Past Meetup

A hackathon, a super power for devs & how to be your own data scientist

This Meetup is past

17 people went

Location image of event venue


Costs: Zilch. Nada. Zero. (That's the beauty of it)

Live streaming of the event on Periscope plus recording available on the Write the Docs AU Youtube channel for people interstate, or cannot attend in person.

Pizzas and soft drinks on the night :)


From Hackathon to Help System

Presenter: Jared Morgan, Ladbrokes

Hear how Jared Morgan implemented an open source help solution for a product never designed to support embedded user assistance.

Speaker info:

Jared Morgan is equal parts Certified Scrum Product Owner and Technical Writer. He uses skills gained through writing documentation to help him scope and plan software projects with an emphasis on effective feature communication. Jared spreads his spare time contributing to open source documentation projects, co-hosting podcasts, and beta testing digital pinball.


Writing clearly: a super-power for software developers

Presenter: Josh Wulf,

In the first week of January 2017, Josh Wulf didn't sleep and did 267 commits on Github building the new spellbook for ( While doing that he contributed four patches to upstream packages, #makingtheworldabetterplace. He claims that the ability to write clearly is the greatest productivity superpower for developers, both for their own software development, and for engaging with others. In this talk he'll be sharing about the writing that made the New Year epic sprint possible, and also examples of writing that slowed things down.

Speaker info:

Josh Wulf is the founder of (, the world's most advanced platform for teaching kids to code in Minecraft. He has over 30 years of software development experience and has authored and contributed to 10 books on software development.


No-contact Customers: Customer proxies and how to use them

Presenter: Laura Bailey, Red Hat

Writing good documentation is all about understanding the needs of your audience. But what if you can't talk to them? Laura Bailey discusses options for when you have a no- or low-contact audience, and how to be your own data scientist.

Speaker info:

Laura Bailey has been explaining things since she got her first encyclopaedia, and shows no signs of stopping. She enjoys figuring things out, ticking check-boxes, and writing fiction.


Venue and meetup sponsor: River City Labs