TechExeter and Digital Exeter are bringing you a joint two-day event in September with their 2020 annual tech conference. This event is now taking place online, focusing on the theme of Vision. This year’s conference is split across two jam-packed days, featuring exclusive content from over 24 expert local and international speakers.
Tickets have been released on our conference website, with prices starting at £15 and £8 concessions.
On Wednesday 9th September, join TechExeter as they explore Artificial Intelligence, Software and Web Development, Computer Vision Systems and our Robot Future.
On Thursday 10th September you can Digital Exeter will be hosting speakers on UX, Design, Digital Marketing, SEO and Immersive Experiences.
You can view the full speaker line up on our conference website
Some of you may have realised that i’m pretty big into gaming – and following on from the WiFi wars event earlier in July I couldn’t stop myself from building something similar! Hosted at Board (Exeter’s awesome boardgame cafe) I’m taking over their “Open Gaming Night” on Tuesday 9th August where people can rock up to play boardgames with friends and strangers alike, but i’m adding an electronic gaming component to it!
What is it?
I built a multiplayer gaming system, where you use your mobile phone to control retro games – but with a twist: You get paired up with a random person, and each of you gets half of the control pad – one of you can jump, the other can move left / right, and you get 20 seconds to make your way through as much of the game until it’s the next pair’s turn!
Here it is in action at the Sundown Demoparty earlier in July:
I built that in a week with nodeJS, socketio and HTML5, so it was a little buggy… if you would like to help me test out a new version of the code, give feedback and to help me work out what devices it works on, please register on the facebook event.
Note: Board Open Gaming Nights are not free, you need to pay to play games at Board. More details on their facebook page.
Wifi Wars is an audience participation gaming event which is currently touring the country, and it was held at the Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 7th July. Rob and I went along…
The event is the brainchild of Rob Sedgebeer and Steve McNeil behind the airing-in-the-near-future TV gaming show “Go 8-bit” (hosted by Dara O’Briain).
To join in, you connect to a wifi network using your mobile phone, and then you visit a web page which then allows you to control aspects of the games (triggered by the presenters). I had a go at a similar thing at the Mozilla Conference last year and it worked pretty well, but this had a lot more polish to it!
The guys bring 4x access points, 2 laptops (for game control, projection, VR demo etc) and everything runs in HTML5 with a NodeJS backend. We had an awesome night of gaming, despite there not being many people attending!