Speaker

Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter

Senior Developer / DevOps Manager at Greenleaf Enterprises

Brisbane, Australia

Stephen is a Senior Developer and DevOps Manager with Greenleaf Enterprises, a Brisbane-based consultancy specialising in global food networks.

With a diverse background in technical consulting, business, rail, insurance, utilities and emergency services, Stephen has managed the end-to-end delivery of multiple technology projects.

Stephen started his IT career in the late 80’s developing insurance applications in Pascal and has since ridden the crest of numerous technological tsunamis, from the birth of the internet in the early 90’s, through to the introduction of mobile phones and mobile internet.

A coder by day and kiteboarder / mountain biker / Rhee Tae Kwon-Do instructor in his spare time.

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Agriculture, Food & Forestry

Lightning Talks

Talk 1: Am I a Good Developer? - Emad Alashi

"Am I a good developer", a questions we probably ask ourselves every day. We, developers, are in a continuous quest to discover our value within our community, we always try to measure ourselves, and often in doubts of our skills and capabilities.
The question though is, how?! How can we evaluate ourselves? "Am I really a good developer"?

In this lightning talk, I will share with you questions I found extremely important in this journey, the answers to which will give you a valuable gauge that you can use to answer the ultimate question, and it will open your eyes to the path of being a "Good developer".
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Talk 2: Have lunch and impact on your company! - Nelly Sattari

Not all companies are as forward thinking as you might expected and you might planning of leaving those companies because of that.
However, there is always a way to fix the issues. At least you can try! I will show you how you can have lunch in your company and impact the culture, technology and behavior in your company. and become a star!
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Talk 3: Finding your tribe. It all starts with community - Megan Mallin
As a tech professional, there’s a good chance you are or have been part of a community. Whether it be a Meetup, Slack or Facebook group, contributing to an open source project or part of a recognised community program, how do you know if a tech community is providing you with the knowledge, connections and insights you need to survive and thrive as a technical professional?

During this talk, I’ll catch you up with the latest trends in tech communities, share with you where like-minded peers are hanging and celebrate those that are helping to make tech communities more awesome. Whether you’re looking for a new tribe, want to know who is shaking things up or just looking for inspiration, I’ve got you covered.
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Talk 4: Developing great tech videos on a budget - Stephen Carter

Want to produce your own tech videos that are engaging, with your own unique touch, but thought the setup costs would be too great, or the learning curve too steep? Well you can, and for less than you probably think! You’ll come away from this session knowing what equipment you need, the software tools, resources to help you along the way and presentation tips to get you kick started.

Developing great tech videos on a budget

Want to produce your own tech videos that are engaging, with your own unique touch, but thought the setup costs would be too great, or the learning curve too steep? Well you can, and for less than you probably think! You’ll come away from this session knowing what equipment you need, the software tools, resources to help you along the way and presentation tips to get you kick started.

Developing Object Recognition for HoloLens

From modern art to asset management and everything in between, the object recognition market is poised to be worth billions of dollars in coming years. In this presentation, Stephen will introduce you to developing object recognition for HoloLens using the Vuforia Augmented Reality SDK.

Ask Me Anything! with Lars Klint by Stephen Carter

Ask Me Anything! is an open panel discussion where the NDC Sydney speakers talk about various software related subjects.

In this session Lars Klint takes questions from Stephen Carter and the audience.

Lightning Talks

Sharing: What's in it for me!? - Glenn Sarti

Sharing. It’s one of the four pillars of CAMS. We consume so much shared content but have we ever thought about sharing from the point of view of the Sharer? Why should I share? If I’m constantly sharing information what do I get out of it? What’s in it for me!?
This lightning talk looks at sharing through the eyes of a Sharer. What benefits do they receive out of sharing? What cultural or psychological benefits are there?

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You can teach an old dog new tricks - Stephen Carter

Working in Information Technology and getting older brings it's challenges, but doesn't mean you have to be a technical archaeologist digging through sediments of Cobol or Fortran. In this session, Stephen will share stories of how he turned his career from traditional development, to one of working with cutting edge technologies and how to stay relevant in the fast-paced world of information technology.

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Estimates - how long is a piece of string... - Klee Thomas

Estimates are difficult for all parties involved. Too many missed deadlines have caused business’ to mistrust them. Being told that estimates are too high and to come back with a lower number only to have the estimate treated as a commitment, or being held to estimates done months before by other developers only to have no idea what considerations went into crafting the estimate has lead to development teams dreading them. This is symptomatic of a breakdown in communication that leaves an aftertaste of resentment in the mouths of both parties.

For some the answer has been to throw out estimates out the window. This doesn’t address the lack of collaboration between the teams and stakeholders and leaves developers out of discussions about what is achievable by their team.

This talk will show how development teams can leverage the trivariate estimation technique to provide more accurate estimates and facilitate meaningful communication with business stakeholders, project and developer managers. This meaningful conversation can lead to lower estimates and development costs without cutting features or quality.

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Serverless: Myths & Legends - Fabien Ruffin

When serverless first came about, it was bound to be the solution to all our problems. Never would we have to worry about those pesky servers, deal with setup, maintenance, scaling and capacity planning. All Code, No Ops. We should "serverless" all the things!!!

Or should we?

In this talk I will debunk all the myths and legends about serverless, on a journey to find out what serverless is really good for and where it should be avoided.

You can teach an old dog new tricks

Working in Information Technology and getting older brings it's challenges, but doesn't mean you have to be a technical archaeologist digging through sediments of Cobol or Fortran.

In this session, Stephen will share stories of how he turned his career from traditional development, to one of working with cutting edge technologies and how to stay relevant in the fast-paced world of information technology.

Stephen Carter

Senior Developer / DevOps Manager at Greenleaf Enterprises

Brisbane, Australia