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  • Mobile and broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have created filters to stop under 18s from seeing harmful content online. Unfortunately, filters block many harmless websites by mistake - even sites that are aimed at children! Often website owners don't know that this is happening.

    Around 3.5 million households have filters switched on, through choice, or by default. In addition, many mobile phone users have filters enabled as they are on by default.

    We've developed the Blocked! tool to help check and report sites that shouldn't be filtered. By using the tool, not only will you be helping website owners, you will also increase transparency about how filters work and raise awareness of the problems they can cause.

    Join us on Monday 20 November to learn more about internet filtering in the UK and how you can use the Blocked! to help fight prevent the overblocking of websites.

  • Tom Schreiber on the state of the art of the elastic stack (a.k.a. ELK stack)

  • The first SheffieldML meetup.

    We'll start with lightning talks (short, 5-10 minute long talks). If you'd like to speak you're welcome to tell your machine learning story, talk about a great learning resource or technique you found, or descibe where you used machine learning to solve a problem.

    Then we'll take a look at Kaggle's Titanic tutorial problem. We might not complete the exercise, but we'll aim to make sure you can continue on your own.

    Where and When? We're looking to open doors at 6:30pm, and start the talks at 6:45. If you're late that's totally fine. Venue TBC but will be Sheffield within easy walking distance of the train station.

    What do I need? You'll need a laptop to take part in the Titanic tutorial. Python or R are the typical languages used in the tutorial - you're welcome to use your language of choice though.

    Is it beginner-friendly? Yes.

    But I'm an expert? It'd be great if you could speak and help coach beginners, we'll make sure there's space an...

  • Please join us for our second ExpertTalks in Sheffield!

    Session One: Organising for Continuous Delivery

    Continuous Delivery requires “a close, collaborative working relationship between everyone involved in delivery” but - as you are probably all too aware - most organisations don’t structure teams (or software) to achieve this.

    This talk explores what the communications structures of our organisations really are, and how they should best serve the systems we design? A Continuous Delivery talk with no mention of Continuous Integration, virtually nothing on Deployment Pipelines and a real effort not to mention DevOps (people, teams or mindset!) This is a lot about Organisations and Domains (a definition of the latter will be forthcoming), but mostly it’s about People…

    This talk is suitable for anyone involved with software delivery that thinks maybe, just maybe, the organisations they work with are not achieving flow quite as well as they could.

    Phil Parker, Partner, Equal Experts...

  • We have two talks this evening, we plan to start a little earlier - around 7:15pm - so please arrive by 7pm so we can start at 7:15. The talks should finish around 9pm, you're welcome to stay on for drinks and chat afterwards.

    7:15 - Our first talk is Work Smart, Not Hard by Paula Muldoon

    Work Smart, Not Hard draws on Paula’s experience as an international violinist and Makers Academy alumna to promote practices that lead to code that’s well-designed, extensible, easy to debug, and enjoyable to write. A 5-minute violin recital precedes the talk.

    Paula Muldoon retrained at Makers Academy after an international career as a violinist and is now a PHP developer at Kurt Geiger. She has performed in over 20 countries, including recording at Abbey Road, and also blogs as The Mindful Violinist and Fiddlers Code. Originally from the USA, she holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She loves software development because you never stop learn...

  • A bi-monthly event in Sheffield where we invite speakers from around the country to come and talk about their experiences in UX research and design projects.

  • Agile Dragons’ Den

    • Have a favourite technique for team retrospectives?

    • Got an idea for helping teams to find how to improve?

    • Found a way to help teams work through their challenges?

    Then come along to Agile Sheffield and pitch your retrospective techniques to our agile dragons and audience!

    At this month’s Agile Sheffield we’re playing Agile Dragons’ Den – Retro Retrospectives.

    We chose this topic based on your feedback from Agile Room 101 and that we’ve not covered retrospectives in detail.

    Fancy pitching a Retro Retrospective idea?

    If you’ve got a great retrospective technique that you use, have been developing or you have one that you’d like to fine tune, bring it along to our Agile Dragons’ Den.

    We’ll give you about 5 minutes on stage to sell your idea – how it’s supposed to work, the benefits and how it actually works (if you’ve been brave enough to try it!). To help sell it, we’ll need a picture/photo/illustration for the big screen. It doesn't have to be one you i...

  • Ho ho ho! Merry ShefTest! 🎄

    In a change to the usual presentation format, we've got some tenuously test related fun and games for the Christmas edition.

    First up...

    How the f**k do you test: Die Hard

    An idea lovingly borrowed from the Test Atelier in Leeds last month, and just wouldn't have the same impact without the sweary title (sorry mum). The 'How the f**k do you test Jurassic Park' session was a lot of fun and looked into how various dinosaur based disasters could have been prevented with just a little bit of testing.

