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Dave Thomas

Founder and Chairman

Dave Thomas, Chief Scientist/CSO, Kx Systems. He was Co-Founder and past Chairman of Bedarra Research Labs (BRL), creators of the Ivy visual analytics workbench and ACM Distinguished Engineer. Founder and past CEO of Object Technology International (OTI), becoming CEO of IBM OTI Labs after its sale to IBM. Dave is a popular, humorous, albeit opinionated keynote speaker with an impressive breadth of business experience and technical depth. Dave’s passion for fostering innovation and excellence cause him to found YOW! Australia whose mission is to build the next generation of IT leaders by encourage the spread of the latest ideas amongst the Australian development community. Dave is founder and chairman of the YOW! Australia and Lambda Jam conferences, and is a GOTO Conference Fellow.

Sabine Wolf

Executive Director

Sabine has been with YOW! since 2010 and has brought along her 20 years of experience in business development and international hospitality industry, including Germany, USA, the Middle East and Australia. Amongst many other hats Sabine heads up our Partnership efforts, contracts our event venues and overseas the Ops team.

Aino Corry

Executive Director

Aino Corry is a teacher, a technical conference editor and retrospectives facilitator. She holds a masters degree and a ph.d. in computer science. She has 12 years of experience with Patterns in Software Development, and 15+ years’ experience with facilitation of retrospectives. For the past 5 years she has been focused on facilitating the agile journey for several companies in Denmark. She also teaches how to teach Computer Science to teachers, and thus lives up to the name of her company; Metadeveloper. She is always interested in hearing anecdotes about octopuses.

Michele Playfair

Executive Director

Michele is a consummate software development generalist, having successfully performed in roles ranging from pre-sales and business analysis, through design, development and testing, to training/coaching and production support. She is also a qualified high school I.T. teacher. At YOW!, Michele wears many hats and works with a small team of distributed mostly part-time staff on anything and everything from strategic planning, business development and marketing through participating in program committees and improving internal processes, to dealing with unforeseen circumstances on the ground at events (like typhoons!).