Wellington Tech Events
Code Camp Wellington
Coming Saturday 13th April 2024
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About Code Camp Wellington
on Saturday

What is Code Camp Wellington 2024 and why would you want to come?

One Saturday

Invest in your tech career with a full day of learning & networking. Held at the weekend so you don't have to ask for time off work.

Great Speakers

Hear from Wellington's finest new talent and some of New Zealand's best technical speakers. Check out our programmes from 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2023.

Technology Agnostic

Something for everyone, with presentations on the latest hot technologies, developing your career, and everything in-between.

$0 Tickets

Our tickets are free. Yes, free.
That's right, no charge. We want everyone to be able to come.

Volunteer Run

A free one day Tech Conference organised by a team of volunteers for the benefit of the Wellington Tech community.

Not a Coding Boot-camp

We'll have speakers across multiple subject tracks; you can leave your laptop at home.

Rescheduled to
Saturday 13th April

Due to circumstances beyond our control
(think of it as an unexpected plot twist)
we're pushing Code Camp Wellington 2024
back a week to Saturday 13th April.

Nothing
else changes

We're still planning on bringing you
another epic Code Camp
with a full day of tech talks and networking.
Stay tuned for more!

Tracks

As we've done every year,
we're breaking Code Camp into different subject tracks
to help delegates find the most interesting sessions.
For 2024 we've chosen these tracks.

Code On Screen

Show us the code! Tell us why you think it's important, and what we need to know.

Careers & Teams

What does it take to build a rewarding career in tech, and how do we contribute to teams that succeed?

Hot & New

What's the latest hot technology that we need to be paying attention to?

Cool & Fun

If it's tech you think is cool (or fascinating or surprising) then we probably will too.

Speakers

We have over thirty speakers lined up to come and share their wisdom, experience, and stories!

A Brief History of the Clipper Chip
Cool & Fun Lightning Talk

We explore the spotty relationship between signals intelligence and communications privacy through a (very) condensed history of one of the NSA's most resounding failures: the Clipper chip.


Vera Connell

Vera Connell is a (struggling) renaissance woman, equal parts technology enthusiast and neo-luddite. Raised in grey, windy Wellington, she walks the earth raining on parades and being generally skeptical. But in a fun way! :3


VesselASID
Programming the Commodore 64 for VJ performances
Cool & Fun Breakout Session

Commodore 64s are cool - but what if there were a way to dynamically upload new code to them, live, to run a VJ performance? With VesselASID (part of my music PhD) you can!


Josh Bailey

I'm an R&D engineer from SDN to SDR, national security to machine learning, and bitslice CPUs to supercomputers.


Empower your applications
Using AI and Semantic Kernel
Hot & New Breakout Session

In this session, we'll explore how to enhance your applications with the power of AI and Semantic Kernel, which is an open-source SDK that let you easily build AI agents with LLMs, unlocking new levels of functionality and user engagement.


Xiaodi Yan

Xiaodi is a Microsoft MVP/MCT, the co-organiser of Wellington .NET User Group. He is passionate about .NET, Azure, DevOps, cloud-native, etc. He often writes blogs and makes talks to share his knowledge with the community.


Learn Rust the Hobbes way
Code On Screen Breakout Session

The Rust language is increasingly popular for the way it balances safety, performance, and expressiveness. The way it gets there, though, can be challenging for developers familiar with better-known languages such as C, C#/Java, or Go: hence Rust's reputation for having less of a learning curve than a learning cliff. In this talk, we'll run full tilt at that cliff, and see how high we get. I'm going to focus not on teaching you "this is what comments look like," but on giving you a basis for *thinking* in Rust: major features that are different from the way other languages do things, idioms, false friends, and key packages and tools.


Ivan Towlson

Ivan has been knocking around the software scene since the days of Turbo Basic, and has lately found himself focusing on cloud native tools as part of Microsoft's Deis Labs group. He is now back in the startup world, helping to found Fermyon and using Rust and WebAssembly to build the next wave of cloud computing.


Shortcuts to understanding your teammates better
Careers & Teams Breakout Session

When most people get into the field of technology, they do so to solve difficult problems or to at least write code. What many people overlook is that they're actively choosing to work in a very social field. This talk will give you some models to help you understand why you and your teammates show up the way you do.


Steven McDonald

I've been in software for almost 20 years, and I've gone from "headphones on, leave me alone" to leading teams and facilitation. Since 2020 I've been studying Developmental Coaching and bringing those skills into Engineering teams.


New Gig? New You!
Careers & Teams Breakout Session

Technologists change jobs often, even more so over the last 12-18 turbulent months. How might you put your best foot forward confidently in a new role, whether you're a leader or individual contributor?
Spoiler #1: what you're doing has got you this far, no need to start again!
Spoiler #2: these tips can be applied in your current gig too 😉


Rachel Collingridge

A classically trained musician, Rachel got into software development by mistake, and has been enjoying it too much to switch back. Sixteen years of shipping code commercially preceded nearly a decade of technology leadership based on servant leadership, extreme collaboration, making a positive difference and always have a laugh while doing it.


When are things happening?

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  • Call for Presenters Opened

    Monday, 11 December 2023
    Call for Presenters Opened

    Our call for presenters is now closed.

    If you missed out this time, we hope you'll consider submitting a talk next year!

  • Call for Presenters Closes

    Sunday, 11 February 2024
    Call for Presenters Closes

    Our call for presenters has closed.

    Thanks to everyone who submitted their ideas for talks.

  • Speakers Confirmed

    Sunday, 25 February 2024
    Speakers Confirmed

    Successful submitters should now have received a formal invitation to speak.

