NE:Tech - February 2022 - With Haydn Peterwald & Chris Brown

10 February 2022

Haydn Peterwald

Building a platform for Software-Defined Vehicles


Development / Writing Code

Decoupling automotive software and hardware development while ensuring seamless deployment of software functions to test and production fleets is key as the industry moves from hundreds of discrete ECUs to high performance computing (HPC) vehicle architectures. Software-defined vehicles will see the worlds of embedded electrical/electronic systems merge with cloud-native computing over the next decade. Join me for an overview of the Continental Automotive Edge platform being developed on AWS to deliver this change.

EMEA Specialist Solutions Architect @ AWS

About Haydn

Haydn Peterswald is an Automotive Specialist Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services covering connected cars and mobility service providers, automotive DevOps, and the next generation of embedded vehicle computer systems. He has been living and working in Newcastle for ten years as a games programmer, a fullstack web dev and a technical lead (not all at once) before joining AWS in spring 2020.

Chris Brown

Cryptography: The maths behind encryption



In this talk we will take a look into how symmetric and asymmetric encryption actually work behind the scenes. Specifically we will take a step by step walkthrough for AES and RSA encryption, before learning about how we can exchange keys using the Diffie-Hellman key exchange method.

Senior Mobile Automation Test Engineer @ Bumble

About Chris

What to write in a bio... hmmm... Well I'm Chris. Some (mainly taxi drivers for some reason) would call me a fake or posh Geordie given that I'm originally from Whitley Bay. I love to ask, 'What if?'. In fact, this is something that I've made a career out of and have been doing for a number of years now. I test software for a living but some of you may know me and being one of the organisers of NE:Tech. In the past I've worked with Ruby, JavaScript and testing iOS with XCTest and Swift. I've also written blogs in the past which can be found here:

NE:Tech - October 2021 - With Hugh Kaznowski

14 October 2021

Hugh Kaznowski

Distributed Systems: a very broad overview of their problems


Development / Writing Code

When people think of distributed systems, their first thought is probably something like REST APIs. The topic, obviously, is significantly larger than that. I will present many dimensions to the problem of distributing computation, the pitfalls and fallacies, giving explanations to some of the algorithms for solving the challenges, and highlighting some of the parallels with concurrent programming on a single computer. If you are a specialist in the area then this won’t be of particular interest, but to anyone who feels they are yeeting APIs and messages without consequence I would like to share some thoughts on challenges to be mindful of in your next designs.

Software Engineer @ Thought Machine

About Hugh

Hi, I’m Hugh! I have worked as a Software Engineer for 6 years. During that time I have worked in a variety of places including an early stage startup, a consultancy, a database company, an investment bank, and now a core banking platform provider. I also play the piano a bit.

NE:Tech - August 2021 - With Colin Eberhardt

12 August 2021

Colin Eberhardt

GitHub Copilot - Life with an AI-powered pair programmer


Development / Writing Code

Last month GitHub released Copilot, an AI powered tool that provides surprising accurate suggestions ranging from a few lines of code to entire functions. Copilot uses a vast and powerful AI model that is trained on billions of lines of open source code from GitHub. This, combined with the context provided by your code and comments, allows it to provide amazingly accurate suggestions. This is no simple autocomplete, this is pair programming with a robot! From my experiences so far, while Copilot has a real "wow" factor, there are some limitations, most notably the unpredictability of its suggestions and the cognitive load required to review the code it generates. This tool also opens up many interesting debates, from licencing concerns (is this really fair use of open source code? and what about attribution?), to the existential - are we going to be replaced by robots? If you're interested to see a glimpse of what AI-assisted programming might look like in the future, then come along. The robots are coming...

Technology Director @ Scott Logic

About Colin

I’m the Technology Director at Scott Logic, a UK-based software consultancy where we create complex application for our financial services clients. I’m an avid technology enthusiast, spending my evenings contributing to open source projects, writing blog posts and learning as much as I can.

NE:Tech - July 2021 - With Danilo Poccia

8 July 2021

Danilo Poccia

What Can You Do with Serverless – In 2021!


