- Community and Society
*** Note: Matt Jukes can't make it, so Anthony Lewis is taking his place to talk about Speakr*** After all the stories of technology putting us out of work, destroying our attention spans, corrupting our kids and undermining the foundations of democracy, it's easy to forget how much good it can do :) So our positive focus for May is Community and Society and what technology can do to make them better, we have three great speakers. Talks will begin by 7.15pm, doors will be open from 6.30. We're starting talks slightly later than usual as there will be a Bath Geek Girl Dinners event in the front room beforehand. May's sponsors are the fantastic Rocket Makers, a Bath based agency who've been involved with our first speaker's project, along with a number of other positive community minded startups. As always, we will provide liquid refreshments (soft-drinks, wine, beer, cider etc) and nibbles. *** If the meetup is full, please add yourself to the waiting list anyway as we regularly have dropouts*** Miranda Khamis is the co-founder of FoodDrop (www.fooddrop.co.uk), an innovative service that connects businesses with surplus food with charities in need of it, with distribution done by volunteers. The whole thing is coordinated through their app, which lets people volunteer flexibly, track their impact, and rewards them for all their hard work. Kind of like Deliveroo, but for those in need. Anthony Lewis will be talking about Speakr, a platform used in schools that provides a private and secure way for children to communicate with teachers and staff, and for schools to track and monitor the wellbeing of the students. Designed from the ground up for children of all ages to use, it has had a profound effect for many of the most disadvantaged children in the schools it is used in. Anthony will be talking about the child-centric design and features, and how providing a simple private communication channel in schools can help many of the children most in need of support. Bath is a notoriously difficult city for disabled people to get around. Mark Owen of BathHacked will be talking about the technology and leg work behind their Accessible Bath project. Accessible Bath aims to map out all the accessible places in Bath and make it available online through the WheelMap project. This provides those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility essential information to help them get around more easily. It's been a tremendous success built from a mix of great technology and a lot of effort by volunteers on the ground. **Code of Conduct** BathCamp is for everyone, regardless of age, gender, orientation or background. BathCamp is run by volunteers, we don't charge, and we aim to make our events as accessible and welcoming as possible for both attendees and speakers. BathCamp has always strived to be a friendly and welcoming environment for all, we intend to keep it that way. This concise Code of Conduct sets out in broad terms what is not appropriate. Anyone who behaves in a way that is not in the spirit of BathCamp will be asked to stop. If they don't they will be asked to leave. Anyone who harasses or behaves aggressively/inappropriately towards other attendees/speakers will be removed immediately. The Rules Be nice: We don't tolerate aggression or harassment of any form, either at BathCamp events or through the Meetup group. Be welcoming and generous to speakers and attendees, especially new and less experienced ones. BathCamp is about learning, there are no stupid questions at a BathCamp. We will intervene in Q&As if people are using them to buff their own egos or are putting other people down. Keep it clean: Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate within talks, demos, workshops or Q&A sessions after talks. If you experience or witness inappropriate behaviour at a BathCamp event, or within the Meetup group, please talk to a volunteer (mainly myself Paul Leader, or Jamie Middleton) and we will deal with the issue.