    Because it's not Christmas until Hans Gruber falls off Nakatomi Plaza, we'll be taking a look at some of the key points in Die Hard and discussing how some forward planning and analysis could have saved young Bruce from all of that bare footed running about.

    Yippee-ki-yay mother flippers!

    Then, after a short break...

    Games.

    Thats it. That's all you're getting. I'm not giving anything away. I don't want any spoilers.

    But wait. There's more...

    Win some swag...

  • Well, it's our last meetup of the year, and I'm very excited to announce we have Ruth John (@Rumyra) travelling all the way to Sheffield to share with us some amazing Web Audio projects!

    Afterwards, you're invited to join us at the Rutland Arms for our final social of 2017.


    How to be a Web AV Artist
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    Come and be fascinated by the world of audio visualisation in a browser. This isn’t just about creating stunning data vis to music! We see how we can pipe data realtime into custom properties to enhance our visuals. The speaker re-addresses how we analyse sound via the Web Audio API and proposes a better way of processing the data to better suit music, and, to top it all off, we harness the Web MIDI API for full hardware control as well. You may not think it, but this really is a talk with a great deal of take-aways and new techniques for you to consider in your coding life.

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    Ruth is a web technologist and Google Developer Expert. She likes to...

  • December is a time for winding down, so we'll be having some Xmas drinks and food at Aagrah.

    We will plan to meet at a pub close by (If you have any recommendation comment below) then we'll head to Aagrah for 7:30pm.

    Our sponsor Modis has offered to provide some drinks free of charge to get the night going.

    We will be requiring a deposit of £10 per person, this is required for booking table. Feel free to sign up and either send me a message online to transfer the money or hand me the money direct at one of our meetups.

  • Join us in our monthly meetup to discuss: the current state of digital rights, what we've done in the past month, and what we are planning to do in the upcoming months (local events to attend or events we organise). Maybe a member will give a short (15 - 30 minute) briefing on a topical subject at the beginning of the meeting (e.g. on UK / international legislation, topical privacy or security things such as, say, leaks of medical records).

    To find out more about our topics and ORG's work in general go to:
    www.openrightsgroup.org

    If you are interested in joining the group of local organisers, please subscribe to our mailing list:
    lists.openrightsgroup.org

    And if you have any question feel free write us to
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  • • What we'll do
    Join ORG staff and volunteers for an informal event at the pub with buffet-style food.

  • Tired of Twitter? Fed up with Facebook? Miss the variety and quirkiness of the open web? Be the change you want to see in the world by coming to our introduction to the Indieweb!

    IndieWeb is a set of software utilities which allows maintainers of personal, independently hosted blogs to independently maintain their social data on their own web domains rather than on large, centralized social networking services. Find out more on the IndieWeb website.
    At the session you’ll learn about the philosophy behind Indieweb and the benefits (and challenges) it presents. Just as importantly, you’ll learn how to go about reducing your dependency on the big platforms and building your own independent identity on the web.
    We're pleased to announce Kevin Marks, leading IndieWeb advocate and inventor and one of the inventors of Microformats will be joining us for the session. We're also hoping to welcome members of the Homebrew Website Club, a meetup of creatives passionate about improving their own w...

  • A FREE monthly WordPress meetup for developers, designers, bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts organised by Kimb Jones & supported by Make Do and the Sheffield Hallam University.

  • Ever wondered how to write a tile-matching game (like Candy Crush and the earlier Bejeweled)? Traditionally game developers would write a game - the graphics, state, and user interaction - in an imperative style, but recently the functional approach is getting more popular.

    Hakim Cassimally (BBC, Manchester LambdaLounge) has been exploring the process of developing a tile-matching game in Clojure. He'll present present some of the basics of modelling the game grid, and playing a basic event loop, introducing some important concepts in functional programming and simple game development.
    This is a beginner-friendly talk.

    Where and When? Sheffield City Centre (exact venue TBC), December 12th. Talk starts at 7pm.

    What do I need? You don't need anything. Bring a laptop if you want to try some of the ideas in the talk. Try the Clojure Getting Started page if it's your first time with Clojure and come along at 6:30pm if you need any help setting up.

    Image credit: Nick Youngson ht...

  • Fabio Natali will be giving a presentation on the Cryptobar installation, a project aimed at spreading the word about privacy (and privacy-enhacing technologies) in an artistic and accessible way.

    All welcome.

  • A PHP user group attracting a mix of local and national speakers each month, covering all aspects of PHP development and associated technologies (frontend, server and database) followed by opportunity for discussion afterwards.

  • Details To Be Confirmed

  • January Meetup, Talk TBC

  • A FREE monthly WordPress meetup for developers, designers, bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts organised by Kimb Jones & supported by Make Do and the Sheffield Hallam University.

