• DevNQ April 2021 - Stuart King and Tristan Davey

    SafetyCulture

    DevNQ welcomes back two of their most popular previous speakers, Stuart King and Tristan Davey. Join us on Thursday April 15th in-person at SafetyCulture Townsville or Live on YouTube.

    Stuart shares how leveraging a modern tech stack, can speed up small teams and allow them to build ambitious products in less time!

    Tristan joins us to talk about handling any language in your application seamlessly - Walking us through the special things you need to know when "Unicoding": programming for Unicode.

    Free food and drinks provided to all physical attendees.

    LIVE ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/FDIX_HDD7a0

    SPONSORS
    - Smart Precinct NQ - Food
    - SafetyCulture - Drinks and Venue

    COVID-19 SAFETY
    - Sign-in using 'Sign-in QLD' will be required by all attendees
    - Attendee limit of 30

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    LEVERAGE - A MODERN TECH STACK FOR SMALL TEAMS WITH BIG AMBITIONS
    Stuart King
    CEO - Fierce Ventures, Board Chair - SPNQ

    Stuart shares how leveraging a modern tech stack, can speed up small teams and allow them to build ambitious products in less time!

    About Stuart

    Stuart King is the founder and CEO of Fierce Ventures, a Townsville based software company whose local clients include SafetyCulture, JESI and Townsville City Council. In addition to running Fierce, Stuart is the Chair of the Board of Smart Precinct North Queensland and developing new products in his spare time.

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    UNICODING - CODING FOR UNICODE
    Tristan Davey
    Senior Software Engineer - RANlytics

    In the world of software development supporting other languages is often a neglected and misunderstood a practise, despite the increasing globalisation of software. In this talk Tristan will teach you some of the basics of Unicode, understanding how characters are encoded, and how you might be making some critical mistakes that impact how your software works in other languages. He'll talk about character encoding, string splitting and how you can deal with user input in any language easily and accurately.

    ABOUT TRISTAN

    Tristan started in the industry as a web developer before joining SafetyCulture as employee number three. Tristan has worked on several generations of successful cloud products, maintains various open source libraries and now develops cellular solutions with RANlytics, programming everything from microcontrollers to distributed cloud systems.

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    JOIN LIVE ON YOUTUBE!

    https://youtu.be/FDIX_HDD7a0

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  • ACS Event: ACS QLD Regional Roadshow - Townsville

    Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville

    The Australian Computer Society presents Lani Refiti and Tess Holland in Townsville for a free event.

    Please RSVP with ACS: https://www.acs.org.au/cpd-education/event-detail.html?eventId=7010o000001wjrn

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    Presenter, Lani Refiti, Advisor, Cybermetrix (previously Partner, Smart Cities and Cyber, Deloitte Asia Pacific), will deep-dive into the challenges of detecting adversaries in their network and how to use data analytics to undertake threat hunting, the process of proactively finding adversaries in your network. Lani will use the Mitre Attack framework as a guide on how to detect potential attackers and also cover advances in AI and machine learning that will help.

    Following Lani’s presentation, Tessa Holland, Education Lead, Codebots will speak to a practical how-to guide on modernising legacy systems. She will show how you can go about recreating existing software (or paper-based) systems and translate them onto a modern tech stack. This talk covers how you can take advantage of the process to make improvements; how you can be certain that you don’t forget anything, and how you can stop your system from becoming legacy again in the future.

    This talk also introduces Codebots, a cloud-based software builder which follows the principles of model-driven development to make the creation and maintenance process of owning an app significantly easier. See how you can use Codebots to complete a basic legacy migration in the space of a few hours.

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    This event is run by the Australian Computer Society and is not organised or endorsed by DevNQ. For more information on this event contact [masked]

  • Postcards from Developers COVID-19 Edition - Share your funny or awesome story!

