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This month we have a fantastic talk from @ChrisCundill along with the usual free pizza, beer and soft drinks. Note this is not the last Monday of the month as per our usual pattern.

We are very fortunate to once again have the support of some amazing sponsors - TechHub Swansea who are providing the meetup venue, CliniThink who cover our costs and NotBinary who provide pizza and refreshments for our attendees.

Talk: The Rubbish App


Birthed at a recent #HackTheCity meetup, "The rubbish app" has a vision to improve the user experience for digital interactions with Swansea council. It's first use case is to deliver a modern way to report flytipping; using just a few taps.

This talk takes a deep dive into the technology behind the app. We'll start out by comparing its features with the current offering for flytipping on the council website. Next, we'll tear away the layers and unpick the serverless tech behind the scenes which has helped make the app a reality so quickly.

You can expect a grand tour which includes sightseeing of Angular and various AWS services including Lambda, API Gateway and SES. You'll also watch a live change to the app and see it flow right through a continuous delivery pipeline into production.


Getting yourself involved in community is so beneficial. Armed with a desire to make Swansea a better place and his technical skills, Chris decided to begin attending #HackTheCity ( He has not been disappointed. Getting the inside scoop on stuff that's happening to develop our city from folks like Mark Barry (Swansea Metro) and the council leader himself Rob Stuart (City Deal) has been so beneficial and inspiring.

The "rubbish app" idea was pitched at the meetup following a discussion with inspirational attendee Iskander Abd Al Kerim, who shared his experience of reporting flytipping using the current council website. Have you ever tried doing that? Seriously, take a look. On a mobile. It's rubbish. Pun very much intended.

Anyhow, the pitch was a winner. With £20 to boot, the "rubbish app" was built and demonstrated at the next month, all within a month! Check it out for yourself:


Chris Cundill is seasoned Java & Scala developer with team lead experience. Contractor and founder of Diligent Software. Married with three kids. Enjoys running football and Scuba diving. Teaches at Code Club. Enjoys life.