    Other submitters should have received an email advising them their talk was not selected.

    Make sure you keep an eye on your email so you don't miss it - and don't forget to check your spam folder!

  • Speaker coaching

    March, 2024
    Speaker coaching

    New speaker?

    First time presenting in front of a crowd?

    Nervous about how this works?

    Don't worry, we've got your back with a coaching event to help you prepare for the big day.

    (Experienced speakers are also welcome to attend, to share their wisdom and experiences with others.)

  • Code Camp Wellington 2024

    Saturday, 13 April 2024
    Code Camp Wellington 2024

    Rescheduled from 6th April

    Code Camp Wellington 2024 is on!

    We're looking forward to seeing you there.

Sponsors

Thanks to our awesome sponsors -
without their support since 2016 we wouldn't be able to put together such awesome events.

Major Sponsors

We thank these major sponsors for their support of Code Camp Wellington 2024

Trade Me

Venue Sponsor

Xero

Venue Sponsor

PrivSec Consulting

Major Sponsor

 

Other Sponsors

We thank these sponsors for their support of Code Camp Wellington 2024

Parallo

Sponsor

Runn

Sponsor

Spotlight Reporting

Sponsor

Our Amazing Team

These are the volunteers responsible for bringing everything together
to make Code Camp Wellington 2024 into an event to remember.

Adam Barnes
Organiser

Adam, a seasoned Software Developer, Consultant, and Startup Co-Founder, has been a proud resident of Wellington since the late '90s, with stints in London and Melbourne. He has a passion for leadership and management, but his heart truly lies in software development. This recent realisation has inspired a career pivot back to hands-on coding, where he thrives on tackling technical challenges. Currently, Adam is applying his problem-solving skills at Datacom and embracing the exciting hurdles of being the tech co-founder of an early-stage startup, bikematrix.io.

Alice Jowsey
Organiser

Specialist in AWS in the Cloud and Engineering team at Deloitte, Alice has been integral in creating applications for many diverse clients and projects. Delving into developing, architect solutions and supporting applications as they run in operate. Giving to the tech community, and generating inclusion is important to her as she gets involved in giving time to Hapori Wahine AWS She Builds, Summer of Tech, Dev Academy and the Native Cloud Summit. Always enjoyed code-camp and now is on board to organise and help create an awesome Code camp 2024.

Ben Amor
Returning Organiser

Ben has worked with of the biggest names in Wellington, including alumni of both Xero and Trade Me. To widespread astonishment, including their own, they're all willing to work with him again. He brings a great sense of fun, a quirky sense of humour and a sterling can do attitude to everything he does and we think it's just splendid that he's joined us for another Wellington Code Camp.

Ben Chartrand
Returning Organizer

Ben has attended most (if not all?) of the previous Code Camp Wellington events. He also had a chance to speak at one in 2020, and was our keynote speaker in 2023. He's keen to help with organizing this year's event. Ben is the CTO of Spotlight Reporting.

Bevan Arps
Founding Organiser

Bevan is the driving force behind Code Camp Wellington, and formerly of the Wellington .NET user group. He's an alumnus speaker of TechEd and Code Camps in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. Over his long and storied development career he's written code you can bank on as well as some that's right on the button. We can only hope he's not going soft as Code Camp moves into another year and we're delighted that he's brought his vision and zeal to the committee for another round.

Catherine Matheson
Venue Organiser (Trade Me)

My background is in product and testing but I have dabbled in many areas of tech and now I can add code camp to the list! I love getting creative and creating an environment where everyone can have fun at work. Currently I’m a Technical Product Owner at Trade Me, working on how we can build platforms and services that will enable engineers to deliver customer value faster

Dave Dustin
Venue Organiser (Xero)

Bio yet to be written.

Lisa Taylor
Organiser

As a past presenter at Code Camp Wellington, Lisa shared insights into her unique journey of using code to create large-scale interactive art. She's always been drawn to problem-solving and has found joy in tackling unconventional challenges, from automating and streamlining processes to inventing novel solutions, such as using an Arduino to regularly water her plants. Growing up, Lisa lacked guidance in understanding the possibilities of careers in technology. Now, having forged a career in the field, she's driven by a passion to mentor and empower others. Her belief that "no problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking" is at the core of her approach, hoping to inspire others to explore the seemingly endless opportunities in this industry. As a Developer Leader at PartsTrader, Lisa continues to use her expertise to guide the development processes and grow the development team to their full potential.

Oleg Voronin
Returning Organiser

A solutions architect by day, Oleg tries to balance leaning into his 15 odd years of software design and development with remaining curious and open to new ideas. He enjoys listening to someone passionate and knowledgeable speak on almost any subject, making him an avid audiobooks and podcasts consumer, catch up coffee drinker, and Code Camp lightning talk enthusiast.
Oleg can be seen around Wellington opining about user experience and technical trade offs, collecting AWS badges, and (while getting to stay on the tools in his current role) pleading with the debugger or persevering with git on a Friday afternoon. He welcomes your connections on LinkedIn mentioning you're from CCW!
❤️ Archie, Ella, Marisa

Patrick Roby
Organiser

Bio yet to be written.

Shrena Patel
Organiser

Shrena is a web developer and facilitator at Dev Academy Aotearoa. With a passion for front end development and accessibility, Shrena enjoys helping students have those lightbulb moments with their tech learning, and championing those who think a career in tech may not be for them.

Code of Conduct

We want everyone at Code Camp Wellington Events to have a great time, so this is important.

Our events are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices.

We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any of our venues, including talks, Twitter and other online media.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the sole discretion of the organisers.

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