Gold Coast, Australia

10 - 13 February 2016


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Katrina Owen

Katrina accidentally became a developer while pursuing a degree in molecular biology. When programming, her focus is on automation, workflow optimization, and refactoring. She works primarily in Go and Ruby, contributes to several open source projects, and is the creator of

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Senator Scott Ludlam

Scott Ludlam is the Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and spokesperson for Communications, Broadband and the Digital Economy, Housing, Nuclear Issues, and Sustainable Cities and is currently one of 11 Australian Greens members of parliament. He was elected to Parliament in November 2007 and again in April 2014.

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Ernie Miller

Ernie's been programming since he was 6, and professionally for the past 18 years or so. He's passionate about creating things, and sees software development as an especially powerful medium for creation. Sometimes he still can't believe that people actually pay us to have this much fun.

He's a Software Engineer at CareZone.

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Saron Yitbarek

Saron Yitbarek is a developer, currently leading the Tech Jobs Academy program at Microsoft. She's also the founder of CodeNewbie, the most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code, and host of the weekly CodeNewbie Podcast, available on your favorite podcasting app.

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Jeff Casimir

Jeff is the Executive Director at the Turing School of Software & Design where he works to open the world of programming to a wider, more diverse, more socially-minded slice of the world. He's been programming since 1999, teaching programming since 2003, co-founded a middle school, created three developer training programs, and dreams of one day being CTO of the United States.

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Dr Nic Williams

He writes blog posts for developers; creates tools, libraries and text editor extensions for developers; and speaks to developers at conferences. He’s the CEO of Stark & Wayne, a consultancy for people who love Cloud Foundry and Jenkins. He has contributed to over 300 open source projects. He is known for creating or curating projects such as Bosh, App Scrolls, Rails Installer, Composite Primary Keys, Choc Top, App Scrolls, Rails TextMate bundle, New Gem, Tab Tab, GitHub Badges, Install Theme for Rails, and Dr Nic’s Magic Models.

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Katie Miller

Katie Miller is a Software Engineer at Facebook London, where she works on Haskell tools for spam fighters. A self-confessed FP addict, Katie co-founded the Lambda Ladies group for women in functional programming. The former Gold Coast journalist can still pump out shorthand faster and more accurately than she can type.

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Kevin Hopkins

Out of sight, out of mind? Helping teams thrive when they’re permanently Out-Of-Office

Kevin Hopkins is a life-long learner, developer, and technology fanatic enjoying work as engineering manager at General Assembly. A resident of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, he's been slinging code remotely while enjoying the outdoors, woodworking, hiking, and wrenching on cars. Kevin loves the educational technology space, and really looks forward to taking part in building new educational products.

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Allison McMillan

Out of sight, out of mind? Helping teams thrive when they’re permanently Out-Of-Office

Allison McMillan is an engineer at General She started developing at a Rails Girls workshop and is now a chapter organizer. Allison was previously a startup founder, a community builder at the University of Michigan, and Managing Director at the Israel on Campus Coalition. She is also a new mom. Allison lives in Washington, DC.

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André Arko

Security Is Hard, But We Can't Go Shopping

André Arko thinks Ruby is pretty neat, and has been using it for nine years. His day job is building web apps and training developers for clients at Cloud City Development in San Francisco. In his remaining time, he leads the Bundler team and thinks about how to make software less terrible.

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Arne Brasseur

Burn Your Idiomatic Ruby

Arne met Ruby back in 2006, it was love on first sight. When not writing code he's juggling, cycling, or supporting initiatives to increase diversity in tech communities. Extensive traveling has given him a deep appreciation of cultural variety and human individuality, something that influences his work daily. Originally from Belgium, his current home base is Berlin, where he can be found brewing fine teas, and pondering the future of open-source and the web.

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John Feminella

Taking Apart Ruby's Object Model

John Feminella is an avid technologist, occasional public speaker, and curiosity advocate. He's the author of several research papers and whitepapers on wireless sensor networks, cloud-based infrastructure, and software engineering. John works on making the web better at Pivotal, and is the cofounder of UpHex, a startup providing analytics management for businesses. He lives in Charlottesville, VA and likes meta-jokes, milkshakes, and referring to himself in the third person in speaker bios.

