Technology and Processes to reduce the impact of Fake News

Our next Meetup is Tuesday January 30th 2018. This time we will focus on the fake news problem, and how to combat it. It will be at CodeNode, 10 South Place, London EC2M. You should sign up here.

6:00 – 6:45pm Arrival / Food / Drinks / Networking
6:45 – 6:50pm – Intro/Welcome
6:50 – 7:10pm – Ingrid Lunden
7:10 – 7:20pm – Lindsey Jones
7:20 – 8:10pm – Panel Discussion / Q&A
8:10 – 8:45pm – More Networking / Food / Drinks
8:45pm – Wrap up

Ingrid Lunden

Ingrid is the news editor and a writer for TechCrunch, based out of London. Before TechCrunch, Ingrid worked at paidContent.org, and has in the past also written freelance regularly for other publications such as the Financial Times. Ingrid covers startups, M&A, and all things tech.

Lyndsey Jones

Lyndsey is Executive Editor and Day Production Section Chief at the FT.
She plays a leading role in the digital transformation of the FT in the face of fierce competition and technological disruption. Lyndsey has led successful mergers of teams and been a key member of the senior editorial management team delivering changes to working practices to maintain a viable, quality product. She has also had a vital role in streamlining editorial operations, reshaping the production effort to focus on digital first publishing, while taking a more disciplined and simplified approach to the print editions. She has also worked to design and implement the “broadcast schedule” for online publication.

Melissa Arneau

Melissa is a QA Engineer in the Correspondent Integrations team at WorldRemit Ltd. After working as an accountant for nearly a decade in Paris, she moved to London for a career change, passing via sales, medical assistant and store supervisor before joining WorldRemit. She is now working on transitioning from QA to developer via Treehouse and the Google/Udacity scholarship.

Sonya Moisset

Sonya is a Full Stack Software Developer and an Application Security Engineer for WorldRemit. Formerly she was a consultant with over ten years’ experience in International Business Development. Sonya is also a Tech Advocate, a mentor for women in tech, a writer on Medium for FreeCodeCamp publications, and an active member of the Tech community in London.

Panel Moderator – Anne Currie

Anne is an engineer who is enthusiastic about containers and everything else. She’s been helping to build complex software systems for over 20 years and is a co-founder of the Force12 project.

Technology and Processes to reduce the impact of Fake News

Tech’s Role in Eradicating Inequality and Poverty

We’re very excited about our next meetup – which promises to be one of our best yet, with a fantastic group of speakers, sharing their first hand experiences of solving real world problems at scale. Meet Hephzi Pemberton, Kavita Kapoor,  Jenny Mulholland, Taryl Law, Elena Sinel and Anne Currie.

Too often at tech meetups we spend our time talking about software and hardware, rather than the social impacts or implications of the work we do, so the discussion promises to be fascinating. As ever we’ll have tasty healthy food, and plenty of time to chat and socialise.

The event is on the 21st November 2017, at a new location for us in Camden Market courtesy of our friends at Labs.com. You should sign up here.

Keynote – Hephzi Pemberton

Founder of Kiteka, a revolutionary new charity using disruptive technology to fight poverty and gender inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa

hephzi

Hephzi is a business founder, angel investor and believer in the power of good business to transform society. After completing a bachelor’s degree at Oxford University, Hephzi began her career in Investment Banking at Lehman Brothers. In 2009, she co-founded Kea Consultants, a financial headhunting firm that specialises in investment and high-growth organisations, which she quickly grew into a profitable and sustainable business

 

In 2016, Hephzi founded Kiteka to enable female entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa to access digital opportunities through mobile technology. Research shows that women across this region are 25% less likely to own a phone than men, but when they do it directly increases their income and the opportunities for themselves and their families. The vision for Kiteka is to create an all-female, all-mobile network across Africa that is connected to the digital economy and enabled through technology.

Next up will be a panel discussion on how Technology is being used to eradicate inequality and poverty. Our panellists are

Kavita Kapoor

kavita

 

Kavita is COO at the Micro:bit Educational Foundation. She is a programmer, software designer and technology strategist. Although she has won a BAFTA she isn’t a Bollywood star. Yet. She looks after Asia strategy for Tido Music, and is a published author. She has previously held positions at London 2012 and Channel 4 Television.