Development / Writing Code

Serverless is always evolving (faster than any definition) and each year new capabilities simplify existing workloads and enable new applications to be implemented in an easier, more efficient way. At AWS, we focused our efforts to increase performance, give options on how to package and deploy, optimize costs for faster interactions, and simplify service integrations. Looking at some recent launches, we introduce the reasoning behind the new features, and how to use them to reduce architecture complexity, including real world examples of what AWS customers are doing, so that you can focus on creating value for YOUR customers.

Chief Evangelist (EMEA) @ AWS

About Danilo

Danilo works with companies of any size to support their innovation. In his role as Chief Evangelist (EMEA) at Amazon Web Services, he leverages his experience to help people bring their ideas to life, focusing on serverless architectures and event-driven programming, and on the technical and business impact of machine learning and edge computing. He is the author of AWS Lambda in Action from Manning.

NE:Tech - June 2021 - With Dave Farley

10 June 2021

Dave Farley

Scaling Up!


Software Delivery

As Fred Brooks so famously said in "The Mythical Man Month" "You can't make a baby in a month with 9 women" so how do we scale software development? What does it take to build complex systems on a massive scale? What should we scale and what shouldn't we? Spoiler, the answer is not bigger, more complex procedures and processes, stand aside SAFe! This stuff is about applying information theory and engineering principles to software development.

Consulting Software Engineer @ Continuous Delivery

About Dave

Dave Farley is co-author of the Jolt-award winning book ‘Continuous Delivery’, a regular conference speaker and blogger, one of the authors of the Reactive Manifesto and former Head of Software development at LMAX Ltd, a company that are well known for the excellence of their code and the exemplary nature of their development process. Dave is an independent software developer and consultant, and founder and director of Continuous Delivery Ltd.

NE:Tech - May 2021 - With Jon McNestrie

13 May 2021

Jon McNestrie

Do leaders dream of mental well-being?


Delivery & Process

Over the last year leading teams and indeed being part of them has been a little different. We'll look at how leaders can help teams to cope with difficult times? We'll explore how the role of leaders & managers in tech teams has changed in a remote world & consider the mental health continuum & really looking after people. Let's also have a little peak into what might come next as we start to get back together in the real world.

Professional coach, agile aficionado and Lego enthusiast @ Northern Shore

About Jon

Jon is a professional coach, agile aficionado and Lego enthusiast. Helping individuals, leaders and teams to work better together. Organiser of Agile North East & often seen hanging around the North East tech scene.

NE:Tech Online - April 2021

8 April 2021

Ali Spittel

Create an Application Backend in Clicks with the Amplify Admin UI



There's a lot that goes into building a modern application: the frontend for users, data persistence, user authentication and authorization, business logic, cloud deployment, and much more. The AWS Amplify Admin UI allows users to create and deploy an offline-ready application backend in clicks and then extend it with code, lowering the complexity of fullstack development for frontend and mobile developers. We'll build a fullstack application backed by multiple AWS services including Cognito, Appsync, and S3 in minutes.

Senior Developer Advocate @ AWS

About Ali

Ali teaches people to code. She loves Python, JavaScript, and talking about programming. She has been writing React since before es6 classes. She is a Senior Developer Advocate on the AWS Amplify team. Ali also blogs about code, aimed mostly at a beginner audience. Her writing has gotten over a million readers in the past year. She has also spoken at over 50 events in the last few years. When Ali's not working, you can find her watching New England sports, competing on CodeWars, taking runs around the city, rock climbing, or participating in coding community events.

NE:Tech Online - March 2021

11 March 2021

Cameron Trotter

ML for Conservation: Who's Fin is This?



In this talk, we will take a deep dive into the world of conservation tech, an emerging area of applied machine learning. Focussing on marine conservation, we'll examine how ML can be a force for good in helping protect some of the world's most vulnerable species and better inform conservationists about the animals they study, specifically through the use of Siamese Neural Networks, an exciting and developing subset of more traditional Convolutional Neural Networks

PhD Student @ Newcastle University

About Cameron

I’m a third year PhD student at Newcastle University working in conservation tech and deep learning, specifically fine-grain image classification and metric learning. I decided to study in this area as I was keen for my research to have a positive impact on the world, and helping conservation efforts in the North East is a great way to do this. Outside of my work I’m a keen cyclist, self taught (read: almost decent) chef, and a lover of pub quizzes - although they are somewhat incompatible with my current dislike of global pandemics and the novel coronavirus.

