More than 850 web designers, developers and industry leaders from across America, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand, will gather at the Michael Fowler Centre and St James Theatre in Wellington this week as Webstock 2015 kicks off its ninth annual four-day conference.

The brainchild of Natasha Lampard, Mike Brown, Deb Sidelinger and Ben Lampard, Webstock promotes raising the standard of web development through a range of seminars and workshops.

Glenys Coughlan, chief executive at Positively Wellington Venues, says the character of the St James Theatre amplifies the creative quirks of the conference.

“The theatre provides a great juxtaposition between the building’s history and heritage and the cutting edge ideas shared on stage.

“I’ve had a sneak peak at what our team and suppliers are working on, and together they have come up with an event that will be absolutely sensational.

“Events like this are a great opportunity to showcase what makes Wellington so competitive as a destination in the Australasian conventions market.”

Natasha Lampard from Webstock says that the range of international speakers from America, Australia, Canada, UK and New Zealand for Webstock ‘15 have either worked or are working at organisations like Facebook, Twitter, Intel, Uber, Obama for America and the Brooklyn Museum (NY).

“It gives delegates the opportunity to meet and talk with the best in the business, the ones who are shaping the future in the digital space,” Lampard said.

“We have enlisted the expertise of an eclectic range of experts from web designers, film makers, designers, and architects through to engineers, and scientists across the world.

“Wellington is the ideal city for our conference; it has the highest concentration of web-based and digital technology companies in New Zealand and oozes talent.”

The conference will be located in two Positively Wellington Venues, the main plenary sessions will be at St James Theatre’s 100-year-old auditorium, and pre-conference workshops will be held at the Michael Fowler Centre.


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