10 years


20 23

, 2023

Orpheum / Nuremberg / Germany

About border:none

border:none is a small non-profit conference spinning out of the web community, dedicated to finding modern ways of thinking, designing and creating desirable futures.

We started border:none as a one-off project in 2013 and now, after exactly 10 years, we are returning to the origins: the same place, the same time, the same price and the same speakers as back then. The question we ask ourselves: How has the world around us changed in the last 10 years? Where are we today?

While much will be the same as in 2013, there are also a few big changes: This time there will be a second conference day and twice as many speakers — with a special focus on diversity.

Our Speakers (so far …)

  • Bastian Allgeier

    Bastian Allgeier

    (talk tba)

    Bastian studied communication design in Mannheim and has been working as a freelancer between design and programming for over 17 years. Next to (still!) being known for creating Zootool around 2008 he is known for developing the content management system Kirby. It wasn't always the case, that this was his sole project, but started as a side project while still working on customer projects. But what once started as a hobby or side project has now grown into a full-time job with a hand full of employees, selling worldwide and used by companies such as Daimler AG, Mozilla, the New York Times, many well-known names in the Web industry and universities such as Stanford or Harvard, just to mention a few.

  • Tobias Baldauf

    Tobias Baldauf

    (talk tba)

    Tobias is a web performance evangelist and #perfmatters engineer at Trivago. He creates innovative web performance tools, new image optimization algorithms and speaks at conferences. He's a dedicated dad, tries to be a mindful veggy and loves making music.

  • Molly Barnes

    Molly Barnes

    (talk tba)

    Molly is an innovator and accessibility consultant, specialising in assistive technology for people with sensory impairments. Molly has Usher Syndrome, a rare form of deafblindness, and knows first-hand how transformative assistive technologies can be. She raises awareness of accessible design, accessibility standards and technology including computers and wearables. Molly explains: “My passion lies in inclusion and the many possibilities assistive tech can provide in breaking down barriers because nobody knows inclusion like those who’ve been excluded.”

  • Anna Boggon

    Anna Boggon

    (talk tba)

    Anna Boggon, born in Edinburgh Scotland, lives and works in London and Folkestone. She is a multi-media artist, her practice includes painting, sculpture, mixed media and site-specific installation. She studied BA painting at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and MA painting at the Royal College of Art, London. Anna’s work is investigative in its approach, often playful and at times humorous. It questions the way we see and interpret things by creating alternative and shifting perspectives. Her work is an inquiry into the territory of the real and the imaginary. It often references the past and nostalgia, but in so doing invites us to look more closely and find a poignancy that has a direct relevance to the present. References are made to current situations in contemporary environments and to our commonly used escape routes: fiction, film, dreams, video games, social media, and music.

  • Dagmar Dahl

    Dagmar Dahl

    (talk tba)

    Dagmar Dahl is an associate professor at NORD University, Norway. With a ph.d. from the Norwegian School of Sports, her main field of research is now dealing with philosophical, pedagogical, and sociological aspects of swimming. She is teaching swimming & lifesaving in the teacher education program as well as the subjects “Adventure Knowledge” and “Extreme Environments”. Dagmar is an experienced Ice-Swimmer, who founded Northern Norway’s largest Ice-Bathing group “Bodø Penguins”. She is also a member of the Open Water Committee and Open Water Head Instructor for the OW trainer education in the Norwegian Swimming Federation. In 2020 she became the first Norwegian Swimmer to cross the Saltstraumen Maelstrom.

  • Vitaly Friedman

    Vitaly Friedman

    (talk tba)

    Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and does not give up easily. From Minsk in Belarus, he studied computer science and mathematics in Germany, discovered the passage a passion for typography, writing and design. After working as a freelance designer and developer for 6 years, he co-founded Smashing Magazine, a leading online magazine dedicated to design and web development. Vitaly is the author, co-author and editor of all Smashing books. He currently works as editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine in the lovely city of Vilnius, Lithuania.

  • Jeremy Keith

    Jeremy Keith

    (talk tba)

    Jeremy Keith lives in Brighton, England where he makes websites with the splendid design agency Clearleft. You may know him from such books as DOM Scripting, Bulletproof Ajax, HTML5 For Web Designers, Resilient Web Design, and, most recently, Going Offline. He curated the dConstruct conference for a number of years as well as Brighton SF, and he organised the world's first Science Hack Day. He also made the website Huffduffer to allow people to make podcasts of found sounds—it's like Instapaper for audio files. Hailing from Erin's green shores, Jeremy maintains his link to Irish traditional music running the community site The Session. He also indulges a darker side of his bouzouki-playing in the band Salter Cane. Jeremy spends most of his time goofing off on the internet, documenting his time-wasting on adactio.com, where he has been writing for over fifteen years.

