• Hololens and IoT with Simon Dale and Lee Crossley

    bjss Nottingham

    This month we have Lee Crossley and Simon Dale coming along to wow us with some cool Hololens and IoT Demos... This one will be a doozy! Also note that this month we'll be at the BJSS Offices on King Street in Nottingham! We'll have Curry from Rebel, beer from PJG Creations and a chance to win a Jetbrains License!

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  • The BBC:Microbit... It does (way) more than you think!

    On Thursday 25th of April we welcome back our very own Pete Gallagher of PJG Creations to talk to us about the BBC Micro:Bit. This diminutive device may be affordable and have the perception of being aimed at children... But we'll spend the evening changing your mind! We'll start by introducing the basics of the Micro:Bit including how to create our first program. Next we'll move on to how to use the built in sensors and I/O. Once we've got that sorted, we can start looking at the Radio and Serial Communications. Finally we'll cover more advanced topics including how to extend the Micro:Bit's capabilities with our own Extensions. About Pete: Pete Gallagher organises Notts Iot, Co-Organises Dot Net Notts and Notts Dev Workshop, is a LATi Board Member and is a freelance programmer for PJG Creations Ltd. He’s happy programming in most languages these days. Pete has given a number of talks on IoT on topics from An Introduction to IoT through to Microsoft IoT Hubs. Pete can be contacted on Twitter at: @pete_codes, @pjgcreations and on the web at https://www.pjgcreations.co.uk Sponsors: Once again we'll have curry from those fabulous people over at Rebel Recruiters... Yum! Swag: One lucky attendee will win a JetBrains license of their choice! Yipee!

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  • How to talk Really Really Good with Jess White and Moreton Brockley

    Notts IoT are branching out for March! We've got the wonderful Jess White and Moreton Brockley coming along to talk to us about "How to talk Really Really Good". Our tech community is full of bright and interesting people each with their unique experiences and points of view. Each and every person has something they can share that some of us would benefit from. You are one of these people. But how do you conquer that first step to submit a talk, and what’s in it for you? Jess White and Moreton Brockley will be your guides through the challenging lands of talk submissions. From picking a topic to structuring the talk summary that will inspire and blow minds and submitting it. Finally, we’ll talk through why you should even think about speaking - it’s a scary thing to do, is it worth it? By the end of this talk, you’ll not only be ready to inspire with your words but feel fully prepared to take on the world. Jess White Jessica is a software developer, international speaker & avid learner. Topics that she is interested in include community building, monitoring and continuous improvement of systems. She is a Director of DDD East Midlands, a technology conference which will take place in 2019 and the founder of Women In Tech, Nottingham. Before switching to technology, she spent a previous life as a neuroscientist. She is easily bribed with coffee & loves hearing about other people’s experiences. Moreton Brockley Moreton is a Principal Engineer at The Ministry of Justice. Outside of his day job he is a Director and Co-organiser of DDD East Midlands, occasional speaker, volunteer, and event attendee. He has enjoyed his experiences meeting the challenging needs of the rapidly growing businesses he has worked with whilst keeping his teams engaged and motivated. Moreton has previously been a line manager/technical lead and has a keen interest in API and backend development. His weakness is dark chocolate or a tasty mocha and is happy to chat over either.

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  • Getting Started With The Particle Photon - Workshop

