Win a Ticket to Web Directions South!

One of the most exciting conferences of the year is almost upon us, web friends. The Web Directions South conference in Sydney Australia, part of Australian Web Week, is running from October 6-9 and promises a wealth of interesting and informative talks on everything from Web Fonts and SEO to Canvas programming and developer tools.

Opera running wild in Australia

Opera has a long history of supporting Web Directions events, and this year is no different. We are sponsoring the main conference, and giving numerous talks throughout the week:

  • I am attending the main Web Directions South conference, co-hosting the Ed Directions education workshop, and speaking at WE Rock, WebJam and Ignite Sydney. Phew!
  • Lachlan Hunt is giving Opera's point of view on the State of the Web as a Platform panel
  • Daniel Davis is turning up to meet a lot of new faces, talk the talk and walk the walk, and generally be sociable. He is dedicating a lot of his time to working on Widgets, so should be able to answer any questions you have on those

We are all looking forward to having some great conversations, so come up and talk to us!

Competition time

Ok, here's some exciting news - Opera have a free ticket for the main Web Directions South conference going spare, and we are offering it up as a competition prize.

To get a chance to win, all you have to do is submit an abstract detailing what you would do to showcase the new breed of web standards - CSS 3, HTML 5, SVG, etc. Give us at the minimum some sketches, mockups, etc, and a couple of paragraphs of description, and submit your entry by 23.58 GMT Sunday October the 4th. You can post it on your blog (or in a Google doc, perhaps) and give us the URL below in the comments.

We will then judge the competition and announce the winner on Monday October the 5th.

The only condition is that the showcase idea must work in Opera 10. The winner will be invited to write up their showcase as an article to be published on the front page!

The winner will get their name put down for a free ticket at the door of WDS (please note that we are only supplying the free ticket, not paying for travel costs!)