SYDspace grew out of the Sydney Kotlin User Group (KUG), founded in 2017 after a one-off event organised with JetBrains and the Android Australia User Group a year earlier. Ever since, it has been welcoming local Kotlin fans, regardless of their affiliation: backend, frontend or mobile.

Serversiders began in early 2019, in association with Atlassian Engineering Nights, to focus on server-side development in any language, including Java, Go, Rust and others.

Together with the Sydney JVM Community (est. 2013), KUG and Serversiders unified as SYDspace later that year.


Mike Gouline

Founder of Sydney KUG and Serversiders, co-organiser of Sydney JVM Community.

Erik Pragt

Founder of Sydney JVM Community, co-organiser of Sydney KUG.