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  • Agile on the Beach is a 2 day conference exploring Agile in practice, both for technical specialists and businesses. The programme of keynote presentations, panel discussions and workshops is designed to offer business, team, product development and technical strands.

  • MAKE IT LOCAL. TAKE IT GLOBAL.

    60D brings brain-achingly brilliant and free-flowing content and discussion from the world of digital. If your head doesn't hurt after it, we haven't done our job right. We will pull together the global discussion, rip it apart and then put it all back together again in the context of what it means for Scotland’s digital community. But the content is just the start – this is simply the raw material that will help stimulate opinion, debate and then lead to action!

    YOU ARE THE EXPERT!

    We want you to become part of the debate, participate in the discussion and leave inspired to go out and create, collaborate. Our interactive programme includes:

    FUTURE WORLDS

    Listen to a digital visionary talking about what is currently shaking up the sector and what is likely to disrupt it in the future.

    AUDIENCE WITH

    You will hear from some of the top figures in the sector on how they are shaping their business in the digital age.

    360 INSIGHTS ...

  • 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 second floor.

    Meston Building
    Meston Walk
    University of Aberdeen
    Aberdeen
    AB24 3UE

  • Fancy learning to code in 16 weeks and joining Scotland’s prosperous tech industry with an incredibly in-demand skillset?
    Why not swing by CODEBASE in central Edinburgh at 5.30 on Thursday the 3rd of September to meet some of the team, including the clever folks who will be teaching the course itself, have a beer/wine/soft drink (or two) on us and find out more.

  • It's here!  The big showdown between Drupal, Joomla! and WordPress.

    The big three Open Source CMS go head-to-head in a series of Meetups this autumn.  Over the next few months, we will be implementing the same website on all three Content Management Systems.

    Join us in September to find out how we will be approaching different web development challenges on each system.  We'll take you through the basics of building a site from scratch.

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    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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • All walks of life are being affected by the ever-increasing size and complexity of information (potentially) available to us, but we cannot all be expected to be data scientists. Fortunately, design thinking is beginning to permeate enterprise organisations, resulting in information services, line-of-business and productivity applications finally receiving the design attention their, often extensive, daily use warrants. These projects pose a particular kind of design challenge that requires more conventional UX techniques to be adapted and re-appropriated.

    In this session, I will take you through my approach to making complex information understandable and actionable for users. I will explore aspects such as the delicate balance between overview and detail; the suitability of data visualisation versus numbers in different circumstances; and how the information should simultaneously raise and answer questions for the user.

    Along the way, you will learn something about the world of ...

  • Every Monday night from 7pm is our regular Social and Open Night.

    This event is open to everyone, feel free to drop in, have a look around, meet and chat with other people that enjoy Making, tinkering, designing, crafting and fabricating.

  • 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.

  • We meet every month in the upstairs room of the Sportsters in Princes Street Falkirk, in the centre of town, from 7:30, where we have a technical talk and general chatting. If you want to learn more stuff, have questions you need answered or fancy an evening out with technical types just come along.

    Some of us meet in Sportsters, for food, from 18:15. Look for a table with a Linux penguin on it.

  • Ladies that UX is a friendly, welcoming and collaborative community of female UX professionals, with a growing number of local groups based in cities worldwide.

    The general idea is to gather together, have a few drinks and talk UX in an relaxing and friendly atmosphere.

    We are open to all female professionals who's work is impacted by UX. This might include designers, researchers as well as product owners or developers.

  • Welcoming anyone involved or working in technology.

    TechMeetup is a monthly excuse for developers and the tech community around Scotland to meet up and learn new stuff from each other. No name badges, no sales pitches, just informative presentations from your peers and a chance to meet some of the tech community around you.

    We're not centred around specific languages, technologies or disciplines; we believe there's stuff to learn from mixing everyone together. There's no cost to attend, and food and drink are provided.

  • Join us at our vendor neutral technology event at the Jurys Inn Newcastle on the 10th September. Our events are FREE to attend and are run by a committee of independent volunteers. Our aim is to provide an informative, educational environment where both delegates and sponsors can network in a relaxed atmosphere. This season we will be discussing hyper-convergence and the future of integrating virtualisation, storage and the datacentre.