NE:Tech Online - February 2021

11 February 2021

Steven Waterman

I built a website to automatically edit audiobooks



Using 6 experimental web APIs and some Soviet maths

I built as a way to automate the process of editing the narration for my blog posts. As it turns out, that's not a simple task, and it's even harder when you want it to happen in pure Javascript. This is how I did it.

Developer @ NHS

About Steven

I'm a complete generalist, finding joy in solving problems *by any means necessary*. I'm a big fan of anything a computer can do that makes my life easier - from automating the lights to type-checking my code reaaaally well. I tend to work on web apps, but that's only because it's so much quicker than the JavaFX hellscape I used to use. I'm always looking for new things to do, and I'm always happy to chat about anything!

NE:Tech - December 2020

10 December 2020

Paul Featonby, Nick Martin, Olly Marsay and Kate Trimble

Bump: We sprinted the London Marathon



As I’m sure you’re aware, the headlines of 2020 have largely been centred around the COVID-19 pandemic. It has therefore been necessary to apply social distancing in public and in the workplace. This can be tricky so why not use technology to our advantage and turn social distancing into an effortless, trackable system? This talk is about a new and innovative social distancing system called “Bump”. The system aims to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and it even supported the 2020 London Marathon, helping to reduce risk and improve the track & trace capabilities during the event. Part of the team from Tharsus, who were responsible for creating Bump, will demonstrate and give a deep dive into its logic and implementation. Let’s see how they sprinted the London Marathon and didn't lose their breath.

"Bump" creators @ Tharsus

NE:Tech Online - November 2020

12 November 2020

Faye Ellis

Tips and Best Practices for the AWS Security Specialty Certification



Get the lowdown on how to prepare for the AWS Security Specialty Certification and pass this difficult and sought after certification exam the very first time!

We will identify the benefits of gaining the certification, explore the Security Specialty exam guide and the amazing free resources that can help you to prepare for the exam including looking at some sample questions and my own tips for studying.

Senior Technical Instructor @ ACloudGuru

About Faye

I've been an instructor at ACloudGuru for 2 years. I've worked in IT for around 20 years, mainly in financial services, banks and stock exchanges in various roles including IT Support, DevOps and Architecture. So I understand the difficulties and frustrations of trying to keep up with the latest technologies! I live in London with a very tall man and a really short dog. I love gardening, running and experimenting in the kitchen!

Jim Hooker

Cyber Security in the Supply Chain



Your next hack is coming from your friends

Whilst you can have great security technology and processes in your business, your suppliers might not be so careful with your data. In this talk I will tell you a story of where there may be flaws in your data security and what you should be mindful of in your next tech venture.

Head of IT Security @ Newcastle Building Society

About Jim

My background is primarily in mobile security for the finance industry. However have been tinkering with and scrutinising mobile and infrastructure security for more than 10 years in range of industries.

NE:Tech Online - October 2020

8 October 2020

Jason Bell

UX Horror Stories


User Experience and Design

It's Halloween, let's share some terrifying UX stories from product and service development

What's the worst thing you've ever heard in a meeting? The thing that makes you want to curl up into a little ball and weep. We've all had them, but have yours ever been bad enough to turn into a talk? Jason will share some of the worst things he's heard and how you and your teams can avoid them. We spend so much time trying to engage users, how can we get teams engaged with our users? How do we best incorporate UX teams and research into agile teams? So join Jason, 'take it offline', 'peel back the onion', and 'let's take a 20,000 foot view' of the horrifying things we hear in meetings, and how we can survive the night.

Senior UX Researcher

About Jason

An independent Senior User Researcher, Jason loves to blend pop culture and product development. In his work, Jason tries to truly understand user needs and motivations, sharing them with stakeholders in inventive ways. He also has three cats, one of which happens to be Canadian, and has written a dissertation on zombies!

Helena Hill

Dashboard UI: Technology vs. User?


User Experience and Design

Designing dashboards for people

From drop shipping to fintech and ecommerce to recruitment, user dashboards are a common tool for allowing users an element of ownership in a journey they have with a process or brand. However, time and time again, companies put the end user last when designing dashboard interfaces. We'll take a look at what is required to ensure users not only enjoy using a dashboard but how to create an experience which ensures long term use and customer advocacy.

