March 2018 – Lightning Talks

Thanks for coming along to the March edition of Staffs Web Meetup. The second event held at Entrust, our new venue.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – iWeb and The Deskspace Project, run by TopCashback’s Charity (TopCharity).

Talks

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Trevor Adams

How T&C Site Services Ltd transitioned from traditional on-premises IT to cloud services; thus enabling the business to tackle software projects that were previously out-of-reach. One such project is the use of the Google Vision API to assist technicians with diagnosing damage to tyres in real time.

The ‘Flying-Laptop’ Satellite’s on-board Technology

Barry Cook

I’ll describe what the satellite is intended to achieve and walk-through the systems on-board to make this possible. We’ll see what the final-build looks like and a few pictures of the final stages before, and including, launch. Digging a little deeper, we’ll see just how much on-board support is needed for a successful mission and take a very brief look at a couple of central components. Some of the less obvious environmental threats to continued operation in orbit will be described – and how they are made safe.

February 2018 – Adwords & React Talks Plus New Venue!

Thank you to everyone who made February’s meetup. The first meetup held at our sparkly new venue, Entrust!

A massive thank you to our sponsors – iWeb and The Deskspace Project, run by TopCashback’s Charity (TopCharity).

Talks

Automating PPC

Rob Wells

At EU Automation we manage over 16 million ads which is no easy task, except maybe for a machine. In this talk I will cover a few PPC basics, what convinced us that many ads was even a good idea and how data now drives our day-to-day advertising decisions.

React for Beginners

Elliot Evans

A beginner’s guide to React and its ecosystem.
This talk will cover the concepts behind React and extensions to the library. We’ll also make a brief comparison with alternative libraries.

January 2018 – Social

Unfortunately, our regular venue, The Apothecary closed down without warning. We postponed January’s lineup to give us time to secure a new venue. Instead we held a small social at The Picture House. Food, drink and a chat.

Our apologies for the blip in usual service. Thanks to everyone for their words of support and offers to host us!

We have secured a venue for February. We hope to see you there next month!

November 2017 – Lightning talks and last meetup of 2017!

We closed out the year with an uncharacteristically bumpy Staffs Web Meetup. The venue had misplaced their projector. Meaning we started off a little later than usual. The replacement projector had a fantastic eco mode. It shut itself down every 10 minutes!

Thanks for bearing with us. In the end, we saw some great talks from George and Fiona. Again, our thanks to everyone who has attended and spoken over the past year. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2018!

A massive thank you to our sponsors – iWeb and The Deskspace Project, run by TopCashback’s Charity (TopCharity).

Talks

The Future Of Front-End: Everything You Need To Know

George Wilde

We take a look at future of the front-end and try to discover what it looks like for developers. We’ll see what are the hot trends that will keep us up to date and employable in the future.

Women in Web and App Development

Fiona Knight

After a computer engineer fired by Google for suggesting women are less suited to certain roles in tech and leadership, this talk will look at is the gender in-balance nature or nurture? What, if anything, should companies and universities do to change this.

October 2017 – 3rd birthday and lightning talks

Our thanks to everyone who has attended and spoken over the past year. With your support we’ve reached the grand old age of three!

October’s meetup went down well, with excellent talks from Mark and Marc, followed by Trevor’s famous open discussion session. We celebrated with tasty cupcakes, thanks to Ann and the team at The Bakehouse!

A massive thank you to our sponsors – iWeb and The Deskspace Project, run by TopCashback’s Charity (TopCharity).

Talks

Do you want to Inspire and Engage Young People in the World of STEM?

Mark Robinson

Please come along and hear how together we can tackle the STEM Skills Shortage and provide the link between employers and the workforce of tomorrow. Learn how you will be able to join a community of over 35,000 volunteers and become a role model in schools and colleges and also establish links with educational establishments that may enhance recruitment within your own employment area.

Learn more about the STEM Ambassador programme.

Building a successful freelance business without going crazy

Marc Jenkins

Freelancing is hugely rewarding, lucrative, and provides lot’s of freedom but can also be stressful, put a strain on your relationships, and impact your personal health. Marc shares his experience of building a successful freelance business without it running him.

Marc has published a write-up and posted his slides over on his website.