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Tech Nottingham
The home of Nottingham's software community
The home of Nottingham's software community


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This month at Tech Nottingham we welcome the brilliant Joe Nash of +Braintree and +Major League Hacking back to Nottingham to talk about the latest developments in scalable, high-throughput messaging for our software, plus we've got free food and drinks provided at the event thanks to our sponsors, +Capital One, +Cordius Recruitment and +MidlandHR 

No tickets required, just turn up - it's free!

Full details of this event here:

Queuing like a Brit: achieving massive scale with Kafka
by Joe Nash

Kafka is used by companies like Linkedin and Braintree to deliver messages at massive scale. In this talk Joe Nash (@jna_sh) will introduce Kafka and how it achieves such amazing feats, how to use it, and common pitfalls.

About Joe

Joe Nash is a functional programmer and distributed systems enthusiast. For the last two years he has been a developer advocate at PayPal/Braintree, and supports student hackathons as part of MLH EU.

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This month two fantastic speakers are flying in from Germany to tell us how we can use the skills we have to change the world for the better, plus we've got free food and drinks provided at the event thanks to our sponsors +Capital One +Cordius Recruitment and +MidlandHR

No tickets required, just turn up - it's free!

Coding a Better World
by +Wolf Schlegel and Tobias Vogel

As software professionals we know the skills we are developing are valuable, but at this Tech Nottingham we are going to see how those skills can be used to change the lives of people everywhere.

Without leaving our homes we can be improving the systems that support people in the poorest parts of the world and everywhere in between.

In this session, we will be working on OpenMRS, a humanitarian open source software project. OpenMRS is a system to capture and process medical records and contributes to improving medical care, mostly in the global south. The system is developed and maintained by a large international community.

After a brief introduction and setting up their development environment, participants will begin building working software for a good cause.

The session is fun and mind‐opening: whilst coding away (the fun part) people learn about an aspect of software development that is very different from most of our daytime jobs (the mind‐opening part).

To minimise time spent on setting up the development environment, participants are encouraged to prepare their machines in advance. A 'cookbook' for setting up the dev environment in Mac, Linux or Windows will be circulated before the session - watch this space.

About Wolf

Wolf is a professionally qualified software engineer with over 20 years of international consulting experience. He has worked throughout the software lifecycle as a developer, software systems architect, team lead, business analyst and enterprise IT architect delivering major software systems. Wolf works for ThoughtWorks Germany and helps teams delivering working software. 
His primary professional interests are microservices, cloud, continuous delivery and devops, software architecture, agile enablement and humanitarian software.

About Tobias

As a software developer at ThoughtWorks, Tobias is interested in tackling complex problems by enabling people and teams rather than dictating solutions from above. 
Driven by a passion for Agile methodologies he strives to bring back the happy human being to the centre of software development.

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It's a new year and a great time to be trying out some new things, we've got two great talks from some Tech Nottingham regulars on some tools and techniques they've been toying with - plus we've got free food and drinks provided at the event thanks to our sponsors +Capital One +Cordius Recruitment & +MidlandHR 

No tickets required, just turn up - it's free!

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Citrix Octoblu - Connect Everything to Everything
by John Moody

Imagine to be able to connect any device using any protocol to everything else. Citrix Octoblu is described as an Internet of Everything platform that allows the connection of devices, APIs running any protocol to each other.

In this overview session, John Moody will share his experiences with connecting robots to twitter, and getting far too involved in Node.js than he ever thought, and provide an overview of this exciting (mostly) open source platform. This would suit anyone who is interested in IoT, programmers, non-programmers, hackers, or anyone looking to connect “things” to each other.

About John
By day, John Moody is an Operational Architect for a European Managed Service Provider and has working with virtualisation and EUC technology for nearly 20 years. By night, he’s making IoT robots, learning to solder and helping out with events at Nottingham Hackspace.

Behaviour Driven Development: Telling Stories Through Code
by Matt Brunt

Stories? Scenarios? BDD? Are these just more words in the ever-growing list of jargon that developers have to know? Or are they something more important than new terms to memorise? 

In this session we'll look at how BDD fits into the software development work-flow, how to tell user stories through features, and what makes a good feature file. 

These techniques will help to ensure you're writing well designed and tested software that focuses on what the users really want from a system.

About Matt
Matt Brunt is a Senior Software Engineer with Viva IT where he leads and mentors a team of developers. When not tinkering with code he can be found reading comics, fighting monsters in dungeons and dragons, or drinking tea and eating jaffa-cakes.

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The first tickets will be released at 12:00 on Friday 13th November go to to get yours

You are cordially invited to the Nottingham Tech Community Christmas Party! 

2015 has been a renaissance year for the Nottingham Tech Community, we've seen an explosion in the numbers of people getting involved, the number and variety of events on offer as well as major annual events like Hack24 and The Tech Startup of the Year Awards. Our community and your contribution to it make Nottingham an even better place to live and work in technology.

In the first event of its kind Nottingham's biggest and brightest tech events have come together to celebrate the stellar growth of the community by throwing an awesome Christmas party.

The Party

On Tuesday 1st December we've booked out the entire National Videogame Arcade!

