The Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA)

Formed in 2002 to unite web industry professionals across Australia, AWIA's purpose is to keep members up to date with news, events, resources and best practice, and to build trust and understanding of the Australian web industry.

AWIA has become one of the largest dedicated web industry associations of its kind in Australia. Our monthly networking meetings regularly attract 40-60 individuals from varying cross-sections of the web industry, our occasional speaking events have attracted 150-200 attendees each, and our online communities (Facebook, Twitter, Slack, LinkedIn and Meetups) have over 7,000 active participants and a total of over 40,000 posts.

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Join now, or come along to one of our Port80 meetups where members can tell you about the benefits of joining AWIA. Port80 meetings are held in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, with associated events in Brisbane and Hobart.

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Upcoming Web Industry Events
Mumbrella Digital School @ Mumbrella House
Feb 19 @ 9:00 am – Mar 26 @ 5:00 pm

Screenshot 2018-02-05 13.22.32 Master digital marketing’s key components

Mumbrella Digital School will bring you up-to-speed with digital marketing 101 through a short but intensive six-week course. It offers participants the opportunity to learn directly from experts with substantial professional experience during the evening course, as well as featuring a self-paced online study component.

Mumbrella Digital School is run in partnership with Digital Chameleon. Over the past five years it has given hundreds of media and marketing professionals a significant skills boost.


Beating the Blockers: The Brighter Side of Digital Display and Programmatic


How to Attract and Nurture More Customers with Content Marketing


Social Advertising Essentials: What You Need to Know Now


Demystifying Big Data


The Significantly Changing Face of Search


Mobile Marketing: Connecting with Your Unwired Audience

CASTx18 – Melbourne @ Langham Hotel
Feb 28 @ 8:30 am – Mar 1 @ 5:30 pm

Testing in the Spirit of Burke & Wills

Modern Australia was built on the back of pioneers, from the early European migrants to the explorers like Burke & Wills. These pioneers paved the way for the development of the country into the great nation it is today. They took risks and discovered ways to adapt to the new environments they found.

The world of IT has its own history of pioneers too. Agile, DevOps, IoT and machine learning are just a few of the influences that are changing the way IT systems are built, delivered and consumed. A pioneering spirit would seem to be beneficial in this fast-paced world of change.

Why then is the software testing industry so entrenched in old ideas that serve to keep it standing still rather than breaking the new ground we need to keep pace with the constant technological changes around us?

We want to hear your stories and experiences of being a pioneer within your organisation. How are you breaking new ground, trying new approaches, trailblazing and inspiring others to do the same? Which innovative approaches have worked and which haven’t? Share the good, the bad and the ugly and what you’ve learned along the way.

Join us at our second AST conference in Australasia – not just to drink great coffee in Melbourne – but also to share these stories and inspire a new generation of testing pioneers.

Voice – How voice assistants are going to change search, content and your brand in 2018 @ Blackbird Private Dining & Events
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In 2017 we saw a wave of new tech bringing voice to the core of our digital experiences – Alexa, Google Home and our in car navigation systems have us hooked on “speaking” out loud to find out information.

Typically the realm of hand-busy, eyes-busy domains (ie. the car), voice is now moving beyond the fringe, into the mainstay of our digital experiences, and in 2018 it is set to boom…

Come and hear our industry experts share with us some of the “must-know” information about how voice interactivity will change consumer behaviour, radicalise search and how your brand can start to prepare for the new tidal wave of voice requirements. We’ll hear from industry leading software developers who are designing the voice interfaces you are interacting with and a “conversation designer” (yes, that’s a real job!).

Join us for networking and a panel discussion on how voice assistants are going to change search, content and your brand in 2018.

River City Labs Friday Open House @ The Labs
Mar 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for our monthly open house drinks. On our open house Fridays we open our doors to the community to give everyone a chance to drop in, meet the founders and entrepreneurs who run the Startups that call River City Labs home. Take a tour, walk through our venue and make some new connections.

The event is informal yet a great opportunity to pitch your startup to a captured audience. We have time for approximately 5 Startup Pitches each Friday, so put your hand up when you arrive if you are keen to jump up on the stage. We open up the mic to any Startup willing to pitch to the group This is a formal invitation to our monthly open house celebrations. Take a tour around Brisbane’s biggest tech startup community, speak with high growth QLD-based tech startups over a drink, meet the next Uber or AirBnB and soak in the heart of the Brisbane tech startup scene.