 

Jenny Mulholland

 

Jenny studied Physics at university and entered IT in 2006 as a graduate C++ programmer within Symbian’s Professional Services department, helping Motorola, Fujitsu and others make phones based on Symbian OS. In more recent years Jenny’s professional interests have extended into project management, and her current role in technical pre-sales where she helps Softwire’s customers explore their requirements and writes bids for new projects.

Taryl Law

 

Taryl is an experienced educational social worker, specializing in work with young people with learning disabilities and their families. She is also cofounder of How Do I, an award-winning social enterprise that supports life and vocational skill development for people with additional needs, raising aspirations and providing real-time support into employment and independent living through assistive technology.

 

 

Elena Sinel

Elena is the founder of Acorn Aspirations, an education start-up which designs learning experiences where young people across the globe interact with leading experts in artificial intelligence, virtual, augmented and mixed realities, entrepreneurs, designers and marketeers to create solutions that solve real life problems.

Prior to this, she worked as international specialist consultant with 9 years of experience in poverty reduction strategies, rural livelihood development and poverty alleviation with a specific focus on creation of small and medium enterprise development, product design, marketing and fundraising in Central Asia, the Balkans, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

Panel Moderator – Anne Currie

anne currie

 

Anne is an Chief Strategist at Container Solutions. An engineer who is enthusiastic about container technology and everything else. She’s been helping to build complex software systems for over 20 years and is a co-founder of the Force12 project

 

 

 

Tech’s Role in Eradicating Inequality and Poverty

What to do next and how to get started?

Our next Meetup is on Wednesday, March 22.   To join, RSVP here >> https://www.meetup.com/Coed-Code/events/237366600/

“What to do next and how to get started?”

This meetup will feature a keynote and a panel discussion on the theme of making the choice to learn a new skill or making a career change in technology – how do you pick what to learn and how should you get started?

 

We’ll kick off with a fantastic presentation: 

“All progress happens outside our comfort zone”

In this talk Cyndi will share what she’s learned about making (and not making) breakthroughs at work over her 20 years as an engineer, managing director and entrepreneur. Think: honest personal storytelling – the good, the bad and the ugly – not lecturing. In her own words: “I don’t have all the answers, but I can share what I know and hopefully spark a few new thoughts for anyone who wants to be fully self-expressed at work.”

Speaker: Cyndi Mitchell, Founder of Ayuda Heuristics

Cyndi is a founder of Ayuda Heuristics which is using artificial intelligence and mobile technology to help people with diabetes do their daily self-care and live better lives. Prior to that, she was a senior executive at ThoughtWorks, a global software and services company for over 10 years. She also co-founded Logscape, an enterprise software company focused on log analytics. Cyndi was a software engineer at Oracle (Sun Microsystems) and Accenture (Andersen Consulting). She has 20 years of experience in leading engineering, product management, marketing, sales, support and services, including full P&L responsibility. She has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. 

 

We’ll be following this with a panel discussion, featuring a great group of panelists, including:

Panelist – Jimena Cabrera Notari

Jimena is an experienced Infrastructure and Go developer.

Having spent the last few years leading the “DevOps” transformation at one of the UK’s largest retailers, she has taken a new challenge with Forbes 4th Hottest Startup of 2014.

When Jimena is not orchestrating large scale platforms or solving complex problems with Go, you will find her organising the Women Who Go London meetup group or enjoying craft beer at her local pub

Panelist – Anne Currie

Anne is an engineer who is enthusiastic about containers and everything else. She’s been helping to build complex software systems for over 20 years and is a co-founder of the Force12 project

Panelist – Sarah Binney, Junior Developer, Softwire

Sarah is a Junior Developer at Softwire, a North London-based software consultancy. She enjoys web development with Rails and building Android apps, and in her spare time trying to get young women into tech.

