Day 1

  • December 1st
  • 9am–5:00pm AEST
8:00 am
8:00 am housekeeping

Registration

Grab an excellent barista coffee, while you register for two big days of amazing speakers, and more.

9:00 am
9:00 am housekeeping

Welcome

Welcome, or welcome back to our first Summit in 3 years.

9:15 am
9:15 am keynote

Bridging the World through Cross-Cultural Creativity & Innovation

Yiying Lu, Fast Company Most Creative Person in Business

10:15 am
10:15 am housekeeping

Morning Break

Fuel your morning with an excellent coffee, and morning tea we've specially chosen to pick-you-up.

10:25 am
10:25 am housekeeping

REA Shippy

Get the lowdown on REA's Shippy challenge, to give you the best shot at completing and winning!

11:00 am

React

Front End Dev

Design

Product

Content

Career

11:00 am React

Remix, Server Components, NextJS: Navigating the future of React

Ben Teese, Principal Software Engineer Shine Solutions

11:00 am Engineering

Web Performance 2023

Henri Helvetica, Head of Developer Community WebPageTest

11:00 am Design

Better Onboarding

Krystal Higgins, UX leader & Author "Better Onboarding"

11:00 am Product

The Shapeshifting Product Manager

Daniel Kinal, GM Product Management Reivernet Group

11:00 am Content

The Content Strategy Practice Blueprint

Natalie Marie Dunbar, Author, Speaker, Teacher, Senior Manager, UX Content Strategy

11:00 am Career

5 habits I learned to climb the career ladder

Keerthana Krishnan, Software Engineer Yamdu

11:35 am

React

Front End Dev

Design

Product

Content

Career

11:35 am React

Working fluently with Data in React

Tejas Kumar, Director of Developer Relations Xata

11:35 am Engineering

Technically speaking: improve your code with documentation

Alexandra White, Technical Writer Google

11:35 am Design

Designing Digital for Reality

Oliver Weidlich, Director of Design & Innovation Contxtual

11:35 am Product

You Better Shape Up

Eli Ferrall, VP of Product VGW

11:35 am Content

Beyond good intentions: the secret sauce of content design

Angus Gordon and Lorien Kaye, Content strategist & Content designer Weave

11:35 am Career

A tale of the flip floppers. From engineer to manager and back again.

Matt Colman, Engineering Manager Atlassian

12:15 pm

React

Front End Dev

Design

Product

Content

Career

12:15 pm React

Vanilla Extract: CSS Preprocessing in the Age of Components

Mark Dalgleish, Co-creator of CSS Modules and Vanilla Extract, MelbJS organiser, Staff Front End Developer Shopify

12:15 pm Engineering

Trust me, I'm an open-source developer

Charlie Gerard, Senior developer advocate Stripe

12:15 pm Design

Fixing Frustrating Design Patterns in 2023

Vitaly Friedman, Editor-in-chief, Creative Lead Smashing Magazine

12:15 pm Product

OKRs are the new Git

Sten Pittet, Co-founder Tability

12:15 pm Content

Information Architecture: More than just a navigation menu

Jo Minney, Co-founder & Principal House Digital

12:15 pm Career

All the things I learnt as a junior developer (...so you don't have to)

Terence Huynh, Software Engineer Atlassian

12:45 pm
12:45 pm housekeeping

Lunch

We've always got something special lined up for lunch. But you'll have to come to find out.

1:00 pm
1:00 pm lunch

Okta Customer Identity Fireside Chat with SafetyCulture

Grab your lunch and take a seat for a lunchtime session focussed on managing your users' identity with Brett Porter, Director of Engineering (Platform & Services) at SafetyCulture and Richard Marr from okta.

2:15 pm

React

Front End Dev

Design

Product

Content

Career

2:15 pm React

The algebraic structure of functions, illustrated using React components

James Sinclair, Senior Software Engineer Atlassian

2:15 pm Engineering

When new CSS features collide: possibility and complexity at the intersections

Rachel Andrew, Content Lead for Chrome Developer Relations Google

2:15 pm Design

The leadership path for senior designers

Lucinda Burtt, Product Design Manager ex-Meta

2:15 pm Product

Grow Any Product 400% with Product-Led

Peter Ikladious, Principal and Co-founder Unlocking Growth

2:15 pm Content

Create a thoughtful content design practice using your existing design process

Janine Saunders, Senior Content Designer Canva

2:15 pm Career

Going freelance: answering the big questions

Sheree Hannah, UX Design and Strategy Lead Freelance

2:50 pm

React

Front End Dev

Design

Product

Content

Career

2:50 pm React

Comparing JavaScript frameworks performance using real-world data

Dan Shappir, Performance Tech Lead NEXT Insurance

2:50 pm Engineering

Defensive CSS

Ahmad Shadeed, Design Engineer Freelancer

2:50 pm Design

Branding for accessibility: an inclusive approach to identity

Kate Linton, Head of Design Thoughtworks

2:50 pm Product

Reach your product vision

Ash Ma, Senior Product Manager Zip

2:50 pm Content

Agile content design in action

Judith Waller, Content Designer, Consumer Communications Australian Securities and Investments Commission

