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ThoughtWorks has been a proud Gold Community partner since YOW commenced in 2008.

At YOW we are
able to share our technical experience and thought leadership to the software community in Australia. We also
send our consultants to hear from YOW’s expert speakers and to network with the developer community.

Karen Dumville
Global Head of Marketing - Thoughtworks

The REA Group has been a supporter of the many facets of YOW! conferences in Australia since Day 1 – as avid
attendees, sponsors, speakers and expo stand-holders.

YOW delivers us a return on our investment in so many
ways – accessing difficult to get in-person education from some of the world’s leading technologists; inspiration to
try new approaches; an opportunity to have low-key recruitment conversations with an array of technologists; as
well as some less quantitative benefits of meeting the tribe in the safest, most collegial context possible.
If people are at YOW, it means they care about their professional development, their peers, and building a
global community of technologists; are curious about the latest technology advances; and are chasing
up-to-the-minute learning. What an atmosphere results from this cocktail! We would not miss it for the world.

Nigel Dalton
Chief Inventor - REA Group

Every year, the YOW! conference never fails to impress.

Seeing inspirational presentations at YOW!
Conferences rekindles our ambition as to what’s possible in Software Engineering. YOW! is a glimpse behind
the curtain of code magicians and for many sessions one is always spoilt for choice!

Melody Allman
Acting Director - Engineering & Design - Data61/ CSIRO

It’s a rare opportunity! It’s a pleasure to see YOW! bringing internationally well-known tech experts to Hong Kong. Not only they are amazing internationally well-known tech speakers, they are the visionary of software development, coming up with latest idea, with concrete hands-on experience. It’s an eye-opening opportunity for our industry practitioners.

Steven Mak
Agile Coach - Odd-E Hong Kong

The breadth and depth of technical thought leadership on offer is without parallel in Australia

From my perspective, Suncorp continues to receive an enormous amount of value from attending the YOW conference – the breadth and depth of technical thought leadership on offer is without parallel in Australia.

Jesse Kapler
Executive Manager, Applied Research - Suncorp

The value of Tabcorp’s YOW partnership is three-fold.

Firstly, it’s a great opportunity for us to connect with
amazing ICT talent and showcase our business to potential future hires. Secondly, it’s a valuable learning and
development experience for our people who attend, as they’re exposed to global thought leaders, pioneers and
practices. Finally, Tabcorp is an organization underpinned by technology, so our involvement in YOW is great
way for us to support the local ICT industry.

Mandy Ross
Chief Information Officer - Tabcorp Holdings Ltd

Feedback from our staff who attended was very positive

Suncorp provided sponsorship for the YOW event in Australia with a goal of enabling as many of our developer community as possible to attend a conference event with an international flavour without the usual travel costs. Feedback from our staff who attended was very positive around the content of both presentations and tutorial sessions. A key feature of this event that worked well for us is the focus on facilitating networking between attendees and presenters. Overall it was a very positive experience…

Terry Gillett
Suncorp

Great to hear YOW! conferences are finally coming to Hong Kong! I have really been enjoying the high quality of speakers presenting at YOW! nights. Even though my specialty is web development as opposed to software development, I still really enjoyed and learned from all talks.

Charis Rooda
Founder and producer - Webconf.asia events

The speakers are very high quality

YOW is a developer conference in the strictest sense, it is by and for developers. The signal to noise ratio is very high, and there is little in the way of marketing. The speakers are very high quality and all attendees found it a very useful and inspiring conference!

Jed Wesley-Smith
Atlassian

YOW!’s expansion into Singapore is a positive and exciting development for the local tech community, bringing a welcome departure from the existing conference scene, that is often little more than a series of corporate sales pitches and a nice lunch. YOW! conference is packed with tech leaders and great talks from start to finish and they were given plenty of time to explore cutting edge topics at depth. Definitely a conference for developers. I cannot wait for the next one.