    DevNQ returns to in-person meetups in 2021! We welcome all of the DevNQ community, your friends, and colleagues back for 2021. To kick it off, we're introducing the programme for 2021, and getting to know eachother with a 'Postcards from Developers' story sharing session.

    Come along for free pizza, drinks and some great stories from our community.

    WHAT IS POSTCARDS FROM DEVELOPERS?

    Scattered around the event will be postcards with questions and speaking prompts. The audience is invited to speak to a personal experience based on the speaking prompts.

    Postcards from developers events are always filled with heaps of amusing anecdotes, stories of terrifying technical issues and funny faults. Come along and share your hilarious or horrifying stories with DevNQ or just kick back, listen to others and enjoy a healthy dose of schadenfreude.

    Enjoy exciting responses to questions like:

    - Have you ever been in Zoom purgatory? How did you get there?

    - What’s the most obscure problem you’ve ever solved using IT?

    - What's the oldest or most retro environment you've worked in?

    - How long did your longest '5-minute fix' take and why did it take so long?

    We want to hear your favourite developer "postcard moments" from school, university, work, home or wherever.

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    Co-hosted with Women in IT@JCU
    Event sponsored by Smart Precinct NQ

    Free Pizza, Drinks and Snacks plus updates on DevNQ, Smart Precinct and everything going on this year in our community!

    COVID safety measures in place. Please RSVP for the event, sign in at the venue, ensure you socially distance, and follow all safety and hygiene directions at the venue.

    Everyone is welcome, be sure to invite your friends and colleagues and share this event with others!

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    DevNQ has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment. Everyone is welcome, encouraged to be themselves, and has the right to feel comfortable at DevNQ events. Our Code of Conduct applies to all event guests and organisers - https://github.com/devnq/governance/blob/master/code-of-conduct.md

  • Smart Precinct NQ Event: Last Wednesday Connect - SOLD OUT

    Smart Precinct NQ

    THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

    Last Wednesday Connect is a regular, monthly-get together for those within the startup and entrepreneurial community to meet like-minded people and share their passions and stories, with the chance to hear from some truly inspiring and innovative speakers along the way.

    DevNQ members are invited to come along and join inventors, entrepreneurs, founders, engineers, investors and others involved in the North Queensland innovation ecosystem. Special guests include Tom Allen from Impact Boom, Steve Williams from CQUniversity Australia and Joe Hoolahan from JESI - Creating a Safer Connected World

    Tickets are $5 each, to help SPNQ cover the costs of catering the event. Beer, drinks and pizza will be available on the night.

    Tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/last-wednesday-connect-tickets-141635711225?aff=ebdssbeac

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    This event is run by Smart Precinct North Queensland and is not organised by DevNQ or subject to the DevNQ Code of Conduct. For more information on this event contact [masked]

  • Holiday Zoom Trivia & 2020 Breakup

    Online event

    Deck the halls and get your brains ready. We're having a digital trivia night to celebrate another awesome year of DevNQ and the end of 2020!

    Awesome prizes up for grabs!
    FIRST PRIZE - $500 in JB Hi-Fi Gift Cards (split over your team)
    SECOND PRIZE - $100 in JB Hi-Fi Gift Cards (split over your team)

    Join on the night and find a team, or organise your own team. Corporate teams welcome! Trivia teams of up to 5 permitted, so start rounding up your friends and colleagues and get them to RSVP on Meetup!

    MAJOR EVENT SPONSORS

    Australian Computer Society - https://www.acs.org.au/
    SafetyCulture - https://safetyculture.com/

    BUT WAIT THERE'S MYRRH (MORE)

    The individual with the BEST HOLIDAY HAT on show on the Zoom call will also win a bonus prize thanks to the ACS! That means you'll need to have your hat ready, and your webcam on for the call.

    HOW DO I PLAY?

    1. Gather your team and have each of the team members RSVP to this event.

    2. Have each team member Join the Zoom call at 6pm AEST on December 8th. We'll get you sorted into your team in a breakout room.

