Kris Howard

Technologist, blogger, crafter, and speaker

I love building cool things online and sharing the inspiring work others are doing.


I’ve been building things and making my living on the Web for more than twenty years. My current role is Solutions Architect Manager at Amazon Web Services in Sydney. You can see my CV on LinkedIn. Standard disclaimer: all opinions are my own.

I’ve been blogging over at since 1999.

Upcoming Talks

You can see my previous talks below along with selected videos and slides.

Stuff I’ve Built

In 1996, I built a website called, dedicated to the famous children’s author Roald Dahl. It’s still going!

I created a serverless application called MUGicalNode that creates an iCal feed for tech events in various Australian cities.

There are a few other things over at Github, like a Smart Litterbox using the Amazon IoT Button and a Roald Dahl Trivia Quiz Alexa Skill.

Groups I’m In

Sydney Tech LeadersGirl Geek SydneyWomen Who Code SydneyKnitters Guild NSW


LinkedInMetaFilterGitHubThe Old ReaderRavelrySpotify


The best way to reach me is via email at kris.howard AT gmail.

I also tweet way too much as @web_goddess.

Previous Talks

Selected Videos

AWS Community Day Melbourne 2019

"Serverless in Production," AWS Community Day Melbourne, August 2019

Voxxed Days Singapore 2018

"Building Applications That Last," Voxxed Days Singapore, June 2018

AWS Summit 2018 Twitch Live Stream

"State of the Nation: Women in IT ANZ," AWS Summit Sydney, April 2018

Better Tech Talks at Women Who Code Singapore

"Better Tech Talks," Women Who Code Singapore, March 2018

Total Eclipse of the Heart

"Total Eclipse of the Heart," Ignite Sydney, November 2017

My Website is Old Enough to Vote

"My Website is Old Enough to Vote," The Web Meetup, June 2017

Knit One, Compute One

"Knit One, Compute One," Zendesk "Software Art Thou" series, March 2017

My Website is Old Enough to Vote

"My Website is Old Enough to Vote," WordCamp Sydney, September 2016

Granny Was a Hacker

"Granny Was a Hacker," TEDxMelbourne, August 2016

Taking the Management Leap

"Taking the Management Leap," YOW! West 2016, May 2016

Knitting and Programming

"Knitting and Programming," SydJS, April 2016

The Tyranny of the Business Card

"The Tyranny of the Business Card," Dream Collective Career Summit, October 2015