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  • Where do you start with a machine learning problem? What are good algorithms and what techniques can you use to get good performance? This month, we're running a Kaggle session - we'll pick a problem or two and tackle them together.

    If you're new to machine learning and keen to get started, check out the Titanic problem - www.kaggle.com - and predict who survives!

    (You can find "kernels" - interactive notebooks that other people have written to solve the problem - to learn and help inspire your solutions. Here's a link to top-voted kernels for the Titanic problem, you'll find both R and Python available: www.kaggle.com)

    We'll see who comes on the day and decide how to proceed. Maybe we'll decide to all work on one problem together, or split into smaller groups if we have different interests in the group. No question too basic, no technique too advanced.

    It's an opp...

  • About The Session:

    Container technologies are rapidly becoming the de-facto way to deploy cloud applications, of which an enormous amount are written for the JVM. Oracle's Java teams have committed to making Java a good citizen in the world of containers. This talk will cover some of the new (and old) tools and techniques for reducing container size, for improving startup time and sharing of data between JVMs, and the recent work that has gone into interacting with container resource limitations.

    About The Speaker:

    Matthew Gilliard is a (somewhat) functional programmer who enjoys all kinds of language nerdery. He currently works at Oracle on the Fn Project, an open-source serverless compute platform. Helping to make Java in the cloud as good as it can be. Past lives include OpenStacking, teaching English to highschoolers and a whole lot of Clojure and Java.
    @MaximumGilliard

    About The Session:

    With Kubernetes becoming the de facto (vs. OpenShift, EKS, PKS, GCE, etc.) abstraction fo...

  • Please note: Because of the world cup football, this is the rescheduled meetup. Normally our meetups are the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

    Ruth Ivimey-Cook will lead a short talk examining some of the many ways that web projects are deployed to production servers and her experiences of doing so, to set the scene for a group discussion. We want to explore both good and bad deployment experiences and processes (not only those mentioned) to produce what we think of as best practice. Ruth will post a summary of the main points after the event.

    We welcome notes about less usual deployment methods for inclusion in the introductory talk. Please pass on details in a few short paragraphs to the organisers (John, Simon or Jo) by 6th July.

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    Ruth is an experienced senior software engineer and Drupal webdev, currently working for CPL's digital team as a full stack developer. She has been part of the Drupal community since 2011 and has worked with PHP since 1999. She has hosted her own internet...

  • Information for a ticketed event organised by Amnesty International Cambridge Group - free tickets here www.eventbrite.co.uk

    Note the event has been moved by Amnesty Cambridge from 11th July to 18th!

    This event seems relevant ORG Cambridge member interests, details copied from Amnesty's event description ...

    Internet Privacy, Surveillance and Human Rights - from Edward Snowden to Cambridge Analytica

    Internet privacy matters more than most people realise - it isn’t just about ‘individual privacy’ but it underpins many of our human rights, from freedom of speech and access to information to freedom of assembly and association to protection from discrimination. Social media, big data analysis and profiling and ‘tailoring’ services can let powerful groups - whether governmental or corporate - manipulate and influence people without their even knowing it. This talk by...

  • Stuart Herbert talks us through the importance of automation.

  • 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.

  • Talk 1 Details:

    Do serverless cloud platforms leave you with more questions than answers? This session will focus on migrating from traditional applications to serverless cloud platforms. You’ll learn about serving files without a web server, managing application state in a stateless environment, running background processes in ephemeral runtimes and more. These techniques will enable you to build modern applications using serverless platforms. This session is for developers who see the benefits of serverless but are struggling to adjust to a serverless world.

    About the speaker:

    James Thomas is the Lead Developer Advocate for Serverless at IBM Cloud. He spends his time speaking at conferences, writing blog posts or creating open-source code to share the awesomeness of serverless cloud platforms. James is a committer on Apache OpenWhisk, the open-source serverless platform. He wrote (and maintains) the official JavaScript client library. He also created the OpenWhisk provider plugin...

