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Machine Learning in Medicine, and Insights from TechXLR8 – BuzzConf Night: Melbourne, August 31

Rick will be hosting the next instalment of BuzzConf Nights on 31st August. Join us for an evening of Machine Learning, and a look back over the events of London’s TechXLR8 conference. 

We’ll also have updates on the schedule and ticket availability for the BuzzConf Technology Festival. 

If you want a little taste of what the BuzzConf festival is all about, this event is a great place to start. You can also see videos from many of our events on YouTube. (don’t forget to Subscribe!)

Held in The Loop Bar in Melbourne, there will be plenty of options to eat and drink late into the night!

RSVP on meetup.com

Agenda

6pm – Drinks and socialising
7pm to 8:00pm – Technical presentations and demos
8:00pm until late – Music, drinks, and party

Presentations

Doctor Digital will see you now – Karin Verspoor 

Machine learning — the use of computational algorithms to find patterns in data — is increasingly being deployed in clinical contexts to support diagnosis and treatment decisions. In the context of growing volumes of clinical data available in electronic form, there is an opportunity to realise dramatic changes in the practice of medicine through the application of large-scale health data analytics and predictive modeling. This talk will introduce a vision for the use of data-driven methods in health, while also raising important questions about the implementation of this vision: is it conceivable that one day your doctor might be replaced by a digital system? What are the risks?

Karin Verspoor is a Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems and Deputy Director of the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre at the University of Melbourne. Trained as a computational linguist, Karin’s research primarily focuses on extracting information from clinical texts and the biomedical literature using machine learning methods to enable biological discovery and clinical decision support. Karin has held numerous research posts in the US and Australia, as well as spending 5 years in AI start-ups during the US Tech bubble around Y2K. 

The Future of Technology: Insights from TechXLR8 London – Diego Tognola 

TechXLR8 is an annual conference covering AR/VR, IoT, 5G, AI, robotics, drones, Blockchain etc. It was one of the main events of London Tech Week in June 2017. This presentation will cover highlights from first hand experience, show floors and various talks from this event. 

You will hear about supersonic transport, autonomous drones, robots that smile, connected AI, live music in VR, 3D holograms and UK’s response to Iron Man. There will be examples of how the new technologies are being used in commercial applications and a selection of miscellaneous products and developments worth knowing about. 

Diego Tognola is a Principal Technologist at ThoughtWorks, having worked in software delivery since gaining his doctorate in pure Mathematics in 1998. He spends his free time developing a way to “see sound and hear images”. Diego holds a US patent and is committee member of the Melbourne Audio Engineering Society. 

New technologies will reshape our workplaces, society and cities sooner than we think. By sharing his impressions from TechXLR8, Diego hopes to raise awareness for this future among the broader community. 

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BuzzConf Festival 2017

Have Something to Say?

We’re always on the look out for presentations, discussions and demonstrations for BuzzConf Nights. If you have something you’d like to share, please get in touch. You don’t need to have a tonne of experience, just a willingness to share your passion.

Have Something to Show?

You’ll occasionally see a robot spider body, or LED list helmet at BuzzConf events. If you have some exciting tech that you’d like to bring, please do! There’ll be plenty of time during before and after the talks to show it off. 

See you in the future!


Keep tuned by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and by joining our mailing list today.

Promote your business at BuzzConf events

BuzzConf events are held all over Australia, and supporting BuzzConf in 2017 gives you access to them all! It’s a fantastic opportunity for you or your business to reach hundreds of the country’s most passionate and talented technology enthusiasts. Find out more on our website, or send us an email so we can help you reach Australia’s top tech talent through the many BuzzConf events in 2017.

The Web Meetup: Rapid Prototyping our Digital Future, Better Retrospectives, & Junior Developers

On the 8th August Rick will be hosting the next event for The Web Meetup.

The goal of The Web Meetup is to promote collaboration and a better understanding of the disciplines associated with working on The Web. It’s through an understanding of how to improve communicate and realising where our different roles and skills overlap that we can produce better quality applications and websites, and make our work more enjoyable.

Thanks to our sponsors Zendesk, Loud&Clear, All Squares, and RateMyAgent there will be lots to eat and drink; we have great presenters lined up; and there will plenty of opportunity to network and socialise at the event and at the Mitre Tavern afterwards.

