We have confirmed three speakers for Xero Summer Seminar Series up until the Xmas! Here’s the line up:

XSSS#2 – Dec 2nd : “Life at the biggest website in New Zealand”

Ever wondered what life is really like at New Zealand’s biggest web company? Jay Nielsen ( @TradeMe_Jay ) (lead developer at FindSomeone) will be leading a panel of colleagues about what it’s really like working at TradeMe. Joining Jay are Daniel McCleland (a testing superstar), David Curlewis (Head of Database) and Richard Rowley (an Awesome API Developer).

When… 12:00pm – 1:30pm Friday 2nd December (this week!)
Where… at Kiwibank on Waterloo Quay. Please register at reception on level 1 upon arrival, (here’s a map) (Thanks to Kiwibank for providing a venue)
RSVP… is essential as spaces are limited! Please do this over here on the groovy lil’ regie platform
What… are you waiting for? inspiring & informative speakers! Lunch! Awesome networking with the Wellington IT community!

XSSS#3 – Dec 9th: Introducing “Sass”

Terrence Wood (@Terrencewood )of Xero is going to introduce Sass, which is an extension to CSS3 that makes CSS easier to manage.

From the Sass website

Sass makes CSS fun again. Sass is an extension of CSS3, adding nested rulesvariablesmixins,selector inheritance, and more. It’s translated to well-formatted, standard CSS using the command line tool or a web-framework plugin.

When… 12:00pm – 1:30pm Friday 9th December
Where… at Kiwibank on Waterloo Quay. Please register at reception on level 1 upon arrival, (here’s a map) (Thanks to Kiwibank for providing a venue)
RSVP… is essential as spaces are limited! Please do this over here on the groovy lil’ regie platform

XSSS#4 – Dec 16th: “Introduction to IT Automation using Puppet”

Jeremy Olliver (@static_storm) of AbleTech (And SoT Alumni) will talk about using Puppet to manage deployment of servers and infrastructure. Managing the deployment of servers is always a pain in the ass. Puppet helps make that a thing of the past.

When… 12:00pm – 1:30pm Friday 16th December
Where… at Kiwibank on Waterloo Quay. Please register at reception on level 1 upon arrival, (here’s a map) (Thanks to Kiwibank for providing a venue)
RSVP… is essential as spaces are limited! Please do this over here on the groovy lil’ regie platform
Coming up in the Xero Summer Seminar Series in 2012? We’ll have a panel discussion on “Designing for the new internet – Tablets and Smartphones,” and will let you know as more seminars are confirmed.

Once again, thanks to Xero for sponsoring this awesome series and to Kiwibank for providing us with a venue!


Welcome to the launch of the Xero Summer Seminar Series 2011/12.

Xero presents the Summer of Tech summer series of IT seminars. Running every Friday from November to the end of February. We have selected some of the best local and international speakers to provide a variety of talks including inspirational, career, technical and design topics. All of the seminars are free and open to the public. RSVP’s are essential to help us provide food .

We’re in the process of finalising this summer’s line-up of talks. (We’ll be announcing soon.) Here is the first seminar.

#1 Owen Evans

Owen Evans (Chief Architect at Xero) will provide the Summer of Tech 2011 commencement speech. He will talk about life in IT and offer some career advice for Wellington IT professionals.  This is the first in a series of Tech Talks for the Summer of Tech community,  it’s open to the public, and a light lunch will be provided.

Owen Evan’s Bio:

Owen Evans is a software developer currently employed by Xero to be a Chief Architect, according to his wife and 19month old daughter that means he goes ‘type type type’.
Hailing from the UK or more specifically a small place called Wales, he’s always had a passion for technology and believes we can change the world, together.
Recently Owen lead a team, including a Summer of Tech Alumni, to victory at Wellington’s first Startup Weekend, and is investigating how to take business further.

When… 11:30pm-1:00pm, Friday 18 November 2011

Where… Kiwbank Level 3 , NZ Post House, 7 Waterloo Quay, Wellington (here’s a map) (Thanks to Kiwibank for providing a venue)

Rsvp… is essential!! please do this over here on the groovy lil’ regie platform.
What… are you waiting for? inspiring & informative speakers! lunch! awesome networking with the Wellington IT community!