Dave Thomas

YOW! Nights Sydney – Dave Thomas – 1 June

Sponsored by Atlassian and YOW! Developer Conference Australia (formerly known as JAOO)

In recognition of the importance of active software professionals who always seek improvement – YOW! Australia in cooperation with our sponsors, and your local user groups is pleased to invite you to join us for YOW! Nights. Hear great YOW! speakers and network with other software professionals.

It is well known that the best people get the best opportunities especially in tough times. These people can play multiple positions on the software team. Reach beyond your favorite language, platform, paradigm or practice! Invest in yourself, increase your breadth your depth and your professional network. Invest in your community; share your experience and expertise with others. Connect with the global YOW! community!


Dave Thomas is a popular humorous albeit opinionated keynote speaker. Dave Thomas is a founding director of the Agile Alliance and is a Managing Director for Object Mentor a leader in XP, Craftmanship and Lean and Agile in the Large. Dave is doing the opening keynote for the Agile 2010 Conference.

Dave Thomas has an unusual depth and breadth in the software industry spanning developer to executive and investor. Dave is founder and CEO of Bedarra Corporation; which provides virtual CTO, CFO and CEO, business mentoring and seed investment to emerging companies. He is chairman of Bedarra Research Labs which undertakes speculative client funded applied research using emerging technologies. Current Projects are Collaborative Analytics and Next Generation Pervasive Platforms.

He was founder and CEO Object Technology International Inc. (OTI) (now IBM OTI Labs) and led the commercial introduction of object and component technology. The company is often cited as the ideal model of a software technology company. In the late 1980s Dave pioneered an early Lean and Agile process called Just In Time Software portions of which appear today in IBM Team Concert.

He was the principal technical and business visionary and architect for IBM VisualAge Smalltalk and Java tools and virtual machines including the popular Eclipse.org IDE. OTI pioneered the use of virtual machines in embedded systems with Tektronix shipping the first commercial products in 1988. He was instrumental in the establishment of IBM’s Pervasive computing efforts and in particular the Java tooling.



5.15pm – 5.45pm Registration & Doors Open (Please use back door entrance at Atlassian)

5.45pm – 6.45pm Presentation by Dave Thomas

7.00pm – 7.15pm Q & A

7.15pm – 7.45pm Pizza and Drinks