    Come along for a chance to win some exciting prizes, meet local like-minded peers and learn from those already realising the benefits of virtualisation.

    Who attends?
    Our delegates are IT professionals in roles such as Infrastructure Engineer, Technical Architect and IT Manager. The programme is designed with this in mind, however, anyone with a professional interest in our user group streams is welcome at our events.

    For more information visit our website at www.technology.ug or contact us by email at kimi.smith@technology.ug or by phone on 01423 ...

  • 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 second floor.

    Meston Building
    Meston Walk
    University of Aberdeen
    Aberdeen
    AB24 3UE

  • Soldering Irons and Software
    It’s the Makerspace 2nd Thursday and it’s project night. Bring your Soldering Irons and Software or whatever techie wizardry you’ve found on Kickstarter or Aliexpress or wherever and get making. Be sure to check out what the others are up to, remember that one maker’s bat detector is another’s ultrasonic range finder tester.

  • Every 2nd and 4th Thursday is radio night at the Hacklab. All are welcome whether you are a licensed amateur or just have an interest in all things radio. Recent projects have included setting up an amateur shack, building antennas, investigating ADS-B transponders and many more.

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

  • On the 11th of September, we are running a software craftsmanship conference that puts 'confer' back into 'conference'.

    No presentations: just guided conversations and lean coffee sessions on the hottest topics in software development, amongst a small number of your peers.

  • SQLSaturday #411 Cambridge is a training event for technology professionals and will cover a wide range of subject areas including SQL Server, SharePoint, Hyper-V, System Center, Cloud, Business Analytics and Personal Development. This event will consist of two pre-conference training days (further details and speakers to be announced) which will be held on the 10th and 11th of September and a free community day on the 12th September 2015. The preconference training days will be held at the Cambridge City Hotel and the Community day will be held at the Moller Center (Churchill College's state of the art conference facility).

  • Every Monday night from 7pm is our regular Social and Open Night.

    This event is open to everyone, feel free to drop in, have a look around, meet and chat with other people that enjoy Making, tinkering, designing, crafting and fabricating.

  • Effective DevOps is a targeted seminar for leaders involved with modern web-based software systems.




    We cover:

    -What is DevOps? Dispelling some industry myths.
    -Why DevOps? The factors driving DevOps adoption.
    -How DevOps can benefit your organisation.
    -Practical changes for your organisation to take advantage of DevOps.
    -How to overcome potential blockers for DevOps.

    As a CIO/CTO, Head of Commercial, Product Director, Head of Software Development, Head of IT, or Development Manager, you will benefit from the Effective DevOps seminar by gaining an increased understanding of why and how DevOps can help your organisation through rapid but safe delivery cycles.

    Schedule

    08:30 - Arrival and networking, tea/coffee, biscuits & pastries
    08:50 - Effective DevOps - Part 1
    09:50 - Tea/coffee break
    10:00 - Effective DevOps - Part 2
    10:30 - Finish, networking

    Further Details

    'Cloud' changes the way we must design, deliver, and operate our software systems. DevOps ...

  • Join us for this half day tutorial, an guide to getting started with Continuous Delivery (CD). Taken from the sold out QCon London 2015 tutorial 'Practical and Sustainable Continuous Delivery', this tutorial is a condensed version of the full day tutorial, and will introduce key concepts and show you how to get started with your journey towards CD.

    Continuous Delivery

    Continuous Delivery involves much more than a deployment pipeline pushing applications to a set of cloud servers. In this tutorial, attendees will learn about the ‘walking skeleton’ deployment pipeline approach, Vagrant with ElasticSearch/LogStash/Kibana (ELK) for application debugging in development, how and when to use Semantic Versioning (SemVer) for packages, and techniques for enhancing the operability of software systems.
    We will also explore some of the ‘bigger picture’ aspects of Continuous Delivery that ultimately determine whether a programme of work to adopt CD within an organisation will succeed ...

  • The next Open Data Glasgow meeting will take place from 6pm Tuesday15 September in the Gannochy Room in the Wolfson Medical School, University of Glasgow. Speakers include Ian Stuart from GLOW, the national digital learning environment for Scottish Schools and the Urban Big Data Centre.