Panelist – Sonja Schweigert, Director, Web Marketing, WeaveWorks

Sonja runs Weaveworks’ web marketing strategy, execution, and measures our ability to connect users with the right solution. She recently spent 3 years running the web content strategy at VMware. Prior, she spent 5 years at Cisco in roles spanning tech support, digital marketing, and web strategy. She’s been in tech industry for over a decade at large companies and small startups.


The panel discussion will be moderated by Paula Kennedy of Pivotal.

Agenda:
6.00pm – 6.30pm: drinks, food, networking
6.30pm – 7pm: presentation from Cyndi plus Q&A
7pm – 7.30pm: panel discussion plus Q&A
7.30pm onwards: drinks, food, networking

To join, RSVP here >> https://www.meetup.com/Coed-Code/events/237366600/


See you on March 22!

 

Thank you to the following sponsors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to do next and how to get started?

Let’s all go cloud native!

Our next Meetup is on January 25, 2017.   To attend, RSVP here –> https://www.meetup.com/Coed-Code/events/236091037/

This meetup will be all about how to get started with some of the exciting new tech for developing amazing apps.

We’ll kick off with a fantastic presentation:

“Getting the Cloud Business Ready”

Initially, cloud technologies were all about the infrastructure. But infrastructure is a funny thing because infrastructure becomes a commodity. This is why we’re at the edge of Cloud hitting its peak — and its first best use — via the platform layer. Abby Kearns will discuss the future of cloud technologies, what drives enterprises to adopt these technologies in droves, and which development languages matter now, more than ever, and why.

Speaker: Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation

A true tech veteran, Abby’s 18 year career has spanned product marketing, product management and consulting at a mix of Fortune 500 and startup companies. As the first fellow at Cloud Foundry Foundation and VP of Strategy, Abby was responsible for structuring and executing operational and strategic initiatives, as well as leading the User Advisory Board and Industry Special Interest Groups. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was part of the Product Management team at Pivotal, focusing on Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Previously, Abby led a Product Management and Product Marketing team at Verizon that focused on cloud services.

We’ll be following this with a panel discussion, featuring a great group of panelists, including:

Diane Mueller-Klingspor

Diane currently works as a Community Lead at Red Hat on their Kubernetes-based container application platform, OpenShift Origin.


Bridget McErlean

Bridget is a Software Engineer at Bitnami.

Agenda:

6.00pm – 6.30pm: drinks, food, networking

6.30pm – 7pm: presentation from Abby plus Q&A

7pm – 7.30pm: panel discussion plus Q&A

7.30pm onwards: drinks, food, networking

See you on January 25, 2017.   To attend, RSVP here –> https://www.meetup.com/Coed-Code/events/236091037/

Thank you to the following sponsors!

google logo WeaveWorks
CloudFoundry
Shoreditch Works
Let’s all go cloud native!

IoT Workshop – Get Started with the Open Internet of Things – September 14, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) opens up a new world of possibilities and opportunities. This workshop will give you hands-on experience programming and configuring a device with a sensor that communicates over a LoRa network, then building a simple application to read back and display the data.  Harness the power of open technologies to build an end-to-end hello world application!

NOTE: To sign up for this workshop, go to https://www.meetup.com/Coed-Code/events/233392889/.

ALSO NOTE:’ You need to bring your laptop to this workshop.

This workshop is open to all levels, and will include introductions to the technologies involved such as MQTT, the defacto IoT standard for data exchange and LoRa, the long range low power technology designed for the Internet of Things.  We will be using Arduino boards to connect to a luminance sensor to provide data.  Attendees are also welcome to bring their own sensors to make a custom application.

Example applications that can be built in 2 hours:

– Send push notification when a bike is moved while it is locked 
– Monitor trashcans and display

levels on a map 
– Monitor parking space and show directions to nearest free space

 

This workshop will be run in conjunction with:

– Eclipse Foundation (http://iot.eclipse.org/) and 
Things Network (https://www.thethingsnetwork.org/)

The Eclipse Foundation accelerates development of IoT stacks using open source technology.

The Things Network is on a mission to build an open, crowd sourced and decentralized data network using LoRaWAN.