  • January meeting is SECOND Tuesday, instead of the usual first Tuesday to avoid New Year.

    Join us in our monthly meetup to discuss: the current state of digital rights, what we've done in the past month, and what we are planning to do in the upcoming months (local events to attend or events we organise). Maybe a member will give a short (15 - 30 minute) briefing on a topical subject at the beginning of the meeting (e.g. on UK / international legislation, topical privacy or security things such as, say, leaks of medical records).

    To find out more about our topics and ORG's work in general go to:
    www.openrightsgroup.org

    If you are interested in joining the group of local organisers, please subscribe to our mailing list:
    lists.openrightsgroup.org

    And if you have any question feel free write us to
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  • A PHP user group attracting a mix of local and national speakers each month, covering all aspects of PHP development and associated technologies (frontend, server and database) followed by opportunity for discussion afterwards.

  • Dave Liddament showing us how to Live and Breathe Testing

  • Details TBC

  • A bi-monthly event in Sheffield where we invite speakers from around the country to come and talk about their experiences in UX research and design projects.

  • Talk TBC.

    Martin is a technical evangelist for Microsoft based in the UK. In his role, Martin talks with customers, partners, start-ups and anyone who is willing to listen about developing applications on the Microsoft platform. This includes Windows, Office, Microsoft Azure and Web technologies including ASP.net and the Edge browser. Martin has been working with Microsoft development technologies since the late 90's and has been working for Microsoft directly since 2005.

  • Join us in our monthly meetup to discuss: the current state of digital rights, what we've done in the past month, and what we are planning to do in the upcoming months (local events to attend or events we organise). Maybe a member will give a short (15 - 30 minute) briefing on a topical subject at the beginning of the meeting (e.g. on UK / international legislation, topical privacy or security things such as, say, leaks of medical records).

    To find out more about our topics and ORG's work in general go to:
    www.openrightsgroup.org

    If you are interested in joining the group of local organisers, please subscribe to our mailing list:
    lists.openrightsgroup.org

    And if you have any question feel free write us to
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  • Matt Brunt on Behaviour Driven Development & Behat

  • Details TBC

  • Following our continued success of the lightning talks, we are hosting another round! We will be having 5 speakers doing a 10-15 minute lightning talks, if you would like to get involved please message me on meetup or twitter.

    A lightning talk is a very short presentation lasting only a few minutes, given at a conference or similar forum. Several lightning talks will usually be delivered by different speakers in a single session, sometimes called a data blitz.

    (en.wikipedia.org)

    Agenda:

    Slot 1 - Chris Perks (@perksc) - Elasticsearch

    Slot 2 - John Stovin (@johnstovin) - Paket

    Slot 3 - Kevin Smith (@kev_bite) - Messaging with MassTransit

    Slot 4 - Elliot Chaim - Hadoop/HDInsights

    Slot 5 - TBA

  • Join us in our monthly meetup to discuss: the current state of digital rights, what we've done in the past month, and what we are planning to do in the upcoming months (local events to attend or events we organise). Maybe a member will give a short (15 - 30 minute) briefing on a topical subject at the beginning of the meeting (e.g. on UK / international legislation, topical privacy or security things such as, say, leaks of medical records).

    To find out more about our topics and ORG's work in general go to:
    www.openrightsgroup.org

    If you are interested in joining the group of local organisers, please subscribe to our mailing list:
    lists.openrightsgroup.org

    And if you have any question feel free write us to
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  • Details To Be Confirmed

  • Join us in our monthly meetup to discuss: the current state of digital rights, what we've done in the past month, and what we are planning to do in the upcoming months (local events to attend or events we organise). Maybe a member will give a short (15 - 30 minute) briefing on a topical subject at the beginning of the meeting (e.g. on UK / international legislation, topical privacy or security things such as, say, leaks of medical records).

    To find out more about our topics and ORG's work in general go to:
    www.openrightsgroup.org

    If you are interested in joining the group of local organisers, please subscribe to our mailing list:
    lists.openrightsgroup.org

    And if you have any question feel free write us to
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  • Details To Be Confirmed

  • Join us in our monthly meetup to discuss: the current state of digital rights, what we've done in the past month, and what we are planning to do in the upcoming months (local events to attend or events we organise). Maybe a member will give a short (15 - 30 minute) briefing on a topical subject at the beginning of the meeting (e.g. on UK / international legislation, topical privacy or security things such as, say, leaks of medical records).

    To find out more about our topics and ORG's work in general go to:
    www.openrightsgroup.org

    If you are interested in joining the group of local organisers, please subscribe to our mailing list:
    lists.openrightsgroup.org

    And if you have any question feel free write us to
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