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#HNLondon, February 2013

  • Feb 27, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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We have finally confirmed all the talks for next week's event. Sadly our compere Sanderson Jones will not be joining us, he will will be away shooting a shampoo commercial in Belgium. He did however promise to come back in March.

Our speakers will be

Alex Berezovskiy, CEO at Leto - REST is dead, long live WebSockets

Liz Rice, Co-founder at Tank Top TV - To Infinity And Beyond - The story of a mosaic infinite scroll"

Khash Sajadi, Co-founder and CEO at Cloud 66 - Lessons from the cloud

Martin Saunders, CEO at TBC Digital - Computing++: Sow the seeds in spring

Philip Su, Site Lead at Facebook - Engineering process and philosophy at Facebook

As the usual the event will be accompanied by a substantial quantity of beer and pizza.

See you all there


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  • HN T.

    Hello HNers - pg has launched a nifty Official HN T-Shirt [1], with proceeds from the sale donated to Watsi [2]. Shipping looked a bit steep for individual UK orders, so I threw my hat into the ring [3] to organise a group-buy, with tees distributed at the next HNLondon meetup after they arrive. Teespring have offered to waive the shipping costs, so that makes them £12 including VAT & Import duty with any donated to

    Email: [masked] with size and color (black or grey) if you're in.


    March 12, 2013

    • Stevie B.

      They are official Hacker News tshirts. Dmitri is currently looking into it to confirm credibility and so on.

      March 13, 2013

    • Ted S.

      Are you original TeeSpring. When we organized an event for http://www.paydaynear...­, we got your presence over there too.

      June 11

  • Alex J.

    The speaker from Facebook was badass. He basically answered every question with his sarcastic wit, which made up for the loss of humour this week without Sanderson. Really enjoyed the event as always.

    1 · February 28, 2013

    • Stevie B.

      You saying I wasn't humorous? You hurt my feelings.

      March 4, 2013

    • Alex J.

      Well they say that you will always offend someone unless being extremely politically correct, so in fear of not having any personality, you can be offended and yes, the world will continue to go on ;)

      1 · March 4, 2013

  • Philip S.

    It was truly an honor to attend, and great to see everyone! Definitely hoping to come to more of these in the future, and to encourage other Facebook engineers to attend as well!

    Let us know, BTW, if there are topics you might like to have our engineers speak about in the future. I'll do my best to drum up the right speakers if there's interest!

    5 · March 2, 2013

    • Philip S.

      On the backend, each service is deployed separately whenever needed. It's on the frontend that we need to continue doing better factoring in order to allow piecemeal deployments.

      Not there yet, trying to get there. :)

      March 3, 2013

    • Richard L.

      It was a fascinating and engaging presentation and shifted my perspective on engineering led development. An interesting topic for me would be a technical comparison between Facebook Apps that achieve scale and those that don't. Or is it all down to branding? Other than that i'd be interested in their/your own pet projects and building the large scale infrastructure for Facebook as i assume that that isn't quite so organic. Thank you.

      March 4, 2013

  • Liz R.

    The slides for my talk are now here: Really enjoyed making my little contribution to what turned out a great evening. Such a good atmosphere, interesting topics & top speakers every time at HNLondon!

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Tarquin de m.

    Did anyone pick up a card or contact details for Stripe ? Couldn't get there last night & desperately seeking both Stripe & Paymill tel contact details ?

    March 1, 2013

  • Jay T.

    Philip Su was interesting & entertaining and made the night for me. Anyone who left early, really missed out by not seeing the headline "act".

    1 · February 28, 2013

  • Marcin B.


    1 · February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First meeting I have attended. Had a good time, even though I didn't score well on my quiz :-( Some inspiring stuff from the speakers.

    1 · February 28, 2013

  • Eddie F.

    That was great! Check out the feedback I wrote about the meetup: .
    Sorry if I didn't cover every speaker in this post - you were all awesome!

    3 · February 28, 2013

  • Gilbert J.


    February 28, 2013

  • Jörg S.

    Perfect evening! Thanks

    1 · February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please announce when Philip's talk goes online!

    2 · February 27, 2013

  • Julian W.

    Thanks Steve / Dmitri great night and for the #digitalwalletfoundry hackathon mention: all interested developers contact me Julian Wilson - [masked] or twitter oudezijds314 for reg. lin. Starts March 18th for one week - free but limited spaces. .

    February 27, 2013

  • Julian W.


    February 27, 2013

  • Hrair M.

    Facebook dude was friggin awesome. Great job to organizers on getting him in!

    2 · February 27, 2013

  • Guillaume


    February 27, 2013

  • Hrair M.

    I love the check-ins instead of live interactions. Introverted devs FTW!

    1 · February 27, 2013

  • Ekua

    Founder of Layover Adventure. Is seeking a technical co-founder with an interest in travel. Check out the Layover Adventure/Facebook.
    Approach me for more detials! :)

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Michael Slane

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ah dammit, this clashes with Hack/Hackers London! Hope to make the month after...

    February 21, 2013

  • Konrad E.

    Looking for kick-ass web devs (that knows Dojo or similar JS-framework) to join us building a web-frontend to our graph data backend.

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Dave N.

    Please serve some of the pizza in the mid-talk break, so that it doesn't all disappear at the start

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Billy S.

    Hi, I don't use Paypal, so i can't pay for the event online. I've had ID theft in the past, so i use the absolute minimum of online systems that i can.

    Is it alright if i pay on the evening?

    February 18, 2013

  • Ewan M.

    I don't suppose any of you guys have any old PCs or laptops lying around that I could get my hands on? I'm trying to develop a hardware startup and be super lean!

    February 14, 2013

  • Michael B.

    Bringing my whole team this time! We're launching a sports event registration SaaS company!

    1 · February 14, 2013

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