Meet A Mentor - Queen Mary, University of London

Meet A Mentor - Queen Mary, University of London

Have you always wondered what you want to do when you graduate? 
Are you worried about all the talk of grads finding it hard to find work and what it will mean for you? 
Do you want to know the difference between working in a bank, a gaming company or a startup? 
What technology should you specialise in? Java, Ruby or any of the other countless programming languages? 

Now is the chance to find out. You may well have heard the buzz about the Meet a Mentor events - this is the next in a series of events open to all students. 

This is a chance for you to meet a variety of senior developers currently working in the industry; you will get a chance to listen to their stories and even ask them questions. It will be a 'speed dating' style event in groups of 5-8 with each mentor having 10-15 minutes to tell their story and share their experiences in the industry. We have an amazing line up on presenters, everything from startups to the financial and media industrys, open source enthusiasts, senior developers, entrepreneurs and CTOs. You will also find an experienced recruiter who will be able give you advice and answer your questions regarding your career options, the software industry, job applications and different job positions.

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Directions and location information:

At previous events GDC members have found this venue/particular room hard to find.

This event is being held in the Francis Bancroft Building - Room Number: FB 1.15.

Please see this map for further information (the building is numbered 26 on this map)

The actual signs at the building will say 'Bancroft' building only, rather than Francis Bancroft.

Directions -

From Mile End Station you will need to turn left out of the station and then continue for 5 mins approx. up the Mile End Road and then cross over the road to the QM campus and go into the East Gate.  This is the first entrance to QM you come to when coming from the direction of Mile End Tube.  Continue straight on up Westfield Way for a couple of minutes and then bear left at the Curve cafe.  The Bancroft Building is on your right (number 26 on the map).

Please note:

After the event we will be heading to the Half Moon, [masked] Mile End Road, Mile End, Greater London, E1 4AA - - for drinks/networking.

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  • Anji C.

    Hi everyone,
    If you enjoyed meeting the mentors at this event, we have new mentors at an event we are holding Thursday 9th October at 6pm, at Queen Mary, Uni of London. Please see here:

    October 1

  • Anji C.

    If you enjoyed this event, we have set up another one for Tuesday 5th November at Queen Mary, Uni of London. We have totally different mentors along so come along and ask any questions you didn't ask the first time

    October 22, 2013

  • Samantha h.

    Hi Guys, I hope you all have been enjoying the MaM events and hopefully getting some answers to some questions about the industry. I have heard a lot of the mentors speak about github and getting your projects on it. Im excited to say that we have Tim Berglund (Evangelist for Github) in the office on wednesday to answer some of your questions. Unfortunately he won't be able to make it to the MaM event that evening so I will be asking him some of your questions and recording it over a podcast for you all to listen in on. So here is my question to you… What do you want to ask Tim about Github?

    Please send me your questions before Wednesday lunchtime and ill be sure to get them answered! Send them to [masked] or send me a tweet @shRecWorks

    October 14, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Hope you had a great time, if you would like to follow up on this session then please come along to our next Developer Sessions event which will be held on:
    Tues 15th next week:

    or as Sam said our next MaM event on Weds 16th (with new mentors!):

    Thanks everyone!


    October 10, 2013

  • Samantha h.

    Great to meet everyone at last nights event, I hope you all enjoyed it! Don't forget we have another one next week at UCL will a new group of mentors! Don't miss it!!!

    1 · October 9, 2013

  • river h.

    Mentors are really friendly and helpful:)

    October 9, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Finally: Frank Collins is a Business Analysis Manager. He leads of team of business analysts at London Business School, who work on internal change projects. A former software engineer, Frank graduated from the Uni of Birmingham with a degree in Electronics & Software Engineering. He started his career in consultancy & system implementer EDS. He worked on high profile government projects for EDS as a software engineer, programme analyst & business analyst. From EDS he then moved to Birmingham City Council, Royal Bank of Scotland, Hammerson & finally London Business School.

    and Steve Stagg is a software engineer with ONEIS, previously writing software for YouView, QinetiQ, and for Clinical trials. He is involved in the London tech scene, and a keen proponent of hack days & tech social events. His primary language is Python, but is more interested in decent solutions that specific technologies. Some of Steve's code may be found here: http:/

    October 8, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Also confirmed: Carlos Roman is an experienced software engineer, who champions Test Driven Development (TDD) and Business Driven Development (BDD). A Polyglot Developer, who specialises in JVM languages and concurrency on the JVM. Experienced with providing continuous integration and automated deployment systems.

    Wesley Hall is an experienced software engineer and technical team leader with 15 years experience developing applications upon the Java platform. He is currently the CTO of a brand new London start-up company which focuses on applying machine learning and natural language processing technologies to solve information filtration and delivery problems.

    October 7, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Also confirmed: Phil Haigh is a freelance IT consultant with over twenty years experience of software engineering, spending the last ten working mainly in Java (more recently in Scala and Grails) on web applications - most recently with Sky (, O2 (Priority Moments) and Barclays (seven day account switching).

    October 4, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Confirmed mentors: Dave Snowdon is an unashamed geek who's career has strayed from virtual reality, to mobile platforms, to web application development and finally virtual desktop infrastructure. He's worked at places with as few as 2 people and as many as 11,000. When not at work he spends time with a motley collection of robots and messing with languages such as python and clojure.

    Guilherme Zühlke O'Connor is a developer with passion for the web front end and usability. Currently head of front end development at Snupps, his past experience includes being part of a Sony Ericsson prototype team and Yahoo as well as lecturing computer science topics at college. His formal studies include Architecture and Computer Science but he is interested in so many things he was once called a modern day renaissance man. Though undoubtedly a generous exaggeration, he welcomed it.

    October 4, 2013

  • Arshad k.

    I m comming

    September 19, 2013

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