Melbourne has a thriving tech culture and there is no shortage of interesting and inspiring panel discussions and talks. I regularly attend Zendesk's Software Art Thou? talk series, Convergence Science Network, talks, Melbourne Data Science meet-up events, General Assembly's monthly design talks, Startup Vic events, Girl Geek Dinners, Fuck Up Nights: Stories of Failure, and Carlton Connect Initiative and Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) events. I'm always looking for new ways to expand my horizons and recently joined the PyLadies, Machine Learning & AI Meetup, UX Gatherings, and Design Thinking & Business Innovation meet-up groups. I'm also on the Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) – Melbourne Organising Committee. RHoK matches organisations that have a social impact with skilled technologists that are keen to tackle challenges facing society. We facilitate workshops, hackathons, and ongoing open-source development. I serve as a RHoK buddy and tech mentor, and liaise between change makers and technologists.
While I no longer work in astronomy research, I do still give the odd astronomy data/tech talk at workshops, conferences and festivals.
Web Technologies for Data–Intensive Astronomy &
Getting the Most Out of Hack Day: Lessons Learned from Hacking for Humanity – .Astronomy9 ("dot astro") Conference, Cape Town – South Africa
Useful Tools for Research & for Transitioning into Tech Careers – ADACS Data Intensive Astronomy Workshop, Melbourne – Australia
Building a Community of Tech Savvy Astronomers – Astrophysics Colloquium, University of Melbourne, Melbourne – Australia
Data-Driven Discovery and the Most Ambitious Telescopes Ever Built – Future Assembly, Melbourne – Australia
Building a Community of Tech Savvy Astronomers in the Era of "Data Science" – Astronomical Data & Software Systems XXVI, Trieste – Italy