Catching the hackathon bug
Having once been a high intensity event attended over 24-48 hours, by pizza and Red Bull fuelled coders, hackathons have now become an alternative and accessible way to approach workshop style sessions to collaboratively find solutions to problems across an organisation, industry or theme.
Hackathons are incredible events that can be held cheaply, or for free, and can be a great way to manage collaboration between service users, customers, designers, developers and key stakeholders to co-create solutions to a problem in the digital and physical worlds.
In this talk Charlotte will be discussing the benefits of holding your own hackathon and what she has learnt from past experiences in both attending and organising hacks.
UX with Rachel Eardley
Rachel Eardley is a user experience designer who has spent time on various research projects with Hewlett-Packard Research laboratories, Microsoft Research in Cambridge and Brunel University. She has also worked in industry for just over 10yrs, working for Skype, Friends Life and start-ups such as HouseTrip, Ticket.com and MovieGlu. She currently works within the technology agency Somo 4 days a week and spends 1 day a week on research for her PhD.
After the presentation and any questions we will open the floor up for a discussion, if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period. Don’t forget – you don’t have to work in the industry or be a geek, this is a group for anyone with an interest in the subject!
Please sign up on our meetup page here MEETUP
Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup).
The food and hosting is kindly sponsored by Somo Global who are based at desklodge in Bristol on the corner of old market
5TH FLOOR, 1 TEMPLE WAY
Directions to desklodge
Thursday 20th October 6.30/7 – 9pm
Our September Girl Geek Dinner is hosted by HP labs
Wednesday September 21st
Kate Mallichan graduated in 2007 from the University of Bristol with an MEng in Computer Science. She worked for 5 years in industrial software engineering across a broad spectrum of fields that included mobile apps, aerospace systems and roadside sensor equipment. She has experience in an equally wide range of software development languages and tools. A thirst for more creative freedom led her to join HP Labs in 2012 as a Research Engineer. Since that time her focus has been on rapid prototyping in the areas of cloud computing, cyber-security and more recently container technologies.
Virtual Machine vs. Container
Virtual machines are essentially a software emulation of a complete computer system, including hardware and OS. They have existed in some form since the 1960s, though they were not widely adopted until technologies matured in the 2000s and they became a primary enabler of the cloud computing paradigm.
Containers can be thought of as a light-weight form of virtualisation. Like virtual machines, they have existed for some time, but their widespread adoption is more recent and still rapidly growing and evolving. Containers bring exciting benefits in terms of performance, portability and more agile computing paradigms, but also certain trade-offs, the most commonly acknowledged being their security.
In this talk Kate will summarise the key differences between virtual machines and containers and identify their main pros and cons over a cross-section of applications. I will then look to the future and explore the potential I see to address new and increasingly complex technological challenges with container technology as it continue to mature.