Monday, 5 January 2015

NorDevCon 2015: Introducing the keynote speakers

We’re just weeks away from 2015 and one of the first dates in your diary for next year should be NorDevCon 2015.

Taking place in the heart of Norwich on the the 27th February, you’ll get to hear from the creme de la creme of Norfolk’s tech community as well as speakers from the big smoke.

Early Bird tickets are still available from £95 + fees and with a packed programme full of Agile, tech, business and design sessions as well as unique networking opportunities, delegates are certainly getting a lot of techie bang for their buck this year!

Get more information and your tickets here.


Introducing Opening Keynote speaker, Jon Skeet, Java developer at Google based in London

Developing Passion, in many senses. Few areas of business seem to provoke as much passion as technology. Many technologists seem to be perfectly happy taking their vacation time on a busman’s holiday of conferences and community events. Millions of hours of “spare” time are poured into open source projects, lovingly crafted and then used gratefully by industry. And then there are the arguments of course… to the outside world, the idea of arguing whether a brace should go at the end of one line or the start of another must seem incredible, let alone all the language, framework and operating system debates.

So in this world where passion certainly exists, how can we make it work for us? Not cynically or selfishly, but for the betterment of all. How can we align our natural passions with our day to day work, without losing any chance of work-life balance? How can we inspire passion in others, and know when to step back, appreciating and learning from them? Where can too much passion become a problem?

Passion in technology can take many forms, many of them symbiotic. Find your passion; nurture and enjoy it. Help those around you to discover theirs, and we can inspire each other, making remarkable technological leaps while having a blast.

Family man Jon Skeet has a passion for C# and not only loves to talk about it, but write about it too with the third edition of his C# in Depth series published in September 2013.

Fast-forwarding to the end of the conference Neontribe’s Rupert Redington & Harry Harrold have teamed up to close with their keynote titledAgile apocrypha and an ad-hoc manifesto.’


A former thespian, Rupert has spent almost 15 years immersed in the world of web development and, after founding Neontribe, has recently been using Javascript for everything from helping teens talk to doctors and helping Americans buy airline tickets.

Harry, remembers the last dot-com boom, and left the US technology company who bought his start-up out when they asked him to move to Texas. After a break, he started learning again and earned his stripes as part of Neontribe in 2007. He believes in empathy as a key skill for developers and designers, and in the importance of documentation done last.

Conference Dinner and Kurasie Wine Reception

Make the most of your time at NorDevCon and join us for a wine reception (free), also at The King’s Centre, generously sponsored by Kurasie. Discuss what you’ve learnt, raise any questions or introduce yourself to other delegates and share insights.

If you’re unable to attend the conference then you’re still very welcome to attend the drinks reception and mingle with conference delegates, speakers, organisers, Norfolk’s tech community and beyond.

The drinks reception will be followed by the conference dinner (£35 + fees for 3 courses and 2 glasses of wine) where you’ll have the chance to sit down and dine with all your favourite speakers in turn and pick the minds of those that are most relevant to you and your business. Places must be booked in advance and, like the drinks reception, invitations extend to those unable to attend the full conference as they also provide invaluable stand-alone networking opportunities.

View the menu here.

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

RSVP here.

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.

RSVP here.

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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