Hacker News London meetup

  • February 22, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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The rumours are true! We are delighted to welcome Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Stack Overflow, as our headline speaker at the February event. He will share some of his knowledge and experience with us, making it an absolutely unmissable event.

In addition to Joel we have the following talks lined for Wednesday:

Jane ni Dhulchaointigh - The story of Sugru
Ged Waring - Seatwave's journey from a consumer marketplace to a developer platform
Alice Taylor - 3D-printing poseable, stackable, hackable toy objects: notes from the trenches somewhere in Shoreditch
Tim Grimsditch - 5 Things We Got Right (By Accident)

The Twitter hashtag for the event is #HNLondon.

 

We would also like to thank our sponsors, including some new companies, without whom the event would not have been possible.

Careers 2.0 by Stack Overflow. Careers 2.0 matches great programmers on Stack Overflow with great jobs. Programmers create profiles highlighting their work on Stack Overflow and open source sites, giving employers an in-depth look at their expertise. Employers post open positions or search for programmers by location, objective, and skills, and screen them based on peer-reviewed work. http://careers.stackoverflow.com/

Twilio, the cloud communications company, provides software developers with simple APIs that enable them to programmatically make and receive phone calls and text messages. Twilio is simple, powerful, and with pay-as-you-go pricing you pay for only what you use. Learn more at Twilio.com

TIM Group, a London financial software house that's hiring now! Commitment to developer learning and quality. Language agnostic. Innovating in automated testing. Fortnightly releases. Visit http://www.timgroup.com/careers

LShift is a hi-tech software development company. It is small but, we like to think, close to perfectly formed. Our company is home to some of the best developers in the UK - not only in our opinion, but in the opinion of a number of international blue chip companies who use our development and research skills.

LShift is looking for senior developers. The company is built around the idea of having a team of highly skilled developers who combine a breadth and depth of outlook and experience. We do not recruit people to slot into a particular technical role with a particular set of tools. Instead we recruit all-rounders, familiar with a broad range of technologies and environments who have a good appreciation of all aspects of software engineering. www.lshift.net

 

 

 

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  • Nikhil

    It was good and informative. I enjoyed it.

    February 28, 2012

  • Christer Brannstrom

    It was interesting, but not as technical as I had hoped. It was inspirational though, and Joel was cool, as well as all other speakers. I wished to get more new development specific knowledge during this session. I will still want to come on future events though, my expectations was probably just a bit off.

    February 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amazing presentations. Esp. the toys and clay

    February 24, 2012

  • Adrien Olczak

    Small point: some talks were missing at least a basic 1 minutes presentation of their product. Just like you'll do a *tour* on a website, same applies here. If you do an app/api, show it to the audience, make a demo, show usages then move on. Aside from that great event.

    1 · February 23, 2012

  • Hari Karam Singh

    Great talks. Will you be posting Joel's video to Vimeo as well?

    February 23, 2012

  • Michael Pye

    I'm not sure I agree that Joel's "Not you, you're a girl" comment was in fact sexist. He was in the middle of talking about homogeneity in social groups. He asked everyone to look around them and notice that it was obvious that they fitted in to the crowd. Though it may not have been sensitive of him, observing that this was less likely to hold true for the 5 of 500 in the crowd who where women is not sexist, it's a reference to an effect which surely does deter many people from the scene.

    1 · February 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pizza was delicious and I really enjoyed the Sugru & 3D-printing talks (despite them not being software companies as such) but found the rest of the content a bit lacking with peeps looking a bit bored a lot of the time. Boo to pitching, hiring & lady-bashing.

    February 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree with Alen. I much prefer the StickyGram style talks. Even the SWYM talk which was practically an overnight hack was a great talk without being a pitch --- is there even a business model here?

    February 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Quite a few of Joel's comments were not appropriate, sadly - 'you're a girl' just to start with.
    I enjoyed all of the other speakers

    February 23, 2012

  • Rayhan Rafiq Omar

    Organisation was excellent, as always. There seems to be the obligatory boring talk (Seatwave this month), but the real hacker talks are simply out-of-this-world amazing. Hacker News London is something that even a swollen face and massive cranial stitches cannot prevent me from attending.

