Combatting illegal fishing with Azure and ML for less than £10/month


For our February meetup, we're proud to welcome both Jess Panni and Carmel Eve from endjin!

As usual, there'll be drinks and snack provided by our primary sponsors, Corriculo Recruitment, as well as prize draws - see sponsor section below for full details.

# Combatting illegal fishing with Machine Learning and Azure – for less than £10 / month

Illegal fishing is a worldwide problem which threatens developing nations, damages marine wildlife and supports other criminal activities like human trafficking and slavery. Recently we worked with a not-for-profit who, through machine learning and complex geo-spatial models, detects and helps to tackle this vital global issue. Through Microsoft Azure, we enabled them to more reliably, and in near-real-time, produce fishing alerts from all over the world.

In this talk we will walk through how to construct a cloud-first architecture based on serverless and data analytics technologies. We will then explore the important principles and challenges in designing this kind of solution. Finally, we will see how the architecture we designed through this process not only provides all the benefits of the cloud (reliability, scalability, security), but because of the pay-as-you-go compute model, has a compute cost of less than £10 per month!

# Speaker Bios:

Jess has over 20 years’ experience helping companies succeed through the smart use of technology. He has spent most of his career working for leading Microsoft partners across the UK and Australia and is now Principal at endjin, helping customers to become modern, efficient, data-driven, secure, cloud-first organizations.


Carmel is a software engineer at endjin, focusing on using .NET and Azure solutions for reactive data processing. Through her work she has gained a lot of experience in designing and building cloud-facing data architectures for processing large volumes of data quickly and efficiently. She comes from a scientific background which gives her an appreciation of the importance of experimentation and evidence. Here at endjin, we focus on applying data science techniques and cloud expertise to produce reliable and proven solutions to complex problems.


# Sponsors:

Corriculo ( are the venue and refreshments sponsor for Azure Oxford. Based in Oxford, Corriculo are an IT specialist recruitment agency committed to building relationships with both candidates and clients. They will be in attendance at the event, feel free to say hello!

Everstack ( is Dan's company, providing Dan's time to organise and manage Azure Oxford. Everstack is a software development company providing development and consultation services.

Our prize draw sponsors are Manning Books ( and NewOrbit (