FFS Tech Conf is a conference that started in London as a “jokey early morning tweet exchange” and became a one-day single-track conference. The original FFS Tech Conf legends are a group of tech professionals who were a little bit done with the typical conference format. In their own words:

“We’ve been dismayed by many recent conferences which seem monopolised by well-meaning and erudite speakers giving convincing presentations on non-controversial subjects, based on opinion rather than experience, delivered to what is effectively an echo chamber of fellow professional presenters and an audience so bamboozled by the intricately constructed arguments that they’re not sure whether or how to challenge what is said.” - FFS Tech Conf

They created a conference where participants could engage in structured rants about their frustration with some of the unnecessary complexity and willful stupidity in software delivery, and where the audience could engage in discussion afterwards. It’s somewhere between an unconf and public forum debate.

We were inspired by this concept and watched intently the twitter action from afar. We decided to bring the concept to Australia, and thus, FFS Tech Conf Down Under was born.

We aim to adhere to the ethos of the original FFS Tech Conf and have been in touch with the original organising team. We hope to be the catalyst for many other FFS Tech Confs around the world and in the other states of Australia.

We’re also very pleased to announce our first sponsor!

We were lucky enough that Stone & Chalk believed in the vision of this and have come on board as the venue sponsor :raised_hands:. They’ve given us the use of the Amphitheatre on the 2nd of February 2019. We’re very grateful to S&C for supporting the vision of the conference and believing in it. Massive shout out to S&C and the fantastic community they’re building, of fintech startups and supporting/adjacent service providers.

We’re live for submissions

Consider this our official “Call for Sessions” :mega:. All sessions must start “FFS…” and last no more than 15 minutes of rant about technology, it’s practice or its use (30 minutes of discussion to follow each rant)

Submit 1 tweet for session proposal using #FFSConfDownUnder or mention @FFSConDownUnder (yeah we couldn’t get the extra F to fit). We’re also taking submissions via a Google Form, but also feel free to get in contact with us about stuff on Twitter.