Media Release

12 March 2015

Change of format for Edge of the Web 2015

The Australian Web Industry Association has decided to pivot on the format of this year’s Edge of the Web conference.

There are two changes:

  • People can attend for free online
  • Due to insufficient ticket sales, there is now no physical presence in Sydney or Melbourne

AWIA Chair Bret Treasure said Edge of the Web remains a content-rich, national conversation about web business, technology and social issues, which most will experience at no cost.

Those in Perth can still book a seat for the ‘in the flesh’ experience, from $99 a day.

“Sometimes you push the envelope and it just slides straight off the desk. The multi-city, multi stream conference we’d constructed may have been a bit ahead of its time; it may also have been hard for people to imagine the ‘one conversation, multiple places’ concept,” Bret Treasure said.

“I’m hoping that free online access will deliver a larger audience and set the scene for another crack at the multiple-city conference next year. I encourage people to visit www.eotw.com.au and get up to date with the latest in web trends and elite Australian talent.”

For more information please contact Bret Treasure on (+61) 4 09 908 133.

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Edge of the Web 2015 mashes hot topics, business models & web technology

Businesses, designers and web developers will engage in an online and multi-city conference at Edge of the Web 2015.

The hybrid conference will be concurrent in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth on March 26 and 27.

This is the first ever attempt at a simultaneous national conversation with collaborative software, about issues and technologies important to the future of the web, web business and web developers.

The program includes Senator Scott Ludlam on Metadata, IBM’s Sanjay Panikkar on how eCommerce and the Internet of Things might intersect and Danish revenge porn victim and activist Emma Holten on consensual and non-consensual nudity.

Participants will discuss digital strategies for real-world businesses, the government’s new open-source and cloud platform, writing viruses in order to understand vulnerabilities, accessibility risks for businesses and developers, changes to domain name management and more.

Interactive sessions will address how companies tackle side projects, foster innovation and manage clients. Other interactive sessions address the state of training and education in the market and some developers will share their favourite short-cuts. All attendees have the chance to pitch a startup idea or their own services.

Edge of The Web 2015 is organised by the Australian Web Industry Association and is supported by PayPal+Braintree and the Central Institute of Technology.

Ticket pricing starts at $99 for AWIA members and $140 for non-members. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.

About Edge of the Web
EOTW is a two-day web conference held concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and online, run by the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA).

http://eotw.com.au

About AWIA
The Australian Web Industry Association educates, advocates and helps members with professional development. It does this through Port80 networking events, the Edge of the Web Conference and the Australian Web Awards.
http://www.webindustry.asn.au

Contact
Bret Treasure
AWIA Chairman
Phone: 040 990 8133

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Internet of Things meets Bitcoin

The Australian Web Industry Association has invited IBM’s Sanjay Panikkar to Australia to speak about IBM and Samsung’s radical proof of concept combining the Internet of Things with the blockchain, the architecture that underpins Bitcoin.

In essence, the concept facilitates communication between objects based on smart (programmed) contracts and potentially, a payment network.

For example, an appliance connected to the Internet maintains a connection to its manufacturer, which tracks its performance. Purchase history and warrantee period are also known, and parts can be automatically ordered before they actually fail.

Your appliances might all have personalities and voices. They’ll all respond to events on the Internet and in your calendar. None of them will crack jokes the day your football team loses.

More seriously, if your mother is on complex medication and if she misses something, there’ll be a series of alerts to different people and perhaps institutions.

The advance in this model is that it avoids the dependency on a cloud infrastructure; by design it is secure, private and anonymous.

Edge of the Web aims to conduct a simultaneous national conversation about issues and technologies important to the future of the web, web business and web developers.

The program includes Senator Ludlam on metadata, Facebook’s lauded React, digital strategies for real-world businesses, the government’s new open-source and cloud platform, writing viruses in order to understand vulnerabilities, consensual and non-consensual nudity, accessibility risks for businesses and developers, corporate hackathons, pitches, changes to domain name management, technology tweaks, better account management, and more.

The conference is run by the Australian Web Industry Association, the professional association that represents web professionals in Australia.

About Edge of the Web
EOTW is a two-day web conference held concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and online, run by the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA).

http://eotw.com.au

About AWIA
The Australian Web Industry Association educates, advocates and helps members with professional development. It does this through Port80 networking events, the Edge of the Web Conference and the Australian Web Awards.
http://www.webindustry.asn.au

Contact
Bret Treasure
AWIA Chairman
Phone: 040 990 8133

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Consensual & non-consensual nudity: hatred, law & social media

The Australian Web Industry Association has invited young Danish journalist Emma Holten to Australia to speak about the issue of consent and how we as an industry could help reconstruct it.

Emma’s computer was hacked and nude photos were stolen and published on the Internet. Her identity was also revealed, so added to the shock of non-consensual publishing, she received voluminous hate-mail. She gave the event considerable thought and decided to take a fresh set of photos and publish them with consent, then made a video about her decision.

A number of questions now arise about this.

Why was Emma the subject of so much misogynous vitriol and what can we do to address that hatred? People active within the Anonymous group have been in touch with Emma and acknowledge that the issue is very real among young males.

Should we be looking at law reform in the area of privacy? At present, the law targets the initial publisher of the material, but it is the re-publishing of the information that causes damage on a large scale.

Could the republishing of material without permission be prevented by the next generation of social media products? And what internet architecture would allow us the ability to retrospectively delete our own photos?

Emma is available for media interviews prior to and during the conference, which is held on March 26 & 27.

Edge of the Web is a conference held concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and online. It aims to conduct a simultaneous national conversation about issues and technologies important to the future of the web, web business and web developers.

The program includes IBM on design thinking, Internet of Things meets Bitcoin, Senator Ludlam on metadata, Facebook’s lauded React, digital strategies for real-world businesses, the government’s new open-source and cloud platform, writing viruses in order to understand vulnerabilities, accessibility risks for businesses and developers, corporate hackathons, pitches, changes to domain names, technology tweaks, and more.

The conference is run by the Australian Web Industry Association, the professional association that represents web professionals in Australia.
About Edge of the Web
EOTW is a two-day web conference held concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and online, run by the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA).

http://eotw.com.au

About AWIA
The Australian Web Industry Association educates, advocates and helps members with professional development. It does this through Port80 networking events, the Edge of the Web Conference and the Australian Web Awards.
http://www.webindustry.asn.au

Contact
Bret Treasure
AWIA Chairman

0409908133