Sunday, 11 November 2018

Crack the motivation code! at the nor(DEV):con 2019 Thursday Workshops!


Join one of our interactive workshops at nor(DEV):con 2019 on Thursday 21st of February from 9am, Get your tickets here: http://nordevcon-2019.eventbrite.com

Crack the motivation code! - Cassandra Andrews

Imagine if you knew precisely what motivated each member of your team, how motivated they were and what you could do to improve their motivation!
Cassandra Andrews interactive workshop focuses on motivation in the workplace and introduces ‘motivational maps’, an incredibly accurate and user-friendly tool which enables us to unlock and measure employee motivation.

Understanding exactly what motivates individuals in an organisation can be used with significant impact to support business growth and profitability by maximising employee and team motivation, retain employees and recruit the right people to complement existing teams.

At the workshop you will discover how to create high performing teams by learning:

  • What motivation is, how it can be measured and how it impacts the workforce.
  • About the nine motivators identified in motivational maps.
  • How to increase team performance by identifying conflicts in motivation.

To enable all delegates to get their own ‘wow’ moment from the session, when you register for this event you will receive a complimentary motivational map (worth £150) for completion prior to the event.


Day of Deliberate Practice - Jon Jagger.

During the session we will discuss and practice software craftsmanship, communication and creativity, focusing on TDD, pair programming, trying out new things and revisiting old ones. Deliberate practice involves careful repetition and reflection to master, explore and understand a technique, to know its boundaries, to make it second nature.

  • Hands on workshops & lectures
  • Shared Learning Environment
  • Effective coding habits
  • Collaborative Development

If you code every day, keep in mind that a change is as good as a rest — yes, there will be coding, but it’s not your workaday coding. We will be using cyber-dojo, an innovative, collaborative, open source environment. We are going to have fun — join us!

  • Test Driven Development – TDD
  • Pair & Mob Programming
  • Cyber-dojo

With time to look at different code, and code differently, this session will open your mind to different ways of doing things and new ways of approaching old problems with great rewards. Using Jon Jagger’s innovative cyber-dojo environment, you will get to re-examine coding habits and debate modern practices with experts and peers.

This session is open to individuals and teams of all abilities, the only pre-requisite is some experience of software development and a desire to learn:

  • All programmers who want to step back and examine how they can be better
  • Junior programmers who are looking to master their craft
  • Experienced developers who want to reflect on their own practices and hone their skills

Bring a laptop – wifi and access to http://cyber-dojo.org/ required.


Real time analysis of streaming data with Hadoop and Druid - Tom Barber

In this workshop we will build and deploy a Hadoop cluster along with Apache Druid which is an analytical database designed for high volume time series data. We will then work with the attendees to stream data into Druid, process that data and return it for real time analysis. This type of workflow is useful for log file analysis, intrusion detection, sensor analysis or similar and very relevant to businesses of today. All of the software used is open source and free to deploy, attendees will leave with a high level understanding of the various technologies used and a framework that can be deployed quickly and easily in the real world.

Level: Intermediate


Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Deep Tech is affecting people’s lives without them even knowing it.


Deep Tech sounds like a character from the X-Files right? While it’s not a covert government agency, Deep Tech is affecting people’s lives without them even knowing it, but it’s not something we need to be afraid of. There are lots of very technical and wordy definitions of Deep Tech, but essentially it means technology that has an engineering aspect while having a demonstrable impact on people’s daily lives. Rather than a disruptive technology, like AirBnB or Deliveroo – apps that alter a service that already existed – a Deep Tech breakthrough could use technology to cure cancer or expand space travel. AirBnB is an intangible app, while Deep Tech often involves robots or breakthroughs in scientific or medical equipment.

Good examples are artificial wombs to increase the survival chances of premature babies, or brain implants to improve the independence of stroke victims. It’s not just medical advancements that are benefitting from Deep Tech, but improvements to smart homes and cleaner cities as well as energy efficiency are all developing areas of Deep Tech. Self driving cars and lithium-ion batteries could vastly improve the environment and how we live in it and are both examples of Deep Tech. Since

2015 European investment in Deep Tech has been growing three times faster than B2C investments (Wavestone) and it’s easy to see why when the impact that technology of this kind can have is made clear. Rather than just making it easier for people to order the weekly shop, or interact with a video on social media, discoveries in the Deep Tech arena make fundamental changes to how we live and survive. Researchers and scientists working in Deep Tech have not only created machines that can replicate human actions, but improve them. Like something from a science fiction movie, ‘HoloEyes’ are goggles that can provide a surgeon with a patient’s anatomy before the first incision is made, right there in the operating room. Harvard scientists have gone one further into the science fiction realm and created a brand new material, never before seen on earth. Metallic hydrogen was formed after 45 years of research and tests and has enormous potential, from space travel to superconducting abilities.

Deep Tech is technology at its most advanced and it’s most useful. While it may not affect all of us at once, the advancements being made in this field have a huge impact that will influence and hopefully improve daily life on a global scale.

Talk to me about Deep Tech.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Event: nor(DEV), TechEast & Barclays Eagle Lab present the digital technology showcase



Event: nor(DEV), TechEast & Barclays Eagle Lab present the digital technology showcase

When: Monday, 29th October @ 6.30pm

Where: The King's Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH

RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Norfolk-Developers-NorDev/events/252875683/

Ever thought that technology could help your business but weren’t sure how?

Have you wanted to talk to experts about the advantages of business software but were afraid of being given a hard sell?

Do you have questions about software and technology but were unsure who to ask?

Our Technology Showcase is here to help! Norfolk Developers, along with TechEast and the Barclays Eagle Lab Norwich have put together an evening of talks and introductions to help companies access technology firms on an informal basis. No sales pitches, no pushy sales people, just information and introductions.

The evening will be free from complicated jargon and tech-speak and questions are actively encouraged! This is an evening designed for people who run businesses, not IT experts.

The Technology Showcase is your chance to understand the advantages that technology can offer your business, and an opportunity to pick the brains of the regions best software companies, without obligation.

The evening will begin with introductions to Norwich’s supportive tech community, who offer support, workshops and discussions to novices and experts alike.


  • SynchNorwich help promote startups and enable local tech businesses to grow.
  • DevelopHER promote equality in technology and host the successful DevelopHER awards, recognising women in technology.
  • Norfolk Developers are a group focussing on practical skills and hardcore software developing and run the annual nor(DEV): conference.
  • Hot Source are a creative community group that aims to promote digital enterprise in our region.


The second half of the evening will give tech companies a chance to explain what they do, how it can benefit you and answer any questions you might have.


  • Candour are a creative digital agency that harnesses the power of open minds and honest feedback to create engaging experiences for users and powerful platforms for business growth.
  • Neon Tribe develop software in three stages, using ‘Discovery, Development and Delivery’ process to ensure they get the results businesses want first time.
  • Selesti are a digital marketing agency who pride themselves on strategies that help brands achieve extraordinary things. There will be one final featured company.
  • TBC.


We hope you will join us in what promises to be an informative and informal evening, designed to help technology help your business.

Calling Companies - Showcase your Tech at Sync the City 54 Hour Startup event


Sync the City is a great event in which you can promote, share and test your API's, Tools and Services.  You could provide the vital ingredient that helps the startup teams Build & Launch a Startup in 54 Hours, and win the amazing cash prizes on offer!

Sync the City 2018 is a 54 Hour event that brings together local entrepreneurs, developers, business managers, marketing gurus, graphic artists, students to pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo & final pitch (to win cash prizes).

More details syncthecity.com

In the past, we have had companies providing free access to address lookup API's, customer surveying services, hosting services, sentiment analysis API's and much more.  Its a great opportunity to publicise your own SDK / APIs / Products to be used at the event, and put them to the test and get direct feedback.

If you are interested in getting involved, then email syncthecity@norfolkdevelopers.com.


Saturday, 6 October 2018

Win an Echo Dot with Naked Element at the Norfolk Chamber B2B



On Thursday 11th October Naked Element will be making its yearly pilgrimage to the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual B2B event at Norwich City Football Club. We’re looking forward to seeing clients old and new, meeting new people and most of all YOU!

This year we have stand number 85 on Top of the Terrace (Level 2). All of the Naked Element team will be on the stand at various points throughout the day and we’ll looking forward to Rain Crowson helping us out at lunchtime and during the afternoon.

We’ll be raffling an Echo Dot in exchange for your business card and offering new potential clients £500 off their projects over £10,000.

Come and see us, we’re looking forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Naked Element proud sponsors of Inspired Women’s Big Conversation Conference

Naked Element are proud to be the main sponsors of Inspired Women’s Big Conversation Conference. Women are under-represented in business, often especially in tech, which is a fact that needs to change. As well as talking and promoting change, Naked Element decided to offer practical support as a sponsor of the Big Conversation. As a local company it makes sense to get behind a regional effort designed to inspire the next generation, and as a forward-thinking company, supporting the Inspired Women Conference was an obvious choice. Naked Element are honoured to see our name alongside such an important and relevant cause.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Reidolized

So Blackie Lawless decided to re-record my favorite album of all time and my initial thoughts are why did he bother. I’ve avoided buying it for months until last Friday when I was trying out some new headphones with the re-recorded guitar solo from The Idol and quite enjoyed the new layers and mix of the new version of the song. Although I’m not a musician, it feels like I know every note and I could really hear the difference. It’s not the original guitarist, and consequently the solo wasn’t the same or as good.


Having now listened to the first disk of the re-record I can only say there is one improvement, the extra songs, at least one of which was taken from WASP’s latest studio album and is magnificent. The removing of the swearing in the songs and intros feels wrong and a cop out and the lead guitar work just isn’t up to Bruce Kulik’s incredible standard.

The second disk is starting now….

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

nor(DEV):mag Youth in Tech out NOW!

Welcome to our Youth in Tech issue – just in time for the new term! It was no coincidence that our August issue is all about younger developers, but we’ve also included articles about how it is important to never stop learning, even when we might think we know everything!

The world of tech is always evolving, sometimes it feels difficult to keep up with new developments and technologies. It’s important to spend some time investing in ourselves and staff to make sure we keep abreast of this ever-changing sector. We hear from Luminous PR and netmatters about the importance of learning in their articles.

Of course it wouldn’t really be a Youth Issue without the view of an actual young developer, and we knew just the chap. Teenager James kindly gave us his opinion on the best bits of being into technology and where he thinks the future of development will be and student developers Emily and David were also kind enough to give us a developers view of their university project ‘Theia’, which aims to use machine learning to help students.

On the lighter side of things developer Adam sent us an amusing code piece (just try not to spit your tea while reading!) and we were also lucky enough to have an insider view from the recent Apple conference in San Jose, California, so if you’ve ever wondered what actually happens inside Apple, see inside!

Download now: https://www.norfolkdevelopers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/norDEVmagazine-201808-e05.pdf

Sunday, 15 July 2018

nor(DEV):con 2019 Call For Speakers


nor(DEV):con 2019 Call For Speakers
Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd February 2019
Kings Centre
63-75 King Street
Norwich
NR1 1PH

nor(DEV):con, the Norfolk Developers Conference is back for 2019 and stronger than ever with new tracks and an updated format. nor(DEV):con is Norfolk and Norwich’s premier and most well attended conference for everyone involved in software development and business.

Call for Speakers

The call for speakers is open from now until Friday 28th of September 2018. To submit a proposal, please send an email to paul@norfolkdevelopers.com with the following:

  • Session Title
  • Session abstract
  • Session topics: Pre-conference workshop, Tech, Process. Workshop, Stephen Fry, Business, Lightning talk
  • Session length: 45 min presentation, 90 minute presentation, 90 minute hands on workshop, Full day hands on workshop, 5 minute Lightning talk
  • Technical level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Business
  • Speaker(s) Bio
  • Availability for Thursday 21st (full day workshops only), Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February.

Further information will be required if you proposal is accepted.

Conference Topics

Pre-Conference Full Day Workshops - We’re looking for three full day pre-conference hands on workshops. These should be on a software development or process theme and we’re looking for one beginner, one intermediate and one advanced workshop. Pre-conference workshops attract between 5 and 30 people.

Tech Track - We’re looking for 45 minute and 90 minute beginners, intermediate and advanced presentations primarily on coding, techniques and libraries. This year we’re particularly keen to include a few Blockchain sessions.

Process Track - Rather than just concentrating on Agile, this year we have a process track for any type of software development process. Yes, you can even propose a session on Waterfall if you’re feeling brave!

Stephen Fry Track - Software Development is more than just code and practices. It’s about people. And people are not logical entities that follow easily understood rules. We’re illogical, irrational, and tend to shy away from difficult subjects like mental illness, inequality, and bias. This track looks at the softer side of Software Development, at the people, how they interact, and how we can work with the whole gamut of humanity, because it’s not just Stephen Fry who has  manic depression.

Workshop Track - We’re looking for 90 minute hands on workshops for up to 20 people. These can be on any of the topics above and delegates bring their own laptops.

Business Track - The business track is the track for everyone! We’re looking for business based sessions with a technical slant.

Lightning Talks - On the Friday evening during the wine reception, which will be in the main hall, we’ll also be opening the floor to lightning talks. A lightning talk is a 5 minute presentation and we encourage new speakers as well as experienced speakers to present.

Speakers Package

  • Free entry to the Friday and Saturday sessions at the conference
  • Free entry to the Friday night speakers dinner
  • Travel and accommodation at the discretion of the conference organise


Saturday, 14 July 2018

SYNC THE CITY 2018 – SAVE THE DATE & NEW VENUE

We are really pleased to announce that Sync the City 2018 will be held on November 15-17th at OPEN, Norwich.

This will be our 5th year in which we challenge attendees to Build & Launch a Startup in 54 Hours - for fun or profit.   Last year the event sold out in 9 days, subscribers to this list will be notified of ticket sales 24 hours ahead of public sale (early September).

OPEN Norwich - its BIG, its BEAUTIFUL



Experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup.

Do you have an idea that could be solved using technology? Or perhaps want to know more about how technology startup businesses become the next Facebook?

SyncNorwich's flagship event is Sync the City 2018 is a 54-hour event that brings together entrepreneurs, developers, business managers, marketing gurus, graphic artists, and students to pitch ideas for new startup companies, to form teams around those ideas, and to develop a working prototype, demo & presentation.

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup.

CONNECT with people driven to build something new.

DISCOVER where you are on the Entrepreneur's Journey.

LEARN what it really takes to start a company. No book, panel, speaker will teach you what you need to know.

START It’s that simple. Sync the City is designed to get you going, FAST. So grab your ticket syncthecity.com and let's do this.