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Code 17 Conference Update

A quick update on our Web Directions Code 17 conference  taking place in Melbourne on 3-4 August.

The response so far has been incredible, our thanks to those who’ve already registered. Please do note that we are limited in how many tickets we can sell by the size of the venue – so it is possible we will sell out. We’re two months out, and about 20% of places have been filled. Just so you know.

Now. You already know our international keynote speakers include Val Head, Brian Terlson, Lea Verou and Chris Lilley, but we have 13 more speakers lined up for you over the two days, including several more from overseas – two of whom I can confirm now.

Jason Miller is Senior Consulting Engineer at Synacor in Toronto, Canada, where he works on a range of web products, specialising  in JavaScript performance analysis & optimisation, web apps, front end architecture, and build tooling. Jason also created Preact, a fast 3kB alternative to React with the same ES6 API.

Zero Cho is Software Engineer at Twitter, based in San Francisco, and one of the team that created Twitter Lite, a lighter, faster version of the social media channel, designed for mobile. A key part of the process was working with Progressive Web Apps.

That gives us two more Code speakers who are at the global forefront of where our work is headed, engineering products that improve service by improving performance.

That’s six international keynote speakers at one conference, many of whom you will not see at any other event in Australia. 

We’re confident we’ll be able to confirm our remaining seventh keynote speaker this Thursday, by which time we’ll also have decided which of the 50+ submissions from local speakers will join them onstage at Code.

Considering both the range of topics covered and the high quality of the proposals, I expect we’ll see at least some that don’t make it onto the Code program at other events of ours, including the end of year Web Directions Summit. Registrations for Summit will open next week, keep an eye out.


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You can read a bit about Chris Lilley, Lea Verou, Brian Terlson and Val Head on the website now, but we’ll be releasing the full line-up of speakers at Code in our full launch this Thursday 8 June 2017.

And Code won’t be all lecture style presentations, either. Expect a few surprises. Really, if you work with front end code, or work with people who do, Code is the conference you do not want to miss. Registration is now open.

Key Code Dates

Thu 8 June: Code Conference Launch

Thu 15 June: Code Leaders Conference Launch

Thu 22 June: Special Announcement (sh, secret)

Fri 30 June: Early Bird discounts close

Wed 2 August: Code Leaders conference

Thu-Fri 3-4 August: Code conference


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