• Hydrahack - Spring

    1000 Trades - Jewellery Quarter

    Our Spring edition of Hydrahack is an open theme night - so interesting talks on a variety of topics! 6:00 - 6:30: Arrive, grab a drink, chat 6:30 - 7:45: Talks (see below) 7:45 - 8:00ish: Discussion/Q&A (+)Feel free to stick around for more conversation. Talks: 1. Matthew Steer - Head of Product & Engineering at Click Travel https://www.clicktravel.com/ Talk Overview: Slack days: how we build time into our dev process so that flow isn't destroyed when the inevitable unexpected occurs. 2. Luke Collymore - Director at Develo Design https://www.develodesign.co.uk/ Talk Overview: Vue Storefront - PWA for eCommerce : An open source project to build a flexible Progressive Web App for eCommerce 3. Marc Burton - Principal Software Engineer at Wealth Wizards https://www.wealthwizards.com/ Talk Overview: A journey from cats to functions; how functional programming is the next logical step in the evolution of an OO programmer. 4. Omar Qureshi - Senior Infrastructure Engineer at Talis https://talis.com/ Talk Overview: Docker in Practice - covers the pains and perils of gearing up using docker for development to a production setup with some orchestration

  • Hydrahack Autumn

    1000 Trades - Jewellery Quarter

    For our autumn edition of HydraHack, we’ll be looking at applications of data science and artificial intelligence. In particular, we’ll be hosting a series of talks on using machine learning, statistical methods and analytics to solve everyday business problems and improve customer experiences. Holly Emblem, 383 – Agency Applications of Data Science & Machine Learning How can you use machine learning and data science techniques in your everyday work? In this talk, Holly will cover recent projects where 383 have used Bayesian machine learning to inform and validate qualitative research, as well as introducing Bayesian statistics to their everyday product management. Chanade Murphy-Johnson, Virgin Media - How do big companies make the most of the data they have? In this talk, Chanade will share examples of how her team at Virgin Media work with the Insight team and wider business areas to continuously improve digital products and services. Josh Sephton, Push Doctor (http://www.pushdoctor.co.uk) - How do you climb a mountain? AI seems like an insurmountable mountain for most people. How do you convince a startup that they need to invest in something which might not pay off for a few years? How do you get people to think of AI as science fact instead of science fiction? How do you demonstrate a clear path to success before you've got budget to build a team? In this talk, Josh explains how to convince stakeholders by taking one step at a time. Simrun Basuita, Wealth Wizards (https://www.wealthwizardsplatform.com/) - Building an AI financial adviser Wealth Wizards are making financial advice affordable and accessible to all. AI is a key enabler of this vision; it slashes the costs involved in delivering regulated advice to people. Simrun will explain where they’re up to so far, and how they plan to leverage the latest developments to create their next generation product. He'll also explore what the future holds as AI creates a personal adviser in each of our pockets.

  • Hydrahack Summer

    1000 Trades - Jewellery Quarter

    For our Summer edition, we're opening up the floor again to people from our community - no set theme, just interesting talks & discussion. Got something you want to share, get feedback on? This could be a topic close to your heart, a demo of something you've been working on, etc. There'll be 4 talks on the night - so get in touch if you'd like to do one! [masked] Talks confirmed so far: 1. Tim Dobson - Living in a van means Lean as a lifestyle Two years ago, Tim decided there wasn’t enough problem-solving in his life, so he thought he’d redesign his home from scratch. In a van. Through stories, Tim will share the techniques he used to work out what to build, how to build it and the mistakes he made along the way. 2. Andy Wootton - Agility as Software Science Time-travel through the hats software developers have tried on for size in the last 50 years, to discover why they didn't fit, why some of them didn't look right with our ears, if we've ended up back with the one we tried first and if we can relax and stop spending all our time shopping for hats now... 3. Max Woolf - docker-compose 101: Reproducible and portable development environments

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  • Hydrahack Spring Edition: Lightning Talks

