Tech Nottingham October 2017: Lightning Talks And Security Through Obscurity

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What we'll do

This month the audience rises up and takes control!

We have a talk from Hazel Seanor ( - active community member and one of our youngest ever speakers talks about her battle with attitudes to security and what we can learn from it - then the audience takes control for a Lightning talks session.

Plus we've got free food and drinks provided at the event thanks to our sponsors Cordius (, Experian ( and MHR ( .
Everyone is welcome and there are no tickets required. Just turn up - it's free!

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This is the event where you take control - we'll be running lightning talks and anyone can speak!

What is a Lightning Talk?

A lightning talk is a short talk, under five minutes on whatever subject you wish to speak about (Code of Conduct ( permitting!). At the start of the session the audience has time to come up, write their talk title on a post-it and stick it to the board and those talks make up our evening. If there are too many talks to fit in to the evening, we'll take a vote.

For the audience it's a rapid-fire session where you'll learn loads and gain unique insight into the thoughts, ideas and passions of your peers.

For speakers it's a unique opportunity to speak your mind, try out a talk idea and boost your confidence in front of a friendly crowd. Since the talks are short, the pressure to prep and polish is low and you can focus on key ideas you want to share.

Great lightning talks we've seen:

• A brief intro to ethics in dev

• What I learned building a crappy chatbot

• Becoming a better developer with porridgeSlides?

You may prepare a few slides but it's totally optional; they must be in Powerpoint, Google Slides or Keynote format and be shared on the #LightningTalks channel on the Tech Nottingham Slack group before the talks start (we'll be running them all from the same laptop so we don't waste time doing battle with the projector).



by Hazel Seanor

'Security through obscurity' isn't security of the most popularly repeated phrases in cyber security. But what does it really mean, why should it matter to the rest of us, and how can we do better as developers? Hazel shares a cautionary tale...

About Hazel Hazel ( is a student at Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology, a voting process architect for the Organization for Transformative Works, and a coding instructor at Pixelheads Night Classes at the National Videogame Arcade. In her free time, she enjoys reading comics, building costumes, and working on various tech-related projects.


Win free JetBrains software at Tech Nottingham

This month at Tech Nottingham we'll be giving away a 1 year subscription to a JetBrains product of your choice, including Resharper, IntelliJ and PHPStorm.


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