    Our first meetup of 2019! This month we have our very own Pete Gallagher coming to run a workshop with the Particle Photon. ******************************************************************* ALSO! One lucky attendee will win a Particle Photon Maker Kit worth £90! ******************************************************************* Getting Started with the Particle Photon - Workshop: Particle have very kindly donated some Particle Photon Maker Kits: https://store.particle.io/products/particle-maker-kit So, to celebrate, Pete will be bringing along 5 Photon Maker kits for us to play with. Pete will introduce the Particle Platform, the Photon Hardware and the various tools needed to get started with the Particle Photon. We'll run through a few small projects so that you can get accustomed to how everything ties together. You'll obviously need to bring a laptop with you... PC or MAC will do as we'll be using the web for the vast majority of the evening! There'll be a few kits available to use on the evening, however, you may need to share. If you don't fancy sharing, or want to carry on further in your own time, do feel free to buy yourself either a maker kit; https://coolcomponents.co.uk/products/particle-photon-maker-kit?variant=200895627278&gclid=Cj0KCQiA1NbhBRCBARIsAKOTmUvPjx27mQ24iNI0uBybU8hrFL9g3a4tg9g8zp-_8Kt1m2kg4bH6s-saAqAJEALw_wcB Or a Particle Photon Wi-Fi Development Kit: https://coolcomponents.co.uk/products/photon-wi-fi-development-kit Important Notes: All equipment remains the property of the speaker. Notts IoT nor the speaker are responsible for any damage to your property. About Pete: Pete Gallagher organises Notts Iot, Co-Organises Dot Net Notts and Notts Dev Workshop, is a LATi Board Member and is a freelance programmer for PJG Creations Ltd. He’s happy programming in most languages these days. Pete has given a number of talks on IoT on topics from An Introduction to IoT through to Microsoft IoT Hubs. Pete can be contacted on Twitter at: @pete_codes, @pjgcreations and on the web at https://www.pjgcreations.co.uk Swag: Thanks so much to Particle for providing a Maker Kit for us to give away as a prize! We're also proud to partner with Jetbrains, who are kindly offering one lucky attendee a 1 year subscription to a JetBrains product of your choice, including Resharper, IntelliJ and PHPStorm. Attend and tweet on the #NottsIoT hashtag to be in with a chance of winning! Food and Drink: Once again, the wonderful people at Rebel are sponsoring the evening's food... They'll be spoiling us with some delicious curry! Whoopee! Sponsorship : Notts IoT are still missing a headline sponsor! If you or any of your friends or colleagues know of anyone who would like to sponsor Notts IoT, then please do get in touch!

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  • S.T.E.A.M. and Code Club Special

    UNiDAYS

    For December we are running a STEAM / Code Club Special and we have five fab Speakers! Tim Wilson - Code Club Midlands Coordinator: Tim will be taking us through how Code Club works and how to get involved. About Tim: Tim is a facilitator and consultant with over 15 years experience working with a range of national and international clients across the creative, technology, digital and education sectors. Tim work for the Raspberry Pi Foundation as Midlands Coordinator for Code Club, responsible for managing and growing the amazing community of clubs, volunteers and key partnerships across the West and East Midlands. In a freelance capacity, other recent clients include Nextdoor helping them to establish in Birmingham as part of their UK launch and events/comms work for Birmingham City University. Tim also co-organises Birmingham Raspberry Jam, manages the established monthly creative-technology Maker Monday event, co-runs Birmingham Likemind and is a STEM Ambassador. John Read - Beeston Code Club Volunteer: John will be sharing his experiences of volunteering at a local Code Club. About John: John started coding in the 1980’s on a Commodore Pet, Apple II and then BBC Micro and has been interested in computing, technology and coding ever since. He is a chartered civil and structural engineer leading a team for Arup in Nottingham. He helps to organise Beeston Raspberry Jam and volunteers with Code Club teaching children to code. He has been building his own PC’s and those for friends and family for many years and bought his first Raspberry Pi in 2012 as soon as they went on sale. Katharine Childs - Code Club Programme Coordinator: Katharine will be on hand to answer your questions about Code Club on the evening, including how Code Club works and how to get involved. About Katharine: TBA Paul Smith-Keitley - STEAM Curriculum Specialist: Paul will talk about why STEAM education is so important and why project based learning leads to better outcomes and how technology supports this. Paul will also be bringing an assort of robots, drones, VR and coding kit for people to gain hands on experience! About Paul: Paul has an in depth knowledge of Curriculum Planning and Development, with specialism in creative uses of technology (Paul did STEAM long before it became a thing) Computer Science, Robotics, AI, VR/AR and project based experiential learning. Paul was a winner of a competitive NSF grant for exemplary school technology program (1 of 10 in the entire US invited to present at MIT) 4 times winner of Upstate NY EdTech challenge. Paul is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Professor in Practice, University Centre Shrewsbury. Anja Keitel-Campsall - Family Learning Officer - Coventry Transport Museum: Anja will be talking about her role at Coventry Transport Museum and how she helps them to introduce children of all ages to STEAM activities About Anja: Anja is the Family Learning Officer at Coventry Transport Museum and responsible to introduce families to the wonders of the Museum’s collection and spaces generally as well as related fun and educational family activities specifically. Anja has got a keen interest in child development and child play which she was able to research further in her MA dissertation on Play in Museums. While an always curious maker at heart, Anja’s love of STEM, STEAM and the Maker Movement flourished truly in her role at Coventry Transport Museum. Swag: We're proud to partner with Jetbrains, who are kindly offering one lucky attendee a 1 year subscription to a JetBrains product of your choice, including Resharper, IntelliJ and PHPStorm. Attend and tweet on the #NottsIoT hashtag to be in with a chance of winning! Food and Drink: Once again, the wonderful people at Rebel are sponsoring the evening's food... They'll be spoiling us with some delicious curry! Whoopee!

