Apr 3rd Meetup

Our usual mix of top quailty techy Lightning Talks, friendly Chit-Chat and community news (got something to announce? let us know!).

* Kris Sum – GAME>PLAY event teardown – an exclusive behind the scenes look at our first ever public gaming event.
* Charlotte Collyer – Digital Skills Partnership
* Al Mclintock (Exeter College) – A chat about T Levels and Industry Placements
* Break
* Ben Travers – Lawyers vs. Developers – an open source debate

7pm – 9pm

April Meetup

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019, 7:00 PM

The Workshop @ The Phoenix
Gandy Street Exeter, GB

52 Members Went

Our usual mix of top quailty techy Lightning Talks, friendly Chit-Chat and community news (got something to announce? let us know!). * Kris Sum – GAME>PLAY event teardown – an exclusive behind the scenes look at our first ever public gaming event. * Charlotte Collyer – Digital Skills Partnership * Al Mclintock (Exeter College) – A chat about T Leve…

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Meet the speaker – Al Mclintock

Al reached out to us to let us know about Exeter College’s plans for the new T (technical) Level qualifications – find out more at her upcoming talk on wednesday!

Name: Al Mclintock
Job role: Industry Placement Liaison Officer, Exeter College
LinkedIn: Al Mclintock

What’s your biggest passion?

I used to be a cook and a baker so it is really nice to get to do it as a way of relaxing rather than as a job!

What motivates you to do what you do?

I believe that young people are growing up in a challenging and unknown world and need support to flourish – just like we all did when we were young.

How do you start your mornings?

I usually have a really tasty breakfast as it is my favourite meal of the day, drink tea and coffee and then go outside.

What does a ‘typical’ work day look like?

Typically I work with students, employers and tutors on a daily basis, supporting and engaging them with  IT/Digital/ Business Industry Placements in the hope that students and employers will have a positive and mutually beneficial experience.

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Meet the Speaker – Ben Travers

Our sponsors are always keen to learn more about tech – we asked Ben from Stephens Scown a few questions prior to his upcoming talk debating the use of Open Source licenses in software

Name: Ben Travers
Job role: Head of IP & IT Law, Stephens Scown LLP
Twitter: @stephensscown

What’s your biggest passion?

My biggest passion is learning new things!

What motivates you to do what you do?

Building a team which breaks the mould, enabling us to offer advice in innovative ways which make a real difference to the businesses we work with.  That, and the privilege of being invited in by businesses to learn what makes them tick so that we can really help them to meet their goals – no two are alike.

How do you start your mornings?

If there is time (which there usually isn’t!) a run along the river – often with “Zombies, Run” – the gamification of exercise!

What does a ‘typical’ work day look like?

Varied! 
We might be assisting a client with the legals around a new marketing campaign, seizing counterfeit goods or helping with a new product launch.  The sheer breadth of areas we work in means there is never a dull moment.

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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
* — NETWORKING CHAT / SHORT BREAK –
* 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

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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