    February 23, 2012

  • Alen Mujezinovic

    > but aren't the pitches kind of what the hacker news meetups are for? Nah, I found that the technical talks always captured the audience a lot better. Thinking about the SocketStream presentation: the talk massively overshot the alloted time but the audience loved it. Or StickyGram and how they brought a digital good to the real world. I think Sugru and the 3d printed toys were more interesting in that regard.

    February 23, 2012

  • Tim Meadowcroft

    Sponsors' pitch spots - fine (& welcome)
    Mini-pitch spots - good
    Pitch in talk - understandable
    Pitch as talk - disappointing

    Any talk includes some aspect of pitch as part of explaining who they are and what they're about, but interesting talks are about how we did something & why, what was hard, what we learnt etc.

    Anecdotes should be entertaining or actionable for the audience (preferably both).

    Sugru was great, Joel was mostly a treat, others less so.

    Still a great night tho

    1 · February 23, 2012

  • Rory

    Amazing well organised and very high quality, especially for the price ;-)

    February 23, 2012

  • David Dulson

    Last night was a bit different than usual because I don't think people wanted to hold up Joel, but aren't the pitches kind of what the hacker news meetups are for? I know I attend so I can keep up to date on all the cool stuff people are doing, and the Q&A sessions afterwards are normally valuable for everyone involved.

    Yeah you get the odd howler, but it's just as valuable to know how not to give a pitch!

    February 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Joel's "you're a girl" comment made me cringe massively. I didn't notice other comments in other talks (would be interested to find out what I missed), but then I did zone out a little at the pitches... (though I agree with Ben re Sugru)

    February 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    There were other comments in other talks that felt somewhat inappropriate....

    February 23, 2012

  • Ben Waine

    Re Joel: For a guy talking about building online communities based around meritocracy he made too many sexist jokes. Also - the talk was a little dull, I've seen and read so much of Joel's fantastic content online I'm disappointed he didn't present something with more substance. Highlights of the night: Sugru - a bit of a pitch but a good story, well presented. Also appreciated 63 - I disagree with comments around it being a 'blatant pitch' I liked the theme of serendipitous events.

    February 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Huge credit for getting Joel.

    February 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved all the presentations especially the delightful lady from Sugru. What an inspiration.

    February 23, 2012

  • Blanca Garcia

    Talks from six3 and Sugru were very inspiring. And Joel Spolsky is an amazing speaker. Thought he would be a bit more technical but the talk was a great wrapper for the night.

    February 23, 2012

  • Andrew Brookes

    Interesting and thought provoking talks. I'll definitely be back!

    February 23, 2012

  • Matt B

    Disappointing speakers all round - even the star-turn only had about 5 mins of interesting content at the beginning, but quickly reverted to type.

    February 23, 2012

  • Aisha

    Enjoyed the talks and variety.

    February 23, 2012

  • Ezo Saleh

    Learnt a lot.

    February 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree some quality control could filter out the lessor appealing talks. I propose a system where speakers put their hat into the ring and HNLondon members can upvote based on a short overview of the talk topic. Happy to help hack this up if it's wanted, M

    February 23, 2012

  • David Dulson

    Enjoyed the talks, particularly Joel's

    February 23, 2012

  • steve murphy

    Hacker News does it again! Great night, great speakers, great pizza, beer, good company and all at the right price! Big thanks to the organisers and sponsors, you kicked it - again!

    February 23, 2012

  • Nik Adhia

    Great meetup as per usual, met some quite interesting people and also, particularly loved the presentation and story from Sugru! Great job as usual guys!

    February 23, 2012

  • Florian Siepert

    Thanks again for organising this. However, I would love to see some changes in the talks: There is a lot of blatant and tiresome pitching, evident in the lack of questions after talks. "We found out that our name was great because it also was our CTO's house number" doesn't do the event and audience size justice. Maybe a set of rules for pitching in talks would be good. Does anyone else have thoughts on this?

    February 23, 2012

  • Hana J. Chang

    Is there wifi access here?

    February 22, 2012

  • Steve Buckley

    Official subreddit for HN London discussions, hiring threads, suggestions and feedback: http://www.reddit.com/r/HNLondo...­

    February 20, 2012

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