The shape of the day will look roughly like this:

Tables Activity/Ranter Rant Topic
8:00-9:00 Registration  
9:00-9:15 Introduction  
9:20-9:50 Terence Huynh FFS you SHOULD Get a My Health Record Account
9:55-10:25 Richard Bone FFS It’s OK To Leave Some Tools In The Toolbox
10:30-11:00 Andy Kelk FFS I Am Not A Resource
11:05-11:35 Geoff Dunn FFS We Need To Stop Obsessing About Metaphors
11:40-12:10 Katie McLaughlin FFS You Are A Programmer, No Matter Your Language
12:15-1:15 Lunch  
1:20-1:50 Scout Quinn FFS Impostor Syndrome as a Service
1:55-2:25 Ben Theunissen FFS Strong Static Types Won’t Slow You Down
2:30-3:00 Simon Waite FFS Your Startup Is Not In The Artisinal VM Business
3:05-3:35 Steve Morris FFS Javascript Doesn’t Have To Suck
4:40-5:10 Shruti Shah FFS Funding For Startups is Broken
5:15-5:30 Closing  
5:30-6:30 Food and Drinks  
6:30-9:00 Open Space, Lightning Rants  

You’ll notice there is an Open Space / Lightning InstaRant time slot, where attendees can give their own rants. This was an impromptu addition to the line up that worked well in the UK that we will be replicating in Australia. Details of how this will run will be given on the day.

We’re extremely lucky to have an absolutely exceptional line up for speakers/ranters from a wide variety of roles int the Aus tech ecosystem. Below we’ve included some info about some of these amazing rants:

Lightning Rants

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Who’s talking?

POTENTIALLY YOU! Come along, stay to the end, get your rant on!

FFS You SHOULD Get a My Health Record Account.

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Who’s talking?

The one, the only, Terence… the dude who wrote https://alp.fail/ … Absolutely guaranteed to be an interesting rant.

FFS FFS Funding For Startups is Broken.

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Who’s talking?

Shruti Shah is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Silicon Valley Bank where she is currently working with the early stage practice team on strategic partnerships while also developing a new idea for a new type of funding for startups. She was previously the co-founder and COO of Y Combinator backed Move Loot, an online full-service marketplace for buying and selling used furniture, where she led national expansion and general business operations. Over the course of three years, she and her co-founding team raised $22 million dollars to scale the business across the United States. Move Loot was featured in numerous publications including Forbes, TechCrunch, Bloomberg Business Week, CNN, TIME, Fortune and more. Shruti was honored by Forbes as a 2016 30 Under 30 recipient in Retail and E-Commerce and the Aspen Institute as an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar in reimagining capitalism. Shruti earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she earned her Master of Science in Education with a focus on Urban Education from Johns Hopkins University.

FFS I am not a resource.

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Andy is a digital technology leader with 15 years experience in Asia Pacific, Australia and the UK. He offers technology insight to companies supporting their growth in regional and global markets. He has a great track record of delivering IT transformations and delivering business value in fast moving, highly competitive environments. His focus is on building great teams as the foundation of the organisation and managing risk while delivering business effectiveness.

FFS JavaScript doesn’t have to suck.

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Steve is a developer with fifteen years of experience both domestic and abroad, on brown and greenfield projects for the public and private sectors alike. He has worked on a diverse array of software for a variety of organisations in several different sectors. Steve values clarity and transparency and is passionate about finding the right solution for the job. He is contemplating how to encourage his daughter to choose STEM subjects and loves a great Dad joke.

FFS It’s OK to leave some tools in the toolbox

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Who’s talking

Richard started out wanting to make games for a living, but quickly realised that the whole earning a living part was easier said than done. Turning their new found software development skills to web development, they’ve been working flat out for the last 15 years or so.

When they’re not working they spend too much time making props for tabletop RPGs they run, only to have their players decide to investigate literally everywhere else except for where the prop would be found. But they’re not bitter.

FFS We need to stop obsessing over metaphors

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Who’s talking

Geoff, at different times, has been a lead programmer, a lead tester and a project manager. He got the Agile bug nearly 10 years ago and has been applying TDD in a wide variety of legacy code. Working with web services, embedded software and interactive animations. He is now working at ResMed and is helping create quality medical device software. He proudly hasn’t written a goto statement in 25 years. Outside of work he helps officiate rollerderby matches.

FFS You are a programmer, no matter your language

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Who’s talking

Katie has worn many different hats over the years. She has been a software developer for many languages, systems administrator for multiple operating systems, and speaker on many different topics.

When she’s not changing the world, she enjoys cooking, making tapestries, and seeing just how well various application stacks handle emoji.

FFS Imposter Syndrome as a Service

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Who’s talking

Scout is a software developer with a fine arts degree. They currently work for @CodeforAustralia and are a sport fencer (épée primarily but they do enjoy foil and sabre as well).

FFS Your startup is not in the artisanal VM business

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Who’s talking

Simon is the Azure Pro Developer Lead in Sydney for Microsoft. He has more years of experience than he cares to remember in online solution architecture and delivery and has held roles spanning software development, infrastructure architecture and IT operations, and finds modern cloud practices embodied by the DevOps culture to be a sweet spot. During his career Simon has participated in many teams and has a strong understanding of the collaborative nature of successful projects. He enjoys sharing his experience with others and is always happy to chat tech!

FFS Strong Static Types Won’t Slow You Down

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Who’s talking

Ben is a software engineer at REA Group. He loves all things data and has developed a particular soft spot for strong static types. Outside of work he volunteers as a crew member for the Junior Developers Melbourne meetup group and can be spotted supporting the local Melbourne music scene.

And more to come!

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