2:50 pm Career

Build you career with open source

Justin Mclean, VP Training Services Instaclustr

3:25 pm

React

Front End Dev

Design

Product

Content

Career

3:25 pm React

Hotwired Reactive Web Development - How LowJS Can You Go?

Josh Graham, CTO Cookaborough

3:25 pm Engineering

CSS Architecture with Layers, Scope, and Nesting

Bramus Van Damme, Chrome Developer Relations Engineer Google

3:25 pm Design

Behind the Story

Steph Troeth, Head of Research dxw

3:25 pm Product

The Road Atlas: Visual Storytelling with Roadmaps

Tadeh Hakopian, Program Manager

3:25 pm Content

BFFs: Content designers and engineers. The perfect pairing.

Mary Sabotkoski, Content Practice Lead Open Universities Australia

3:25 pm Career

The Autonomy of Developerhood

Nina Ajnira Karisik, Software Engineer, Founder of FiD, Coding Mentor at SheCodes MyPass Global

3:50 pm
3:50 pm housekeeping

Afternoon Break

Need more coffee? Or an increasingly hip tea? We've got you covered, plus a sweet afternoon pick-me-up.

3:50 pm
3:50 pm partner

The World's Worst Date

Grab your coffee and take a seat to hear Anna Harrison talk about the ADORE Process, (and the world's worst dates!)

4:20 pm
4:20 pm keynote

Q&AI

Mark Pesce Broadcaster & Futurist

5:00 pm
5:00 pm housekeeping

Happy Hour (and a half)

Share a drink, a bite, and a chat with your peers, right here at the venue.

6:30 pm
6:30 pm housekeeping

OZEWAI Careers in Accessibility

Stay on and join OZEWAI and guest speakers exploring the opportunities for careers in accessibility at the ICC right after our reception.

Day 2

  • December 2nd
  • 9am–5:00pm AEST
7:30 am
7:30 am housekeeping

Platform.sh agency breakfast

Breakfast for agencies hosted by our partner platform.sh

8:30 am
8:30 am housekeeping

Reboot

Get your heart started for another day of amazingness, with coffee of course

9:00 am
9:00 am housekeeping

Welcome back

Welcome back for another in-depth day of amazing presentations
9:15 am
9:15 am keynote

Make Joy Your Design's Source Code

Himanshu Bharadwaj, VP, Design Centime

10:00 am
10:00 am housekeeping

Morning Break

Fuel your morning with an excellent coffee, and morning tea we've specially chosen to pick-you-up.

10:15 am
10:15 ampartner

Frontend security 101

Dave Berner, Con-founder Kinde

Order your coffee and then up your front end security game with Dave Berner.

10:45 am

React

Front End Dev

Design

Product

Content

Career

10:45 am React

A Modern History of Front-End Best Practices

Ben Taylor, Staff Software Engineer Stile Education

10:45 am Engineering

Building amazing apps with Project Fugu APIs

Thomas Steiner, Developer Relations Engineer Google

10:45 am Design

Designing with friction, it’s irritatingly good.

Patima Tantiprasut, Managing Director PetRescue

10:45 am Product

Building The Strategy Bridge

Alejandro Patterson & Simon Hilton, Principal Product Manager, Honey Insurance & Director of Product, Karbon

10:45 am Content

Embracing the Power of Content Research

Erica Jorgensen, Product content strategy Independent

10:45 am Career

From Imposter Life to Imposter Moments: Tips from a Psychologist turned Engineer

Cristi Middag, Software Engineer VGW

11:20 am

React

Front End Dev

Design

Product

Content

Career

11:20 am React

Creating and maintaining front end APIs

Isabel Brison, Front end engineer Automattic

11:20 am Engineering

The state of passwordless auth on the web

Phil Nash, Developer Evangelist Twilio

11:20 am Design

Designing for positive social and environmental impact

Mel Flanagan, Founder Nook Studios

11:20 am Product

A11y All the Things

Amanda Mace, Vice President AbleDocs

11:20 am Content

Improve UX research with content design

Patrick Stafford, COO and Cofounder UX Content Collective

11:20 am Career

Becoming a design leader without becoming a design manager

Richard Sison, Staff Product Designer at Roam Digital Roam Digital

11:55 am

React

Front End Dev

Design

Product

Content

Career

11:55 am React

Rethinking state management in React

Keerthana Krishnan, Software Engineer Yamdu

11:55 am Engineering

Exploring Temporal

Steve Harrison, Senior Front End Developer NSW Department of Customer Service

1:50 pm Design

Bringing Business Impact and User Needs together with Jobs to be Done (JTBD)

