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 **  http://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading/details

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] rdggeeknight.org:-)

Reading Geek Night – Tuesday 10th April 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 **  http://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading/details

Theme: Blockchain & the Crypto Revolution

  • 8:00pm Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:05pm How to build a Blockchain (Stuart Ward)
  • 8:35pm Networking & beers
  • 9:00pm Short announcements/updates*
  • 9:05pm Bitcoin and the Crypto Revolution (Ant Parker – Cuberoot64 Ltd )
  • 9:35pm End (Networking and beers downstairs)

Additional Info:

How to build a Blockchain

Stuart will go through the elements of a blockchain and how it uses hash functions, merkel trees, and digital signatures to create the trustless network that powers Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. We will also look at the technical limitations and some of the alternative approaches.

Bitcoin and the Crypto Revolution

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple – all types of crypto currency causing waves in the IT industry. Bitcoin, built on the ‘blockchain’ since 2009, has revolutionised how we view the future of money all around the world. However, blockchain is not all that it seems – it could bring a far bigger technological revolution to the IT industry as many are wondering where this could lead.

In this talk we will venture down the crypto rabbit hole and discuss the future of blockchains (or Distributed Ledger Technologies as they are also known), how they may revolutionise future corporations and users, why blockchains use crypto currency and how you would purchase, trade and sell them. We’ll give you the insight into researching blockchain coins/tokens, touch the methods of mining, delve into some of the scams in this pre-regulated market, where you need to be careful and what this means for each of us in the IT industry.

Bio

Anthony Parker has spent over 18 years as a consultant in the IT industry, setting up Cuberoot64 Ltd in 2018 after completing an MBA at Henley to improve business agility through relationships. Concentrating on digital transformation, engagement and collaboration for corporate clients, Cuberoot64 also strategically advise companies on blockchain implementation, smart contracts and building project teams.

 

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] rdggeeknight.org:-)

Reading Geek Night – Tuesday 13th March 2018

This month we are proud to be part of Reading Science Week:

http://www.scienceinreading.org/reading-science-week/

You can find us upstairs: The Walkabout: Wiston Terrace (off Friar Street) Reading RG1 1DG **NB The venue is licensed for 18 and over **  http://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading/details

Theme: Neural Interface Technology & Engineering

  • 8:00pm Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:05pm The mind as a controller: Brain – Computer Interface (Ioannis Zoulias – University of Reading)
  • 8:35pm Networking & beers
  • 9:00pm Short announcements/updates*
  • 9:05pm Neural Engineering: from neuroprosthetics to engineered spinal cords (Evangelos Delivopoulos – University of Reading)
  • 9:35pm End (Networking and beers downstairs)

 

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] rdggeeknight.org:-)

Reading Geek Night – Tuesday 13th February 2018

This month only – Beers and food at Zero Degrees from 7pm!

Unfortunately this month the upstairs room isn’t available at The Walkabout.

We are going to meet up for beers and potentially pizza downstairs at Zero Degrees from 7pm 🙂

FYI have some great happy hour deals on between 5-7pm.

We’ll be back for business as usual on Tuesday 13th March 2018 for Reading Science Week as we have a great evening planned! 🙂

Reading Geek Night – Tuesday 9th January 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 **  http://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading/details

Theme: The User Experience & Intuitive Interactions 

  • 8:00pm Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:05pm Creating a frictionless user experience (Mariana Morris – Fruto Studio)
  • 8:35pm Networking & beers
  • 9:00pm Short announcements/updates*
  • 9:05pm Going back to front and back again – using presentational web technologies to control hardware (Ben Foxall)
  • 9:35pm End (Networking and beers downstairs)

 

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] rdggeeknight.org:-)

Reading Science & Tech Meetup Groups Christmas Gathering – Tuesday 12th December 2017

You can find us upstairs: The Walkabout: Wiston Terrace (off Friar Street) Reading RG1 1DG http://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading/details

Theme: Xmas Gathering & Quiz Night 

Time: 7pm until late

Venue: Upstairs @ The Walkabout Bar (Reading)

Come and celebrate the festive season with one and all. Its a great opportunity to meet other groups in the area over a few drinks plus there will be a short quiz.  There will also be mince pies kindly provided by the Walkabout…but you’ll have to be quick 🙂

Familiar faces from the following groups:

  • BCS Berkshire
  • ConnectTVT
  • GDG Reading Thames Valley
  • IET Berkshire
  • PHP Berkshire
  • Reading and District Amateur Radio Club
  • Reading Hydro
  • Reading Testers
  • rlab
  • Science in Reading
  • StartupGrind Thames Valley
  • TTN Reading

Short introduction to the groups being represented.

All Science & Tech meetup groups in the area are very welcome.

Contacts us@RDGGeekNight, Facebook or email us: talks [at] rdggeeknight.org:-)

Parking:

Reading Station car park or NCP Car Park Garrard St, Berks, Reading RG1 1NR. Please note its advisable not to leave anything of value on view in your vehicle.

Reading Geek Night – Tuesday 14th November 2017

You can find us upstairs: The Walkabout: Wiston Terrace (off Friar Street) Reading RG1 1DG **NB The venue is licensed for 18 and over **  http://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading/details

Also be aware of some great food and drink deals before 7pm at the

Walkabout (50% OFF MONDAY TO THURSDAY 5PM TO 7PM). #happyhour:-)

Theme: Electric vehicles & the impact on our energy system

  • 8:00pm Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:05pm Electric Vehicle Disruption (Mike Potter – MD DriveElectric)
  • 8:30pm Networking & beers
  • 8:45pm Short announcements/updates*
  • 8:50pm Steering to a smarter system – Electric Vehicles and the grid (Anthony Simpson – University of Reading)
  • 9:15pm Reverse engineering VW (e-Golf) Can (Mercion Wilathgamuwage)
  • 9:35pm Q&A Panel 
  • 10:00pm End (Networking and beers downstairs)

Additional Info:

Mike Potter, MD of DriveElectric, EV leasing and smart charging company. Was the first company in the UK to lease a Tesla.

Anthony Simpson, University of Reading, EV research and developing commercial models for smart charging.

Mercion Wilathgamuwage, Reverse engineering VW Can – Extracting more information out of my VW e-Golf.

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!

Coming soon… Reading Science & Tech Meetup Groups Xmas Gathering 🙂 

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