This is your chance to meet experts, share work, and contribute to the future of software—together.

Day 1: Explore (Nov. 1)

Hear from Australia's top tech and community leaders, and meet fellow builders at this one-of-kind community conference. We’ll spend an evening exploring what’s new, what’s to come, and how you can get involved.

Day 2: Align (Nov. 2)

This one-day event brings together team leaders and entrepreneurs to discuss what (and how) they’re using GitHub at work.

Register for the event that fits your interests—or join us for both!

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Day 1

Explore

Day 1 Speakers

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    LJ Kenwood

    Junior Developer

    Xero + JuniorDev.io

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    LJ Kenwood

    Junior Developer

    Xero + JuniorDev.io

    About

    LJ's journey into tech is a little unique, after driving 100-tonne mining trucks on mining and construction projects in Western Australia, LJ decided she needed a change in career. She enrolled in General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive course, and studied 600+ hours of in-class programming over 3 months. It wasn't long before she scored a gig as a software developer with Xero. Since entering the industry LJ's been involved in the tech community, and is a co-organiser of the JuniorDev Community, who run events aimed to support new developers regardless of their education path or experience.

  • headshot of Julie Mission

    Julie Mission

    Founder, App developer

    Make it APPen

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    Julie Mission

    Founder, App developer

    Make it APPen

    About

    Author, Planning and designing an App to Enhance Patient Care – Guide for Health Care Professionals. I am a nurse by trade but a nerd by nature. My two passions are technology and health care. It is at the intersection of these two that I love to spend my time. Having produced 100s of software applications in the past decade, I now specifically focus on assisting hospitals and healthcare professionals to create apps that will enhance patient care. Winner of the encouragement award at the Bendigo 2014 inventors award. Appeared on Sunrise, the Today Show and featured in the Sydney Morning Herald. Mother and grandmother.

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    Ben Dechrai

    Co-founder

    BuzzConf Technology Fetival

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    Ben Dechrai

    Co-founder

    BuzzConf Technology Fetival

    About

    Ben Dechrai is the co-founder of the annual [BuzzConf Technology Festival](https://buzzconf.io), and has also served as the president of the [Open Source Developers' Conference](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Source_Developers%27_Conference), [Melbourne PHP Users Group](https://phpmelb.org/), and ran the first and all subsequent Australian BarCamps in Melbourne. He loves supporting the community, and organises [Melbourne Meetup Mixup](https://melbourne.meetupmixup.com/); the end of year party for the Melbourne meetup community!

    Talk - Contributing to Open Source in Zero Lines of Code

    Day 1, 8:20pm

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    Brendan Forster

    Senior Engineer

    GitHub

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    Brendan Forster

    Senior Engineer

    GitHub

    About

    Brendan Forster is a Senior Engineer at GitHub, primarily involved with GitHubDesktop. He also has a wealth of experience with open source, maintaining several of his own and also contributing to Git LFS, Reactive Extensions for.NET, and a bunch of others that he can't be bothered listing off here.

    Talk - Closed to Open, Native to Electron - A Tale of Rebooting GitHub Desktop

    Day 1, 9:00pm

Day 2

Align

Day 2 Speakers

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    LJ Kenward

    Junior Developer

    Xero + JuniorDev.io

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    LJ Kenward

    Junior Developer

    Xero + JuniorDev.io

    About

    LJ's journey into tech is a little unique, after driving 100-tonne mining trucks on mining and construction projects in Western Australia, LJ decided she needed a change in career. She enrolled in General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive course, and studied 600+ hours of in-class programming over 3 months. It wasn't long before she scored a gig as a software developer with Xero. Since entering the industry LJ's been involved in the tech community, and is a co-organiser of the JuniorDev Community, who run events aimed to support new developers regardless of their education path or experience.

    Talk - Taking Open Source Offline - The Value of Community

    Day 1, 8:40pm

    Talk - Let's grow our industry together - The next generation of Junior Developers

    Day 2, 11:15am

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    Daniel Figucio

    Director, Solutions Engineering

    GitHub

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    Daniel Figucio

    Director, Solutions Engineering

    GitHub

    About

    Daniel Figucio is the Director of Solutions Engineering, APAC at GitHub, is passionate about software and enjoys helping people to understand the power and beauty of Git and GitHub.

    Talk - GitHub Product Update

    Day 2, 9:45am

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    Sam Hunt

    Director, APAC Sales

    GitHub

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    Sam Hunt

    Director, APAC Sales

    GitHub

    About

    Sam Hunt is GitHub’s Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific. Sam leads a talented local team and is responsible for overseeing regional partnerships, community engagement and sales across the region.

