February 5th meetup

Join us at MAKETANK, who are our wonderful meetup hosts for February.

Lightning Talks (around the theme of ‘DESIGN’), chat, news and good times await!

7.00pm Welcome
7.20pm Talks Start

* Milly Brown from Plymouth College of Art
* Frazer Anderson from Exclusiv 3D
* John Cowen from Funeral Guide about organising SCSS components for big projects. You can find him on Twitter and on his Website.
* Daniel Whiston from UFI VocTech Trust

— break —
9.00 close

There is no bar at MAKETANK so it’s BYOB – we’ll provide a selection of tea/coffee + soft drinks.

If you’d like to talk at future events, please get in touch with us!

FAQ
Q. I’m not a tech person, can I still attend?
A. YES! We welcome those working in tech, and those who want to find out more about tech!

** Please note, there is no accessible toilet at this location (the toilet is 2 flights of stairs away, sorry!)

February “Design” meetup

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020, 7:00 PM

Maketank
Paris St Exeter, GB

63 Members Went

Join us at MAKETANK, who are our wonderful meetup hosts for February. Lightning Talks (around the theme of ‘DESIGN’), chat, news and good times await! 7.00pm Welcome 7.20pm Talks Start * Milly Brown from Plymouth College of Art * Frazer Anderson from Exclusiv 3D * John Cowen from Funeral Guide about organising SCSS components for big projects * Dan…

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Meet the speaker – John Cowen

John Cowen is the Head of Design at Funeral Guide where he spends his time doing design and creative thinking. He holds a fascination for all aspects of design, from theoretical design down to the nuts and bolts of production-ready HTML & CSS. He is invested in research, workshops, presentations and conferences that have all blossomed from the simple pursuit of applying creativity to interaction design.

Name: John Cowen
Job role: Head of Design at Funeral Guide
LinkedIn: John Cowen
Twitter: John Cowen

What motivates you to do what you do?

I love to solve problems, make things simpler and more beautiful. Design gives me the opportunity to do this. And I still love the creative freedom that comes from working online and the ability to quickly publish new designs and the constant iteration that follows.

How do you start your mornings?

Overnight oats and the Guardian crossword.

What does a ‘typical’ work day look like?

My days are typically split between meetings with stakeholders and other departments to both review work in progress and gather requirements for new feature development work.
It’s then going back to the team and making sure everyone has got the right information and direction they need to be able to deliver the different projects they’re working on. So for me this varies a lot between running design workshops, individual and team critiques, art direction, brand development, writing HTML and CSS or helping steer and develop our design libraries for different products.

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Meet the speaker – Frazer Anderson

Frazer Anderson grew up in Exmouth and went to ISCA college where he found his love of science and technology. He studied at Bournemouth University and worked at an IT company in London where he first got introduced to 3D printing. After completing a masters degree in Aberystwyth and travelling the world (20 countries so far) he came back to Exmouth to start his own company.

Name: Frazer Anderson
Job role: Founder of Exclusiv3D
Social Media: LinkedIn; Twitter; Facebook; Instagram

What motivates you to do what you do?

I’ve always loved being at the forefront of technology and being able to bring that to customers on a daily basis is a great feeling.

How do you start your mornings?

3 times a week I hit the gym at 4am with a friend, otherwise I’ll wake up around 6/7am. Then breakfast and catch up on the news, podcasts, and stock markets.

What does a ‘typical’ work day look like?

I track each day with a whiteboard and will prioritise every morning what I need to do. I will split my time between designing, printing, and post processing prints (sanding/gluing), as well as prepping social media posts and networking with current or potential clients.

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Meet the speaker – Milly Brown

Milly Brown is a visual artist and educator. Often working with paper, collage and publishing formats, her practice explores ideas of objectivity, value and editing.

Name: Milly Brown
Job role: Senior Lecturer and Subject Leader on Plymouth College of Art’s  BA (Hons) Fashion Media and Marketing
LinkedIn: Milly Brown

What motivates you to do what you do?

