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Speakers

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Monica Dinculescu

Monica is a developer at Google. She works on Chrome and has probably at least once broken the Internet for you. She also co-organizes the Montreal All-Girl Hack Night, and will likely eat all of your Oreos, if you have any.

Monica is a developer at Google. She works on Chrome and has probably at least once broken the Internet for you. She also co-organizes the Montreal All-Girl Hack Night, and will likely eat all of your Oreos, if you have any.

5:10PM | Push notifications for fun and profit (if by profit you mean cats)

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Amanda Dorrell

Product designer and front end developer at Timely. Organiser of the Wellington CSS Meetup group. Previously at Southgate Labs where she was involved in projects including Revert, Triage, and Dr. SaaS.

Product designer and front end developer at Timely. Organiser of the Wellington CSS Meetup group. Previously at Southgate Labs where she was involved in projects including Revert, Triage, and Dr. SaaS.

2:30PM | Walking the fuzzy line between design and development

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Carina C. Zona

Carina C. Zona is a developer, community builder, advocate, certified sex educator, and whimsical gluten-free baker. She has been an organizer & instructor for many tech women's organizations. Carina is the founder of @CallbackWomen. She spends a lot of time thinking about the unexpected cultural effects of our decisions as programmers.

Carina C. Zona is a developer, community builder, advocate, certified sex educator, and whimsical gluten-free baker. She has been an organizer & instructor for many tech women's organizations. Carina is the founder of @CallbackWomen. She spends a lot of time thinking about the unexpected cultural effects of our decisions as programmers.

4:20PM | Consequences of an Insightful Algorithm

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Hassy Veldstra

Founder of Artillery.io, a load-testing platform for APIs and microservices, and a senior consultant at YLD.io, the high-performance Node.js consultancy.

Founder of Artillery.io, a load-testing platform for APIs and microservices, and a senior consultant at YLD.io, the high-performance Node.js consultancy.

11:10AM | Troubleshooting Node.js - What to do when things go wrong

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Igor Soarez

Igor is a consultant at YLD!. He prefers simple solutions but also enjoys troubleshooting through complex scenarios. Not very fond of GUIs. Igor likes to make tests and experiments to learn.

Igor is a consultant at YLD!. He prefers simple solutions but also enjoys troubleshooting through complex scenarios. Not very fond of GUIs. Igor likes to make tests and experiments to learn.

11:10AM | Troubleshooting Node.js - What to do when things go wrong

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Mads Kristensen

Mads Kristensen is a Sr. Program Manager on the Web Platforms & Tools team at Microsoft working on the web developer experiences of Visual Studio. He has over a decade of experience in developing web applications on the Microsoft platform which got him the honor of becoming both an ASP.NET MVP and ASPInsider. Mads is also the creator of BlogEngine.NET, Web Developer Checklist and Web Essentials, Image Optimizer and Voice Commands for Visual Studio.

Mads Kristensen is a Sr. Program Manager on the Web Platforms & Tools team at Microsoft working on the web developer experiences of Visual Studio. He has over a decade of experience in developing web applications on the Microsoft platform which got him the honor of becoming both an ASP.NET MVP and ASPInsider. Mads is also the creator of BlogEngine.NET, Web Developer Checklist and Web Essentials, Image Optimizer and Voice Commands for Visual Studio.

12:00PM | Expect More from Web Tooling

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Sarah Mei

Sarah Mei has been doing software since before the internet had cats. She’s currently the Chief Consultant at DevMynd, where she helps teams refactor their way out of interesting messes. She also teaches object-oriented design with Sandi Metz and was a founder of RailsBridge, back in the day. Sarah lives in San Francisco, which is way colder than the California you imagine.

Sarah Mei has been doing software since before the internet had cats. She’s currently the Chief Consultant at DevMynd, where she helps teams refactor their way out of interesting messes. She also teaches object-oriented design with Sandi Metz and was a founder of RailsBridge, back in the day. Sarah lives in San Francisco, which is way colder than the California you imagine.

9:05AM | Is Your Code Too Solid?

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Vimal Jobanputra

Vim is Co-founder and CTO of Atomic, a browser based UI design tool. He's a JavaScript developer and an organiser of Wellington.js, who spends his spare time convincing people online he is NOT a text editor

Vim is Co-founder and CTO of Atomic, a browser based UI design tool. He's a JavaScript developer and an organiser of Wellington.js, who spends his spare time convincing people online he is NOT a text editor

12PM | React Tips and Tricks

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Kim Carter

Kim Carter is a Software Engineer, Architect, Entrepreneur and founder of BinaryMist, with a strong focus on security. Kim loves designing and creating robust software and networks, breaking software and networks, then fixing them and helping organisations increase productivity.

