A Showcase Of Tech Non-Profit Communities

 

  Tuesday 13th November 2018 6pm-9pm City of York Council West Offices  

Festival Programme


Games Developer StageGames Developer York

 
Session 1 - 6:45pm
  The Benefits of "Stupid" Solutions in Game Development - Matt Davis
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It's easy to over complicate game design and implementation. Matthew will discuss the benefits (and faults) in pursuing the simplest available design, using examples from the AI and procedural generation seen in FTL and Into the Breach. The talk will be relevant to both programmers and game designers, or anyone else curious about how a small-scale game project is made and shipped.
 
Session 2 - 7:45pm
  Immersive Tech and Smart Cities. Gamify the world - Andy Nye
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Details to follow soon...
 
 

Software Engineering Stage dotNetYork FrontEndYork

 
Session 1 - 6:45pm
  Introduction to using AWS CloudWatch - John Barton
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An interactive introduction to AWS CloudWatch, including logging, alarms and creating dashboards
 
 
  Web accessibility: This is for everyone - David Swallow
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We'll be joined by David Swallow, Accessibility Engineer at The Paciello Group, in this introduction to web accessibility and inclusive design. David explores both who is responsible for making things accessible and whom it actually benefits – it may be more people than you think…
 
Session 2 - 7:45pm
  A more flexible way to store your data with MongoDB - Kevin Smith
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If you've been anywhere near software development, the norm is to store your data in a relational form, but what if there was a better way? We will take a look at the history of MongoDB and why it continues to be a trending database year on year. We will then go in to the advantages of having a flexible document model and how we can utilise MongoDB for our application storage.
 
 

Back End Coding Stage York Swift York Code Dojo

 
Session 2 - 7:45pm
  Mob programming - language head to head - David Betteridge
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Coding workshop - Want to have some fun coding in a relaxed and friendly environment? Interested in self-improvement through deliberate practice? Want to see what you can learn from fellow programmers, and teach them what you know? Then this session is for you! Two teams will compete using Mob Programming to see whose language is the best.
 
 

Business Tech Stage

York St John
Session 1 - 6:45pm
  Educating Computer Scientists - Dr Justin McKeown
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The Computer Science programme at York St John university occupies a somewhat unique position in the university as it originated out of the Art department. How and why this came about is an illuminating illustration of the synergies between two subject fields that most people view as entirely distinct. The talk will unpick this history and, through this, examine the synergies between computer science and the arts.
 
Session 2 - 7:45pm
  A Four Step Process to Build Scalable Technology Ventures - Dr John Park
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Finding business opportunities, assessing their viability, building a scalable business model and finally a stage gate execution plan to raise funding.
 
 

Agile StageAgileYork

 
Session 1 - 6:45pm
  A Sense of Community within Agile - Daniel Woolfson
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We are used to delivering and maximising value for a client – but how about delivering value for us as the Agile Delivery team? Daniel will take us through some base concepts of leadership theory (Distributed Leadership Theory, Adaptive Leadership and Sense of Community Index) and will apply his experiences and explain his views.
 
Session 2 - 7:45pm
  How to be Agile and not know it - Gwen-Marie Thompson
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My observations on introducing Agile to the Development function at Broker Network. Exploring the rigour that Agile can provide in organising work, the problems I have faced and how I am slowly introducing Agile to our business

Speakers


Matt Davis
Matt Davis
@subsetgames

Matthew is the co-founder and programmer for Subset Games, the independent studio responsible for FTL and Into the Breach.
Running a small studio over the last six years has given him a wide range of experience in the game industry, from programming to game design to marketing.
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith
@kev_smith

Kevin is an enthusiastic software engineer who is actively involved with community events.
He runs Dot Net York and dotnetsheff, and casually speaks at user groups. He is always keen to contributed open source project, one of the main ones being MassTransit. He has worked across a broad range of domains including: law, travel, finance and analytics. He is a keen contributor to open source projects.
Kevin Smith
Dr. John Park
@DrDisrupTek

Technology business strategy is what I live and breathe. As a senior R&D executive with the Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo International corporations...
I built three world class organisations transforming technology into multi million $ business opportunities. As a serial technology entrepreneur and award winning academic my current focus is on using digital technology to coach nascent technology venture founders and intrapreneurs how to build a technology business opportunity
 
Justin McKeown
Justin McKeown
@justin_mckeown

Dr Justin McKeown is an Associate Professor and Head of Computer Science at York St John University.
He has led the writing and development of the computing subjects at York St John since their inception. He has had a somewhat unique education at the intersection of the arts and sciences, which includes studying software and systems security at the University of Oxford, and Time Based Arts at Dartington college of arts. His research currently focuses on the Internet of Things and biometric security. He worked in an advisory capacity with North Yorkshire Police and has contributed to several high level organisations policy development forums including the Royal Society and the National Police Chief Constables Data Communications Group.
John Barton
John Barton
@jcb107

John has over 17 years of commercial software development experience in a wide variety of sectors.
He currently works for PureClarity, where he leads the development of their SaaS e-commerce personalisation solution. John is passionate about working on cutting edge solutions to tough problems including AI and working with "big data" as well as helping to develop the skill sets of other developers. Other areas of interest include "dev ops", continuous integration and automated testing.
David Swallow
David Swallow
@davidofyork

David is an accessibility engineer at The Paciello Group. He joined the company in 2016, and before that, he was an academic researcher in human-computer interaction...
at the University of York in the UK, where he specialised in designing, developing, and evaluating usable and accessible interfaces. There he gained a PhD in computer science by investigating how to integrate accessible web development into the existing workflows of professional web developers.
 
Andy Nye
Andrew James Nye
@NewMoon_Studios

Andy has been in digital for almost 20 years and now heads up New Moon Studios.
They are an immersive technology studio based in York. Working with brands such as English Heritage, the National Army Museum, Vodafone and IBM they specialise in using new technologies to engage consumers and to solve real world problems.
David Betteridge
David Betteridge
@da_betteridge

David Betteridge has 20+ years of experience writing business software mainly using the Microsoft Technology stack.
David is a Co-Founder of YorkDevelopers. During the TechFest who will be running the York Code Dojo track.
Gwen-Marie Thompson
Gwen-Marie Thompson


Head of Analysis & Development at Broker Network in Knaresborough. Gwen-Marie is a great advocate and practitioner of business common sense and an Agile enthusiast.  
Gwen has previously spoken at AgileYork Meetups and will be sharing her observations on introducing Agile principles to a new organisation.
 
Daniel Woolfson
Daniel Woolfson
@DanielWoolfson

Daniel Woolfson is Chair of York Developers - a registered charity supporting, developing and encouraging a community of tech non-profit groups in (and around) the City of York.
Daniel is also Head of Development at PureNet and has over 18 years of experience in software development building software teams.
 

Tickets


What is YorkTechFest?


A Showcase Of Tech Non-Profit Communities

YorkTechFest 2018 is a community event in the City of York in celebration of and through collaboration of the volunteer tech community. In true spirit of the volunteer tech scene, we bring together communities on 1 evening showcasing a programme of speakers and interactive workshops.

Aimed at members of existing communities and also to those who would like to have a taster of what we do - come along and dip in to sessions from up to 2 tech communities on the evening.

To be delivered in multiple tracks on several stages in a festival format - we represent technical communities including: