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.
recent conferences & workshops
Science to Data Science (S2DS) – London: a five-week fellowship working with a company on a commercial data science project. A unique opportunity to mentor junior data scientists (early career academics) who recently completed, or a close to finishing their PhDs; and to learn how Pivigo delivers the largest data science training and internship programme in Europe.
Random Hacks of Kindness – Melbourne Winter hackathon: brings together non-profits, social enterprises and charities with hackers and technologists to develop solutions to challenging social problems.
Infiniti – Melbourne: is a three-day sustainability, business, and technology design sprint that brings brings analysts, developers designers, product managers and startups together to ideate, iterate, and validate sustainably designed business ideas.
Tech Inclusion – Melbourne: brings the tech industry together to drive solutions to diversity and inclusion; what’s working now, what else is needed, and how each of us can contribute to developing a more inclusive tech economy.
.Astronomy9 – Cape Town: brings together an international community of astrophysicists, science communicators and educators to discuss new ways in which software and web-based technologies can enable innovation and accelerate new discoveries in astronomy research that reach beyond the realm of traditional academe.
GitHub Constellation – Melbourne: a two-day event with the GitHub Constellation team to celebrate software builders and entrepreneurs in the community. The event brings together some of GitHubs global leaders and Melbourne’s leading tech entrepreneurs to discuss what (and how) they’re using GitHub, how this shapes GitHub’s development, future products, and how the community can get involved or collaborate on projects.
Pause Fest – Melbourne: is Australasia's premier creative, tech and business event. Creating a space for free thinkers to converge, engage and find shared purpose, Pause is an environment which cultivates true collaboration.
Future Assembly – Melbourne: is Australia’s emergent tech festival; inspiring people by unveiling bleeding-edge technology from around the globe that will shape the future of humanity.
ADASS XXVI – Trieste: the Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) conference provides a forum for scientists and programmers concerned with algorithms, software and software systems employed in the acquisition, reduction, analysis, and dissemination of astronomical data.
Astro Hack Week – Berkeley/GitHub SF: brings together data scientists and astrophysicists, to develop software and tools, and learn essential skills for working effectively with large astronomical datasets; focussing on machine learning techniques, Bayesian inference, frequentist statistics, databases, numerical Python, and visualisation.
.Astronomy8 – Oxford: brings together an international community of astronomers, science communicators and educators to discuss new ways in which software and web-based technologies can enable innovation and accelerate new discoveries in astronomy research that reach beyond the realm of traditional academe.