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Why Hull Devs?


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

Jess White - January

Jessica is a software developer working for a Nottingham based financial tech firm. She originally found her passion for code while studying neuroscience, and since switching fields, hasn’t looked back. While building upon her knowledge in backend development, she found an interest in all things monitoring. Outside of development Jessica founded and organised Women In Tech Nottingham from 2015 to 2017. She is easily bribed with coffee & loves hearing about other people's experiences in technology.

Moreton Brockley - January

Moreton was most recently the API and platform team lead at multinational communications provider. He has enjoyed his experience meeting the challenging needs of a rapidly growing business whilst keeping his teams engaged and motivated. Moreton has been the line manager/technical lead for two teams and has a keen interest in API and backend development. In his spare time, Moreton is an enthusiastic meetup attendee, a home project hacker, a cook, a gamer and an avid reader.

Steve Trapps - February

Steve is a consultant who started off as a developer, moving into various roles (Senior Dev, Tech Architect) which ended up with him being a Head of Technology at Sky in Leeds. This took him away from being able to help people; confirming the love he has for mentoring & supporting people to understand this crazy industry. Steve has over 20 Years experience of working in the Software Industry working in large multinational organisations down to start up companies. Over recent months Steve has been journeying through the process of becoming a Professional Scrum Master Trainer with

James Mann - February

James Mann is a Microsoft MVP in AI, and a Senior Consultant at award-winning software development company, Black Marble. He is interested in chatbots and cognitive services, is a regular on the UK developer community speaking circuit.

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

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Event starts at 6.15pm at C4DI, @TheDock, 31-38 Queen Street, Hull, HU1 1UU

Tickets available late December (And yes, they'll be free!)

Upcoming Events

6pm to 8:30pm

Who Needs Dashboards? - Jess White

Who the heck needs dashboards? Yes, they are pretty and full of information but who has any use for them? Who understands them? How can you make sure they are fit for purpose?

Creating useful dashboards is difficult. Figuring out what information should be displayed, where and why can be confusing. A useful first step in getting this right is to know who your audience is. Who will be using this dashboard? What for? What do they care about?

Together we will explore some of the many forms of dashboards, from those that are of most use to developers to those that display higher level information for business’. We’ll examine why they are important and what situations they are most useful in.

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.

6pm to 8:30pm

Goals, monitoring and the scientific method - 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.

Have you ever felt a bit like this when facing keeping things running? Do you want a more predictable approach to improvement that ties to business goals? Do you just want a little more warning when things might be going wrong?

During this session I will answer these questions based on my experience in industry working on a platform serving fast growing user needs. To do this we will explore a framework for dealing with the challenges present in operating and maintaining a popular software platform. This will broadly cover business goals, monitoring, instrumentation and the scientific method.

This session is suitable for developers at any stage in their career who are interested in monitoring, instrumenting code, driving change and applying the scientific method. It will also be suitable for those interested in linking user experience back to their software.

6pm to 8:30pm

Dear Mr. Scrum Master - Steve Trapps

Details TBC

6pm to 8:30pm

Become a Bot Builder with Microsoft Bot Framework - James Mann

The way in which customers expect to be able to interact with companies is changing. We'll look at this change and how you can take advantage of it by creating chatbots using the Microsoft Bot Framework. We'll cover the basics, including what tools you can use and where to go in order to get started. Then we'll see how we can use Microsoft Cognitive Services to sprinkle AI magic on your chatbots and turn them from simple command-line pretenders to useful tools that customers will love. Come along and become a chatbot builder for your organisation today!

6pm to 8:30pm

Title TBC

Details TBC

6pm to 8:30pm

#FAIL - Lessons from infosec incidents

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.

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Previous Events

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

ReST is just JSON with nice URIs and HTTP methods… ReST is dead… Some technologies even argue they are ReST 2.0. What they won’t tell you is that web technologies, outside the browser, have evolved tremendously since the ReST term was coined. APIs can now have the same benefits of the browser, with none of the deficiencies of old style Http-based RPC, and they’re all standard and vendor neutral. Come around and let’s have a lap around the future available now.

Mat McLoughlin - An Introduction to CQRS and Event Sourcing Patterns

Within the DDD domain, there is often much discussion about the advantages these patterns bring and how they can be used in conjunction with each other. However, there is not always great guidance on how to implement these patterns in a real world project. In this talk, I’ll take you through some of the fundamentals of these patterns and show you a “first working solution” that you can use as guidance for building your own CQRS/ES based application.

Richard Tasker - As Easy as Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a small inexpensive computer, initially designed to teach children programming. It has become the core component in many hobby projects and with subsequent releases of the credit card size device has seen it move into industry. In this session Richard Tasker will introduce you to the Raspberry Pi, and show you how to get up and running with the Raspberry Pi. Richard will show you how to develop and deploy your code to the Pi. Introduce you to electronics and show you how to build applications that sense the environment. In the final section he will discuss how to go about architecting larger sensor networks, and how to interact with Azures IoT services.