Web Directions Summit 2017

SydneyNovember 9 & 10 2017

Two big tracks, one Product/Design, one Developer focussed, plus stellar keynotes, and much more.

Calling all presenters for Australia's biggest and best Product, Web and Digital Conference.

Since 2004, we've always sought out new, original speakers and points of view at Web Directions. We've been the very first conference to feature now incredibly influential speakers like Nicole (OOCSS) Sullivan (do you know OOCSS was launched at a Web Directions event?), and many many home grown Australian experts like Dmitry Baranovskiy.

This year with Web Directions Summit 2017 we're looking to find even more exciting Australian talent, in our Product & Design track. So if you, a colleague or peer is keen to develop their speaking capabilities, and perhaps even speak at this year's Summit, read on (or let your colleagues know).

Not just a call for presentations, a speaker training program

This isn't just about speaking on the Web Directions stage, we're running a whole program for prospective (and current) speakers in the lead up to the Summit, so even if you don't necessarily want to take that big step up onto the Web Directions stage right now, you're welcome to participate. And best of all, it's free.

Here's how it works

1. Develop a proposal

Step one is to submit a presentation proposal. You're not committing to presenting this at Web Directions, but rather, you'll work on this proposal and turn it into a presentation as part of the program. Proposals must be submitted by July 28th.

2. Attend a workshop

We'll be running an intensive, professional, 4 hour workshops for prospective speakers, in Sydney and Melbourne. You'd usually pay hundreds of dollars for such a workshop. But remember it's free, just for submitting a proposal.

3. Speak at What Do You Know

In September we'll be running our legendary What Do You Know events. For those who are keen, the next step is to try out a 5 minute version of your presentation in front of a warm and receptive audience.

4. Speak at Web Directions Summit

Step 4 is to get up and speak on the Web Directions Summit stage, at Australian Technology Park, November 9 and 10. For those selected, you'll be treated like any other speaker - conference pass, speaker dinner, travel and accommodation for those outside Sydney (we can only cover costs for people travelling within Australia).

What are you waiting for?

So what are you waiting for? We’d love to hear what you’ve been doing, and are keen to share with our audience.

speakers and audience

Design sessions we're looking for

We’re looking for “design stories”–20 minute presentations on an innovative project or product you’ve been involved in, where design played a key role, solved a specific problem, and the lessons you learned. It could even be a small aspect of a project, which you think is worth sharing.

It could be a triumph, or a disaster. It could be “5 things I wish I knew about manufacturing in China before we started”, or a particular design technique (A/B testing colours perhaps?).

For example, this short article from the UK Government Digital Service Things we learnt designing 'Register to vote' would make an ideal 20 minute presentation for these sessions.

If you think your peers will benefit from hearing about it, we want to hear from you.

What about Engineering and Development?

The response to our call for proposals for Code was so overwhelming we had more excellent proposals than we could accomodate for that conference, so the program for the engineering track is sadly already full. Make sure you keep an eye out for future calls for presentations for all our events. Why not sign up to our mailing list and you'll never miss out!

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.