NE:Tech - October 2019

Public group

The CTRL Pad

Low Friar Street · Newcastle Upon Tyne

How to find us

First Floor The GATE Newcastle NE1 5TG Parking at the Gate is £2.50 from 6pm till 10pm 7 mins walk from the Central Station. Metro Stations: The gate is almost equidistant from St James and Monument.

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Great news for October, we've found a bigger venue, so hopefully no more wait list.

So, who's speaking this month?

Holly Grace Williams
Travelling from Manchester to give us a lesson in Cyber Security is Holly, Technical Director of Secarma, a cybersecurity consultancy firm. She'll be talking about "Hacking for a Living" with stories from her most memorable work breaking into companies. Including a couple of demos of how the hacks work. Looking at both technical hacks and physical access attacks.

Chris Wraith
Chris is Head of Engineering at RBS. He's a passionate technologist who loves making cool, useful kit and understand what makes things work. "A Kubernetes cluster on Raspberry Pi?", this talk introduces Kubernetes as a technology, why you might want to use it, what it gives you and what it takes to set it up yourself but instead of doing it on Cloud infrastructure, it shows how you can do it yourself using Raspberry Pi devices.

Chris Harvey
Chris is a Lead Backend Developer at Climb Creative. He loves coding challenges, learning new programming languages and making existing programming languages do new and interesting things. "PHP Is Not Dead", PHP gets a lot of criticism and is described as being a dead language. But, PHP has grown up. The hope is this talk gives you a bit of an insight into how PHP has lots of modern features, but is also quite a performant language.

This month we'll be at the CTRL Pad in the Gate in the centre of Newcastle. Packed with retro and bang up to date games and setups, we'll have the place to ourselves after the talks. Over 200 games going back over 30 years across consoles including Sony PS4, PS3, PS2, PS1, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, GameCube, N64, Snes, Xbox and Sega Dreamcast plus HD Low lag monitors and HDTV’s.

Arrive from 6pm, we'll aim to start at 6:30pm. If you're going to be a little late, let us know and we'll wait for you. This event no longer has limited space, but if you're not going to make it, we'd really appreciate you updating your RSVP so we plan for the correct attendance.

Thanks to our sponsors, Scott Logic (

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