Open Source in Fintech Event Series – March 2020

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Join us on 18 March for the second Edinburgh Open Source Fintech Meetup, with three fantastic speakers:

• Ian Skelly, Head of Engineering, Tesco Bank
• Jonathan Haggarty, Head of Open Banking Technology, RBS
• Zac Rubin, Test Engineer, Scott Logic
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AGENDA

6:00 // Arrival, pizza and refreshments

6:30 // Welcome and introduction

6:35 // ‘We Chose to Go to the Cloud’ // Ian Skelly

One of Tesco Bank’s strategic missions over the last two years was to succeed in the goal of landing Open Banking using a brand new services/API platform to the cloud. Accepting this mission meant building a team with a fresh, modern software engineering outlook, learning to operate in a cloud-native world and delivering Open Banking in the process.

During this session, Ian will tell you about: the people who achieved this; the challenges they faced; the platform they've built; the lessons they've learnt; the success stories they’ve had; the numbers that go with it; and the customer outcomes they’ve delivered for Tesco Bank along the way.

7:05 // 'First steps as a DevOps Engineer' // Zac Rubin

In this anecdotal talk, Zac Rubin, Test Engineer at Scott Logic, will share seven lessons he learnt whilst working as a DevOps Engineer on a mobile project for a bank using open source technologies. Along the way, you’ll be astounded by the Curious Case of the Pending Pipelines, be edified by the knowledge that desk pipelines are destroyable by tea, and learn that the sixth pillar of DevOps wisdom empowers you to say “No” by teaching a dev to fish.

7:35 // Break and refreshments

7:45 // 'Open Banking, Our Journey' // Jonathan Haggarty

In the space of two years, RBS has gone from having 0 APIs to serving 10s of millions of hits every month, thanks to the 100s of software development companies that can now integrate with them. The scale of achievement is matched by the scale of the challenge involved in getting there – Jonathan and his team had to enable ten brands, influence the wider ecosystem, and encourage parts of the bank to change their ingrained mindsets.

Come along to get some insight into the challenges faced both by RBS’s technical teams and the wider business – and how Jonathan's team led RBS’s move from operating a closed shop to building an API Platform on common standards for the wider fintech community.

8:15 // Networking and drinks

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MEETUP CODE OF CONDUCT

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Participants violating these rules may be asked to leave at the discretion of our event organising team and you may be prevented from attending future events.

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