With less than a week to go before I fly to Sydney for Web Directions South, I thought I’d whip up my own itinerary of what has caught my eye in their star studded program.
I arrive very early, so my highlight will be chilling out with the other West Coast Bloggers and Perth Port 80 peeps as we kick back and relax before Web Directions takes up all of our time.
I’m going along to Kelly Goto’s workshop, The Iterative App’. If you know me, you know I dig terms like workflow, process and user cases. I’m really looking forward to a day of hearing from Kelly.
Maybe I could be a touch biased, but then the eve of Web Directions will also see the Pumphouse Bar, minutes away from the venue hold a Port 80 get together in the evening. See this post for details.
Jeremy Keith talks on Ajax with ‘Explaining Ajax’. I may not call myself a developer, but Ajax is something I get.
As all my staff know, I’m always up for food. I just hope this year there’s more vegetarian stuff for the likes of me and other non meat eaters.
I am really inspired by Campaign Monitor, and proud to see Australians do so well on the world stage. Dave Greiner and Ben Richardson will be speaking on â€˜Designing a web application on the side – the story of Campaign Monitor’, which I am sure will be five stars.
Web Direction organiser, blogger, software developer, speaker and web guru, John Allsopp is also speaking on Microformats, and given the Bam Creative site is now using hCard (so I think I am an expert!), I’m keen to hear what he says.
Third and final talk not to be missed, Derek Featherstone is speaking on where accessibility is heading, with Accessibility 2.0: Where do we go from here?
What dodgy karaoke bar will the Perth contingent appear at on Thursday evening? Stay tuned for the details (oh, and Adrian, I’ll be keeping my camera close this time!).
I wish I was going to the Breakfast with Molly Holzschlag, where Molly will be speaking on the topic, â€˜Defining the new professionalism’, but I’m torn between getting up early and learning or sleeping off the expected late night shenanigans.
Creating inspired design by UK designer Andy Clarke sure sounds like a good way to spend a mid morning.
I’m honoured to have been asked to introduce two speakers on the last afternoon. I’ll be mumbling my way through an introduction for Thomas Vander Wal, and his talk “Information Architecture for the Come to Me Web”.
Then I’ll also be introducing one of the great crew I met last year, Derek Featherstone with his presentation “Designing for accessibility: More simple techniques that make a difference”.
Then the obligatory Friday drinks, this time hosted and sponsored by the great crowd at Sitepoint.
If this is anything like last year, it’s a hungover morning of shopping then lunch then chilling out before catching a plane that evening back to Perth. Web geek bliss in Sydney!
20 September 2006 at 6:10 am
My only plans are to be introduced by you!
20 September 2006 at 12:42 pm
Lets see arrive Sydney late Monday 25.
Tuesday 26 whole day workshop with Jeremy Keith – DOM Scripting and Ajax, I need to learn more about this, and I can understand what Jeremy says in his book, so should get my head around this too. Evening drinking with Miles and other early arrivals from WA.
Wednesday 27 whole day workshop with Derek Featherstone, accessibility, I learnt a lot from Derek last year in one session, my head will probably explode after this session. Evening Port80 Sydney @ the pumphouse.
Thursday 28 WD06, most looking forward to Thomas Vander Wal on IA and Gian Sampson-Wild on managing accessibility compliance. (as well Jeremy and Derek again). More drinking this time at dodgy karaoke bars, and carrying camera that does video and/or sound.
Friday 29 WD06, I would be willing to fly halfway round the country to be motivated by Molly, I just hope I survived the night before relatively intact. Looking forward to Andy Clarke, the other sessions depends on how much from the workshops will be repeated by Jeremy and Derek and from OZ-IA by Thomas and Donna Maurer. That evening WD06 closing party.
Saturday 30 OZ-IA time I learnt more about information architecture at this two day conference with some of the WD06 presenters + others. That evening civilised dinner with some people from WD06.
Sunday 1 More OZ-IA, that evening is free, but seeing my flight is at 0820, it is likely to be a quiet one.