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  • Monday Maker Meetups are our open nights when anyone is able to pop in and see what's going on at Dundee MakerSpace.

    If you just want to have a quick blast on a piece of equipment then this is when to do it.

    Don't have a project you're working on? Join in with someone else or there's plenty of materials around for you to start something new!

    There's plenty of making happening, got something you want to ask a question about or something to show off, bring it along.

    Note: For those of you looking for our new location we are at the address below. To find us you head in the main door and into the main area then we are at the end of the first corridor on the right.

  • This month will be a discussion and talk on the applications of Augmented Reality.

  • Just getting started with the Amazon Web Services Cloud?

    Join others that are new to AWS at the AWSome day, a free one day training event delivered by AWS Technical Instructors.
    The day starts with a session highlighting how and why customers are using AWS to develop, deploy and operate secure applications and IT services.

    We will then cover AWS foundational services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon S3 and Amazon RDS before closing the day with an introduction to AWS deployment tools and techniques and the next steps that you can take to continue developing your knowledge.

    Note that we are now introducing a second track dedicated to a business audience. This track is suitable for business leaders who want to explore topics like cost optimisation, security and compliance and hear more about customers' best practices.

  • A meet up for people interested in using technology to positively change the world.

    We believe it’s never been easier to use digital to help tackle some of our society’s toughest social challenges.

    But the disparate worlds of tech and social good don’t naturally collide. So, we want to create a space where digital people can mix with those who really understand and work with social issues –aiming to inspire and learn from each other.

    Each meet up will involve four speakers followed by an hour for socialising; two will talk about problems they’re trying to solve. The second two will share stories of problems solved and lessons learned.

    The talks will be followed by time to socialise and share ideas over food (plenty of veggie/vegan options available) and drink (alcoholic and non). We may well head to a local pub to continue conversations at the end of the night, if people want to.

    Tickets available from shefftech4good.org

  • Public lecture by data experts Ted Dunning and Ellen Friedman

    Tuesday 16 Februay 2016, 6pm, The Diamond Lecture Theatre 2

    The University is delighted to welcome Ted Dunning and Ellen Friedman to give a lecture about data in today’s digital society.

    A revolution is underway that is having large effects on essentially every aspect of society. Those bringing about this global revolution carry keyboards. Their instruments of change are new technologies and techniques for processing huge amounts of data, including ground-breaking approaches to compute with real time data even at very large scale.

    The effects of these new technologies are to enable us to react differently to the world around us, giving us greater flexibility with regard to the sources of data we use to drive both human and machine-based decisions and better ability to respond to events as they happen. These techniques can improve our ability to detect security threats and prevent fraud, provide better medical mo...

  • Romance is in the air, and with Valentines Day out the way you can focus on your true love - PHP and the web!
    We have something for both frontenders and backenders to get excited about, with an in person talk by Brian Douglas and edPUG's very own Stephen Heron.

    A pattern library is a collection of design elements that appear multiple times across a site. Some examples of items that might appear in a pattern library are buttons, headings, lists, paragraphs etc.

    At this month's edPUG Brian Douglas will discuss pattern libraries in general and then he will show his custom Pattern Library built with Hapi.js.

    Following Brian’s talk we will have a second presentation from Stephen Heron which will show how the patterns from a pattern library can in integrated into PHP projects.

    As usual, beer and pizza on the night, hope to see you there!
    edPUG

  • Every Tuesday at 1900h there is a meetup at the space not only for members but also for those that may want to join us. Typically, the projects people will be working on will be announced on the mailing list in advance of the meeting.

  • Each month Swift developers in Sheffield meetup to discuss using Apple's programming language Swift.

  • One of our regular drop in open nights, no need to call ahead, just turn up! We'll be tinkering with hardware, hacking some code and probably eating. Feel free to come along with a project or idea for some help, use some tools, or just hang out.

  • Meeting from 7pm for a 7:30pm

    We'll be upstairs in the meeting room on the first floor. 

    Our sponsor, local digital agency Studio 24, is providing some free drinks. So head upstairs to find out how to get a drink and grab a beer/drink of your choice from the bar.

    We also have a free copy of PHPStorm to give away, courtesy of our sponsor JetBrains.

    How To Do A Positive Code Review

    Do you dread code reviews? Do you dread running a code review? Do you find that they help, or simply find them a waste of time? Or maybe you simply find them a bit hit-and-miss?