Thanks to Intel for sponsoring this event.
Weaverworks and Redmonk are sponsors of this workshop (as well as other COED:CODE events).
WeaveWorks
Redmonk

IoT Workshop – Get Started with the Open Internet of Things – September 14, 2016

I Learned About Software From That

get ready for what

May the Fourth be With You

We’re on our 3rd COED:CODE Meetup and the date has been set to May 4 and it will be kindly hosted by Pivotal at Bentima House near Old Street Roundabout. Join us at 6pm.

This month we’re doing more of the popular white board sessions, with gentle learning curves and community participation. Of course we’ll have lovely health snacks again, and plenty of time to meet people rather than being talked at. We’re going to try an open mic experiment because we all have useful experiences to share. So what is the theme?

I Learned About Software from That

Anne Currie and Bryan Boreham will kick off proceedings with some stories about lessons learned, and how they learned them. Our very own Gen Ashley will be compere for the evening. We hope you’ll share some experiences too.

Anne – what I learned about thread safety (why x++ doesn’t play nicely).

Bryan  – how one failure triggered multiple restarts
– each component wanted to download its data from the central store at start-up
– “thundering horde” hit the central store and total meltdown

Thundering horde sounds scary, but don’t worry Bryan definitely isn’t. Please come – we cant wait to meet you.

I Learned About Software From That

COED:CODE – Systems Programming 101 & APIs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The first COED:CODE Meetup was such a great event, so we’ve scheduled the next one!    It will be on Tuesday, March 22 at Expedia.   To attend, RSVP here –> http://www.meetup.com/Coed-Code/events/228900325/

Rough Schedule for the evening

6.00 – 7:00pm- Arrival / Networking / Food & Drinks

7:00 – 7:30pm – Systems Programming 101 – by Anne Currie & Yanqing Cheng
(Anne will discuss how compiled languages like C and Go run: compiling, linking, assembly, registers, memory use (stack and heap))

7:30 – 8:30pm- Panel Discussion – APIs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
(The panel discussion will be led by Jenny Mulholland with panelists from Expedia’s Systems Programming Team as well as other companies)

8:30 – 9:00pm –  Networking / Food & Drinks

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SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING 101 WORKSHOP LEADS

Anne Currie

Anne is an engineer who is enthusiastic about containers and everything else. She’s been helping to build complex software systems for over 20 years and is a co-founder of the Force12 project.

Yanqing Cheng

Yanqing is a software developer/manager at Metaswitch Networks.  Her primary expertise is in C – specifically, source code for networking protocols.  Having dabbled in both development and support, she’s of the opinion that few things in her job are more satisfying than successfully debugging a memory scribble.  Since graduating in Maths at university, Yanqing has been in the industry for 2 years.  Outside of work, she’s an avid lindy hop dancer.

PANELISTS

Jenny Mulholland – Moderator

Jenny studied Physics at university and entered IT in 2006 as a graduate C++ programmer within Symbian’s Professional Services department, helping Motorola, Fujitsu and others make phones based on Symbian OS.  In more recent years Jenny’s professional interests have extended into project management, and her current role in technical pre-sales where she helps Softwire’s customers explore their requirements and writes bids for new projects.

Meral Sahin – Expedia

Meral is a Software Development Engineer at Expedia Affiliate Network, a division within Expedia Inc, working on internal services supporting our API.  She is passionate about designing and developing simple solutions to technology problems and enjoy working in fast paced, collaborative environments.  She loves doing yoga, traveling, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures.

Suzanne Hamilton – Softwire

Suzanne started her career in physical chemistry as a PhD student and then researcher, but switched to software development when she realised how much she enjoyed writing code to control the experiments and analyse data.  She is now a tech lead at the software consultancy Softwire. Her work there has included building sites for customers like the BBC, and helping to create a scalable API that handles millions of users for a large telecoms provider.  In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys learning new languages (programming and human) and dancing West Coast Swing.

 

Yodit Stanton

Yodit is the Founder and Chief Unicorn of OpenSensor.io.  She is into Internet Of Things, Software and Data and is the organiser of Women in Data.

 

Thank you to these sponsors for their support!

WeaveWorks
Shoreditch Works

 

COED:CODE – Systems Programming 101 & APIs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly