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

Day 1: Explore (Oct. 25)

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 (Oct. 26)

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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    Katie McLaughlin

    BeeWare

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    Katie McLaughlin

    BeeWare

    About

    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.

    Talk - ...Bees?

    Day 1, 8:05pm

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    Geoffrey Huntley

    Lead Consultant

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    Geoffrey Huntley

    Lead Consultant

    About

    Geoff is a Lead Consultant at Readify, Microsoft MVP and core maintainer of the popular open-source project ReactiveUI (reactiveui.net) which part of the .NET Foundation. Other projects that are associated with the foundation include the Microsoft .NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn") as well as the Microsoft ASP.NET family of projects, Microsoft .NET Core & Xamarin Forms.

    Talk - Help us, help you

    Day 1, 7:45pm

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    Jack Skinner

    Pride Codes

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    Jack Skinner

    Pride Codes

    About

    Jack Skinner is a Senior Software Engineer turned API Evangelist who’s been coding over half his life. Jack Skinner brings a youthful energy that is engaging and captivating. With over 11 years of software development under his belt, Jack knows code, APIs and developers. As API Evangelist at MYOB, Jack is responsible for over 4,000 developer partners who build add-on solutions connected to MYOB software. Jack is passionate about connected solutions, customer experience and great results for your clients.

    Talk - Minimum Viable Rainbow

    Day 1, 8:25pm

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    Michelle Mannering

    Founder

    Variant X

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    Michelle Mannering

    Founder

    Variant X

    About

    Known as the “Hackathon Queen”, Michelle is at the forefront of Melbourne’s startup, science, and tech scenes, running a number of hackathons and helping to drive the city’s entrepreneurial culture. Not only has she co-founded a company, she is heavily involved in the startup ecosystem from running hackathons to MCing, speaking, and facilitating a range of events. She’s currently started a new venture, Variant X, that works with anyone wanting to startup, scaleup, or innovate. In her current capacity, Michelle works alongside BajaBoard, the custom designed, off-road electric skateboard, as well as Motum Simulation, a motion VR racing simulator built for driver training.

    Talk - Technology doesn’t equal Software

    Day 1, 7:25pm

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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, 8:45pm

Day 2

Align

Day 2 Speakers

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    John Cannon

    GPlates

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    John Cannon

    GPlates

    About

    John Cannon completed his M.Sc. in Optical Physics in 1994 and has since worked in speech compression, speech recognition and the computer games industry. His background in Physics and Mathematics and his passion for software development make programming scientific applications his primary interest. John is currently working as a software developer and programmer for the GPlates project.

    Talk - Researching with Code at Sydney Uni

    Day 2, 12:10pm

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    Jeremy Hammond

    University of Sydney

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    Jeremy Hammond

    University of Sydney

    About

    Dr Jeremy Hammond is the Associate Director for Research Technology at the University of Sydney, where he leads its University-wide investments in high performance computing, informatics, and data services. He is a linguist by trade, with a PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics specialising in field experiments on indigenous languages in Southern Vanuatu and has experience in large EU tool development projects such as CLARIN. These days, both his coding and Austronesian languages are rusty with his focus now on transforming digital infrastructure for the next generation of research discoveries.

    Talk - Researching with Code at Sydney Uni

    Day 2, 12:10pm

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    Ramon Buckland

    Senior Stuff Doer

    Analytics & Information

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    Ramon Buckland

    Senior Stuff Doer

    Analytics & Information

    About

    Ramon is a polyglot Software Engineer of 20+ years experience. Within his primary industry of Finance he focusses on complex technical deliveries that require the special push of business acumen and deep technical implementations. Ramon lives and breathes IT, automating networks, clusters, and anything to jam into a CI/CD pipeline. He is often found building robots with his kids, and generally contributing to some open source project in the direction he is focussed that week.

    Talk - Automating what Isn’t

    Day 2, 10:15am

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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 - Welcome

    Day 1, 7:15pm

    Talk - GitHub Product Update

    Day 2, 9:45am

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    Andrew Somervell

    COO

    Practiv

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    Andrew Somervell

    COO

    Practiv

    About

    Andrew understands what’s required to build product and process through all stages of growth, having taken media, events, payments and telco SaaS companies from startup to public listing. Now he's the COO of Practiv — a software consultancy with 17 years experience delivering business outcomes for enterprise customers, through consulting and architecture, software project delivery, and platforms as a service. Practiv offers its experience delivering software — the patterns, process and tools — as a subscription service called the Practiv Build Pipeline. The Pipeline helps internal software teams deliver with efficiency and confidence — quickly pushing well-tested software to production. A key component of the Pipeline is Github Enterprise, and Practiv has recently delivered a number of high-profile GHE implementations.

    Talk - Invest in your Build Pipeline, it'll pay dividends

    Day 2, 11:15am

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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 - Close

    Day 2, 12:35pm

Schedule

Wed

October 25

6:00pm

Doors Open

Doors Open

7:15pm

Welcome

Daniel Figucio, GitHub

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Daniel Figucio

Director, Solutions Engineering

GitHub

Welcome

7:25pm

Technology doesn’t equal Software

Michelle Mannering, Variant X

Innovation isn’t all about what the latest app is and how it helps you improve your life. Technology isn’t just about coding, and that programming can be found in almost every facet of our physical products. In my presentation, we’ll step back from the apps and marketplaces of the startup community and look at how technology and software are embedded in the hardware and products we use. We’ll use the BajaBoard electric skateboard as an example of how it’s almost impossible to build hardware without some type of integrated software component. I’ll also take you on a condense journey of the startup, and how enterprise, government, and community can come together to make a real difference in our changing world.

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Michelle Mannering

Founder

Variant X

Technology doesn’t equal Software

Innovation isn’t all about what the latest app is and how it helps you improve your life. Technology isn’t just about coding, and that programming can be found in almost every facet of our physical products. In my presentation, we’ll step back from the apps and marketplaces of the startup community and look at how technology and software are embedded in the hardware and products we use. We’ll use the BajaBoard electric skateboard as an example of how it’s almost impossible to build hardware without some type of integrated software component. I’ll also take you on a condense journey of the startup, and how enterprise, government, and community can come together to make a real difference in our changing world.

7:45pm

Help us, help you

Geoffrey Huntley,

Something has changed in open-source the last few years. Today, more people use open source than ever before, but fewer people contribute back than ever before. Everybody assumes that somebody else is doing it. This is also known as the “free rider problem” and left unchecked, this it leads to a tragedy of the commons. Open-source software is digital infrastructure which is maintained by people who do so for the love of it and mastery of their craft. Just like physical infrastructure, digital infrastructure needs regular upkeep by maintainers. Unfortunatley these maintainers are now regular receipients of abuse and receive demands for unpaid work by employees of publically listed companies, governments, major software companies and startups. Despite building their success on this digital infrastructure, much of the leadership in these industries are unaware of these issues, and no individual company or organisation is incentivised to address the public good problem alone. We, the maintainers of open-source software, want to help you, all of you, but have you ever thought about how you can help us?

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Geoffrey Huntley

Lead Consultant

Help us, help you

Something has changed in open-source the last few years. Today, more people use open source than ever before, but fewer people contribute back than ever before. Everybody assumes that somebody else is doing it. This is also known as the “free rider problem” and left unchecked, this it leads to a tragedy of the commons. Open-source software is digital infrastructure which is maintained by people who do so for the love of it and mastery of their craft. Just like physical infrastructure, digital infrastructure needs regular upkeep by maintainers. Unfortunatley these maintainers are now regular receipients of abuse and receive demands for unpaid work by employees of publically listed companies, governments, major software companies and startups. Despite building their success on this digital infrastructure, much of the leadership in these industries are unaware of these issues, and no individual company or organisation is incentivised to address the public good problem alone. We, the maintainers of open-source software, want to help you, all of you, but have you ever thought about how you can help us?

8:05pm

...Bees?

Katie McLaughlin, BeeWare

Cross-platform application development is a holy grail of software engineering. Write once, run everywhere - desktops, mobiles, and the web. There have been many attempts at this over the years, but the absolute pinnacle of this art form is to have no-one notice - you want your apps to look and feel like native apps so that your users can't tell. Bonus points is if your development happens in a language you already know and use. This is the goal of BeeWare: a suite of application tools and libraries that to develop native cross platform applications in Python. During this short presentation Katie will take you on a tour of the BeeWare stack, and describe how we've used the project as an incubator for new open source contributors around the world.

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Katie McLaughlin

BeeWare

...Bees?

