Reading Geek Night – Tuesday 8th May 2018

You can find us upstairs: The Walkabout: Wiston Terrace (off Friar Street) Reading RG1 1DG **NB The venue is licensed for 18 and over **

Theme: TBC

  • 8:00pm Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:05pm How to run awesome tech internships (Beverley Newing – codebar Oxford)
  • 8:35pm Networking & beers
  • 9:00pm Short announcements/updates*
  • 9:05pm Credit where it’s due: An overview of UK R&D incentives – (Simon Symes – Deloitte)
  • 9:35pm End (Networking and beers downstairs)

Additional Info

How to run awesome tech internships

“The tech industry has a lot of hiring to do. According to the Tech City 2017 report, “the digital sector is creating jobs 2X faster than the non digital sector”. At the same time, the tech industry is lacking ways of helping those in underrepresented groups get their first tech role. A possible solution to both of these issues? More internships!

There are lots of things to consider with internships; how, what, who and where do I advertise? Where do I start? It can be a bit daunting. So as a seasoned intern and very active participant in the diversity in tech movement, Beverley has a lot of advice and tips to share with you all on how to go about internship success.”

Beverley currently works at Oxford Computer Consultants, as Front End Developer. After graduating from Warwick with a degree in English and German Literature in 2015, she did an internship at Code First: Girls, then another internship with Zooniverse at the University of Oxford, before finally finding her way to OCC. One of her hobbies is diversifying the tech scene in Oxford; she set up and now leads codebar Oxford, and leads on the Code First: Girls General course (which has won her a lot of awards).

Credit where it’s due: An overview of UK R&D incentives

Cash credits of between 10-33% of project spend are available to large and small UK companies undertaking challenging projects across a wide range of technology domains, such as software development and systems engineering. Many companies are missing out on significant cash savings through not appreciating the range of qualifying projects and costs.

Simon Symes, a former software engineer and now an Associate Director in Deloitte’s Global Investment and Innovation Incentives (Gi³) team will provide an overview of the main UK R&D incentives and explain some of the pitfalls to avoid when making claims.

Usual format is to gather from 7:30pm and commence the talks at 8:00pm. Talks are ~20mins + Q&A with a break of 20mins for networking and beer.

*Before the second session there is an opportunity for any short announcements so please let us know on the night if you would like a slot or 1-2mins.

FYI: BCS (Berkshire) Social Tech Group meet up (7PM) before our talks. Its a great opportunity for food, drinks, networking and discussions about IT technology, business and advice.

Look forward to seeing you there!

If you are interested in giving a talk at an upcoming event please contact us via twitter: @RDGGeekNight, Facebook or email us: talks [at]

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