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AUGUST 25-27, 2020

Schedule

We’re excited to share the schedule for 5to9.

Most sessions will be recorded and available to attendees after the event.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

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Freelancing & Services

In partnership with

10:30 AM EDT

Conference Kickoff

Alongwith our partners and supporters, Preet Singh, Founder, DesignX Community will kick off the 5to9 Conference and share an overview of the 3 days of programming.

11:00 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT

Panel - Venturing out on your own

To kick off our freelancing theme for the day, we have three leaders talking about how they ventured out on their own - sharing their respective and quite diverse journeys as an established independent designer, and founder of an agency.

12:00 PM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT

Creating a paid newsletter subscription

πŸ‘‰ Rosie Sherry, Community Builder, Indie Hackers
Alongside her full time job and other community initiatives, many will look at Rosie's relatively quick growth to $5k annualized revenue and drool with wanting in on the action. She will tell you about all the stuff that is under that iceberg. All the stuff that you don't see.

12:30 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT

Productizing Your Services From The Start

πŸ‘‰ Tyler Gillespie, Thinking Time Chief, Applause Lab
As you transition into working for yourself as a Freelancer or Consultant it is vital you avoid certain service business traps. These traps can drastically hurt your future success if you aren't intentional about fixing them. Having built and sold many service businesses, and consulted with hundreds of others I want to share with you some core concepts to start thinking about when it comes to productizing your service business from the start to avoid many of the deadly potholes you will face down the line.

1:00 PM EDT - 2:00 PM EDT

Icebreaker Sessions πŸ™Œ

Meet other freelancers and sidepreneurs to pitch your project to. Find collaborators and co-founders, or potential customers.

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT

πŸ”₯ How The Futur Started as a Side Project

πŸ‘‰ Chris Do, CEO and Chief Strategist, Blind & Founder, The Futur
Chris Do doesn't need any formal introductions to the creative community. However, many followers and fans might not know that Chris started The Futur as a side project while running his agency. In this fireside chat, Chris shares stories and the journey that got him to be the massive influencer and educator he is today.

3:00 PM EDT - 3:30 PM EDT

Building an Inbound Funnel as a Freelancer

πŸ‘‰ Stefan Palios , Founder and Publisher, Remotely Media
Almost 100% of Stefan's business is inbound, and he hasn't sent a cold email pitch in over a year. In this talk, he unravels the mechanics around how he built his funnel.

3:30 PM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT

Mid-day yoga break πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ

Take some time to stretch and move your body. No experience necessary, and no mat required.

4:00 PM EDT - 4:30 PM EDT

Freelancing While Employed

πŸ‘‰ Mohammed Asaduallah, CEO, Benji
Becoming your own boss isn't for everyone. Some of us just want to test the waters or have a creative outlet to learn new skills. Mohammed will share insights and actionable steps that you can take to start freelancing while working full-time.

4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT

Content Creators AMA

From Youtube videos to Podcasts, hear why these speakers got into creating content for the community, the impact their side projects have had on their careers, curating audience, building a following, and get answers to your burning questions.

5:30 PM EDT - 6:30 PM EDT

🍻 social

Bring your own drinks & make some new friends!

Building a 5to9 Project

In partnership with

10:30 AM EDT

Welcome & introduction

Preet Singh, Founder of DesignX Community, will kick off day 2 by sharing any updates, giving an overview of the day ahead and introducing our speakers.

11:00 AM EDT - 11:30 AM EDT

Designing Design Tools

πŸ‘‰ Gleb Sabirzyanov, Indie Maker
Gleb designs and develops products for designers, specifically Figma Plugins. (Yes, it is very meta.) Making something for others in your area of expertise is a great way to start a side-hustle.

11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT

Finding the Right Idea

In 2005 Ameet co-founded Five Mobile, a premier product design and development firm. Zynga later acquired the company in 2008, where he became a GM. Daryna took her side project from an idea to a fast-growing startup at YCombinator and beyond. Robleh founded Tiny Hearts, an award-winning app studio based in Toronto that was acquired by Shopify, and still continues to build and ship side projects while managing product at Shopify during the 9to5 πŸš€ Learn how you can identify the right idea to pursue and build for your 5to9.

12:30 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT

12 side projects in 12 months

πŸ‘‰ Kezie Todd, Associate UX Designer, Puppet
Last year, Kezie completed 12 side projects in 12 months. One year on, she'll break down the lessons learned to show how to draw insights from seemingly unrelated projects.

1:15 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT

πŸ™Œ Shopify: Demo

2:00 PM EDT - 2:30 PM EDT

Case Study: Bringing the Urdu Language to iOS Devices

πŸ‘‰ Mudassir Azeemi, UX Designer, Wells Fargo
Mudassir will share his journey which includes a startup failure that cost him $50,000 of loss, but also led to him inspiring Apple to bring Urdu's original typography to their devices.

