Web Directions ai 2018 Technology/Business/Design of AI

Sydney31st October 2018

A one day conference on the Technology, Business & Design of Artificial Intelligence

What is Web Directions AI?

Long a staple of futurists and science fiction authors, and the preserve of data scientists and machine learning experts, the promise of artificial intelligence and cognitive computing is now vastly more accessible via numerous "AI as a service" platforms.

With AI APIs like those from IBM's Watson, Google Cloud, AWS, and Microsoft Azure as well as numerous AI and machine learning startups, adding intelligence to our products and services online is inexpensive, and an order of magnitude less complex than it has been until recently.

Web Directions AI takes place over a single, intensive day, and features real world experts in AI and machine learning, with actionable, usable ideas to help you explore these exciting new opportunities.

Real World Knowledge

Like all our events, Web Directions AI, while looking to the horizon, is about things you can be doing today to bring tangible benefits to your organisation and users. It's not handwaving futurism, it's about the future that has arrived, but which just isn't evenly distributed yet. We'll cover:

  • • the state of the technology, and what's practical today
  • • the opportunities for designers to significantly improve the customer experience and create whole new kinds of services
  • • the business cases today, to save money with existing processes and create whole new products and services
speakers and audience

Who is Web Directions AI for?

Web Directions AI brings together designers, product owners and managers, business decisions makers, developers and researchers, to explore the fertile opportunities provided by today's "cognitive" services.

Web Directions Summit

Culture is part of Web Directions Summit, running the day before the main two day, two track conference for your whole digital team. Come to all three days to both develop your leadership capabilities, and to keep up to speed with the latest development in your field. In fact, we have a special offer to make that even better value.

Keen to speak at this event?

If you're keen to speak at this or one of our other events in 2018, we'd love to hear from you.

Our Call for Presentations for out 2018 events open December 1 2017, and close

Read more and propose a presentation at our Speaking page.

Be the first to hear about 2018's lineup

Who's speaking this year? Signup to our event announcements mailing list to be the first to know, trust us, you'll not want to miss this. You'll also get the first chance to register, with the best offer.

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  • $1795 Until 31 August
  • $1895 Until October 5
  • $1995 Standard

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  • $695 Until 31 August
  • $795 Until October 5
  • $895 Standard

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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.

In 2018, we'll be organising Design in Sydney Melbourne, Code and Code Leaders in Melbourne, and Web Directions Summit, AI and Culture in Sydney

vignettes form our events, social, speakers and more. Includes Hannah Donovan skylarking.

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.