A Web Directions event Respond 2017 Australia's Front end Design Conference

SydneyMay 4 & 5 2017

MelbourneMay 8 & 9 2017

BrisbaneMay 12 2017

Australia's Front End Design Conference, takes place in Sydney, Melbourne and now Brisbane!

We want you to present at Web Directions Respond 2017

Respond is our front end design conference, covering sophisticated use of enabling technologies like CSS, design systems, performance, UX, IxD–everything that goes into making first class digital experiences.

And now we’re looking for the next great presenter to share their knowledge of, and passion for, designing and building these experiences.

What we’re looking for

Please note: for these sessions we can only accept speakers from inside Australia.

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, and we’re keen to help you improve your skills, no matter whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a seasoned presenter. Each of the presentations we’re looking for will be of 20 minutes duration, 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.

Key dates

  1. Call for proposals closes Friday March 3rd
  2. We'll let you know whether you've been successful by March 6th
  3. Respond Sydney May 4 and 5
  4. Respond Melbourne May 8 and 9
  5. Respond Brisbane May 12

What we need from You

All you need to do is fill in the simple form below, with a little information about you, and the presentation you are proposing.

But please note we’re looking for quite specific sessions. Our sessions aim to be:

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

As well as some of the keynotes we've already announced for 2017.

Am I ready to present?

You don't need to be the world leader to bring value to an audience. If you know your stuff, and use it to get real world results, then you're ready to share with your peers. Above all, it's about helping people like you do what they do better.

Sydney and Melbourne (and maybe Brisbane)

Respond 2017 takes place in Sydney (May 4 & 5), Melbourne (May 8 & 9) with a one day highlights version in Brisbane (May 12). We're looking for speakers for both Melbourne and Sydney, where the program will be identical, so you must be able to present in both Sydney and Melbourne, with the possibility of also speaking in Brisbane. We’ll of course look after travel and accommodation when you’re away from home. You may also if necessary attend just the day of your presentation.

Now, read on for some specific ideas of content we’re looking for.

What happens if my presentation is chosen?

We said we’re a little different, and that doesn’t stop after you submit a proposal. We want to help you become a great presenter!

Presentation workshop

If your proposal is accepted, you'll have the option of attending one of our Speaker Development Workshops (completely free to you), conducted by professional speaking coaches. Even seasoned speakers get a lot out of these sessions. These typically take place in Sydney and Melbourne.

The full speaker treatment

For any presentation chosen for Respond, you’ll be a speaker like any other. You’ll attend the conference in both Sydney and Melbourne (and possibly Brisbane as well), speaker dinners, and for the city (or cities) you don’t live in, we’ll get you there and home, and put you up while you’re there.


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

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.

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.