Itamar Medeiros, Director of Design Strategy SAP

11:55 am Product

Building organisational WCAG maturity through accessibility audits

Danielle Johnson, Manager, Digital Experience Deakin University Library

11:55 am Content

Modular Content

Chloe Brice, Innovation producer ABC

11:55 am Career

Should Designers ______?

Corey Ginnivan, Lead Designer Appbot

12:30 pm
12:30 pm housekeeping

Lunch

Like everything else we do, expect the best conference food you'll have anywhere, and plenty of it.

12:45 pm
12:45 pm partner

Building Belonging

Grab your lunch and head into this session with Culture Amp's Kevin Yank and Cheryl Gledhill, as they share lessons learned at Culture Amp building belonging

1:50 pm

React

Front End Dev

Design

Product

Content

Career

1:50 pm React

Reactive Programming in Modern Web

Aliaksei Kuncevič, Google Developer Expert Angular Consulting

1:50 pm Engineering

Controlling, designing and improving text on the web

Mandy Michael, Staff Software Engineer Hireup

10:45 am Design

Why Data Science and UX Research should be Best Friends

Grishma Jena, Data Scientist, UX Research Operations IBM

1:50 pm Product

Why Product-Market-Fit is not enough

Mara Cajar-Robinson, Digital and Product Specialist Consultant Thoughtworks

1:50 pm Content

How to deliver at-scale personalisation through content fragments

Kanika Bhatia, Sr Digital Content Strategy Manager ANZ Bank

1:50 pm Career

Neurodiversity: A Paradigm Shift from the Silent Disability to the Super Power

Shaila Man, Culture Amp Lead Technical TA & People Geek

2:25 pm

React

Front End Dev

Design

Product

Content

Career

2:25 pm React

Refactoring Components

Erin Zimmer, Software Engineer Cash App

2:25 pm Engineering

Mobile accessibility: testing mobile sites and native apps for accessibility

Gian Wild, CEO AccessibilityOz

2:25 pm Design

Operating a global fully remote product design team

Natalie Harper, Director of Product Design Platform.sh

2:25 pm Product

From 0 to 1 million users: The secrets to building products that scale

Carmen Chung, Director of Product Fl0

2:25 pm Content

Selling an idea to try something new in a large org

Chloe Watson, Audience Strategist ABC

2:25 pm Career

Sync to Async - adjusting to the new work style

Anton Ball, Full stack team lead Doist

3:00 pm

React

Front End Dev

Design

Product

Content

Career

3:00 pm React

React Native Everywhere

Taz Singh, Founder Guild

3:00 pm Engineering

Making Content Creation Tools Accessible

Julie Grundy, Senior Digital Accessibility Consultant Intopia

3:00 pm Design

A New Future for the Interface: Reaching Toward True Adaptation

Liam Spradlin, Interface Designer Google

3:00 pm Product

How to Be Relentlessly Resourceful in Building A Bootstrap Design Education Startup

Stella Guan, Founder & CEO, Multidisciplinary Designer Path Unbound

3:00 pm Content

Social Media at the Australian Electoral Commission

Evan Ekin-Smyth, Director, Media & Digital Engagement Australian Electoral Commission

3:00 pm Career

CV Makeover

Mags Hanley, Steve Gilles and Georgina Robilliard,

3:30 pm
3:30 pm housekeeping

Afternoon Break

Need more coffee? We've got you covered, plus an awesome surprise sweet afternoon treat.

4:00 pm
4:00 pm keynote

The infrastructures of everyday life

Dan Hill, Professor and Director, Melbourne School of Design Melbourne School of Design

5:00 pm
5:00 pm housekeeping

Farewell

Farewell, but hopefully for not too long after two days filled with learning, connection and inspiration.

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.

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Not for Profit Partners

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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, 2021 (and beyond). We're delivering 6 highly focussed front end development conferences online.

And, our annual extravaganza, Web Directions Summit returns to Sydney in December 2022, 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.