2:30 PM EDT - 3:30 PM EDT

Panel: Selling on the Webs

πŸ‘‰ Michelle Dalzon, Founder, The Black-Owned Market (theBOM)
πŸ‘‰ Haris Mahmood, Senior Engineer, Shopify
πŸ‘‰ Alison Post, Senior UX Researcher, Shopify

3:30 PM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT

πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ Mid-day yoga break

Take some time to stretch and move your body. No experience necessary, and no mat required.

4:00 PM EDT - 4:30 PM EDT

How Learning to Sew Made Me a Better a Leader

πŸ‘‰ Maria Pereda, Director of Design, Clio
Maria will share her successes, failures, and unexpected learnings making her own clothes - like how it's helped her become a more empathetic leader.

4:30 PM EDT - 5:00 PM EDT

Work life balance without discounting your income

πŸ‘‰ Josiah Duinkerk, Founder & CEO, Annut Design & Development
How to take into account the social aspect of life (Children, relationship, mental-physical health) when creating a strategy to increase your streams of income in these uncertain times. I juggle on average 2 to 3 projects for top companies like Adidas, Randtstad, De Persgroep, ANWB. As Corona has caused many freelancers to lose their projects, I would like to share my experience to inspire on ways we can continue to provide for ourselves and the ones we love.

5:00 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT

How do you connect with the people who use your product?

πŸ‘‰ Benjamin Hersh, Design Lead / Manager, Dropbox
Benjamin will share simple guiding principles to help you design better with words. He finds lessons and inspiration in neuroscience, fairy tales, and examples from across the web.

5:30 PM EDT - 6:30 PM EDT

🍻 social

Bring your own drinks & make some new friends!

Growing Side Projects

In partnership with

10:30 AM EDT

Welcome & introduction

Preet Singh, Founder of DesignX Community, will share any updates, outline the day ahead, and introduce our speakers for the final day of the conference.

11:00 AM EDT - 11:30 AM EDT

Automation in Side Projects

πŸ‘‰ Stephanie Eckles , Author, ModernCSS.dev
Steph used the static site generator 11ty to build a community-driven site and launch it in just a week's worth of 5to9 time. Learn about the features of 11ty that made that possible and how you can create an automated, community-driven site with minimum oversight.

11:30 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT

Succeed By Making People Hate Your Brand

πŸ‘‰ Stephen Gates, Head Design Evangelist, InVision
You need to build a brand and content that is strong and unique enough that some people will hate it. Stephen Gates will explain why people hating your brand is important, how to build a strong brand, and shares secrets he's learned from creating his award-winning podcast and YouTube channel.

12:00 PM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT

Automation and partnerships

πŸ‘‰ Robert Jacobi, Solution Ambassador
Automation and partnerships can turn your 5 to 9 into a 9 to 5. Learn about the tools and relationships that help you provide value like a small business. Expand your portfolio, expands your skills, expand your business.

12:30 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT

Growing & Scaling Side Projects

πŸ‘‰ Carly Ayres, UX Community & Culture, Google Design, Google & Founder, 100sUnder100

1:00 PM EDT - 2:00 PM EDT

πŸ™Œ Icebreaker Sessions

Meet other freelancers and sidepreneurs to pitch your project to. Find collaborators and co-founders, or potential customers.

2:00 PM EDT - 2:30 PM EDT

How You Can Build Your Side Project Using Editor X

πŸ‘‰ Gali Erez, Head of Product Editor X, Wix.com

2:30 PM EDT - 3:30 PM EDT

Panel: Community Building as Side Projects

Starting and scaling leading communities, leveraging tech and community for social impact, turning your passion for communities into a career and bringing together 6000+ members in a virtual community - these community leaders and experts will share their journeys and experiences around building communities as a side project.

3:30 PM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT

Mid-day yoga break πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ

Take some time to stretch and move your body. No experience necessary, and no mat required.

4:00 PM EDT - 4:30 PM EDT

How to Get Your Side Hustle Featured in the Media

πŸ‘‰ Jacky Habib, Freelance Journalist
From helping you build authority to sending leads your way, getting press can make a huge difference in your side hustle. You'll walk away from this talk with a plan on how to get featured in traditional media, blogs, and podcasts.

4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT

Closing Keynote

πŸ‘‰ Aaron Draplin, Draplin Design Co.
If you know Aaron Draplin, you don't need a talk brief to come attend this talk. If you don't know him, you again don't need a talk brief. Just don't miss this talk in either case ✨

5:30 PM EDT - 6:30 PM EDT

🎯 Closing social

Bring your own drinks & make some new friends!

About The Conference

5to9 Conference is a virtual 3-day conference, focused on exploring how folks can leverage the power of side projects to diversify their income streams, launch their passion projects and more.

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