Cross-platform application development is a holy grail of software engineering. Write once, run everywhere - desktops, mobiles, and the web. There have been many attempts at this over the years, but the absolute pinnacle of this art form is to have no-one notice - you want your apps to look and feel like native apps so that your users can't tell. Bonus points is if your development happens in a language you already know and use. This is the goal of BeeWare: a suite of application tools and libraries that to develop native cross platform applications in Python. During this short presentation Katie will take you on a tour of the BeeWare stack, and describe how we've used the project as an incubator for new open source contributors around the world.

8:25pm

Minimum Viable Rainbow

Jack Skinner, Pride Codes

Pride.codes was built in a weekend and launched in a week. In this colourful session Jack discusses how he and his cofounder helped make rainbows accessible to website owners. The project provides hosted rainbow widgets for businesses to show their support for LGBTQI+ colleagues, friends and partners as a way to visibly stand side by side with them. The aim was to provide a single line of copy-and-paste code to allow web admins nationwide (and globally) to add a rainbow to their site. Within days, hundreds of thousands of rainbow widgets had been served to brighten the web. Talk about rapid open source development with no planning! This talk will discuss building open source products and how the team navigated marketing, technology, privacy and advocacy in the space of a few days.

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Jack Skinner

Pride Codes

Minimum Viable Rainbow

Pride.codes was built in a weekend and launched in a week. In this colourful session Jack discusses how he and his cofounder helped make rainbows accessible to website owners. The project provides hosted rainbow widgets for businesses to show their support for LGBTQI+ colleagues, friends and partners as a way to visibly stand side by side with them. The aim was to provide a single line of copy-and-paste code to allow web admins nationwide (and globally) to add a rainbow to their site. Within days, hundreds of thousands of rainbow widgets had been served to brighten the web. Talk about rapid open source development with no planning! This talk will discuss building open source products and how the team navigated marketing, technology, privacy and advocacy in the space of a few days.

8:45pm

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.

9:05pm

Networking and Explore Showcase

Networking and Explore Showcase

10:30pm

Close

Close

Thurs

October 26

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

Automating what Isn’t

Ramon Buckland, Analytics & Information

With a driven vision of reducing risks, mistakes and reducing time to production, what tools can we grab to assist in automating into the CI/CD pipeline, that which currently isn’t automated.

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Ramon Buckland

Senior Stuff Doer

Analytics & Information

Automating what Isn’t

With a driven vision of reducing risks, mistakes and reducing time to production, what tools can we grab to assist in automating into the CI/CD pipeline, that which currently isn’t automated.

10:45am

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

11:15am

Invest in your Build Pipeline, it'll pay dividends

Andrew Somervell, Practiv

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.

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Andrew Somervell

COO

Practiv

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.

12:10pm

Researching with Code at Sydney Uni

John Cannon, GPlates

Jeremy Hammond, University of Sydney

The University of Sydney has committed to transformational investments in our research infrastructure resulting in a rapidly increasing demand for new and innovative software to capture, create, and analyse data. We have partnered with GitHub to build a site-wide code repository for all researchers and students, and to leverage Github.com to deliver on the University's and GitHub’s joint commitment to open data and open source software. In this talk, we explore a case study on Earthbyte which is a collaborative geoscience group with the aim of geodata synthesis through space and time in the form of a four-dimensional Earth model. The virtual Earth software GPlates was developed as an interoperable component of the AuScope national infrastructure, and the GPlates Web Portal enables interactive visualisation of published research data and services to reconstruct data back through geological time.

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John Cannon

GPlates

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Jeremy Hammond

University of Sydney

Researching with Code at Sydney Uni

The University of Sydney has committed to transformational investments in our research infrastructure resulting in a rapidly increasing demand for new and innovative software to capture, create, and analyse data. We have partnered with GitHub to build a site-wide code repository for all researchers and students, and to leverage Github.com to deliver on the University's and GitHub’s joint commitment to open data and open source software. In this talk, we explore a case study on Earthbyte which is a collaborative geoscience group with the aim of geodata synthesis through space and time in the form of a four-dimensional Earth model. The virtual Earth software GPlates was developed as an interoperable component of the AuScope national infrastructure, and the GPlates Web Portal enables interactive visualisation of published research data and services to reconstruct data back through geological time.

12:35pm

Close

Sam Hunt, GitHub

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Sam Hunt

Director, APAC Sales

GitHub

Close

12:45pm

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 Sydney 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