Note the change of date!
Tech Nottingham has moved to the second Monday of each month
Dungeons, Dragons & Developers
by Matt Brunt
You enter the dungeon, as the echoes of your footsteps sound around you, something catches your eye - is that… oh, oh no.
You grab your trusty sword and with your fellow adventurers, you seek to overcome the mighty challenge that lays ahead of you: building software.
This talk is a look at some of the parallels between Dungeons and Dragons, and software development.
We’ll see how lessons learned through delving into dungeons and fighting monsters with a party of adventurers can help teams of developers when building software in the real world.
Are you ready to join me in a mighty quest for better software?
Matt Brunt is a Senior Software Engineer with Viva IT where he leads and mentors a team of developers, helping them to learn and grow into their full potential.
In his spare time, he's an organiser for the PHP East Midlands user group, and the PHP East Midlands yearly Unconference. When not tinkering with code he can be found reading comics, fighting monsters in dungeons and dragons, or drinking tea and eating jaffa-cakes.
Small Steps To A Better World: Content Warnings And Socially Responsible Practice
by Will Ellwood
Everything is terrible. How can we change that? In this talk we will discuss how speculative fiction magazines can publish fiction & articles to a global audience in a way that is accountable to their readers.
We will also discuss ways in which we can look at and implement policies and technologies which allow us to be technologists who are accountable for the harm their work may cause and posses the tools to slow the emergence of what the writer Bruce Sterling calls the "Gothic Hi-Tech"; a world in which technology is brilliant but everything is dying.
Will is a Linux System Administrator for GoDaddy and site administrator for the online speculative fiction magazine Strange Horizons. He has previously worked at a large retail company as a infrastructure engineer and also volunteered as "DevOps" for Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland.
Will is always tired, drinks too much coffee, and will probably die in a book avalanche.
Win a D&D starter set at Tech Nottingham!
In honour of Matt's talk we're giving away a D&D starter set to one lucky attendee! Attend and tweet on the #TechNott hashtag to be in with a chance!
Win free JetBrains software!
This month at Tech Nottingham we'll also be giving away a 1 year subscription to a JetBrains product of your choice, including Resharper, IntelliJ and PHPStorm. Attend and tweet on the #TechNott hashtag to be in with a chance!
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