• Internet of Things
    For December we are delighted to be running an evening devoted to Internet of Things (IoT), starting with a Q&A panel followed by a presentation on UK and EU Funding. 1. IoT Question Panel We have two experts answering questions in a panel discussion. If you have any questions you'd like answered please submit these to [masked] Our panelists: Adam Toner, Ripcord Designs www.ripcorddesigns.com Adam has been designing embedded and wireless products for over 20 years, long before there was an Internet of Things. He has worked in both the UK and USA for companies such as Formula One Management, Panasonic and L3 Communications, and designed products including smart heating controls, connected medical devices, television cameras and wireless video, audio and data systems. Most recently he has been working on a wireless, wearable device, and an audio streaming system. Before founding Ripcord Designs, Adam was responsible for setting up a new broadcast products business for L3 Communications, where he held the position of Director of Engineering. Ashish Raina, CEO and Founder, Ardent www.Ardentisys.com 15 fantastic years in Technology working with great people, systems and data, starting with Oracle Corp, Rail Europe (SNCF) before founding a Relations-Business management tools start-up. More recently Ashish founded Ardent focused on delivering top quality Data and Technology solutions to a wide range of clients ranging from Ericsson, GFK, Bell Labs, Astro to fast growing start-ups like IntentHQ, Dativa, TEBillion. Our expertise in IoT is centered around data collection, quality, enrichment and presentation. We achieve this using our expertise in Mobile, Cloud and Web technologies. 2. UK and EU Funding - Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Simon Yarwood, Knowledge Transfer Manager specialising in ICT and Energy Harvesting, will be updating us on changes to UK Government funding grant and will also cover the current state of EU grant funding. The KTN links new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through a network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. There are parking spaces on the premises and it's only 5 minutes walk from Stevenage Train Station. We will provide free pizza & beer on the night. Is your company able to support the work of SyncHerts and sponsor the food and drink at a future event? If so, please get in touch [masked] .

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    Bessemer Dr, SG1 2DX · Stevenage

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  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning - sponsored by Rapid
    Following last month's meetup on AI we are delighted to welcome two speakers: 1. Carlos Garcia Hervas from Airbus to give an introduction to AI, ML and Deep Learning. Carlos is a senior AOCS/GNC Engineer (Where AOCS => Attitude and Orbit Control System; GNC=> Guidance Navigation and Control) working for Airbus Defence & Space UK. He studied a Double Diploma Degree in Aerospace and Control Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) and ISAE –SUPAERO, Toulouse, France. He did his final year thesis on autopilot for military aircraft within THALES Avionics and joined Airbus in 2014. He started working in the Advanced Studies team, where he was involved in future GNC technologies for control and estimation. Later on he joined the team in charge of designing, tuning and validating the AOCS/GNC algorithms for Solar Orbiter and JUICE missions. Carlos is also a self-taught data-scientist and passionate about Deep Learning which enabled him to be currently leading the research on Deep Learning technologies applied to spacecraft GNC and Failure Detection Isolation and Recovery subsystems. His presentation is a good starting point for people that want to know more about what Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning are. What have they achieved? What type of algorithms and tasks they can do for us? Another objective of the presentation is to de-mystify Deep Learning and explain some very basic mathematical concepts behind! It ain’t magic after all! 2. Gareth Edwards and Rapid Rapid is software to innovate. Fast. It's an open source drag and drop application development platform that makes it quick and easy to create and integrate responsive desktop applications, offline mobile applications, forms, and APIs. Find out more at www.rapid-is.co.uk Gareth is the director of Rapid Information Systems, the company behind the Rapid application platform. After working in social housing for many years he shared the frustrations of many local authorities of the lack of flexible, open, and decently-priced tools to help manage the many responsibilities of a social landlord. To answer this challenge the Rapid application platform was developed after four years of hard work with the London Borough of Camden. Since Rapid was released for the general public in 2017, Gareth has enjoyed seeing its user base grow, and the long list of exciting applications that have been created with it, and shared with the community. There are parking spaces on the premises and it's only 5 minutes walk from Stevenage Train Station. We will provide free pizza & beer on the event. Tonight's event is kindly being sponsored by Rapid. Is your company able to support the work of SyncHerts and sponsor the food and drink at a future event? If so, please get in touch [masked] .

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  • Artificial Intelligence
    After a break we now have an autumn of SyncHerts events planned, starting with an evening devoted to Artificial Intelligence. We have a series of exercises planned for us to explore how Artificial Intelligence works whilst competing against each other in teams. There are no pre-requisites for you to attend and you don't need to have any technical knowledge to be able to fully participate. There are parking spaces on the premises and it's only 5 minutes walk from Stevenage Train Station. We will provide free pizza & beer on the event. Interested in sponsoring a future event? Is your company able to support the work of SyncHerts and sponsor the food and drink at a future event? If so, please get in touch [masked] .

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    Bessemer Dr, SG1 2DX · Stevenage

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  • Internationalization and GDPR
    This month we're welcoming back Simon Keen to talk about Internationalization. Some of you will remember him trying to cram this into a 5-minute Lightning Talk. So we're welcoming him back to do the topic justice. Our second talk, by Rob Giffin and Simon Stokes of earthware, will introduce the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into force on 25th May and what it means for anyone with a website. There are parking spaces on the premises and it's only 5 minutes walk from Stevenage Train Station. We will provide free pizza & beer on the event. Interested in sponsoring a future event? Is your company able to support the work of SyncHerts and sponsor the food and drink at a future event? If so, please get in touch [masked] .

