Auckland, New Zealand, September 29 2011 - Codemania today announced the launch of a new conference for software developers. The conference focuses purely on the art of creating great software, regardless of language or platform. This is the first conference of its kind in New Zealand.
"We love the New Zealand software development community, but couldn't find a conference that just let developers of all sorts nerd-out together," says Ben Gracewood, co-creator of Codemania. "So, we decided to make one."
Codemania aims to bring together developers from all walks of life, to learn how fellow coders are solving tricky problems and advancing their platforms. New Zealand's technology sector is strong and growing, with a lot of that growth predicated on software development. A conference like Codemania offers the opportunity for any software developers (and companies that hire developers) to learn, grow, and gain new enthusiasm.
The conference will include international speakers at the top of their game, along with inspiration from non-developers. Speakers include:
- Michael Koziarski (Wellington): a core team member behind Rails, the hugely popular web development framework.
- Phil Haack (USA): former Program Manager at Microsoft, now "Windows Badass" at GitHub.
- Karl von Randow (Auckland): iPhone and web developer, co-founder of Catcuslab, and developer of the world-famous Camera+ iPhone app.
- Mike Brown (Wellington): co-founder of the hugely popular Webstock conference.
- Damian Edwards (USA): Senior Program Manager on the ASP.NET team from Microsoft USA.
- Ivan Towlson (Wellington): developer at Mindscape, a Wellington based developer tools company.
The principle behind Codemania is one that many developers will be familiar with: good code is good code, regardless of where it comes from and where it is used. "I was sitting in a development session at another conference, having my mind blown by incredibly interesting code, and thought: why can't we have a conference that's nothing but great speakers talking about code?" says Ian Randall, co-creator of Codemania.
"Our aim is to create a high-quality, sustainable conference for the Auckland software development community, but we think it's going to be attractive to developers throughout New Zealand and beyond," says Randall.
Codemania have worked with development partners Lee ter Wal to create the unique look and feel of the conference which you can see at http://codemania.co.nz.
Codemania is a full-day conference being held at Rendezvous Hotel Auckland on 30th March 2012.