As well as 30+ innovative and awesome tech and digital companies exhibiting at the SPARK Skills Festival, there will also be a whole load of inspiring speakers from across the South West region.
When? 1 December 2016, 11:00 – 16:00
Where? Watershed, Bristol Harbourside
Students, graduates, experienced developers or those interested in the South West digital tech cluster, sign up for a free ticket to the SPARK Skills Festival.
|12:10pm||Introduction and Welcome||Nic Hemley, Bristech & Scott Logic|
|12:15 – 12:30pm||Why Software Engineering is a great choice||Joseph Woodward, JustEAT|
|12:30 – 1pm||One young bloke and an old buzzard: how to land a role with the coolest startup in town||Vince Lerigo-Smith and Tim Douglas, Actual Experience|
|1:00 – 1:15pm||The role of a Project Manager||Lily Smith, Memberoo|
|1:15 – 2pm||AI & Chatbots: Conversations as a platform (Plus, win an Amazon Dot!)||Ben Paul, JustEAT|
|2:00 – 2:30pm||The Future is Open Source||Matt Bates, Jetstack|
|2:30 – 2:45pm||Want to get into Robotics?||Sammy Payne, Open Bionics|
|3:00 – 3:15pm||How I became a Games Developer||Lukas Roper, Opposable Games|
|3:15 – 3:45pm||System Outage! Tales from the shared end of computer system troubleshooting||Clive King, Oracle|
|3:45 – 4:30pm||Panel: Startup to Corporate||Hosted by: Rosie Bennett, University of Bath Innovation Centre & SETsquared|
Introduction and Welcome
Why Software Engineering is a great choice
Joseph Woodward, JustEAT
Joseph Woodward is a software engineer at JustEAT, open-source enthusiast, blogger and co-organiser of .NET South West.
He’ll talk us through why he chose software engineering as a career, what he’s learned after a decade of writing code, and why he thinks it’s an awesome career choice for the future.
One young bloke and an old buzzard: how to land a role with the coolest startup in town
Vince Lerigo-Smith and Tim Douglas, Actual Experience
Their advice? Working in technology is about being super curious and grabbing opportunities. So, come along to find out Tim and Vince’s top ten tips on how to get ahead in your early career and land a role in a tech startup.
The role of a Project Manager
Lily Smith, Memberoo
Lily Smith is VP Product at tech startup Memberoo. She will be talking about her journey from TV runner into tech, via a few unusual detours. She’ll also be talking about what makes a good Product Manager and providing some great resources to get started.
The Future is Open Source
Matt Bates, Jetstack
Once a secret infrastructure technology only available within the walls of Google data centres, as open source it is now being widely adopted to deploy and manage containers in the cloud – everything from tech-savvy startups to the largest of enterprises.
In this talk, Matt will introduce the core concepts needed to deploy scalable and resilient containerised services to Kubernetes in the cloud.
Want to get into Robotics?
Samantha Payne, Open Bionics
Looking for your dream job in robotics? Sammy is going to talk to you about how she co-founded Open Bionics, a multi-award-winning robotics startup that has designed the world’s first custom 3D printed bionic hand for amputees.
She’ll talk you through her incredible journey, which has seen her taking part in TechStars, the Disney Accelerator, UC Berkeley’s Business Accelerator and becoming a WIRED fellow. Hear what inspired her to take a leap into robotics and her advice on how to get a foot in on this booming industry.
Oh and, did we mention, Open Bionics are hiring right now! Chat to Sammy after the talk if you’re interested in finding out more.
AI & Chatbots: Conversations as a platform
Ben Paul, JustEAT
Voice and conversation are becoming more and more prominent within our homes and lives as we start to see digital assistants like Cortana, Alexa, Siri and Google Now, as well as messaging platforms like Skype, Slack and SMS.
Your apps and platforms now need to know how to react and respond in a conversational manner!
Learn how to use the Microsoft Bot Framework, Machine Learning, LUIS and the Bot Connector to connect your apps and services to conversational platforms and meet Jammy 5 – the AI chat bot who can order your takeaway, start a party for you and your friends and use cognitive services to recognise photos of food and find nearby restaurants that serve it… all while staying cheeky!
Ben also has a couple of Amazon Dots that he will be giving as prize during his talk – exciting stuff!
How I became a Games Developer
Lukas Roper, Opposable Games
Lukas is the lead developer at Opposable Group, having worked on a wide variety of games and experiences for clients including Channel 4, Cartoon Network and the Watershed. Lukas will be talking about his experiences of entering the industry and will explain how to ensure you are able to stand out from the crowd.
System Outage! 300,000 people unable to work – you have to work out why and fix it. Tales from the shared end of computer system troubleshooting.
Clive King, Oracle
We all experience, or read in The Register, the high profile I.T. systems outages that stop people working, taking money out of the bank or when their favourite social media outlet goes A.W.O.L.. The I.T. industry calls it a ‘CNN moment’.
But, what is it like to make a career out of sorting these types of problems out, be they security or system failure?
Panel: Startup to Corporate
Furthermore, each of the companies is so different. So, how do you know which company will be right for you? What size of company should you look for? What is it like to work for a startup with only a couple of people compared to a corporate with lots of large tech teams working in parallel?
Our panel, hosted by Rosie Bennett, an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Bath Innovation Centre and SETsquared mentor, brings together tech team leaders from a range of companies across the size spectrum for a lively discussion!
|Becky Sage, Managing Director at Interactive Scientific||Pre-commercial startup|
|Gareth Williams, Founder of Yellowdog||Commercial startup|
|Mike Oram, Lead Trainer and Software Developer at Mayden||Established business|
|Graham Weekes, Head of Development at OVO Energy||Scale-up|
Students, graduates and experienced developers, sign up for a free ticket to the SPARK Skills Festival.