    3. Each round your team will:
    - be put in a breakout room to discuss your answers amongst yourselves
    - receive a link where a single player on your team can answer questions

    4. At the end of five rounds the team with the most questions correct will WIN a prize pool of $500 of JB Hi-Fi gift cards!

    Trivia will work on a trust system and we expect players to not utilise their internet connection to answer questions.

    WHAT WILL I NEED TO PLAY

    1. The Zoom Client installed on your computer and configured
    2. At least one team member who is able to use a web browser in addition to being joined on the Zoom call
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    DevNQ has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment. Everyone is welcome, encouraged to be themselves, and has the right to feel comfortable at DevNQ events. Our Code of Conduct applies to all event guests and organisers - https://github.com/devnq/governance/blob/master/code-of-conduct.md

  • Open Source: Hands-on & Hacktoberfest

    Online event

    Ever experienced a software bug you wanted to fix or thought of a new feature? Maybe you've seen typos in software docs or spotted project web pages that would benefit from a tidy up. Or perhaps you're interested in that thing called "open source" and want see what all the fuss is about. No matter your level of experience, *you* can contribute to open source software!

    In this talk and live coding session – yes, typos and all – you'll learn about the world of open source: how to get started, creating issue reports, how to write code and commits for the masses, discover differences between environments and projects, and how to have productive and meaningful interactions with the community. As a bonus, you'll also learn the subtle art of persuading people to accept your code.

    Rewarding warm fuzzy feelings aside, it's Hacktoberfest time in October (https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com) where you can earn a T-shirt for making 4 open source contributions. But it's not *just* about making pull requests and having the T-shirt to prove it – it's about improving software you (and countless others) use everyday and learning new skills in the process.

    Whether you're a beginner or seasoned open source enthusiast, this talk has something for you. The session is for people of all levels of experience and anyone interested in making open source software better. A knowledge of Git, GitHub and version control are helpful but not necessary to get started.

    Get thinking about the open source software you use and what changes you can help contribute! Bring your questions too for a community discussion afterwards.

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    SPEAKER

    👨‍💻 David Beitey (https://github.com/davidjb) is a little of everything in the software space. By day, he works in the eResearch Centre at James Cook University as a full-stack web developer-slash-DevOps-slash-Business-Analyst-slash-Project-Manager, designing and deploying software and systems for researchers. By night (and weekends) he contributes to and maintains several open source software projects, is an IT consultant and dabbles in the dark arts as an independent security researcher.

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    JOIN LIVE ON ZOOM

    ZOOM: RSVP on Meetup.com for details

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    DevNQ has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment. Everyone is welcome, encouraged to be themselves, and has the right to feel comfortable at DevNQ events. Our Code of Conduct applies to all event guests and organisers - https://github.com/devnq/governance/blob/master/code-of-conduct.md

  • Branching Out - Git-related Lightning Talks

    Online event

    We're branching out and merging together to explore heaps of git and source control related concepts. Come along and hear speakers cover everything from git basics to continuous integration. They'll have to squash everything in because each speaker only has 10 minutes!

    With something for everybody you won't want to lose your HEAD and miss out. Commit now and secure your place in our Zoom livestream on September 1st.

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    SPEAKERS

    - Lindsay Ward - James Cook University
    - Luke Donnet - JESI
    - Tristan Davey - RANlytics

    We're still accepting speakers for this event. Interested in speaking? Email [masked]. No experience necessary!

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    JOIN LIVE ON ZOOM

    ZOOM: RSVP on Meetup.com for details

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    DevNQ has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment. Everyone is welcome, encouraged to be themselves, and has the right to feel comfortable at DevNQ events. Our Code of Conduct applies to all event guests and organisers - https://github.com/devnq/governance/blob/master/code-of-conduct.md

  • Progressive Web Apps - Vasyl Boroviak

    Online event

    This month we're joined on our Virtual by a special guest speaker, Vasyl Boroviak. Vasyl joins us via Zoom from Sydney to introduce us to the wonderous world of Progressive Web Apps, the new way of building
    apps.