UX Consultant and Trainer

About Helena

Helena Hill is a digital growth consultant with specialisms in user experience design (UX), customer experience and service design. She has extensive experience of working on a cross sector basis, having a deep understanding of the challenges faced when determining roadmaps for sector growth, customer needs and deployment of new products and services. Helena is a regular speaker on sustainable business growth powered by a user-centred approach. When not UX-ing, she builds lego, walks her labradoodles and watching F1!

NE:Tech Online - September 2020

10 September 2020

Leigh Rathbone

The future of tech, and the role of the mobile phone



Is the mobile phone dead?

I'll bring to life my journey through tech, and why I do that is so I can predict what tech is going to look like like in the future, the role of the mobile phone, and what skills will be needed in order to survive.

Testing Philanthropist

About Leigh

I've been in tech for 21+ years now, worked at 10 different companies, across 10 different industries. I love tech, I love thinking about how building and testing code in the future will challenge us. I'm a family man, and for my sins I'm also an Aston Villa fan - I must have done something really bad in a previous life. By the time I come and talk, Villa will have gotten battered at Wembley by Man City. I have two kids, they are my world, and I love real ale. I used to do live beer reviews on Facebook, live, but they just got too messy. I'm a believer of self development, and its a key driver in my life.

NE:Tech Online - August 2020

13 August 2020

Phil Johnson

Chatbot Engines with Google Dialogflow


Development / Writing Code

Automate yourself with a Facebook Messenger account hooked up to a Google DialogFlow chatbot engine. Train your automated self and add intelligence using webhooks to custom webservices.

Lead Frontend software engineer @ BGL

About Phil

Phil has a wealth of experience having worked on a number of software projects in the past ranging from .NET, Ruby on Rails to cloud based architecture like AWS. He is passionate about tech leadership and nurturing the excellent tech culture that we have in the world today.

NE:Tech Online - July 2020

9 July 2020

Jon Skeet

Crash, bang, wallop: miscellaneous lessons from exploring a drum kit


Development / Writing Code

In the summer of 2019 I bought an electronic drum kit. I'm thoroughly enjoying playing it (badly) but I've spent even more time talking to the kit over a USB MIDI connection, in an application which allows you to load, edit and save the drum kit configuration. Personal projects are always fertile grounds for learning and reflecting, unburdened by deadlines and other external forces. This session looks at specific aspects of the (C#) code - particularly mutability and efficiency - but more importantly, it reflects on the nature of personal projects and how we can use them to become more effective in our professional coding lives.

Staff Development Platform Engineer @ Google

About Jon

Jon Skeet is a Staff Developer Platform Engineer at Google, working on Google Cloud Platform client libraries for .NET, based in the London office. That's the theory, anyway. Most of the time he works from his shed instead - particularly with Coronavirus shutting offices, of course. He's best known for contributions to Stack Overflow as well as his book, C# in Depth. Additionally he is the primary maintainer of the Noda Time date/time library for .NET. Outside of software, Jon is a committed Christian, and enjoys theatre (particularly musical theatre, playing board games, and spending time with his amazing family.

NE:Tech - March 2020

12 March 2020

Leigh Rathbone

The future of tech, and the role of the mobile phone



Is the mobile phone dead?

This is a slight re-work of a talk I've given last year at around 15 events. I'll bring to life my journey through tech, and why I do that is I predict what tech is going to look like in the future, the role of the mobile phone, and what skills will be needed in order to survive.

Test Principal @ The Very Group

About Leigh

I've been in tech for 21+ years now, worked at 10 different companies, across 10 different industries. I love tech, I love thinking about how building and testing code in the future will challenge us. I'm a family man, and for my sins I'm also an Aston Villa fan - I must have done something really bad in a previous life. By the time I come and talk, Villa will have gotten battered at Wembley by Man City. I have two kids, they are my world, and I love real ale. I used to do live beer reviews on Facebook, live, but they just got too messy. I'm a believer of self development, and its a key driver in my life. I dislike people that judge others, without knowing the life they've had.

NE:Tech - February 2020

13 February 2020

Stephen Powers

Limitations of Sentiment Analysis


Natural Language Processing

I'm sorry I don't do sarcasm

Sentiment Analysis has become an increasingly popular tool for businesses, public bodies and researchers in aiding decision making by mining data for useful information. With a rush of natural language processing service providers entering the market, we must ask ourselves ‘how accurate can sentiment analysis really be?’. This talk sets out to explore this very question by looking at data containing political opinions, which exposes one of sentiment analysis’s greatest weaknesses – sarcasm. We will discuss briefly the methodology of building a simple API to collect tweets, the algorithm used in this study to analyse sentiment and the key findings.

