Tech Events in Yorkshire

April is a big month for events in Leeds as it sees the return of the Leeds Digital Festival! We’ve put together some of our highlights from the festival for you to have a look over as well as a few of our favourites from across the city.

On the 11th of April Agile Yorkshire are back at the platform! Agile Yorkshire is a monthly gathering of IT professionals from and in and around Yorkshire who meet to discuss Agile software development and Extreme Programming (XP) amongst a host of other IT issues.

This month Agile Yorkshire has Ian Franklin and Ashley Wheat as guests! Ian is a professionally trained business psychologist with over 20 years working as a consultant in the public and private sectors. He is currently in the process of developing the user research capability of NHS Digital’s Digital Delivery Centre. Ashley is an experienced user researcher with experience in working in both academia and industry. He has worked with various organisations such as NHS Digital and Sky Betting & Gaming, and is committed to making the voices of users heard in the fast paced, Agile environments.

More information register for tickets here: http://www.agileyorkshire.org/

Leeds Sharp is back for their April edition on the 26th you can find them at the platform Leeds!

If you’re a developer using or interested in programming with Microsoft technologies then you are more than welcome to attend. All skill levels are welcomed, from absolute beginner to high level genius.

This month they have Shahid Iqbal discussing the benefits and various different aspects of Kubernetes. He’ll be talking about and demoing the deployment of .NET applications to Kubernetes and then he’ll be finishing with a discussion of the future where you can deploy both legacy and modern .NET applications to the same platform.

More information register for tickets here: https://www.meetup.com/Leeds-Sharp/events/248567631/

Leeds testing atelier returns to Wharf Chambers on the 17th of April for another day filled with talks, panels, facilitated discussions and most importantly lots of people who care about testing!

Here’s the speaker lineup so far:

Gem Hill who’s been a web tester for 4-5 years and now works for the BBC. Gem also has two podcasts; Let’s talk about tests, baby and inner pod which is about mental health which her workshop will be focussing on. Twitter: @Gem_Hill

Jitesh Gosai (or Jit as he’s better known) has over 14 years test experiences working with companies from mobile manufacturers to OS builders and app developers. Jit currently works within the mobile platforms team in the BBC to help identify their test approach and how they can move to DevOps and beyond. Twitter: @jitgo

Thomas Crabtree is a self proclaimed testing geek and context driven tester with over 10 years experience in creating and delivering testing solutions for clients. In his talk he will be exploring ways in which we can become become much more agile in how we develop ourselves and others, and look at a set of ideas and a basic framework for doing it. Twitter: @thomascrabs

If you want any more info or if you even have an idea for a Leeds Atelier testing session please get in touch with the guys they’re always open to ideas! Get in touch via Twitter: @testing_atelier

April Spotlight – Leeds Digital Festival

They’re back and bigger than ever!

The organisers of Leeds Digital Festival have moved to a two week festival so they can make more noise about the digital sector in Leeds, and give companies and universities more opportunities to host events!

This year Leeds Digital Festival is hosting 161 events over the two week period!

Events already booked in include the return of festival favourites Fintech North and Code in the dark, as well as events based data, health tech, sports tech and startups.

Also we are hosting a special edition of The JVM Thing for the Digital Festival. Taking place on Thursday the 19th of April with a host of software enthusiasts from the regions leading tech employers sharing their knowledge related to the JVM ecosystem.

The Line up:

“JVM and Serverless – Kotlin at Skybet scale” – By Alex Stanthorpe @ Sky Betting & Gaming

“Getting Functional with Kotlin” – By James Morris @ Sky Betting & Gaming

“Building Full Stack Location Based Applications for the Mobile Industry” – By Serb Ocal @ EE Mobile

“200GB, Living Within your Means” – By Mark Jessop @ Anaplan

“Using Apache Spark with small data” – By Matt Thornfield @ Virtual Pair Programmers

To register to attend: https://leedsdigitalfestival.org/jvm-thing-lightning-talks-festival-special/

They’re adding events every day so keep an eye on their website for all the exciting news!