We will have our launch event on July 3rd at the Business and Technology Centre in Stevenage. FREE beer & pizza included.
Our speakers are as follows:
The future of online is offline by Matt Andrews
HTML5 technologies like Service Worker, AppCache, web storage and the History API are slowly changing what it means to be a website - one that loads without an internet connection on every platform and can keep running for days.
But those technologies don’t always play as nicely together as you might expect - and things that should be simple turn out not to be. I’m going to tell the story of how the FT bet big on those technologies and how we overcame the technical and UX challenges to build a high performance, cross-platform, offline-first web app that rivals its native app cousins.
Matt Andrews started his web development career as a freelancer creating websites for music festivals and even one of the original members of The Rolling Stones – and now works for the Financial Times on the FT Web app (app.ft.com), one of the most successful cross platform HTML5 offline web apps.
The End of Agilemania? by Tim Wilkinson
A couple of months ago Dave Thomas, one of the co-authors of the Agile Manifesto declared "Agile is dead (long live agility)". His blog post was a rallying cry against the bastardisation of the term "agile" and the multi-million dollar industry that has grown up around it. Books, conferences, consultants, all shouting at us to adopt and follow agile methodologies.
So what now? This talk discusses the issues around the Agile dogma, what developing with agility actually means, and gives some practical solutions as to how teams can be agile, without being Agile.
Tim Wilkinson is a Senior Product Manager at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, where the Biodiversity Informatics team builds applications to help support and communicate the vital work being done to safeguard biodiversity around the globe.