- SydCSS April
April is here and we are excited to be hosting our first virtual meetup! This means there'll be no more waitlist and everyone (including friends outside of Sydney) will be able to join in! 🎉 Event will start at *7:30pm*. BYO food and drinks 🍔🍹 Live stream link: http://youtube.com/watch?v=rlysgxOGbwU 🎤Web accessibility: How to begin making improvements when it feels overwhelming 😀Taryn Ewens | @TarynEwens | https://www.taryn.codes Have you ever worked in a large codebase that has never made accessibility a priority? And while you want to make the web a more inclusive place, you don't know where to begin? I was there and it was incredibly overwhelming. How do you even get started when you have a huge amount of legacy code and accessibility isn't even part of the conversation? It's a cultural change that isn't easy but this talk will share my experiences of my team getting to a point where the whole (opinionated) engineering unit agreed on web accessibility standards. It will not cover any technical requirements of an accessible website. This talk is about making the cultural change that changes web accessibility from being a background thought to a regular conversation and part of your requirements. An ex-Pastry Chef turned Front-End Developer, Taryn works on the Design Operations team at Finder, Australia's largest comparison website. Since starting at Finder, web accessibility has gone from being something that was rarely thought about to being a regular conversation based on her and her teams work. Her proudest achievement is getting the whole (passionate) engineering unit to agree on and commit to a set of web accessibility standards. She is passionate about inclusion, accessibility and improving user experiences for all. When she’s not coding, Taryn’s usually found hanging out with her beloved doggo, Lexi the Samoyed. 🎤Interviewing for Developers during COVID-19 😀Debbie Teakle | @debteakle A lot has changed over the last few weeks but despite it all there are companies still hiring developers. They’ve adapted to the need for social isolation by conducting video interviews. In this talk, Debbie will give you some tips on how you can best prepare for these interviews Debbie is a technical recruiter at Lookahead Search. Formerly a product manager & web designer. Web geek raising 4 geeklings and a Labradoodle. === Sponsor === Lookahead Search (lookahead.com.au) Lookahead Search help top companies hire software engineers and CTOs. We are Lookahead Search - a recruiting company based in Sydney, Australia.
- SydCSS February
It's the first SydCSS of 2020. Come along and bring your new year resolutions with you. February's event will be at a brand new venue for us, finder's Sydney office. ***Tickets will be released on Thursday 6th February at 10am. *** Doors open at 6:30pm with presentations starting at 7pm. There'll be some finger food and drinks provided. 🎤Type Safe CSS with ReasonML & bs-css 😀Ciro Nunes @cironunesdev How can we have maintainable, beautiful CSS that we are proud of? The answer is simple: "Write type safe CSS". In this talk Ciro walks us through the pros and cons of that approach and live codes a few animated components with the help of the audience. Ciro describes himself as a DesignOps wizard at Ansarada. He is a developer for about 12 years, mostly focused on Frontend, programming languages nerd (Elm, ReasonML, Haskell, OCaml). When he is not in the computer, he is practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, playing football or video games 🎤 One size fits one 😀Sarah Pulis @sarahtp There is no one size fits all, there is only a one size fits one. We cannot design something that suits every single person. Instead, we should look at designing interfaces can be personalised, where a user can choose what they want to see and how they want to interaction. In this talk, Sarah will share some ways to design sites in a way that they can adapt, morph, or stretch to user needs. Sarah is a co-founder and director of Intopia. She has worked in accessibility and inclusive design for 10 years, helping organisations create more accessible experiences. Sarah is also founder of A11y Bytes and A11Y Camp, which have grown to be Australia's largest events on digital accessibility and inclusion. === Sponsor === finder (http://www.finder.com.au) Global success requires a like-minded community of people working together. Our team of energetic, savvy and passionate Finders is committed to guiding our audience through complex decisions. Every day, we help people save money, get better rewards and learn something new. Finder is equally committed to helping our team grow, thrive and remain inspired to learn. We have expanded around the globe and our crew of 300+ is now operating in offices across Sydney, New York, London, Toronto, Manila and Wroclaw. Finder continues to forge a global presence with a vision to become the world’s go-to destination for comparing – helping people to find better. Achieving our mission of changing the way the world makes decisions requires a diverse mix of creative, passionate and innovative people. We are committed to being an equal opportunity employer and continually striving to create a diverse and inclusive environment where all of our people feel a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic selves to work.
- SydCSS December - Wheel of Talks
It's the final SydCSS of the year and we're bringing back the Wheel of Talks™. Our brave presenters won't know what they'll be talking until they've spun the wheel, then they'll have 20 minutes to prepare something awesome for you. 🎟Tickets will be released on Thursday November 28th at 10am. 🎟 Doors open at 6:30pm with presentations starting at 7pm. There'll be some finger food and drinks provided. Our very brave speakers are: 🎤 Ben Buchanan (@200okpublic) 🎤 Kris Howard (@web_goddess) 🎤 Simon Vrachliotis (@simonswiss) ✨Whilst we wait for them to prepare we will hear from Jack Lo Russo (@lol_russo). ✨ Jack will be discussing 'The Dark Web' 😱 Sorry, not that kind of Dark Web — let's talk about dark mode! Is it just a gimmick, or a genuine way for us as developers to be empathetic towards our users? We will take a look at some different strategies for supporting dark mode, including the fantastic prefers-color-scheme media query, discuss some accessibility concerns, and dig into some cool tips and tricks together. Jack is a front end developer and designer currently working on fixing superannuation in Australia at GROW Super. He is passionate about front-end architecture, design systems, performance, accessibility, and building great engineering teams. He's also a mad Pokemon fan and can cook a mean green curry. === Sponsor === 🏢Domain - Providing a vast venue Find your dream home with Domain. With over 270,240 Properties covering real estate, apartments, new developments, off the plans, school data & real estate market data. www.domain.com.au 🥛Thinkmill - Providing delicious drinks We help teams make great software. 🍔Quantium - Providing festive food We combine the best of human and artificial intelligence to power possibilities for individuals, organisations and society.
