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React Sydney (we're back!)

Hosted by Boris Bozic & Jed Watson
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About Event

We’re back — and excited to host our first React Sydney event in 2023. Meet us at Dovetail at 6pm, on the 29th of March.


  • 6:00pm Drinks & hellos

  • 6:20pm Welcome back from Jed Watson and Jess Telford

  • 6:35pm Talk 1 ⚡️Accessibility in Design Systems from Jordan Overbye

  • 7:00pm Drinks & pizza break

  • 7:30pm Talk 2 ⚡️ Pragmatic drag and drop - a new performance optimised drag and drop framework by Alex Reardon

  • 8:30pm Wrap-up & goodbyes

⚛️ TALK #1

Accessibility in Design Systems By Jordan Overbye, Senior Engineer at Thinkmill

For the past year, Jordan has been working on the Agriculture Design System (AgDS) – a modern React implementation of GOLD, the former official Australian Government design system. The aesthetic and design principles of GOLD have been extended into AgDS to support the departments digital transformation goals.

The AgDS team recently engaged with accessibility experts Intopia, who audited AgDS against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and conducted usability sessions with users who heavily rely on assistive technology. AgDS achieved AA-level compliance against the WCAG v2.1 standard from Intopia, who now refer to it as an exemplary implementation of an accessible React-based design system.

In this talk, Jordan will walk through the architecture of AgDS and how the team tackle usability and accessibility issues at each level of the design system.

⚛️ TALK #2

⚡️ Introducing Pragmatic drag and drop - a new performance optimised drag and drop framework by Alex Reardon – the creator of react-beautiful-dnd

For the last year, a small team of us at Atlassian have been having another crack and drag and drop - this time with performance being our primary goal. Listeners will be able to take the same principles we have successfully leveraged and apply them to other problem domains in order to make the web a faster place.


We’re a diverse and welcoming React community who gather to learn from and hang out with our peers. This meetup is relevant for React newbies and veterans, as well as folks in development-adjascent practice areas. Talks start at 6:30pm. Feel free to arrive any time after 6:00pm.

Come as yourself, or bring along some buddies, as we finally get to hang IRL together, as the React Sydney community. Expect to make friends, eat pizza and have a drink (alcoholic or not)


Lookahead –
🍕 Filling our bellies with yummy food!

Thinkmill -
🥤 Keeping us hydrated with the drinks!

Dovetail -
🛋️ Our lovely hosts for the evening

Your React Sydney organisers are Boris BozicJed Watson and Jess Telford


React Sydney is dedicated to providing a respectful, harassment-free community for everyone. All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our meetup are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We intend to foster Sydney’s most inclusive tech community, inappropriate behaviour or harassment towards our community members will be treated with zero tolerance.

Harassment includes offensive verbal/electronic comments related to personal characteristics or choices, sexual images or comments in public or online spaces, deliberate intimidation, bullying, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks, electronic meetings, physical meetings or other events, inappropriate physical contact, or unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing or bullying behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, representatives of the community may take reasonable action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion from any React Sydney event, or expulsion from mailing lists, discussion boards and other electronic communications channels to resolve the issue. 

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please act to intercede or ask for help from any member of the React Sydney community, website admins, or organizers/representatives of any physical events.


Dovetail is an indoors venue, there are no mask-wearing mandates and we can’t ensure physical distancing will be possible. If you’re unwell, please stay home. If you wish to wear a mask, please feel free to do so.