  • Ben Falk will be leading a session getting volunteers to log as many subject access requests as possible, from as many organisations as possible, as a first step towards building a ‘data democracy.’

    You will be given instructions on how to request your data from organisations that include the Home Office, the NHS and Facebook, hopefully highlighting how much of your data is available to you, and prompting you to ask the question ‘what do I do with all this?’

    Please bring a laptop or tablet if you wish to take part.

  • We are lucky enough to have a member of the Beano Studios team coming to give us an insight into how they created this award-winning experience. James Nation, Head of Design & UX, will talk about Beano Studio’s approach to UX and design and will dive into how Beano.com was relaunched as a completely new digital network, with the goal of providing kids with an ever-changing digital stream that reflects their lives through an eclectic mix of content types.

    TICKETS WILL BE RELEASED NEXT WEEK - DON'T MISS OUT

  • If you don’t work in digital, it can be very hard to know where to start.
    legup.social is a free to attend event for small businesses, charities and social enterprises. At the event you'll be paired with a mentor from the digital community to help you get what you need from digital.

  • The State of Kotlin:

    Over the last three months Zan Markan ran a survey of the global Kotlin ecosystem. His goal was to learn how developers use and adopt Kotlin - either in work or side projects, or just for playing around, and what are some of the most popular resources for learning it. The survey was a great success, and gained over 2400 responses in total! The results are meant to become a resource for the Kotlin community. Something we can all look at for interesting insights that will also help drive adoption of Kotlin in our teams and organisations.

    To give you a taster, here’s a few questions he asked in the survey:
    • How big is Android as a proportion of all Kotlin developers
    • Are people happy naming libraries and tooling with K
    • What are the favourite features of the language
    • What kind of DSLs are people building with Kotlin and for what use-cases

    This talk will answer all these questions, and more. But be warned, some answers might surprise you.

    Speaker Bio:

    Zan is...

  • Sheffield meetup for web designers & developers: UX/UI, content, accessibility, and code.

    Details of speakers and location to be confirmed nearer the time.

  • A demonstration of the impact of communication (or lack of) in achieving any goal.

    This months Agile Sheffield meetup is delivered by Becky Leggett from Joule Digital.

    "One of the top questions I've received recently is about how to re-unite disconnected teams that are working in silos and create a more inclusive environment. Often the problem is around ineffective communications so I'm going to explore the impact of this and some useful techniques that can be used to tackle the issue."

    It's going to be a practical agile sheffield meetup, so you'll get a chance to learn and try some great techniques to get teams working better together.

  • Welcome to the first LJC Workshop Day being held on Saturday 28th July.

    ALL WORKSHOPS START AT 10AM - PLEASE ONLY SELECT TICKETS FOR ONE OF THEM.

    Please register for your chosen workshop on Eventbrite with your full name. Photo I.D will be required on the day. We will send you a separate email confirming what you will need to participate in your workshop.

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    Workshop 1: Kotlin: the server side with Uberto Barbini

    Kotlin language is very powerful and incredibly productive. It is currently used mostly for Android development but it has great potentiality on the backend.
    This workshop will show you how to implement and improve a backend application architecture based on EventSourcing architecture using functional programming in Kotlin.

    Kotlin is also very friendly to functional paradigm. You will learn the bases of Functional Programmin...

  • Please note that this event is ticketed as previous similar events have proved to be reasonably popular. Tickets are free but donations to our hosts, Union St., will be welcome on the day. The link for the ticket page is here: www.eventbrite.com

    The micro:bit and hardware project evenings are intended for the most part to be an excuse to play around. You will be encouraged to pair or team up with others and see what you can make. If you are a newcomer to python, you will be learning by experimentation rather than through a formal tutorial. There are expected to be a number of people with enough knowledge of python around to help those who get stuck.

    There will be some micro:bits available to play with over the evening although you can bring your own. Alternatively you might choose to bring a Raspberry Pi or anything else you want.

    Attendees are also encouraged to bring along any projects they...

  • BDD Kickstart is a two-day training in the fundamentals of Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) and Cucumber. Thousands of agile teams are benefiting from clearer understanding and greater collaboration between business and IT that BDD brings.

