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Coffee Catch Ups: Andrew Best & David Gardiner

Updated: Jan 29


David Gardiner - Senior Software Developer at RLDatix (https://david.gardiner.net.au/) (pictured left)


Andrew Best – Principal Consultant at Telstra Purple (www.andrew-best.com ) (pictured right)


With just one week until the SOLD OUT DDD Adelaide conference, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the two architects of the event, Andrew Best and David Gardiner

They talked about the origins of the event, their hopes for its first year and what to expect for those lucky enough to secure a ticket. 


FIRSTLY, WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BRING DDD TO ADELAIDE? 

ANDREW

When I returned to Adelaide in 2019 I wanted to bring some of my positive experiences in Brisbane with me. There is a very active tech community there, which is organic and lively – a communal knowledge of who is around and what is going on. I didn’t see that happening when I was in Adelaide previously [circa 2012]. So to help, I wanted to bring the DDD series to Adelaide as I saw it as a core component of what pulls the Brisbane community together. 

I love that [2019 DDD presenter] Dan Harris has pulled together a slack group (HeapsGoodDev) with a diverse range of MeetUp groups – this type of technology-agnostic sharing is fantastic to develop the community. 

DAVID 

For me, DDD Adelaide is something that goes back to Wagga Wagga about 15 years ago – some guys had organised CodeCampOz – it was crazy and fun. A few of us from Adelaide drove to Wagga and had a great time. We ran a local event here – very basic – we had the local Scout group put on a sausage sizzle for catering! 

Interstate, other cities were running DDD events that really took off and became highly professional. I’ve spoken at DDD Melbourne and was really impressed and wished we could have something similar back here. 

While I currently run the Adelaide .NET User Group, it wasn’t until Andrew returned to Adelaide this year that I felt there was someone who had the support and drive to bring something like this to our city. 


AND NOW YOU HAVE SOLD OUT 100 TICKETS! DID YOU GET A SENSE OF THIS LEVEL OF INTEREST PRIOR TO LAUNCHING THIS EVENT 

ANDREW 

No. I had no idea what would happen. We received 100 talk submissions; I didn’t know if we would get 2!  We were trying obviously – we had some vocalisation of support – but until you do this you don’t know. We are now sold out of tickets - the wait list is open though, so people can jump on that, there is a good chance some will get into the event next weekend from it. 


WHAT HAS CAUGHT YOU BY SURPRISE ABOUT ORGANISING THE EVENT SO FAR? 

DAVID

There are significant costs associated with this type of event – and the logistics. And the large scale – more moving pieces than a smaller user group. 

ANDREW 

In a good way – sponsorship was easy – people came on board – all of our sponsors were keen to get on board - Comunet, AWS, Telstra Purple, Uni SA, Encode Talent and Octopus Deploy. And the broader community has embraced the event, giving it great visibility and reach. My current employer, Telstra Purple, see this type of community engagement as part of the job. They give me time during the day to do this type of work along with my other role as a Principal Consultant. 


WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST FUN ASPECT OF ORGANISING THE EVENT? 

BOTH : Getting to know each other better! 


WHAT IS YOUR GOAL FOR THE EVENT THIS YEAR? 

ANDREW 

We are excited about a strong attendance and to give everyone a great experience. I hope everyone gets to connect with peers in the industry and come away energised about their career and the future opportunities in Adelaide. I’d hope people come away from the event both inspired by the content, and having a view of where they might take their next step on their journey within Adelaide. 

DAVID 

I hope for a high quality, sought after event in Adelaide, for people to learn lots and have fun. 


HOW WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THAT SOMEONE APPROACHES THE DAY? 

DAVID 

Look at the agenda – there are 2 tracks – pick the ones you think you will enjoy the most. Plan out the talks you want to go to. Take the opportunity to socialise in the breaks – there are so many interesting people with a diverse range of skills and ideas. 


WHAT WILL THE ATTENDEES RECEIVE ON THE DAY (APART FROM THE TALKS)? 

ANDREW

The conference is fully catered – amazing food is provided in the ticket cost, Coffees and Keep Cups from yourselves at Encode Talent, everyone will receive a conference T Shirt (#FIRST), stickers, and our sponsors will bring some swag to collect as well. There are also 2 major prizes – one is awesome and one is awesome but smaller. These will be drawn in front of a live audience at the end of the day – and you need to be there to win! 


FINAL QUESTION, WHY SHOULD PEOPLE COME ALONG TO DDD ADELAIDE THIS YEAR? 

ANDREW

Come along for the experience – immerse yourself in the day. You might learn a new thing, meet someone new, or just get an appreciation for the awesome stuff going in in the Adelaide tech scene!  

DAVID

What he said :-) 


Andrew and David are the co-organiser of DDD Adelaide on 23 November 2019 at MOD.

When you see them, take the opportunity to introduce yourself and thank them for their efforts in bringing this new addition to the Adelaide calendar.


As this is now SOLD OUT - waitlist tickets are available at www.dddadelaide.com/tickets

Encode Talent (www.encodetalent.com.au) is proud to be the coffee cart sponsor of this event. 

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