Web Directions Design Leaders 2018

MelbourneApril 11 2018

For those who are leading design

8:00 am

Registration

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Serving barista coffee to get your heart started courtesy of Twilio

9:00 am

Ethical Design Leadership: Examining our impact, articulating our principles

Sara Wachter Boettcher, Principal Rare Union

From fake news on Facebook to Nazis on Twitter to creepy kids' content on YouTube, it seems like we can’t get through a day without hearing about a tech product that perpetuates bias, manipulates users, or even undermines democracy. Meanwhile, many conversations among tech and design leaders haven’t changed: we talk about delighting users, disrupting industries, extracting personal data, and of course, maximizing engagement. It’s time we confront this dissonance head on, and start asking some hard questions about our priorities, our companies, and our leadership approaches.

10:30 am

Morning Break

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Fully catered, with great coffee, and the chance to connect with your peers

11:00 am

Unravelling Unconscious Bias

Emma Jones, Founder Future of Work

In this session Emma Jones will review the part heuristics play in unconscious bias, explore the impact in the workplace, and present strategies for addressing bias. Learn how to create an 'inclusive' work environment by understanding and mastering the effects of unconscious bias.

12:30 pm

Lunch

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Like everything else we do, expect the best conference food you'll have anywhere, and plenty of it.

1:30 pm

Leadership Capabilities

Mags Hanley, Design Leadership Consultant

We can talk about design leadership in terms of design thinking, creativeness and managing projects, but the greatest of all design leadership is leading the people. Leading people is more than deciding where to go and hoping the group knows how to get there: it’s working, mentoring and shaping people, helping them achieve within your organisation. It’s providing the conditions for them to thrive.

3:00 pm

Afternoon Break

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Need more coffee? We've got you covered, plus a sweet afternoon pick-me-up

3:30 pm

Design Research for Strategic Impact

Stephanie Troeth Head of Design Research (ex) Telegraph Group UK

More and more, design has a seat at the leadership table. And yet, all too often, the decision of what to build has already been made by the time the product or design team gets involved. In this session, Steph explores design research could be the vehicle that better articulates the value of design at the business level and drive the direction of organisational strategy.

5:00 pm

Farewell

Our venue

Design Leaders 2018 will 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.

Accommodation:

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.

Choose the right conference pass

Design & Leaders

  • Design Leaders 11 April

  • Design (Classic Ticket) 12–13 April

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  • $1,699 Standard

Design Leaders

  • Design Leaders conference 11 April

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  • $999 Standard

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Design Leaders Conference

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Design + Design Leaders

  • Design Leaders Conference 11 April

  • Design Conference (Classic Ticket) 12–13 April

  • $1,699 Standard

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Season Passes

If you (or your team) work across design and development, if you play a leadership role, and need to keep up with developments across our industry, then our season pass is exactly what you need.

Our ultimate pass gives you a ticket to every one of our events in 2018, and not just that, but for our key conferences a Gold ticket which includes conference video and speaker dinner.

Our Melbourne Pass gives you a ticket to each of our Melbourne events, including a Gold ticket to our key events Design and Code.

The passes come in two variations

Find the season pass for you

Ultimate Pass

  • A Gold ticket to every one of our 2018 conferences

  • $2,999 Individual 1
  • $3,499 Transferable 2

Melbourne Pass

  • A Gold ticket to every one of our Melbourne 2018 conferences

  • $1,999 Individual 1
  • $2,499 Transferable2

Sydney Pass

  • A Gold ticket to Web Directions Summit, and AI or Culture

  • $1,499 Individual 1
  • $1,699 Transferable2

Design Conference 12–13 April

Design Leaders Conference 11 April

Code Conference 2–3 August

Code Leaders Conference 1 August

Summit 8–9 November

Culture Conference 3 7 November

AI Conference 3 7 November

Fine Print

Find the season pass for you

Ultimate Pass

  • A Gold ticket to every one of our 2018 conferences

  • $2,999 Individual 1
  • $3,499 Transferable 2

Register Now!

Melbourne Pass

  • A Gold ticket to every one of our Melbourne 2018 conferences

  • $1,999 Individual 1
  • $2,499 Transferable2

Register Now!

Sydney Pass

  • A Gold ticket to Web Directions Summit, and AI or Culture

  • $1,499 Individual 1
  • $1,699 Transferable2

Register Now!

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

Partners

At Web Directions we work closely with partners to help make our events even better. Sponsor our coffee, reception, recharge station, or other valued activities and start or grow your relationship with our highly qualified audience.

Contact us for more on how we work can work with you to help you be even more awesome.

Key Partners

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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 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.