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Dan Draper

Debugging Diversity

In my career I’ve been on several tech startup journeys. I’ve enjoyed the highs and endured the epic lows of being an entrepreneur. And having learned to code from an early age I now have over 20 years of coding experience. I’ve decided to become a technology communicator to help inspire the next generation of coders.

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Catherine Jones

Debugging Diversity

Cath is a developer at the Digital Transformation Office where she helps reduce the cringe factor of online government services. She is a passionate advocate for diversity in STEM and enjoys discussing ways companies can improve their hiring processes to attract a more diverse range of applicants. She loves to travel the world learning about how people are using technology and tackling the diversity issue. In her free time she likes to tinker with Arduinos, knit and pretend her Great Dane Maggie is the horse she never had as a kid.

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Richard Huang

Rails Performance Tips

Richard Huang is the Founder at Xinmin Labs, he's also a senior engineer who has a strong focus on code quality, problem solving and server performance. He loves contributing to the open source community, has built bullet and rails_best_practices gems.

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Thong Kuah

Code review: Good Practices and Pitfalls

Software developer, wikipedia addict, owner of one white cat, all started with one Wellington coffee a day. Currently a Rails tech lead at Powershop NZ. Loves to solve complex problems with neat code, loves to teach and learn all about programming.

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Paolo Perrotta

Refinements - the Worst Feature You Ever Loved

Paolo Perrotta is the author of "Metaprogramming Ruby". He's been coding for most of his life, building stuff that ranges from embedded to enterprise software, computer games, and web applications. Paolo lives a nomadic life, mentoring software teams throughout Europe. He has a base camp in Bologna, Italy.

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Jess Rudder

Diversity in Tech - It's About More than Just the Hiring Process

When she was 8, Jessica decided she was going to a programmer. She purchased an old computer and spent hours in the green glow of the monitor learning BASIC. Life happened (as it often does) and she she detoured into digital marketing for a decade before regaining her senses and returning to code. She's now a developer for Flatiron School - happily spending her days writing code that helps other people learn to code too.

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Jon Rowe


Tinker. Sailor. Developer. Spy? Originally from a tiny cold island nation, Britain, Jon now lives in Sydney where he spends time sailing the high seas, plotting and working as a gun for hire, I mean freelance Ruby developer. When not working on client work you can find Jon hacking on RSpec (as a core team member), helping other open source projects and working on his own little side project(s).

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Sebastian von Conrad

Event Sourcing, or Why ActiveRecord Must Die

Sebastian is a senior technologist at Envato, where he helps solve difficult technical problems at scale. He takes a special interest in security and application architecture. He is a former Development Manager and Developer, and is currently the President of Ruby Australia. Growing up in Sweden, Australia was about the last place Sebastian ever thought he'd visit, yet alone live. After 7 years and counting, however, he has no plans of leaving--at least not until he actually sees a snake.

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Elle Meredith

Feedback Matters

Elle is a developer at thoughtbot, with more than ten years experience, and a unique background that bridges the gap between the front- and back-end. She has been working with Ruby and Rails since 2007 and as a full time Rails developer since 2009.

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Bianca Gibson

Functional programming for rubyists

Developer at Rubyist, functional programmer, scala enthusiast, akamai-rspec maintainer.

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Tom Ridge

Explicit Tests Tell a Better Tale

Code obsessed, curator of random film facts, Lego connoisseur and that one Emacs guy you know. Tom is a developer at tworedkites and regular source of noise at BrisRuby.

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Enrico Teotti

Build and maintain large Ruby applications

Principal Software Engineer for Pivotal Labs, Enrico has been working in the IT industry for 14 years and with Linux and Ruby for more then 10 years. He worked on Rails projects ongoing for several years within product companies and as a consultant. He's passionate about crafting maintainable software delivering business value using agile methodologies.

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Adam Cuppy

What If Shakespeare Wrote Ruby?

Full-time husband, rubyist and Master of Smile Generation @CodingZeal a Ruby, EmberJS and iOS consultancy. Part-time stage actor and musical theater enthusiast.

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Stella Cotton

Site Availability is for Everybody

Stella Cotton is a Software Engineer at Indiegogo. Coming to software from the financial sector, she’s passionate about democratizing access to capital, creating robust payments systems, and building diverse teams. When she’s not coding, she's an &:conf organizer, beer brewer, and mediocre French speaker.

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