    1000 Trades - Jewellery Quarter

    This quarter, we're opening up the floor for lightning talks from members of the group. Got something you want to share, get feedback on? This could be a topic close to your heart, a demo of something you've been working on, etc. There'll be around 5/6 talks of 5 minutes each - so get in touch if you'd like to do one! [masked] Lightning Talks: 1. Luke Lanchester, 383 - @Dachande663 (https://twitter.com/Dachande663) - "My First Pen Test: Lessons in dealing with security testing". 2. Nivi Morales - @nivims (https://twitter.com/nivims) - "Universal Design and Innovation" 3. Matt Andrews - Creative Technologist @ BBC Guerillas - "Making desktop apps with Electron". 4. Martin Kearn (https://twitter.com/MartinKearn) - Technical Evangelist @ Microsoft UK - " Microsoft's view on AI". 5. Steve Taylor - CTO, Avastec - "Sneak Preview of Orchard Core" 6. Dan Matthew (http://www.twitter.com/danielm) - Front end Developer at Talis - "Web Components using Polymer" 7. Matthew Revell (https://twitter.com/matthewrevell) - Dev Relations at Hoopy/Founder of DevRelCon - Thoughts on Remote Working

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  • Labour of Love: Side Projects

    1000 Trades - Jewellery Quarter

    Labour of Love: Side Projects A lot of people are dedicated side project-ers. While they work at their day job, many developers have ideas floating around their heads that start to become a real thing during stolen hours here and there. Many articles have been written about the benefits of having a side project; great for your career, learning, exploring more fun ideas that you can’t otherwise. But, QUESTIONS: how do you get started? What makes a good side project? How do you have the discipline to keep making progress? What kinds of side projects do other people have? How do know whether your side project could be your main thing? What if you aren’t interested in that? We’ll hear a few short talks from people sharing their experiences of working on side projects, and what interesting stuff they’re working on: 1. Daniel Thompson - Founder, D4 Software Dan shares the story of how a product feature he was about to delete, became a side project that hit the Hacker News homepage, topped 10,000 users per month, and turned into a revenue generating product. All (sort of) by accident. @d4nt (https://twitter.com/d4nt) 2. Dan Matthew - Front-end Engineer at Talis Dan will share his current side project, a collection of accessible web components written using Polymer. The idea is that they are the textbook implementation of certain design patterns that folks can drop into their projects and know that they're fully accessible. @danielm (https://twitter.com/danielm) 3. Mark Steadman - Independent Digital Content Producer Side projects and where you can stick them; tools that enable you to build and scale quickly. @iamsteadman (https://twitter.com/iamsteadman) 4. Richard Cunningham - System Admin at University of Warwick Side projects - things to consider before you write a line of code. @rythie (https://twitter.com/rythie) 5. Jessica Rose - Head of Developer Relations, crate.io (https://crate.io/) Wish you could be *the* person people come to for X? Or maybe you're looking to make a career pivot that doesn't fully overlap with your experience to date? We'll be looking at how side projects can be leveraged to help you get the visibility you need to do what you really care about. We'll also look at how the work you put into your side projects can give you the skills you need to build the things you really care about. @jesslynnrose (https://twitter.com/jesslynnrose) Plus, food from 1000 Trades residents Kebabylon (https://www.facebook.com/kebabylonstreetfood/).

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  • HydraHack Returns: The Chatbot Revolution

    The Church Inn

    2016 is the year of the Chatbot. Join us for some food & drinks (thanks to our sponsors!), and some talks/demos on the capabilities and potential of this game-changing new technology. Talks from: Leon Barrett (https://twitter.com/leonbarrett): 'Bots for Business' Bots are seen as the next big interface, but what are they actually used for, who uses them and why? I'll discuss a short history of communicating with brands and how our changing habits require businesses to change the way they do so. Josh Sephton (https://twitter.com/heldtogether): 'Bots: A Revolution 60 Years in the Making' It's now common to hear "Ok, Google" and "Hey, Siri", but exactly how does the silicon in your phone know what you're saying? In this upcoming talk, I dive into how artificial intelligence has developed over the last 60 years and how you can take advantage of it. Stuart Langridge (https://twitter.com/sil): 'The UX of Text' Humanity graduated from pointing and grunting to expressive language tens of thousands of years ago. Maybe it's time our user interfaces do the same. Some thoughts on using text to communicate, the challenges for UX, and the supposed bot revolution.

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  • Hadoop 2.x Practicals at £43

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  • The API of things

    The Church Inn

    Join us for an evening of food and drink where we'll be discussing API's; how to plan, build and test them, and then some examples of how they're being consumed.

  • Show and Tell

    The Church Inn

    Come along to our September Show and Tell to demo your latest projects with the group. We'll have food and drink available, plus you'll get to meet other likeminded developers too!

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  • Server Automation

    The Church Inn

    If you've heard of Chef, Puppet, Capistrano or Ansible but have never used them in production, come along to this meetup to learn new tips and techniques. If you've never heard of them, then should definitely come along!

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