NE:Tech - November 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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Loads more info at

The CTRL Pad have moved to their new venue across the atrium.

This month, we have speakers from London and Newcastle:

|| Callum Akehurst-Ryan & Elizabeth Fiennes
|| Testing Progressive Web Apps – How to achieve api-ness

First proposed by Google in 2015, Progressive web apps (PWAs) are now in the infant stage of their development. As with any child, people are curious about which developmental direction the technology will take.

A couple of years ago, we entered a programme of work that intended to produce multiple PWAs for the financial industry. Never having worked with them before, we did a lot of research and asked industry colleagues for help in understanding the tech. However, there was little-to-no help forthcoming on how to test for this type of app as the tech was so new. This meant we had to come up with our own!

Drawing on comparable experience, trial, error (lots of error) and some tools, we formulated a series of heuristics, automation methods and processes for testing which we are here to share. As a part of the talk, we will pull apart the layers of a PWA and define what they are. This will draw out how this approach impacts the testing that needs to be done to prove the functionality of an app of this type.

|| Colin Ferguson
|| Smashing Barriers to Digital and Tech Careers

This talk will explore how The Altitude Foundation, a brand-new tech-focused charity based in the North East, will unlock young people's potential to excel in their careers. Colin will outline the charity's vision, its work in the pilot year, and its ambitions for the future.


Once again we'll be at the CTRL Pad in the Gate in the centre of Newcastle, at their brand new venue across the atrium. Packed with both retro and bang-up-to-date games and setups, we'll have the place to ourselves after the talks. You'll find 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 HDTVs.

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 can plan for the correct attendance.

Thanks to our sponsors, Scott Logic (

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