  • Speaker: Glynn Forrest (Twitter @glynnforrest)

    As applications add features and codebases get bigger, code duplication becomes a problem. Aspect Oriented Programming avoids repetition by injecting reusable aspects without altering the original code. This talk will explore the AOP options available for PHP, examine the pros and cons, and add some AOP features to a simple Symfony application.

  • What is edPUG?

    We are the capital of Scotland’s premier meetup for all things PHP and more. We love talking about all web technologies, including, but not limited to: PHP & JavaScript frameworks / DHTML & AJAX / programming methodologies and design patterns / CMS’s / e-commerce / hosting / scalability / deployment / Relational & Document databases and any other cool web technologies.

    edPUG takes place on the third Tuesday of every month. It is free to come along, but we issue electronic tickets via Eventbrite to control the capacity of the venue. Get your ticket early to avoid disappointment! We’ll also email those with a free ticket with a reminder a few days before the event.

    We update the Open Tech Calendar with more specific details on the event within a week of the event, so check back regularly.

    Follow on twitter @edpug to keep up to date with event announcements. Hope to see you there sometime!

  • 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.

  • "Web Workshop" is a monthly meet-up of people, of all skill levels and specialities, interested in web development and web technologies. The format is a little different from your typical tech meet-up, with a short introductory talk about the subject followed by a longer hands on practical workshop taking you through the nuts and bolts of the new and exciting technology and creating your very own "Wonderthing" ™ out of it.

    This is a great chance to learn new skills and pick up pro-tips from new and seasoned developers alike. You will get your hands on and up to speed with new and emerging technologies.

    Web Workshops are held at Dundee MakerSpace on the third Tuesday of the month.

  • Usergroup meeting for the R statistical programming language for those in and around Edinburgh. We put together monthly meetups featuring talks for all levels: from total beginners to R experts. Details for individual meetings will be posted on our website: http://edinbr.org

    Despite happening in a university building, you don't need to be a University of Edinburgh staff or student to attend—the meeting is open to all!

  • Our first Edinburgh Mobile Dev Meetup!

    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 introductions regarding team ups, projects, recruitment etc. The event should be over by 9 where guests are welcoming to join as at The Brass Monkey for a few more drinks.

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

    Speakers:

    Matthew Healy - Discussion Driven Development

    Phillip Wheatley - Continuous Delivery for Native Mobile Applications

  • NCR Edinburgh are pleased to host a free talk by Aslak Hellesøy, the creator of Cucumber.

    Food and drink will be provided.

    More info on the eventbrite page.

  • ScotSoft2015 is the annual get together for the Scottish digital technology industries, from multinational IT companies to a wide range of software and digital media businesses.

    New for this year, ScotSoft is hosting a morning Developers Conference to bring together the ever brilliant, quirky and inquisitive developers across Scotland. The afternoon Global Forum, features keynote talks, interactive sessions and networking delivered by industry leaders from across the globe. Both will take place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh,. They will be followed by the Awards Dinner, held at the EICC, and join your peers in celebrating the young talent in our universities whilst enjoying the atmosphere at one of the most relaxed awards dinners you've ever attended.

  • 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 second floor.

    Meston Building
    Meston Walk
    University of Aberdeen
    Aberdeen
    AB24 3UE

  • Come along (venue to be confirmed) and meet other developers from Dundee's PHP community and help us decide the format and topics for future events.

    6:30pm for 7pm start.

    Have knowledge you want to share with the PHP community?
    We're currently looking for a speaker for this event.

  • Building for the web in the modern day offers an almost unlimited opportunity to tailor the technologies you use.  Many options are available to suit your style and what you're trying to build for each project.

    After several months of AngularJS specific meetups we found our discussion often migrated towards the entire stack we used (and abused).  This has led to some very interesting and useful discussions as people open up about the technologies they've used in the past, and what they're thinking of building with in the future.

    With that in mind we are moving the AngularJS meetup away from a specific focus on just AngularJS (although that's of course still welcome) to a more broad theme of web development technologies and how they combine to create a stack you love.

