Web Directions aaa 2021

Global, OnlineOctober/November 2021

accessibility engineering for front end developers

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About Access All Areas (aaa)

Accessibility has been central to the Web since its inception (it's called the World Wide Web to reflect the intention of its creators that the Web be accessible to all regardless of among other things disability).

There are many great accessibility focussed conferences around the world, so why another one? Most of those conferences are designed for accessibility experts, and often address a broad range of topics associated wth accessibility.

We've created Access All Areas (AAA) for web and front end developers, for many of whom accessibility engineering is a relatively small part of their day-to-day. Our aim is to keep front end professionals up to date with developments in accessibility technologies and practices, to help them deliver a web for all.

Who's it for?

Access All Areas is for web and front end developers, engineering managers, CTOs–everyone responsible for developing web sites and applications.

In depth knowledge

All Web Directions conferences feature in-depth knowledge from real world experts. Some you'll know, many you won't, but all bring a world of experience and knowledge.

speakers and audience
  • 12+ Transformational speakers
  • 8+ Hours of content
  • 2 Deep sessions
  • 1 Extraordinary Conference

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Over 600 presentations from 450 world leading experts at 32 conferences…and counting

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Re-imagined as remote-only

In response to the unique challenges of COVID-19 we transformed our conferences into remote only events. But we wanted to go way beyond what most online events delvier.

Building on the extensive work we've done with our conference presentation platform Conffab, our conferences have been re-imagined from the ground up the conference experience, not just ports of traditional conferences to the Web.

With a focus on highly engaging, expertly filmed and edited, screen-oriented presentations, alongside spaces to connect, communicate and keep in touch with everything around the conference, you'll be immersed as if you were there–maybe even more so.

How does Access All Areas work?

Most online conferences run just like in-person conferences–one or two jam-packed days, of live streamed presentation. But with so many folks working remotely, and spending so much of their day in front of a screen we felt it was imperative to rethink this, and do something differently.

Access All Areas takes place over 2 consecutive Fridays in late 2021. It will run for around 4 hours each session (with a bit of downtime built-in). Plus will run it 3 times so wherever you are in the world, you can participate along with your peers, from the comfort of your own home (or maybe even your office).

Extraordinary speakers

We're assembling a world–class lineup of accessibility engineering experts for you.

Keep up to date with Announcements

Want to know when our program drops, and tickets go on sale ? Let us know below and we'll email you when the program is announced. And why not follow us on Twitter?

Attend your way

Attend Access All Areas online, or as part a membership to our comprehensive conference platform, Conffab.

Conffab features hundreds of conference videos from our conferences, and other great conferences around the world.

Conffab Premium

  • Access All Areas conference

  • all 2021 online conferences live

  • all 2021 conference videos

  • Conffab presentation library

  • $595 annually
  • $59 monthly

Access All Areas+

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  • Access All Areas conference videos

  • Conffab presentation library

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  • $245 before June 30
  • $295 Standard

Access All Areas classic

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  • $145 before June 30
  • $245 Standard

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  • 8+ hours of content
  • World Leading experts
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All the Access All Areas conference presentations, captioned, transcribed and more

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1 year access to our growing library of hundreds of conference presentation videos from world leading conferences

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Access to all 6 planned online Web Directions conferences in 2021–50+ hours of content.

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Find the conference pass for you

Attend your way

Attend Access All Areas online, or as part a membership to our comprehensive conference platform, Conffab.

Conffab features hundreds of conference videos from our conferences, and other great conferences around the world.

Conffab Premium

  • Access All Areas conference

  • all 2021 online conferences live

  • all 2021 conference videos

  • Conffab presentation library

  • $595 annually
  • $59 monthly

Conffab Premium

Access All Areas+

  • Access All Areas conference

  • Access All Areas conference videos

  • Conffab presentation library

  •  

  • $245 early bird
  • $295 Standard

Register Access All Areas+

Access All Areas classic

  • Access All Areas conference

  • Access All Areas conference videos

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  • $145 early bird
  • $245 Standard

Register Access All Areas Classic

Keen to speak at Access All Areas?

If you're keen to speak at Access All Areas or one of our other events in 2021, we'd love to hear from you.

CFPs for Access All Areas close August 31 2021

For Access All Areas we're focussing entirely on Accessibility Engineering. Web Directions conferences have always focussed on technologies and practices rather than specific solutions (tools, frameworks and libraries, commercial or open source.)

Topics to focus on

What do you think front end developers and engineers should know about developing accessibile web content? That's what we want to hear from you. Some of the topics we feel will make for relevant, valuable presentations at Access All Areas include

Language and technology features

Features of HTML, CSS, Browser APIs, AOM, ARIA used to help deliver accessible web sites and applications.

Practices

It's not just the technologies that matter it's what we do with them. So we're also keen on sessions on practices, or focussed on specific areas of accessibility (for example animations).

What we're not looking for

Since the focus of the conference is accessibility engineering, we're not looking to focus on some areas that are commonly covered at accessibility focussed conferences. Things like the importance of accessibility, and selling accessibility into an organisation are well covered at other events.

We're also not looking to focus on automated approaches to accessibility.

Some tips

Aim for focus and depth over breadth. We find with online conferences, going deeply into one thing works better than a broad overview of a lot of things.

What Do Speakers Get?

We provide speakers with all the equipment (camera, lighting, mic, software), direction, editing and support you need to create an amazing presentation.

And it doesn't stop with the conference, we host your presentation on our new video platform Conffab, where speakers are compensated for the engagement their presentations generate!

Propose now

Ready to propose a presentation? We can't wait to hear from you.

Diversity Scholarships

We have diversity scholarships available for all our events. These provide full attendance just like any other attendee. We don't draw attention to those who have received a scholarship, but do look to make connections between them, and with our diversity sponsors, to help ensure the most valuable possible experience.

Our Scholarships focus on people who are unemployed, under-employed, self employed or in the early stages (up to 3 years) of their careers who identify as belonging to a group or groups under-represented at events like ours, and who might otherwise find it difficult to afford to attend.

Read more and apply at our diversity page.

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Partners

We work closely with our partners and their technologies to deliver world leading online conferences.

Contact us for more on how we work can work with you to help you be even more awesome.

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 15 years brought together leading developers, engineers, visual, IxD, UX and product designers, Art and Creative Directors, product managers 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're switching things up a bit for 2020 and beyond. We'll be organising a growing family of focussed online conferences, and our annual extravaganza, Web Directions Summit will take place in Sydney as soon as it is practicable in 2021 (all going well).

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

John Allsopp

John Allsopp has been working on the Web for nearly 30 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 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.