    The majority of folks in the PHP community don't have formal software engineering training, and they often don't have enterprise development experience, where code reviews are a common practice. That's a real shame, as code reviews are great for saving time and trouble when they're done positively.

    After this talk, you'll go away armed with a three-point plan for running code reviews with your teams, and a whole heap o...

  • The after school club for Aberdeen coders. Come learn to program and join the fun. We meet in Room 311 in the north end of the building. Go in from Academy Square with library on your right and go up stairs to third floor, then go through double-doors on your right, turn left and keep going straight to 311, which is in front of you.

    NB we sometimes meet in Meston 209, which is on the second floor.

    Meston Building
    Meston Walk
    University of Aberdeen
    Aberdeen
    AB24 3UE

  • Web, mobile, games... software, hardware... designing, coding, making... anything goes. Computers let you create anything you can think of. Prewired is here to help enthusiastic young coders of any ability to do just that.

  • Hi All,

    We will be having one of our open discussions this month. So bring your questions and your tips!

    It is great to see some new faces RSVP, and that we are already full. As always, if you cannot make it please remove yourself to free up space for others.

    Meetup @ 6pm (event starts @ 6:30pm)

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    As always everyone is welcome, we have beginners and we have developers in our group, so please do come along regardless or your WordPress knowledge!

    The social gathering we have after the talk has been very beneficial for people to meet others interested in WordPress and even get tips and recommendations not associated with the topic of the night.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Best,From all the organisers.

  • Our regular Mobile Dev Meetup event!

    The event will be hosted at the NN4M office and there will be pizza and beer provided. 

    We'll be welcoming people into the office from around 6.30. There'll be plenty of time to network and get to know the other members in the community around the talks. There'll also be time before the talks to have introductions and any notices regarding team ups, projects, recruitment etc.

    Topics can be more technical with a focus on app development and preferred frameworks and libraries. The event will cater to app development in general but if the content of an event will be more platform-specific we will try to announce this as early as possible to ensure you sign up for the events most relevant to you.

    The event should be over by around 9.

    Speakers:

    Mario Viviani

    Bio: Mario Viviani is Technology Evangelist at Amazon Appstore UK. From Milan, Italy, he started mobile development in 2010, focusing on the Android platform. In 2011 he founded the mobil...

  • Just getting started with the Amazon Web Services Cloud?

    Join others that are new to AWS at the AWSome day, a free one day training event delivered by AWS Technical Instructors.
    The day starts with a session highlighting how and why customers are using AWS to develop, deploy and operate secure applications and IT services.

    We will then cover AWS foundational services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon S3 and Amazon RDS before closing the day with an introduction to AWS deployment tools and techniques and the next steps that you can take to continue developing your knowledge.

    Note that we are now introducing a second track dedicated to a business audience. This track is suitable for business leaders who want to explore topics like cost optimisation, security and compliance and hear more about customers' best practices.

  • For our February event, we’ll be running a Guided Conversation entitled, “What Does Testing Look like in 2016?”.

    Over the last few years there’s been a great deal of conversation about the role and scope of testing as practiced by software developers and software testers. Some believe that TDD is Dead, others disagree.

    Given modern tools and languages, at what level(s) should we test? How much should we do at each level? Do we need to test microservices at all?

    Over the course of the evening, we hope to cover a wide range of questions related to the state of testing in 2016. Come along and join in, or simply listen, with a group of your peers having a conversation on an important topic.

  • We are a community run organisation and our planning meetings allow anyone to come along and see behind the curtains of Dundee MakerSpace.

    We’ll be covering all the boring stuff like our financial situation and cleaning as well as the exciting stuff like what events we should hold, what we should do with the space and what equipment we need.

    Everyone is welcome to come along and help decide what direction the business should go in next and help out in any way.

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • Let's talk python in a relaxed environment

  • Building your business on open source software may be cost effective, but what do investors and acquirers look for?

    Come along to Open Invention Network's event and find out.

    Agenda:

    Technical overview
    Enhancing understanding of the economic model propelling open source
    IP and licensing – is there a role for patents in open source
    Complying with behavioural and cultural norms in your use of FOSS and compliance
    How to alleviate investors' concerns and meet warranties etc
    Open source at exit/company sale – Licensing, audits and good practise
    Don't get sued and keep your investors and the markets happy with your Foss adoption and use
    Presentations from:

    Keith Bergelt, CEO, Open Invention Network

    Keith Bergelt is the chief executive officer of Open Invention Network (OIN), the collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. In this capacity he is directly responsible for enabling, influencing and defe...

