Web Directions Code 2017 Australia's Professional JavaScript Development & Front End Engineering Conference

MelbourneAugust 3 & 4 2017

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

We want you to present at
Web Directions Code 2017

Since 2004, Web Directions has brought together leading web developers and front end engineers to bring our attendees up to date with the latest in JavaScript, CSS, and the Web platform. We're proud to have helped begin or accelerate the speaking careers of quite a number of highly regarded international speakers.

Now we’re looking for the next great presenter to share their knowledge of, and passion for, coding the web.

What We Look For

Our calls for presentations are a little different to many conferences out there. We’re more specific than some about what we’re looking for, but we’re equally keen to help you improve your skills, no matter whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned presenter, and we offer direct and practical help.

Each of the presentations we’re looking for is 20 minutes long, giving you the chance to go into detail, but on a very focused area.

Now, for the very best chance of your presentation being accepted (as in, 50 times more likely!) read the following carefully.

Dates and Deadlines

The Code '17 Call for Presentations closes midnight 31st May. Sorry no extensions as we'll need to decide and notify speakers ahead of the announcement.

We'll announce the full lineup on Monday June 5th.

How to Submit a Proposal

All you need to do is fill in the form below with some information about you and the presentation you are proposing.

Submission Guidelines

You must be resident in Australia to submit a proposal. An important goal of our events is to help the Australian industry develop.

Your proposed presentation should aim to be:

Broad topic areas of interest include:


With JavaScript now developing rapidly, and with transpilation technologies like Babel.js meaning we can use proposed, even experimental language features today, it’s a great time to be a JavaScript developer. What new features of JavaScript do you get the most value from? What do you think your peers should be using? At Web Directions, we tend not focus on the framework or library layer of abstraction.

Web Platform APIs

Our browsers are becoming powerful platforms for development. Got a favourite API you’re keen to share with the world? We’d love to hear about it. Current things we're finding interesting include

New and Emerging HTML/CSS

Are you using new, or underutilised language features from HTML and CSS, and getting great results? Think everyone should know about these features? Then we want to hear about it! We love the bleeding edge, but we’re looking for practical, real world technologies - so widespread browser support, polyfills, or progressive enhancement are key.

To get a sense of what we’ve covered in recent years, take a look at the program from the last few events

What We Offer You

We said we’re a little different, and that doesn’t stop once you've submitted your proposal. We want to help you become a great presenter! Here’s what happens after you submit.

Speaker Workshops

We run speaker development programs at least a couple of times a year, and if you haven’t done one with us already, we’re always keen to make sure future speakers can develop their skills, including providing skilled professional support.

What Do You Know?

If you don’t know our WDYK events, they’re a great way for speakers to get some experience in front of a warm and receptive audience. Where possible, and where speakers are keen, you'll get the chance to present a five minutes version, to hone your presentation skills on a part of your presentation, or an abbreviated version of it.

Chosen Presentations

We'll contact you to let you know if your presentation was successful or unsuccessful before we announce the full program.

Code 2017 takes place in Melbourne on 3 and 4 August 2017. If you live outside Melbourne and your proposal is accepted, we'll look after your travel and accommodation.

We'll want you to provide a photo and brief bio for the conference website, and agree to your image being used in promotional activities.

At the conference, you’ll be a speaker like any other. As much as possible, we expect speakers to attend the whole conference and engage with other attendees and speakers, including at the speaker dinner.


Thanks for reading this far. Now go and submit a presentation, we can't wait to hear your ideas.

Praise for past Web Directions events

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

Phil Whitehouse, General Manager, DT Sydney

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

Ethan Marcotte, inventor of "responsive Web design"

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.

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.