Kim Carter is a Software Engineer, Architect, Entrepreneur and founder of BinaryMist, with a strong focus on security. Kim loves designing and creating robust software and networks, breaking software and networks, then fixing them and helping organisations increase productivity.

3:10PM | 0wn1ng The Web

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Estelle Weyl

Estelle is a consulting web developer, trainer, author and speaker. She has consulted for Kodakgallery, SurveyMonkey, Yahoo!, Apple, Samsung and many others. She speaks and leads workshops on web development all over the world. Her blog posts have received more than 3M views. Her books, including HTML5 and CSS3 for the Real World and Mobile HTML5 have been translated into over 8 languages. She is currently working on HTML: The Definitive Guide and co-authoring CSS: The Definitive Guide with Eric Meyer. She reads the specs and tests all the browsers so you don’t have to.

Estelle is a consulting web developer, trainer, author and speaker. She has consulted for Kodakgallery, SurveyMonkey, Yahoo!, Apple, Samsung and many others. She speaks and leads workshops on web development all over the world. Her blog posts have received more than 3M views. Her books, including HTML5 and CSS3 for the Real World and Mobile HTML5 have been translated into over 8 languages. She is currently working on HTML: The Definitive Guide and co-authoring CSS: The Definitive Guide with Eric Meyer. She reads the specs and tests all the browsers so you don’t have to.

9:50AM | HTML5 Web Forms

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James Macfie

James is a Senior Front-end Developer at Xero. By day he builds software used by hundreds of thousands of people; by night he builds software and hardware used by the few members of his family. James is stubbornly single-minded about using web technologies to power connected devices as it means he doesn't have to learn any more programming languages.

James is a Senior Front-end Developer at Xero. By day he builds software used by hundreds of thousands of people; by night he builds software and hardware used by the few members of his family. James is stubbornly single-minded about using web technologies to power connected devices as it means he doesn't have to learn any more programming languages.

11:10AM | Automating the real world: an evolution in web development

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Megan Bowra-Dean

Megan is a senior Ruby on Rails developer at Rabid Technologies and a committee member for Ruby New Zealand. She fell in to web development after several years spent swearing at compilers and hasn’t looked back. Her free time is spent immersed in geekdom and politics.

Megan is a senior Ruby on Rails developer at Rabid Technologies and a committee member for Ruby New Zealand. She fell in to web development after several years spent swearing at compilers and hasn’t looked back. Her free time is spent immersed in geekdom and politics.

3:10PM | Revenge of the ORMs - Why SQL skills matter in 2015

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Hamish Evans

Co-founder and CTO of Hashbang, Hamish started his relationship with Ruby some years ago and has been in love ever since. Hamish has a strong focus on developer happiness, to inspire and motivate his team to produce quality code while having fun. When not coding, Hamish gets out some different kinds of tools and designs and builds (from scratch) sustainable cabins, while developing his permaculture skills to help save the world.

Co-founder and CTO of Hashbang, Hamish started his relationship with Ruby some years ago and has been in love ever since. Hamish has a strong focus on developer happiness, to inspire and motivate his team to produce quality code while having fun. When not coding, Hamish gets out some different kinds of tools and designs and builds (from scratch) sustainable cabins, while developing his permaculture skills to help save the world.

2:30PM | Joyful Web with Ruby on Rails

Workshops

Workshops

Wednesday 22nd July 2015

* Purchase a workshop and conference ticket at the same time to get a discount of $100.00.

9:00AM -
4:00PM
Workshop: Advanced Node.js with Igor Soarez and Hassy Veldstra

This is for developers that want to gain experience in advanced Node.js topics with a focus on performance analysis and debugging of Node.js applications.

Sold Out!
9:00AM -
4:00PM
CSS Deep Dive with Estelle Weyl

Learn how deep the CSS3 rabbit hole goes in this jam-packed course with CSS luminary Estelle Weyl. Estelle dives deep into the various components of CSS3 including selectors, gradients, transforms, transitions, animations, flexbox and more!

Sold Out!

Conference

Conference

Thursday 23rd July 2015
8:00AM

Registration and breakfast (breakfast with thanks to Rackspace)

9:00AM
Main Room
Main Room

Welcome

9:05AM
Main Room
Main Room

Sarah Mei: Is Your Code Too SOLID?

SOLID is a collection of five common object-oriented development principles collected into one handy acronym. Smart people recommend learning about it, and even the name sounds fantastic — who doesn’t want to write “solid” code? Clearly, you should strive to follow all five principles, all the time, in all of your code. Right? Well. Good object-oriented design is indeed helpful, but SOLID as a set of guiding principles really isn’t. Let’s break SOLID down and reveal the limitations of our current approach, and try understand just how SOLID our code needs to be.