  • The after school club for Aberdeen coders. Come learn to program and join the fun. We meet in Room 311 in the north end of the building. Go in from Academy Square with library on your right and go up stairs to third floor, then go through double-doors on your right, turn left and keep going straight to 311, which is in front of you.

    NB we sometimes meet in Meston 209, which is on the second floor.

    Meston Building
    Meston Walk
    University of Aberdeen
    Aberdeen
    AB24 3UE

  • Two talks this month in Glasgow...

    Thanks to our sponsors Cultivate, SkyScanner and Glasgow University for making the event possible.

    Send any questions to either @KevinBrolly or @wattid
    The event starts at 6:30pm on the 5th Floor, 18 Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow University, G12 8QQ

  • Guest of Honour: Dr Simon Rice, Group Manager (Technology), Information Commissioner’s Office

    Coming at a time of rapid expansion in the use of biometrics across a growing number of sectors, this seminar will assess some of the key challenges and opportunities for developing, regulating and implementing new forms of biometric technologies.

    It follows Government’s recent response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s report into current and future uses of biometric data and technologies, which announced that the Government will publish two separate but aligned Forensic and Biometric strategies by the end of 2015.

    At this early stage it is expected planned sessions will focus on how government, businesses and academia can raise awareness of biometric technologies and their possible benefits, as well as examining public concerns and related issues of openness in the collection and use biometrics. Delegates will also discuss regulatory challenges, including ho...

  • Are you an SME in the digital services industry currently exploring growth and development opportunities?

    This is a FREE event to explore business opportunities with 5 buyers from major UK and international brands!

    Business in the Community Scotland in partnership with ScotlandIS and Scottish Enterprise is inviting registrations from small to medium sized companies in the digital services sector to take part in an interactive event with 5 leading IT companies Fujitsu, Oracle, Atos Origin, Sopra Steria and Virgin Media.

    These companies are regularly involved in delivering digital services to large public sector customers and are particularly interested in meeting new suppliers who currently deliver, or wish to deliver, services to the public sector. These companies have their own SME engagement programmes and seek to collaborate with innovative SMEs as part of their supply chain so could offer your business a route to Global Markets for innovative solutions.
    This is...

  • The Commons is Edinburgh's monthly get together of everyone tech. No pitches, no speeches, no sales, just an opportunity to meet up and have a drink with those of similar dispositions.

    This months event will be held Thursday, 28th January at Lister Square No. 8, starting at 18:00, and the first 40 people to tear themselves away from their screens and arrive receiving 2 free drink tokens.

  • The Google AdWords Meetup Group in Edinburgh is for anyone working with Google AdWords or planning to set up campaigns. We offer networking opportunities, free and paid training sessions, workshops and courses. We also collaborate with Google to set up specific events about advertising on the biggest ad network in the world.

    We run free, monthly meetups in CodeBase, one of Europe's biggest and fastest growing tech incubators. Our paid events take place in the top quality rooms at Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue.

    Come along to our events to learn all about AdWords, share insights and ask all the questions you have about succeeding with Google AdWords - no matter what level you are at.

  • Thursday 25th of February 2016

    Venue - Sheffield Hallam University - Cantor Building - Cantor Lecture Theatre
    Reception 5.30pm
    Event starts at 6pm ends at 9pm (Follow up in the Sheffield Tap - The pub next to the train station.

    Food and Drink provided by Steelcon

    Speakers:

    Chris Gray - DevSecOps
    Scott Storey - Security Header Checks
    Kate Dawson - Lost in transit? Secure your data with TLS. Also featuring letsencrypt; x509 for the people!
    Mark Goodwin - TBC
    Dr. Achim D. Brucker - Security Testing at SAP

    Directions - www.shu.ac.uk

    When
    Thursday, 25 February 2016 from 17:30 to 21:00 (GMT) - Add to Calendar
    Where
    Sheffield Hallam University - Cantor Building, Cantor Lecture Theatre (Room 9130). 153 Arundel St. Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2NT GB - View Map

  • The Software Society is a fortnightly talk that covers all sorts of technology and software from expert (and sometimes not so expert) local speakers.

