Web Directions Code 2018 Australia's Professional JavaScript Development & Front End Engineering Conference

MelbourneAugust 2 & 3 2018

Australia's conference for JavaScript Developers and Front End Engineers.

Why Code?

The Front End technology stack constantly changes, along with best practice in performance, security, workflow and more. Keeping up with these developments can feel like a full time job.

At Web Directions, we've lived and breathed the web for more than 20 years, and use this unique perspective and deep knowledge to curate Code: two days of in-depth, invaluable presentations from local and world leading experts to help you and your team stay ahead.

Who's it for?

Whether you call yourself a coder, a programmer a developer or engineer, if your job is to build and deliver robust, fast, secure, engaging web experiences, Code is for you.

Code is for front end engineers: JavaScript and Web developers, engineering leads, engineering managers, devops experts, CTOs.

Real World Knowledge

Now in its sixth year, Code is carefully curated by John Allsopp, whose deep knowledge of the Web over two decades as a developer, author and speaker ensures a program of genuine relevance and value.

Our program routinely features members of the W3C's Technical Architecture Group, ECMA TC39 (the JavaScript standards committee) and others shaping the foundations of the Web. Past speakers have included Alex Russell (inventor of Progressive Web Apps), Rachel Nabors, Barbara Bermes, and Domenic Denicola).

speakers and audience
  • 300+ Passionate attendees
  • 20 Transformational speakers
  • 2 Intense Days

Code Leaders Conference

This year, for the first time, we'll be running Code Leaders on 1 August - the day before Code itself: a single-day event focusing the challenges facing engineering decision makers and leaders.

With an emphasis on the architectural and strategic aspects of core Web technologies, alongside issues in growing and leading great teams, Code Leaders is the perfect complement to Code. Read more about Code Leaders.

Can't make it to Melbourne?

If you focus on design, but can't make it to Melbourne in August, then don't despair, the Web Directions Summit, in Sydney in November 2018 is a multi track event for the whole team, with a track especially devoted to engineering.

Be the first to hear about 2018's lineup

Who's speaking this year? Signup to our event announcements mailing list to be the first to know, trust us, you'll not want to miss this. You'll also get the first chance to register, with the best offer.

Keen to speak at this event?

If you're keen to speak at this or one of our other events in 2018, we'd love to hear from you.

Our Call for Presentations for out 2018 events open December 1 2017, and close

Read more and propose a presentation at our Speaking page.

Super early bird special

Right now, we're offering a super early bird special for all 2018 events. Register now and get a Silver conference ticket (that's conference plus videos) for just $999, or a Gold ticket (conference, videos and speaker dinner) for just $1099.

Register now

Find the conference pass for you

Gold Pass

  • conference

  • speaker dinner

  • conference video

  • $1,199 Until 8 June
  • $1,299 Until 6 July
  • $1,399 Standard

Silver Pass

  • conference

  • conference video

  • $1,099 Until 8 June
  • $1,199 Until 6 July
  • $1,299 Standard

Classic Pass

  • conference

  • $999 Until 8 June
  • $1,099 Until 6 July
  • $1,199 Standard

Conference 9–10 November

  • 2 day conference.
  • Happy Hour (& ½)
  • Awesome conference coffee
  • Sensational catered breaks

Conference Videos

Speaker Dinner 2 August ?

Your chance for a casual, one on one chat with a speaker or two, over a great meal with your peers.

Find the conference pass for you

Gold Pass

  • Conference

  • Speaker Dinner

  • Conference Video

  • $1,199 Until 8 June
  • $1,299 Until 6 July
  • $1,399 Standard

Register Now!

Silver Pass

  • Conference

  • Conference Video

  • $1,099 Until 8 June
  • $1,199 Until 6 July
  • $1,299 Standard

Register Now!

Classic Pass

  • Conference

  • $999 Until 16 Feb.
  • $1,099 Until 16 March
  • $1,119 Standard

Register Now!

Code together

Teams get more

Send a team of five or more to Design and get even more. For the price of a Classic ticket per team member, you'll get:

  • A Silver pass for each attendee
  • A team licence to the videos from Code 2018

Just use the code team when you register.

Special pricing

We strive to make our events as affordable as possible, and so have a limited number of specially priced tickets for Charitable Not For Profits and freelancers. If you qualify, use the code nfp or freelance to get a Silver ticket for just $799.

Not sure if you qualify? Drop us a line, we try to be as generous as possible.

Our venue

Code 2018 will again be held in the ANZ Pavilion at the iconic Arts Centre Melbourne, right on the Yarra in Southbank.

ANZ Pavilion,
Arts Centre Melbourne,
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Getting there:

With excellent public transport connections right outside, and Flinders Street Station right across the bridge, it's our best connected location yet.


If you're coming from out of town, there are many hotel and serviced apartments style accomodation options in Southbank, and otherwise close by. We have for some time put our speakers up at the Mantra Southbank, and stay there ourselves.

Praise for past Web Directions events

Phil Whitehouse
Web Directions is the must-attend event of the year for anyone serious about web development.

Phil Whitehouse,
Innovation Lead DigitasLBi

Ethan Marcotte
I’ve been admiring the Web Directions events for years, and was honored to be part… What a fantastic event!

Ethan Marcotte,
inventor "responsive Web design"

Dave Greiner
Out of any conference, Web Directions is far and away our favourite

Dave Greiner,
founder Campaign Monitor

About Us

Co-founded and now run by John Allsopp, Web Directions has for over a decade brought together leading developers, engineers, visual, IxD, UX and product designers, Art and Creative Directors, indeed everyone involved in producing web and digital products to learn from one another, and the World's leading experts across this vast field.

We spend our lives thinking about what comes next, keeping up with trends in technology, practices and processes, and filtering the hype, to make sure you don't miss trends that matter, and don't waste time on hype that doesn't.

We promise attending one of our events will leave you significantly better versed in the challenges you face day to day, and in solutions for addressing them.

In 2018, we'll be organising Design in Sydney Melbourne, Code and Code Leaders in Melbourne, and Web Directions Summit, AI and Culture in Sydney

vignettes form our events, social, speakers and more. Includes Hannah Donovan skylarking.

John Allsopp

John Allsopp has been working on the Web for over 20 years. He's been responsible for innovative developer tools such as Style Master, X-Ray and many more. He's spoken at numerous conferences around the World and delivered dozens of workshops in that time as well.

His writing includes two books, including Developing With Web Standards and countless articles and tutorials in print and online publications.

His "A Dao of Web Design" published in 2000 is cited by Ethan Marcotte as a key influence in the development of Responsive Web Design, who's rightly acclaimed article in 2010 begins by quoting John in detail, and by Jeremy Keith as "a manifesto for anyone working on the Web".

Code of Conduct

For over a decade, we've worked hard to create inclusive, fun, inspring and safe events for the Web Industry.

As part of our commitment to these values, we've adopted a code of conduct for all involved: ourselves, our speakers, our partners and our audience.

If you have any concern or feedback, please don't hesitate to contact us.