YOW! December 2021

Topics covered at #YOW21

Tue, 30th Nov - Wed, 1st Dec, Online Conference

18 experts will be speaking. Starts at 8:45 AM AEDT (9:45 PM UTC)

Join us for the return of YOW! December Online, a 2 day conference bringing software experts to you.

Over these 2 days, you'll learn from thought leaders, architects and developers as you connect with like-minded people to share skills, insights, and lessons from the comfort of your laptop, be it at home or at work.

YOW! speakers are chosen based on their expertise; they provide excellent, technically rich content with no sales pitches, just lots of case studies and stories from the trenches.

Serious software professionals and IT leaders from all across the organisation will benefit from attending. Whether you’re a developer, architect, product owner, team lead, coach, or manager, don’t miss this learning opportunity. Our speakers have a wealth of experience they’re eager to share with you.

Online Ticket $299


YOW! December 2021 will be an online conference hosted on the Hopin platform, with some adjacent in-person social activities in Sydney, Melbourne and/or Brisbane if COVID restrictions allow it!

At Skills Matter, we’ve chosen to see the events of the past year as a challenge to make our content and community more inclusive and accessible to all. Beyond the COVID‑19 pandemic, we have a vision of a community where knowledge sharing and skills transfer are not limited by physical barriers.

We are excited to welcome our community from Australia and around the world to this year’s YOW! December Online.

We hope to see you there!

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Our two-day online conference features expert-led talks including keynotes from Jessica Kerr and Scott Hanselman - with more speakers to be announced!


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What No-Code Teaches Us About Building Software

As a developer I've been pretty skeptical of this whole ""no-code"" trend. Sure, maybe you can build a static website or a blog using a template builder but if you want to build a real application and you don't want to get boxed in you'll need to write code, right?

Let's keep an open mind and take a closer look at these no-code and low-code tools. There are situations where visual tools are just plain better at what they do than writing code. This talk will look at examples where it makes sense to build software visually, and the tools already being used for production software. Being able to directly see and manipulate what you're building is a powerful concept which should make us rethink how writing code typically works. We'll also look at where no-code tools don't make sense, why they can be difficult to adopt, and what the future of traditional coding will look like.

Katie Bell

Freelance Developer


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Rhys Campbell

Solution Architect
Virtual Gaming Worlds

Embedded Programming Dragged into the 21st Century

What does it mean for a language to be designed for embedded or IoT use? An insider takes a look at the guts of the Toit system to see the design choices that minimize memory use and maximize performance for a programming environment that has a 21st Century feel on fingernail-sized devices.

Erik Corry



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Trisha Gee

Trisha has developed Java applications for a range of industries, including finance, manufacturing, software and non-profit, for companies of all sizes. She has expertise in Java high performance systems, is passionate about enabling developer productivity, and dabbles with Open Source development. Trisha is a leader of the Sevilla Java User Group and a Java Champion, she believes healthy communities and sharing ideas help us to learn from mistakes and build on successes. As a Developer Advocate for JetBrains, she gets to share all the interesting things she’s constantly discovering.


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Stewart Gleadow

Sr. Tech Lead
REA Group

Hotwired Reactive Web Development - How LowJS Can You Go?

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Josh Graham

CTO’s CTO. Director. Restaurateur. Angel

Senior Performance Engineer

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Brendan Gregg

Sr. Performance Architect

Keynote - Beyond Mentorship - Storytelling and Sponsorship

What's the difference between mentorship and sponsorship? What's the role of the senior engineer as a colleague to an early-in-career engineer? What must we do to welcome the next generation of creators, and what are your responsibilities? Let's facilitate a welcoming culture of learning and exploration and normalize not knowing the answer.

Scott Hanselman


Code less, Engineer More - How To Build Your Product Ideas Fast

It's an amazing time for builders, hackers, product makers - ideas are everywhere and everyone is launching. Building on no-code platforms is great for initial validation but it is hard to scale them once you product grows. There is a bottleneck in terms of development resources and developers build similar workflows and automation repeatedly.

In this talk, Harini will highlight how you can navigate the landscape of low code products that helps you launch and scale, structuring the right tech stack, and building an engineering team that's empowered to build more with less! Harini will also share about the open-source platform Rowy that helps you build on the GCP/Firebase stack with ease. With real startup examples and current landscape mapping, this lighting talk will be supercharged to get you kick-started in the right direction of building and launching products.

Harini Janakiraman

Co-founder and CEO

Building Adaptive Systems with Wardley Mapping, DDD, and Team Topologies

In a world of rapid changes and increasing uncertainties, organizations have to continuously adapt and evolve to remain competitive and excel in the market.

In such a dynamic business landscape organizations need to design for adaptability. Designing for adaptability requires understanding the landscape organizations are operating in, identifying patterns of change, applying principles for organizational fitness, and making mindful strategic decisions to adapt change.

Organizations need to aim for building systems and team organizations aligned to the business needs and business strategy and evolving them for adaptability to new changes and unknown environments.

This talk brings different perspectives and techniques together from business strategy (Wardley Mapping), software architecture (Domain-Driven Design), and team organization (Team Topologies) as a powerful toolset to design, build and evolve adaptive systems and team structures for a fast flow of change."

Susanne Kaiser

Tech Consultant

Keynote - Software design: Beyond Boxes and Lines.

There are many paradigms and movements in software development, always something else to absorb. OO, Functional, Agile, DevOps, Product teams, what’s next? Or: what’s behind them all? Maybe a few core principles can get us the best of these movements, and beyond them.

In this keynote, Jess gets at three principles, and then one. Then she illustrates how this one principle is wider than software and exists in the design of our lives.

Jessica Kerr

Principal Developer Evangelist


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Trish Khoo



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Josh Long

Spring Developer Advocate


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Tim McNamara

Tim is a New Zealand-based software developer and data scientist.


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Jordan Morrow

Head of Data, Design and Management Skills



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Michael Nygard

SVP, Platform & Architecture
Sabre Corporation

Directed Acyclic Graph? Or Distributed Architecture Guidepost!

Each decision that a person makes is based on decisions that came before. These decisions form a directed acyclic graph (DAG) of immutable facts pointing toward the past and evolving into the future. Not only does a DAG accurately model a business process, it also maps cleanly onto the constraints of a distributed system. Learn how to model a business problem using a DAG. Then put that model into practice with SQL, APIs, and messages to build a predictable distributed system.

Michael Perry

Director of Consulting

Effectively Applying the Product Owner Role

A conversation with Aino Vonge Corry on product owner challenges and how to overcome and apply the role effectively.

Roman Pichler

Product Management Author, Consultant, and Trainer
Pichler Consulting Limited


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We offer a variety of opportunities for continuous visibility and continuous engagement. Community is at the heart of all we do at Skills Matter, and we believe it is mutually beneficial to foster genuine connections between our members and truly innovative businesses.

Rather than a typical ad hoc event sponsorship, we’ll work with you to create bespoke opportunities that benefit both your business and the Skills Matter community. Whether you’re looking to develop one-to-one relationships with our members, or to showcase your product and spread brand awareness, we’d love to find a way to create meaningful interactions between you and our community.

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