RSVP on Meetup.com

Agenda

18:00 – Doors open, food arrives
18:45 – Presentations
20:00 – Finish drinks at Zendesk and head to the Mitre Tavern

The Presentations

Rapid prototyping our Digital Future 

Sun Ju Choi & Jakub Kozakiewicz

Over the last few decades, the onset of mass digitisation throughout the technological world has created many examples of disruption. Some of this has led to the extinction of products, services and companies and it’s also been responsible for the complete restructuring of multiple industries. Because of this, digital technology and the pace at which it is advancing can be scary.

It doesn’t need to be.

Advancements in digital technology present never-ending opportunity for improvement; improvements in how we run our organisations, improvements in peoples’ lives and improvements in the environment. Aurecon’s Digital team is here to use technology to drive positive change in the built environment.

Aurecon’s Digital team has a single focus, on understanding and utilising digital innovation. We actively explore emerging trends and technologies, but ultimately it is about applying technology differently, in a way that has a meaningful impact. We do so through rapid prototyping, adopting an agile methodology and a fail fast approach.

Through Sun & Jakub’s presentation you will get an understanding of the process for delivering prototypes, and some recent examples of their work.

Sun is a developer at Aurecon, bringing ideas to life to design a better future. Sun is working closely with the Digital Futures team to develop solutions using emerging digital technologies, and is a passionate advocate for agile, data, the Internet of Things and design thinking.

Jakub recently joined Aurecon’s digital team as a web developer and designer. His day to day consists of delivering web based prototypes and investigating emerging technological trends, such as cloud computing, Internet of Things, data visualisation and data analytics. He is passionate about web development and good design, Jakub is using his skills to combine the two disciplines to help the business develop products which are accessible and easy to use.

When is a Retro not a Retro 

Gretchen Pitt 

Ever come out of a Retro and thought ‘what was the point of that?’ Or have gone into a Retro and someone has asked ‘What actions did we do from the last one?’ only to realise there were no actions.

Retrospectives are so important as we learn and grow, but if there is no definable outcomes then why should we do them?

Gretchen will explore how we can make a retro better, offer some different styles and hopefully make people think why retros are so important.

Gretchen Pitt is an experienced Agilist having worked within Agile teams for the last 9 years in the titles of QA Engineer, Business Analyst and Product Owner. She enjoys facilitating meetings, training others and also presenting. Her customer service background has served her well in the world of software development with the ability to guide team members back to the customers’ needs. 

Gretchen’s other interests include health and nutrition, world events, and cats. She has a very broad knowledge of different topics and is always open to learning.

Helping junior developers help you 

LJ Kenward & Luke Mesiti

Unsure of how to onboard junior developers? Not sure if you have the recourses to accomodate them? Don’t think you need them?? Whether it’s bootcampers, uni grads, or self-taughters, there are an increasing amount of enthusiastic junior developers wanting to work with you. However, making sure you have the appropriate program in place to support them is key to their success in your team. This talk will outline practical steps that you can take to make this happen. You’ll hear about why it’s important to have juniors in your team, how you can help get them up to speed, and ways product owners and managers can help facilitate their onboarding process.

From mining truck driver to bootcamp graduate LJ’s journey into software has been much less traditional than most. LJ is currently working as a graduate developer at Xero and last year earned a spot on the Catalyst Startup (https://twitter.com/Catalyst_au) trip. LJ is an energetic member of the Melbourne meetup community, both as attendee and facilitator. She runs the Free Code Camp Melbourne meetup and co-organises Junior Developers Melbourne meetup events.

With a background in IT administration Luke sidestepped into software 3 years ago. After completing a bootcamp in his hometown Sydney he migrated south and began his new career in Melbourne. Luke is currently a developer at Xero and a co-organiser of Junior Developer Melbourne meetups. He has a keen interest in softwares ability to bring people together and be an instrument for change in the community.

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Getting started with AI and Machine Learning, & Playing with Drones – BuzzConf Night: Melbourne, July 27

Rick will be hosting the next instalment of BuzzConf Nights on 27th July. Join us for an evening of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and Drones flying around the bar!

If you want a little taste of what the BuzzConf festival is all about, this event is a great place to start. You can also see videos from many of our events on YouTube. (don’t forget to Subscribe!)

Held in The Loop Bar in Melbourne, there will be plenty of options to eat and drink late into the night!

