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#HNLondon, October 2013

We are back with some more geeky goodness on Weds, 23rd Oct. As always you can expect some great tech talk from London's top engineering and entrepreneurial talent along with a mountain of beer and pizza.

The plan:
18:30 - Beers and pizza
19:00 - Sponsors and introductions by Andrea Hubert
19:15 - Ian Ozsvald: High Performance Python: Techniques for achieving C and Fortran speeds when number crunching
19:35 - Harry Marr: Docker - The Future of Application Deployment
19:55 - break
20:15 - Marco Cecconi: Architecture of StackOverflow -- the TL;DR
20:35 - Sleepyfox: Refactoring: People
21:00 - pub

Apologies, if you were looking forward to the talk by Rodolfo Rosini. Due to some terrible planning in part, he is not actually in the country today. He will be joining us at another event soon.

Sadly Sanderson Jones is away on tour promoting Sunday Assembly. Our compere for the evening will be the brilliant Andrea Hubert.

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  • Ilias B.

    Enjoyed the talks and they were well balanced. Andrea was also a great host!

    P.S. The company I work for is hiring:

    October 28, 2013

  • Scott A.

    Enjoyed the night and speakers, thanks. Also great idea to have a comedian as compare, will be trying to source one for Bristol based group I help run.

    2 · October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good location, and talks overall, will come again

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • George A.

    Overall a very nice event, two good talks (Docker and Stack overflow), one average (python performance) and one really out of place (agile). Pizza and beer was welcome, people definitely willing to mingle. Girl hosting show (Andrea?) was very good, funny with a good flow. Would come again!

    1 · October 23, 2013

    • Steve B.

      Absolutely Tom but it's a two way conversation. George's opinions are welcome however I'm simply providing context on the 'variety' of talks so that others understand our decisions.

      2 · October 24, 2013

    • Tom R.

      Agree. I would say that no clear consensus on the 'best' talk probably means a well organised and balanced event with something for everybody :-)

      1 · October 24, 2013

  • Oliver

    For next time, it would be handy to leave RSVP's open until the event ends... Lots of us aren't sure until the last minute...

    2 · October 23, 2013

    • Dmitri G.

      The reason we close the RSVPs at 4 is that I need to print the attendee list for the event before heading to the venue. The tickets are presold because the event requires a good amount of planning and I need to order the beer and pizza in advance, hence it's useful to know how many people are coming. Hope that explains why things are done the way they are apologies for the original sarcastic response, I was not entirely sure if you were serious.

      4 · October 24, 2013

    • Dave N.

      I suggest if you don't know that you can come until the last minute, either buy a ticket in advance anyway (assuming Dmitri does refunds if you don't attend?), or just turn up and pay for one on the door. HN London gets busy but I've yet to see it 100% full - especially when with over 300 tickets sold, there will always be a handful of people who can't make it (therefore a handful of places free on the night).

      October 24, 2013

  • Argiris G.

    Andrea was amazing yesterday. I've enjoyed all talks!

    October 24, 2013

    • Dave N.

      She was great for a stand-in, and certainly funny enough. However, the ultimate host would be a stand-up who is a real techie - there must be some out there?

      October 24, 2013

  • Murat

    Do I need to print the ticket?

    October 23, 2013

    • Dmitri G.

      It's fine if you have it on your phone screen. We have a list of all attendees we will check it against.

      October 23, 2013

    • Dave N.

      Hey Dmitri,

      FYI, I was just asked for my name last night, not a paper ticket or proof of purchase on a device... which was fine with me, but someone could easily have got my name from the event RSVP list and impersonated me. This will probably never be a great problem for the event, but something to consider.

      October 24, 2013

  • Jack A.

    Is there a time schedule for the evening? Thanks

    1 · October 23, 2013

    • Dave N.

      I guess you realised that it's on the event description?

      October 24, 2013

  • blazar

    It would be good to order more pizza next time. There was no left already at 7pm.

    3 · October 24, 2013

    • Dave N.

      I would recommend having some (half?) of the pizza delivered just before the mid-talks break. That way it gets distributed/munched more evenly.

      October 24, 2013

  • Tom H.

    First time last night and thought it was great. Nice range of pure technical, middle-ground, and 'soft-skills' at the end. Lots of beer and I've never seen a wall of pizza before, but I have now. Good job. Will be there next time.

    October 24, 2013

  • Marius K.

    Where I could find the slides?

    3 · October 23, 2013

  • Ben A.

    Great event, finally enough Pizza and beer :D Quality talks (I enjoyed Python + SO the most).

    The host Andrea was much better than Sanderson (who I find a bit grating). See you next time!

    October 24, 2013

  • Jon B.

    Will the talks be posted online? We had to leave early and the last talk sounded awesome :(

    October 24, 2013

  • Jeremy B.

    As I live out of town it would have been nice if things started on time and kept a bit closer to the schedule. I missed the last talk to catch my train

    October 24, 2013

  • Rafiq M.

    I have conflicting events that I have to go to, will arriving late be a problem? (8.30pm or so)

    October 23, 2013

    • Rafiq M.

      I arrived at 10:30pm.. at least I met a few people in the pub :) Annoyed to have missed the SE talk though :(

      October 24, 2013

  • Angel P.

    On the other hand, I thought the last talk was very relevant to me, although it was quite short. Some of the issues discussed can be studied more in depth in "7 habits of highly effective people", "how to make friends and influence people" and basic NLP. Very good event overall. Well done to everyone involved.

    1 · October 23, 2013

  • Michael K.

    @George Angel I don't agree, python was very good for the topic of its presentation, but maybe not a good match to the audience. People / Personal development (agile) is always one of the most important things that people frequently underrate.

    1 · October 23, 2013

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    October 23, 2013

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    Have a good day!

    October 21, 2013

  • Alister B.

    I'm heading out on holiday the following day, so I can't make it this time. A little unfortunate considering I've just announced a little project. Google me to figure that one out. Or maybe hire me when I get back :)

    October 17, 2013

  • Fahad S.

    Look forward to meeting other HNers

    October 16, 2013

  • James S.

    Can't make it again. Rubbish. The SO stuff sounds really good. Will just have to watch the videos after.

    October 14, 2013

  • Sofia

    Looking forward to getting back into the London tech scene after a summer abroad! :)

    October 11, 2013

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