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Hull Devs will always be free. We'll provide some food and drink, as well as awesome prizes to be won!

Expert Speakers

Best in class expert speakers who have extensive knowledge of the topic.

Get to know the tech community in Hull!

Meet like minded people from in and around Hull who share a passion for the software craft!

Upcoming Speakers

Gwen Diagram - March

Gwen Diagram is a Software Tester from Leeds, UK. She is one seventh of the Leeds Testing Atelier, a testing conference in the North of England and has accidentally become a Test Manager when she meant to be an Automation Tester. She is very passionate about automation, whether it is test, operations or organisational. Some of her favourite things are dinosaurs, punk rock, real ale and pigeons.

Robin Minto - March

Robin is a developer/technical architect working for ByBox, a supply chain technology company in the UK. He’s passionate about development, continuous improvement and all things security (he's a Certified Ethical Hacker). With one foot in Dev and another in Ops, he’s as happy in C# as in PowerShell, in Visual Studio or Hyper-V, in Javascript or Docker. Other passions include snowboarding, cycling and gin (but not together). He blogs at

John Polling - April

John is a developer and Director at Sauce, who are based here in Hull.

He has worked with a number of different development stacks from ASP.Net, to Ruby on Rails, to Elixir / Phoenix, with a few other random ones thrown into the mix.

John's big area of interest at the moment is IoT, and the fun of providing scalable, distributed services to keep everything running.

Shahid Iqbal - April

Shahid is an independent consultant working with companies to help migrate their existing applications to the cloud and to build natively for the cloud using technologies such as Kubernetes.

A .NET developer/architect with nearly a decade of experience he is usually happiest working with the latest technologies and playing around with gadgets or talking about cars.

Clifford Agius - May


Blair Garrett - May


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Upcoming Events

6pm to 8:30pm

How to win with automation and influence people - Gwen Diagram

Choosing an automation framework can be hard. When Gwen started at her current role there were nine different test automation frameworks in use for acceptance testing and a lot of the tests had been abandoned and were not running as part of the CI solution. If test automation is not running, what value could it add? The tests that were being run were labeled only as Functional tests and replaced unit tests. These tests covered component, integration and sometimes even end to end testing. Entire layers of testing were missing which made refactoring and receiving quick feedback difficult.

This is an experience report from when Gwen joined a large organisation and how, with the help of other members of the team created a clear multi team automation solution. By implementing practices such as pairing, cross team code reviews and clear descriptions of what layers of testing covered what the teams came together to write clear, useful automation.

If you have a team working on multiple products, implementing a framework that can be picked up easily when moving between teams is essential and within this talk, Gwen will explain how to present the ideas to not only members of the team but also, how to get senior management on board with delivering an easy to use, multi-layered framework.

6pm to 8:30pm

#FAIL - Lessons from infosec incidents - Robin Minto

Securing a web application is a challenge. The internet is awash with malicious traffic and web applications are globally accessible. Don’t make it easy for them and the baddies will move on and find someone else to annoy.

We’ll look at the risks facing web applications, the basic steps you can take so that you don’t make yourself a target and the things you should do to avoid becoming a data breach statistic. We’ll also look at lessons that can be learnt from mistakes that others have made.

We’ll demo some of the techniques and tools in both attack and defence with examples for any web application developer.

6pm to 8:30pm

Why Elixir / Phoenix should be your default choice for any modern web development project

Web development has become such a complex beast, with clients demanding faster and faster response times, real time updates, all whilst managing more and more concurrent users, and oh yeah, don't forget being distributed and scalable!

Having worked on an IoT project using Elixir / Phoenix for the past year or so, I intend to take you through some of the really cool features of the Phoenix framework and also the joys of working with a language that has the power of the Erlang VM with the readability of Ruby.

Thankfully, this talk won't be a Elixir syntax lesson, or a "how to develop x using Functional Programming".

It will cover at least the following:

  • > The history of Elixir
  • > WebSockets - no chat rooms though!
  • > Presence
  • > Distributed code (clusters and nodes)
  • > Concurrency
  • > Fault tolerance

6pm to 8:30pm

Kubernetes for developers

Everyone seems to be talking about Kubernetes with companies seemingly tripping over themselves to support Kubernetes.

In this talk we'll introduce Kubernetes, discuss the key concepts of the platform, it's high level architecture and how to get a Kubernetes cluster up and running in minutes.

We'll talk about and demo (hopefully!) deploying .NET applications to Kubernetes and finish with a discussion of the future where you can deploy both legacy and modern .NET applications to the same platform.

6pm to 8:30pm

Title TBC - Clifford Agius

Details TBC

6pm to 8:30pm

Title TBC - Blair Garrett

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Who Needs Dashboards? - Jess White

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No matter what your role within a company, there will be a type of dashboard that will dazzle you with it’s insights. Come along and find out which dashboard you need.

An introduction to MDD - Moreton Brockley

Initially there was nothing. No users. No code. No infrastructure. No platform. It was a peaceful time. Now you are dealing with just keeping a ship afloat on the sea of product development. Most of your time is spent below decks patching small holes in your craft. In the mess, where you went to grab some food, your captain starts giving you a tirade about capacity planning. It’s not very coherent, he’s very drunk. All of a sudden someone spots some rocks almost under the bow of your ship. There are no lifeboats. They were too expensive.

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Dylan Beattie - Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of APIness : The Secret to Happy Code

We spend our lives working with systems created by other people. From the UI on our phones to the cloud infrastructure that runs so much of the modern internet, these interactions are fundamental to our experience of technology - as engineers, as developers, as users - and user experiences are viral. Great user experiences lead to happy, productive people; bad experiences lead to frustration, inefficiency and misery.

Seb Lambla - ReST 3.0 – A Lap around HTTP APIs’ next Generation

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Mat McLoughlin - An Introduction to CQRS and Event Sourcing Patterns

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