Nice concept and excution. The one from last year also looks good.
This happened to me on a similar project. In my case they weren't a lot but man the pictures that they sent to us where horrible!
I liked a lot the site thou, reminded me of the virtualboy/xwing UI :)
Used to joke about that with a colleague. E commerce, so product catalogues and webshops.
Sites we designed (OBVIOUSLY) looked dazzlingly awesomely beautiful, positively stellar and sometimes even beyond human comprehension in how gorgeous they were.
Then you hand it over to the client.
I'm gonna just end the story on that note.
Haha, true story!
When I worked at grainandmortar.com, I worked on 2015.bigomaha.co and 2016.bigomaha.co. It's really great to see this site's evolution! Buy your tix - can't wait to go!
For some reason my favorite part is their schedule. The slide out is prefect. Kudos to everyone on that team.
I'm currently designing a conference site and, as such, have been looking at a lot of other conference sites lately. This is definitely one of the nicer ones.