A few Australian conferences that are on in the next couple of weeks (and of which SitePoint is a media partner). The Web Directions crew have taken their traditional web conference model (which has been successful in Sydney and Vancouver) and are applying it to a more niche audience.

Web Directions User Experience

  • What: A full day of workshops followed by a one-day conference focussing on user experience for the Web
  • Where: Melbourne, Australia
  • When: May 15-16, 2008.
  • Who: A bunch of big-name speakers will be presenting, including Andy Budd as well as regular SitePoint contributors Cameron Adams, Lisa Herrod and Mathew Patterson.
  • Cost: Conference — $595; Workshops — $550. SitePoint readers are eligible to a discount; just quote code WDSP when purchasing your tickets to receive $50 off.

View the full program for Web Directions UX.

Web Directions Government

  • What: A full day of workshops followed by a one-day conference focussing on web sites and applications in the public sector
  • Where: Canberra, Australia
  • When: May 19-20, 2008.
  • Who: Cameron Adams, Lisa Herrod and bunch of thought leaders in the public sector space.
  • Cost: Conference — $595; Workshops — $550. SitePoint readers are eligible to a discount; just quote code WDSP when purchasing your tickets to receive $50 off.

View the full program for Web Directions Government.

Free Melbourne Event


For those in Melbourne who are unable to attend Web Directions UX for whatever reason, it’s still possible to soak up some of the conference atmosphere on the evening following the day of workshops at an event hosted by the Web Standards Group and Web Directions.

On May 15, W3C representatives Richard Ishida and José Manuel Alonso will be giving a free presentation from 7pm at The Order of Melbourne, a pub in Melbourne’s CBD.

SitePoint are proudly sponsoring this event by providing food for all attendees, and there will be door prizes as well. RSVP at the Web Standards Group site.

  • What: A full day of workshops followed by a one-day conference focussing on user experience for the Web
  • Where: Melbourne, Australia
  • When: May 15, 2008 @ 7pm.
  • Who: Richard Ishida (W3C Internationalization Lead) and José Manuel Alonso (W3C eGovernment Lead)
  • RSVP: http://webstandardsgroup.org/meetings/?event_id=154

SitePoint representatives will have a presence at all of the above events — be sure to come up and say hi!

Matthew Magain is a UX designer with over 15 years of experience creating exceptional digital experiences for companies such as IBM, Australia Post, and sitepoint.com. He is the co-founder of UX Mastery, and recently co-authored Everyday UX, an inspiring collection of interviews with some of the best UX Designers in the world.

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