Fredy Lievano, The power of AI

Fredy is a dedicated technologist with over 10 years’ experience in managing a wide range of digital projects from complex CMS managed websites to mobile apps and digital solutions. His passion for innovation coupled with his rich skill set has driven success in delivering high-traffic application and platforms for clients including the Queensland Fire & Emergency Services, Queensland Health and Mitsubishi Motors Australia. Fredy has a passion for everything digital and a big part of his role is also to drive technical innovation and supporting clients in making appropriate technology choices. His experience of working with Government clients also gives Fredy a solid understanding of accessibility and compliance requirements and deep knowledge when it comes to best practice for development. 

At our Edge of The Web Event this May, Fredy will talk about The power of AI. Tickets are now available for just $99 for a full day at Edge of The Web, where Fredy will join Alexandra Sunqvist, Miles Burke, George Pappas and more to be announced shortly. 

Alex Sunqvist, Accessibility vs innovation

Alexandra has a professional background as an account & project manager which has given her opportunities to work with a variety of companies in both Europe and the Asia-Pacific. An experienced strategic thinker with a drive for creativity, Alexandra has strong communication skills, which in combination with her positive energy have benefited her in creating strong teams as well as enduring relationships with her clients.

With over 10 years’ experience in the digital industry, working in influential agencies, including Deasign and Ogilvy, and world-famous digital consultants, Hyper Island. Her exceptional stakeholder management and relationship skills, in combination with her expansive digital knowledge, has helped her drive large-scale digital projects for government agencies and private sector clients. She’s passionate about guiding clients through digital transformation and placing digital at the core of their business. As the Digital Director at PublicisQ, Alexandra is focusing on building a fully integrated team of digital specialists, supporting the agency to deliver end-to-end solutions that meet rapidly-changing customer expectations.

This May, Alexandra brings her years of experience in the web industry to deliver us 'Accessibility vs Innovation'. Tickets are now available from just $99 for a full day at Edge of The Web, where Alex will join Miles Burke, George Pappas and more to be announced shortly. 

Entry is now CLOSED

Entry is CLOSED

We have being overwhelmed by the outstanding entries into this year's Australian Web Awards, however entry is now closed. Judges have begun the hard task of picking finalists which we will be announced shortly.  Thinking of joining us for the Awards dinner on the Gold Coast? First Release tickets are on sale now! If you are an AWIA member, don't forget to use your members only discount code of all tickets including our Friday, Edge of The Web Awards featuring -

Miles Burke - Managing Director​ - BAM Creative  

George Pappas - Director -  GSquared

Alex Sunquist - Head of Digital Publicis Worldwide 

Fredy Leviano - Technical Lead Publicis Worldwide

Cameron Boardman -CEO of the .au Domain Administration

Australian Web Awards Are Closing Soon!

Have you or your company worked on a quality website in the past year?

Get the recognition and accolades you deserve and nominate it for the 2019 Australian Web Awards!

Categories include:

– Small Business

– e-Commerce

– Government

– Commercial

– Startup

– Social Media

– Innovation

– Education

– Not for Profit

Judged by a panel of industry peers, the national awards recognise excellence in quality web development amongst the best digital agencies in Australia.

Have you worked on a website worthy of nomination? Complete an application online now!

Hurry – Applications close at midnight AEST 31 March 2019.

AWA Workshop Announcement – George Pappas

The Healthy Baker case study

We are proud to announce our second speaker at our Australian Web Awards workshop George Pappas, Director of Web & Social at G Squared, an award-winning digital agency headquartered in Sydney. G Squared works with the likes of Bose, UNSW, Bunnings, Sydney Swans and others in turning digital dreams into reality. The agency has grown to a headcount of 25+ with offices in both Sydney and Brisbane.

During his talk, George will cover

  • Unique brand challenge
  • Research & insights
  • UX challenge & solution
  • UI wins
  • Results   

For ticket information or speaker enquiries, please contact [email protected]

2019 Judging Chair - Jarrad Langdon

Jarrad has always had an interest in computers and design. When he was offered an apprenticeship at a local design firm he keenly embraced the opportunity presented to him. After completing several TAFE courses Jarrad’s talents have resulted in success both locally and internationally. The pinnacle of this success was his gold medal in Website Design at the WorldSkills International Competition, Helsinki 2005.

