Who is AimeeMaree



Open Source Architect, Linux Administrator, Software Engineer, CMS Aficionado, Educational Researcher, Public Speaker, Future Thinker, Open Hardware Hacker, BitCoin Enthusiast, Board Member, Post Graduate Student, World Wide Traveller...



Current Work

What I have been doing lately

Web Integration Projects

Web Integration Projects

Drupal, Civi-CRM, LAMP

Solution Design for NSW State Library greenfields WCMS platform and third party integration points. Code Refactor and CiviCrm Integration for Australian Theatre Youth Project. Restful CMS Implementations for OpenData. WCAG & WAI-ARIA.

Development Life Cycle

Development Life Cycle

PaaS and Docker

Development Cycle Management practice design for Continuous Integration and Development workflows, Version Control and Release Management. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Recently started delving into OpenShift, CloudFoundry, Docker & CoreOS.

IT Education Research

IT Education Research

Entrepreneurship Mentoring

Start-up mentor for the Pathways to Employment for Youth on the Spectrum (ASD) funded by the Australian Government Department National Broadband Programme. Program Facilitator for New Ventures Certificate IV creation under Australian Qualifications Framework.

Open Source Industry Australia

Open Source Industry Australia

Board Member

Board Member of the Open Source Industry Australia Association, area of care is Web Presence and Social Media Refresh to enhance Online Engagement with current and prospective members.

Ada Lovelace

I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me...

Ada Lovelace

Areas of Focus

What i'm Passionate about

Web Accessiblity

Web Accessiblity

Web and Mobile Accessibility design and development. Lead various large Australian websites WCAG2.0 initiatives. PHP and JS accessibility retrofitting.

Software Engineering

Software Engineering

Languages I enjoy are HTML/CSS, Python, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, C++. Languages I want to learn Rust, Go, Swift. Love the reduction of code errors through better design patterns.

Technology Advocacy

Technology Advocacy

Public Speaking at Conferences, Meet-ups, School Career Days and Hackathons. Participated in Open Source committees and Panels across Australia, EU and USA.



First started using Linux back in 1997 and have never looked back. I work with Debian, Ubuntu, RHEL, Fedora and started doing more work within the Fedora community and seek to grow my contributions.

Cognitive Design

Cognitive Design

Academic Research participation in areas of E-Learning Navigation and Cognitive Load Theory. Interaction and User Experience Field Research for Mobile and Web Applications.

Development Life Cycle

Development Life Cycle

I've been designing Open Source Web Release cycle management for Business and Government since 2008 working across geographically distributed teams.

Public Speaking

A Snapshot of some of my presentations and documentarys from Conferences I have been involved in


If you would like to see any of my slides that I have presented please visit slideshare.


Geek Chatter

blog posts from conferences and technology discoveries

If you would like to read more about my conference visits or discussions about the latest technology I am playing with you can visit my blog



Where I have worked and what I have done

Over the past years I have focused in the area of solutions design and development life-cycles. During my career I have performed user research and qualitative analysis, lead large scale web platform integration projects, project officer on network infrastructure roll-outs and managed production cycles for Sydney 2000 Olympic Games licensed merchandise.

I enjoy travelling the world performing Open Source Advocacy and have been involved in small to large scale events talking to people about the benefits of projects like OLPC, Drupal, BitCoin, Linux, Open Web.

To Learn more about my professional background please visit my LinkedIn Profile or contact me for a copy of my Resume.


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Academic Experience

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin

Post Graduate Certificate Global Project Management, Torrens University, 2016

  • Integrated Project Process Management
  • Project Global Execution and Control

Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology with Research Honours, Southern Cross University, 2012

  • Cognitive Load Theory Research
  • Human Interaction Research
  • WebSite Navigation Experiment
  • Commerce and Management Faculty Scholarship for High Academic Achievement

Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Computing, Southern Cross University, 2008

  • Holiday Letting Directory CMS project
  • Women in Technology Award for High Academic Achievement

Advanced Diploma in E Security, 2004

  • Cisco Networking Academy Certificate CCNP

Diploma in Network Engineering, 2002

  • Cisco Networking Academy Certificate CCNA

Advanced Diploma in Apparel Manufacturing, 2000

  • Just in Time Manufacturing paper

about me

Life is meant to be lived and Technology is my life

freedom hacker

A historic view

a look into my past

I have been interested in computers from a young age having received my first computer "Amstrad CGA" at the age of 8, coding small games in basic around the age of 11. Since then I have never looked back and have been privileged to watch the growth of Personal Computers, Networks and the birth of the Internet.