RSVP on meetup.com

Agenda

6pm – Drinks and socialising
7pm to 8:00pm – Technical presentations and demos
8:00pm until late – Music, drinks, and party

Presentations

Transmoggifying Balrog with Artificial Intelligence — Michael Ensly

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence has made some major advances in recent years, but far from the cutting edge is the AI for the masses. This talk will show you the journey of how yesterday’s AI came to be in today’s applications, and how today’s AI can be applied to your future applications.
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Drones — Just a mean to an end — Maayan Dermer

Maayan will try to give us an unseen perspective from the Defence point of view over the UAV industries, how different consideration and limitation are been looked at, how problems are solved and where the industry in heading to.
We’ll fly a microdrone around the bar, too!

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BuzzConf Festival 2017 announced

We’ve recently announced BuzzConf 2017… check out the promo video we threw together!

Have Something to Say?

We’re always on the look out for presentations, discussions and demonstrations for BuzzConf Nights. If you have something you’d like to share, please get in touch. You don’t need to have a tonne of experience, just a willingness to share your passion.

Have Something to Show?

You’ll occasionally see a robot spider body, or LED list helmet at BuzzConf events. If you have some exciting tech that you’d like to bring, please do! There’ll be plenty of time during before and after the talks to show it off. 

See you in the future!


Keep tuned by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and by joining our mailing list today.

Promote your business at BuzzConf events

BuzzConf events are held all over Australia, and supporting BuzzConf in 2017 gives you access to them all! It’s a fantastic opportunity for you or your business to reach hundreds of the country’s most passionate and talented technology enthusiasts. Find out more on our website, or send us an email so we can help you reach Australia’s top tech talent through the many BuzzConf events in 2017.

BuzzConf is looking for technologists and innovators for the 2017 Festival

The BuzzConf Festival is coming soon…

and we’re looking for innovators, technologists, futurists and entertainers!

Whether you want to give a talk, run a workshop, lead a kids track session, or entertain the masses during our technology festival, we want to hear from you.

Find out what makes BuzzConf different at https://buzzconf.ioor get inspiration from last year’s submissions at https://archive.buzzconf.io/festival-2016

The call for presenters runs until August 4th, so send us your idea soon; and don’t worry, you’ll still have plenty of time to flesh out the details before the festival in December! Tell us about your idea 

Suggest a topic or presenter

Even if you don’t fancy getting up and talking yourself, you may know someone who you would love to see at this year’s festival — so let us know and we’ll get in touch with them for you! Suggest a speaker or topic

Find out more at https://buzzconf.io/call-for-presenters

See you in the future!

The Future of Smartphones, VR in Psychology, and HTC Vive demos from Academy Xi – BuzzConf Night: Melbourne, June 22

Rick will be hosting the next instalment of BuzzConf Nights on 22nd June. Join us on 22nd June for an evening of Virtual Reality as applied to clinical psychology, The Future or Smartphones and VR Demos from the recent graduates of an Academy Xi course.

If you want a little taste of what the BuzzConf festival is all about, this event is a great place to start. You can also see videos from many of our events on YouTube. (don’t forget to Subscribe!)

Held in The Loop Bar in Melbourne, there will be plenty of options to eat and drink late into the night!

RSVP on meetup.com

Agenda

6pm – Drinks and socialising
7pm to 8:00pm – Technical presentations and demos
8:00pm until late – Music, drinks, and party

Presentations

VR as applied to Clinical Psychology – Les Posen

Les Posen is a Melbourne based clinical psychologist who has been treating anxiety disorders for 30 years.

He is one of the few local psychologists to be an early adopter of technologies in practice, and is currently on several advisory groups working with mental health professionals to better deliver treatments via innovative technologies.

In 2001, he became one of the first psychologist to employ VR in clinical work using the VFX3D headset, Windows XP, and proprietary software developed at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

More recently, he has been an advisor and beta tester for a Spanish startup which earnt a gong from the Rothenberg ventures first startup accelerator program.

Tonight. He’ll demo some of the environments he uses and discuss some of the advantages and pitfalls of VR in there clinical context.

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The Future of Smartphones – Kruti Patel

Autonomous cars, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and many others are now constantly in media. But almost overlooked, there’s something else that is growing at a crazy speed; Smartphones! In the last 10 years, mobile technology has grown exponentially. In 2007 when the iPhone was launched followed by Android in 2008 we had no idea it was going to kill Nokia and Blackberry phones.

