YOW! Night 2018 Brisbane – Eugenia Cheng – May 28

 

CATEGORY THEORY AND LIFE

Category theory can be thought of as being “very abstract algebra”.  It is thought of as “too abstract” by some people, and as “abstract nonsense” by some others.  In this talk I will show that while it is abstract, it is far from being nonsense.  I will argue that the abstraction has a purpose and that broad applicability is one of the powerful consequences.  To demonstrate this, I will show how I apply concepts of category theory to important questions of life such as prejudice, privilege, blame and responsibility.  I will introduce the category theory concepts from scratch so no prior knowledge is needed.  These concepts will include objects and morphisms, isomorphisms and universal properties.

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Dave Thomas

YOW! Night 2018 SYDNEY – Dave Thomas – May 16

 

Legacy Evolution – The Innovation Opportunity!

Every successful business is powered by legacy technology and applications which need to evolve. Vendors, Consultants and New Tech Enthusiasts bemoan technical debt and have the answer – Switch to Our Technology, Outsource, Use a New Language/Platform. Each of these options comes with major business and technical risks and expenses, along with long uncertain delivery dates.

In this talk we describe an alternative lean approach to legacy evolution that focuses on high value near-term tactical business and technical innovations. We focus on data rather than code. Code has been the primary focus for traditional legacy approaches. We illustrate common patterns for identifying high return opportunities and techniques for high payback. We discuss risk mitigation and management buy-in for innovative approaches.

Technical Debt | Innovation | Targeted Technology Adoption | Accelerated Development | Data Driven

Dave Thomas

YOW! Night 2018 Hong Kong/Singapore/Perth – Dave Thomas – May 2,3,10

 

Legacy Evolution – The Innovation Opportunity!

Every successful business is powered by legacy technology and applications which need to evolve. Vendors, Consultants and New Tech Enthusiasts bemoan technical debt and have the answer – Switch to Our Technology, Outsource, Use a New Language/Platform. Each of these options comes with major business and technical risks and expenses, along with long uncertain delivery dates.

In this talk we describe an alternative lean approach to legacy evolution that focuses on high value near-term tactical business and technical innovations. We focus on data rather than code. Code has been the primary focus for traditional legacy approaches. We illustrate common patterns for identifying high return opportunities and techniques for high payback. We discuss risk mitigation and management buy-in for innovative approaches.

Technical Debt | Innovation | Targeted Technology Adoption | Accelerated Development | Data Driven

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YOW! Night 2018 Melbourne/Sydney – Evan Leybourn – May 2,31

 

Certain Uncertainty

The world is changing more rapidly than ever before and organisations of every size are struggling to remain relevant in the eyes of their customers. The simple fact that the average lifespan of a company has decreased by more than 50 years in the last century demonstrates that not all organisations are prepared for this new reality. It is only high-performing, adaptable and agile organisations that will leverage, lead and thrive in this ambiguous and unpredictable market. We call this business agility.

The problem with a statement like that is that there is no common definition of what business agility means. And that’s actually a good thing. In a dynamic and changing market trying to lock it down will defeat the very advantage it brings. Instead, I want you to start thinking of business agility as the common thread. An adaptable and sustainable narrative that binds & guides, rather than directs, us into the uncertain future.

This talk will share the state of business agility around the world. We’ll look at the Domains of Business Agility, interspersed with case studies from 4 multinational organisation in both the banking and utilities sector.

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YOW! Night 2018 BNE/MEL/Sydney – Linda McIver – Apr 17,18,19


Citizen Data Science can cure our data woes

We are drowning in data. Every two days we generate more data than the entirety of human history up to 2003. And those are old numbers. We have scientific instruments that generate more data than we can store, much less process. And we have data on everything you can possibly dream of – and in the case of Facebook, many things you’d probably prefer not to. In short, we have more data than we can possibly begin to understand.

Coincidentally, we have an entire cohort of school students who we are failing to engage with technology. Students whose experience of “tech” subjects is formatting word documents or making web pages. Students who don’t see the relevance of technology to their own lives and careers. We are increasingly ruling their world with data. It’s time to engage them with it. Citizen Data Science has potential to enable students to make scientific discoveries, understand the discipline that’s changing the face of the world, and engage with technology on a whole new level. I’m going to show you how.