YOW! Brisbane Developer Conference 2022

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Monday, 5th - Tuesday, 6th December at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane

10 experts will be speaking. Starts at 8:45 AM AEST (10:45 PM UTC)

The YOW! Conference is back in Brisbane in December 2022.


At YOW! Brisbane Developer Conference 2022, leading software industry experts from all over the world, handpicked by our program committee, come together for two days to provide amazing networking and learning opportunities.

Meet your favourite authors and bloggers. Network with people who truly care about delivering great software.

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.

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.

In-Person Tickets

Join us at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, where you'll interact and network with hundreds of like minded developers while learning from leading thought leaders, architects and developers from the software industry.

In-Person Tickets include access to the Online event.

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Online Conference

Difficult to attend to the In-Person conference? Check out YOW! December online!


YOW! Brisbane Developer Conference 2022 will be an in-person conference.

We are excited to be back in Brisbane in person and to foster community growth in Australia.

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 Brisbane Developer Conference 2022 in person, your ticket will be converted to a YOW! December 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 Brisbane post-conference.)

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Engineering for Software - How to Amplify Creativity

In most disciplines "Engineering" means the stuff that works, an application of scientific reasoning to solving practical problems. In Software, depending on your background, it either means something bureaucratic that doesn't work, or it is just another name for software development.So what are the ideas that we can use as tools to give real, practical advantage in our work in the way that other disciplines achieve? What ideas should we treat as "the tools of our trade" whatever the technology or problem before us? This presentation explores two "tools" that we can use, Testability & Speed.

Dave Farley

Independent Consultant
Continuous Delivery

Richard Feldman

Richard Feldman

Head of Open Source

Managing to your SLO in the face of chaos

Setting a Service Level Objective for your service is only the start of your quantified reliability journey. What do you do when you've had a few too many incidents and blown your error budget? Or had a pile of near-misses that burned the team out even though the user-facing SLO wasn't violated? What if the incident trigger was the infrastructure refactoring meant to improve, not harm, reliability & maintainability?In this talk, you'll learn how the team at Honeycomb handles incidents, chaos engineering, and the engineering feedback loop for reliability with social practices and architectural design.

Liz Fong-Jones

Principal Developer Advocate

Brendan Gregg

Brendan Gregg

Sr. Performance Architect

Randy Shoup

Randy Shoup

VP Engineering and Chief Architect

Jessica Tai

Geeta Schmidt & Kresten Krab Thorup

Geeta Schmidt

VP of Humio

Kresten Krab Thorup

CTO & Co-founder

Code Red: The Business Impact of Code Quality

Code quality is an abstract concept that fails to get traction at the business level. Consequently, software companies keep trading code quality for new features. The resulting technical debt is estimated to waste up to 42% of developers' time, causing stress and uncertainty, as well as making our job less enjoyable than it should be. Without clear and quantifiable benefits, it's hard to build a business case for code quality.In this talk, Adam takes on the challenge by tuning the code analysis microscope towards a business outcome. We do that by combining novel code quality metrics with analyses of how the engineering organization works with the code. We then take those metrics a step further by connecting them to values like time-to-market, customer satisfaction, and road-map risks. This makes it possible to a) prioritize the parts of your system that benefit the most from improvements, b) communicate quality trade-offs in terms of actual costs, and c) identify high-risk parts of the application so that we can focus our efforts on the areas that need them the most. All recommendations are supported by data and brand new real-world research. This is a perspective on software development that will change how you view code. Promise.

Adam Tornhill

Founder and CTO

Simon Wardley

Simon Wardley

Simon is a former CEO, former advisory board member of startups (all now acquired by US Giants), fellow of Open Europe, inventor of Wardley Mapping, a regular conference speaker and a researcher for the LEF. He uses mapping in his research for the LEF covering areas from Serverless to Nation State competition whilst also advising / teaching LEF clients on mapping, strategy, organisation and leadership.


Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Glenelg St, Brisbane, QLD 4101, AU

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Diversity Matters Scholarship

Is it rare that you see someone at tech conferences that reminds you of yourself? Then you’re probably underrepresented at tech conferences.

At Skills Matter we are committed to supporting diversity in speakers, conference participants, and the wider technology community regardless of regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious views (or lack thereof) and socio-economic status.

To increase diversity at Skills Matter events we offer scholarships to people from underrepresented groups in tech who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.

If you believe you are a member of a group that is underrepresented within the tech community or at technical conferences we encourage you to apply.


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Volunteer at YOW! Brisbane Developer Conference 2022

We are inviting students to volunteer at our upcoming YOW! Brisbane Developer Conference 2022.

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

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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.

For further information, please email sabine.wolf@skillsmatter.com


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