• NE:Tech - April - With Ali Spittel

    Online event

    This month we're very excited to say that Ali Spittel from AWS will be joining us to speak about building an application backend using AWS Amplify. Amplify aims to assist frontend and mobile developers build scaleable full stack applications with ease. With only a few clicks, you can be up and running, helping to get your product to market faster.

    NE:Tech will be hosted online via the attached Zoom link. Although we would like to return to face-to-face meetups, the health and safety of our members is a top priority. We are paying close attention to the government guidelines and will return to physical meetups when it is safe and sensible to do so.

    A little about Ali and her talk:

    Ali Spittel - Senior Developer Advocate @ AWS
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    * Create an Application Backend in Clicks with the Amplify Admin UI *

    There's a lot that goes into building a modern application: the frontend for users, data persistence, user authentication and authorization, business logic, cloud deployment, and much more. The AWS Amplify Admin UI allows users to create and deploy an offline-ready application backend in clicks and then extend it with code, lowering the complexity of fullstack development for frontend and mobile developers. We'll build a fullstack application backed by multiple AWS services including Cognito, Appsync, and S3 in minutes.

    About Ali:
    Ali teaches people to code. She loves Python, JavaScript, and talking about programming. She has been writing React since before es6 classes. She is a Senior Developer Advocate on the AWS Amplify team.

    Ali also blogs about code, aimed mostly at a beginner audience. Her writing has gotten over a million readers in the past year. She has also spoken at over 50 events in the last few years.

    When Ali's not working, you can find her watching New England sports, competing on CodeWars, taking runs around the city, rock climbing, or participating in coding community events.

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    Big thanks to our sponsor
    Scott Logic

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    NE:Tech events are intended for education, networking, and community. To ensure it is a welcoming, friendly environment all attendees, speakers and volunteers at any NE:Tech event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct: https://ne.technology/code-of-conduct.html. We will enforce this code throughout our events.

  • NE:Tech - March 2021

    Online event

    Even wondered how dolphins identify each other?
    Are you interested in Machine Learning?

    This month at NE:Tech, Cameron Trotter, a PhD student from Newcastle University, will be joining us to discuss how he has explored applying Machine Learning to identify individual cetaceans. Using Siamese Neural Networks, this exciting research aims to support understanding marine life on Earth.

    NE:Tech will be hosted online via the attached Zoom link. Although we would like to return to face-to-face meetups, the health and safety of our members is a top priority. We are paying close attention to the government guidelines and will return to physical meetups when it is safe and sensible to do so.

    A little about Cameron and his talk:

    Cameron Trotter - PhD student @ Newcastle University
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    * ML for Conservation: Who's Fin is This? *

    In this talk, we will take a deep dive into the world of conservation tech, an emerging area of applied machine learning. Focussing on marine conservation, we'll examine how ML can be a force for good in helping protect some of the world's most vulnerable species and better inform conservationists about the animals they study, specifically through the use of Siamese Neural Networks, an exciting and developing subset of more traditional Convolutional Neural Networks.

    About Cameron:
    I’m a third year PhD student at Newcastle University working in conservation tech and deep learning, specifically fine-grain image classification and metric learning. I decided to study in this area as I was keen for my research to have a positive impact on the world, and helping conservation efforts in the North East is a great way to do this. Outside of my work I’m a keen cyclist, self taught (read: almost decent) chef, and a lover of pub quizzes - although they are somewhat incompatible with my current dislike of global pandemics and the novel coronavirus.

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    Big thanks to our sponsor
    Scott Logic

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    NE:Tech events are intended for education, networking, and community. To ensure it is a welcoming, friendly environment all attendees, speakers and volunteers at any NE:Tech event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct: https://ne.technology/code-of-conduct.html. We will enforce this code throughout our events.

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  • NE:Tech - February 2021

    Online event

    The first NE:Tech of 2021!

    Speech recognition is all around us nowadays. Both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are common guests within our homes. Both bring an ease of use and accessibility which dwarfs that of technology 10 years ago. Home assistant tech is just one application of speech recognition though. There are a huge number of potential ways we could apply it.

    This month Steven Waterman, a developer who has featured in Baeldung's 'Java Weekly' on a number of occasions, returns to NE:Tech to demonstrate how he used speech recognition to his advantage in order to assist in the narration of blogs.

    NE:Tech will be hosted online via the attached Zoom link. Although we would like to return to face-to-face meetups, the health and safety of our members is a top priority. We are paying close attention to the government guidelines and will return to physical meetups when it is safe and sensible to do so.

    A little about Steven and his talk:

    Steven Waterman - Developer @ NHS
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    * I built a website to automatically edit audiobooks *
    Using 6 experimental web APIs and some Soviet maths

    I built https://narration.studio as a way to automate the process of editing the narration for my blog posts. As it turns out, that's not a simple task, and it's even harder when you want it to happen in pure Javascript. This is how I did it.

    About Steven:
    I'm a complete generalist, finding joy in solving problems *by any means necessary*. I'm a big fan of anything a computer can do that makes my life easier - from automating the lights to type-checking my code reaaaally well. I tend to work on web apps, but that's only because it's so much quicker than the JavaFX hellscape I used to use. I'm always looking for new things to do, and I'm always happy to chat about anything!

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    Big thanks to our sponsor
    Scott Logic

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    NE:Tech events are intended for education, networking, and community. To ensure it is a welcoming, friendly environment all attendees, speakers and volunteers at any NE:Tech event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct: https://ne.technology/code-of-conduct.html. We will enforce this code throughout our events.

  • NE:Techmas - December 2020 - Hardware Month

    Online event

    Christmas at NE:Tech brings us HARDWARE MONTH!

    More often than not, the hardware side of the tech industry gets forgotten. This is despite the fantastic projects that happen within this sector. We therefore bring you this month, a team of innovators from Tharsus who helped to develop a pioneering social distancing system called 'Bump'. A system which helps to keep us safe during this difficult time.

    NE:Tech will be hosted online via the attached Zoom link. Although we would like to return to face-to-face meetups, the health and safety of our members is a top priority. We are paying close attention to the government guidelines and will return to physical meetups when it is safe and sensible to do so.

    A little about our speakers and their talk:

    Paul Featonby, Nick Martin, Olly Marsay and Kate Trimble - 'Bump' creators @ Tharsus
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    * Bump: We sprinted the London Marathon *

    As I’m sure you’re aware, the headlines of 2020 have largely been centred around the COVID-19 pandemic. It has therefore been necessary to apply social distancing in public and in the workplace. This can be tricky so why not use technology to our advantage and turn social distancing into an effortless, trackable system?

    This talk is about a new and innovative social distancing system called “Bump”. The system aims to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and it even supported the 2020 London Marathon, helping to reduce risk and improve the track & trace capabilities during the event. Part of the team from Tharsus, who were responsible for creating Bump, will demonstrate and give a deep dive into its logic and implementation.

    Let’s see how they sprinted the London Marathon and didn't lose their breath.

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    Big thanks to our sponsor
    Scott Logic

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    NE:Tech events are intended for education, networking, and community. To ensure it is a welcoming, friendly environment all attendees, speakers and volunteers at any NE:Tech event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct: https://ne.technology/code-of-conduct.html. We will enforce this code throughout our events.

  • NE:Tech - November 2020 - Security Month

    Online event

    It's the NE:Tech SECURITY MONTH!

    With so much of our data being stored in the cloud, the need for data security is more important now than ever. That's why this month Faye Ellis and Jim Hooker will be joining us to share their experiences with data security and help us to prepare ourselves for the journey ahead.

    NE:Tech will be hosted online via the attached Zoom link. Although we would like to return to face-to-face meetups, the health and safety of our members is a top priority. We are paying close attention to the government guidelines and will return to physical meetups when it is safe and sensible to do so.

    A little about our speakers and their talks:

    Faye Ellis - Senior Technical Instructor @ ACloudGuru
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    * Tips and Best Practices for the AWS Security Specialty Certification *

    Get the lowdown on how to prepare for the AWS Security Specialty Certification and pass this difficult and sought after certification exam the very first time!

    We will identify the benefits of gaining the certification, explore the Security Specialty exam guide and the amazing free resources that can help you to prepare for the exam including looking at some sample questions and my own tips for studying.

    A little about Faye:

    I've been an instructor at ACloudGuru for 2 years. I've worked in IT for around 20 years, mainly in financial services, banks and stock exchanges in various roles including IT Support, DevOps and Architecture. So I understand the difficulties and frustrations of trying to keep up with the latest technologies!

    I live in London with a very tall man and a really short dog. I love gardening, running and experimenting in the kitchen!

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    Jim Hooker - Head of IT Security @ Newcastle Building Society
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    * Cyber Security in the Supply Chain *
    Your next hack is coming from your friends

    Whilst you can have great security technology and processes in your business, your suppliers might not be so careful with your data. In this talk I will tell you a story of where there may be flaws in your data security and what you should be mindful of in your next tech venture.

