Saturday 9th November 2019
Australia Post, 111 Bourke St, Melbourne

Interested in Android, Kotlin, Flutter, Google Assistant, Firebase, AI/ML, VR/AR or other Google technologies?

Then don’t miss the 2019 DevFest: It’s a fun & welcoming not-for-profit conference, made for and run by developers and led by GDG Melbourne. This year we are partnering with the awesome YOW! (also a not-for-profit) to bring together world-class speakers to stimulate your mind and put on an even better event.

The DevFest is powered by a shared belief that when developers come together to exchange ideas, amazing things can happen!  Join a vibrant and diverse community where everyone can network, share knowledge and enjoy the experience.

Diversity and inclusion is a big initiative for us in GDG Melbourne. In partnership with Women Techmakers we will have a special event for attendees and speakers identifying as female or non-binary on Thursday 7th November.
More communication to come about this - but note, you will need a ticket to DevFest to attend!

We also want to support our attendees who are experiencing hardship. If you need to access a reduced price ticket in order to attend please reach out to one of the GDG Melbourne organisers on the GDG Slack to obtain a discount code.


With your DevFest ticket you get:

  • 24 talks across 3 streams covering Android, Flutter, ML, AI, Design, Testing & Non-technical topics

  • World class speakers from Google, Microsoft, industry and community speakers

  • Full day conference and after party drinks

  • Conference t-shirt*

  • Excellent lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided

  • Multiple door prize giveaways during the day

  • Expo booths during breaks so attendees can experience demos and talk to industry professionals

  • Women Techmakers pre DevFest dinner on Thursday 7th November - Exclusive networking opportunity for attendees and speakers who identify as female or non-binary

  • Networking opportunities throughout the day and at the after party with potential clients or colleagues 

* T-shirt numbers and sizes are limited and cannot be guaranteed. Supply will be allocated based on ticket purchase date. 

Schedule available here

Full talk descriptions available here

Want to attend?

Tickets on sale now via Eventbrite

Do you identify as female or non-binary?

Exclusive Women Techmakers event!

Thursday 7th November. FREE with your DevFest ticket. RSVP and all details here.


Michelle Sandford

There's Always More Pie

Ankur Kotwal

Speed up your Android builds using the cloud

Mark Ng
Australia Post

The gritty truth about app modularization

Allison Ravenhall

Let's build more inclusive apps

Maksim Lin
Manichord Pty Ltd

Real world Flutter

Julien Arzul

Intro to Kotlin Multiplatform and how to share code between Android and iOS

Phil Nash

What's going on with Project Fugu?

Darren Kong

When good code goes bad; how your code can scale along with your team

Anna Fernandez Romero
The Migration Company

Understanding Digital Ethics & Privacy

Oscar Wahltinez

Getting to know CameraX

Tanya Butenko
HireUp & GDE

It is OK to be Different

Suesi Tran

My Journey with Flutter

Chris Horner
Itty Bitty Apps

Android UIs: Patterns, Practices, Pitfalls

Selena Small

10x your teamwork through pair programming

Patrick Haralabidis
Carlisle Homes

A developer's cheat sheet into Machine Learning

Naren Shanbhag
La Trobe University

Building amazing (software) product experiences

Jess Budd

Live Life in Perpetual Beta: What software development can teach us about life

Susan Sly
Lueur Pty Ltd

Women TechMaker Event Speaker

Effy Elden

False Assumptions Developers Make About Gender (and their sometimes hilarious results)

Andrew Kelly

All the things you missed from the Android Dev Summit

Brett Morgan

Flutter Everywhere

Xin Liang

Building Machine Learning Pipelines

Michael Milewski

10x your teamwork through pair programming

Andrew Murphy
Pillar Leaders

My job as a software engineer is not to write code

Yaser Adel Mehraban
Telstra Purple

JavaScript and AI, no you're not dreaming

Florian Sprenger

Tests that get under the skin


When and How can I buy tickets?

Tickets are on sale NOW! Visit to buy yours now! Note, there are limited quantities at early bird prices so get in quick!

How can I help?

We are always looking for enthusiastic and trustworthy volunteers. A benefit of helping out is you get a free ticket! If you have any special skills you can offer or just want to be a general volunteer please watch out on the call for DevFest volunteers on Slack NOW or let us know in the #gdg-volunteers channel. Please do this before you purchase a ticket as we may not be able to refund tickets in all circumstances.

How can I get a free ticket?

The best way to get a free ticket is to volunteer! See our volunteering question above!


Is DevFest a not for profit event?

Yes, DevFest is led by GDG Melbourne (which is a not for profit community group) and this year we are partnering with YOW (which is a not for profit organisation) to help us out and to make it bigger and better. We charge for tickets and have sponsors to cover all the costs, of which there are many.

Why are you partnering with YOW?

DevFest is by far GDG Melbourne's biggest event of the year. Being a whole day event, with more people, speakers, costs and huge amounts of organising effort required, we need some help. By partnering with YOW in specific areas, it reduces the lift on GDG Melbourne organisers and volunteers. In turn, this allows us to: 1. Continue to run our other monthly events without interuption 2. Make DevFest bigger and better and thus deliver more value to the community

How can I be a speaker? What if I am new to speaking?

Our call for speakers has now closed. We would still love you to attend though. We are always looking for speakers for our regular monthly meetups. Please reach out on Slack in the #speakers channel and we can schedule you in!

Are all the talks about Google and Android?

No! We will have talks on a lot of different topics. These may include:
Google Assistant / Actions
IoT (Internet of Things)
Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Augmented Reality (AR)
Gaming Development
Chrome OS
Cloud Technologies
Angular / Web
Material Design
UI / UX Design
Diversity & Inclusion
Non-Technical / Inspirational


When and Where ?

DevFest is an all day conference held on Sturday 9th of November. It will be held at Australia Post at 111 Bourke street, Melbourne on levels 10 and 11: Google Maps location

What accessibility accomodations will there be at the venue?

The venue is fully wheelchair accessible, we will be using stairs mainly to get between the two levels (levels 10 & 11) but if you need to use the elevator there will be people that can give you access at all times. The venue will also have disabled bathrooms available. All talks are recorded and will have large format projected slides. If you need to have seating at the front of the room, please let us know and we can make sure some space is set aside in each room. If there is anything else you need to be able to attend and enjoy the talks please let our helpful volunteers or organisers know. When purchasing a ticket there is a field where you can put any special requirements you may have and we will pass it on to the logistics team.


DevFest 2019 brought to you by:

Platinum Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Platinum & Venue Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

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Silver Sponsor

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Interested in sponsoring?

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DevFest 2018 memories ...

Check out 2018 DevFest details here.