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  • Particle, VR and Cool Event Kit!

    UNiDAYS

    For November we have three great Speakers! William Steen - From concept to ramp-up: Developing Connected Products using the Particle IoT Platform: Will will be talking to us about his experience with the Particle IoT Platform, and how he has developed Connected Products using it. About Will: Will is co-founder and Managing Director of Armor Associates. He is an IT and management consulting professional with deep technology enabled Business Transformation experience. He has 25 years project and programme management experience across; FMCG, Energy and Utilities, Manufacturing, Retail and Government. He is passionate about business-led innovation, agile delivery models aligned with excellent programme and supplier governance. He is an engineer and qualified management accountant (ACMA). He started his career in Industrial Automation and is now leading on Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and services with 3 full product development cycles completed. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Aviva Caller - Mistakes of a Noob VR Developer: With no knowledge of 3D or VR development, Aviva developed a virtual reality scuba training tool for her dissertation, to investigate if a practical scuba skill taught in VR, could be applied in the real world. The talk will cover the development platforms, multiple VR packages, hundreds of iterations and thousands of mistakes involved in making the prototype and conducting the testing. About Aviva: Aviva wrote her first line of code 3 years ago in MATLAB, with no idea of the consequences it would have. Now she has just completed a masters in Computing Systems at Nottingham Trent University and works as a software developer at Percayso. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Oli Folkerd - Building Crazy Contraptions for Marketing Events: The team at Event Engineering spend their days building crazy contraptions for marketing events. From turning full sized cars into racing simulators to building video walls out of phones and tablets. We spend a lot of our time hacking devices apart, seeing what makes them tick, and then making them do things their creators had never imagined. Over the course of the talk, Oli will take you through some of the projects we have worked on, from synced VR experiences to slow motion water slides, and explain some of the technical challenges we faced working with many different devices and how we overcame them. He will also focus on the wide variety of IP compatible protocols that are available for devices to communicate with each other and show how you too can benefit from technology beyond the basic HTTP request. Some of the topics covered will include WebSocket, Bonjour, UDP/TCP, broadcast UDP, OSC & MPC About Oli: Oli Folkerd works as Head of Development at Event Engineering Ltd, building weird and wonderful contraptions for the experiential marketing industry. Our job is to take the amazing ideas that marketing companies come up with and turn them into a reality, talking bins, VR360 Apps, Green Screen Movie Experiences, Racing Simulators, Tournament Management Systems, You name it, we have probably built it. In his spare time Oli also maintains the open source Tabulator JavaScript library, providing interactive data grids for websites across the web Swag: We're proud to partner with Jetbrains, who are kindly offerring one lucky attendee a 1 year subscription to a JetBrains product of your choice, including Resharper, IntelliJ and PHPStorm. Attend and tweet on the #NottsIoT hashtag to be in with a chance of winning! Food and Drink: Once again, the wonderful people at Rebel are sponsoring the evening's food... They'll be spoiling us with some delicious curry! Whoopee! Sponsorship : Notts IoT are still missing a headline sponsor! If you or any of your friends or colleagues know of anyone who would like to sponsor Notts IoT, then please do get in touch!