    A little about Jim:
    My background is primarily in mobile security for the finance industry. However have been tinkering with and scrutinising mobile and infrastructure security for more than 10 years in range of industries.

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    Big thanks to our sponsor
    Scott Logic

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    NE:Tech events are intended for education, networking, and community. To ensure it is a welcoming, friendly environment all attendees, speakers and volunteers at any NE:Tech event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct: https://ne.technology/code-of-conduct.html. We will enforce this code throughout our events.

  • NE:Tech - October 2020 - UX Month

    Online event

    IT'S UX MONTH!

    October brings us an exciting set of talks from Jason Bell and Helena Hill who will give us an insight into the horrors and best practices in the world of UX.

    Once again, NE:Tech will be hosted online via the attached Zoom link. Although we would like to return to face-to-face meetups, the health and safety of our members is a top priority. We are paying close attention to the government guidelines and will return to physical meetups when it is safe and sensible to do so.

    A little bit about out speakers and their talks:

    Jason Bell - Senior UX Researcher @ DWP
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    * UX Horror Stories *
    It's Halloween, let's share some terrifying UX stories from product and service development

    What's the worst thing you've ever heard in a meeting? The thing that makes you want to curl up into a little ball and weep. We've all had them, but have yours ever been bad enough to turn into a talk?

    Jason will share some of the worst things he's heard and how you and your teams can avoid them. We spend so much time trying to engage users, how can we get teams engaged with our users? How do we best incorporate UX teams and research into agile teams?

    So join Jason, 'take it offline', 'peel back the onion', and 'let's take a 20,000 foot view' of the horrifying things we hear in meetings, and how we can survive the night.

    A little about Jason:

    An independent Senior User Researcher, Jason loves to blend pop culture and product development. In his work, Jason tries to truly understand user needs and motivations, sharing them with stakeholders in inventive ways. He also has three cats, one of which happens to be Canadian, and has written a dissertation on zombies!

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    Helena Hill - UX Consultant and Trainer
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    * Dashboard UI: Technology vs. User? *
    Designing dashboards for people

    From drop shipping to fintech and ecommerce to recruitment, user dashboards are a common tool for allowing users an element of ownership in a journey they have with a process or brand.

    However, time and time again, companies put the end user last when designing dashboard interfaces. We'll take a look at what is required to ensure users not only enjoy using a dashboard but how to create an experience which ensures long term use and customer advocacy.

    A little about Helena:

    Helena Hill is a digital growth consultant with specialisms in user experience design (UX), customer experience and service design. She has extensive experience of working on a cross sector basis, having a deep understanding of the challenges faced when determining roadmaps for sector growth, customer needs and deployment of new products and services. Helena is a regular speaker on sustainable business growth powered by a user-centred approach.

    When not UX-ing, she builds lego, walks her labradoodles and watching F1!

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    Big thanks to our sponsor
    Scott Logic

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    NE:Tech events are intended for education, networking, and community. To ensure it is a welcoming, friendly environment all attendees, speakers and volunteers at any NE:Tech event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct: https://ne.technology/code-of-conduct.html. We will enforce this code throughout our events.

  • NE:Tech - September 2020

    Online event

    This month brings us Leigh Rathbone who will be discussing the role of the mobile phone and where that sits in the future of tech. An excellent talk and not one to miss.

    Although we would like to host NE:Tech as a face-to-face meetup, as I'm sure you are all aware, COVID-19 has prevented us from doing this. NE:Tech will be hosted online (Please see the attached Zoom link). We are following the government guidelines and hope that we can return to physical meetups soon. However when this time comes we will endeavour to make sure that meetups are safe and that it is a sensible time to do so.

    Leigh Rathbone - Testing Philanthropist
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    The future of tech, and the role of the mobile phone

    Is the mobile phone dead?

    I'll bring to life my journey through tech, and why I do that is so I can predict what tech is going to look like in the future, the role of the mobile phone, and what skills will be needed in order to survive.

    A little bit about Leigh:
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    I've been in tech for 21+ years now, worked at 10 different companies, across 10 different industries. I love tech, I love thinking about how building and testing code in the future will challenge us.

    I'm a family man, and for my sins I'm also an Aston Villa fan - I must have done something really bad in a previous life. By the time I come and talk, Villa will have gotten battered at Wembley by Man City.

