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Speaker Bio

Katie has worn many different hats over the years. She has been a software developer for many languages, systems administrator for multiple operating systems, and speaker on many different topics.

When she's not changing the world, she enjoys cooking, making tapestries, and seeing just how well various application stacks handle emoji.



Simple Speaker Bio (generated via Simple Writer)

This lady has worn many different hats over the years. She has been a thinking-box fixer for many languages, systems doer for many thinking box systems, and speaker on many different things.

When she's not changing the world, she enjoys creating food, making pretty wall things, and seeing just how well thinking boxes can work with picture-words.


Positions Held

  • Linux Australia - Board Member. 2016-2017 (1 year)
  • KatieConf - Founder. 2016 - Present
  • BeeWare - Senior Apiarist. 2016 - Present
  • Meetup Mixup - Co-founder, Organiser. 2015 - Present
  • Open Source Developers' Club - Tresurer. 2014-2015 (1 year)

  • Volunteer Work

  • linux.conf.au 2017, WOOTConf - Organiser
  • linux.conf.au 2017 - Papers' Committee
  • DevOpsDays Sydney 2016 - Organiser; Master of Ceromonies
  • KiwiPyCon 2016 - Track Co-ordinator
  • DjangoCon US 2016, 2017 - Paper Reviewer's Group
  • PyCon Australia 2016 - Financial Aid Committee; Papers Committee; Code of Conduct Committee
  • PyCon US 2016 - Session Chair
  • Linux Australia 2016, Functional Programming Miniconf - Co-organiser
  • KiwiPyCon 2015 - Track Runner, Heckler Supresser
  • PyCon Australia 2015 - Financial Aid Committee; Diversity Staff
  • Meetups Mixer, Assistant Co-ordinator, December 2014
  • OSDC 2014 - Volunteer

  • What does 'glasnt' mean?

    Back in the days of the Cold War, American secret service personnel has to be very careful about how they approached and contacted one another in public, the codename normally chosen was "Joe" being a very All-American name by which one could identify with any covert agent by saying "Hi Joe". Obviously this alone isn't enough to ensure the other person isn't just called Joe so the typical response would be "Hi Glasnt".

    The origin of glasnt has been broadly discussed, some people think it's short hand for "glad the country hasn't been attacked" or derived from the acronym "Generally low activity seriousness, no threats". At any rate, the phrase became something of a meme amongst former secret service/intelligence members as the codeword fell out of use but was held onto for nostalgia's sake.

    As for Joee and Glasnt on the forums, if you think they're just some kids trawling around on here reading comics, it's time to wake up and see how far down the rabbit hole goes...


    -- thicknavyrain, xkcd forums