Feb 6th Meetup

We return to our normally scheduled meetups this month, with three lightning talks and network opportunities all hosted at Exeter Phoenix.

* LIGHTNING TALK: Tristan Edwards from GreyMatter – Modern App Deployment using Azure
* LIGHTNING TALK: Matthew Huxtable – From Python to GO
* LIGHTNING TALK: Dr Jacqueline Christmas from Exeter University Reading the Past: How Computer Science is enabling Archaeologists to read 2000 year old inscriptions.

Fab February Meetup

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019, 7:00 PM

The Workshop @ The Phoenix
Gandy Street Exeter, GB

61 Members Went

** PLEASE NOTE – THIS IS A WEDNESDAY EVENING!! ** Our usual mix of top quailty Lightning Talks and Chit-Chat. We’re mixing up the format this time to allow for more networking time (which is something you lot have asked for!) * LIGHTNING TALK: Dr Jacqueline Christmas from Exeter University : Reading the Past: How Computer Science is enabling Archae…

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Meet the Speaker – Tristan Edwards

Our sponsers aren’t just anyone – they’re people who we enjoy wotking with and provide lots of value to our community. We asked Tristan from Grey Matter a few questions prior to his upcoming talk on modern app deployment techniques on Azure.

Name: Tristan Edwards
Job role: Group Head of Services , Grey Matter
Twitter: @tristankedwards / LinkedIn

What’s your biggest passion?

My biggest passion and what motivates me are almost one and the same. I enjoy a challenge and get great satisfaction from solving technical problems.

How do you start your mornings?

Would it be cliché if I said drinking coffee?

What does a ‘typical’ work day look like?

Is there one? I don’t think there is a ‘typical’ day at work. No one day is the same. I can spend a whole day in meetings with different members of the team and customers, other days I’m attending and presenting at technical events, or implementing and deploying projects for businesses. I guess the one thing that they all have in common is that the end goal is helping customers adopt the cloud.

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Meet the Speaker – Matthew Huxtable

We’re privileged to have some amazing local talent who are willing to give up their free time to speak at our meetups. We asked Matthew a few questions prior to his upcoming talk on his journey migrating from Python to GO…

Name: Matthew Huxtable
Job role: Senior Site Reliability Engineer at Sparx (That sounds boring – in reality I build clouds and put out fires)
Twitter: @matthewhuxtable / GitHub: mhuxtable / LinkedIn

What’s your biggest passion?

I should probably say technology here, but life is about so much more than hardware, software and the digital communication channels which bind us together. As technologists, we can be a force for good, ensuring our specialist knowledge can be put to good use to leave a positive effect on the world around us.

What motivates you to do what you do?

Making a difference and seeing the smiles this can bring. Feeling like I’m having a real, positive impact. Feeling challenged and solving tough problems.

I’ve worked in education technology for over 10 years, since age 15, during which time I’ve seen the transformation in technology for learning in the classroom and the home. I am exceptionally grateful for the path I took through the education system, and I want to ensure I harness the skills and domain knowledge I’ve acquired to help today’s learners succeed.

How do you start your mornings?

I normally start by checking for the latest posts on blogs I follow, especially Adrian Colyer’s blog The Morning Paper: https://blog.acolyer.org/.  I like to keep a close eye on the latest publications in the field – they are inspirational and a good source of fresh ideas.

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Tech/Digital MEGA MEETUP JAN 10th

TechExeter and Digital Exeter combine to give you the first of our MEGA MEETUPS

Jan 10th, Met Office HPC Complex (Science Park)

Get to know your digital / tech counterparts with an evening of lightning talks from both communities, networking, and our first ever pub quiz!

  • Find out more about TechExeter / Digital Exeter
  • Lightning talk from Sam Morrell on big-data problems that modern astronomy missions represent
  • Lightning talk from Andy Wood about Kaleider and their passion for Art and Creative Technology
  • Further lightning talks (tbc) from our friends at Digital Plymouth and Software Cornwall
  • Pub Quiz – with questions covering both tech and digital news from the last 12 months

We will be hosted at the wonderful Met Office Collaboration building out on the science park, and there will be FREE FOOD AND DRINK provided.

So book your place now!