Following our guest introduction from the brilliant +Iain Simons, founder of the +GameCity Festival and Co-Director of the NVA - we'll be providing food, music and the NVA staff will be running games competitions with awesome prizes to be won - all alongside full access to the range of amazing exhibits on offer at the arcade.

It's shaping up to be an awesome evening, tickets are free but they are limited and will get snapped up quickly! The first tickets will be released at 12:00 on Friday 13th November.
You must book tickets using the link below:


This event is happening thanks to our awesome sponsors +Capital One, +Cordius Recruitment and +MidlandHR 


+Tech Nottingham
Agile Nottingham
Mobile Notts
Nottingham Programmers
Notts Testers
UX Notts

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This month we explore the evil side of computer vision - plus we've got free food and drinks provided at the event thanks to our sponsors +Capital One +Cordius Recruitment +MidlandHR 

No tickets required, just turn up - it's free!
This Monday 2nd November 18:30 at Antenna, Beck Street, Nottingham

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Nick Walker presents
*Rise of the Machines - Fun and Games with Face Recognition 
(AKA How to Make Your Own Evilomatic)*

"This should be a fun, messing-around-with-tech kind of a talk. Earlier this year at a analytics conference I demoed a device I nicknamed the Evilomatic, using a Raspberry Pi to detect faces then send the results to Google analytics in real time. This talk is about face recognition, a bit of machine learning, the OpenCV library and a step by step how to make your own face recognition device and get it doing something useful.

Then, if you have a laptop you can have a go yourself. The second part will be a fun session with not too much coding, just a bit of Python to paste and mess around with. We'll be trying to teach it to recognise new objects or faces and pinging our phones when it recognises something interesting."
About Nick
Nick is a self employed polyglot developer and ecommerce guy with a background in electronics and a 25 year fascination of neural networks.

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This month we've got three great talks from local speakers on various subjects around the business of tech - plus we've got free food and drinks provided at the event thanks to our sponsors +Capital One +Cordius Recruitment and +MidlandHR 

No tickets required, just turn up - it's free!

Go Big and Go Home
by Rob Redpath

Is anyone else not wearing pants today? Rob Redpath explores the good, the bad and the ugly of remote working. 

Happier staff, shorter commutes, flexibility, we’ve read the blog posts and heard the arguments, but Rob has been living remote working life for almost three years. He’ll share with Tech Nottingham the truth, the challenges, the best bits and the worst, and we’ll discuss how you and your organisation can benefit from working in the same way. 

About Rob Redpath

Rob is a Systems Engineer turned Product Owner at World Wide Web Hosting and splits his life between Nottingham, Cambridge and Coventry without missing a day of work. He is community leader in St. Nic’s Church in Nottingham, goes mountain biking on his lunch break and is currently planning a wedding.

Brand Values Workshop
by Rob Mathers

What does your company stand for? For tech companies in particular, it's easy to be seen as a commodity by your customers but to go beyond that and have a strong connection with your audience, you'll need to establish your brand values.

Rob will host a workshop to share the importance of brand values by defining them across products, services and what companies can contribute beyond the things they sell.

By the end of the session, you should have the understanding needed to define and implement effective brand values for your business to turn your customers into your devoted fanbase.

About Rob Mathers

Rob began his career at the European arm of Liquid Agency, a global branding house based in Silicon Valley. He is currently the Marketing Executive at the Host Europe Group, where he manages marketing campaigns and projects for brands including 123-reg and Heart Internet.

Business Support in Nottingham
by Anthony Byrne

Anthony Byrne will discuss the support that's on offer for Creative and Digital businesses in Nottingham and how you can access the many business support opportunities that are out there.

You can also sign up to a free 30 minute business surgery taking place on the 21st October where Anthony will work with you to ensure you are making the best use of the support available to enable your business to grow.

Anthony will also be available throughout Tech Nottingham to answer and questions you might have.

About Anthony

Anthony Byrne is Account Manager for the Digital Sector at the Nottingham Growth Hub, a project to help people start and grow businesses here in Nottingham.

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We explore one of the most exciting new programming languages to emerge in recent years, plus we've got new improved free food and free drinks provided at the event thanks to our sponsors Capital One, +Cordius Recruitment and +MidlandHR 

No tickets required, just turn up - it's free!

Introduction to Rust
by +James Westby 

Rust is a (fairly) new programming language from the Mozilla Foundation that is showing a lot of potential. It combines a lot of good ideas from other languages to provide a compelling language for many tasks.

This talk will briefly cover some of the features of the language, and discuss what might make it interesting to you and then give you chance to try it out for yourself.

About James
James Westby (@jdwestby) is a polyglot developer currently spending most of his time writing Python for Canonical, but has recently become interested in the promise of Rust. His past experience includes version control systems, web applications, operating systems, build 
systems and formal methods.

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Right now at Tech Nottingham - Emma Jane Hogbin Westby is talking us through implementing organisational change
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Added photos to Tech Nottingham July 2015 - Let's Program A Robot War.

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Right now at #TechNott +Peter Cooper​ is introducing us to coding robots that kill each other
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