Software Engineer @ SAGE

About Stephen

Previously worked in the public and political sector with a strong interest in driving the digital economy, particularly here in the North East. Went back to University to complete a master’s in computer science completing a thesis focused on Sentiment Analysis of data containing political opinion. Since finishing University in July 2019, has worked at SAGE as a developer.

Colin Eberhardt

Build Your Own WebAssembly Compiler


Development / Writing Code

For more than 20 years JavaScript has been the only 'native' language of the web. That's all changed with the release of WebAssembly. In the coming years, you'll see people writing web apps in Rust, C#, C++ and all manner of other languages. But just what is WebAssembly? And what’s all the fuss about? WebAssembly is a low-level compilation target, which means that it is unlikely you’ll use it directly. However, as developers and hackers, we love to know how technology works! In this talk, we will look at some of the internals of WebAssembly, explore how it works ‘under the hood’, and look at how you can create your own (simple) compiler that targets this runtime.

Chief Geek @ Scott Logic

About Colin

I’m the Technology Director at Scott Logic, a UK-based software consultancy where we create complex application for our financial services clients. I’m an avid technology enthusiast, spending my evenings contributing to open source projects, writing blog posts and learning as much as I can.

NE:Tech - January 2020

9 January 2020

Bartosz Jedrzejewski

The journey to DevOps


Delivery and Process

I will talk about meaning of DevOps and a practical way teams can embark on the journey to adopting the mindset and practices. The talk is based on my experience introducing DevOps to people and organisations over the past 3 years.

Technical Principal @ Scott Logic

About Bartosz

I am passionate about working with people and changing the world through technology. I am excited about DevOps and the future of "serverless" computing. You can read my thought on and the Scott Logic blog.

Steven Waterman

Solving Minesweeper in Polynomial Time


Development / Writing Code

A talk written before learning that minesweeper is NP-Complete

By modelling minesweeper as a set of constraints, we can reveal new information by looking at how they interact with each other. Brief explanation of minesweeper, followed by explanation of constraints and how they can interact with each other, then audience-partipation to do a game of minesweeper as a group.

Graduate Developer @ Scott Logic

About Steven

Fresh out of Uni, I started my journey in the world of work and was shocked to discover a distinct lack of hacky code and disgusting bodges! Come with me, let us explore a land where there's no such thing as a best practices - a place where exponential runtime is implied, and the real question is "why not?"

NE:Techmas - December 2019

5 December 2019

Mark Jose

30 Minute App



React, Firebase and VSCode carnage

Let's build a [fully] functioning PWA in 30 minutes. Watch me squirm while you all become realtime testers, a shouty-outy, typo-ridden crash course in hacking together a React app for Firebase. I know, it'll probably all fail miserably, but at least we'll have some fun.

Tinkerer of Machines @ Scott Logic

About Mark

A technical principal with more than 20 years of software development experience. I have developed software in most languages and would consider myself a “full stack” developer. When I’m not in front of a laptop, you’ll normally find me under the bonnet of a car trying to figure out how I broke it.

Paul Graham

The Computer Skills of Average Joe


User Experience and Design

Worse than you think.

When producing software it is expected to receive support queries and issue reports from the user base. It is surprising just how many of these turn out to be questions about how to achieve something within your application. However, if you look into this a little deeper, it should not be *that* surprising that our users find something difficult that we, as IT professionals, may consider easy. A survey of 33 developed countries found that the majority of people are unable to complete medium-complexity tasks, and only a small percentage of the population has high level computer-related abilities. This is something we all need to take into account when building software. But it can’t be all that bad, can it? This talk will show a summary of the results of the survey, along with some key points, to help people visualise the ability levels of the average user.

Senior Developer @ Scott Logic

About Paul

Paul is a senior developer at Scott Logic with over 20 years of experience working in the North East software development community. He spends his days developing high quality software that meets the requirements of the client and the needs of their users. He also is passionate about best practices in both UX and agile methodologies and is a co-organiser of the Agile North East meetup. Away from his keyboard he enjoys riding his bicycle up hills.

