WDCNZ 2013 - Tech Talks for Web Devs


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This is the third year for the conference and to cater for the growing numbers WDCNZ 2013 will be held at a larger venue - Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre.

WDCNZ provides a community and support for web developers to share their experience of cutting code and delivering software, regardless of the languages and tools they use.

The core theme for WDCNZ will be front-end development (CSS, JavaScript, HTML), with a strong focus on gender diversity and minority, and a panel session discussing how the web can be made more accessible.

Flickr gallery WDCNZ 2012

  • Speakers


    GARANN MEANS @garannm

    Garann is a JavaScript developer from Austin, Texas, USA. She works at Editorially, where she tries to use front-end technologies to make it easier for people around the world to buy and sell handmade and vintage treasures. She's the author of Node for Front-End Developers, the organizer of Austin All-Girl Hack Night and Girl Develop It Austin, and one of the co-hosts of the Fripfrap podcast.

    JULIA GRACE @jewelia

    Julia is the engineering lead at Tindie (tindie.com, "Etsy for electronics") where she writes Python every day. In her prior life she was CTO of WeddingLovely, product manager at a mid-stage startup, and a research engineer as part of one of the world's top User Experience Research groups at IBM Almaden Research.

    ZACH HOLMAN @holman

    Zach joined GitHub in 2010 as one of their first engineering hires. Initially working on what would become GitHub Enterprise, he now hacks on new features and frequently gives talks about building products and growing startups. He lives in San Francisco.

    ROB CONERY @robconery

    Rob Conery is the Co-Founder of Tekpub.com Creator of This Developer's Life, an Author, Speaker, A bit of a malcontent, and cares for many, many Open Source libraries such as Massive, SubSonic, and Manatee

    RYAN SEDDON @ryanseddon

    Ryan is a Senior Front-end Developer from Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia - who has an unnat­ural obses­sion with JavaS­cript and the many places it runs. He also loves to tinker with any new web tech­no­logy he can get his hands on, loves diving into specs and code to fig­ure out more. In his spare time he’s either play­ing bas­ket­ball, writ­ing for his blog thecssninja.com or com­mit­ting code to github.

    SILVIA PFEIFFER @silviapfeiffer

    Silvia is an open video technology enthusiast with a long background in open source software, media technology R&D, and in open standards. She has worked as a Google contractor on video accessibility for the Web and became the editor of the WebVTT specification and co-editor of the HTML5 specification at the W3C. She is the author of “The Definitive Guide to HTML5 Video”. Silvia is now working for NICTA on new applications using WebRTC.

    FRANÇOIS MARIER @fmarier

    François is a software engineer on the Mozilla Identity team where he fights for the Open Web by building alternatives to proprietary silos. When he's not busy re-implementing Open Source versions of popular Web services (libravatar.org) or dreaming about solving the password problem on the Web once and for all, François has a goal of completing all of the New Zealand Great Walks. http://feeding.cloud.geek.nz

    JASON KISS @jkiss

    Jason advises on web standards and accessibility for the New Zealand Government, and is a contributing editor on the W3C's HTML to Platform Accessibility APIs Implementation Guide. In his spare time, he occasionally performs research on HTML5, WAI-ARIA, and accessibility, which he publishes at accessibleculture.org. Otherwise, he's pretty boring.


    Amy is a developer at GreenButton, where she helps take the High Performance Computing space up into the clouds. She spends her days hacking primarily in .NET and JavaScript. Amy is madly in love with building awesome software, and finding new and interesting ways to do so.

    WALTER RUMSBY @wrumsby

    Walter Rumsby is a front-end developer for Xero in Auckland. He has been building web-based user interfaces with JavaScript & CSS since 1998. He is an organiser of the Auckland JavaScript Meetup.

    ALEX GIBSON @prototypealex

    Now a software engineer at Powershop, Alex was half of the team that won the Mix and Mash supreme award in 2011, with an interactive visualisation entry, ‘100 Companies’. Since then, Alex has been researching with UX experts & psychologists to find out better ways to visualise large amounts data in easily digestible formats.

    DONALD GORDON @deadlyllama

    Donald was Xero’s first Operations Developer, and is the architect of their build, deployment and monitoring systems. He’s been coding since a ZX Spectrum crossed his path at an early age.


    Nicolas Steenhout is a veteran of, and passionate advocate for, web accessibility. Nic had taken the lead in building several websites prior to taking up a federally-funded position in the disability sector in the US in 1996. An international speaker, trainer and consultant, Nic works with government, corporations, and small teams, in the areas of both web and physical disability. Working with and for thousands of people with disabilities in North America and Australasia, while working with web technologies and their impact, has given Nic a unique insight into the challenges, solutions, nuts and bolts of web accessibility.

    LYNN HAMILTON @dryglue

    Lynn Hamilton is the Mobile API Developer at Xero. She writes the API framework used by Xero's iOS and Android applications. She's interested in all things mobile related, and has a passion for business intelligence and user analytics. She's been writing code since she was six and likes kittens.

  • Schedule


  • Venue: Michael Fowler Centre

    Venue: Michael Fowler Centre Michael Fowler Centre

    111 Wakefield Street, Wellington. Near the waterfront, next to Civic Square and by the popular Cuba Street (with all the good stuff: food, coffee & bars).

    Eats and drinks

    We will keep you well fed and watered throughout the day with good quality coffee (People’s Coffee) and fine foods. If you have any dietary requirements, (we look after you too), just let us know when you are buying tickets.


    What better way to relax after an info-packed day of presentations than having a few quiets with speakers and your fellow attendees at the Xero after party.

    Kicking off after the last keynote, we’ll have some light nibbles to top you up and Xero have put down a bar tab... it’s worth sticking around.