Hey everyone! Hope you're all doing well.
With January almost behind us we have some fun in store for February!
We're finally back after a bit of a gap, this time on Friday 14th of Feb. Yes, valentines day 😍
You have a few weeks to sweeten up your better halves. I've also turned on +1's if you want to bring them along! If you do bring a +1 along, could you please message me their full name as this will be required by the BBC staff on the door.
Anyone entering the BBC will also need to bring photo ID!
As usual we have 3 great speakers to enlighten and inspire us:
## Avoiding Imposter Syndrome at the Intersection of Art and Technology by Rifke Sadleir
How is it possible to avoid imposter syndrome as a creative coder?
Rifke is a web developer with a background in design. She is one half of DxR Zone, a joint practice with Daniel Baragwanath.
## Surfing Novelty Waves by Liam Walsh
How best can creative coders navigate the constant hype cycles of new technologies. When is the best time to jump on a fad? How do you know if it is just a fad or here to stay? How can you constantly learn new tricks?
Liam Walsh is the Creative Technology Director of Interactive Arts, the team at Nexus studios dedicated to understanding and harnessing emerging technologies in service of engaging story experiences. For over 10 years, Liam's research, ideas and coding work across the motion graphics, video games, toy and publishing industries has pushed the boundaries of possibility and been rewarded with a D&AD Black pencil, a BIMA award, numerous FWA awards and Cannes Cyber Lion, SxSW and BAFTA nominations. Before joining Nexus Studios, Liam was head of Creative Technology at Wonderbly ('Lost my Name'), a Google Ventures backed children's entertainment startup following Creative Technologist roles at Digit London, B-Reel, Berg, Preloaded and Imagination.
## Applied Computational Thinking by Damien Seguin
By looking at a brief history of Computational Thinking, Damien reflects on our relationship with computers and how they change the way we think. He connects the dots to find out how this concept applies to his day to day work, both personal and with Variable. Concretely, this translated into the creation of Nodes, a visual programming tool using web technologies and powering most of the production-grade projects from Variable.
Damien is a creative developer with an original focus on interactive experiences. His interest in computer graphics, generative art and data visualisation is driven by an insatiable thirst for knowledge.
As a media art practitioner, he conceives parametric systems, interprets datasets and vulgarises them, experiments in both physical and virtual spaces, as well as generates data art, most of the time via his predilection medium: code.
As always, we'll head to the local pub afterwards to carry on the conversations!
Pizza, beer and wine will be available from 6.45pm, with the first talk due to start at 7.30pm, slightly later than usual. If you have any dietary requirements please do let us know.
We're going to try filming this event, and if the wifi is any good we'll livestream too - no guarantees though. We'll also be taking a few snaps, so get in touch if you have any probs.
Thanks to BBC Design + Engineering for sponsoring this meetup. Interested in working with them? Take a look at the current vacancies at https://bbc.in/hiring