Levels Conf.

07 July 2018

at University of Melbourne

100 percent

Junior Devs Come First!

We're Australia's first conference crafted for building technical careers, from the very beginning.

Our goal is to bring together the Developer community of Australia and beyond. We aim to give people a platform to share, grow and connect, regardless of experience level.

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Accessible For All!

Levels is committed to being a diverse and inclusive conference.

This includes everything from mobility access, to hosting on a Saturday so you don't have to take the day off work. We take our Code of Conduct seriously. All attendees should read it as we will act upon it on the day and for any online interactions.

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Inspiring talks on the day!

The abstracts below are just a teaser of the wonderful talks we'll hear from our speakers.

Tess Elation

Demystifying Docker: the Building Blocks of Shipping It

Since it’s release five years ago Docker has revolutionised the way people deploy apps and has become entwined with the current DevOps zeitgeist.

However, for those who don’t have a background in systems maintenance or operations, there is a steep learning curve and an overwhelming amount of information. It’s time to unpack and demystify this journey!

We’ll learn what Docker is, why it’s so great, and run through it’s basic usage, before working through a real-world use case. Let’s get you built, spun up, and ready to conquer containers!

Jason O'Neil

Your web page never listens to me

Siri, Alexa, Cortana and “Hey Google” - the big companies are all building services that can talk to us, and that we can talk back to. These are great for setting timers, adding reminders, playing a song, but compared to the sheer amount of information and interaction available to us on the web, they’re quite limited.

Have you wanted to include speech driven interfaces in the pages or apps you build? Did you know there are well supported web standards for teaching your page to talk? And there are emerging standards for the harder job of teaching your app to listen?

Let’s explore the possibilities of combining Voice with the natural strengths of the web platform, see how speech driven interfaces can help us move to a more accessible and inclusive web.

Laura Munro

The black dog can code too

Sick days are for sick brains too. Beginning a career in tech can be tough, but while battling depression and anxiety? Tougher! A career path with the black dog following may be a bit longer and wiggly, and but that doesn't make it any less cool and good.

So how can we reduce the stigma of mental illness in the workplace? What can we do as colleagues and bosses to help everyone have a successful career in tech?

With years of first-hand experience, Laura will speak openly and honestly about how mental health has an effect on our careers. She’ll educate and inspire those who battle the black dog, not to be disheartened by their illness, and give them some practical tools to help them in their journeys.

Dasith Wijesiriwardena

Event Sourcing, from ancient Mesopotamia to modern software

Patterns are all around us, and in software, the design patterns we choose can give us the power of the ancient kings and queens. Event Sourcing is based on the idea that storing events as they happen is better than storing the current state. Imagine having the power to rewind and replay events, to debug, to generate reporting, to go back to ancient history...

We’ll get up close and personal with Command Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS), which gives us the bonus of scalability out of the box, we’ll be designing and architecting applications at scale, just like the grand cities of the past, in no time at all!

Cathy Lill

Functional Programming for the rest of us

A friendly, practical introduction to functional programming techniques you can use right now. We'll skip the jargon and advanced theory and talk about the basic ideas that underpin functional programming.

We'll explore how we can apply functional style to everyday programming tasks and talk about the benefits of coding in this style, using Javascript for our examples. Finally we'll see how these basic ideas evolve into more complex constructs that form the basis of FP languages like Haskell.


Creative coding - Adventures in Wonderland

Pushing the boundaries and experimenting is core to the growing creative coding community. What does this look like though? Let’s explore code as a tool to creating beautiful interactive experiences.

We’ll learn to use code to explore our own creativity, learn about the different tools available and the many possibilities that open up when we get creative. As personal projects, a potential career path, or as a fun way to learn essential skills, creative coding is for everyone.

Quincy Larson


If you’ve ever searched the words “learn” and “code”, then you’ve undoubtedly come across freeCodeCamp.org. Founded in 2014 after Quincy’s own learn to code journey, this grassroots not-for-profit has become one of the most supportive and inclusive communities both online and off. These values form the basis of FCC, with real world non-profits as the final project, and the whole platform being open sourced. We’re super excited to host Quincy for his first time in Australia as the Levels Conf 2018 keynote speaker!

Shuying Lin

Fast prototyping with Vue.js and Firebase

Vue's simplicity and supportive community make it easy for anyone to become a huge fan! This is why Shuying has made the combination of Vue.js and Firebase her goto toolkit when she wants to create functional prototypes in no time at all. Come on this journey of discovery as we watch Shuying dive into this handy tech stack and show us examples of how easy it is to tests out your latest ideas without overwhelming investment.

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