Tuesday, 6 January 2015

NorDevCon 2015: Technical & Business Sessions Part 1‏

In preparation for 2015's NorDevCon, here's a little preview of what attendees can expect from our guest speakers.

A Tale Of Two Codes


Richard Astbury and Anders Fisher attempt to create a live coded web app from front to back and back to front using javascript.

This dynamic duo will live code a web app from start to finish using JavaScript. Anders will create the user interface and front-end code for the browser, while Richard writes the back end system using Node.js. This interactive session is packed with tricks, tips and techniques as the java geniuses attempt to build the app live on stage.

Anders Fisher is a self-confessed addicted developer from nearby Ipswich and is heavily involved in the developer community organising and speaking at numerous events including his own FESuffolk. Many moons ago he started out work as a front end developer and still has a great deal of passion and expertise in that area. Anders also works as a contractor on a variety of different projects including front and back end javascript development as well as ruby on rails. Anders is a big fan of live coding as its like pairing with the crowd!

Richard Astbury helps software businesses around Europe migrate their applications to the cloud. He is a Microsoft MVP for Microsoft Azure, and consultant at two10degrees. Richard is often found developing open source software in C# and Node.js, and lives in Suffolk with his wife and two children. Live pair programming is something new for Richard so what could possibly go wrong?

Selling A Promise

Burkhard Kloss will lead an exploration into how investment banks are structured and actually work, and the impact this has on how financial software is built in practice.

Since coming to the UK almost a quarter of a century 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.

Understanding Cloud, Big Data, Mobile and Security – do they play nicely together?

The IT industry is undergoing the biggest change since commodity distributed computing almost killed the centralised model of large systems like video killed the radio star. Definitions and labels describing this future state of computing change almost monthly, but the IT industry is largely in agreement that Cloud, Big Data/Analytics, Mobile and Security are the key themes that are driving this change.

In this session Colin Mower, a software architect at IBM, will navigate the challenges companies large and small are facing with this paradigm shift, how they can take their business forward with the off-premises model, and how all four themes can work together to achieve business value.

Colin specialises in Enterprise systems and many of his 17 years spent working in IT have been dedicated to working with or on IBM Mainframes. He has also spent many years designing and architecting solutions across Windows, Unix and AS/400s, is a chartered member of the BCS, and has had speaking roles in Large System working group conferences, Universities and at Norfolk Developers. In his spare time he is trying to get his 9 year old son interested in programming on his RPi, BBC Model B and taking him back to basics and the dark ages of development with his Amstrad CPC 464.

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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