Friday

Room 4

14:45 - 15:45 (UTC+10)

Talk (60 min)

How to Become a Tech Conference Speaker

This session will cover my 2-year journey from having a panic attack before my first conference talk in 2019 through to having now completed 20+ Conference Talks, University Guest Lectures and Panel Discussions to Australian and International Audiences. This is the talk I wish I could have heard early in my career and I'll step through what to do (and what not to do) to break through the Catch-22 of becoming a speaker, and making your voice heard in the industry. Audiences from different software/tech backgrounds will get value out of this session regardless of their career stage, as I'll discuss how to achieve these goals for yourself, but also how to help guide any staff you manage towards these goals as well. Join me for an interactive and informative session where you can learn from my mistakes, and learn how becoming a speaker can have great career benefits.

People
Softskills
Workskills
Tools
Methodology

Brooke Jamieson

Talking to people to find the questions + talking to data to find the answers!
Brooke is the Head of Enablement - AI/ML and Data at Blackbook.ai, an Australian based consulting firm specialising in automation, artificial intelligence, data and digital. Brooke has degrees in Mathematics and Data Engineering, and combines this with professional experience to work together with clients to consult, deploy and nurture intelligent solutions. Overall, they specialise in researching & developing technically robust solutions that help “non-data people” harness the power of AI for their industry, and communicate this effectively.

Outside of their 'day job', Brooke speaks at Data, AI, Software Engineering, UX and Business conferences and events to Australian and international audiences, and has guest lectured two subjects at the University of Queensland Business School. Brooke is proudly a volunteer member of the Queensland National Science Week Committee, and is always on the lookout for new ways to promote STEM pathways to young people, especially young women and members of the LGBTIQA+ community from regional Australia.