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    Bessemer Dr, SG1 2DX · Stevenage

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  • How to Start a Technology Business
    This month we're hosting a Q&A Panel discussion on How to Start a Technology Business. We're delighted to welcome a panel of speakers who've all started a variety of tech companies ready to answer questions and engage in lively discussion. Our panellists: Nigel Minchin - Founder/owner of Verulam Web Design and digital strategist and technical advisor for a number of creative agencies and clients. Tim Parfitt - Founder & CEO of Netcel, a 40 person technology firm based in St Albans that provides digital consultancy and services to PLCs and large enterprises. Joe Hoy, MD of Hertfordshire-based Forensic Analytics Ltd Brian Norman - Founder and Chief Technology Officer of earthware You can submit questions in advance to [masked] or come along and ask them on the night. There are parking spaces on the premises and it's only 5 minutes walk from Stevenage Train Station. We will provide free pizza & beer on the event. Interested in sponsoring a future event? Is your company able to support the work of SyncHerts and sponsor the food and drink at a future event? If so, please get in touch [masked] .

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  • Lightning talks in January
    The popular Lightning Talks returns again to start your New Year. We will have 12 speakers presenting on a topic of their choice. Each lightning talk will take 5 minutes (with a maximum of 7 slides). After the first 6 talks, we will have a break with pizza and beer and then continue with the remaining 6. This year's talks: Amazon Alexa skill in 5 mins - Rob Giffin From start-up to exit - Michael Trup Making tax digital: Cloud Services - how much do you understand? - Sandra Jones Using a Raspberry Pi as a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device - Paul Clark Internationalization - Simon Keen How to grow your business as quickly as possible - Francis Hooke Interconnectedness - Sara Day Stop distracting yourself - Brian Norman Bitcoin and the blockchain - Ashley Bickerstaff Age - Dave Miller Upcoming and open funding opportunities for SMEs - Simon Yarwood There are parking spaces on the premises and it's only 5 minutes walk from Stevenage Train Station. We will provide free pizza & beer on the night. Interested in sponsoring a future event? Is your company able to support the work of SyncHerts and sponsor the food and drink at a future event? If so, please get in touch [masked] .

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  • Christmas Quiz
    We will be repeating the Christmas Quiz that was a great success last December. So before any of the Christmas parties have started join us on December 7th for a fun Technology Quiz! The evening will be very much like a traditional pub quiz with rounds on all kinds of technology and geek general knowledge so form a team with your colleagues or come and join a SyncHerts team. Pizza and beer as ever will be available on the night and there will be a small award for the winners and losers! There are parking spaces on the premises and it's only 5 minutes walk from Stevenage Train Station. We will provide free pizza & beer on the night. Interested in sponsoring a future event? Is your company able to support the work of SyncHerts and sponsor the food and drink at a future event? If so, please get in touch [masked] .

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  • Crime and Technology
    We have two speakers at this month's event which will be looking at what criminals are doing with technology then seeing what the security services are doing. Big thank you to Armadillo Sec Cyber Security Services for sponsoring the food and drink. The rise of Cyber Crime In this talk, Daniel Compton, Director of Armadillo Sec Cyber Security Services, will provide an overview of the common techniques used by hackers to gain access to personal and financial information from their victims. He will use live demonstrations to show a phishing attack, obtaining personal information and a webcam takeover. It’s becoming increasingly important for individuals and organisations to be aware of and protect themselves against these frequent attacks and Daniel will provide advice on some simple security procedures that can be taken to safeguard against these cyber threats. Automating Communications Data Analysis In this talk, Joe Hoy, MD of Hertfordshire-based Forensic Analytics Ltd, provides an overview of communications data analysis, the digital forensics discipline that allows law enforcement agencies to gain an understanding of the communications activities of suspect’s mobile devices and the approximate location of those devices when calls were made. These techniques have been used for almost as long as there have been mobile phones, but it has only been in the last few years that software has been developed to automated, and therefore speed up, the processing involved in dealing with this data. Given the exponential rise in mobile device usage and the correlated surge in the amount and complexity of communications data that is available, automation has become a vitally important topic and Joe will demonstrate some of the help that FA’s data processing product, CSAS, provides to investigators. There are parking spaces on the premises and it's only 5 minutes walk from Stevenage Train Station. We will provide free pizza & beer on the night. Interested in sponsoring a future event? Is your company able to support the work of SyncHerts and sponsor the food and drink at a future event? If so, please get in touch [masked] .

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  • Knowledge Transfer Network - introduction to the UK support landscape
    This month we are excited to hear from the Knowledge Transfer Network who are also sponsoring the food and drink. This session will focus on the Government funded UK business support landscape and some of the funding streams available to business from Government as well as private investment. First we will cover the Knowledge Transfer Network, what services it offers and how we might be able to help your business grow. There will also be some example case studies to illustrate how a business has benefited from these free services. Then we will hear about some of the funding options available, where to look and what might be on the horizon. There are parking spaces on the premises and it's only 5 minutes walk from Stevenage Train Station. We will provide free pizza & beer on the night. Interested in sponsoring a future event? Is your company able to support the work of SyncHerts and sponsor the food and drink at a future event? If so, please get in touch [masked] .

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    Bessemer Dr, SG1 2DX · Stevenage

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