VIC CHISIG Event – Mobile User Experience

Please join us for an exciting evening to hear our expert panel discuss issues and ideas around the mobile user experience.

Date: Monday 20th July
Location: Horse Bazaar – 397 Little Lonsdale Street
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: Gold coin donation – drinks can be purchased at the bar

Firstly, Oliver Wiedlich will present on:

1. The history of the mobile user experience – interaction issues, market forces
2. Key numbers from research into Australian mobile usage (including findings of the AIMIA Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index)
3. Why the mobile experience is getting better, including good & bad mobile experiences
4. The future of the mobile user experience

Following the presentation, we will open up the discussion to our panel:

* Oliver Weidlich, UX Specialist & Owner, Ideal Interfaces (
* Ben Green, UX Designer – Mobile Specialist, Symplicit (
* Rod Farmer, Senior UX Manager, Vodafone Hutchison Australia
* Julian Wong, Mobile UX Manager, Sensis

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PayPal Developer Programme

For the first time in Australia, PayPal is hosting Developer Days, a series of educational events specifically for the developer community.

These half day seminars will cover a mix of technical, demonstration and business opportunities.

Come and meet the PayPal team face-to-face including Global Head of Alliance Marketing, Glenn Lim.

Admission is free!

Who is it for?

Web developers/integrators, application developers or professionals interested in integrating eCommerce solutions.

You also may be adept in the following tools and languages:

Adobe AIR, JavaFX, Microsoft Silverlight , Ruby on Rails, PHP, Java, ASP, Ruby, Cold Fusion, Perl/Python.

Why come to the event?

The event gives developers the opportunity to learn more about PayPal’s range of payment solutions and how developers can grow their business in partnership with PayPal.

The PayPal Certified Developer Programme assists developers through training, marketing support and client referral opportunities.

Each attendee will also receive a voucher to take the PayPal certification exams (valued at US$300) FREE OF CHARGE.

Where and When?

Grace Hotel – 77 York Street
Mon 20 July 2009
8:30 am – 12:00pm

The Emporium Hotel – 1000 Ann Street
Wed 22 July 2009
8:30 am – 12:00pm

The Westin – 205 Collins Street
Tue 23 July 2009
8:30 am – 12:00pm

The Sheraton – 207 Adelaide Terrace
Fri 24 July 2009
8:30 am – 12:00pm

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Public Sector Media Officers’ Intensive 2009

22 & 23 September 2009 – Crown Plaza, Canberra, Australia Liquid Learning is pleased to present this timely learning and networking opportunity featuring a selection of compelling case studies and interactive workshops. This intensive format is intended for busy professionals who need a concise snapshot of the critical issues.

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HCSNet Hands-on Workshop on Building Mashups

Mashups are all about presenting information from various sources in an integrated Web application. While early experiments with multimedia-multiweb application integration were done by savvy programmers who would effectively decode as-yet-unpublished APIs for applications such as Google Maps, currently there is a wide range of software platforms for the development of mashups, and building a mashup is becoming increasingly easy. In this hands-on tutorial, experts from Google and Yahoo! will introduce their mashup development technologies; participants will then build mashups on the spot. Emphasis will be given to mashups related to HCSNet’s Priority Areas.

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Why the Publishing Industry Can’t Digitize & Saving Time, Effort and Sanity with Symfony

A big shout out to Nick for helping us find a new venue! Also thanks to Graeme and Josh for presenting this month.

Read on:


6.30pm for a 7pm start, Monday 20th July 2009.


Room 18, Level 3
Building 8, RMIT
368 Swanston St


*Publishing Industry Blues – Why We Can’t Digitize Our Industry* by Graeme Bryan

Being a publishing consumer can be as depressing as being a publisher. I take a look at the industry starting as a consumer. How does reading online work? Then I do a take of the inside. What decisions are being made and why? I look at the business model and cringe. What are the designers doing? The power brokers in the industry appear to be insane to me. They need to stop what they are doing and spend a few years singing the blues about what was. Then come back and move on. Move on to punk rock maybe. That is unless a few young publishers come along and simply take over.

Basic over view…

* Reading print and reading online
* Mass media – Micro media – Citizen Journalism
* Generational change and other strange behaviour
* Forcing print design online
* Business model – What business model?
* Advertising online. Putting all money on one site?
* Control of channel and content. Where has the power gone?

*Using symfony to save time, effort and sanity* by Joshua May

As a developer, you’re in demand to produce quality results on limited time and budget. And as the vulnerabilities grow (XSS, CSRF, SQL injection), you’re always on the back foot about how to deliver high quality results. Then you need to maintain and refactor the software, which is made difficult if your initial build was rushed and poorly implemented.

I’ll show you through symfony, and go far beyond standard CRUD operations and show you some under-the-cover code to hopefully not only highlight to you how easy symfony helps you make this, but also encourage new and portable development practices that can assist you in other frameworks and languages.


We head to some establishment at about 9pm for drinks and socialising.

Given this is the first time at the new RMIT venue, the actual location will probably be decided on the night.

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CSS3 Reloaded:20th July – Melbourne Web Standards

On Monday, July 20th, John Allsopp will be in town to talk about CSS3 (and all the cool things that you can do with it today). As always, there will be great door prizes up for grabs including some excellent SitePoint books and a ticket to Web Directions South!

This event will occur at Loop Bar in the city. Note this is a Monday night.

Date: Monday, July 20th, 2009 Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
City: Melbourne
Venue: Loop Bar, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: FREE

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