9:50AM
Main Room
Main Room

Estelle Weyl: HTML5 Web Forms

HTML forms have been the bane of web developers for years. Not anymore! Newer form features provide for native date pickers, place holder text, pattern matching, required fields, auto focus, error handling, and providing for the RIGHT keyboard on smartphones, all without JavaScript. We’ll learn all about creating dynamic web forms with form validation without the use of JavaScript.

10:40AM

Break

11:10AM
Main Room
Main Room

James MacFie: Automating the real world: an evolution in web development

Whether it's a complex sensor network or an app that turns on your coffee machine, devices connected to the Internet are becoming more and more diverse. With simple connected hardware using an increasing percentage of web traffic, where does that leave the web developer? Are we still as relevant in an industry full of hardware without screens? In this talk James will demonstrate how a world full of connected hardware can be controlled using the same tools we use every day. James will argue that web developers already have the skills and know-how to create hardware both for ourselves and for customers. As we go from writing the code to deploying to a server, everything should seem pleasantly familiar...

11:10AM
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Renouf

Igor Soarez and Hassy Veldstra: Troubleshooting Node.js - What to do when things go wrong

You have built and launched your app. Are you ready for when (inevitably) your app experiences issues? In this talk we will cover some common patterns for monitoring your Node apps, pinpointing issues fast, and resolving those issues.

Midday
Main Room
Main Room

Mads Kristensen: Expect more from web tooling

We’re all using a wide variety of tools and applications to build even simple websites today. Some are better than others, but we’ve learned to live with what’s available while always on the lookout for something better. Switching between all the tools hundreds of times per day is not the most productive time spent. It’s time we start expecting more from the tools we use every day. Join Mads as he shows some of the prototypes and experiments his team at Microsoft is working on to raise the bar on web tooling.

Midday
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Renouf

Vimal Jobanputra: React Tips and Tricks

React is a JavaScript library that's great for building complex user interfaces in a way that's composable, testable, isomorphic and fast! This talk will offer some tips and tricks for getting the most from React in your application.

12:50PM
Main Room
Main Room

Lunch

1:50PM
Main Room
Main Room

The Panel: The Future of CSS

With Amanda Dorrell, Estelle Weyl, James Macfie, Mads Kristensen, Monica Dinculescu, and Jonathan Snook. Moderated by Walter Rumsby

2:30PM
Main Room
Main Room

Amanda Dorrell: Walking the fuzzy line between design and development

The state of web design is rapidly changing and our processes are falling behind - it’s becoming more difficult to justify a designer stopping at the point of static mockups to pass on to developers. So where does the designing end and the developing start? This talk will focus on collaborating with designers to create a smoother workflow.

2:30PM
Renouf
Renouf

Hamish Evans: Joyful Web with Ruby on Rails

With so many choices for web development these days, why not use something that makes you happy? Here I take a journey through the Ruby on Rails framework to surface some of the ideaology and features that make this framework a joy to use.

3:10PM
Main Room
Main Room

Megan Bowra-Dean: Revenge of the ORMs - Why SQL skills matter in 2015

With increasing levels of abstraction in frameworks, it is rare that web developers interact directly with databases. However, ORMs can slow seemingly simple queries down to a crawl. Instead of trying to maintain complex cache keys with the latest fashionable key-value store, let's revisit this 30 year old technology.

3:10PM
Renouf
Renouf

Kim Carter: 0wn1ng The Web

JavaScript is an incredibly powerful tool for good. With great power comes great responsibility. Are we taking our responsibility seriously? JavaScript is also an incredibly powerful tool for evil. As a developer it's time to empower your tech sense and see how easy it is for those hiding in the shadows to own not only you, but your friends, family, clients, customers... Anyone that uses a browser. New advances in technology look shiny... until we stop believing the hype, open our minds and start poking at them. Let me show you what happens when we start poking.

3:50PM

Break

4:20PM
Main Room
Main Room

Carina C. Zona: Consequences of an Insightful Algorithm

We have ethical responsibilities when coding. We're able to extract remarkably precise intuitions about an individual. But do we have a right to know what they didn't consent to share, even when they willingly shared the data that leads us there? A major retailer's data-driven marketing accidentally revealed to a teen's family that she was pregnant. Eek. What are our obligations to people who did not expect themselves to be so intimately known without sharing directly? How do we mitigate against unintended outcomes? For instance, a social network algorithm accidentally triggering painful memories for families grieving their child's death. We design software for humans. Balancing human needs and business specs can be tough. It's crucial that we learn how to build in systematic empathy. In this talk, we'll delve into specific examples of uncritical programming, and painful results from using insightful data in ways that were benignly intended. You'll learn ways we can integrate practices for examining how our code might harm individuals. We'll look at how to flip the paradigm, netting consequences that can be better for everyone.

