London Creative Coding Meetup - September 2019!

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Hey everybody!

Let's not talk about what a glorious British summer we had and instead let's talk about what a great meetup we have in store.

We're back at the BBC Media Cafe again with 3 fantastic talks!

Firstly an important note that I should have mentioned to you all last time: You will need ID to get in. Please arrive early as you will need to go through a security.

Talk 1: Technology vs. Creative Process by Nick Rothwell

A meandering talk about software-driven performance and installation projects, with some reflection on whether software is about technology or about ideas.

Nick Rothwell is a composer, performer, software architect, coder and visual artist. He has built media performance systems for projects with Ballett Frankfurt and Vienna Volksoper, composed sound scores for Aydın Teker (Istanbul) and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, performed with sitar player Shama Rahman, written software for Studio Wayne McGregor and the Pina Bausch Foundation, and developed algorithmic visuals for large-scale outdoor installations in Poland, Estonia, Cambridge Music Festival and Lumiere (London / Durham). He also teaches at Ravensbourne University London and writes for Sound On Sound magazine.

Talk 2: Scroll up! Scroll up! Adventures in accessible storytelling by Becky Rush

10,000 data points plotted and animated. An interactive 3d globe showing 100 years of temperature data. A browser ready to crash. An innovation and accessibility storm ensues.

The BBC News Visual Journalism team have recently experimented with new storytelling formats - including 'scrollytelling' and 3d data visualisations. Experimenting with libraries such as REGL, Three.js and D3, the developers have been pushing the boundaries of the newsroom to create immersive and engaging data journalism.

Becky discusses how some of these ambitious projects were tackled as well as the ways the team made them as inclusive as possible - considering the physical impact of animations, screen reader and no javascript experiences, and making anything work in Internet Explorer.

Becky is a developer at BBC News Visual Journalism. She wrangles data and tinkers with code to create engaging, interactive projects for news articles.

Becky is passionate about combining modern code and empathy to create truly inclusive web content. She believes considering accessibility, internationalisation and non-javascript experiences are key to making the web a better place for humankind.

Outside of work, she can often be found gallivanting around in fancy dress, hitting a large drum (occasionally in time) with other obscurely dressed drummers.

Talk 3: Modular Audio Visualiser by Sam Wray

ModV is an open source software package designed to visualise audio. Find out how it was born and how to use it yourself.

Digital Artist, Creative Coder Musician and Visualist living in London, Sam has an unstoppable interest in interactive arts, emerging technologies, their place in the every day and beyond.

As always we'll head to the local pub afterwards!

Tickets are limited and will be available from 11am this Thursday (12th Sept). Please only RSVP if you are certain you will attend.

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Please note we will be taking photo's at this event for promotional and archival purposes. Please speak to one of us if you have any concerns or do not wish to be photographed.