Adobe Max 2021 is Here!

Oct 26, 2021 at 10:45 am by nickcharles

The 2021 Adobe Max conference is here and will once again be free for anyone who wishes to attend. The conference last year was the first to be all virtual and free, due to the pandemic, and I'm glad to see it continue this year. The conference kicks off at 9:00 AM (PDT) on Tuesday, Oct 26 with an opening keynote "Create Tomorrow Together." In the Americas and Europe, Middle East, and Africa, MAX will be held from October 26–28, 2021. In Asia Pacific and Japan, MAX will be held from October 27-28, 2021.

With over 400 sessions, following 11 different 'tracks', there is so much to check out at Adobe Max 2021. As last year, there will be lots of great things in store during the event, but I wouldn't be too concerned if you can't make it "live," as most of the sessions, labs and workshops will be available on-demand throughout the year. And you don't need a paid Creative Cloud subscription to attend live, or watch on-demand content.

I really enjoyed last year's event, and this year looks to include a whole lot more. To list everything here, or even explain the different programming tracks would be exhausting, so you'll just have to go to the website and see for yourself. But, here's the basics of what you can expect, taken from the FAQ page


  • What is included in the Adobe MAX experience?

    • Available to all
      • 29 hours of Mainstage Broadcast including keynotes (by regions of Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Japan) and Sneaks
      • 400+ sessions
      • Live events including celebrity and musical guest appearances
      • Fun and interactive breaks
      • MAX Marketplace – shop handmade treasures from artisans around the world
      • MAX Store – special MAX-branded merchandise
      • Access to content brought to you by top brands and generous sponsors
    • Requires free registration through an Adobe ID
      • In addition to the above:
        • Access to instructor files and presentation downloads
        • Exclusive attendee-only special offers and giveaways from sponsors
        • Opportunities for attendee engagement including live chats during sessions
        • Access to instructor files and presentation downloads
        • Opportunity to win great prizes with the MAX Game
        • Meet the Adobe Teams sessions
        • Networking with Braindate
        • Inspiring Insights - short videos featuring inspiration, latest trends and product demos
  • What are Content Journeys?

    Content journeys are recommended sessions and activities based on a specific industry or topic of interest and are designed to guide attendees through an optimal MAX experience. You can find content journeys for these topics:

  • What is the difference between the various session types offered?

    • Mainstage Broadcast: a livestream of keynotes, Sneaks, special guests, luminary speakers, and musical performances
    • Sessions: 20-30 minutes each. Session premieres contain live chat. Register to add sessions to your schedule.
    • Labs: Learn on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. 60 minutes each. Register to add labs to your schedule.
    • Luminaries: Hear from creative luminaries. 15-30 minutes. Watch live or on demand.
    • Creativity Workshops: Watch your favorite designers in action as they share how they work. Featured in the mainstage broadcast or watch on demand.
    • Inspiring Insights: short videos featuring inspiration, latest trends, and product demos. 1-4 minutes. Register to view.
    • Community Live Lounge: Chat live with MAX speakers and join First Takes to see how the pros use the newest features. Register to add sessions to your schedule.
    • Meet the Adobe Teams: Meet with the folks behind your favorite products and get your questions answered.
  • What are the session tracks?

    • 3D and AR
    • Collaboration and Productivity
    • Creativity and Design in Business
    • Education
    • Graphic Design
    • Illustration and Digital Painting
    • Photography
    • Social Media
    • UI and UX
    • Video
    • Meet the Adobe Teams

I'll be unable to attend much of the live event, but will follow-up on some of the key things to come out of Adobe Max 2021. It'll be interesting to see what new features will be introduced for Adobe products.


Nick C Sorbin (Nick Charles) is a former Managing Editor of 9 years for Renderosity's CG Industry News. By day, a mild-mannered Certified Pharmacy Technician working in both home infusion and a hospital ER, contrasting creative outlets as a digital artist, sculptor, musician, singer/songwriter, and Staff Writer for Renderosity Magazine. Read his articles

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