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October 26, 2006

Web Directions North, tickets on sale now

I posted a little about Web Directions North a few weeks back, but we've just opened registrations, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to talk about the confrence a little more.

Maxine and I are putting this on with two of Canada's best web exports, Dave Shea (CSS Zen Garden, as if I have to tell you) and Derek Featherstone, one of the leading accessibility experts anywhere. I actually put these guys ahead of (ice) hockey as a Canadian export.

For the last few months we've been working hard across timezones, continents, oceans and more (those guys travel, let me tell you), to put together the best possible web design and development conference anywhere, ever. And I think we have gone pretty close.

The lineup is amazing, featuring people you know, some you probably won't, but all of whom are redefining the web. From the journalist who invented maps mashups, Adrian Holovaty (Chicago Crimes Google Maps mashup, Washington Post), technologists and visionaries like Tantek Çelik, back end gurus like Simon Willison, Javascript and Ajax maestros like Jeremy Keith and Aaron Gustafson, to amazing designers like Veerle Pieters, Doug Bowman, Dave Shea, Dan Cederholm, and many more. And I've not even mentioned our keynote speakers yet, Molly Holzschlag, Kelly Goto, Joe Clark (one of Canada's other fine exports, up there at least with Moosehead beer, no dammit, neck and neck with Wayne Gretzky), and a final mystery closing keynote speaker we'll be announcing soon. The wait will be worth it.

All these speakers really are at the cutting edge of design and development, and just plain thinking about the web.

Now, I have a bit of a set against panels, so each of these speakers will be presenting, rather than sitting at a table sharing a mike with others. Each one will have center stage for close to an hour. I'm also a bit of an old timer, and like to think I've seen it all - but truly, these people inspire me, and the others at Web Directions, and that's why we're bringin them to Canada.

To top it all off, the day before the conference there are two full day workshops, Accessibility 2.0 - Web App Accessibility by Derek Featherstone, and Aaron Gustafson and Andy Clarke covering the exciting intersection of CSS and Javascript, with Creative web development with CSS and DOM scripting.

And if that's not enough the conference is followed by an option day or two of skiing and snowboarding at Whistler/Blackcomb, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics. All levels fo skill from complete beginners to Olympic standard will be catered for. And the price is really reasonable. Many of the speakers and I dare say quite a few attendees will be there, giving you yet anothr chance to meet and network with your peers.

Plus the usual receptions, parties, and more - it will be education, stimulation, inspiration and excitement.

For the next week, until November 3rd, we have $200 off the standard price, so you can register for just $CDN795, making it particularly good value for our Americans friends. We've also organised really good rates at the conference hotel, and we are even throwing in free wifi for the first 50 people to book a room.

So head on over to the site, check out the speakers, the program, and to register for the conference.

And see you in Vancouver Feb. 6, 7 and 8 (and Whistler 9 and 10)


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I'm not sure how Simon's going to feel about being described as a "back end guru"... Could be misinterpreted, you know? ;-)

Fantastic news though -- I hope WDN is hugely successful!!

Posted by: Meri | Oct 29, 2006 4:04:51 AM


ouch :-)


Posted by: John Allsopp | Oct 30, 2006 10:21:17 AM