Automated Music Genre Classification with WhatGenre


Alternative projects

We classify music into genres manually. But what if we could classify them based of what they SOUND like?

As part of my dissertation in University, I researched audio analysis and built and app around this. The app can listen to a track and classify it into a genre. Sort of like Shazam but with more AI thrown into it.

Test Engineer @ Scott Logic

About Chris

What to write in a bio... hmmm... Well I'm Chris. Some (mainly taxi drivers for some reason) would call me a fake or posh Geordie given that I'm originally from Whitley Bay. I love to ask, 'What if?'. In fact, this is something that I've made a career out of and have been doing for a number of years now. I test software for a living and have a passion for this, that and the other. If you're reading this then I'll assume you have somewhat of a passion for software also and so I won't bore you by explaining how I love tech. The key points (or a TLDR) are that I've worked with Ruby, JavaScript and testing iOS with XCTest. I've also written blogs in the past (which can be found here: and I've spoken at a few tech meetups. Lastly, I love cars. Dream car is an Aston Martin DB9. If you wanted to talk about any of the above mentioned, drop me a line or come and listen to one of my talks. Cheers!

NE:Tech - November 2019

14 November 2019

Testing Progressive Web Apps



How to achieve api-ness

First proposed by Google in 2015, Progressive web apps (PWAs) are now in the infant stage of their development. As with any child, people are curious about which developmental direction the technology will take. A couple of years ago, we entered a programme of work that intended to produce multiple PWAs for the financial industry. Never having worked with them before, we did a lot of research and asked industry colleagues for help in understanding the tech. However, there was little to no help forthcoming on how to test for this type of app as the tech was so new. This meant we had to come up with our own! Drawing on comparable experience, trial, error (lots of error) and some tools, we formulated a series of heuristics, automation, methods and processes for testing which we are here to share. As a part of the talk, we will pull apart the layers of a PWA and define what they are. This will draw out how this approach impacts the testing that needs to be done to prove the functionality of an app of this type.

Altitude Foundation: Smashing Barriers to Digital and Tech Careers

absolute beginner


This talk will explore how Altitude Foundation, a brand new tech-focused charity based in the North East, will unlock young people's potential to excel in their careers. I will outline the charity's vision, its work in the pilot year, and its ambitions for the future.

General Manager @ Altitude Foundation

About Colin

Colin is responsible for managing all aspects of the Foundation as it is established and grows. Colin is passionate about education, social mobility and demonstrating evidence-driven impact. His professional background covers university outreach, strategic planning, business intelligence and school governance. Originally from Northern Ireland, he moved to the North East over twelve years ago and hasn’t looked back! When he gets the time, Colin likes to run (a lot) and clean up after his two cats.

NE:Tech - October 2019

10 October 2019

Holly Grace Williams

Hacking for a Living.



Stories from my most memorable work breaking into companies. Including a couple of demos of how the hacks works. Looking at both technical hacks and physical access attacks. .

Technical Director @ Secarma

About Holly Grace

Holly Grace Williams is the Technical Director of Secarma, a cybersecurity consultancy firm specialising in penetration testing. She has twelve years experience in leading information security teams. Her early career was spent in the military working in roles such as Site Security Officer, although she now works with a wide range of organisations. She currently holds a Master's degree (MSc) in Information Security from Cardiff Univerisity, and is working on a Master's in Business Administration (MBA).

A Kubernetes cluster on Raspberry Pi?



This talk introduces Kubernetes as a technology, why you might want to use it, what it gives you and what it takes to set it up yourself but instead of doing it on Cloud infrastructure, it shows how you can do it yourself using Raspberry Pi devices.

Head of Engineering @ RBS

About Chris

Passionate technologist. Love making cool, useful kit and understand what makes things work.

PHP Is Not Dead



PHP gets a lot of criticism and is described as being a dead language. But, PHP has grown up. I hope this talk gives you a bit of an insight into how PHP has lots of modern features, but is also quite a performant language.

Lead Backend Developer @ Climb Creative

About Chris

I've been programming for almost as long as I've been able to walk. I love coding challenges, learning new programming languages and making existing programming languages do new and interesting things. I'm also a huge fan of the Linux operating system, open source software and tinkering with IoT devices.