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  • Lightning Talks / Speed Demos

    UNiDAYS

    This Month: This month we'll be doing something a little different and handing the Meetup over to you! Our Speakers: STEVEN PEARS – EXPERIAN: Bio: Steven has been enjoying .NET since the beta landed on his desk next to his folder full of MSDN CDs. Somehow maintaining gainful employment while at the same time loving regular expressions, local newspaper companies and construction software has created a path that led him to Nottingham where he now works for Experian. Talk: Alexa and IoT Gadgets ANNA DODSON – IMOSPHERE: Bio: Anna is a Software Engineer at Imosphere working on Care Partner, an application for managing health and social care. Anna enjoys volunteering and getting involved in the local tech community and Anna is always looking for new projects and community events to get involved in. Talk: TBC JAMIE TANNA – CAPITAL ONE: Bio: Jamie is a Software Engineer 2 at Capital One UK, working on Identity Services. He has a passion for backend engineering, especially around APIs and automation. He is a GNU/Linux user, a big advocate for the Free Software Movement, and tries to self host his own services where possible, instead of relying on other providers. Talk: Over Engineering My Personal Website – How I Learn Things Best. JOHN READ – ARUP: Bio: John started coding in the 1980’s on a Commodore Pet, Apple II and then BBC Micro and has been interested in computing, technology and coding ever since. He is a chartered civil and structural engineer leading a team for Arup in Nottingham. He helps to organise Beeston Raspberry Jam and volunteers with Code Club teaching children to code. He has been building his own PC’s and those for friends and family for many years and bought his first Raspberry Pi in 2012 as soon as they went on sale. Talk: Using Twython – the Twitter API and Python. How to write a program in Python that will automatically send tweets for you. CAROL GILABERT – CAPITAL ONE: Bio: Carol is a Software Development Engineer at Capital One. Talk: TBC ANJA KEITEL-CAMPSALL – COVENTRY MUSEUM: Bio: Anja is Family Learning Officer at Coventry Museum. Talk: TBC PETE GALLAGHER – PJG CREATIONS: Bio: Pete Gallagher organises Notts Iot, Co-Organises Notts Dev Workshop, is a LATi Board Member and is a freelance programmer for PJG Creations Ltd. He’s happy programming in most languages these days. Pete has given a number of talks on IoT recently on topics from An Introduction to IoT through to Microsoft IoT Hubs. Pete can be contacted on Twitter at: @pete_codes, @pjgcreations and on the web at https://www.pjgcreations.co.uk Talk: With the advent of HTML 5, so comes the ability to simulate a lot of IoT Kit right there in your web browser. I will take you through some online simulators for IoT technology and what they can do, which will give you a head start into the world of IoT. This way you can forgo all the procrastinating, and get to (virtually) creating! There's still spaces available! Get in touch at @nottsiot, or [masked] and let us know if you want to get involved! What we'll be doing: 6.30pm: Arrive and chat. 7:00pm: Short intro. 7.10pm: Talks / Demos. 8:00pm: Food and Drink. 8.20pm: Talks / Demos. 9:10pm: Drinks and goodbyes. Swag: As always, we'll be giving one lucky attendee a free JetBrains license for the product of their choice. Just tweet using the #nottsiot hashtag for your chance to win! Sponsors: Rebel Recruitment will kindly be supplying the food for the evening! PJG Creations Ltd - A Midlands based Software Consultancy - Will be supplying the drinks. Notts IoT are still on the lookout for a headline sponsor... Come on board and get in front of the East Midland's only IoT Meetup!

  • Cognitive Services and IoT to make Museum exhibits more compelling.

