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Designing Performance Visualisations & HTTP/2 is HERE!

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Beer and pizzas will be provided due to the generosity of our Group Sponsors : Akamai, AppDynamics, Cedexis, Dynatrace, Dyn, The Financial Times, Google, NCC Group, Neustar, PEER1, and SciVisum.


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Talk One : Simon Hearne : Designing better web performance visualisations

With all of the different measurements we can take of our web performance, the data we report on becomes huge.More and more regularly we are being asked to produce a simple report for a client which shows their web performance in the most simple and evocative way. In this talk Simon will walk through some ideas of what web performance visualisations are, what they represent and who cares about them.This will show that there is a gap in our kit-bag for simple, powerful visualisations which anyone can comprehend at a glance (i.e. no numbers!).We’ll work through some examples (using free / open source tools) and see what works and what doesn’t. You’ll leave with lots of ideas and plenty of questions on how best to show off your performance.


Simon Hearne @simonhearne is a Senior Consultant at NCC Group where his time is split between helping clients improve their web performance and working on exciting new projects.

Simon studied Artificial Intelligence and Web Science before joining NCC Group.

Talk Two : Andy Davies : HTTP/2 is HERE!

A replacement for HTTP/1.x has been a long time coming, there’s been a few differences of opinion along the way but finally HTTP/2 has been confirmed as a standard…
Now comes the hard part, actually implementing it and making our sites work effectively with it…
In this talk Andy will give explain why we needed a replacement for HTTP/1.x and what’s different about HTTP/2, before exploring which of our current performance ‘optimisations’ are still relevant and some of the challenges we’re going to face supporting both HTTP/1.x and HTTP/2 clients


Andy Davies @andydavies is a web performance geek. He’s currently Associate Director for Web Performance at NCC Group where he helps some of the UK’s largest online retailers to understand and improve the performance of their sites.
His 'Pocket Guide to Web Performance' was published by Five Simple Steps in 2013, and he will shortly (that’s a promise) be finishing 'Using WebPageTest’ along with Rick Visomi and Marcel Duran for O’Reilly.



What time should I arrive?

• Entry to the meetup is from 18:10 to 18:45. The Registration desk is located in the main lobby/reception of the FT building which is on the 2nd floor (entrance is directly off Southwark Bridge). Security will escort arrivals in groups to the conference suite on the 6th floor.

• Beer and pizzas will be served up at approx. 20:45 and the meetup will end at 22:15 and all attendees must exit the building by 22:30.

Why have you started charging for your meetup events?

• We are charging a nominal £5 entry for our meetup events primarily to reduce the very high level 'no shows' that we have had in the past. This is very frustrating for those that really want to go but end up not being able to attend as all the spots have been taken.The 'waitlist' concept relies on 'no shows' actually releasing their space, and we find that this just doesn't happen. 'No shows' also cause difficulties for us in terms of food and drink provision and event checkin/security.

• All food and drink is provided due the generosity of our sponsors and the entry fee's are used towards the general operation of the group. As we are a non-profit making community association, any annual surplus from both sponsorship and attendance fees will be donated to IT related charities.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

• Yes - It really helps us if you can bring your Eventbrite paper or online ticket (containing the QR code) to the checkin desk at the event.

What is the refund policy?

• In the event of the event being cancelled by the organisers, then a full refund will be made. No other refunds will be made under any circumstances. You can transfer you ticket to someone else via Eventbrite.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

• As we are using corporate facilities to host the meetup, security will perform a name check at check-in so its much easier if for everyone if you purchase your ticket in the correct name.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

• ID will be required if you are not the named ticket holder. Our group sponsors provide alcholic drinks during the meetup session so you have to be over 18 to benefit from those.

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