It is important we ALL engage with big data as it increasingly shapes more areas of our lives. If print and publishing can be employed to do that I want to be involved!

How do you start your mornings?

Dog walking

What does a ‘typical’ work day look like?

I work as a senior lecturer at PCA, so most days I am in lectures talking about fashion marketing and publishing, so when I have a day to work on the Continuous Stationery project it’s very different dealing with artists and scientist-a brilliant contrast!

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My time as a TechExeter intern

by Ivo Sendler

Ivo Sendler

Hi I’m Ivo. I’m from Hamburg, Germany. I was started an internship for 5 months at Exeter City Council in July. After a few weeks working in the council they connected me with TechExeter. Since then, I got to work one day a week for TechExeter.

My first and biggest Project was helping at the annual TechExeter conference. I prepared the attendees bags, the speaker’s gift bags and help with some little preparation at the venue.
On the conference day I did varied things. Preparing food, checking in new attendees and speakers, or helped wherever need was. It was very interesting to see behind the curtain and be part of this great conference.

The weeks after the conference I edited the videos of the speakers. I had to put the single clips together, choose the best camera and sound settings and put some bumpers before and after the video. This took me a few weeks. In this time I learned the basic video editing features and had to solve a lot of little issues.

Furthermore I was attending a meeting with the Cranbrook school, which was about a new cooperation to get kids and teenagers involved and interested in Tech.

Party prep

In my last weeks I selected photos for the x-mas drinks party, to reflect the year of TechExeter in pictures. Afterwards, print them and put them up for the Christmas party. It was a great task to see what was going on this year. How much wonderful and interesting events they hosted.

The time working for TechExeter was a great additional experience for me. I wasn’t a Tech guy at all to be honest, but that made it even more interesting for me. Kris was very patient with me and took the time to explain me everything. I always felt very welcomed and really enjoyed the time here.  

Especially the combination with the Exeter City council and TechExeter mad the time really worthwhile. It was astonishing to see that all of the TechExeter and DigitalExeter Team do all this voluntarily besides their normal job. It was great to join them for these 4 month.

A big Thank You to the whole DigitalExeter and TechExeter team!

Ivo.

December 4th Meetup

A festive edition of our regular meetup, with lightning talks and great networking.

* A Gentle Introduction to GANs by Tariq Rashid, Founder Digital Dynamics ( @rzeta0 )
* Exeter Science Centre by Natalie Whitehead ( @NataliePhysics )
* South West InternetOfThings Network by Wo King ( @mywoisme )
* That Figures – Data Science Project by Ola Oluwasuji

DEC Meetup: GANs, Exeter Science Centre

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019, 7:00 PM

The Workshop @ The Phoenix
Gandy Street Exeter, GB

48 Members Went

Lightning talks, discussions, and friendly networking! 7.00 – Networking and chat 7.20 – Introductions Talks: * A Gentle Introduction to GANs by Tariq Rashid, Founder Digital Dynamics * Exeter Science Centre by Natalie Whitehead * South West InternetOfThings Network by Wo King * That Figures – Data Science Project by Ola Oluwasuji 9.00 – CLOSE FAQ …

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NASA Space Apps, Oct 19-20th 2019

Wow, what an amazing weekend! Check out our 60 second video:

Tech Exeter and The Met Office are proud to bring the NASA Space Apps Challenge to the South West. 2019 marks the eigth year that the Met Office has hosted a Space Apps event, and this year is going to be bigger than ever!

The weekend will be about meeting new people and solving interesting challenges together. Don’t let the ‘Apps’ part put you off, the best teams are often the most diverse teams in terms of age, skills and experience. We have seen great projects made entirely from cardboard!

The Space Apps 2019 site and registration links are available at https://2019.spaceappschallenge.org/locations/exeter-devon/

We had an amazing time last year!