    Talk - Welcome

    Day 2, 9:30am

    Talk - Closing Keynote

    Day 2, 12:15am

Schedule

Wed

November 1

6:30pm

Doors Open

Doors Open

7:30pm

Welcome

Welcome

7:40pm

From nurse to mobile app developer

My interest in app development evolved by having worked in hospitals for over 30 years both as a nurse and in the quality and data fields. During this time I uncovered 4 consistent frustrations health care professionals have. These frustrations occur 1000s of times across Australia every day. Frustration number one: Lack of resources: time, staff and money. Frustration number two: Out of date and incorrect information. Frustration number three: Delayed treatment. Frustration number four: Disengaged consumers. But the ultimate pain for the health care professional is the pervasive feeling that they are not providing the best care for their patient. These frustrations and ultimate pain are prevalent throughout the entire health care sector. As late as the 90s or 2000s there was no realistic solution to these frustrations other than more manpower. But now with my experience in both technology and health, I saw that an app could help to solve every single one of these frustrations. An app that provides correct information, real-time feedback, and video education, emergency help buttons, and clear lines of communication. This talk will be about how I went from this realization to becoming an app developer.

From nurse to mobile app developer

My interest in app development evolved by having worked in hospitals for over 30 years both as a nurse and in the quality and data fields. During this time I uncovered 4 consistent frustrations health care professionals have. These frustrations occur 1000s of times across Australia every day. Frustration number one: Lack of resources: time, staff and money. Frustration number two: Out of date and incorrect information. Frustration number three: Delayed treatment. Frustration number four: Disengaged consumers. But the ultimate pain for the health care professional is the pervasive feeling that they are not providing the best care for their patient. These frustrations and ultimate pain are prevalent throughout the entire health care sector. As late as the 90s or 2000s there was no realistic solution to these frustrations other than more manpower. But now with my experience in both technology and health, I saw that an app could help to solve every single one of these frustrations. An app that provides correct information, real-time feedback, and video education, emergency help buttons, and clear lines of communication. This talk will be about how I went from this realization to becoming an app developer.

8:00pm

TBC

TBC

8:20pm

Contributing to Open Source in Zero Lines of Code

Ben Dechrai, BuzzConf Technology Fetival

Do you use open source software? Perhaps you check email in Thunderbird, and edit your spreadsheets in LibreOffice. You've been using these for years, but feel you have no way of contributing back to the developers. Are you a graphic designer? Do you use InkScape and The Gimp? Perhaps you've got a few workflow scripts running with Image Magick, and share your work using a Creative Commons license, but feel you aren't qualified to help the development of this software. Are you a software developer, working for a proprietary software company? Do you make use of open source libraries? Perhaps your company offers SaaS on an Open Source stack, and you're not allowed to contribute back the code you develop for core business requirements. Are the CTO of your company? Do your developers write code for your company, relying on Open Source tools to increase productivity? Perhaps you want to know how to support the Open Source community without impacting your bottom line. You don't need to be a developer to contribute to Open Source. Come along, and find out how.

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Ben Dechrai

Co-founder

BuzzConf Technology Fetival

Contributing to Open Source in Zero Lines of Code

Do you use open source software? Perhaps you check email in Thunderbird, and edit your spreadsheets in LibreOffice. You've been using these for years, but feel you have no way of contributing back to the developers. Are you a graphic designer? Do you use InkScape and The Gimp? Perhaps you've got a few workflow scripts running with Image Magick, and share your work using a Creative Commons license, but feel you aren't qualified to help the development of this software. Are you a software developer, working for a proprietary software company? Do you make use of open source libraries? Perhaps your company offers SaaS on an Open Source stack, and you're not allowed to contribute back the code you develop for core business requirements. Are the CTO of your company? Do your developers write code for your company, relying on Open Source tools to increase productivity? Perhaps you want to know how to support the Open Source community without impacting your bottom line. You don't need to be a developer to contribute to Open Source. Come along, and find out how.

8:40pm

Taking Open Source Offline - The Value of Community

LJ Kenward, Xero + JuniorDev.io

Lets explore the parallels between open source and local communities. How building community through collaboration, independent contributors, passion and common values lays the foundations for strong communities, both on and offline.

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LJ Kenward

Junior Developer

Xero + JuniorDev.io

Taking Open Source Offline - The Value of Community

Lets explore the parallels between open source and local communities. How building community through collaboration, independent contributors, passion and common values lays the foundations for strong communities, both on and offline.