Since the beginning of smartphones, there has been incredible technological updates from better and smarter sensors to connectivity and now the new upcoming tech WiMAX. I will be discussing the upcoming technologies within the mobile world including Google Tango an augmented reality platform, location services, Miniscule, WiMAX and many more.

After receiving her degree in Computer Engineering from Gujurat University in India, Kruti began primarily developing software across the Android platform, dabbling in J2EE, JavaScript and Hibernate along the way. Kruti has been responsible for deploying a whole range of Android applications, specifically for mobile, throughout her time at Isobar.

HTC Vive demos from Academy Xi’s Virtual Reality Design Program

The Virtual Reality Design Program runs over 10 weeks and will provide attendees with the knowledge and practical skills to be able to make or break into this fascinating industry that is on the verge of burgeoning growth.

Led by highly experienced and well regarded experts in VR & AR and guided by a number of industry mentors students will solve a problem in a commercial application and also have a chance to create their very own VR experience.

Come and see the results from the latest graduates!

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BuzzConf Festival 2017 announced

We’ve recently announced BuzzConf 2017… check out the promo video we threw together!

Have Something to Say?

We’re always on the look out for presentations, discussions and demonstrations for BuzzConf Nights. If you have something you’d like to share, please get in touch. You don’t need to have a tonne of experience, just a willingness to share your passion.

Have Something to Show?

You’ll occasionally see a robot spider body, or LED list helmet at BuzzConf events. If you have some exciting tech that you’d like to bring, please do! There’ll be plenty of time during before and after the talks to show it off. 

See you in the future!


Keep tuned by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and by joining our mailing list today.

Promote your business at BuzzConf events

BuzzConf events are held all over Australia, and supporting BuzzConf in 2017 gives you access to them all! It’s a fantastic opportunity for you or your business to reach hundreds of the country’s most passionate and talented technology enthusiasts. Find out more on our website, or send us an email so we can help you reach Australia’s top tech talent through the many BuzzConf events in 2017.

VR/AR for fun & profit, and Psychedelic Therapy – BuzzConf Night: Melbourne, May 25

Rick will be hosting the next instalment of BuzzConf Nights on 25th May. Join us for an evening of Virtual and Augmented Reality presentations and demos; and groundbreaking health treatments using psychedelic therapy.

If you want a little taste of what the BuzzConf festival is all about, this event is a great place to start. You can also see videos from many of our events on YouTube. (don’t forget to Subscribe!)

Held in The Loop Bar in Melbourne, there will be plenty of options to eat and drink late into the night!

RSVP on meetup.com

Agenda

6pm – Drinks and socialising
7pm to 8:00pm – Technical presentations and demos
8:00pm until late – Music, drinks, and party

Presentations

 

VR/AR for fun and profit  – Alex Mackey and Lars Klint

Augmented and virtual realities are here to stay, but what can you build and how? Alex and Lars will unpack the most popular .Net and web framework techniques to get you up to speed on the current state of AR and VR, as well as the ground-breaking mixed reality device – Microsoft HoloLens.

Learn how VR got started, is currently being used and how you can get involved and we’ll dive into holographic programming with the HoloLens development toolkit. Get a head start in this new branch of technology that keeps pushing the boundaries of user experiences. This talk is full of facts, fantastic jokes and foolproof demos (yeah, right!).

Alex Mackey is a Dev lead, author, speaker, dad. Founded DDDMelbourne conference, likes CrossFit, caffeine and cat videos.

Lars Klint is an author, trainer, Microsoft MVP, community leader, authority on all things Windows Platform and part time crocodile wrangler.

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Psychedelichiatry: Brave New World or Marriage of Heaven and Hell – Dr Prashanth Puspanathan

One of the most promising and exciting therapeutic options in Psychiatry to have emerged in recent years is a hark back to an ancient medicine; The healing power of Psychedelics. Mystical, often poorly understood, and ladled with both the pedigree and stigma of history in equal measure, research into psychedelics and their therapeutic benefit has expanded in recent years and is claiming a place in environments as disparate as therapy rooms and Sillicon Valley.

This discussion will introduce Psychedelics and their historical significance, explore some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding them and present the international research that is seeing Psychedelics transition from hippy fairydust to hospital grade medicine…and even techworld tonic.