    We'll be looking for monthly contributors who want to talk about the technologies they're most comfortable with, looking at the pros, cons and unknowns.  Drop us a message if you fancy speaking.

  • A user group for the Python programming language, meeting in Manchester, UK

  • Monthly meetup of the Scottish Ruby User Group, meeting on the third Thursday of most months.

  • Over the weekend of September 18th- 20th, ACOSVO, in association with Mallzee and Social Stampede, will be running a 'hack-a-thon' event aiming to improve the work of the third sector in Scotland through technological innovation. We're working with six amazing charities who will each present a digital challenge from their organisations.

    The tech experts will break into teams and have 48 hours to design a solution to one of these challenges. A winning team will be chosen based on the most creative and innovative design that will most effectively help the beneficiaries of their chosen charity.
    If you have an interest in the Scottish start-up technology community, whether as a designer, developer, marketeer or anything else, then we want you!

  • Decoupage—from the French word découpe, meaning to cut out—is a craft or art form that entails pasting cut-outs (typically paper) to an object and then covering them with several coats of varnish or lacquer. Decoupage is a fun and easy way to decorate just about any object, including household items from small vases to large pieces of furniture--the possibilities are endless. Best of all, decoupage can be learned fairly quickly in just a few steps.

    Ticket price includes all materials, feel free to bring a small object to decorate, or choose from those provided, you will take home at least one decorated object. Tea and Biscuits included.

    The event is open to members and non-members alike, no previous experience is required. Members receive discount on ticket price.

  • We are changing ORG London events so our fantastic members can contribute more!

    *excuse the longer preamble than usual!*

    It’s clear from our workshops and interactive sessions that everyone has a lot of interesting things to say and we want to give you a chance to do just that.

    Two ORG London members have become group organisers, Allum and Grant. They came up with the idea of holding Lightning Talks. If it's really popular we'll make it a regular event, so let us know!

    Lightning Talks

    Lightning Talks are a series of short talks by group members to other members of the community. It’s  a chance for you to present a project or thoughts or ideas at ORG London.

    The evening will be on the theme of 'Campaigning and Activism', where we invite group members and supporters to tell us a bit about their experience. Future events will have different themes.

    By ‘Campaigning and Activism’ we mean:

     Experience of campaigning and spreading the word about an issue ...

  • Every Monday night from 7pm is our regular Social and Open Night.

    This event is open to everyone, feel free to drop in, have a look around, meet and chat with other people that enjoy Making, tinkering, designing, crafting and fabricating.

  • Our Monthly Meetup of the WordPress Leeds user group, including bloggers, publishers, journalists and developers covering a range of subjects from development, to legal issues on the web and everything in between. Group is open to anyone you don't even need to be using WordPress.

  • Let's talk python in a relaxed environment

  • 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.

  • Join us at our vendor neutral technology event at the Novotel Cardiff Centre on the 24th September. Our events are FREE to attend and are run by a committee of independent volunteers. Our aim is to provide an informative, educational environment where both delegates and sponsors can network in a relaxed atmosphere. This season we will be discussing hyper-convergence and the future of integrating virtualisation, storage and the datacentre.

    Come along for a chance to win some exciting prizes, meet local like-minded peers and learn from those already realising the benefits of virtualisation.

    Who attends?
    Our delegates are IT professionals in roles such as Infrastructure Engineer, Technical Architect and IT Manager. The programme is designed with this in mind, however, anyone with a professional interest in our user group streams is welcome at our events.

    For more information visit our website at www.technology.ug or contact us by email at kimi.smith@technology.ug or by phone on 01423 ...

  • 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 second floor.

    Meston Building
    Meston Walk
    University of Aberdeen
    Aberdeen
    AB24 3UE

  • Thanks to the generosity of LogicNow we have a venue for Go Group events. We are running every month with, mostly, a programming dojo and sometimes a talk.

    There will be beer, soft drinks and pizza provided.

    Your level of Go knowledge is irrelevant as the dojo is about learning, not showing off.

    A dojo consists of small groups of people, usually about 3, solving a simple, and hopefully entertaining, problem. At the end of the allotted time each group presents their solution.

    We now have a Google+ page at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109530883553399321390?cfem=1 where you can make comments and suggestions.

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