1997 saw me start my professional career in the fashion industry and commencing studies which lead to an Advanced Diploma in Apparel Manufacturing. Working within the areas of product development and production in fashion, I gained experience on large projects such as the Sydney Olympic 2000 Games, launch of Katie's 1626 label and Crossroads label.

With the progression of computers into the workplace I retrained in the area of Network Engineering, focusing on e-mail systems and web server management. In late 2000 I commenced formal Information Technology studies with a Scholarship in Network Engineering. Over the next four years I completed various Diplomas and Certificates in Information Technology.

During my career within Network Engineering I received various types of exposure within National and International Enterprise, all with their own degrees of complexity in the areas of managing people and computers.

2003 saw me strengthening of my skill-set through e-business analysis on web design and development projects. Since 2005 I have worked within the area of Open Source web solutions architecture and web systems integration using PHP as my language of choice for web applications. Having a network engineering background I generally find myself designing and implementing release cycle management and continuous integration workflows for enterprise and government.

During 2009 to 2013 I completed an Honours Degree in Cognitive Load Theory and its implementations for enhancing online instructional design. During this time I also performed field based UX research for various digital agencies throughout Sydney. In 2014 I worked in the User Advocacy Team supporting FireFoxOS and was part of the team performing User Research testing future support tools and methods.

During my academic and working career I have focused on making technology work for people. I am a strong believer of simplistic user interface design and empowering people through technology. I believe the Internet is still in its early stages and find excitement with the knowledge of what is yet to come.

I am enthusiastic and excited about what the future holds for the Internet and believe we are still at the very beginning of this technology with leaps and bounds still to be achieved.

World Wide

Where have I been? Or maybe where am I going...

Aimee Maree and Kate RussellI believe that travel expands the heart and broadens the mind, I grew up in a bi-lingual family and enjoyed exposure to many cultures as a child and as an adult I chose to expand upon this exposure with travel.

I travel the world regularly to attend Technology and Education conferences where I have been privileged to meet some of the brightest minds in the Wider Technology and Open Source community. If I am not speaking or helping to organise an event I try to volunteer my time in anyway possible from room monitoring, to after conference cleanup, and social media advocacy.

My travels have taken me throughout Oceania, Asia, Europe and North America and I have lived on three continents and hold dual Citizenship between Australia and Malta.

Aimee Maree opening a door to a Tardis in Glasgow


Recent Engagements

2014 saw me travel across North America attending Open Source Bridge and OSCON where I ran a children's coding workshop. Whilst living in Seattle I helped run the Seattle Girls App Camp week and then over to Chicago for LinuxCon America to present about FirefoxOS.

I made sure I did not miss Joomla Day Australia where I presented on Joomla and accessibility and headed over to Auckland NZ at the start of 2015 for LinuxConf to present on FireFoxOS. During this time I assisted PHP Australia Conference as their Code of Conduct Liaison.

Where was I?

I was recently living in Portland and Seattle in America in 2014 where I did some work for Mozilla on their FireFoxOS Team. I am now currently living back in the Hawkesbury just outside of Sydney, Australia. During 2015 I have helped out the NSW State Library as the Solutions Architect for their Web Online Systems Integration Project.

Where am I now?

Currently working on a Research Project for University of Adelaide performing IT Entrepreneurship with Youth on the Autism Spectrum. I am also looking for my next challenge where I seek to grow my Software Engineering and Architecture Skills.

Where do I see my Career progress heading?

I would like to continue to focus in the area of Web Software Engineering, Technology Advocacy in the web space an Code Mentoring. I am currently looking for my next challenge which will see me grow my advocacy and leadership skills.

From an education perspective I have enrolled in a Masters in Innovation Law with Edinburgh University where I will be studying the course part-time through distance education. Who knows where the future will take us and what it is holding, sometimes the journey is more important than the destination.

Upcoming Conferences

My plans for Conferences in 2015 will see me attend: PHP Australia (Organiser), WordCamp Brisbane, GovHack Australia, OSCON Portland/Amsterdam, LinuxCon America (Speaker), LinuxCon Europe (Speaker), Community Leadership Summit Portland/Amsterdam, Fedora Flock America, Dev Nation Melbourne (Speaker). As well as the multitudes of technology meet-ups which you will find me visiting.

Jeff Bezos

I believe there's more innovation ahead of us than behind us.

Jeff Bezos