    I have two kids, they are my world, and I love real ale. I used to do live beer reviews on Facebook, live, but they just got too messy.

    I'm a believer of self development, and its a key driver in my life.

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    Big thanks to our sponsor
    Scott Logic

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    NE:Tech events are intended for education, networking, and community. To ensure it is a welcoming, friendly environment all attendees, speakers and volunteers at any NE:Tech event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct: https://ne.technology/code-of-conduct.html. We will enforce this code throughout our events.

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  • NE:Tech Online - August 2020

    Online event

    August NE:Tech meetup

    We've been away for a few months, some might say "isolating". We hope you're all safe and well. Over the past few months we've talked long and hard about hosting our meetups online. The ethos of NE:Tech has always been about that face-to-face social interaction that becomes impossible when we're all remote. This has been the key driver in cancelling our monthly events until recently. This month we have Phil Johnson take to the stage to talk about integrating a Chatbot into Facebook Messenger.

    With community in mind, this meetup will be hosted on Zoom. The link to the meetup is included in this invite. We're also maintaining a Discord community in a "drop-in drop-out" capacity on Discord, feel free to join us for a chat whenever you feel the urge. In these remote times we hope this offers a safe space for us talk tech.

    Please welcome your speaker:

    Phil Johnson
    Lead Frontend software engineer @ BGL

    Chatbot engines with Google Dialogflow

    Automate yourself with a Facebook Messenger account hooked up to a Google DialogFlow chatbot engine. Train your automated self and add intelligence using webhooks to custom webservices.

    About Phil:

    Phil has a wealth of experience having worked on a number of software projects in the past ranging from .NET, Ruby on Rails to cloud based architecture like AWS. He is passionate about tech leadership and nurturing the excellent tech culture that we have in the world today.

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    Big thanks to our sponsor
    Scott Logic

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    NE:Tech events are intended for education, networking, and community. To ensure it is a welcoming, friendly environment all attendees, speakers and volunteers at any NE:Tech event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct: https://ne.technology/codeofconduct. We will enforce this code throughout our events.

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  • NE:Tech Online - July 2020

    Online event

    July NE:Tech meetup

    We've been away for a few months, some might say "isolating". We hope you're all safe and well. Over the past few months we've talk long and hard about hosting our meetups online. The ethos of NE:Tech has always been about that face-to-face social interaction that becomes impossible when we're all remote. This has been the key driver in cancelling our monthly events so far. However, we said a few months ago that we had arranged a very special speaker for the summer (Not taking anything away for all of the great speakers we've had in the past). With that said, we'd like to announce we'll be starting our meetups online from July by welcoming the legendary Jon Skeet to the microphone.

    With community in mind, this meetup will be hosted on Discord. The link to the "Monthly Meetup" channel is included in this invite. We're also maintaining a Discord community in a "drop-in drop-out" capacity on Discord, feel free to join us for a chat whenever you feel the urge. In these remote times we hope this offers a safe space for us talk tech.

    Please welcome your speaker:

    Jon Skeet
    Staff Development Platform Engineer @ Google

    Crash, bang, wallop: miscellaneous lessons from exploring a drum kit

    In the summer of 2019 I bought an electronic drum kit. I'm thoroughly enjoying playing it (badly) but I've spent even more time talking to the kit over a USB MIDI connection, in an application which allows you to load, edit and save the drum kit configuration. Personal projects are always fertile grounds for learning and reflecting, unburdened by deadlines and other external forces. This session looks at specific aspects of the (C#) code - particularly mutability and efficiency - but more importantly, it reflects on the nature of personal projects and how we can use them to become more effective in our professional coding lives.

    Jon Skeet is a Staff Developer Platform Engineer at Google, working on Google Cloud Platform client libraries for .NET, based in the London office. That's the theory, anyway. Most of the time he works from his shed instead - particularly with Coronavirus shutting offices, of course. He's best known for contributions to Stack Overflow as well as his book, C# in Depth. Additionally he is the primary maintainer of the Noda Time date/time library for .NET. Outside of software, Jon is a committed Christian, and enjoys theatre (particularly musical theatre, playing board games, and spending time with his amazing family.

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    Big thanks to our sponsor
    Scott Logic

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    NE:Tech events are intended for education, networking, and community. To ensure it is a welcoming, friendly environment all attendees, speakers and volunteers at any NE:Tech event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct: https://ne.technology/codeofconduct. We will enforce this code throughout our events.

  • NE:Tech - June 2020

    The CTRL Pad

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