    By the end of this course you will acquire the fundamental technical and non-technical skills required to confidently practise BDD.

  • How not to get stung...

    Yes, this month at ShefTest we're talking everything OWASP!

    We'll be having a run through the latest Top 10, looking at how to test for vulnerabilities and defend against them in the first place. Share your favourite security testing wins and fails. Bring a device if you want and we'll check out some vulnerable apps and VMs that you can practice on at home.

    < and here comes the usual end spiel. blah blah blah... if you'd like to present, sponsor or host a meetup then please do get in touch. >

  • A health check for newly practicing ScrumMasters. The clinic is a place to come to share your struggles, offer ideas, listen and learn, and become rejuvenated in your work. There is no set agenda, rather each clinic will be structured around the current needs of the participants. Through the use of various learning techniques, including interactive exercise, role-play, pair dialog and whole group conversation specific issues will be explored, and resolutions sought.

  • August session will be split into 2 talks, "APIs on the Scale of Decades" by Gary Fleming and "Performance in the Javascript Era" with Benjamin Howarth.

    "APIs are hard. They are pretty much ship now, regret later." -- Chet Haase.

    What do Greek philosophy, early video games, and Japanese bullet trains tell us about how we should design our APIs?

    Writing any old API is easy. Writing an API that can evolve to meet your needs over the coming months, years, and even decades; now that's hard. We'll look at some common practices and try to see where they go wrong, some misunderstood techniques and how to use them better, and some less common practices that might be useful.

    Let me give you some good advice that'll help you evolve your APIs, and some big ideas that might provoke some interesting thoughts.

    Bio:
    Gary is an agile provocateur, software nomad, and lean mercenary. His main hobby is to try and help companies to build better software in better ways. Sometimes this is by helping th...

  • After the vote against the new European Copyright rules in the European Parliament the issue will return to MEPs to discuss in September after the summer recess. Julia Reda MEP for the European Pirate Party has suggested a #SaveYourInternet action day on Sunday 26th August. Let's discuss ORG national and local plans for this.

    Julia Reda's call for the action day is here - twitter.com

    Also lets plan some outreach to the university students around Digital Rights for when term restarts in October, e.g. a CryptoParty? We need a venue and some speakers.

    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 t...

  • Monthly WordPress meetup in Sheffield

  • OggCamp is an unconference celebrating Free Culture, Free and Open Source Software, hardware hacking, digital rights, and all manner of collaborative cultural activites and is committed to creating a conference that is as inclusive as possible. If you’ve got a story to tell, no matter your background or current status, whether it’s your first talk or you’ve loads of experience, as long as the talk is connected (somehow) to our theme then we want to know about it.

  • Sheffield meetup for web designers & developers: UX/UI, content, accessibility, and code.

    Details of speakers and location to be confirmed nearer the time.

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  • 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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  • THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED

    This timely seminar will consider the future for the usage, regulation and commercialisation of drones in the UK.

    It takes place following the Government’s announcement that it will seek to bring forward a draft Drone Bill in the summer of this year and that new laws governing drone usage will come into force in July - seeking to ensure safety whilst also setting out aspirations to put the UK at the forefront of drone technology development.

    In the context of further initiatives, including Project Chatham and the government-funded Flying High Challenge, which will support cities in the development of drone technology that can transform critical services, delegates will discuss next steps for promoting the development of the UK drone industry - including infrastructure, innovation, insurance and commercial applications.

    Following the publication of the European Aviation Safety Agency's proposed regulatory framework for drones, planned sessions wil...

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    This timely seminar will be an opportunity to discuss what needs to be put in place to successfully deliver the Creative Industries Sector Deal, recently agreed between the Government and the creative industries as part of the Industrial Strategy.

    The agenda focuses on next steps for key elements of the Deal, looking at investment, intellectual property, the talent pipeline and priorities for the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) being launched by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and will also assess what is missing from the Deal and how it might evolve in the future.

