NDC Melbourne was awesome!
NDC is one of my favorite conferences in the world, and while I blogged that I enjoyed catching up online over the last two years, in retrospect, I wouldn’t want to do it again. Nothing beats seeing everyone in-person and watching live talks.
Here are my top 4 things:
#1 – Back to Presenting to a Live Audience!
There was so many great sessions + we had 4 SSW’ers presenting at NDC. I was thrilled to be chosen to speak at NDC Melbourne. As always, a great experience.
I have really missed it. It was awesome to speak to so many great devs, hear their questions and feedback about my talk.
My talk “10 Tips to Rocking as an Azure Architect”, covered all of the essential things you need to be an Azure Architect ninja. I was able to make the presentation more interactive with www.slido.com – I asked questions to learn about the attendees’ Azure Architecture journey and got some great answers and feedback real time streamed directly back into my PowerPoint deck. The video will be up on the NDC YouTube channel soon with a heap of others.
Mr Clean Architecture, Jason Taylor, ran a great workshop on Practical Clean Architecture with .NET 6, and also presented his talk “Developing Flexible Authorization Capabilities in ASP.NET Core”.
Jason is a great mentor, so if you missed his workshop, he’s running it again in July at SSW. Check out the dates and locations here: ssw.com.au/events
Patrick Zhao presented a hot topic “Easier deployments using a Blue/Green strategy” to help all those devs looking to wrangle Microservice deployments.
Patrick has delivered some great projects in recent years, and it’s great to see him sharing some of that knowledge with others.
My favorite talk is a hard pick, but I’ll say it was Richard Campbell’s because he makes me laugh. He is someone I’ve seen more than once every year for the last 20 years, except for bloody COVID-19, so it was great to see him back in person on stage, and catch up in the evening.
#2 – The SSW Booth
SSW’s marketing team Camilla, Ash C, and Lachie, put in a huge effort to make a cool booth for people to come and meet us, and have a little fun… they gave us a great experience all week. I felt proud walking past our booth and seeing it had the biggest crowd with lots of people laughing.
We had an incredible artist, Janie Fearon creating some really cool (non-permanent) tattoos for visitors:
#3 – Geeks Getting Competitive…
We had a mini basketball throwing game where you could win prizes, the most popular was the Mi Band 6 & Mi Band 7. It’s fun watching how competitive some people can be for a little swag.
#4 – SSW TV capturing the highlights of speakers’ sessions
The SSW TV team were really busy too with Jonty, Landon, Eve, and Matt W coordinating 30 interviews with the NDC speakers! 🤯
Keep an eye out on SSW TV for the awesome 15 minutes demos we recorded that will be popping up over the next few months. We interviewed seasoned speakers like Damien Brady, Richard Campbell, Michelle Sandford, Lars Klint, and Troy & Ari Hunt who helped run a workshop for kids, and many more.
We got to meet some great people throughout the 3 days. 17 SSW’ers flew in from Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney to join the Melbourne team, many attending NDC for the first time. We had a blast.
See you at NDC Sydney in October! You should definitely sign up. You wont regret it – it’s an action packed week full of great work shops, talks and fun.
Did you attend NDC Melbourne? Hit me up in the comments with your favorite bits! I’d love to hear from you.