- SydCSS October (6th birthday!)
- SydCSS August
Nights are long and cold so why not beat the winter blues this August and pop along to SydCSS on August 1st. We're at a brand new venue, Propeller Aero's HQ in Surry Hills. 📣Tickets will be released on Thursday 25th July at 10am. 📣 🎤Speakers 🎤 Design leadership for introverts Tim Yeo @timyeo Do you squirm in your seat when all eyes are on you? Do you find networking awkward and embarrassing? In meetings, do you find yourself keeping quiet even though you have something to say? Does a quiet evening at home with a book sound more attractive to you than an evening socialising with people you’ve never met? If your answer to most of these questions is yes, congratulations: you are (probably) an introvert. Introversion is not a choice; I believe it is something you are born with. However, it should not limit you, especially your ability to lead. Yet, as an introvert, you lose energy when engaging with people rather than gain. People engagement is not optional if you want to lead. So how do you lead as an introvert? In this talk, I share techniques I’ve used to manage my own introversion in order to lead as a designer. Bio Design leader. Speaker. Bookbinder. Known for saying complex things simply. Designer @SonderSafe - Your 24/7 rapid response network on a mission to have help by your side in 20 minutes (if you need it). Formerly Head of Design at fintechs @OFX, @Prospa; startup co-founder ***** It looks like CSS but it’s not CSS: Writing styles for React Native Petra Gulicher @petronbot Writing styles for a React Native app has a lot in common with writing styles for the browser but there are some critical differences. What are the things you need to know to get started, and how do you make sure your code can grow happily? Petch has learnt the hard way so that you don’t have to. Bio Petra is a front-end architect with Thinkmill. She likes dogs, deleting code, coffee and lying in the park in the sunshine. *** Sponsor *** Propeller Aero Propeller creates tools and software for construction companies, mines, quarries, and landfills to collect, process, and visualise accurate survey data. Some of the world’s leading heavy civil and resources operations trust Propeller to answer critical questions about their site’s progress, productivity, work quality, and safety.
- SydCSS June
It's that time of year again! Our June Meetup is all about first time speakers and we have 6 (yes, six!) awesome lightning talks lined up for you. We're excited to be back at one of our favourite venues, hipages and we can't wait to see everyone! *** Tickets will be released on Thursday 30th May at 10am. *** Doors open at 6:30pm with presentations starting at 7pm. There'll be some finger food and drinks provided. === Presentations === Chrome dev tools tips and tricks Andi Winata | @_andi_w (https://twitter.com/@_andi_w) Andi will be presenting some tips and tricks on using Chrome Dev Tools (and some WebAPIs) that may help development or debugging process --- Pure CSS Images - not just for ‘funsies’ Taryn | @tarynewens (https://twitter.com/@tarynewens) Have you ever seen some amazing pure CSS images, but thought “What’s the point? That’s not a practical skill”. Taryn will tell you how embracing her creative side helped her learn and understand more about the power of CSS. --- How to do complex svg animations using Lottie Lucas Vilela Lucas will go through Lottie, which is an open source project by Airbnb that bridges the gap between designers and developers for animations. It almost feel like cheating. —- Colour contrast for accessibility Jessica Diver | @jessdiver Jess will be taking you through why it’s important to consider colour contrast for accessibility purposes, how it is calculated, and some fun tools to help with making accessible colour choices. —- Understanding the CSS Box Model Dhiraj Chawla | https://www.linkedin.com/in/dhirajchawla For first timers, writing CSS code can sometimes be a daunting task, leading to lot of crappy code, until they understand what is the CSS box model. This talk tries to explain the CSS box model in a very simple and intuitive way. In the talk Dhiraj plans to cover the types of CSS box sizings and how they affect the content rendering, using simple examples. —- Design System – when to be creative and break the rules! Johanna Klaus | https://www.linkedin.com/in/johannaklaus/ A rich design system of components will not be enough to make a good user experience – sometimes, we need to break the rules in order to generate surprise or emotion. --- === Sponsors === hipages (hipages.com.au) hipages provides a better, smarter way to connect tradies and consumers and get the job done well. We are on a mission to make home improvement effortlessly efficient and our aim is to create a seamless experience for tradies and homeowners. Propeller Aero (propelleraero.com) Propeller Aero is an integrated software and hardware platform that helps you use drone data to measure, analyze and manage your worksite more effectively.
- SydCSS April
- SydCSS Februrary
- SydCSS December
It's the final SydCSS of the year and we're doing something we've never done before. We've invited 3 of Sydney's bravest presenters to face our Wheel of Talks™. They won't know what they'll be talking until they've spun the wheel, then they'll have 20 minutes to prepare something awesome for you. ***Tickets will be released on Thursday 22nd November at 10am. *** Doors open at 6:30pm with presentations starting at 7pm. There'll be some finger food and drinks provided. Our very brave speakers are: 1) Russ Weakley (@russmaxdesign) 2) Petra Gulicher (@petronbot) 3) Lachlan Hunt (@lachy) While we wait for them to prepare, Gilmore Davidson (@iamnotyourbroom) will entertain and delight us with a talk on some interesting CSS tricks. === Sponsor === Massive thanks to SiteMinder (siteminder.com) for providing everything for us on the night, including the venue, food and drinks. Make sure you say a big thanks to them!