If improving your Web development skills is high on your agenda for 2005, you may want to join the hordes of Web developers from Australia and overseas preparing to descend in Sydney for the annual MXDU conference.

Pitched as an independent conference on Macromedia MX technology, and organised by development and training company Daemon, the event has attracted sponsorship not only from Macromedia, but one of their biggest rivals in the developer tools market, Microsoft.

With online registrations still open, conference spokesperson, Geoff Bowers expects roughly 300 delegates to attend from the Asia Pacific region.

-We’re hoping for 300 — but of course we’ve allowed for a few more than that. Daemon sells something like 50% of all tickets in the last 10 days so its always a mad, nail-biting rush at the end,” Bowers told Builder AU.

MXDU2005 will mark the third year of the Web developers conference to be held in Sydney, with a highly technical focus on Web application development in a laid-back environment.

-MXDU is a cheeky, irreverent learning experience. If delegates come away inspired and with the urge to build beautiful things — we’ve done our job,” Bowers said.

According to Bowers some of the highlights of this years event include talks the recently released ColdFusion 7, mobile flash development, talks by Flash gurus from around the world, and senior product managers visiting Australia for the conference.

-We’ll be the first major event in the world to see the ColdFusion 7 release without the usual shrouds of secrecy. We’ve got none other than Tim Buntel, the Snr Product Manager for ColdFusion, for the Day One Keynote,” Bowers said.

This years event promises more features with organisers adding a networking event, a Banquet, and a day of pre-conference workshops to the conference agenda.

The conference will take place on Thursday 17 February and conclude on Friday 18 February. Pre-conference workshops will take place before the conference.