
Phone: 617.784.3577

Companies L-Z
Patrick Gallagher, Event Sales Manager
Phone: 617.512.6656

Where can I find things to do in Las Vegas?
Visit the official visitor Web site at for information on places to visit and things to do in Las Vegas.


How can I network with peers who have similar interests?
Be a part of pre-conference networking with paid attendees by checking the "Attendee Networking" box when you register. Prior to the conference you have an opportunity to introduce yourself to other attendees and arrange to meet for lunch, dinner or during other break times to meet and network. You can also connect with other Web Design World attendees at Facebook, and Twitter.


Do you accept Purchase Orders?
If you would like to use a Purchase Order you may do so when registering online. If you have any questions about using a purchase order please contact our registration department at 1-800-280-6218 or 1-541-346-3537.

Where may I obtain your federal tax ID information for my accounting department?
Please contact the registration office and they will fax or mail a completed W9 form to you. Web Design World's Federal Tax I.D. Number is 20-4583700.

Where can I request a receipt?
You will receive an official receipt with your badge when you check in at the conference. However, if you need a receipt before arriving onsite, you may request one by writing or calling the registration office at 1-800-280-6218. Receipts are processed weekly.

How may I make changes to my registration?
You may request changes to your registration by writing or calling the registration office at 1-800-280-6218 or 1-541-346-3537 or by faxing your request to 1-541-346-3545.

May I send someone in my place if I cannot attend?
Yes, you may transfer your registration to another person at any time. Requests must be made in writing and may be emailed or faxed to 1-541-346-3545 or bring the request with you onsite.

Will I receive confirmation of my registration?
Yes, if you include your email address you will receive an email acknowledgement of your registration being received in the conference database.



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