YOW! Perth 2021

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Tuesday, 14th - Wednesday, 15th September at Parmelia Hilton Perth , Perth

12 experts will be speaking. Starts at 8:45 AM AWST (12:45 AM UTC)

Join us for the return of YOW! Perth, a 2‑day conference bringing software experts to you

Can't get to Perth? Attend online! Check out YOW! September
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.

YOW! Speakers are chosen based on their expertise; they provide excellent, technically rich content, appropriate to all roles in software and IT, completely independent of commercial concerns such as sponsorship or product. This means no commercials, ever, 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.

Dave Farley on stage at YOW! Perth

YOW! Perth 2021 will be a hybrid conference with a mix of both virtual and in-person speakers and attendees.

The online channel will be hosted on the Hopin platform, scheduled ideally for those in the UTC+8 time zone.

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 be back in Perth in person and to welcome our online community from Singapore, Hong Kong, and around the world to this year’s YOW! Perth.

We hope to see you there!

Book with Confidence

We know these are uncertain times and it can be hard to commit to future events. Should COVID restrictions make it impossible for us to host YOW! Perth in person, your ticket will be converted to a YOW! September Online ticket and you will be refunded the price difference, less $20 for your conference attendee t-shirt. (We will organise a date for pick-up of shirts in Perth post-conference.)

Explore YOW! Perth 2021

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Jeff Patton on stage at YOW! Perth

View the programme

Our two-day online conference features expert-led talks including keynotes from Daniel Terhorst-North and Anna Urbaniak.


People enjoying a break at YOW! Perth 2018

Become a volunteer

Volunteering is a great way for students to learn from and network with the best in the industry.


Denis Bauer at YOW! Perth

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View (or review) previous talks from YOW! Perth and YOW! West in our library of SkillsCast videos.

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Who Tests Their Cloud Code Anyway?

If you are a developer, you know as well as me that testing your code is optional. And when we suddenly involve cloud computing, there are even more excuses not to test your applications and infrastructure.

In this talk, I will explain and demonstrate some of the many options you have in Azure for testing every part of your development life cycle. I go through everything from A/B testing to performance testing to architecture testing, all sprinkled with animal photos.

Join me. Enough of your excuses.

Lars Klint

Training Architect


Coming Soon...

Michael Noonan

VP of Engineering
Octopus Deploy

Replatform In A Year or Die; The Tale Of A Turnaround

In 2020, MYOB’s web users saw a major upgrade and a notable increase in stability and rate of feature delivery. What they didn’t see was a behind-the-scenes existential crisis of accumulated tech debt that led to a vast replatform with a hard deadline, racing against the clock to get the company back in the game. Ken will tell the story of how they had to rethink everything about how they planned, structured, wrote, and delivered software; how the architecture, software, teams, systems of work, and org structure had to fit together as a whole; hard lessons learnt under pressure at scale; and how it catapulted the company forward from there.

Ken Scambler

Software Architect


Coming Soon...

Kasper Lund

Software Engineer

What Counts as a Programming Language?

When we think of programming languages, we think of Java, Kotlin, JavaScript, or Python. We don’t think of CSS, SQL, or HTML. And we don’t think of Alloy, Modelica, or SNOBOL—in fact, maybe we haven’t even heard of all those. But what’s the distinction? And maybe most importantly, what can we learn as programmers from “not programming languages”?

We’ll cover:

  • What we can learn from questioning how we categorize things
  • How to identify “assumed context,” and why it matters
  • Lessons learned from “domain specific” programming languages
Chelsea Troy

Software Engineer


Gregor Hohpe

Enterprise Strategist


Effy Elden


Fast and Simple Deployments for Code & Infra

You don’t need Kubernetes to automatically push green builds to production – learn how Honeycomb has utilized CircleCI, Terraform, Chef, a collection of home-grown scripts, and Honeycomb itself to speed up its deployments and make them safer. We’ll talk about what went wrong along the way, and how we used our Service Level Objectives to evaluate and mitigate the risks.

Liz Fong-Jones

Principal Developer Advocate


Cat will be appearing virtually at YOW! Perth

Cat Swetel

Cat is a technology leader interested in exploring how digital transformation facilitates relationships and could create conditions for more generative institutions. Her leadership style is deeply feminist in that it is focused on allowing all people to flourish. This leadership style (coupled with good technology instincts) has allowed Cat to establish an impressive track record of delivering the “impossible”.

In addition to leadership experience in a variety of settings from startups to large enterprises, Cat is also an accomplished public speaker delivering keynotes, workshops, etc all around the world. In her leisure time, Cat enjoys cooking, hiking, making jokes about Bitcoin, and reading feminist literature.

How to Read Complex Code

Felienne will be appearing virtually at YOW! Perth

Research shows that on average developers spend about 58 percent of their time on reading code! However, we are not explicitly taught reading code in school or in boot camps, and we rarely practice code reading too.

Maybe you have never thought about it, but reading code can be confusing in many ways. Code in which you do not understand the variable names causes a different type of confusion from code that is very coupled to other code. In this talk, Felienne will first dive into the cognitive processes that play a role in reading code. She will then show you theories for reading code, and close the talk with some hands-on techniques that can be used to read to any piece of code with more ease and fewer headaches!

Felienne Hermans

Associate professor in software engineering
Delft University of Technology

Keynote TBA

Daniel and Anna will be appearing virtually at YOW! Perth

Anna Urbaniak

Agile and Lean Transformation Coach
Deusche Bank

Daniel Terhorst-North

Daniel Terhorst-North uses his deep technical and organisational knowledge to help CIOs, business and software teams to deliver quickly and successfully. He puts people first and finds simple, pragmatic solutions to business and technical problems, often using lean and agile techniques. With over thirty years of experience in IT, Daniel is a frequent speaker at technology and business conferences worldwide.


Parmelia Hilton Perth

The Parmelia Hilton is next door to Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and a one-minute walk to Brookfield Place commercial and retail precinct. Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, Elizabeth Quay on the Swan River, Perth Arena, and His Majesty's Theatre are less than ten minutes away on foot. Central to the business districts, the Parmelia Hilton offers flexible meeting options and exceptional local dining.

Parmelia Hilton Perth

14 Mill Street, Perth, WA, AU

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Get Involved

Volunteer at YOW! Perth

We are inviting students to volunteer at our upcoming YOW! Perth 2021 conference.

Volunteering at YOW! Events is an excellent networking opportunity for students just starting out, and you’ll be exposed to a wide range of innovative ideas. Mingle with some of Australia’s best and brightest people in the software industry.

All crew volunteers will work approx. 12 hours during the conference days. In return for helping with the conference, crew volunteers will have free access to the conference and social events.

Crew volunteers need to be available to attend a 2-hour briefing session the evening before the conference.

Volunteers assist with a range of duties, including and not limited to:

  • packing conference bags
  • assisting attendees with registration
  • ushering attendees to available seats
  • collecting feedback after every session

The following meals at the conference are included for confirmed volunteers:

  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Reception - light snacks and beverages


  • A limited number of volunteer slots are available for each conference.
  • The free ticket is available only at the conference for which you are volunteering.
  • These tickets cannot be sold and are non-transferable.
  • Applicants may apply to volunteer for as many conferences as they like, so long as they are available on the dates required.

For further information, please email melissa.loh@skillsmatter.com

Volunteers at YOW! Perth

Become a YOW! Sponsor

Whether you're looking to attract talent to your team or accelerate adoption of your tools and products, sponsoring YOW! is a terrific way to support and connect with our global community of software professionals.

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.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact the team:


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