Web Directions Speaking 2023

Speak at one of our events in 2023

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 2023, we're hosting four major in-person events–in Sydney in August (AI) and late October (Leaders and Summit) and Melbourne in June (Code). Read on for more and to propose!


Web Directions Summit covers the whole front end team–product management, design design, front end engineering, react, content design, design systems, and product and growth marketing across 7 tracks.

CFPs for Summit are open now and close May 31st 2023


Returning after a hiatus, Web Directions AI focuses on the technologies, opportunities and impact of generative AI. Share your insights on the impact these technologies are having on business, creativity and the workplace.

We're looking for insights across business, design and technology.

AI takes place in August in Sydney, and CFPs close May 31st


Web Directions Code is all in on front end engineering (and more)–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 across multiple tracks

CFPs for Code are open now and close March 10th 2023

Code Leaders

Code Leaders is a one day conference for engineering leaders and managers. It focusses mostly on the non-technical aspects of these roles.

CFPs for Code Leaders are open now and close May 31st 2023

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 more than 15 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 2023 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 new video 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 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.

And, our annual extravaganza, Web Directions Summit returns to Sydney in October 2023, bigger and better than ever.

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.