Apart from being the trip coordinator for Jala Design, Jarrad is now passing on his talents to future designers by teaching design skills within TAFE NSW at the Hornsby Campus. Jarrad has also proudly continued to promote Apprenticeships as an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador. He continues his involvement with WorldSkills Australia as a board member, regional/national judge, regional/national project designer and International Chief Expert.

Jarrad is a proud member of the Parramatta Eels (cue laughter) and attends all home games on a regular basis. In his spare time, he can be found experimenting with eating new foods, sipping on a black coffee or enjoying quiet drinks with mates.

Watch out for his Table Tennis killer slam!


AWA Workshop Announcement – Miles Burke

Why blogging equals awesome marketing

We are excited to announce our first guest speaker of the 2019 Australian Web Awards Workshop event! Miles Burke has been involved in digital marketing since 1994.

Since 2002, Miles has been Managing Director of Bam Creative, an award-winning digital marketing agency based in Western Australia. In 2015, Miles founded employee survey startup, 6Q.

A passionate advocate in the startup ecosystem, Miles has been a mentor for founders in programs such as Focus Upstart, Founders Institute, Fusion Founders and regularly at Startup Weekend Perth.

Miles is the Author of The Principles of Successful Freelancing (SitePoint), previous editor of the widely-read weekly SitePoint Tribune and a sought-after public speaker.

Miles was the Founder and National Chairperson of the Australian Web Industry Association (2002-2012). Previously, Miles was Board Member and Secretary of the Western Australian Internet Association (1999 – 2004), committee member of Western Australia’s premier fashion event, StyleAID, a committee member for a community radio station and committee member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers.

In 2007, Miles was one of the 40 under 40, an award by Business News, and in 2005 he was awarded an award for his ‘contribution to the Western Australian web industry’.

At our May 17 Workshop event, Miles will take us through how his startup, 6Q, attracts millions of readers to their blog and has over 200 page one keywords. In his talk, Miles will share the exact process he uses to create great content and attract customers through the SEO that results.


Contact [email protected] today for ticket information.

Call For Speakers

Increase your industry exposure!

#AusWebAwards2019 is just around the corner and we are now taking applications to participate in our speakers unite event, to be held Friday 17 May 2019 on the Gold Coast. AWIA is now seeking engaging, visionary and innovative speakers for our event, so if you work in the web industry and have valuable experiences, tips, tricks, or advice to share to help us build knowledge, increase efficiencies, stay connected and increase profitability please contact [email protected] today with your Talk title and brief description.

Benefits of Speaking

  • Your session will prominently be featured in marketing outreach sent to thousands of AWIA members and industry professionals
  • Your photo, social media tags and bio prominently featured on both AWIA and the Australian Web Awards Web site, establishing you and your company as trusted and respected industry leaders
  • Complimentary admission to the 2019 Australian Web Awards

For questions or submissions for the 2019 Australian Web Awards, please contact [email protected]

*Please be aware that many of the sessions may be presented in a panel format and/or may feature multiple speakers. The decision to feature multiple speakers in any one session is at the sole discretion of the AWIA board. Please also note that we do not accept any sessions that are product demonstrations or sales pitches.

Rocket Validator announces judging sponsorship

Excited to announce that this year all entrants into the 2019 Australian Web Awards, will recieive a LIFETIME 30% off discount code! 

Rocket Validator's web spider will crawl your site and check up to 5,000 pages for HTML5 conformance and accessibility, with a single click. Schedule as many validations as you need. Just enter the URL to be validated, how many pages to check, and how often you want us to check your sites. You can easily connect your site with Rocket Validator, so an automatic site validation is started when you deploy a new version of your site.

Compatible with Heroku, Netlify, Github Pages, Engine Yard, Cloud66, and other hosting platforms.

Your pages will be checked for HTML markup validation with the W3C's Nu HTML Checker, like in

Each issue found will be shown in its context, including a snippet of the affected code, line and column and link to the source.

For more information about the 2019 Australian Web Awards, contact [email protected]

E-commerce Entries

E-commerce category is for websites whose primary purpose is to sell products or services online.

Validation guidelines -

✔️Content - spellchecked
✔️Page Speed Testing
✔️SSL Certificate - current
✔️Markup - HTML5 with less than three (3) Unique Errors