• Free-to-attend digital mentoring for small businesses, charities, social enterprises, and the local authority. is a collaborative effort from the digital community to help small businesses, charities and social enterprises with digital.

  • 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.

  • Applications for the 2018 Home Office Digital Internship programme are due to launch in April, with placements in user research, interaction design, content design, service design and software engineering.

    Before then, we’ll hold open days so potential applicants can learn more about the programme and the work we do at the Home Office.

    These days are open to anyone with relevant educational achievements or work experience.

  • Quantitative research, qualitative research, heat mapping and analytics all have a part to play in understanding the user experience.

    But what if the user experience is a bit more complex than a website or an app? What if people had to navigate a heritage site, a museum or an art gallery while holding a bespoke digital device? What if the content on that device was considered, by the organisation, an essential element of their visit experience? And what if the interface, architecture or content on that device hadn’t been tested?

    The visitor is having to negotiate a physical space, a digital space and take in information on skeletons of giant pre-historic sloths (they existed, I’ll bring a picture), or try and grasp the nuances of Jackson Pollock’s abstract expressionist works. The cognitive load is immense, so how do visitors find this experience?

    Go along with them and find out, that’s what I do. Be that third wheel or gooseberry, be Louis Theroux during their visit (with the...

  • This month we've got two things planned

    • Change the Language, Change the Rules - The language we use influences the way we see the world, how we work together and what we believe is possible. Want to find out how the structure of language, neuroscience and a bit of pseudoscience can help build a high-performing agile team? Then drop by for a case study on how to use Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) in agile teams, with real world examples, hints, tips and tricks.

    • GROW method - A deep dive into coaching teams using GROW, helping teams and organisations to learn faster and grow!


    • Doors open at 6pm

    • We start talking at 7pm

    • We have a break

    • We finish talking at about 8:30pm

  • Join us on the 29th March for the second Front End Sheffield User Group, this time based at the Cantor Building at Sheffield Hallam University. Front End Sheffield is a bi-monthly event which alternates with Sheffield JS.

    This month we'll be welcoming two speakers:

    Phil Lennon, a Frontend, UI & Hybrid App Developer from Manchester will be talking about "A guide to contracting (As honest as possible without getting sued)". Find Phil on Twitter at

    Rowan Merewood is a former Sheffielder now Developer Advocate at Google in London, he'll be talking to us about Progressive Web Apps. Find Rowan on Twitter at

    6:15pm - Doors
    6:30pm - Welcome
    6:40pm - Talk 1 + Q&A
    7:10pm - Talk 2 + Q&A
    7:40pm – Pub!

  • 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.

  • February's event will be split into two parts, Mark Thompson presenting on Building a private cloud on a shoestring using Ovh and the second half will be Robin Minto presenting #FAIL - Lessons from infosec incidents.

    Building a private cloud on a shoe string using Ovh

    We’ve all heard of AWS and Azure. Here’s a third option, the third biggest web host in the world according to Netcraft – Ovh. In this talk will discuss how you can build your own platform, from the hardware up, if desired, using Hyper-V and .NET to control and expand your cloud around the world. We will talk about using .NET to connect to the Ovh API as well as to manage Hyper-V, virtual machines and cloud infrastructure. Using C# we can quickly build applications to monitor and manage your firewall, load balancers and servers. Living the Dev Ops dream from C# or power shell for the cost of a half decent meal. Mark Thompson

    #FAIL - Lessons from infosec incidents

    Securing a web application is a challenge. The internet...

  • 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.

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  • With interest in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies going through the roof, Blockchain, the technology behind it, has never been more relevant. But how does it work?

    This talk is a technical introduction to Blockchains.
    What are they?
    How are they different from traditional architecture?
    What makes them unique?
    It also dives into Smart Contracts, explaining how you can encapsulate logic on the Blockchain, and wraps up with examples of real-world applications currently being developed and in-use.

    James Morgan and Andy Gray.
    Founders of Blockchain Manchester and Associates at Equal Experts

    **Food and drink will be provided - we look forward to seeing you there!**

  • It’s that time again! One of the biggest talking points at our last Lean Coffee event was automated testing! So, come join us for some 10 minute lightning talks on people’s automation frameworks and approaches to automated testing. We already have a couple of volunteers, but anyone is welcome to standup and give a quick summary of how they use automated tests and how they write them. No slides are necessary, and there will be a whiteboard should you need it! (Doodles and drawings are also optional).
    See you there!

    For those wondering why Marches ShefTest is in April, unfortunately we struggled to get a room at the Rutland :( (They’re getting popular!)

  • Do you use coding in your business? Are you familiar with visual programming language?

    Visual programming allows programs to be treated as visual objects. Compared with traditional text based code, visualisations allow the relationships and dependencies in the code, and between the code and its output.

    You're invited to this two day workshop (12th & 19th April) that will review existing approaches and research methods of visual programming to assess their value. The workshop is run by the Sheffield Innovation Programme with academic experts from the Communication and Computing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, and the University of Sheffield.

    The workshop is relevant to anyone that is familiar with the complexity of coding or professionals that will be using coding soon within business, professional developers looking for new ways of coding and trainers needing methods to make coding easier.

  • 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.

  • The second day of this event - see 12/4/2018 for the first day and details

  • 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.

  • Messaging - RabbitMQ, Azure (Service Bus), Docker and Azure Functions

    Message queuing is becoming an essential part of modern architectures and essential for asynchronous architectures and microservices. In this session will be described the benefits of messaging systems, the software solutions that are available and typical messaging architectures. Examples will be made using Azure Storage Queues, Azure Service Bus and RabbitMQ. This talk is primarily about messaging, however as this session is for tech hipsters, the demos will be done giving an extensive introduction to Azure functions, Azure Resource Manager Templates, .Net Core and Docker.

    John Staveley is an organiser at LeedsSharp with 17 years programming experience and has been a heavy user of RabbitMQ and Azure in the past couple of years.

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  • Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of APIness : The Secret to Happy Code

    We spend our lives working with systems created by other people. From the UI on our phones to the cloud infrastructure that runs so much of the modern internet, these interactions are fundamental to our experience of technology - as engineers, as developers, as users - and user experiences are viral. Great user experiences lead to happy, productive people; bad experiences lead to frustration, inefficiency and misery.

    Whether we realise it or not, when we create software, we are creating user experiences. People are going to interact with our code. Maybe those people are end users; maybe they're the other developers on your team. Maybe they're the mobile app team who are working with your API, or the engineers who are on call the night something goes wrong. These may be radically different use cases, but there's one powerful principle that works across all these scenarios and more - and it's called discoverability. In...

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  • 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.



    Slot 1 - Zoltán Lehóczky (@zlehoczky ( - Hastlayer Talk

    Slot 2 - Andrew Gunn (@andrewgunn ( - Power BI

    Slot 3 - Elliot Chaim (@elliotchaim ( - TBA

    Slot 4 - Kiran Singh - No Estimates

    Slot 5 - Kevin Smith (@kev_bite ( - Error Monitoring with Raygun

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    Speakers and discussion topics to be announced soon.

  • "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.

    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 them with the messy human communication side of agile, and sometimes it's through teaching better software crafting practices - but it's usually at least so...

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  • Details to follow.