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • Two well known Abedeen-based companies, ActivPayroll and Inoapps, talk about how they expanded geographically and across industry sectors to be among the biggest players in their market.

    Garthdee House
    Scott's Sutherland Building
    Room SB01

  • Over the course of a weekend, attendees at Hack_Construct will form teams to work on solving challenges within the construction industry using digital technologies.

    The aim of the event is to expose talented software developers, designers, data scientists, web designers, gamers and more to the opportunities in the construction industry, and give industry professionals a glimpse into what can be achieved by utilising these skillsets.

  • EdinburghApps midway event - this will offer a number of workshops as well as an advice point for teams taking part in this year's competition

  • We are excited to be holding this event for the third year; a 24 hour gaming marathon weekend in order to raise money for Special Effect

  • Find out how to become the next internet sensation!
    Online businesses are bigger than ever with entrepreneurs and investors eager to spot the next big internet phenomenon.
    If you’re a small business owner with big online ambitions, or just starting out, take this opportunity to hear from the panel of internet icons and find out how they have created some of the best-known global internet brands.
    This event includes a networking reception with drinks.
    Speakers are:
    Justine Roberts, founder and CEO of Mumsnet
    Ning Li, Co-founder and CEO MADE.com
    Renaud Visage, Co-founder of Eventbrite
    Moderated by Nadine Dereza, Journalist and TV Broadcaster
    This event is being filmed live from the Business & IP Centre National Network, based in the British Library. It will be screened as a live webcast in the comfort of our Central Library right here in Sheffield.
    Want to quiz the panel on how they made it? Follow all the action and tweet your questions direct on #BLicons16 - See more at: ht...

  • Edinburgh UX meetup invites UX people of all flavours to a monthly meeting of minds – a place to share ideas and indulge in idle banter. Whether you be designer, developer, guerrilla, enthusiast or just passing by, come join us on the last Monday of the month.

  • We’re looking to build an informal place for people of all levels to meet and talk about Elixir/Erlang/LFE/Beam, and also functional programming in general.
    We’ll all be coming from different backgrounds - from a technical perspective and also a career perspective. We want to produce a space to share these different perspectives and learn from them.
    If this sounds like something you might be interested in, join us at RookieOven and lets discuss it more!

  • Delegates at this timely seminar will discuss next steps for policy - and businesses and the education system - to further increase opportunities for women within the tech sector, and improve gender equality throughout related industries.

    They will assess progress so far and best practice, drawing on latest developments in education and skills training.

    Sessions will consider lessons from initiatives in quotas at boardroom and management levels; the influence of strong female role models in academic institutions, businesses and through their portrayal in the media, and latest thinking on how well teaching, school structures and careers guidance are contributing to inspiring young women throughout education. Delegates will also discuss how policies such as shared parental leave can be built upon and how industry cultures can best be managed to help challenge traditional assumptions about women in the tech workforce.

    This conference will bring together representatives from the H...

  • Creative Circles is a monthly morning meetup run by Creative Edinburgh, it's an opportunity for CodeBase tenants to meet other creatives, working in marketing, design, copywriting, film & photography.

    Pop along and make new connections, discuss ideas & projects over a cuppa. Drop-in anytime between 8.30 - 10.30am (you can stay for a quick coffee before work or stay on for the full 2hrs). Creative Circles is sponsored by FreeAgent, coffee and tea now free, hurrah!

  • Data security is something that we as developers have to take seriously when developing solutions for our organizations. Cryptography can be a deeply complicated and mathematical subject but as developers we need to be pragmatic and use what is available to us to secure our data without disappearing down the mathematical rabbit hole.

    In this talk Stephen Haunts will take you through what is available in the .NET framework for enterprise desktop and server developers to allow you to securely protect your data to achieve confidentiality, data integrity and non-repudiation of exchanged data. Stephen will cover the following:

    • Cryptographically secure random number generation.

    • Hashing and Authenticated Hashes.

    •  Symmetric Encryption with DES, TripleDES, and AES.

    •  The pitfalls of key exchange

    •  Asymmetric Encryption with RSA.

    •  Hybrid Encryption by using Symmetric and Asymmetric encryption together.

    •  Digital Signatures.

    Stephen Haunts is...

