Sunday, 22 February 2015

Join us this Thursday for the NorDevCon 2015 pre-conference dinner at All Bar One

What: NorDevCon 2015 Pre-conference Dinner at All Bar One

When: Thursday, February 26th @ 7:30pm

Where: All bar One, 29, Tombland / 1 Upper King St, NR3 1RE

Price: £11.00

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Norfolk-Developers-NorDev/events/217755712/

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 desert when you RSVP.

Please attend the pre-conference special with Allan Kelly and Kevlin Henney and then come along for dinner.

Join us this Thursday for the pre-conference special with Kevlin Henney and Allan Kelly

What: Pre-conference Special with Kevlin Henney and Allan Kelly.

When: Thursday, February 26th @ 5:00pm to 7:00pm

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

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Norfolk-Developers-NorDev/events/217753712/

FREE BEER!

5.00pm - Free beer

5.30pm - Introduction, Paul Grenyer

5.40pm - Every business is a software business, Allan Kelly

6.10pm - More free beer

6.25pm - The Rule of Three, Kevlin Henney

7.00pm - Finish

To kick off this years NorDevCon we will be having a pre-conference special hosted at the wonderful Kings Centre in Norwich with Allan Kelly and Kevlin Henney followed by the pre-conference dinner. Please RSVP for the dinner separately.

There will also be free beer, cidre, wine and soft drinks.

The Rule of Three 
Kevlin Henney (@KevlinHenney)

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 (@allankellynet)

Listen to me talking to Future Radio about NorDevCon.

On Thursday 29th January I was invited onto Norwich Today on Future Radio to talk about NorDevCon and tech generally in Norwich. They were kind enough to make it into podcast and you can listen to it below.



[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.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

NorDevCon 2015: The Hands-on Workshops‏


As well as Valentine’s Day, February hosts Groundhog Day, Thank a MailMan Day, Friday the 13th and most exciting of all - this year’s NorDevCon

Conference hosts, Naked Element are please to bring you a series of hands-on workshops to make sure you gain as much as possible from the conference and go away confident that you’re able to implement all the techie tips and techniques you’ll learn throughout the day.


Continuous Inspection
Jason Gorman

Jason Gorman, chair for the Software Craftsmanship conference in the UK as well as a seasoned conference contributor, has worked for some of the biggest names around. In this session Jason looks at continuously delivery and maintains that it’s not sustainable without Clean Code.

Jason discusses how continuous Inspection is the missing discipline in Continuous Delivery and participants will learn how to implement Continuous Inspection using readily available off-the-shelf tools like Checkstyle, Simian, Emma, Java/NDepend and Sonar, as well as rigging up our own bespoke code quality tests using more advanced techniques with reflection and parser generators like ANTLR.

Delegates will also learn about key Continuous Inspection practices that can be used to more effectively manage the process and deliver more valuable results, like Non-functional Stories, Clean Code Check-ins, Build Inspections and Rising Tides (a practice that can be applied to incrementally improving the maintainability of legacy code).

Build Smarter Systems with Rainbird

Dom Davis

Rainbird’s Dom Davis leads this hands on workshop where you’ll get to grips with the basics of Rainbird and building a knowledge map. No technical expertise beyond basic computer literacy is required for this workshop as it will focus mainly around Rainbird graphical editor and publishing to a website/wordpress. For users wanted to move onto more advanced subjects an understanding of XML would be useful.



Continuous Integration and Deployment with AWS

Ian Massingham

Join this hands on session with Amazon Web Services and learn why the AWS cloud is a good place to continuously integrate and deploy applications developed in a wide variety of programming languages and frameworks. Ian Massingham, a Technical Evangelist at AWS will open the session with a discussion of existing AWS customers that are using the AWS cloud for CI/CD and move to to a hands on demo where AWS will guide you through deploying a CI/CD tool and using this with AWS deployment services to implement CD for a sample application.

You will need:

  • A pre-existing AWS account. If you do not have one, please sign up before this session.

AWS will provide:

  • AWS credits to enable you to work through building your CI/CD environment at no cost to you.

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.

NorDevCon 2015: The Business Sessions‏


NorDevCon 2015 means business. Literally! This year we’ve added some business sessions to the conference to make sure that there really is something for everyone. Whether you’re an agile addict, a .Net aficionado or a techno-phobe, this year’s conference will benefit anyone that works in a business that uses technology, which let’s face it, these days is nearly every business operating today.

Mobile Commerce: Past, Present, THE Future

Neil Garner

Mobile Commerce has come a long way from basic automated voice and text messaging services in the late 90s, through basic WAP services on feature phones in late 00s through sophisticated shopping apps of today.

Mobile Commerce is still at early stages of evolution in western economies like the UK despite many emerging countries like Kenya using services like m-Pesa instead of cash. What will the future bring? Growth of Proximity Commerce linking digital with physical wallets… wearables… Biometrics and authentication… death of Apps… however the future pans out the mobile will be at the heart of commerce in 2020. Neil has been working in the m-commerce sector for almost 20 years and is CEO of Proxama, the Norwich HQ-ed AIM listed mobile technology business.

How to get the best from developers when you haven't got a clue

Ali Clabburn

Ali has spent the last 16 years dedicated to helping communities to travel more sustainably. In 1998 whilst in his final year at University, 2 weeks before Google was born, he set up liftshare.com – a clever website which helps people find others travelling the same way as them so they can share their journey.

In this session Ali explains how, if we make better use of what we have by sharing then we can make huge reductions in the resources we need. Ali and his team have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation through Technology as well as a whole host of other prestigious awards.

Selling a promise

Burkhard Kloss

Burkhard goes on an exploration of how investment banks are structured and actually work, and how that impacts how financial software is built in practice.

Since coming to the UK 24 years ago, Burkhard has been primarily writing software and leading teams in the front office of financial services institutions, working closely with traders and quantitative analysts in C++, Python and a variety of other languages.


How Not to Run a Youth Club

Steven Flower

Steven works somewhere between the business of government, technology and education.  A typical week could involve modelling open data with a local authority, filing bugs for international development teams visualising overseas aid, and running a youth club for kids who code.  Sometimes, projects combine at the intersection of this Venn diagram. Quite often, they don’t.

One weekend a month, 150 developers gather in a Manchester warehouse between the hours of 11 and 3. There’s music, young people, soft drinks and light effects, plus a wait list and security.  Sound familiar?

Join this session to learn how supporting opportunities for youngsters to code is something that can benefit us all.   And be quite enjoyable.

Elite Sponsor: Embracing Technology for Competitive Advantage 
Will Farnell

Farnell Clarke is a firm of chartered accountants and business advisors that delivers its difference through the use of technology.

In this  Elite sponsors presentation Will Farnell, the founder and Managing Director of Farnell Clarke, will discuss the evolution of technology in the accountancy profession and explore how technology providers are the single most important element of change in this, and almost every other, marketplace.

In 2009, before most of the large accounting software providers had even launched a cloud-based solution, Farnell Clarke was one of the first accountancy practices in the UK to fully adopt the cloud. 75% of Farnell Clarke clients now use the cloud and this approach has seen Farnell Clarke deliver an average 38% year on year growth.  Will regularly presents to industry peers to encourage and drive a technological change in what is seen as a very stagnant and reactive industry.


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.