Transform 17 Speaker Insights: Ariel Kennan

Early Bird registration for our Transform conference has just been extended by a week to Friday 3 March. That’s all the excuse we need give you some insight into our next featured speaker, Ariel Kennan, whose talk is titled “Making Public Services Effective and Accessible“.

Ariel Kennan is … Read more »

Video Ristretto: Seb Chan, CXO, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Seb ChanVideo Ristretto is back in its mid-week slot, highlighting some of the shorter and sharper talks from our various conferences in video format, typically about 20 minutes long.

This week, we bring you Seb Chan’s talk from Direction 16, “Making … Read more »

Transform 17 Speaker Insights: Ben Holliday

Transform is just a few weeks away (Early Bird registration closes this Friday), so we thought it useful to give you a bit of extra background on our speakers. We’ll start with Ben Holliday, whose talk is titled “Collective small actions. Service Design in Government“.

Ben is currently … Read more »

Respond 16: Speaker Training Workshop

Last week we opened a Call For Proposals to speak at Respond 16, and we mentioned that we provide practical support to our newer speakers. One form this takes is participation in a Speaker Training Workshop, organised by us and run by professional coaches. Last year, Ricky Onsman … Read more »

Transform 16: Beyond the UX Tipping Point, Jared Spool

Friday sees the end of the Early Bird discount for the first Web Directions conference of the year, Transform 2017 in Canberra on 29-30 March. Which is a great time to revisit the closing keynote address from last year’s Transform. Jared Spool certainly knows how to deliver a talk. … Read more »

Not My Digital Detox

It seems that the number one New Year’s resolution this year  (as covered in mainstream media, at least) was the “digital detox”.

Then there was the digital detox backlash (“say ‘digital detox’ one more time …”).

And in various podcasts I’ve listened to of late (more on podcasts shortly), really intelligent, successful … Read more »

We Wish We Could Read Your Mind

But we can’t.

And, on reflection, perhaps that’s not a bad thing.

Nevertheless, if we’re to continue to not just provide you with valuable events, news and conferences, but to keep doing it better every year, we need to know what best suits your needs and preferences.

And so, the survey.

This survey … Read more »

Call For Proposals to Speak at Respond 2017 Opens

Web Directions has opened a Call For Proposals from people interested in speaking at Respond 2017.

Respond is our Front End Design Conference, taking place in Sydney (4-5 May), Melbourne (8-9 May) and this year also in Brisbane (12 May).

We’re accepting proposals for 20 minute talks up til 1 March, so … Read more »

Five Reasons to Join Us at Transform 17

You might have already scanned what’s in store at Transform 17, but I just want to highlight five great reasons why you should join us this year.

 

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Release Your Inner Conference Speaker

You know it. You’ve felt it.

You go to conferences, workshops, meetups, events of all kinds where people get up and talk and give you insights into their work – and your own – that you’d never get from anywhere else.

And you can’t help thinking to yourself, “I could do that. … Read more »

Transform 16: Transforming Government Communication and Content, Dan Hon

As we approach the first Web Directions conference of the year, Transform 2017 in Canberra on 29-30 March, we’re going to remind you of the talks from the first Transform conference in 2016. These extracts are taken from Wrap, the free digital magazine we publish after every conference … Read more »

Weekend Reading Links

Things I’ve Been Reading
A fortnightly collection of links to online articles, news and resources of interest to people working on the web.
Automating Visual Testing
At Web Directions events we frequently cover testing and a key to this is, of course, automation (see also Atul Gawande‘s Checklist Manifesto, which we mentioned in a … Read more »

Transform 16: Redesigning the Citizen Experience, Dana Chisnell

As we approach the first Web Directions conference of the year, Transform 2017 in Canberra on 29-30 March, we’re going to remind you of the talks from the first Transform conference in 2016. These extracts are taken from Wrap magazine, the free digital magazine we publish after every … Read more »

Jobs to be done, and the Pebble Watch

Pebble Watches

The work of Geoffrey Moore and his chasm theory is less well known now than it was a decade ago, although terms he coined or popularised like ‘early adopter’ and ‘early majority’ continue to find widespread use. But, if anything, Moore’s work … Read more »

Transform 2017 – The Launch

Last year, Web Directions held our first full conference focused on improving how government provides information and services, Transform. This tapped into discussions across the globe around digital transformation: drawing on the opportunities provided by emerging technologies to change for the better the way governments communicate with their citizens…. Read more »