10:00 AM till 16:00 PM March 2nd 2019Book your free ticket
4 Freshwater Place
Southbank VIC 3006
Reason for being involved in workshop: As a frequent conference attendee and organiser, I am invested in getting more diverse speakers on stage. I helped out at this event last year and it was great. Last year's organiser is not available this year and I'd like it to continue in Melbourne.
About Michele: Michele is a consummate software development generalist, having successfully performed in roles ranging from pre-sales and business analysis, through design, development and testing, to training/coaching and production support. She is also a qualified high school I.T. teacher. Having spent the 90's working as a consultant on large scale, retail banking core-system implementations for major US and NZ banks, these days Michele is focused on continuous improvement through education and judicious use of appropriate techniques, methodologies and tools within an Agile product development environment. She gets excited about learning and using collaboration to improve the way the team works.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I have always been a big proponent of more diverse voices in tech. This is a way to contribute my skills to give back to the community.
About Erwin: Erwin is the CEO of Melbourne based startup Bitgenics.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I'm passionate about doing whatever I can to contribute towards creating a Tech industry that is much more diverse and inclusive than the heavily cis-het-white-make oriented industry that we currently have.
About JT: JT has spent 15 years in various roles within the Software Development industry. He currently works for Microsoft, focused on engaging with the development community with a specific focus on the Azure cloud platform.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I have a lot of experience running conferences, and thought that skill would be useful as a mentor :)
About Donna: Donna is a Lead Consultant at Readify where she’s building a new design practice and working on interesting client projects. With 20-ish years experience, she has designed for a wide range of problems across all kinds of industries. Donna is a regular conference speaker, has written three books and ran UX Australia for 9 years.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I want to see more members of our wonderful community sharing their ideas and learning journeys with others. Especially first timers who haven't spoken at conferences and meet ups.
About Wai: Wai Ling has been working in and around software delivery teams for over 15 years. Her passion is growing teams that create software that makes a difference. She believes that building amazing teams starts with growing individuals by developing their strengths, talents & passion.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I have strong public speaking experience that I think is worth sharing. GDCFPD is a great way to use this experience to help make our industry more diverse.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I had always been passionate about diversity in tech and all industries. Having had experienced being the only woman in the room for many of my tech projects, I understand the need for diversity and also the increased relevance of it in today's world wherein inherent biases can lead to algorithms being programmed in a homogeneous way. Also, diverse teams are more fun and I want to see more of it.
About Hima: Founder at InquiBox, an education startup focused on making STEAM fun, engaging and accessible. She is an MIT Global Entrepreneurship Alum and is passionate about tech, design and data and have worked as a software engineer, technology consultant and management consultant across Asia, USA and Australia. She is also mentors high school students from across the world at the LaunchX Program.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I want to support and cheer peers in sharing their experiences and lessons learnt with others. I would like to do my best to ensure speakers truly represent the diverse community we have.
About Melissa: Melissa has fulfilled various roles through her career: as a tester, test lead, iteration manager (im), release lead, business analyst, delivery lead, and product owner to teams. She is currently working with clients in a variety of roles in building cross-competency collaboration within teams, recognising that this is a key factor in unlocking individual and organisational potential.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I loved running this event last year and am super excited to be mentoring this year. It has been super awesome to see what the mentees did after last years event, including one or two international speaking engagements! It can be really hard to get started on this conference speaking adventure, so having events like this is super important to help people along their way
About Amanda: Amanda is a test manager who works with teams and people to help them better test their software and networks. She is passionate about testing, and about the people within technology, particularly around building and transforming people, teams and practices. Since she fell into testing ten years ago, she has gained a diverse range of experience including fields such as satellite internet, health insurance and alcohol manufacturing, which has led to an eclectic approach to testing and technology.
Getting to the venue
Is there a public transportation stop near the venue? Yes
260m from Casino East/Queensbridge Street (tram 58)
750m from Flinders Street station (train, various trams)
750m from Casino/MCEC/Clarendon Street (tram 96)
Are public transportation stops accessible to people using mobility devices? Yes
All metropolitan trains are wheelchair-accessible.
There are more than 130 low floor trams on Melbourne’s tram network. We aim to run all services on routes 19, 96 and 109 with low floor trams.
Routes 5, 6, 11, 16, 48, 58, 72 and 86 are partly serviced by low floor trams.
To find out if the next tram at your stop will be a low floor tram, use the tramTRACKER® app or visit yarratrams.com.au.
Are public transportation stops accessible to people using service animals? Yes
The following assistance animals can travel for free on all PTV public transport services:
Guide or hearing dogs in training.
Handlers must have a valid ticket for travel, such as a Vision Impaired Travel Pass.
Are public transportation stops accessible to people who are sight impaired? Yes
Is the area around the venue safe and well-lit? Yes
How close is parking to the venue?
Wilson Parking - Riverside Quay is 100m away
Are there costs associated with parking?
Yes, according to their website Saturday parking is $11
Is the parking lot well-lit? Yes
Standard Wilsons Garage setup
Is the parking lot gated? No
Standard Wilsons Garage setup
Is the parking lot guarded? No
Standard Wilsons Garage setup
Accessing the venue
Is there any building security? Yes
What is the process for entering?
We will be badged in by a Microsoft staff member
Are there steps going into the building or space?
Are there ramps or elevators?
Are elevator buttons of an appropriate height for wheelchair users to reach?
Is there affordable childcare at or near the venue?
Unfortunately not on Saturdays
Is there a quiet room? Yes
Space can be made available
Is there a nursing room for parents with a newborn? No
Not a dedicated one but space can be made available
Is the venue safe for small children? Yes
(but they would need to be supervised please)
Is the space easily navigable for people using mobility devices or service animals? Yes
Do chairs in the venue have arms? No
Chairs do not have arms
Are food and (non-alcoholic) drinks allowed in the space? Yes
How many bathrooms (both single and multiple occupancy) are available?
How many wheelchair accessible stalls are there?
How many gender-neutral bathrooms are available?