Web Directions Speaking 2024

Speak at one of our events in 2024

Why Speak?

Presenting on a topic is a great way to really get to understand it. Whether it's something you already know well, or something you think is important that you want to learn more about, you'll benefit from really digging deeply into it, and your audience will benefit from the knowledge you share.

Whether you've never spoken before, spoken internally at your company, at a meetup, or a conference, we're always looking for speakers for our conferences and other events.

At Web Directions, we're always looking for new (as well as existing) speakers to share their ideas and expertise with our audience.

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What opportunities are there to speak at a Web Directions conference?

We're glad you asked! In 2024, we're hosting four major in-person events–in Melbourne in June (Code and code Leaders) and later in the year in Sydney (Summit). Read on for more and to propose!


Web Directions Summit covers the front end in depth, and the big ideas shaping what comes next.

One of the longest running and most highly regarded conferences of its kind in the world, we go far beyond the expected. Industry shaping concepts like OOCSS and Progressive Web Apps were unveiled to the world at our conferences, and for nearly 2 decades we've helped shaped what the Web looks like.

Plus we cover the issues in design and product from AI to ethics product leaders need to be across.

CFPs for Summit are open now and close May 2024


Web Directions Code is all in on front end engineering–front of the front end (CSS/HTML/JS/Browser APIs), back of the front end (frameworks like React, Remix, Next, CI/CD, operations), platform engineering, security, performance, and much more

CFPs for Code are open now and close March 2024

Code Leaders

Code Leaders is a one day conference for engineering leaders and managers. From the big picture technical considerations to the huan side of leadershop we'll help you grow.

CFPs for Code Leaders are open now and close March 2024

How do I get to speak at a Web Directions Conference?

This is a little long winded and in depth, but understanding what we look for will really help you propose a topic that's likely to work for our programs. A look at past conference programs will likely help you get a sense of what we look for too.

Our philosophy

At Web Directions we have a strong editorial style we've developed over nearly 20 years of putting together conferences. The type of sessions that prove popular, and so which we program, tend to have a number of characteristics:

One of the things we love hearing from our audience is "I can't wait to get back to work and put this into practice". If you can aim for that, for the event's target audience, you'll go a long way to getting a place in the schedule.

Here's a few more tips what we recommend to give yourself the best chance of getting a place at our conferences.

OK, I'm keen! Where do I propose?

You'll find a form for proposing for our 2024 conferences below. You propose, we'll work out where the best fit is.

What Do Speakers Get?

We provide travel and accomodation for speakers at our in-person conferences, plus speaker dinners, receptions and an all round great experience for speakers.

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

Good luck, we can't wait to hear your proposals!


Happy to discuss your proposal and thoughts–just email us [email protected].

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 nearly 20 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.

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.