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Reconnect.Sydney 2023 is a conference put together by developers, for developers.

Three long years since the last APAC Claris® / FileMaker® developer conference and we really thought it was time to reconnect our developer community!

Here’s what we did:

  • Two days of expert presentations
  • Speakers from Claris
  • Social events
  • Plenty of networking time
  • An event for Claris Partners

A small group of Claris Partners banded together to put on this event in 2023. We thought it had been far too long between conferences (and drinks), so we decided to do something about it. We’ll called upon others in the community to help, but the core group consists of…



20th July


8:30am – 9:15am

Registration and Welcome coffee/tea

9:15am – 9:30am

Welcome Address by our MCs – Cara Blacket (Claris) and David Head

9:30am – 9:45am

Claris APAC Welcome and Update

Joel Katz – Claris APAC update

9:45am – 10:30am

Claris USA Presentation – via video link

Andrew Lecates, Director of Product Marketing and Evangelism, will present the inside scoop about future business and product strategy developments for the Claris platform. Rick Kalman, Director of Product Management, will share a quick review of Claris FileMaker 2023 and look at features coming soon to Claris Connect and Claris Studio.

10:30am – 11:15am

Morning Tea

11:15am – 12:00pm

The Claris Platform – all you need to know

Session 1

David Head

  • Overview of the Claris platform as it stands today
  • Claris Studio – hubs, views and connections to Claris Pro
  • Claris Pro – almost FileMaker Pro
  • Claris Connect – triggers and actions

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Demystifying Linux for Developers

Session 2

Nicholas Orr & Steve Winter

  • Where Linux fits into the Claris Platform and where it’s going
  • Demo – getting FileMaker Server up and running on Linux from scratch
  • Using Ansible to open up a world of automation to make server management simpler
  • How to get a free SSL certificate with Let’s Encrypt that updates automatically

12:45pm – 2:15pm


2:15pm – 3:00pm

Shiny: New Features of FileMaker 2023

Session 3

Katherine Russell

  • Rundown of the new features of FileMaker 2023
  • Demos: PSOS with Callback, OnWindowTransaction and SQL queries to BaseTables
  • Gleeful overview of fixes
  • A sprinkling of cool stuff from recent releases

3:00pm – 3:15pm

Giving Users Control of Data Output

Quickfire Session 1

Rob Woof

  • Many “output” situations require frequent adjustment due to changes in requirements
  • Dealing with changes in requirements can be risky if you need to edit script code
  • Configure and control export fields using a data table
  • Configure and control JSON output using data updates instead of script edits

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Afternoon Tea

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Dream The Dream

Session 4

Cath Kirkland

  • Our aim is to create software that users love – how do we do that?
  • The role of integrations within FileMaker and how to inspire innovation in your projects
  • How to connect FileMaker with messaging, OCR, phone systems, and other cool tools for a seamless experience
  • Become a problem-solving superstar using FileMaker’s amazing features!

4:45pm – 5:00pm

Closing Comments

6:00pm Onwards


21st July


8:30am – 9:00am

Welcome coffee/tea

9:00am – 9:45am

Transactions – All or Nothing!

Session 5

Andrew McCallum

  • What are transactions and why should you care?
  • How have we been doing transactions up to now?
  • What are the new features that will help?
  • Rules, quirks and considerations
  • Use cases and demonstrations

9:45am – 10:30am

Reconnect your inner Business Analyst

Session 6

Salvatore Colangelo & Charmaine McKie

  • The right questions – Business Analysis as a Claris FileMaker essential tool.
  • Approaches and techniques for defining solutions with challenging clients.
  • Current state, future state, and the requirements.
  • Project super villains – Requirements management, change requests, and scope creep.
  • Are you solving the right problem?

10:30am – 11:15am

Morning Tea

11:15am – 12:00pm

Mobile Tyre Shop – COO perspective

Session 7

Jamie Cartwright

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Beginner’s Guide to the FileMaker OData API

Session 8

Andrew Duncan

  • History of OData and FileMaker’s OData API
  • Benefits of using OData vs Data API
  • Common use cases
  • Live demonstration of common operations

12:45pm – 2:15pm


2:15pm – 2:30pm

Claris Connect Today

Quickfire Session 2

David Head

  • What is new with Claris Connect?
  • How does it fit into the current Claris platform plans?
  • What can you use Claris Connect for today?

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Collecting Data From Anyone Through Web Forms

Session 9

Mick Crozier

  • Why consider Web Forms, and not just use FileMaker?
  • Overview of a selection of platforms
  • Moving data between a web form and FileMaker Server
  • Fancy things we can use to our advantage
  • Questions to ask when deciding on a platform

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Afternoon Tea

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Ask Me Anything

Session 10

Panel – Katherine Russell, Craig Saunders, Salvatore Colangelo, Jamie Cartwright, Andrew McCullum

  • Current trends in Claris FileMaker development
  • Audience questions submitted on day one will be addressed
  • Come and hear what is going on in the Claris world now and in the future

4:45pm – 5:00pm

Closing Session


We would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for their support of the Reconnect.Sydney conference

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