    This month at Notts IoT, we have two exciting speakers... Martin Kearn of Microsoft, and Martin Beeby of Oracle. What the evening is about: When was the last time to visited your local museum? …. Martin Kearn will talk about how museums are under increasing pressure to become commercially viable whilst modernising themselves and appealing the insta-generation. This is the story of how Microsoft worked with Black Radley to create the ‘intelligent exhibit’ IoT device. This is a Raspberry Pi device which adds artificial intelligence to museum exhibits by tailoring the audio description to the age of the exhibit visitor. It does this whilst logging insightful analytics data on the back end which tracks visitors as they traverse the museum. This is a tale of IoT, cloud, cardboard and museum artefacts from the 1800’s. Martin Beeby of Oracle (who formally worked on the project while at Microsoft) will talk about the difficulties of developing IoT applications and connecting them to the cloud when you are in a museum with an internet connection that would be better suited to the Jurassic era. Our Speakers: Martin Kearn: Twitter: https://twitter.com/martinkearn LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-kearn/ Martin Kearn is a technical evangelist for Microsoft based in the UK. In his role, Martin talks with customers, partners, start-ups and anyone who is willing to listen about developing applications on the Microsoft platform. This includes Microsoft Azure, AI and Web technologies. Martin has been working with Microsoft development technologies since the late 90's and has been working for Microsoft directly since 2005. Martin Beeby: Twitter: https://twitter.com/thebeebs Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebeebsuk/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thebeebs/ Martin Beeby is a Developer Evangelist at Oracle. Martin has been developing since he was 16 and over the past 19 years has worked on projects with many Major brands. Prior to joining Oracle Martin worked at Microsoft as a developer and evangelist for 8 years. Martin has written articles for, and been featured in, NET Magazine, ZDNet, NOUPE, SitePoint, TutsPlus and Channel 9. Location: Once again, we'd like to give our sincere thanks to the fabulous UniDays, who are giving us the space to host our meetup... UniDays is based at the bottom of Maid Marion Way in Nottingham. Upon arrival, simply ring the bell and somebody will buzz you in. The meetup will be on the third floor. Swag: We're proud to partner with Jetbrains, who are kindly offerring one lucky attendee a 1 year subscription to a JetBrains product of your choice, including Resharper, IntelliJ and PHPStorm. Attend and tweet on the #NottsIoT hashtag to be in with a chance of winning! Food and Drink: As a special one off... The wonderful people at Rebel are sponsoring tonight's food... They'll be soiling it's worth some delicious curry! Whoopee! Sponsorship : Notts IoT are still missing a headline sponsor! If you or any of your friends or colleagues know of anyone who would like to sponsor Notts IoT, then please do get in touch!

  • Virtual & Augmented Reality and the Digital Twin with Henry Chow of Holovis

    What we'll be doing: Henry Chow of Holovis will be visiting to demonstrate live some of the latest advances in Virtual and Augmented Reality, along with relating these to the concept of the Digital Twin and Industry 4.0. We'll be covering: In this session, Henry Chow of Holovis will demonstrate some cutting edge techniques in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in use today to revolution business and manufacturing processes. Henry will also deconstruct the Digital Twin concept to provide guidance on how businesses may embark on the Industry 4 journey. About our speaker: Henry Chow is a Transformation Consultant at Holovis. at the forefront of digital disruptors, with expertise in AR/VR, simulation training system, and digital twin. Holovis are a developer of emerging technologies including Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Realities and multisensory simulation. http://www.holovis.com/ @HolovisInt Notes: Notts IoT has moved! We're now at UniDays on Castle Boulevard in Nottingham!

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  • Begin to automate your house with Amazon Alexa and the Raspberry Pi

    What we'll be doing: Pete Gallagher will be taking you through how to write a basic Amazon Alexa Skill which connects through Amazon IoT to control a light connected to a Raspberry Pi. Following on from that we'll be delving into Amazon Rekognition to ask Alexa what your Raspberry Pi can see! We'll be covering: > Alexa Skills > AWS Lambda > Amazon IoT > AWS Rekognition > Node Js About our speaker: Pete Gallagher is a freelance programmer for PJG Creations Ltd. He's happy programming in most languages these days. Pete has given a number of talks on IoT recently on topics from An Introduction to IoT through to Microsoft IoT Hubs. Pete can be contacted on Twitter at: @pete_codes, @pjgcreations and on the web at https://www.pjgcreations.co.uk Notes: Notts IoT has moved! We're now at UniDays on Castle Boulevard in Nottingham!

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