Dr Prash works in the psychiatry department of a major metropolitan hospital. His primary intellectual and research interest is in the therapeutic use of psychedelics and their potential role in psychotherapy. He sits on the clinical advisory board of The Australian Psychedelic Society and runs the research discussion group Psychonauts Onymous, bringing together individuals professionally or intellectually connected to the psychedelic paradigm. When not pontificating on the topic at talks and conferences, he is actively seeking your money, or that of your philanthropist grandparents, to help get psychedelic research off the ground in Australia.

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BuzzConf Festival 2017 announced

 

We’ve recently announced BuzzConf 2017… check out the promo video we knocked up!

Have Something to Say?

We’re always on the look out for presentations, discussions and demonstrations for BuzzConf Nights. If you have something you’d like to share, please get in touch. You don’t need to have a tonne of experience, just a willingness to share your passion.

Have Something to Show?

You’ll occasionally see a robot spider body, or LED list helmet at BuzzConf events. If you have some exciting tech that you’d like to bring, please do! There’ll be plenty of time during before and after the talks to show it off. 

See you in the future!


Keep tuned by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and by joining our mailing list today.

Promote your business at BuzzConf events

BuzzConf events are held all over Australia, and supporting BuzzConf in 2017 gives you access to them all! It’s a fantastic opportunity for you or your business to reach hundreds of the country’s most passionate and talented technology enthusiasts. Find out more on our website, or send us an email so we can help you reach Australia’s top tech talent through the many BuzzConf events in 2017.

The Web Meetup: Web Accessibility, Everyone should be a Designer and Listening like you mean it!

On the 9th May Rick will be hosting the next event for The Web Meetup.

The goal of The Web Meetup is to promote collaboration and a better understanding of the disciplines associated with working on The Web. It’s through an understanding of how to improve communicate and realising where our different roles and skills overlap that we can produce better quality applications and websites, and make our work more enjoyable.

Thanks to our sponsors Zendesk, Loud&Clear, All Squares, and RateMyAgent there will be lots to eat and drink; we have great presenters lined up; and there will plenty of opportunity to network and socialise at the event and at the Mitre Tavern afterwards.

RSVP on Meetup.com

Agenda

18:00 – Doors open, food arrives
18:45 – Presentations
20:00 – Finish drinks at Zendesk and head to the Mitre Tavern

The Presentations

Digital Accessibility 101

Allison Ravenhall

The way you code can affect a person’s ability to use your website or app. A quick look at standards, interaction patterns and some things devs can do to code more accessibly.

Allison Ravenhall has worked in IT since 2000, in enough roles to fill a bakery: tester, web dev, team lead, architect, usability and UX consultant, technical writer, trainer, and accessibility consultant. Allison is a Digital Accessibility Sensei at Intopia, helping organisations design and build inclusive websites and apps.

Listen like you mean it

Rohan Irvine

Creating better experiences is about getting to the heart of the problems your users, colleagues and clients have early in the design process. Rohan Irvine, UX Researcher at REA Group, takes you through the techniques learned studying Behavioral Science. You’ll learn how to listen like you mean it so you can create meaningful experiences which solve real problems.

Rohan Irvine is a UX Researcher at REA Group where he designs, facilitates and analyses research for realestate.com.au and other REA Group products. In 2015, he founded UX Gatherings—a monthly event for Melbourne’s UX community. Rohan facilitates UX workshops at General Assembly and Academy Xi, and is currently adding to his plant collection.

Everybody should be a Designer

Amelia Schmidt

Amelia Schmidt explores what design thinking can do for business and engineering. Amelia will show us why “UX Designer” is not just a job title, and explain why following design thinking and user-centred methodologies is best practice — no matter what kind of work you do.

Amelia is a connector, facilitator, creative maker, innovator and empathy machine. She speaks engineer, design, content and business, and is a passionate advocate for best practice and excellence in user experience.

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Insertables, Web VR, HTC Vive Demos, and Geek Pop! – BuzzConf Night: Melbourne, April 27

Rick will be hosting the next instalment of BuzzConf Nights on 27th April. Join us for an evening of presentations about emerging technologies, VR demos, live music, and socialising with top techies in Melbourne.

This session is packed with interesting topics – Web VR, Insertables, an HTC Vive multi-user demonstration, and live music from Geek Pop singer-songwriter Meri Amber

If you want a little taste of what the BuzzConf festival is all about, this event is a great place to start. You can also see videos from many of our events on YouTube.

