Playgrounds is an independent Australian conference dedicated to
Swift and Apple developers
Our aim is simple - to bring the brightest and most influential members of the Swift and Apple development community to Australian shores to discuss ideas, share in knowledge and make lasting relationships within an inclusive environment.
Playgrounds will host talks on a range of topics from Swift, to Apple platforms as well as engineering best practices, design and plenty more.
Playgrounds isn't just about speakers and a room full of people. It's about starting a dialogue around development - one that connects the attendees with presenters. It's more playground than classroom.
We want people to take notes, but we also want them to take handles - make connections and hang out in and outside of the event.
Big Bucket, Perth. @mattcomi
Matt is an independent iOS developer based in Perth. He's the creator of the highly acclaimed iOS games The Incident and Space Age. In 2011, The Incident was included on iPhone devices in Apple Store worldwide and in 2014, Space Age was awarded Editor's Choice. When he's not making games, Matt enjoys cooking and making cocktails, usually Negronis.
Instagram, San Francisco. @gregheo
Greg has been a computer nerd ever since the Commodore 64 days. He enjoys writing code, long walks thinking about code, and listening to podcasts about code. You can read his blog at Swift Unboxed.
Cocoa with Love, Melbourne. @cocoawithlove
Matt has worked as a Mac and iOS developer and consultant for more than a decade, working across a range of fields from video server software to weather apps. His website Cocoa with Love has offered in-depth articles on Mac and iOS development since 2007.
Author, Denver (Livecast). @ericasadun
Erica is the bestselling author, coauthor, and contributor to several dozen books on programming including the widely popular The iOS Developer's Cookbook series and also blogs at ericasadun.com. In addition to being the author of dozens of iOS-native applications, Erica holds a Ph.D. in computer science.
Stitch Fix, San Francisco. @bobbins
Rachel is an iOS engineer at Stitch Fix in San Francisco, where she leads the customer-facing iOS team. Prior to joining Stitch Fix, she worked on a variety of iOS projects at Pivotal Labs. She's passionate about building delightful experiences, for both end-users and developers.
fastlane & Google, San Francisco. @krausefx
Felix is the creator of fastlane, an open source toolchain for automating all your iOS development tasks. He recently joined Twitter where he now works full-time on open source tooling for iOS developers. Before that Felix worked at various startups in Europe and in the U.S. where he started his first steps into automating the building and submission process.
Capital One, San Francisco. @allonsykraken
Raised by llamas in the great state of Texas, Hector grew to be an avid couch potato who likes spending his precious couch time playing the Legend of Zelda or yelling at the TV whilst watching Game of Thrones. While he isn’t sitting at home vegging out, blogging or working on KrakenDev.io, you can find him sitting at the office writing iOS & Android mobile apps for Capital One. With a particular penchant for great mobile UI/UX, Hector writes the code that makes the world go round.
buddybuild, Vancouver. @dennispilarinos
Dennis is the founder and CEO of buddybuild, a continuous integration, delivery and user feedback platform that is designed, built and optimised specifically for mobile app developers.
Fatal Error Podcast and Blogger, New York City. @soroush
Soroush is a New York-based iOS consultant. He’s written apps for the New Yorker, David Chang’s Ando, Rap Genius, and non-profits like Urban Archive. He has a podcast Fatal Error which he discusses iOS architecture, Swift and best practices with his co-host as well as his own programming blog at khanlou.com, mostly making fun of view controllers. In his free time, he runs, bakes bread and pastries, and collects suitcases.
Artsy & Author, New York City. @ashfurrow
Ash is a Canadian developer working at Artsy. He has published four books, built many apps, and is a contributor to the open source community. On his blog, he writes about a range of topics, from interesting programming to explorations of analogue film photography.
Tumblr, New York City. @tamarshmallows
Tamar is an iOS engineer at Tumblr in New York. She works on Tumblr's Community & Retention team, developing features that foster community and conversation. Previously she has given talks in New York City and Berlin at Tumblr, Wire, and Etsy, at the Brooklyn Swift Meetup. When she's not building apps she writes, teaches, and runs a multidisciplinary art residency.
CocoaPods & Bundler, Chicago. @segiddins
Samuel is a developer well-versed in the rituals of writing developer tools that occasionally work. When he's not breaking Bundler and CocoaPods, you can find him in a library at UChicago, studying something highly impractical. In a former life, he has worked on everything from social networking apps to databases to constrained optimisation algorithms. When not coding, Samuel is often banging his head against the wall in frustration, fighting against a problem set.
Meetup & Researcher, New York. @jasonbrennan
Jason is a Canadian iOS developer-turned-researcher, focused on education, programming environments, and creative power tools. He's worked at companies doing social good, like Hopscotch, Khan Academy, and Meetup, and he dreams of a more enlightened society, empowered by computers.
Uber, San Francisco. @alanzeino
Alan is a Software Engineer in San Francisco on Mobile Platform at Uber and has been working on iOS there for over two years. His team focuses on iOS tooling and compilers, with a focus on Buck and Swift. Alan previously worked at Facebook and Yahoo and is a Sydney–native.
Pinterest, San Francisco. @wendyluwho
Wendy is an iOS engineer and has been working at Pinterest for the last 4 years. There, she led the launch of their commerce product on mobile and has also touched everything from the data layer to the ads product. She has given talks on Apple Pay and moderates a mobile development panel at Grace Hopper. In a past life she competed on the US Synchronised Swimming National Team.
Facebook, San Francisco. @b3ll
Adam is a Canadian iOS Engineer primarily focused on gestures, interaction, animation, and music. He's currently working at Facebook on App Experiences and contributing to Open Source projects like Pop. Primary interests include: dabbling in software internals, racing, and pranking other people's bash prompts.
IBM, Winchester (UK). @chris__bailey
Chris is technical leader in the Runtime Technologies team at IBM. Chris has spent 15+ years working with the open source communities for Java, Node.js and Swift. He's made contributions to the Swift Language and the Core Libraries, particularly for Foundation and Dispatch, and is a member of the Steering Team for the Swift Server API project, working on making standardised "server" focused APIs available to the community.
Bryx & Student, Rochester. @harlanhaskins
Harlan is a Computer Science student at Rochester Institute of Technology. He's previously worked at Apple as an intern on the Swift Quality Engineering team, where he contributed to LLVM, Swift, and the Swift Migrator. He’ll be returning to work on the Swift compiler team this summer. He’s also been working on libraries for using LLVM and Clang from Swift, which he uses in his hobby compiler, Trill. He currently works as an iOS engineer at Bryx, Inc making apps for 911 and EMS responders.
Masters of Ceremonies
Jesse is an independent iOS developer based in Melbourne and runs the Melbourne chapter of the iOS and macOS meetup, CocoaHeads. Jesse has previously been CTO of Beanhunter, an iOS app and website for finding great coffee and a technical lead at REA Group, working on the realestate.com.au iOS apps.
Schedule is subject to change, please check back regularly to stay up to date.
Evening Social Events
GIVEAWAYS PROVIDED BY
Playgrounds is an independently organised event, curated by Melbourne's local meet-up community.
We're looking for companies to work with us and help grow the Australian development community.
Every brand is different and our sponsorship packages are designed to accomodate that.
If you've been looking to get involved in the community, we'd love to hear from you.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Playgrounds promotes inclusivity and diversity amongst its speakers, attendees, sponsors and staff.
Please read and familiarise yourself with our code of conduct: We take it very seriously.