Hi there! I’m a serial conference organiser, technical presenter, and software engineer.

If you’re interested in getting in contact with me, e-mail is best (mail@chrisjrn.com), but you can also find me on Twitter (@chrisjrn) or LinkedIn.

You can find my conference activities on Lanyrd, videos of talks I’ve given on YouTube or my talks page.

Community and Developer Relations Roles

Director, Linux.conf.au 2017

Hobart, Australia (Volunteer); March 2014-Present

  • Formed and led team that successfully bid for Australasia’s premier Free and Open Source Software conference.
  • Sourced quotations and negotiated contracts with venue and accommodation suppliers.
  • Managing volunteer team to plan and deliver a 5-day event, with up to 600 attendees, in January 2017.

Outreach and Sponsorship Chair, PyCon Australia

Australia (Volunteer); January 2014-Present

  • Handling sponsor and vendor relationships for Australia’s premier Python developer event, negotiating and managing upwards of $60k in sponsor revenue annually. This represents approximately 35% of total conference revenue.
  • Managing the conference’s financial assistance programme, providing grants to enable deserving people, from diverse backgrounds, to attend PyCon Australia. This programme represents 10% of the conference’s budget year on year.

Ordinary Committee Member (Board Member), Linux Australia

Australia (Volunteer); January 2014-February 2016

  • Board Member of non-profit organisation that oversees the growth of the Australian Open Source community.
  • Liaison between board and organisers of PyCon Australia.
  • Developed policy for governance and oversight of conferences run under the organisation’s auspices.

Co-Director, PyCon Australia

Hobart, Australia (Volunteer); August 2011-July 2013

  • Public face, community and sponsor liaison for two conferences, helping to grow conference to in excess of 300 attendees.
  • Designed and delivered wide-reaching financial assistance scheme to improve outreach and opportunities for those traditionally unable to attend.


  • Miniconf organiser (Volunteer), Linux.conf.au 2010-2014
  • President (Volunteer), University of Tasmania Computing Society; December 2008-March 2011

Software Engineering Roles

Senior Software Developer, Asdeq Labs Pty Ltd

Hobart, Australia (Full-Time); October 2012-October 2015

  • Automated testing for untested legacy Java server code, enabling a substantial increase of code coverage and refactors of previously untested code
  • C++ application development featuring C++11, STL, Boost and LucenePlusPlus
  • Android application in Java, based on wrapping a C++ application core. This included including binding between Java user interface code and C++ infrastructure code using the Android Native Development Kit.
  • Client-side HTML 5 development in TypeScript & JavaScript, suitable for embedding within an iPad app.
  • Other technologies encountered: Git, Python, Groovy & Gradle, Geb/Webdriver, Lucene (for Java), iOS development (Objective-C & Swift).

Software Developer, Secret Lab Pty Ltd

Hobart, Australia & Mountain View, California, USA (Full-Time, contract); October 2010-September 2012

  • Contract Android, and Web back-end development for clients in Australia and overseas; notably the Android client for Meebo IM (acquired by Google).
  • Conference workshop presentation, and mobile development training.


  • Itinerant teaching assistant (Casual), University of Tasmania; February-November 2010
  • Software Engineering Intern (Full-Time), Google Australia; December 2009-February 2010


Bachelor of Science with Honours, University of Tasmania

February 2007-August 2010

Publications and Presentations

Selected Talks

For a full listing of talks and videos, see http://chrisjrn.com/talks/ — some highlights are:

Speaking Engagements

I maintain a complete record of conferences and meetups I’ve been to on my Lanyrd profile.

  • O’Reilly OSCON 2011-2015
  • linux.conf.au 2012 and 2016
  • PyCon Australia 2014-2015
  • PyCon Canada 2013 (invited feature presenter) and 2015
  • PyOhio 2014
  • Kiwi PyCon 2014-2015
  • Open Source Developers Conference Australia 2011 and 2015
  • FOSSETCON 2015
  • AUC /dev/world 2009-2015
  • DroidCon India 2013

Awards and Recognition

  • Fellow, Python Software Foundation; April 2013 (as Elected Member).
  • University Medal in Science, Engineering and Technology, University of Tasmania; December 2010.
  • ACM South Pacific Regional Programming Contest, 3rd place (with team), 2008 and 2009.