Held in The Loop Bar in Melbourne, there will be plenty of options to eat and drink late into the night!

RSVP on meetup.com

Agenda

6pm – Drinks and socialising
7pm to 8:00pm – Technical presentations and demos
8:00pm until late – Music, drinks, and party

Presentations

Insertables – Kayla Heffernan

Over the last century the body has emerged as a platform for devices, including internal medical devices and wearable fitness monitors. Within the last decade individuals have begun voluntarily inserting non-medical devices into their bodies. What are people putting in their bodies and why? Are insertables the next thing?

Kayla J Heffernan is a UX designer at SEEK who is also undertaking her PhD in interaction design at The University of Melbourne exploring a new category of device: insertables – devices that go in, through and underneath the skin.

Web VR – Making VR magic with JavaScript – Patrick Cantanzariti

WebVR is gaining some serious momentum as a viable way of building and delivering VR experiences. It might seem like an odd pairing, bringing the web, browsers and JavaScript together with VR, but it really does make more sense than people initially think. PatCat will look at the advantages of WebVR and how anyone can easily get started making WebVR applications today. You can do some really cool stuff with it already! He’ll be bringing a live demo or two!

PatCat is the founder of Dev Diner, a site that helps developers navigate the world of emerging tech such as virtual and augmented reality, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and wearables. He is a SitePoint contributing editor for emerging tech, an instructor at SitePoint Premium and O’Reilly, a VR/AR mentor at the University of New South Wales, a Meta Pioneer and freelance developer who loves every opportunity to tinker with something new in a tech demo.

Live music with Meri Amber

Meri Amber is a geek pop singer-songwriter. Think lasers, kazoos and ninja style world domination. Her sound can be likened to a mesh of bright pop with a smidgen of 90s punk rock stirred in, topped off with a generous sprinkling of pop culture samples and computer game synths.

She’s performed at events as varied as comic conventions, to shows alongside puppets, magicians and medieval swordsmen, doing pre-show foyer entertainment for acts like the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular and Flight of The Conchords.

“Like nothing we at OpJam have heard before! Meri Amber is like a comic book Taylor Swift, writing sassy tunes that stay in your head” – OPJAM

Here’s one of our favourite songs about VR from Meri: Headboxes.

 

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Have Something to Say?

We’re always on the look out for presentations, discussions and demonstrations for BuzzConf Nights. If you have something you’d like to share, please get in touch. You don’t need to have a tonne of experience, just a willingness to share your passion.

Have Something to Show?

You’ll occasionally see a robot spider body, or LED list helmet at BuzzConf events. If you have some exciting tech that you’d like to bring, please do! There’ll be plenty of time during before and after the talks to show it off. 

See you in the future!


Keep tuned by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and by joining our mailing list today.

Promote your business at BuzzConf events

BuzzConf events are held all over Australia, and supporting BuzzConf in 2017 gives you access to them all! It’s a fantastic opportunity for you or your business to reach hundreds of the country’s most passionate and talented technology enthusiasts. Find out more on our website, or send us an email so we can help you reach Australia’s top tech talent through the many BuzzConf events in 2017.

The Web Meetup: Chat with W3C, Crowdsourced Testing, Digital Disruption, and Imposter Syndrome

On the 11th April Rick will be hosting the next event for The Web Meetup.

The goal of The Web Meetup is to promote collaboration and a better understanding of the disciplines associated with working on The Web. It’s through an understanding of how to improve communicate and realising where our different roles and skills overlap that we can produce better quality applications and websites, and make our work more enjoyable.

Thanks to our sponsors Zendesk and All Squares, there will be plenty to eat and drink; we have great presenters lined up; and there will plenty of opportunity to network ad socialise.

RSVP on Meetup.com

Agenda

6pm – Doors open, food arrives
6:45 – Presentations
7:45 – Finish drinks at Zendesk and head to the Mitre Tavern

The Presentations

Chat with W3C
Karen Myers

This is an opportunity to chat about latest web technology developments and meet with W3C global staff member Karen Myers who is visiting Australia.

