Our Pick of Australian Tech Conferences for 2016

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With so many great tech conferences every year, it’s hard to know which ones to attend! All facets of startup life is catered for these days; designers, web developers, innovators and startup founders alike. For those of you like us, who don’t have an unlimited travel budget and are trying to narrow down the field, I’m here to help. 2015 is pretty much done and dusted, so it’s probably time we start thinking about what events we’ll be attending next year already. I decided to ask around the BugHerd office to see what events some of our staff are looking forward to. Here’s the list that events that we’d would like to attend most.

Design / UX Conferences

UX Australia

  • 23-26 August, 2016
  • Location: Melbourne
  • Run by: UX Australia

UX Australia conference cover a wide range of UX-related topics – from practical techniques and case studies; to designing experiences for new contexts; to just getting inspired to do great work. They cover a range of technologies (or no technologies at all); and also discuss the perennial problem of getting better work done in large organisations.


  • TBC for 2016
  • Location: TBC
  • Run by: Semi-Permanent

One of the largest events of its type, Semi-Permanent is a creative platform spreading art and design inspiration. It consists of a conference and side events which include exhibitions, competitions, workshops and parties. It’s a week long celebration of all things design. Graphic Design, Film, Art, Illustration, Web Design, Photography, Visual Effects, Animation, Graffiti, Motion Graphics, Stop Motion; all these things and more.

Web Development

Web Directions

  • 2016 TBC (around October)
  • Location: Melbourne and Sydney
  • Run by: John Allsopp / Web Directions

Australia’s digital design, product and engineering conference. Web Directions has for over a decade brought together leading developers, engineers, visual, IxD, UX and product designers, Art and Creative Directors, indeed everyone involved in producing web and digital products to learn from one another, and the World’s leading experts across this vast field.


  • 2016 TBC (around December)
  • Location: Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane
  • Run by: Dave Thomas / YOW!

YOW! Conference typically attract Developers that are serious about staying informed of the latest trends and using that knowledge to create innovative solutions. Take advantage of this melting pot of talent to discuss your own projects.


  • 2016 TBC (around August)
  • Location: Melbourne
  • Run by: AUC (Apple User Consortium)

/dev/world is Australia’s longest running conference for OS X and iOS developers and designers.

LCA By the Bay / Linux Conf

  • 1-5 February, 2016
  • Location: Geelong, Australia
  • Run by: Linux Australia

Linux Conf is the largest linux and open source conference in the Asia-Pacific region. Run annually since 1999, it brings together the Australian, New Zealand and international community for standout presentations, demonstrations and relationship building. It is a deeply technical conference and pre-eminent practitioners in the field, both professionals and hobbyists, are expected to attend. Attracts between 500 to 800 delegates annually. Linux and Open Source conference.

Marketing / Sales

Swarm Conference

  • 2016 TBC (around September)
  • Location: TBC
  • Run by: Alison Michalk & Venessa Paech / Swarm

Australia’s online community management conference connects established experts with new talent for two jam packed days of ideas, inspiration, insights, best practices, networking and collaboration. Swarm brings together professionals from many sectors and walks of life, with a focus on actionable insights.

Startup / Innovation

above all human

  • 29 January, 2016
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Run by: Startup Victoria

above all human is a conference for startup founders, makers, designers and innovators who want to do great things, build innovative products, and be the most effective entrepreneurs they can be. Focusses on not just the technology, but the people responsible for making it all happen.


  • 26-27 November 2016
  • Location: Sydney (Royal Randwick Racecourse), Australia
  • Run by: Freelancer.com

Where tech startup founders and enabling businesses get hyper-connected, inspired, educated and meet co-founders, talent, investors and partners.

Pause Festival

  • 8-14 February, 2016
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Run by: Pause Festival

Pause Fest is the premier creative tech conference and festival for Asia Pacific, a catalyst for innovation, and a uniter of industries: a showcase for the leaders of the world’s future economy.

So that’s just a short list of our favourite conferences for next year (so far!) What are some of your top picks? Leave a comment below to let us know and we’ll add them to the list.

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