SyncHerts Launch Event

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. 

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  • Gita M.

    Video is in making. Will put it in discussion board when done.

    July 7

  • Steven W.

    Sorry I missed it yesterday, really annoyed as it looked great! Hopefully I can get away from work on time next time!

    July 4

  • Kuldip

    Excellent launch event with interesting speakers. Met a good range of tech people from programmers to leaders of technology companies and non-techies interested in technology. Looking forward to next event. Thanks

    1 · July 4

  • Gita M.

    Second presentation can be found here http://matthew-andrews.github.io/talk-syncherts-july-2014/#/ (you have to use keyboard arrows to navigate)

    July 4

  • Gita M.

    One of the presentations are up in File section. I'm chasing for second one: http://www.meetup.com/SyncHerts/files/

    1 · July 4

  • Nick W.

    Great Event. Looking forward to the next one.

    July 4

  • harryhazza

    Fantastic launch event - well done. The speakers and their topics were varied and interesting and sparked a lot of debate. Great to meet peers from different backgrounds working on different projects.

    1 · July 4

  • Paul D.

    Excellent start, look forward for more!

    2 · July 3

  • Tom S.

    Excellent meetup. Friendly and welcoming organisers. Great speakers

    2 · July 3

    • Gita M.

      Thanks, Tom. Great to see you there!

      July 3

  • Tom S.

    Come find me tonight. I have Clock stickers and USBs to give out in exchange for business cards

    July 3

  • Mel L.

    M11 closed on both directions and A1 closed at Rowley Lane going north due to an accident...looks like I am going to have to miss this one...hopefully see you next time...good luck if you make it there!

    July 3

  • Tj M.

    I'm looking forward to this. A much needed group in the area.

    July 3

  • Andrew S.

    Sorry, I'll be stuck at work this evening. Wishing you all good luck tonight

    July 3

  • Alan S.

    Hi Gita

    Looks like I might now be unable to make this :(

    Any chance it will be recorded & online later?

    Thanks
    Alan

    July 3

    • Gita M.

      Yes, we are planning to have it recorded and put up somewhere after event. Hopefully you can make next one.

      July 3

    • Alan S.

      Brilliant - thanks Gita. I was really looking forward to the beer, sorry, informative talks & discussions.

      July 3

  • Tamara K.

    Hi, I might be a few minutes late to this as I've now got to just pop home before I head over. What time are the speakers starting? And I'll try to make sure I'm at least in time for that.

    Thanks, Tamara

    1 · July 3

    • Gita M.

      Hi, Tamara. First speaker is starting at 7pm and then we will have break around 7.40pm. Reception should be open all the time.

      July 3

  • Diana K.

    sorry cannot now make this ppm.
    keen to come to next ones
    good luck wiht 1st meet
    best
    Diana

    July 3

  • Gita M.

    Unlucky news for those driving: Junction 7 on A1 is closed due to Sonisphere rock festival at Knebworth. Traffic will be horrendous.

    July 3

    • Brian Norman aka G.

      We are only expecting traffic to be an issue if you try and come off at Junction 7, Junction 8 should still be OK if a little busier than normal. Best of all get the train its a 2 min walk from the station

      July 3

  • Michael T.

    I won't be +1 but will be interested to see what is happening locally and how I may be able to help.

    1 · July 3

  • Steven T.

    I am sorry cant intend will make sure I get to next one

    July 3

  • Burkhard K.

    Apologies, sudden family commitments - hopefully I'll be able to make the next one.

    July 3

  • Ian S.

    Really sorry but I can no longer attend as I will be in Bournemouth on Business

    July 2

    • Gita M.

      No worries. Looking forward to see you next time. We are planning to video event so it should be put up somewhere afterwards

      July 2

  • Duncan M.

    Looking forward to the evening. I won't have the car that evening, so if anyone is leaving from St Albans (I live between the train station and city center), would appreciate the ride.

    July 1

  • Alan S.

    Both talks sound fascinating - really looking forward to it.

    Oh, and the beer & pizza ;)

    1 · June 25

    • Gita M.

      Thanks, Alan. Looking forward to see you there!

      June 25

  • Gita M.

    Would appreciate if people would vote for future events what themes interest them: http://www.meetup.com/SyncHerts/polls/1077102/

    May 23

  • Glenn S.

    morning, i think a lot of this stuff will be over my head, as i don't work as a website designer and have never learnt coding. But would like to come along to begin learning,,, is this the sort of event for that? or should i look elsewhere? just wanna be clear thanks! :)

    1 · May 22

    • Gita M.

      hi, Glenn. You are welcome to come and learn. This is learning / networking opportunity for anyone who are a bit techie or start-up oriented.

      May 23

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