DevFest Melbourne 2019 Day 1
Sat, Nov 9
Michelle Sandford - There's Always More Pie
I met some Silicon Valley Founders the other day, and I asked what advice they had to give us in Australia, that would help unlock our potential.
They looked at me and said "Y'all need to stop scrapping over pie crumbs and start building more pie factories". #TrueStory
It's a fair point. I moved to Australia because I thought it was the new America. A land of opportunity. The last remaining frontier. The 4th least densely populated country on the planet. And underneath that wide red dessert, all the treasure...
And yet I find myself in a world obsessed with navel gazing. Protecting our borders, trying to hoard everything for ourselves, fighting...as they said, over pie crumbs rather than trying to build anything new.
But we who code are creatives, world builders, legacy leavers. We were not placed here on this rock hurtling through space to grind. We are here to make a difference.
This is a session showing us we are not just nerds, we are superheroes. It's a reminder of who we are and what we are capable of. It's a question in the darkness and it's a call to action.
Who's hungry? I'm baking pie.
Anna Fernandez Romero - Digital Ethics, Privacy & Knowledge
With new technologies arising and big data we need to understand and educate ourselves with the importance of our data, and be careful on where and to who we are providing our information to. I believe we need to build awareness of how our information can be leak out, used and manipulated by big tech organisations, rewards programs and by the health industry.
Andrew Murphy - My job as a software engineer is not to write code
Many software engineers are lead into the false assumption that we are hired to write code. This talk challenges that perception and discusses the real reason we are paid to turn up to work every day.
Coding is fun, but we are paid to solve problems.
I will try and convince you that you can add more value, and have more fun, by concentrating on the problem, not the code.
Michael Milewski / Selena Small - 10x your teamwork through pair programming
Selena and Michael will take you on a roller coaster journey of how to get started and get the most out of pair-programming. Live on stage they will switch from conversational overview straight into acting out various highs, lows, do's and don'ts of pair-programming collaboration. Laughs and tears are guaranteed as the audience connect on the difficulties and ultimately the rewards that can be reaped from teamwork through effective pairing.
Pair-programming, 2 developers writing code collaboratively with 2 keyboards and 1 computer, might feel weird, foreign, or impossible. Pair-programming was popularised through agile methodologies like Kent Beck's Extreme Programming and get's a lot of lip service but many teams fail to implement it effectively and reap its rewards. Come and join us for a demonstration of what it is and how to get the most out of it. Pairing is applicable to writing better agile software or just a great life skill to have to collaborate with other humans.