Stanly Lau
Head - Agile Singapore Usergroup

YOW! is one of the highlights of my year

YOW! is one of the highlights of my year because the schedule is filled with experts — often those who wrote ‘the book’ on their topic of interest. The conference gives attendees the chance to learn about the latest tech trends and rub shoulders with world-leading practitioners from all over the globe, without having to jump on a plane. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to connect with other developers from the local community.

Katie Miller
Software Engineer - Red Hat

There’s no better way to spend two days learning new skills, getting some inspiration, making new friends, and having some geeky fun.

It’s great to go to a conference where all the speakers and attendees are passionate developers, not just there to push their product or get out of work for a day. In Australia, there’s no better way I know of to spend two days learning new skills, getting some inspiration, making new friends, and having some geeky fun.

I always try to send people from my team who’ve not had much experience attending conferences, so they generally don’t know what to expect but always come back talking about how much they’ve learned and enjoyed it.

I look forward to it every year, so the only reason I wouldn’t go is to give up my spot for someone in my team who gets to code more than me.

Darren Cotterill
Development Manager - Optiver

Mix of hardcore programmers…coming to learn from each other

The attendees were a mix of hardcore programmers covering the full spectrum of languages, coming to learn from each other. One of my favorite memories was watching Josh Block and Avi Bryant duke it out over Java versus SmallTalk.

Pamella Fox
Wave API Developer Advocate - Google

I’m very happy to see YOW! expanding to South East Asia and bringing here influential and relevant software practitioners from all around the world. YOW! events are consistently well organized, fluff-free and thought-provoking.

Sergey Shishkin
Project Manager - Standard Chartered Bank Singapore

Yow! are great for Australian developers committed to mastering their craft, propelling their career forward and getting results for their organisation and personal projects

Yow! conference and related events like Yow! Nights and Lambda Jam are great resources for Australian developers committed to mastering their craft, propelling their career forward and getting results for their organisation and personal projects. The Yow! conference is unique in bringing thought leaders to Australia. For me personally, Yow! events have helped me see the potential for using FP solving serious problems at scale in an elegant way.

Soren Harner
VP Engineering - Big Commerce

A day or two of hyperstimulation at Yow! reminds me why I love what I do.

Yow! is full of people who are born to code, love to code and love to learn to code better. There’s nothing more fun than a day or two of hyperstimulation at Yow! to remind me why I love what I do.

James Ross
Engineering Director - Envato

YOW conferences bring the best out here to engage with the development community

Australia has some of the best software developers and IT companies in the world. We really do punch above our weight. A key part of doing this is keeping ahead of the pack, and across forthcoming trends. The YOW conferences are in my view simply the best way for Australia-based software developers to maintain their edge, because they bring the best out here to engage with the Australian software development community. You really need to be there.

Simon Kaplan
Director, Skills & Industry Tranformation - Nicta

Rare treat to get such a diverse roundup of software industry experts at the one conference

It’s a rare treat to get such a diverse roundup of software industry experts at the one conference in Australia. Ruby, Java, Smalltalk, Python… you name it. I left with a wider perspective and the inspiration to become a better developer. Highly recommended.

Tim Lucas
Partner and UX Developer - Rainford Agency

YOW! is a unique event on the Australian IT calendar

YOW! is a unique event on the Australian IT calendar, bringing together international leaders in best-practice software development management and delivery, with the express purpose of sharing that expertise with the IT community. Any company that relies of the effective delivery of software for business success should seriously consider attending.

Greg Baster
Director - Inari Group

YOW! is a great asset for Hong Kong’s ever growing tech community

YOW! is a great asset for Hong Kong’s ever growing tech community. Their debut conference was truly inspiring; with talks/workshops from international superstars that included Lynn Langit and Dr. Anita Sengupta, who respectively spoke about, cloud data pipeline patterns for analyzing large genomic datasets and how engineering challenges are tackled with computational modeling for the Mars exploration missions. In my opinion, there isn’t a conference of such excellence on the Asian conference circuit. No sales pitches; complements existing conferences in the local tech community; diverse topics from industry experts; and organized by a group of passionate technologists and alike. In summary, an ‘EXPERIENCE’ not to be missed.

Sandeep Rakhra
Software Engineer - Credit Suisse