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Tuesday 13th November 2018 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm


York Tech Fest

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Software Engineering Stage

• Session 1 - 6:45pm to 7:30 pm |  ‘Introduction To Using AWS CloudWatch’ & ‘Web Accessibility’
–By John Barton & David Swallow (FrontEndYork)

John Barton, Head of Development at PureClarity, will give an interactive introduction to AWS CloudWatch, including logging, alarms and creating dashboards

We'll be joined by David Swallow, Accessibility Engineer at The Paciello Group, in this introduction to web accessibility and inclusive design. David explores both who is responsible for making things accessible and whom it actually benefits – it may be more people than you think…

• Session 2 - 7:45pm to 8:30pm | ‘A More Flexible Way To Store Your Data With MongoDB’
-By Kevin Smith (DotNetYork)

If you've been anywhere near software development, the norm is to store your data in a relational form, but what if there was a different way? We will take a look at the history of MongoDB and why it continues to be a trending database year on year. We will then go in to the advantages of having a flexible document model and how we can utilise MongoDB for our application storage. In addition, we will take a brief look at how scaling and replication is applied within MongoDB. MongoDB is the 5th ranked database engine just behind PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server and ranked 1st within document database engines. 


Coding Hands On Back Stage

• Session 1 - 6:45pm to 7:30pm | ‘Mob Programming Challenge’
-By David Betteridge (York Code Dojo)


• Session 2 - 7:45pm to 8:30pm | ‘Head To Head – Battle Of The Coding Languages’
-By David Betteridge (York Code Dojo / York Swift)

Watch different languages battle it out to become the champion of all languages


Business Tech Stage


• Session 1 - 6:45pm to 7:30pm | ‘Educating Computer Scientists’
-By Justin McKeown (YSJ Computer Science)

The Computer Science programme at York St John university occupies a somewhat unique position in the university as it originated out of the Art department. How and why this came about is an illuminating illustration of the synergies between two subject fields that most people view as entirely distinct. The talk will unpick this history and, through this, examine the synergies between computer science and the arts

•Session 2 - 7:45pm to 8:30pm | ‘A Four Step Process To Build Scalable Technology Ventures’
-By Dr John Park (YSJ Business School)

Finding business opportunities, assessing their viability, building a scalable business model and finally a stage gate execution plan to raise funding

Agile Stage


• Session 1 – 6:45pm to 7:30pm | ‘A Sense Of Community Within Agile’
-By Daniel Woolfson (Agile York)

We are used to delivering and maximising value for a client – but how about delivering value for us as the Agile Delivery team? Daniel will take us through some base concepts of leadership theory (Distributed Leadership Theory, Adaptive Leadership and Sense of Community Index) and will apply his experiences and explain his views.

• Session 2 – 7:45pm to 8:30pm | ‘How To Be Agile And Not Know It’
-By Gwen-Marie Thompson


Games Development Stage


• Session 1 – 6:45pm to 7:30pm | ‘The Benefits Of ‘Stupid’ Solutions In Game Development’
-By Matt Davis (York Game Developers)

It's easy to over complicate game design and implementation. Matthew will discuss the benefits (and faults) in pursuing the simplest available design, using examples from the AI and procedural generation seen in FTL and Into the Breach. The talk will be relevant to both programmers and game designers, or anyone else curious about how a small-scale game project is made and shipped.

• Session 2 – 7:45pm to 8:30pm | ‘Immersive Tech & Smart Cities, Gamify The World’
-By Andrew James Nye (York Game Developers)



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