SydCSS April

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April's SydCSS will see us heading to a venue that's just a stones throw from both the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House where SiteMinder (Level 3, 88 Cumberland Street, The Rocks) will be hosting us. We have 3 great talks lined up for you and can guarantee they are all amazing speakers.

We'll have our giant Jenga set up at the beginning of the night so arrive on time and squeeze in a game or two with your SydCSS friends.

*** Tickets will be released on Thursday 22nd March at 10am. ***

Doors open at 6:30pm with presentations starting at 7pm. There'll be some finger food and drinks provided.


A Right Stitch Up
Katie McLaughlin | twitter: @glasnt |

Cross-stitching and embroidery dates back a fair way, but did you know that it's still a thing? It's true! You can buy kits with designs all laid out for you, but did you know you can create your own? Follow the process one maker followed for turning their favourite pixel artwork into a masterpiece, and how you can use open source software to do the same thing. Let's delve into the details about how you can create your own charts for a right stitchup.

Katie has worn many different hats over the years. She has been a software developer for many languages, systems administrator for multiple operating systems, and speaker on many different topics. When she's not changing the world, she enjoys making tapestries, cooking, and seeing just how well various application stacks handle emoji.

Not an Imposter! Fighting Front-End Fatigue
David Berner | twitter: @daveordead | |

The Front-end ecosystem is in a state of constant change and that can be a good thing. It's great to be in roles where we can constantly learn, develop and push ourselves but that’s not to say it doesn't get overwhelming at times! This talk covers the things we should try to remember in order to stop our heads exploding, as well as some general advice on how to avoid the fatigue.

David is a front-end developer from the UK who is currently working for Avocado Consulting. He has been coding since 1998 when spacer gifs and blink tags were still a thing. He is passionate about moving the web forward and writes about this (and all things front-end) over at

Hard Questions From Beginners
Donna Zhou | The hardest questions Donna's been asked have all come from beginners. Their questions are technically "easy" but incredibly difficult to explain to a person coding for the very first time. Before coaching at Rails Girls Berlin, the coaches had a bit of fun sharing their answers to these hard questions. Let's try to answer them together during Donna's talk!

Donna likes eating, especially RivaReno gelato. She also enjoys coaching and motivating others to learn to code! She ran Codebar Berlin, a free coding workshop for women, LGBTQ and people of colour. Recently she moved back home in Sydney - and now she coaches at Codebar, Rails Girls & Django Girls.

Massive thanks to SiteMinder ( for providing everything for us on the night, including the venue, food and drinks. Make sure you say a big thanks to them!