Sydney Opera House Hackathon Dec 7-8

The iconic Sydney Opera House are running a Hackathon in Sydney over the weekend of Dec 7-8. With a first prize of $4000, this might just be a great way to spend a weekend. They’re making a heap of great data sets available including archival recordings and a huge 3-D spatial data set with a…


YOW! Conferences in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney

Starting next week, YOW! conferences are running in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Featuring a great line up of speakers and content, YOW! provides an industry perspective on development, design and architecture. If you can’t get to the entire conference there’s an option to just attend the evening keynote session. In addition to the conference sessions…


Free Nokia Design/Developer Workshops in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne

Nokia are running Design/Developer camps in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne. The Sydney event is on this Friday/Saturday 18/19 October. Perth is 25/26 October and Melbourne 1/2 November. These look like great sessions, delivered by experts Shane Morris and Nick Randolph, in conjunction with Nokia’s Vaughan Knight. Full agenda and details are on the sign up…


FranklySpeaking’s Back

Michael Kordahi and I started the FranklySpeaking podcast back in November 2009. We recorded about 75 episodes up to the middle of 2011 and then went quiet with the exception of 2 or 3 false starts (there was other shiny stuff to play with). A couple of months ago we restarted and we’re having a…


My Ignite Sydney Talk

I had a great time doing a talk at Ignite Sydney this year. My title was “Statistics – Learn it or Lose” Andrew Coates: Statistics–learn it or lose. Some other great talks from the night (not all safe for work): Andrew Walker’s quirky The Binary Taxi Driver Ben Grill’s strangely compelling Secrets of drag revealed…


Building a Windows Phone Transport App for NSW

Dave Glover’s just posted a call to Be Part of the Windows Phone Developer/Designer Virtual Team “NSW Transport App Hot House”. Transport NSW are making a set of data feeds available around real-time bus and train status (vehicle locations, station maintenance, accessibility etc.) and are running a comp to find developers and designers to consume…


Learn Azure and Save a Life

Folding@Home is a Stanford University research project into Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and many forms of cancer. Essentially it’s a distributed computing project (it probably could be classified as a useful SETI) where small units of work are farmed out to available computing resources. This kind of problem is one that’s ideally suited to Windows Azure (and…


Win a Nokia 710 while Learning Windows Azure

In addition to the Windows Azure Meetups in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth this month, the folk at Lifehacker are running a competition in which you can win one of four Nokia 710 Windows Phones between now and June 26, and you get to dip your toe in the Azure water as well. Of course,…