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Lightning Talks – Modern IDE Usage


3 June 2015, by

In April 2015 we ran another Lightning Talks competition where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something they find interesting – inside or outside the software development world. We had talks this year on topics from the Java ecosystem to general relativity!

Once again we voted on our favourite talks and the top two won Amazon vouchers.  This is Suzanne Hamilton’s winning talk demonstrating the power of modern IDEs, where she refactors an example piece of code based on Martin Fowler’s book “Refactoring” without ever typing anything!

 

Lightning Talks – Juggling Theory


22 May 2015, by

In April 2015 we ran another Lightning Talks competition where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something they find interesting – inside or outside the software development world. We had talks this year on topics from Node.js servers to learning to commit!

Once again we voted on our favourite talks and the top two won Amazon vouchers. This is Rupert McKay’s second place talk introducing the audience to the surprisingly deep, mathematical world of Juggling Theory

Lightning Talks – How to Build an Orbital Laser Battery


20 January 2015, by

In October 2014 we ran our fourth Lightning Talks competition. The number of speakers this year was sufficient that we ran two sets of talks where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something interesting about software development. We voted on our favourite talks and the top three won Amazon vouchers.

Here is Harry Cumming’s second place talk from the first round, in which he builds a Orbital Laser Battery… API.

Lightning Talks – A 2048 Bot


9 January 2015, by

In October 2014 we ran our fourth Lightning Talks competition. The number of speakers this year was sufficient that we ran two sets of talks where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something interesting about software development. We voted on our favourite talks and the top two won Amazon vouchers.

Here is Tom Eccles’ second place talk from the second round, demonstrating how he created a bot to solve popular game 2048.

Lightning Talks – The UX Factor


15 December 2014, by

In October 2014 we ran our fourth Lightning Talks competition. The number of speakers this year was sufficient that we ran two sets of talks where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something interesting about software development. We voted on our favourite talks and the top two from each event won Amazon vouchers.

Here is David Simons’ winning talk from the first round, about what The X Factor can teach us when designing our applications.

Lightning Talks: JavaScript is going places


20 February 2014, by

In January 2014 we ran our third Lightning Talks competition where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something interesting about software development. There was no official theme this time round but there was lots of love for JavaScript.

Once again we voted on our favourite talks and the top three won Amazon vouchers. This is Tim Perry’s winning talk: “JavaScript is going places” – watch out for the twist at the end!

 

Lightning Talks: Speedy App Development with Meteor


13 February 2014, by

In January 2014 we ran our third Lightning Talks competition where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something interesting about software development. There was no official theme this time round but there was lots of love for JavaScript.

Once again we voted on our favourite talks and the top three won Amazon vouchers. This is David Simons’ second-placed talk: “Speedy App Development with Meteor”, which might have won had the internet connection not let him down at the end!

 

Lightning Talks: Solving Regex Crosswords by Constraint Propagation


6 February 2014, by

 In January 2014 we ran our third Lightning Talks competition where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something interesting about software development.

Once again we voted on our favourite talks and the top three won Amazon vouchers. This is Richard Bradley’s third-placed talk: “Solving Regex Crosswords by Constraint Propagation” – supporting materials can be found here: http://bradders.org/regex-crossword/

 

Lightning Talks – A SignalR App


5 January 2014, by

In October 2014 we ran our fourth Lightning Talks competition. The number of speakers this year was sufficient that we ran two sets of talks where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something interesting about software development. We voted on our favourite talks and the top two won Amazon vouchers.

Here is Jamie Humphries’ winning talk from the second round, in which he develops a instant messaging application in a .NET stack in 5 minutes.

Lightning Talks: Open Source Contribution: A Practical How-To


18 June 2013, by

In April 2013 Rupert Wood organised our second Lightning Talks competition where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something interesting about software development. This time our theme was “A Call To Arms”. Once again we voted on our favourite talks and the top three won Amazon vouchers.

This is Harry’s winning talk: “Open Source Contribution: A Practical How-To”. In four-and-a-half minutes he demonstrates how to fork a JavaScript library on GitHub, fix a bug in it and submit his fix back for review! Shortly after the competition the change he makes here was accepted and merged into the original project.