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Webstock is a web technology conference held in Wellington, New Zealand featuring a range of high profile speakers covering a variety of web-related topics such as accessibility, usability, ethnographic design and development practices.
Webstock began in 2005 and was created by a small non-profit group (consisting of Mike Brown, Natasha Hall, Debbie Sidelinger and Ben Lampard).
Speakers at the first four-day Webstock in 2006 included Dori Smith, Roger Hudson, Russ Weakley, Rachel McAlpine, Douglas Bowman, Heather Hesketh, Russell Brown (PublicAddress), Tony Chor (Microsoft), Darren Fittler, Kelly Goto, Ben Goodger (Firefox / Google), Rowan Simpson (Trade Me), Donna Maurer, Joel Spolsky, Kathy Sierra, Andreas Girardet (creator of Yoper) and Steve Champeon.
The second Webstock ran from 10–15 February 2008 , with speakers including Shawn Henry (W3C), Simon Willison (Django), Scott Berkun, Amy Hoy, Peter Morville, Nat Torkington, Dan Cederholm, Kelly Goto, Michael Lopp, Cal Henderson, Jill Whalen, Russell Brown, Jason Santa Maria, Rachel McAlpine, Sam Morgan (Trade Me), Tom Coates (Yahoo!), Liz Danzico, Damian Conway (Perl), Luke Wroblewski and Kathy Sierra.
The third Webstock ran from 16-20 February 2009, featured: Jane McGonigal, Nat Torkington, Derek Powazek, Meg Pickard (Guardian Unlimited, Matt Jones and Matt Biddulph of Dopplr, Fiona Romeo, David Recordon (key contributor to OpenID and Open Platforms Tech Lead for Six Apart), Cameron Adams, Pamela Fox, Adrian Holovaty, Heather Champ (Flickr), Michael Lopp. Ze Frank, Russell Brown, Derek Featherstone, Annalee Newitz, Joshua Porter, Toby Segaran, Jasmina Tesanovic, Russ Weakley, Ben Goodger, Tom Coates (Yahoo!), Bruce Sterling, and Damian Conway.
In between the major conferences, the group runs one day and evening events a regularly throughout the year, featuring both New Zealand and International speakers.
- ↑ Rock Webstock and raise web standards, article in Computerworld (2006-04-06)
- ↑ Web royalty arrive in capital, article in The Dominion Post (2008-02-11)
- ↑ Webstock Flock, article in Idealog #13 (January 2008)
- ↑ Whither the web – experts see fickle future, article in Computerworld (2008-01-30)
- ↑ Third Webstock to attract 550, article in ComputerWorld (2009-02-16)
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