    Sessions will consider the way ahead for attracting and retaining talent, including skills development, career pathways and diversity, and discuss what further support is needed to grow private sector investment and exports, and enable IP holders across the UK to attract backing.

    Planned sessions will examine the expected launch of the Creative Industries P...

  • The Festival of Maintenance will be a celebration of those who maintain different parts of our world, and how they do it, recognising the often hidden work done in repair, custodianship, stewardship, tending and caring for the things that matter.

    Maintainers can be found in many contexts, including nature, software, infrastructure, communities, industry, information, arts and heritage. The Festival will bring together traditional disciplines of maintenance, repair and stewardship, with new forms such as supporting digital products, sustaining open source software, and moderating online communities. The Festival aims to share learning around maintainer skills and tools and how maintenance is resourced and rewarded, and to boost the morale of maintainers across sectors with inspiring ideas and stories. The 2018 Festival of Maintenance will start a lasting conversation across communities of maintainers and stewards, building shared practices, and raising awareness more widely of the...

  • Sheffield meetup for web designers & developers: UX/UI, content, accessibility, and code.

    Details of speakers and location to be confirmed nearer the time.

  • Octobers session will be split into 2 talks, "Elasticsearch? do I need it? and how do I get it working with my .NET code?" by David Betteridge and "Outside-In TDD" with Ian Russell.

    Outside-In TDD (AKA London School) is a TDD style developed and adopted by some of the first XP practitioners in London which begins with writing an Acceptance Test for a feature and test driving the code out to implement that feature by concentrating on collaborating objects and behaviour. This session will demonstrate some of the techniques required by this approach, help you appreciate some of the potential pitfalls such as over-engineering and an over use of Mocking and how it enables you to more easily write better Object-Oriented code.

    Ian is an experienced agile software developer with a keen interest in software craftsmanship and functional programming in F#. He is the organiser of Warwickshire.Net, a principles-focussed user group for the Warwickshire/West Midlands .Net community.

    Elasticsearch?...

  • 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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    This timely seminar will examine latest progress and next steps for attracting and retaining women in the technology sector, and supporting their progression.

    Delegates will assess priorities for the development of a diverse talent pipeline - looking at what more might be done to address barriers to entry, encourage more women to study STEM, and improve links between education, policy and industry.

    They will also consider the future role of women in the development of cutting-edge tech and driving the UK’s international competitiveness.

    Following the recent publication of the first year of gender pay gap reporting, further sessions will examine issues around recruitment and career progression, as well as discussing wider challenges regarding workplace culture - including improving transparency, enhancing employer engagement, encouraging mentoring and network initiatives, and establishing conducive working environments for all.

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    This timely seminar will consider the future for arts and culture in England, with a focus on funding, participation and technology.

    It is timed to consider key themes emerging from Arts Council England’s consultation on their strategy for the next ten years - with an initial report expected in the Summer and a further formal consultation to follow in the Autumn.

    Delegates will examine issues around access to funding - discussing what further action might be taken to address increased competition for public support, reduce reliance on public resources, diversify revenue streams and business models, attract private investment, and exploit IP and assets.

    The seminar will also provide an opportunity to consider what more might be done to resource culture more effectively and maximise its value, drawing on responses to the recently launched Cultural Cities Enquiry.

    Attendees will assess priorities for expanding the socio-economic contribution of c...

  • 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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    This timely seminar will examine the latest thinking on the relationship between young people and digital technology - looking at empowerment, digital literacy and online safety.

    The seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the further steps that might be taken by policymakers and schools to empower young people online and develop their digital resilience and literacy, following calls from the Children’s Commissioner to allow schools to be more creative in how they address these issues in the curriculum.

    Delegates will also discuss key issues around young people’s use of social media, following the Commissioners’ Life in Likes report which highlighted the adverse effects it can have on 8-12 year old’s mental health and well-being.

    The seminar is also timed to follow the Government’s upcoming response to the consultation on its Green Paper on Internet Safety Strategy, and further sessions will look at what more might be done to ensure that childr...

  • 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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  • 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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