    The term progressive web app (PWA) was coined in 2015 to describe apps with native-like user experiences built on the latest web technologies. Since then many well known websites and companies have introduced PWAs (Twitter, Spotify, etc.) Vasyl will talk what a PWA actually is and why major businesses hVW invested in PWAs and the impact it has had on them. He'll explore the current landscape of PWA adoption and introduce FlashFX's own progressive web app.

    ABOUT VASYL

    Vasyl is a Ukrainian born software engineer. He became passionate about computers at 14 y.o and had learned C++, Basic, Pascal, and Assembler by the age of 17. He is a regular speaker at meetups and tech conferences. Vasyl is currently serving as a CTO at the FlashFX, a FinTech startup to transfer money overseas using blockchain technologies. He is also the co-organiser of the FrontendTech (ex. SydPWA) meetup in Sydney.

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    JOIN LIVE ON MEET OR YOUTUBE

    MEET: RSVP on Meetup.com for details
    YOUTUBE: https://s.devnq.org/ytjune20

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    DevNQ has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment. Everyone is welcome, encouraged to be themselves, and has the right to feel comfortable at DevNQ events. Our Code of Conduct applies to all event guests and organisers - https://github.com/devnq/governance/blob/master/code-of-conduct.md

  • Developing Your Career - Software careers expert panel Q&A session

    DevNQ brings you a panel of industry experts answer your questions on finding a career in software development, operations and design in North Queensland.

    Join us virtually with Stuart King, Caleb Macdonald Black, Don Cull, and Miranda Mosley as they answer your questions about pursuing and succeeding in a career in software. The panel encompasses experts from startups, corporate and government backgrounds with a wide variety of qualifications and expertise.

    Whether you're just looking to get started on your journey into software development or design, or are looking to explore new horizon's in your career our expert panel can answer your questions and help you find a pathway to your dream role!

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    OUR PANEL

    Stuart King
    CEO - Fierce Ventures

    Stuart King is the founder and CEO of Fierce Ventures, a Townsville based software company whose local clients include SafetyCulture, JESI and Townsville City Council. In addition to running Fierce, Stuart is the consulting Data Scientist at the Townsville City Council and Chair of the Board of Smart Precinct North Queensland.

    Caleb MacDonald Black
    Software Developer - Beam Solar

    Caleb is the remote sole developer at Beam Solar, a startup in solar energy. Caleb is mostly self-taught and has been working in the industry since 2015. Caleb has completed 2/3rds of a Bachelor of IT which he continues to complete around work and family commitments.

    Don Cull
    Associate Software Engineer - James Cook University

    After working in construction as bricklayer for six years, Don was inspired to change his career to IT when he began learning to write code online. He completed an IT degree at James Cook University (JCU) and began working in the industry in 2018. Currently he works as an Associate Software Engineer at JCU as part of a graduate scheme.

    Miranda Mosley
    Superintendent – Information Systems, Copper and Zinc Assets Australia - Glencore

    Miranda has been working in the mining and minerals processing industry in the NQ region since completing her Bachelor of IT at JCU in 2007. Initially taking the technical route, four years ago she moved into the leadership stream and is currently leading teams in the areas of applications support, systems development and project delivery for Glencore’s Australian Copper and Zinc assets. Miranda is currently completing a Masters of Business Administration at RMIT University.

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    JOIN LIVE ON ZOOM OR YOUTUBE!

    ZOOM: https://zoom.us/j/97434946541
    YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zof9oXmFwho

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    DevNQ has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment. Everyone is welcome, encouraged to be themselves, and has the right to feel comfortable at DevNQ events. Our Code of Conduct applies to all event guests and organisers - https://github.com/devnq/governance/blob/master/code-of-conduct.md

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