Web Directions Summit 2017

SydneyNovember 9 & 10 2017

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

Why Web Directions Summit?

Our field is constantly changing, where last year's cutting edge is this year commonplace, and today's best practice is tomorrow's old hat. For well over a decade, we've tracked practices, patterns and technologies to keep our audience up to date.

Web Directions Summit brings together the whole team, with two curated tracks, one focussed on development and engineering, one focussed on design. For well over a decade we've brought together the finest minds at the intersection of technology and design, in at atmosphere unlike any other.

Who's it for?

The Design Team

Routinely UX, IxD, visual, Web, Front end and CX experts, Art Directors, Creative Directors, Experience Leads, Design Leads and Design Researchers all attend to hear world leading experts

The Engineering Team

We've got the whole front end development team covered: front end engineers, JavaScript and Web developers, engineering leads, engineering managers, devops experts, CTOs.

Leaders and Decision makers

To round it out, our audience is full of smart decision makers, who know taking the pulse of what's now, and next is vital in making the right strategic decisions. Two tracks, and a mixture of deep dive and high level sessions ensures there's something for you too. Meanwhile, outside the sessions, you'll find engaging showcases of technology and design to keep you thinking.

speakers and audience
  • 600+ Passionate attendees
  • 40 Transformational speakers
  • 2 Intense Days

What we covered in 2016

Scroll Cover

Go even deeper with the Direction '16 edition of Scroll, our beautiful, event–themed magazine.

Profiles, interviews, articles and more.

The Wrap Cover
See what we covered last year–download a copy of The Wrap, our in-depth write up of every session from Direction 2016.

Be the first to hear about 2017'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.

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it

Henry David Thoreau

We know you are busy

Creating and managing a great team, exploring the creative limits of today's technology, and tomorrow's. We know your life is full to the brim with meetings you can't miss.

What we'll deliver is ROT (return on your time). We'll help you save time avoiding rabbit holes of hype that doesn't match reality. We'll help you invest your time wisely in the technologies, ideas and projects that will deliver for your company, clients and partners.

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.

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.