  • The after school club for Aberdeen coders. Come learn to program and join the fun. We meet in Room 311 in the north end of the building. Go in from Academy Square with library on your right and go up stairs to third floor, then go through double-doors on your right, turn left and keep going straight to 311, which is in front of you.

    NB we sometimes meet in Meston 209, which is on the second floor.

    Meston Building
    Meston Walk
    University of Aberdeen
    Aberdeen
    AB24 3UE

  • An informal monthly discussion group that discusses all aspects of user experience.

  • This month we will be joined by David McKay (@rawkode), who will be doing a talk on Docker!

    Docker, the hottest technology around at the moment. It swept the Ops world by storm in 2014, became mainstream in 2015, and now it’s set to dominate the developer world, in 2016.
    Docker is a tool that allows you to package your application up into a single-runnable distributable binary - akin to the phar, but in Hulk mode. Docker allows you, a developer, to specify the exact environment your application needs to run, across development; test; staging; and production.
    In this talk I will cover the creation of this utopian distributable and show you how to can compose your entire production infrastructure locally with only a small YAML file and without installing a single thing.
    Lets say hello, to Docker.

    Followed by the usual chat about web development and life over a beer and some pizza!

  • Learn as you build your very own robot in this 6 part course that teaches the basics of arduino robot design. The course includes everything you need to construct a line following, collision avoiding robot, followed by a chance to pit your finished design against the other attendees in a series of challenges. Tickets are on sale until the end of January 2016, Course starts on Wed 2nd March, and every wednesday evening for 7 weeks.

  • As Ofcom finalises its initial set of conclusions from its ongoing strategic review of digital communications and sets out a clear plan for next steps, this seminar will offer delegates a timely opportunity to assess priorities for the regulatory framework for the UK’s digital communications markets.

    Planned sessions consider regulatory approaches for supporting fair competition, and innovation and quality of services, within the UK telecoms market in light of increased merger and acquisitions activity and the continuing blurring of boundaries between landline, mobile and broadband markets following the emergence of quadplay. Ongoing consolidation in different areas of the market will be discussed, as will consumer experience and choice throughout the UK and more widely as the European Commission reviews the EU telecom regulatory framework as part of its Digital Single Market strategy.

    Further sessions analyse future market factors which are likely to impact the telecoms sector -...

  • A monthly meetup in Glasgow for people who use or want to learn more about the Ruby programming language, through guided discussion in a friendly environment.

    "Ruby is a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. It has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write." Ruby is a fun and rewarding language, and is used to build everything from security software to musical instruments. Read more about it at www.ruby-lang.org.

    The Scottish Ruby User Group meets on the first Thursday of the month in Glasgow, and the third Thursday in Edinburgh. Both groups are organized through the mailing list at groups.google.com .

  • Join other users and developers of Open Source Content Management Systems for our monthly breakfast meetups on the first Friday of every month to:

    Meet users and developers of the most popular Open Source CMS (including WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal) in an informal and friendly setting;

    Connect and expand your network;

    Get help and support from other CMS developers and users in Scotland;

    Share tips and tricks on the main CMS platforms and related web technologies.

    Monthly meetups run from 8.30am to 10am in the Bruntsfield Hotel, Edinburgh, on the first Friday of every month (check our calendar for details).

    £5 per person will be charged for buffet breakfast at the meetup, which will include yoghurt pots, fresh fruit, pastries, tea, coffee and juice.

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • Being a founder of a startup isn’t easy. As a founder you’ll likely experience highs and lows; a real rollercoaster of emotions. That is why support and regular contact with fellow founders is invaluable.

    The meetup is a platform for the Scottish startup community to interact on a regular basis. The RookieOven meetup in a monthly opportunity to meet fellow founders in a relaxed environment. Share experience, soak up advice, connect and collaborate.

    At the meetup there are no talks, presentations or set agendas just great conversations between Scottish startup founders, employees and enthusiasts.

  • Brought to you by Interactive Scotland, this briefing session will share all the buzz, insights and discussion emerging from Mobile World Congress (MWC), debate its impact and discuss the new business opportunities with Scotland’s digital, tech and dev community.

    It’s all up for discussion at this session!

    Along with Skyscanner, Mobile Monday Edinburgh and other Scottish Tech Start-Ups attending MWC 2016, come along to hear the key messages we have taken from MWC and discuss what it means for your tech business and Scotland’s Digital sector.

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