9:00pm

Closed to Open, Native to Electron - A Tale of Rebooting GitHub Desktop

Brendan Forster, GitHub

GitHub Desktop is one of the oldest side projects at GitHub - it started from a need to have a friendlier experience with Git and wanted to get stuff. But after several years of active development on both macOS and Windows clients we decided it was time to rewrite. In this talk I'll share some history of GitHub Desktop, how we found ourselves deciding to rewrite, and what happened from there. I'll share some stories about how we dealt with changing an existing product with a passionate userbase, as well as what lies ahead for us. We just announced the release of Desktop 1.0 running on Electron, and the project is open source. You can download the bits from https://desktop.github.com or follow the project over on GitHub at https://github.com/desktop/desktop.

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Brendan Forster

Senior Engineer

GitHub

Closed to Open, Native to Electron - A Tale of Rebooting GitHub Desktop

GitHub Desktop is one of the oldest side projects at GitHub - it started from a need to have a friendlier experience with Git and wanted to get stuff. But after several years of active development on both macOS and Windows clients we decided it was time to rewrite. In this talk I'll share some history of GitHub Desktop, how we found ourselves deciding to rewrite, and what happened from there. I'll share some stories about how we dealt with changing an existing product with a passionate userbase, as well as what lies ahead for us. We just announced the release of Desktop 1.0 running on Electron, and the project is open source. You can download the bits from https://desktop.github.com or follow the project over on GitHub at https://github.com/desktop/desktop.

9:20pm

Networking and Explore Showcase

Networking and Explore Showcase

10:30pm

Close

Close

Thurs

November 2

8:30am

Doors Open

Doors Open

9:30am

Welcome

Sam Hunt, GitHub

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Sam Hunt

Director, APAC Sales

GitHub

Welcome

9:45am

GitHub Product Update

Daniel Figucio, GitHub

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Daniel Figucio

Director, Solutions Engineering

GitHub

GitHub Product Update

10:15am

Customer Story

Customer Story

10:45am

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

11:15am

Let's grow our industry together - The next generation of Junior Developers

LJ Kenward, Xero + JuniorDev.io

The benefits for organisations to hire Junior Developers and how to overcome common on-boarding pain points through fostering good practices from Day 0.

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LJ Kenward

Junior Developer

Xero + JuniorDev.io

Let's grow our industry together - The next generation of Junior Developers

The benefits for organisations to hire Junior Developers and how to overcome common on-boarding pain points through fostering good practices from Day 0.

11:45pm

Invest in your build pipeline, it'll pay dividends

Over time development output slows; it gets harder to understand why so much effort is creating so little value. Instability disrupts — bugs show in brittle releases, regression (broken features) impacts production environments and customers. Communication breaks down — developers seem stressed by simple requests, communication breaks down and the Business vents its frustration. Andrew addresses the patterns you need to maintain quality, velocity, visibility and trust in your software delivery process.

Invest in your build pipeline, it'll pay dividends

Over time development output slows; it gets harder to understand why so much effort is creating so little value. Instability disrupts — bugs show in brittle releases, regression (broken features) impacts production environments and customers. Communication breaks down — developers seem stressed by simple requests, communication breaks down and the Business vents its frustration. Andrew addresses the patterns you need to maintain quality, velocity, visibility and trust in your software delivery process.

12:15am

Closing Keynote

Sam Hunt, GitHub

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Sam Hunt

Director, APAC Sales

GitHub

Closing Keynote

12:30pm

Lunch and Partner Showcase

Lunch and Partner Showcase

2:30pm

Close

Close

FAQ

  • Do I need my ID for entry?

    An email confirmation is all you need to check you in.

  • What language will the events be in?

    Constellation Melbourne presenters will be speaking in English.

  • Will parking be available?

    We highly encourage attendees to take public transportation or ridesharing services to events. Parking is not provided at the venue but can be found in the general area.

  • Will there be a place for me to store things?

    Yes, we’ll have a coat check area. Please don’t leave any valuables.

  • Where do I go if I lose something?

    Find a GitHub team member if you lose something while at the event. Email constellation@github.com if you realize you lost something after.

  • Do you provide meals?

    We’ll provide light bites and beverages at Explore, and breakfast and lunch will be served at Align.

  • Do you accommodate special dietary needs?

    Gluten free and vegetarian options are always provided at our events. If you have additional dietary needs, please let us know at least 48 hours in advance and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

  • Will non-alcoholic options be available at the meetup?

    Yes.

  • What if I don’t want my picture taken?

    Please let a GitHub team member know upon check-in. You’ll be provided with a red lanyard to let our photographer know.

  • I have a question which isn't answered here?

    Email it to constellation@github.com