Karen Myers is the Business Development Lead, Americas and Australia and Media and Analyst Relations. She manages Membership recruiting activities for the Americas and Australia and oversees global media and analyst relations at W3C. She has consulted for a diversity of technology clients including Akamai, Allaire, Aprisma, Axis, CMGI, Digital, Comdial,Computer Associates, Heidelberg, IBM, Information Builders, KPMG, and Unisys.

I’m an imposter because…
Peter Wilson

Imposter Syndrome. It’s not new and anyone can get it, be they royalty, an American founding father or – in modern times – web professionals of all stages in their career and of all disciplines.

Peter will talk objectively about his own experience and attempt to separate the real from the imagined.

Peter Wilson is a web developer with 20 years experience. He has a healthy obsession with CSS, PHP and keeping the web fast. Peter is an engineer at Human Made where he makes websites that scale. He has worked on a range of sites for companies over three continents.

Crowdsourced testing and digital disruption
Jen Gorshkova

As technology rapidly advances and disruption ripens, the quality of applications should improve at the same rate. It’s predicted that in the future, 20% of the world’s testing will be done via the crowd. Crowdsprint enables crowd testers and businesses from start-ups to enterprise firms, who want their apps and websites tested, to participate in digital transformation. Crowdsprint enables businesses to test all digital products at scale, faster, easier and cheaper to create better outcomes for their customers.

Jen Gorshkova is a Business Manager at Revolution IT that is responsible of promoting, growing and educating the Australian market on crowdsourced testing. Crowdsprint is a global crowdsourced testing platform, a new emerging way of testing mobile, web and cloud-based applications.

Mixed Reality and Art, and Designing Smart Cities – BuzzConf Night: Melbourne, March 30

Rick will be hosting the next instalment of BuzzConf Nights on 30th March in Melbourne.

This session will have a great range of interesting topics – Mixed Reality, Art, and Smart Cities.
If you want a little taste of what the BuzzConf festival is all about, this event is a great place to start. You can also see videos from many of our events on YouTube.

Held in The Loop Bar in Melbourne, there will be plenty of options to eat and drink late into the night!

We’ll be holding similar events all over Australia, so if you’re not in Melbourne but would like to be involved in one of the other events just let us know!

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Agenda

6pm – Drinks and socialising
7pm to 8:00pm – Technical presentations and demos
8:00pm until late – Music, drinks, and party

Presentations

Mixed Reality and Art: The Quest for Balance – Jennie Rosenbaum

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are this year’s hottest buzzwords when it comes to art. Are they just gimmicks or is there something deeper behind the work? When artists can create whole immersive worlds or blur the line between the digital and the real what we have to say is still of the most importance. J Rosenbaum is a digital artist working in 3D Modeling and Augmented Reality with Machine Learning based interactions. Join us as they unpack what new technology brings to art and what artists bring to new technologies.

J. Rosenbaum is a contemporary figurative artist working in 3D modeling and exploring the boundaries of technology and art. Their most recent work has been in exploring the nature of Non Binary Transness and their own genders and sexuality. Well known for being a painter of nudes, Rosenbaum has recently completed a masters degree and changed focus to more technologically based digital art using physics based rendering, Deep Neural Networks and Unity to develop an Augmented Reality mobile application. Following a car accident that impaired Rosenbaum’s mobility they have turned their mind inwards exploring the nature of humanity, religion and gender through art. The human body has always been a source of fascination in Rosenbaum’s art with a focus on mythical and archaeological stories driving their progress. This fascination has continued with their newest Computer Generated works with a basis in classical art and history. J is an American working from their home in Victoria, Australia with their partner and child and two cats.

Designing Smarter Cities – Jacob Lindsay

Our cities are being layered with many types of hardware and software sensors, internet of things and internet of everything. This new domain of digitally integrated urban space has become to be known as a smart city. This new type of city is fundamentally a different space to how we used to experience it decades ago – one where digital systems have a very real impact on how we experience and navigate our cities. Jacob will be discussing his work with Creative Suburbs, Code for Australia and with Aurecon looking at the combination of the digital and physical, and how we as designers can create positive technological change in our cities.

Jacob is a multi-disciplinary designer based in Melbourne. He is working on how emerging technologies impact our cities and built infrastructure globally as a Service Designer within the Digital Futures team at Aurecon. He is also Non-executive Director and Co-founder of Code for Australia, and co-founder of Creative Suburbs. He enjoys living among a mountain of bike parts, a fridge stocked with cheese and his sidekick-cat Maximus 

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