Only a fortnight to go!

There are only a few weeks left before Agile Australia 2012 kicks off! With 700 already registered to attend, this year’s conference is looking like it will be our biggest yet.

If you are looking for accommodation during the conference, we have organised a discount with our conference venue, Hilton on the Park Melbourne (subject to availability). Visit for details on how to redeem the discount.

This year, you may notice boxes of Red or Green beads at the door to each session. These are for you to let us know how you felt about each presentation while it’s still fresh in your mind. We’re asking you to drop Red or Green beads into boxes (Green = Good! Red = Needs improvement) at the close of each session.

We’ll also have a Live Retro wall running in The Open Space. Simply add your thoughts under the headings ‘What was good’? ‘What can we improve’? and ‘New ideas’? using the cards and markers that will be provided and pin it to the wall. All your feedback is valuable to us and we look forward to your contributions!

One thing we are especially excited about at the conference (besides the amazing speaker line up, workshops, welcome reception, Open House, press gallery, lightning talks, games… you get the picture) is ACTIVATE AGILE!

Activate Agile is a forum especially for high school students with an interest in IT and those studying IT at university. They’ll be hearing from the likes of Steven Caddy – Senior Producer,; Fiona Siseman – Project Manager, Lonely Planet; Nigel Dalton – Chief Information Officer, REA Group; Martin Kearns – National Capability Lead, SMS MT; and Andy Sheats – CEO, about  what Agile organisations are really like through a series of dynamic lightning talks. Our thanks go to IBM for sponsoring this event.

So if your niece or neighbour whips up apps on weekends, cuts code in their sleep, or you just really need help convincing your kid a career in IT is super groovy, then Activate Agile 2012 is the perfect event for them! Registration is free. There are even a few internships up for grabs, and an iPad will go to the person who asks the best question on the night, thanks to Luna Tractor.

All the details are available at or find us on facebook and twitter (#ActivateAgile).

See you very soon!
Agile Alien

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