Sunday, 22 February 2015

[NorDevCon] Changes to our Business Track

Nor(DEV):con is now less than three weeks away and with over 240 delegates its going to be bigger than ever before! Early bird tickets are on sale until 6pm on Friday!

We have a couple of last minute announcements to make. Rodric Yates of IBM will be taking our last speaker slot. Unfortunately Stephen Flowers isn't able to join us this year but we have Ben Nuttall from the Raspberry Pi foundation taking his slot.

The Mind Shift to Enterprise Mobile

Rodric Yates

Driving a business by putting mobile at the centre of your strategy, focussing on design, realising repeatable and rapid time to value whilst maintaining secure and robust access to back end transactional systems. Working with the wider ecosystem of citizens, consumers, design agencies, vendors, VC and academia to delight and surprise.

About Rodric:
Professor Rodric Yates is Mobility Business Development Leader at IBM United Kingdom and Ireland, leading a team of subject matter experts across Software and Services, transforming the Digital Office to help clients adopt innovative mobile solutions to help drive their business objectives. Prior to this he led the CTO organisation at IBM as Program Director, responsible for driving first of a kind and incubation projects on IBM and open source technologies across local and central Public Sector organisations in Europe.

How Raspberry Pi (an educational charity) funds itself without rattling a tin

Ben Nuttall

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK charity based in Cambridge. Named for its product, the Raspberry Pi – a single board computer you can use as a desktop replacement or as the brain of your next hardware project, developed primarily for the education of children – available to all for just £25. Like many charities, it has a side which brings money in, and a side which spends money (on its charitable goals) – in this case the Foundation earns money in the form of a royalty from the sale of all Raspberry Pi computers, the hardware and software of which is designed and maintained by its own engineering team and manufactured by Sony in the UK. The Foundation uses this regular income to fund its charitable goals in education – producing free learning materials, providing free training for teachers, funding external education projects and open source software – as well as further developing its hardware and software stack.

About Ben:
Ben’s been doing development and outreach with the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s education team since late 2013. Previously Ben ran a Raspberry Jam, helped with CoderDojo and was involved within various local STEM network activities while working as a developer in Manchester. Now based in Cambridge he develops free educational resources and trains teachers in delivering the new computing curriculum, he travels the world engaging with people in the Raspberry Pi and open source communities and he advocates and contributes to free and open source software.

Pre-conference special & dinner

You can now RSVP for the pre-conference special and dinner on the evening of Thursday 26th of February(the evening before the conference). If you're able to make it, please do come along to both. The details are below.

Everyone is welcome at both events and you don't need to attend the conference to attend the pre-conference events.

Pre-conference Special with Allan Kelly and Kevlin Henney

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 5pm
The Kings Centre, Norwich

The Rule of Three - Kevin Henney

The three-act play, the given–when–then BDD triptych, the three steps of the Feynman problem solving algorithm... a surprising number of things appear to come in threes. This talk walks through — and has some fun with — a number of triples that affect and are found in software development.

Every business is a software business - Allan Kelly

Pre-conference Dinner at All Bar One

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 7.30pm
All Bar One, Norwich

This year the pre-conference dinner will be at All Bar One (a short walk from the Kings Centre) at 7.30pm. All are welcome and the fixed price menu is here:

View the menu.

When you RSVP you'll need to pay £11 for the meal and then for your drinks on the night. Please specify a starter, main meal and dessert when you RSVP.

Student & Unemployed Discounts

If you’re a student or are unemployed you can attend NorDevCon for just £25 + fees. If you purchase a discounted ticket you will be required to prove your status when you register on the morning of the conference.

Click here for student tickets and here for unemployed tickets.

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