If you are wondering if YOW! Is right for you, here is what people who have been to a YOW! Conference are saying about us…

THOUGHTWORKS

“YOW! is undoubtedly the best technology-agnostic developer-focused conference available in Australia…learn about what really matters, not the PR reviewed vendor-biased guff you’ll get elsewhere”

“YOW! is undoubtedly the best technology-agnostic developer-focused conference available in Australia. You get to learn about what really matters, not the PR reviewed vendor-biased guff you’ll get elsewhere.

What I really enjoy about it though is the fact that it’s a collection of like-minded people independent of what technology platform they work with day-to-day. It’s not Java developers, .NET developers, Ruby developers, or Web developers but just people involved in software development. Helps remind us there’s a larger world out there.”

Jason Yip
Principal Consultant, Thoughtworks


“This is a conference I would pay personally to attend”

Martin Fowler
Chief Scientist, Thoughtworks

SUNCORP

“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


“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

ATLASSIAN

“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

RED HAT

“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

REA GROUP

“Expand your mind far beyond your current job…spend time face to face with the people who invented this industry”

“The smart thing is to treat your brain like an incredible investment property, and grow its income earning potential by learning more and using it to progress your career. Add an extra bedroom to your brain!

Which you can achieve simply by going to YOW! every year, and expanding your mind far beyond your current job; spending time face to face with the people who invented this industry; your peers; and people you only read about on Twitter and hacker news. For less than $1,000? Trust me, even if you were lucky enough to own an expensive investment property it will cost you a lot more than that to maintain every year, so invest in your greatest money earning asset NOW.”

Nigel Dalton
CIO, REA-Group


“The conference to go to if you want to know what the thought leaders are thinking about”

“YOW! Conference is well known to have the cream of the crop when it comes to speakers. It is the conference to go to if you want to know what the thought leaders are thinking about at the moment. I personally find YOW! extremely valuable for my personal growth and always come home inspired”

Herry Wiputra, Head of Technology – Customer Systems
REA Group

OPTIVER

“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

GOOGLE

“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

BIG COMMERCE

“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

EVANTO

“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

NICTA

“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

RAINFORD AGENCY

“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

INARI GROUP

“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