Exeter College Coffee Morning

Join us at Exeter College, where we are engaging Exeter College students about the industry and making them aware of opportunities here in the South West. There will be three industry speakers presenting information about their job and their experience within their industry:

1. Jordan Peters, Independent Game Developer
2. Jacob Tomlinson from NVIDIA
3. Becky Lees from Greymatter

It is a chance for you to meet, interact and network with the college students (all specialising in IT or gaming), both before the presentations and afterwards during an hour networking session at the college café.

Exeter College Coffee Morning

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2020, 9:00 AM

Exeter College
Hele Rd Devon, GB

9 Members Went

This event is held at Exeter College in order to engage students about the industry, and also make them aware of opportunities here in the South West. There will be three industry speakers presenting information about their job and their experience within their industry. It is a chance for you to meet, interact and network with the college students…

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Meet the speaker – Tariq Rashid

Unfortunately, due to recent events with COVID, this meetup has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Tariq Rashid was originally trained as a physicist, and later gained a masters in machine learning and data mining. He’s worked in technology for 20 years, including almost a decade in central government, leading on the modernisation of technology and security. Tariq is passionate about open source, developing communities, and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. He led the London Python meetup, and now runs a children’s CoderDojo Cornwall and the Data Science Cornwall community, as well as the London based Algorithmic Art group which has grown to over 4,500 members. He also writes books on machine learning and creative computing, one of which has been translated into 6 languages. He is currently developing Digital Dynamics, a new business specialising in independent risk assessment of client’s use of machine learning and data, with a focus on safe and ethical use of AI. 

Name: Tariq Rashid
Job role: Founder of Digital Dynamics
LinkedIn: Tariq Rashid
Twitter: Tariq Rashid and Digital Dynamics

What motivates you to do what you do?

I believe that so many exciting and beautiful ideas in computing, mathematics and science could be enjoyed by so many more people, especially children, if only the subjects were made more accessible. I also feel we’re at cross-roads, where technology can enable a greener, more just and sustainable future, or it can be the tool for deepening inequality, surveillance and oppression. That’s why we need more people to understand technology and their rights in a technology future. 

How do you start your mornings?

Home-ground coffee. Or natural earl grey tea. Always black.

What is your talk about?

Tariq will introduce what AI and machine learning are, and explain why we need to think about them more carefully than traditional computer systems. He’ll provide an overview of the emerging assessment frameworks, and explore selected examples of AI use which pose ethical questions. 

You’ll come away from this talk with an intuitive understanding of why AI and machine learning are different, an overview of the risk areas, and a good idea of the things we need to get right to ensure our use of AI is safe, ethical and can gain the trust of our users, customers and regulators.

What is the best resource for people who want to dive in deeper?

Join a community formed around the subject you’re interested in. In a community you can be inspired by others, receive valuable advice, get help on specific problems, share the load of learning, find friends and business partners, and showcase your own achievements. 

What is the biggest challenge in the field at the moment?

Growing inequality and undemocratic power in the hands of a few powerful tech businesses. The challenge is getting the public to understand technology so they can understand the risks and demand reform before it is too late. Too many people aren’t aware of pervasive surveillance and the drugs-like trade in their personal data, and the power this gives to those who have it.


Thanks Tariq for your answers! If you want to find out more, come along to our meetup:

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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 Street 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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Trademark Workshop

Event Timing: March 10th 2020, 10am-2pm
Event Address: Kaleider Studios, 45 Preston Street, Exeter, EX1 1DF

Event Description:
Stephens Scown are running an innovative session exclusively for TechExeter and Digital Exeter members aimed to help tech businesses deal with a key issue which they often leave until too late: Trade Mark Registration. During this session they will walk you through the trade mark application process and you will have the opportunity to file your own application.

Many businesses do not realise the need to register their core business names, product lines and brand names as trade marks until it is too late. Not all marks are registerable so, before signing up, our expert team will be in touch to make sure you are eligible.

There is a one off cost of £200 plus VAT for this session (this is a massive 60% saving for our members!). Official filing fees will also need to be paid (£170 for the first class, £50 for each additional class); there is no VAT on official fees. Following the application, we will be appointed as your agent on the register and will keep you updated on the progress of your application

Please fill out the form linked below to register your interest and Stephens Scown will be in touch with further information.

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Trademark Workshop with Stephen Scown

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020, 10:00 AM

Kaleider Studios
45 Preston St Exeter, GB

4 Members Attending

TechExeter Stephens Scown are running an innovative session exclusively for TechExeter and Digital Exeter members aimed to help businesses deal with a key issue which they often leave until too late: Trade Mark Registration. During this session we will walk you through the trade mark application process and you will have the opportunity to file you…

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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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