Lancashire Tech Talks: Innovation through AR for iOS, Cross-Reality UX and Future Talent

We’re excited to announce our first meet-up - on Thursday 18th October at Graham & Brown’s Design Centre in Blackburn.

We’ve got an awesome lineup of speakers, including Rob Scott from the BBC who will introduce a high-level taxonomy of Cross-Reality UX patterns, along with a framework to help decide which interactions make sense based on the story you’re trying to tell.

Andy Lord (CEO) and Stuart Kirby (Next Gen Talent Director) of Code Nation will be talking about how their developer bootcamp is creating the future talent of tomorrow.

The Graham & Brown App team will also talk about the challenges of developing their first mobile app for iOS with augmented reality using ARKit, Xamarin and Microsoft Azure!

There’ll be food and drinks provided, free parking and you’ll get a chance to play on our Microsoft HoloLens. This month’s meet-up is kindly sponsored by Code Nation (



18:00 - Doors open and networking

18:25 - Intro and welcome

18:30 - The G&B App Team

19:00 - Andy Lord & Stuart Kirby from Code Nation

19:20 - Break for food and drinks

19:50 - Rob Scott from the BBC

20:15 - Close


Speakers :

Rob Scott
User Experience Architect at the BBC

Rob Scott is a User Experience Architect at the BBC, currently working within BBC Education on products such as BBC Food and BBC Bitesize. He previously worked on the BBC’s ‘Global Experience Language’ (GEL) team, as well as products for internet-enabled big screen devices, including the pre-Rio Olympics refresh of the Red Button+ service.

Andy Lord & Stuart Kirby
Code Nation

Code Nation are an alternative pathway to developing future talent. With a bootcamp at the front, yoga in the middle and the apprenticeship levy at the end - what’s not to love....

Stephanie Nash, Andy Benson, Paul Martin & Andy Norton
Budget Innovation - Building an augmented reality app on a budget

In technology, innovation is traditionally thought of as an expensive process, especially with the headlines from lots of large companies like Amazon through to Marks and Spencers investing heavily in R&D labs and creating dedicated teams. Hear how Graham and Brown worked with students, interns and their own in-house team to deliver a ground breaking Augmented Reality app that solved an age old business problem for under £50k.


We're located 2 minutes from the M65 Junction 6 and 5 minutes from the bus stop on Furthergate (A678). Look out for our Design Centre (, the event will be sign posted. It's free parking on our car park, once you're here - head to reception!

If you have any specific dietary requirements please send a message to the Event Organisers.

Also, make sure you read our Code Of Conduct. (

Code of Conduct:
Lancashire Tech Talks Code of Conduct

The Lancashire Tech Talks Meetup group is dedicated to providing a harassment-free community for everyone, regardless of sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, body size, race, nationality, or religious beliefs. We do not tolerate harassment of community members in any form. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the community at the discretion of the Lancashire Tech Talks organisers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments related to sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, body size, race, nationality, or religious beliefs, deliberate intimidation, threats, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any Lancashire Tech Talks event or communication channel. Community members asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a community member engages in harassing behavior, the Lancashire Tech Talks organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion from the Lancashire Tech Talks community, and/or removal from an event. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an Lancashire Tech Talks organiser immediately, or as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.

The Lancashire Tech Talks organisers are listed in this Meetup group (over to the left of here if you're reading this page on the web) and can be contacted individually or as a group through Meetup.

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Lancashire Tech Talks is an open and friendly meetup for the local tech community in Lancashire. Come join us! We welcome people with an interest in software development, web design, data science, UX and beyond! We're focussed on providing an inclusive environment for like minded people of all ages and levels of experience to get together for talks and demos about all things tech.

Whether it's learning about cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, mobile development, machine learning or the latest in front-end, there's something for everyone in the tech community.