Hack nights● Held every month in Sydney● Sometimes have theme● Sometimes people suggest topics on the night● Try to collaborate
Railscamps● Held twice a year● Hacking, talks, including showing off what you worked on during the weekend● Drinking, werewolf, card games, settlers of Catan, obstacle courses, and drinking● By far the most regular railscamps in the world ● Maybe we like drinking!
Rubyconf au● Held next year for first time● Call for proposals currently open● Please submit a proposal!
Pay● Good news: Australian economy has not suffered like America, Europe and Japan. Were in the middle of a resources boom.● Bad news: Real estate (and cost of living) is very expensive
Foreigners working in Australia● Several RORO attendees are from foreign countries● Some people have encountered problems with bureaucracy● Others have found Australia much better than elsewhere● Country of origin shouldnt be a problem outside of academia● Academia may recognise some universities more than others
Work culture● Smaller programming scene (but less competition)● Smaller startup scene
Egalitarian society● Australia sees itself as a very egalitarian society● Customers ride in the front of taxis● We dont tip (Japan doesnt tip, but we dont tip because were too rude, Japan doesnt tip because theyre too polite)● One of the oldest democracies in the world● America got the puritans, while we got the convicts ● We joke we got the better part of the deal
Attitudes towards Japanese people● As good as the attitudes of most western countries towards nihonjin● Australia has lots of migrants from lots of countries, so you wont stick out
Deadly wildlife● We do have a wide variety of interesting wildlife ● Even male platypuses are venomous!● But the risk for someone sipping a latte in Sydney is pretty low