Webstock is a web technology conference held in Wellington, New Zealand featuring a range of high-profile speakers covering a variety of web-related topics such as accessibility, usability, ethnographic design and development practices.
Webstock began in 2005 and was created by a small non-profit group (consisting of Mike Brown, Natasha Lampard (formerly Hall), Debbie Sidelinger and Ben Lampard).
Speakers at the first four-day Webstock in 2006 included Dori Smith, Roger Hudson, Russ Weakley, Rachel McAlpine, Douglas Bowman, Heather Hesketh, Russell Brown (PublicAddress), Tony Chor (Microsoft), Darren Fittler, Kelly Goto, Ben Goodger (Firefox / Google), Rowan Simpson (Trade Me), Donna Maurer, Joel Spolsky, Kathy Sierra, Andreas Girardet (creator of Yoper) and Steve Champeon.
The second Webstock ran from 10–15 February 2008, with speakers including Shawn Henry (W3C), Simon Willison (Django), Scott Berkun, Amy Hoy, Peter Morville, Nat Torkington, Dan Cederholm, Kelly Goto, Michael Lopp, Cal Henderson, Jill Whalen, Russell Brown, Jason Santa Maria, Rachel McAlpine, Sam Morgan (Trade Me), Tom Coates (Yahoo!), Liz Danzico, Damian Conway (Perl), Luke Wroblewski and Kathy Sierra.
The third Webstock ran from 16–20 February 2009, featuring: Jane McGonigal, Nat Torkington, Derek Powazek, Meg Pickard (Guardian Unlimited, Matt Jones and Matt Biddulph of Dopplr, Fiona Romeo, David Recordon (key contributor to OpenID and then Open Platforms Tech Lead for Six Apart), Cameron Adams, Pamela Fox, Adrian Holovaty, Heather Champ (Flickr), Michael Lopp. Ze Frank, Russell Brown, Derek Featherstone, Annalee Newitz, Joshua Porter, Toby Segaran, Jasmina Tesanovic, Russ Weakley, Ben Goodger, Tom Coates (Yahoo!), Bruce Sterling, and Damian Conway.
The fourth Webstock ran from 15–19 February 2010, featuring: Jeff Atwood, Shelley Bernstein, Daniel Burka, Ben Cerveny, Sebastian Chan, Mike Davidson, Regine DeBatty, Esther Derby, Brian Fling, Thomas Fuchs, Adam Greenfield, Lachlan Hardy, Lisa Herrod, Bek Hodgson, Amy Hoy, Mark Pesce, John Resig, Eric Ries, Rives (poet), Kevin Rose, Toby Segaran, Chris Shiflett, Scott Thomas and Jeffrey Veen.
The fifth Webstock ran from 14–18 February 2011.
Speakers:Frank Chimero - The Digital Campfire
Michael Koziarski - That's all well and good, but how does it help me?
Christine Perfetti - Adventurous Usability Techniques: Novel Approaches for the Seasoned Pro
David Recordon - HTML5 at Facebook
Mark Pilgrim - The Future of the Web: where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?
Jason Webley - Portrait of an Artist as an Independent Musician
Nicole Sullivan - CSS Tools for Massive Websites
Jason Santa Maria - On Web Typography
Steve Souders - Web Performance Optimisation: The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Kristina Halvorson - Content/Communication
John Gruber - The Gap Theory of UI Design
Doug Bowman - Delivering Delight
Amanda Palmer talks new music paradigm, blogging, Twitter and life
Speakers:Marco Arment - Contrary to popular beliefs
David McCandless - Information is Beautiful
Glenda Sims - Practical Accessibility Testing
Josh Clark - Buttons Are a Hack: The New Rules of Designing for Touch
Jason Cohen - A Geek Sifts Through the Bullshit
Peter Sunde - The Pirate Bay of Penzance
Michael Lopp - An Engineering Mindset
Tom Coates - Everything the Network Touches
Scott McCloud - Comics: A Medium in Transition
Merlin Mann - Mime The Gap
The sixth Webstock ran from 13–17 February 2012 and was attended by over 800 delegates.
Speakers:Kathy Sierra - MBU: Building the Minimum Badass User
Jeremy Keith - Of Time and the Network
danah boyd - Culture of Fear + Attention Economy = ?!?!
Dana Chisnell - Deconstructing Delight: Pleasure, Flow, and Meaning
Estelle Weyl - Mobile: Don't Break the Web
Erin Kissane - Little Big Systems
Ethan Marcotte - The Responsive Web Designer
Nick Mihailovski - Acting on data
Jennifer Brook - Within Reach: Publishing for the iPad
Matt Haughey - Lessons from a 40-year-old
Lauren Beukes - Kinking Reality
Amy Hoy - Change the game
Matthew Inman - How to get a buttcrapload of people to read what you write
Speakers:Jared Spool - The Anatomy of a Design Decision
Gabriella Coleman - In Lulz We Trust
Scott Hanselman - It’s not what you read, it’s what you ignore
Wilson Miner - When we build
Raffi Krikorian - 3 things that turn out to matter (listed as "Pressure, defense, and responses")
Rob Malda - Slashdot — the rise and fall
Jessica Hische - Typography through song: an historical and epistemological journey
Adam Lisagor - Lonely Pan Flute
Michael B Johnson Making Movies is Harder than it Looks: Building Tools for Telling Stories
Jenn Lim and Tony Hsieh - Delivering Happiness
Derek Handley - Doing Good and Well
Webstock 2017 ran from 13 to 17 February 2017, with masterclasses on the first two days and the conference proper on the last two days. Scheduled speakers were Lindsay Aitchison; Genevieve Bell; Jonathon Colman; Anil Dash; Katie Dill; Janine Gianfredi; Kim Goodwin; Jeff Gothelf; Cal Henderson; Lara Hogan; Indy Johar; Sacha Judd; Tim Kadlec; Darius Kazemi; Patricia Moore; Ashley Nelson-Hornstein; Stefan Sagmeister; Jared Spool; Lisa Welchman; and Marcin Wichary.
In between the major conferences, the group runs one day and evening events regularly throughout the year, featuring both New Zealand and International speakers.