Monday, December 19, 2011


2009, 2011 Mahler Lectures

For anyone interested in mathematics/science, the Mahler lectures for 2009 and 2011 are now available as pdf’s.

They vary in complexity, but most have a wide audience such as Terence Tao’s “The Cosmic Distance Ladder”, which I attended in person when held at UWA.

Friday, December 02, 2011


DevJam 2011

A big thank you to all of the presenters at this year’s DevJam event. It is great to see so many local developers willing to give up their time to present a talk. It was a great turnout: 51 people attended last night’s event, and I counted 5 regular attendees who couldn’t make it.

It was a great line-up of topics with a nice mixture of content. Every talk received audience votes, but we have to have some winners in order to give out the prizes! The audience voted favourite talks (in order) were:

  1. Mike Minutillo - Crankpad
  2. Piers Williams - Kinect SDK
  3. Jake Ginnivan - Real World MVVM

Thank you to all the sponsors who help make these events possible: Microsoft for the venue, pizza and refreshments, and major prize funding through UGSS, Pluralsight, Scooter Software, JetBrains, Joe Albahari, RedGate, TekPub. Special thanks to Andrew Coates and Roseanne Stamell for their invaluable support.

Thank you to everyone who attended DevJam and regular meetings throughout the year, and thank you to all the talk presenters, who make running a user group possible.

[If you are interested in running one of these events at your User Group, I put together some notes here: Running a DevJam Community Event]


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