• 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.

  • 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...

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


    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...

  • 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.


    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...


    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...


    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.


    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...


    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...