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StripeCon New Zealand: Update and Speaker Spotlight

The very first StripeCon New Zealand is just around the corner. We've locked in the speakers and will be spotlighting each speaker and their topic. There are only a few tickets left to StripeCon so check out what will be going on and grab a ticket!

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We’re now only 38 days away from StripeCon New Zealand, the first developer conference to be held where the CMS was born in Wellington, New Zealand.

We’ve finalised the schedule and speakers for the day, of which is shaping up to be an incredible day of learning and networking. There are only a handful of tickets left to StripeCon so be sure to grab a last minute ticket while you can.

Schedule and Speakers

In addition to the scheduled speakers, we’re going to have a Lightning talks sesion to round out the conference. Attendees will be able to submit talks on the day to then be selected to present their Lightning talks (5 to 15 minutes each).

Speaker Spotlights

Sam Minnée | @sminnee

Kicking off StripeCon NZ will be co-founder and CEO, Sam Minnée. Sam keeps the company focused on its mission to reshape business through the web. Prior to being appointed CEO in April 2011, Sam was SilverStripe’s Chief Technology Officer, where his focus on applying modern web development techniques to building technically complex websites and business applications has meant that the company has remained a key player in web innovation since its inception.

Sam will be talking about creating better work environments with SilverStripe 4, leveraging technology, organisational processes, community, and interpersonal skills to show how these all build towards a shared goal of helping people get their best work done, and how SilverStripe can help to build the digital services of the future.

Danaë Miller-Clendon | @danaemc

Danaë is a web developer at Toast Ltd in Auckland, New Zealand. She has been working on SilverStripe websites for four years, and has been in the web industry for seven. Between building elegant solutions for clients at Toast, she loves dressing in vintage clothes, cosplay, sewing, and swing dancing.

Danaë will be speaking about building and maintaining SilverStripe modules to best represent your company. Her talk will address the balancing act of juggling the modules you want to make vs the ones your company wants built. A guide to managing expectations, maintaining modules, and handling the open source nature of SilverStripe so you can build quality modules your company will be proud to support.

Nicole Williams | @envycollect

Nicole has over 10 years experience in marketing and communications. As Head of Product, she is responsible for overseeing product management, product delivery, and marketing at SilverStripe. Nicole is responsible for engaging with public sector agencies to drive forward the vision and roadmap for the Common Web Platform, harnessing the potential of open source to share government innovation. Nicole is an advocate for knowledge sharing, believing it’s key to keeping up with the pace of tech. Her writing has been featured on Hubspot, and Huffington Post.

Robbie Averill | @robbieaverill

Robbie, a Senior Developer for SilverStripe, is focused on new and innovative backend web technologies, automation, integrations, unit testing and bullet-proofing web software. Shortly after joining SilverStripe in late 2016, he has single-handedly tackled the process of upgrading sites to SilverStripe 4 and become the go-to person for his team for any technical advice.

SilverStripe Head of Product Nicole Williams and Senior Product Developer Robbie Averill share their journey on upgrading the 45+ modules in the NZ Government Common Web Platform recipes. They’ll share practical tips for upgrading your own modules, along with the bigger picture on improving module quality across the community, flexible module recipes and commercially supported modules.   

Stevie Mayhew | @steviemayhew

Stevie has over a decade's experience producing large scale software solutions for NZ's leading companies. Stevie is a regular contributor to the open-source community and is a SilverStripe core committer and general member of the New Zealand JavaScript Society committee. He is passionate about helping others succeed and loves to share insight from his role as Chief Technology Officer at Little Giant.

Stevie will present his experiences and insights on managing developers, and their shiny tools, in an ever changing environment. He will discuss of the positives and pitfalls of reinventing the wheel and shed light on how to manage the call of bleeding edge of technology, while maintaining solid infrastructure and giving clients, and developers, the best possible experience.

We’ll see you at StripeCon!

We’ll be spotlighting the remaining speakers in a future post, but until then we hope you can restrain your excitement for the day!

A big thank you to our Sponsors for helping us to make StripeCon NZ happen. If you would like to become a sponsor for what will be an incredible event, please get in touch.

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Andrew Underwood

Andrew helps to communicate all the product magic that happens at SilverStripe. 


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