- Online Security and Cybercrime
Our focus for February is online security and cyber-crime and we have three great speakers. *** If the meetup is full, please add yourself to the waiting list anyway as we regularly have dropouts*** Lisa Forte - "It’s time to start learning lessons from cyber crime victims". Lisa has spent her career working in the security industry. She spent time working in Counter Terrorism Intelligence and then moved into the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit. Whilst there she saw the same cyber attack methodologies being employed in many of the cases. Lisa will discuss some of the these methodologies as well as some recent cyber crime cases that she has dealt with. Lisa recently left the Cyber Crime Unit to start her own business. Susan Thomson of Scott Logic - Susan will be giving a beginners guide to cryptography. In the last decades cryptography has become ever more pervasive and important in our lives, from securing websites and messaging platforms, encrypting phones and hard-drives, and forming the bedrock of modern payment systems. Susan will introduce the basics of the ideas that keep us secure, online and off. Paul Mutton - Paul is a security penetration tester and researcher at Bath based Netcraft. Paul will be talking about some of the ways systems are hacked and giving an insight into just how far people will go to get into systems or get hold of your data. Talks will begin from about 7pm, doors will be open from 6.30 at the latest. **Code of Conduct** tl;dr: Be nice or go home BathCamp is for everyone, regardless of age, gender, orientation or background. BathCamp is run by volunteers, we don't charge, and we aim to make our events as accessible and welcoming as possible for both attendees and speakers. BathCamp has always been a friendly and welcoming environment, we intend to keep it that way. This concise Code of Conduct sets out in broad terms what is not appropriate. Anyone who behaves in a way that is not in the spirit of BathCamp will be asked to stop. If they don't they will be asked to leave. Anyone who harasses or behaves aggressively towards other attendees will be removed immediately. The Rules Be nice: We don't tolerate aggression or harassment of any form, either at BathCamp events or through the Meetup group. Keep it clean: Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate within talks, demos, workshops or Q&A sessions after talks. Be welcoming and generous to other attendees, especially new and less experienced ones. BathCamp is about learning, there are no stupid questions at a BathCamp. We will intervene in Q&A sessions if people are using them to buff their own egos or are putting other people down. If you experience or witness inappropriate behaviour at a BathCamp event, or within the Meetup group, please talk to a volunteer (mainly myself Paul Leader, or Jamie Middleton) and we will deal with the issue.
- The future of health
We have something a little bit different for October, along we the usual software magic, we have inventive hardware design that solves problems for the disabled, and a beginners guide to hacking your genome. The world of the future is one where we will be monitoring our health and bodies more than ever, modifying and hacking it in ever more sophisticated ways, and where technology will enable the elderly and those with disabilities to be more mobile and independent. Using biomarkers to take control of your health - Sarah Bolt of Forth (https://www.forthwithlife.co.uk/) How you can take control of your health by understanding what's happening inside it. Fitness trackers are great, but they are limited to monitoring and measuring you from the outside. Forth (https://www.forthwithlife.co.uk/) provide a blood testing service and app that lets you monitor key biomarkers over time, guiding your nutrition and exercise, either for health or fitness performance. How a mobile app is helped elite atheletes win gold at the Olympics and Paralympics - Richard Godfrey of RocketMakers Richard will be talking about how the application and analysis tools they developed for the English Institute of Sport helped some of the UK's top athletes train and perform so well at Rio. How to hack your genes with CRISPR - Ben Sharpe, University of Bath Being able to edit genes quickly, easily, and (relatively) cheaply, was something that many biologists thought was decades away. Then, a couple of years ago, the CRISPR technique was developed and all that changed. Scientists are now able to carry out precision gene editing with relative ease, and at low(-ish) cost. There are even kits that you can use at home to do experiments on yeast. Ben will be giving us a beginners guide to gene editing and the technique that may revolutionise medicine in the next decade. Smart solutions for assistive technology - Designability (http://www.designability.org.uk/) Designability are based at the RUH and University of Bath, and have been going for almost 40 years. They apply smart design thinking, engineering and technology to solve problems for those with disabilities, the elderly, and those with dementia. They've designed solutions ranging from the Wizzy-bug motorised wheelchair for children, to tools to help those with dementia live safer and more independent lives in their own homes. BathCamp has a Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/BathCamp/pages/20642967/Code_of_Conduct/) - In short, "Be nice, or go home". Anyone breaking it will be asked to leave. This month's BathCamp is supported by the marvellous folks at VentureFest Bristol & Bath ( http://venturefestbristolandbath.com/ )
- Short Talks and Social Night
- VR and AR
This month's BathCamp is all about VR and AR. We have people working with VR and AR, and producing immersive video experiences. We should also have some kit for people to get their hands on, including at least on Hololens. Development of a 360˚ filming rig for VR video - Richard Harbutt OWL VR (http://www.owlvr.com/) are a VR/360° video production company who build their own camera rigs. Richard will be talking about how they build their rigs from commodity hardware and showing off some of their kit. Working with VR and AR (Hololens) - Rocketmakers Bath based Rocketmakers have recently been working with both VR systems and Microsofts Hololens AR platform. They will be talking about the work they've been doing and bringing along a Hololens. Converting video to VR to fight domestic violence - Sam Downie Sam is a presenter and journalist (including the BBC's Click). Sam has been converting 2d videos to 360/VR videos to create more immersive material to highlight domestic abuse. He will be talking about why he took this approach and the process he uses to create these 360 videos. Doors will open at 6.30pm, but there will be people around before then setting up, so feel free tom come early (especially if you want to give us a hand).
