LevelUp Brisbane 2018 registrations are now open!

The LevelUp Team is excited to announce that we're now taking registrations for the next LevelUp program in Brisbane! Register now!

What is it?

The LevelUp program is about bridging the gap between what is learnt at university and what is practiced in the industry to "level up" students to be ready for a job in the software industry.

The workshop is designed and delivered by consultants at ThoughtWorks and is held during the day on a Saturday at our Brisbane office. It is a way for ThoughtWorks consultants to give back to the community and help set up the next round of university graduates for success. It is one avenue, of many, that ThoughtWorks is pursuing to help grow the local software community.

LevelUp EXP (Express!) is a one day event packed with talks, workshops and games designed to teach many aspects of agile and lean software development. It’s intended to give you a chance to learn valuable skills in software delivery, from people who live and breathe it every day!

When/where is it?

The program runs on Saturday the 20th of October 2018. It’s held in the ThoughtWorks Brisbane office at Level 19, 127 Creek Street in the CBD.


What does it involve?

The following themes are planned during the workshop:

  • How to land on your first job

  • Software design principles

  • SOLID and coding dojo

  • Customer experience and product design


Sounds great! Where do I sign up?

You can go to the registration page to register your application. Get in fast - registrations close on the 19th of October but places fill up quickly.

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

The LevelUp Team

Guest Blog: Loretta's report on Sydney EXP

In the lead up to LevelUp EXP, the Sydney LevelUp team ran a Guest Blog competition
Loretta Cain is the winner! Read on for Loretta's report on the event...

On Saturday 30th January I had the opportunity to attend LevelUp EXP hosted by ThoughtWorks. The event ran from 11:00am - 4:00pm with lunch and drinks provided. The day was jam packed full of interesting events running simultaneously spread throughout the ThoughtWorks office space, each session lasted between 20-40 minutes. 

We started the day with a quick introduction followed by our opening keynote speaker. Flick gave a really interesting speech detailing steps we as a community should be taking towards cyber security and explained what a Cryptoparty is and just how beneficial they are for the public.  She spoke of the importance of security online and how technology can have a high impact on social justice. And also how we can promote the importance of security to family and friends. It was clear this was an area she is extremely passionate about. 

Then the fun began as we all scrambled to attend the events that we were most interested in. The first event I chose to attend was an introduction to developing in Android. We were shown the basics of how to set up an Android application and a short demo on building a simple list application. My next event was developer war stories, where two ThoughtWorks employees shared some of their most frustrating experiences as developers. My third event for the morning was all about test driven development and the red green refactor cycle. Two ThoughtWorks employees took us through not only the steps of TDD but also shared personal experiences as to why TDD is so important to utilise while developing. They also demonstrated building a shopping cart application using TDD methods. 

We had a 45 minute break for lunch which gave us time to roam and speak with other students and ThoughtWorks employees, and then the afternoon sessions began. The first event I chose was the careers question and answer session. Two ThoughtWorks employees went over resume tips, interview tips, and previous experiences they have had as being recruiters. They gave us insight into what recruiters in the industry are looking for and appropriate ways that we can stand out from the crowd. The next event was HTML and CSS animation. In this session we were shown some tips and tricks for animation and timing techniques in CSS. The last event I attended for the day was the coin game. The coin game was a team exercise which showed just how important effective communication and planning can be in any team environment. 

Our closing keynote address was an extremely heartfelt and emotional speech by Gerry. He spoke of his experiences working at ThoughtWorks and the incredibly important work he has been able to do with Unicef.  It really was an amazing way to end the day. 

After our closing address we had drinks and ice cream to finish off the day. ThoughtWorks employees stuck around and spoke with the students for several hours answering our questions and entertaining us with some pretty incredible stories. Thank you ThoughtWorks for sharing your knowledge with the community and helping students find their feet in the industry.