RSVP recommended so we can keep Beery 🍺 well stocked.

Startup Weekend Melbourne @ YBF Ventures
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm – Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm

Get inspired!

The most challenging part of taking an idea from concept to creation is actually starting out. Startup Weekend overcomes this by immersing participants in an encouraging and inspiring environment so the startup magic can happen! Our goal is to connect you with entrepreneurial-minded, enthusiastic people for an exciting weekend of big ideas!

With a vast number of resources and our superstar mentors to guide you, by the end of the weekend you’ll have a whole new wealth of knowledge to continue on with your creation or to apply to your everyday life!

Startup Weekend is your destination for the weekend of March 2nd-4th!

Who is Startup Weekend For?

It doesn’t matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an event that brings all sorts of people together, including:

– aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,

– developers and other tech-related professionals,

– designers of all types,

– anyone with talents/skills in business, sales, finance, legal, health, wellness, mindfulness … anything really

– students from universities and even high schools,

– professionals looking to switch careers,

– passionate visionaries,

– all-time learners.

Your ticket includes:

– Access to the full weekend-long event

– Mentoring by all-stars from the entrepreneurship community

– Tasty meals

– Collaboration with awesome people from across the industry

– All-star judge’s panel lead by startup and entrepreneurial leaders

– Cool goodie bags, from us and our partners

– Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)

– A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days

– And over 60 new awesome Facebook friends!

Do I need to come up with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you don’t have an idea, that’s alright! Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something piques your interest! The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other. If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ: !

Join us for a super exciting weekend!

Questions? Press inquiries? Please email us at

Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech @ QUT Creative Enterprise Australia
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm – Mar 5 @ 5:00 pm

Your creative startup in 54 hours

Do you have a bright creative idea that could disrupt an industry? Know how to turn problems into solutions? Think you have what it takes to launch a business idea in a weekend? Then, listen up. QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) will host Australia’s only Startup Weekend for creative tech!

#SWcreativetech is a 54 hour event where hackers, hustlers and hipsters from creative and tech come together to make their business idea a reality. It’s a high energy weekend, where you’ll be able to meet new people, pitch an idea or join a team, and launch a business, all in one weekend.

Join forces with other developers, designers, entrepreneurs and technologists to build real solutions to the world’s most pressing problems in one crazy weekend and get a taste of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. Fuelled by knowledge, passion, enthusiasm (and some great food and drink!), it’s a fantastic way to make great ideas happen.

What’s included in your ticket?

7 delicious meals over the course of the weekend

Snacks and refreshments

Startup Weekend t-shirt

Opportunity to pitch in front of top founders

Access to some of the Australia’s best startup mentors

A network of new local developer, designer, educator, student & entrepreneurial friends

Creative coworking space in the heart of QUT’s Creative Industries Precinct

Opportunity to win some cool prizes

An awesome portfolio mention

What is creative tech?

In its simplest form, creative tech is the intersection of creativity and technology. Through the interplay of cross-cutting ideas in art, fashion, screen, advertising, product design, digital media, multimedia, games, computing, robotics, engineering and electronics, creative tech is connecting the physical and digital worlds in completely new ways.

Areas where creative entrepreneurs are at the forefront of tech adoption include:

Wearable technology

Digital media

Music tech

Film tech

Virtual and augmented reality

Internet of things

Fashion tech

Virtual marketplaces

3D printing


Multi-sensory experiences

Right across the sector, creative tech startups are continually one step ahead as new technology is developed with a creative mindset. While the potential of this new arena is still being fully realised, already companies including Canva, Cardly, Oculus Rift, Shoes of Prey, Unity Technologies and Holition are leading the way.

These organisations operate on scalable models that not only improve accessibility to their products and services, but also deliver integrated user experiences…And this is just the beginning.

Unsure if Startup Weekend is right for you? Join us for an information session and workshop to find out more about the event and explore ideas you may want to bring to the weekend!

Thursday 15 February, 3.30pm-5pm at QUT Foundry, register for free here

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