- Smarter Cities and Urban Living
In conjunction with Venturefest Bristol & Bath (http://venturefestbristolandbath.com/) February's BathCamp will be all about smarter cities and urban living. Our talks for the night are... Playable Cities Clare Reddington, Playable Cities Bristol Playable Cities (https://www.playablecity.com/cities/bristol/), a project that emerged from the Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio in 2012, uses creative technologies to playfully rethink public space. Clare will be showing us some of the projects they've produced to help us interact with our environment in whole new ways. Making Cities Better with Open Data Leigh Dodds and Mark Owen of Bath:Hacked Over the last few years more and more open data projects have take off around the world, opening up formally closed silos of useful information so that it can be used to make our cities better places to live, to inform better decision making and make improve our every day lives. The Bath:Hacked (https://www.bathhacked.org/) project was one of the early movers and has been very successful. Leigh will giving us a tour of some of the interesting open city data projects around the country, a look at the Bath:Hacked have been up to, and what they have planned for the future (and how you can be involved). Mark will be talking about the technology behind one of those projects. Fast Food, Fast Technology Ben Paul of Just Eat Nothing says "urban living" quite like fast food, and while the likes of Google have been working on autonomous cars, the folks at Just-Eat (https://www.just-eat.co.uk/) have been focused on a much more important task, autonomous pizza delivery (no, really). Ben will be telling us all about their robotic delivery system that's already rolling its way around parts of London. They've also been hard at work making it even easier to order, with smart technology that integrates with your connected home. Ordering a curry might give us all a small foretaste* of the connected future we can expect in a few years from now. Schedule: We plan to start the talks at 7pm sharp. The doors will be open from 6pm so come in an grab a drink before we kick off. Please let me know what your preferred refreshment is when you RSVP so that we will be well supplied. Code of Conduct: BathCamp has a Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/BathCamp/pages/20642967/Code_of_Conduct/). In short, "Be nice, or go home". This month's BathCamp is supported by the marvelous folks at VentureFest Bristol & Bath (http://venturefestbristolandbath.com/) * pun very much intended.
- Pre-christmas drinks
Before everyone heads off for the Christmas break I thought it would be nice to meet up for a casual drink with you lovely BathCampers. No talks, just chat. Where: The Bath Brewhouse When: Turn up when you can but I'll be there from 6pm at the latest. If you have ideas for talks or topics, or want to get more involved with BathCamp, this is a perfect opportunity for us to have a chat.
- Lightning Talks and Social Evening
The last few BathCamps have been a bit jam-packed with talks and not so much time to chill. So in a change of plan, November's will be a lightening/short talks and socialising night. We have 11 speakers signed up, but we have space for one or two more if you'd like to sign up. Message me if you'd like to be added to the lineup. Lucia Velasco - A Junior's Guide to Changing the World Leigh Dodds - Cheap bots done quick Andy Powell - Creating a Slack bot in 10 minutes using Claudia.js and AWS Lambda Dan Bartlett - Staying healthy as a techie. Julian Cheal - Dr. Synthlove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Sonic Pi Nick Goodall - Open source hardware Lily Smith - The importance of questioning Stefan Magnuson - Doing Things That Don't Scale: Improving the UX of your app David Moore - Building a global team in the new gig economy. Miles Woodroffe - Hypothesis Driven Development Adam Reynolds - Communicating ideas through maps
- Tech Education
September's BathCamp features four fantastic, varied, speakers covering all aspects of tech education, from teaching kids to teaching yourself. Timetable: Doors open from 6.30pm, and the first talk should start at 7pm sharp. We should finish by 9.30pm. Please do answer the question about your preferred refreshments when you RSVP, it helps us plan what and how much we need to supply. Code of Conduct: BathCamp has a code of conduct (https://www.meetup.com/BathCamp/pages/20642967/Code_of_Conduct/) that applies to all attendees and speaker. In short it's be nice or go home. ---------- Get ‘em While They’re Young! Teaching Computer Science at Secondary School: the Demise of ICT Lessons and Inspiring Children to Code. Laura James, Head of Computing & ICT at Beechen Cliff School Laura James is the Head of Computing & ICT at Beechen Cliff School and will be talking about the latest approaches to getting kids to learn how to program and become computational thinkers, what new initiatives (and fads) there are that are helping schools to teach Computer Science and gazing