Two More Summit 17 Speakers Announced

With just four weeks remaining of the best ticket prices anyone will get, now is the time to lock in your place at Web Directions Summit 17.

We’ve already told you about six of our keynote speakers for our major end of year event in Sydney on 9-10 November – we’ll recap a bit further down, AND tell you about our latest two confirmed speakers – but, while you take that in, think of this:

  1. • The best ticket deals you’re going to get are during this first Early Bird period ending on Friday 15 September.

  3. • Our Code conference in Melbourne just a couple of weeks ago sold out completely BEFORE the Early Bird finished.

  5. • The number of places we have available for Summit 17 is limited by both the size of the venue and our determination to ensure a comfortable experience for all attendees.

  7. • Since we opened registration for Summit 17 in late June, 30% of tickets have already been sold – right now we’re very close to the absolute limit for Gold tickets.

With that understood, and noting that you – as a past attendee of a Web Directions event – have a particularly special Summit 17 deal available to you (see below), let’s take a look at how our flagship event is shaping up.

The Next Two Speakers

We can now confirm our next two speakers for Summit 17, and like the others, they are doozies: internationally acknowledged expert practitioners and thinkers at the top of their game and keen to share their thoughts with you.

 Amélie Lamont

Amélie Lamont

US designer, writer, thinker and speaker on design, tech, womanhood, anthropology, creativity, culture, and race. Product Design Lead, The New York Times.


Chris Eppstein

US software architect, rubyist, Sass Core Developer, Compass stylesheet framework creator, writer, speaker, and open source advocate. Senior Staff Software Engineer, LinkedIn.

 Chris Eppstein


The First Six Speakers

 Genevieve Bell

Genevieve Bell

Internationally acclaimed Australian anthropologist and technologist, ex-Stanford, now ANU. Knows more than anyone about the intersection of data, people and design thinking.

Chris Messina

Visionary US analyst, writer, speaker and consultant to some of the biggest names in web and tech. Invented the Twitter hashtag, advises startups and thinks about the impact of tech on society.

 Chris Messina
 Dan Rubin

Dan Rubin

Highly experienced and respected US designer, photographer, artist, writer and creative director of a multi-disciplinary studio. Aims to literally improve the world through good design.

Tammy Everts

Canadian researcher, author, speaker and Chief Experience Officer of performance specialists Speedcurve. Acknowledged world expert in the technical interrelation of web performance, UX and business.

 Tammy Everts
 Lauren Lucchese

Lauren Lucchese

Head of AI Content at US financial giant Capital One, journalist, content strategist and user experience expert now leading a team focused on designing conversational user interfaces, including voice.

Kyle Simpson

US developer, writer, evangelist, teacher, mentor and speaker on the present and future of JavaScript.  Passionate advocate for the open web. Author of the You Don’t Know JS series of books.

 Kyle Simpson

And this is not even anywhere near all our speakers. We still have plenty more to announce in coming weeks, including successful submissions from our local Call For Presentations.
We’ll be adding speakers to the website regularly, where you’ll also find more info about all our speakers.


Register during the Primary Early Bird period up to 15 September and get $200 off the regular cost.

  • • Classic Summit ticket (conference only) for just $999 (save $200)
  • • Silver Summit ticket (conference plus videos) for just $1,199 (save $200)
  • • Gold Summit ticket (conference, videos and speaker dinner) for just $1,299 (save $200)

AI Bonus Deal

Interest has also been very high in our new AI conference (on how AI and machine learning are influencing design and development right now), and our extra special Summit deal.

Until 1 September (when the AI Early Bird closes), you can get a Silver ticket to Summit (usually $1,199) plus a ticket to AI (usually $599) for just $1,399.

And even if you register for this deal after 1 September and before 28 September (when the AI conference is on), it’ll still only cost you $1,499.

Not only do we have much more to tell you about Summit 17 over the next few weeks, we’ll also be announcing several smaller events we’re holding between now and the end of the year. These will also have their own package deals with Summit. 

Do also remember that, whatever deal or combination you choose for our events, if you can’t allocate funds immediately, you’re welcome to register now and pay later.

I look forward to you joining us at one or more of our events soon.

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