NE:Tech - September 2019

12 September 2019

Dan Pudwell

How we built a production application with Serverless and AWS for under $100.



No servers allowed

I'll go over the application architecture, some design decisions, how it all works together, and all the costs associated with building, testing, and running.

Technology Director @ Grid Smarter Cities

About Dan

I've been developing software for over 12 years. Started my career at Accenture and learned a lot. Have moved around to a few different places in the NE, always looking for interesting things to work on, not necessarily things I've done before. For the last (almost) 2 years I've been at Grid Smarter Cities working on a virtual parking application, a marketplace (think Deliveroo for local market traders, and another application to help disabled passengers needing assistance at airports. I've been really liking using Serverless with AWS over that time.

The fresh prince of the Leeds Test Atelier


Testing & Tech

My experiences helping to create and run the awesome Leeds Test Atelier. A practical experience report of how to create awesome tech communities people love. Loads of takeaways.

A rap! How I started an amazing testing conference and what makes people love it and come back year after year. We sell the tickets out in less than 24hours! Completely run in our own time. Diversity, Drawing, Inclusivity, Building your community team and who should be involved, Fun, Games, Retrospectives, Things we learned along the way, funny mistakes

Agile Delivery Manager

About Stephen

Agile coach, tester, dev ops enthusiast . Learning, listening, sketching. Conference and meet-up organiser. A good co-conspirator!

NE:Tech - August 2019

8 August 2019

Will Mac

Estimates are estimates

absolute beginner

Delivery & Process

Given as stripped down version as an ANE lightning talk, exploring the difficulties of predicting the future and how to best handle giving and receiving news that plans must change.

Product Manager @ Safecall

About Will

Somehow managing to convince people to pay me whilst indesively hopping between Product and Project Management.

Using Visual Aids

absolute beginner


This talk is focused on what draws human attention and how we can use that in presentations and in daily life. There is a balance to be drawn with a visual aid dominating and distracting from the talk and being obsolete.

Developer @ Scott Logic

About Emma

I've been working at Scott Logic as a developer for 2 years now. I'm a full stack developer but I specialise in modern web frameworks, mainly react. As well as writing code I like nattering in the kitchen and going to the pub. Outside of work I spend all my time swing dancing and climbing and I love a good boardgame.

NE:Tech - Launch - July 2019

11 July 2019

Graham Odds

Beyond a more capable web


UX & Design

Our vision of how we interact with most productivity, line-of-business and data systems has remained largely the same for the last two decades while we have been busy moving them from the desktop to the web. Throughout, we have needed to compromise the idealised experience to accommodate the constraints of the web's capability. However, browsers increasingly are no longer the constraint they once were. Maybe now is the time we need to stop hiding behind the excuse of technology, and start truly exploring how we might interact with complex systems?

Innovation Director @ Scott Logic

About Graham

Graham is a designer and developer working on complex systems across desktop, web and mobile. As Innovation Director at Scott Logic, he works primarily with financial services and energy trading institutions, creating everything from direct-to-consumer investment platforms and chatbots to research, trading and analysis tools. He delights in pushing at what is possible, to discover beautiful, effective solutions to problems.

Adabox - An Awesome Adventure


Development / IoT

Developer @ ThingCo

About Rosie

Rosie is a software developer at ThingCo and has spent the last 13 years working within software development. Her background is in software testing and she started work as a professional software developer at the beginning of 2018. She is an active member of the local tech community and frequently attends events and meet-ups. She is a professional learner and constantly pushes herself outside of her comfort zone. She found herself shifting from testing and focusing on coding back in 2016, building web applications and APIs as a hobby. In August 2018, she completed Harvard University's CS50 computer science course via Edx. She loves the start up way of life and the insane amounts of learning that result from walking a path that no-one has followed before.

In Retrospect


Delivery & Process

Why we perform retrospectives, where we go wrong, how to make them right

I've seen a lot of projects where retrospectives have failed to deliver incremental change. In this talk I take a look back into history to understand the cross-disciplinary evidence for iterating on feedback, reflecting on how this is the "engine" of Agile development.

Lead Developer @ Scott Logic

About Sam

Sam is a lead developer at Scott Logic. Working across the technology stack, he is passionate about building systems that deliver high value, incorporating new ideas, improving productivity and communicating with the developer community.