into her crystal ball to guess what the future holds. There’ll be hands on demos of the much lauded BBC micro:bit and perhaps examples of the sort of questions being asked at A Level Computer science to test your brains! Running and Graduating from a Workplace Training Programme Mike Oram and Lucia Velasco, Mayden Academy Mike talks about launching and running Mayden's training programme for aspiring developers, the challenges faced and lessons learned along the way. Hear too from Academy graduate Lucia, about her experiences on the course and since graduating. Resources and Approaches for Self-directed Learning, and How to Stay current Dave Webb I have spent my career in IT and management but realised that I'd lost touch with technology and the joy that got me into tech in the first place a couple of decades ago. In a time when it's absolutely rampant, I didn't want to miss out on it anymore. But how can you jump on when it is moving so fast and in so many possible directions? As a mid-life learner I want to share what I have learned about the very many free or low cost learning resources there are for coding and computer science, the paths I have explored and some personal keys for successful learning. Rewired Learning Adam Butler, Simpleweb Coders have incredibly rewarding jobs, we get to build products that change the world and improve the quality of peoples' lives. However it is also one of the most mentally challenging careers - As developers we're expected to build something from nothing, that works across a increasingly diverse range of platforms in a constantly evolving landscape, all too often with very limited resource. In this talk I'll cover these challenges as well as playful mechanics that you can use to tackle these issues, whilst developing yourself personally. We'll look at some strategies to ensure that you continue to test your assumptions, experiment often and stay motivated, including some fun hardware hacks that have taught me some genuine skills that I actually use in my job. Expect to see Eugene, the IoT taxidermy ship it squirrel, mini missile launchers, drones and plenty of other stuff that are almost certainly applicable to building real stuff, you know for banks and stuff.
- AI and Machine Learning
For our June BathCamp we have three great speakers lined up to talk about AI and Machine Learning. Artificial Intelligence: Whose mind is it anyway? Joanna Bryson, Dept Computer Science, University of Bath Many intelligent artefacts are also intelligent agents, transforming sensing to action in the real world without intervention by their owner, user, or maker. Such systems are already all around us; our phones, our cars, even our email systems all have AI components that already take actions on our behalf. But are these the droids we've been looking for? In this talk I'll start by questioning why many of want to own a friend or build a child, and then see how this impacts the public perception of AI, including in academia and government. Next I'll describe current British and International policy work in this area and discuss the possibility of government regulation of AI. I'll wrap up with a candid personal assessment of the real threats related to the impact of AI on our society. Finding Swimming Pools with IBM Watson Tom Robertshaw, MD of ecommerce agency Meanbee Cutting through the hype and technical complexity - How can we apply the new and improved learning techniques to “cognify” our applications with tools such as IBM Watson. ----------------------------- Change of Start Time We are always looking at ways to make BathCamp easier for people to attend. As part of that we're trying out a new start time of 7pm, allowing us to finish at a more civilised time for many. Doors will be open from 6.30pm, so feel free to pop in and socialise. New Code of Conduct BathCamp is an all inclusive event, so we expect everyone to behave appropriately. We now have a short Code of Conduct (http://www.meetup.com/BathCamp/pages/Code_of_Conduct/), setting out what we regard as appropriate behaviour. The tl;dr - "Be nice or go home". We hope to never have any issues, but it's good to have these principals set out so that everyone is clear on them. This is part of an concerted effort to encourage a more diverse membership of BathCamp. April's Videos My apologies that these are taking so long to release. The talks were videoed with a hodgepodge of kit, which has caused multiple issues when trying to put them back together. Between personal/family commitments and organising this next event I've not made as much progress as hoped, fingers crossed I should have them out before June 30th's event... We should have a proper video camera for the next event (thanks to our sponsor Storm Consultancy (http://www.stormconsultancy.co.uk) for that), so fingers crossed they should appear much quicker. This Month's Refreshments Sponsor This month's sponsor is the fabulous Rich Speigal (@webunknown (https://twitter.com/webunknown)) of The Breaks Company (http://www.thebreakscompany.com/). Thanks Rich :)