Web Directions Conferences for web and digital professionals

Registrations Open for Code 17, First Speakers Announced

We have just opened registrations for Web Directions Code 17!

For those new to it, and to remind those who know it well, Code has evolved to be the premier conference in Australia focusing on JavaScript, front end HTML/CSS, devops, engineering, web-facing programming, security, performance … in short, code.

The last time we held Code solely in Melbourne in 2015 at the same venue, we sold out quite some way in advance. We’ve kept the prices at 2015’s, so make sure you don’t miss out, register your ticket today.

Whether you call yourself a coder, a programmer, a developer or an engineer – if your job is to deliver robust, fast, secure, engaging web experiences, Web Directions Code in Melbourne from 3-4 August is for you.

Here’s why.


The Speakers

We have an extraordinary line-up of speakers planned for Code: people who can lift your professional expertise to new levels, familiarising you now with techniques and tools that will become commonplace in the near future.

Right now, we can confirm two of our leading speakers, and they are, indeed, world leaders in their fields.

Brian Terlson & Val Head

Brian Terlson is the editor of the JavaScript specification, and a long standing member of TC39, the committee standardising JavaScript. He’s also a key developer of the JavaScript engine in the Edge browser. Who better to help us see where JavaScript is today, and where the next few years will take us?

Val Head is one of the foremost experts in animation and the web anywhere. She’s written extensively on the subject, advised companies like Shopify and Automattic (creators of WordPress) and spoken all over the world. Val will survey the full spectrum of animation options from CSS to React Motion and show which are best suited for implementing state transitions, showing data, animating illustrations, or making animations responsive.

The Presentations

These are just two of about 20 amazing speakers from around the world covering everything from core JavaScript features to complex modern CSS and best practice performance. Everything you need to stay up to date in our fast changing field.

What is this Code of which you speak?

Skip it – just let me register!

We Want You to Present

Our Call For Proposals to present at Code is now open. Yes, we curate the conference, but we like to leave room for outstanding, relevant talks from local speakers, experienced or not.

Sessions are 20 minutes long, and open to Australian residents. If you’re successful, we’ll fly you to Melbourne, put you up, and treat you like any other speaker.

The Code CFP is open until 31 May.

OK, I’m interested in presenting

Code Leaders

We’re also really excited to take the wraps off a brand new event, Code Leaders, a special day-long conference preceding Code.

Code Leaders highlights the challenges being faced by a new generation of code-focused team leaders, project managers, CTOs and senior engineering professionals.

Code Leaders

The full-day conference draws on the skills and experience of some of our Code headliners as well as local expertise to explore issues of management and leadership in a code setting.

You’ll focus on technology, practice, leadership and cultural challenges in a collegial atmosphere with others facing challenges similar to your own.

Take me to your Leaders

Key Dates

31 May 
Code 17 Call for Presentations ends.

30 June 
End of Financial Year; Code and Code Leaders Early Bird ends.

2 August 
Code Leaders Conference.

3-4 August
Code Conference.


We always keep our prices as low as we can, and we have complete confidence in the quality and relevance of our speakers and their presentations, but we also know that a little incentive can sometimes make it easier to find room in a limited budget, especially if you have to convince someone else.

So, how about $200 off?  Register during the Early Bird period up to 30 June and get a massive $200 off the regular registration cost.

  • * Classic Code ticket (conference only) for just $999 (save $200)
  • * Silver Code ticket (conference plus videos) for just $1,099 (save $200)
  • * Gold Code ticket (conference, videos and speaker dinner) for just $1,199 (save $200)
  • * Code Leaders ticket for just $699(save $300 – not a typo)
  • * Or get both a Code Silver ticket and a Code Leaders ticket for just $1,499 (saving $800!)

Hot Tip: if you need to apply your registration to the new financial year but you still want to get the Early Bird discount and the alumnus bonus, register before 30 June but pay after 1 July

Tell me more about Code 17

Embedded as a deeply Melbourne conference (and watch out soon for details of related Melbourne events), I feel this year’s Web Directions Code offers an unmissable program, one of the real highlights of the Australian developer calendar.

I look forward to telling you more in coming weeks, and I really hope to see you there.

john allsopp

We make events for the web professionals shaping Australia's digital future

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I have yet to have an end-to-end conference experience that was as professional as what was provided by Web Directions

Joe Toscano Founder, designgood.tech

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