Our top tech events in the North this month


2nd October – How can Leeds win the tech race? – 3 Sovereign Square

One of the common challenges for the entire sector is recruitment and Leeds is no exception, with more than half of digital companies in the region reporting a problem. Is clustering the solution and, if it is, how can the city support the sector?

BusinessCloud has joined forces with leading property company Bruntwood for a breakfast event and they will be hosting some of the leading lights in the city’s digital industry.

Speakers include:

  • Anne Doran, Head of Innovation, Bruntwood
  • Eve Roodhouse, Chief Officer of Economic Development, Leeds City Council
  • Laura Harper, Partner, Head of Intellectual Property, ICT Law, Shoosmiths
  • Martin Stow, Director, Nexus
  • James Gupta, Founder and CEO, Synap
  • Richard Ellis, Managing Principal – Digital Retail, Answer Digital
  • Adam Hildreth, CEO, Crisp Thinking
  • Mark Fordyce, Managing Director, York Data Services
  • Tina Howell, Platform Lead, AND Digital
  • Jane Clynes, Events and Marketing Lead, BigChange

More Info: http://www.businesscloud.co.uk/events/2018-10-02-what-next-for-leeds


3rd October – CIO WaterCooler Live Leeds – @Aspire Leeds

These events focus on the key topics and challenges faced by technology leaders.

As part of their commitment to catalyse collaboration and connectivity in the technology community, they have now partnered with Northern IT Leaders Group to host their first event in the North!

The event aims to deliver:

  • Practical and strategic keynotes from the most recognised, relevant tech leaders
  • Interactive formats to encourage debate, dialogue and valuable outcomes
  • Knowledge share from leading vendors

They also have some guest speakers including; Tom Riordan, CEO of Leeds City Council, Nigel Watson, CIO of Northumbrian Water, Jo Graham, Technology Director of Morrisons, Roxanne Heaton, Technology Innovation Director and Caroline Carruthers, Group Data Director at Lowell Group.

More info and registration here: https://ciowatercooler.co.uk/cio-watercooler-live-leeds/


4th October – The JVM Thing – @ Aireside House

This month The JVM Thing will be focusing on Apache Kafka’s role in modern data architectures, and will be presented by Robin Moffatt.

Robin will be talking about “Embrace the anarchy: Apache Kafka’s role in modern data architectures” and then hosting a Q & A.

Robin is an Apache Kafka evangelist and dev advocate @ Confluent. Robin has been a blogger since 2009 and has published over 100 articles.

More info here: https://www.meetup.com/Leeds-JVMThing/events/254404621/


9th October – Testing Atelier – @ Wharf Chambers

The fully independent, punk, Leeds Testing Atelier is back at the wonderful Wharf Chambers for a day of learning, collaboration and laughs!

This months speakers include:

  • Vernon Richards
  • Colin Ameigh
  • Kim Crowe
  • Markus Albrecht
  • Robyn Daulby
  • Lewis Prescott
  • Ady Stokes
  • Alex Moore
  • Sophie Weston
  • Joe Stead
  • Suman Bala
  • Phil Sumpton
  • Christopher Chant

This is a really great event taking place in the heart of the city!

More info here: https://www.testingatelier.community/


9th October – Ada Lovelace Day – Tinkering, Matchmaking and Building Your Networks @ The Tiled Hall Cafe

‘Empowering Women with Science and Tech’ are hosting another event in celebration of Ada Lovelace! Taking Ada as an inspiration they will be hosting an evening of tinkering, matchmaking and building your networks (plus lots of drinks and nibbles).

More info here: https://www.meetup.com/Empowering-Women-with-Science-and-Technology/events/254035691/


9th October – Ada Lovelace Day @ Sky Betting and Gaming

A celebration of Ada Lovelace Day and other inspirational women!

Join Sky Betting & Gaming on the 9th of October and spend 15 minutes with 5 of their brilliant technologists learning about what their roles within the technology sector entail on a day to day business before rotating onto the next table. The session is designed to be informal and as interactive as possible so head down with lots of questions!

More info: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-technology-ada-lovelace-day-celebration-tickets-50164502377?aff=esli


18th October – Lancashire Tech Talks – Graham & Browne Design & Marketing Centre (Blackburn)

These guys are hosting their first ever meetup! Everyone is invited, their first meetup will focus on Innovation through AR for iOS, Cross Reality UX and Future Talent.

They will have a number of great guests including Rob Scott from the BBC, Any Lord (CEO) and Stuart Kirby (Next Gen Talent Director) of code nation.

The Graham & Browne app team will also be talking about the challenges of developing their first mobile app for iOS with augmented reality using ARKit, Xamarin and Microsoft Azure.

More info here: https://www.meetup.com/Lancashire-Tech-Talks/events/254607766/


18th October – The Power of UX Research: The Booking.com Story @ PRWD Ltd. (Manchester)

Senior UX Researcher at Booking.com Kari Peters, will be presenting and answering questions on how UX research is vital to the world-renowned approach to Booking’s online experience and its continued success.

The event will once again be hosted by PRWD’s founder Paul Rouke and there will be food and drink!

More info: https://www.meetup.com/The-Power-of-User-Research-Manchester/events/254956266/


25th October – Leeds Sharp @ Platform

This month, Leeds Sharp will be discussing Machine Learning with ML.NET and Azure.

Their guest speaker is Andy Cross, Andy is a co-founder of Elastacloud, an Azure Insider, co-founder of the UK London Azure User Group, an Azure MVP and a Microsoft Regional Director. An international speaker, Andy has lead teams using building the largest Hadoop and HDInsight specialist deployments on Azure.

More info: https://www.meetup.com/Leeds-Sharp/events/250848978/


25th October – Ministry of Testing Leeds – @ Infinity Works Consulting

This month, Gav Winter, founder of Ten10 will be the guest speaker at the Ministry of Testing.

Gav is well known within the test community and will be recounting his journey from a tester through to founding and running a large enterprise organisation! It will be a fascinating talk and a must for anyone looking to progress their career!

There are also a few more speakers in the pipeline so keep an eye on their meetup page for more info!

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Ministry-of-Testing-Leeds/events/254877572/?_xtd=gqFyqTE4ODE2MzY0MqFwpmlwaG9uZQ&from=ref