5:10PM
Main Room
Main Room

Monica Dinculescu: Push notifications for fun and profit (if by profit you mean cats)

Service Workers are a new shiny for the web platform. They let you get offline experiences, background syncs and push notifications. By default, they do not let you get cats. We will fix that.

6:00PM

Networking drinks

Sponsors

Herbert and Sherbert welcome you to another WDCNZ. We love developers and the connected web. Learn how to build better integrations over at hoist.io

Hashbang love immersing themselves in tech and are chuffed to be a sponsor, along with the opportunity to attend WDCNZ. We create digital experiences that can standalone or be connected to existing systems. So, if you have an idea in mind get in touch we’d love to have a chat. The WDCNZ crew did, and now they have a gorgeous new brand.

There’s nothing quite like geeking out in a room full of like-minded people while hearing from some of the best talent in the industry. WDCNZ supports the growth and collaboration of NZ’s tech community. We're pretty stoked to be a part of it.

On that note, we’re always on the lookout for talented individuals. If you see someone wearing our t-shirt, introduce yourself.

The Microsoft NZ team are proud to be helping the people who build the web to do more and achieve more. As the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world everyone is kept fairly busy engaging with over 30,000 techies from enterprise, through to public sector and 740+ growing Kiwi startups.

OSPRI protects farms from pests and diseases, providing major environmental benefits to New Zealand. We combine science, field work, and IT (this is where you come in!) and we won the 2014 Excellence in Software and Project Excellence awards from the Institute of IT Professionals. We don’t write accountancy software!

Our twitter handle is @ospri_nz

Rackspace is the #1 managed cloud company. Its technical expertise and Fanatical Support® allow companies to tap the power of the cloud without the pain of hiring experts in dozens of complex technologies. Rackspace is also the leader in hybrid cloud, giving each customer the best fit for its unique needs — whether on single- or multi-tenant servers, or a combination of those platforms.

We believe that Wellington is the best place on the planet for developers to live, work and play. Wellington City Council is happy to support our amazing dev community to connect and exchange knowledge and ideas.

Landau is NZ's leading service solution agency specialising in the end to end production and delivery of remarkable offline marketing materials for local and offshore clients.

Huge thanks to Multi-Media Systems who bring great technical wizardry to our conference. We love their ability to bring WDCNZ to life with great sound, lighting, video and other services.

Multi-Media Systems offer: Projection, Lighting Design, Audio Reinforcement, Video Conferencing, Webcasting, Simultaneous Translation Services, Graphics Design and Production Video Production Voting Systems.

Huge thanks to Trade Me for sponsoring this year's WiFi.

Thanks to the team at Lil Regie for helping us out with a handy little booking system!

Peoples Coffee is a team of people unified by a love of coffee and the challenge of proving that a business can produce a world-class product that is ethical, sustainable and financially viable.

Campaign Monitor is used by more than 800,000 designers, agencies and amazing companies to send beautiful email newsletters for both themselves and their clients. As well as helping folks manage their email marketing, we provide resources on everything from CSS support in email, to design inspiration.

Big thank you to Michael Valli for the amazing photography during WDCNZ!

Big thank you to We Do for the amazing photography during WDCNZ!

We love ParrotDog's beer and thanks to them you'll be able to sit back and enjoy a nice brew after WDCNZ.

Info & Contact

Info & Contact

Eats & Drinks

We will keep you fed and watered throughout the WDCNZ, starting with breakfast and good quality coffee (People’s Coffee) and tasty food. If you have any dietary requirements, (we look after you too), just let us know when you are buying tickets.

Networking Drinks

What better way to relax after an info-packed day of presentations than having a quiet drink with speakers, sponsors and your fellow attendees.

Kicking off after the last keynote, we’ll have some nibbles to top you up and a couple of drinks to rehydrate you.

Places to Stay

We’ve reached out to the local hotels, who have given us some sweet rates, all subject to availability - so get in quick:

West Plaza Hotel

110/116 Wakefield Street, Wellington. 1 min away

reservations@westplaza.co.nz | 0800 731 444 | Booking no: 367619

Rooms available from $140 including GST (only available if booked direct with hotel).

Amora Hotel

170 Wakefield Street, Wellington. 1 min away

resmgr@wellington.amorahotels.com | +64 4 495 3995 | Booking code: WDCNZ2015

Room rates available from $184 incl GST per night, including WiFi (only available if booked direct with the hotel).

Michael Fowler Centre

111 Wakefield Street, Wellington

Near the waterfront, next to Civic Square and by popular Cuba Street (with all the good stuff: food, coffee & bars).

See you there!