  • Andre Jay Meissner

    Andre Jay Meissner

    (talk tba)

    Jay is working at the intersection of business, design, and technology, focusing on human-machine interaction and building and growing solid teams, tenacious communities, and products that improve the human condition. He is a father of three, a co-leader of IxDA Berlin, and has founded and chaired World Interaction Design Day (IxDD).

  • Rodney Rehm

    Rodney Rehm

    (talk tba)

    Rod is a "UI architect" at Deutsche Telekom, where he's working on the SmartHome consumer products. Trying to connect, control and automate the Telekom products in people's living rooms. Five years ago he shifted from web development to mobile apps.

  • Vasilis van Gemert

    Vasilis van Gemert

    Do we have to reinvent the wheel?

    Vasilis is a lecturer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Here he teaches the next generation of digital product designers about the web. He believes that universities should research important topics that “the industry” tends to ignore. That’s why he teaches mostly about desiging for accessibility (and about CSS, which can use more love as well).

  • Shirley Wu

    Shirley Wu

    (talk tba)

    Shirley Wu is an award-winning creative focused on data-driven art and visualisations. She has worked with clients such as Google, The Guardian, Scientific American, SFMOMA, NBC Universal, and International Rescue Committee to develop custom, highly interactive data visualisations. She combines her love of art, math, and code into colourful, compelling narratives that push the boundaries of the web.

and more to come …

The organizers (and a bit of background)

Joschi first saw Marc on stage at his beyond tellerrand conference in Düsseldorf in May 2013. For Joschi it was his first conference visit ever. Deeply grateful for the experience, he contacted Marc a few days later. Both were involved in the Open Device Lab community at the time, and so the two decided to organize a meetup for ODL administrators together. To draw more attention to the meetup, Marc suggested organizing a "mini-conference" as an appetizer beforehand: The idea of border:none was born.

With only 2 months to plan, prepare and sell tickets, the two embarked on the adventure together — without ever having spoken face to face until the evening before the conference! How crazy would you have to be to be able to spontaneously lure ~200 participants to a brand new, completely unknown conference in the event no-man's land of Nuremberg (where Joschi is based)?

Joschi Kuphal and Marc Thiele on the stage of the Orpheum.

border:none 2013 became a huge success. Run as a non-profit event for only € 30 per person and embedded in the Nuremberg Web Week (aka Nuremberg Digital Festival), the tickets were sold out after only 2 weeks. Joschi and Marc received overwhelming encouragement, were supported without hesitation by 7 fantastic speakers and equally committed sponsors, and were still being badgered on the conference evening to make border:none a regular event. Such success was only made possible by the great community that gave the crazy project a chance and followed Joschi and Marc's call to Nuremberg.

Everyone who was there remembers border:none 2013 as an extraordinary event. And so it happens that Joschi and Marc — after 10 years of joking "We should actually do that again one day!" — really want to try again. So many things have happened in these 10 years: In our industry, in our lives, in our world. So why not re-invite the same speakers from back then, to the same place, and get their perspective on that time gone by, and on the future?

Join us on this journey through time and through the friendship that has connected us ever since. Become part of border:none 2023.

Group of people is standing outside of the Orpheum in Nuremberg, Germany


The venue: Orpheum-Lichtspielhaus

The historical Orpheum was built in 1910 as a glamorous cinema in the St. Johannis district of Nuremberg. Heavily damaged in the second world war, it got restored and re-opened in 1948. The triumphant advance of television sets forced the cinema to cease operation in the 60s. Since then, it has been a supermarket most of the time, finally ending up as a ruin in the late 90s. After being restored in 2010, again, it has been sporadically used as an event location. Since immediately after our border:none 2013 mini-conference, the Orpheum has served as a permanent venue for regular music events.

Get your ticket

We are delighted that you want to join us and make border:none 2023 as awesome as we believe it's going to be. Tickets will be available as of Tuesday, April 18th, 2023 at around 8 a.m. CEST via Tito. Payment methods are credit card or invoice. In case the form below is not visible or not working for you, please use this link to get your conference ticket.

As you can imagine, € 30 per ticket won't even remotely cover our expenses — so we fully rely on your support. Our tickets are donation based, which means that you're more than welcome to pay as much on top as you can afford. We'll do our best to provide a proper live stream during the event, but please note that this is not an online-only event and you will only get the full experience when joining us in presence at the Orpheum in Nuremberg.


Oh yes! We need them. Lots of them — as you can probably imagine if you've already glanced at the ticket price. We'll start actively searching for them soon. But in the meantime, if you have an idea or would like to get involved yourself, please get in touch with us right away. Every contribution helps, no matter how small. 🙏🏽