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Digital Planet: How Tomorrow's Technology is Reshaping Innovation
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Digital Planet: How Tomorrow's Technology is Reshaping Innovation

Sustainability is a key driver for innovation. Organisations with successful sustainability strategies are profitable, as they combine consideration of clean design and resources throughout product or service life-cycles and supply chains. The innovations will have an impact on the planet, for the people and for the economy. The search for sustainability, has the ability to lead to innovation that yields cost savings, new designs, and competitive advantage. Essentially, achieving more with less.

We would like to invite you to our next FREE SODA Social 'Digital Planet: How Tomorrow's Technology is Reshaping Innovation', which will be taking place in Central London, Farringdon. Complimentary food and drinks will be provided throughout the evening and our SODA Social DJ will be setting the scene with some networking tunes, this is not an event to be missed.

Confirmed Speakers:
- Manjula Lee (Founder and CEO) at World Wide Generation
- Chiara Soletti Women, Rights and Climate Coordinator at Italian Climate Network

Manjula Lee
The youngest member to be selected for Shell’s executive leadership program in her early career in M&A and strategic partnerships in Australia. However, being faced with data indicating where the world was going to be by 2050, with diminishing oil resources and spiralling social ramifications, Manjula was compelled to pursue a career in social problem solving in the not for profit sector.
From 2006 - 2015 she started her own practice advising NGOs such as Oxfam and Amnesty International on strategic partnerships and high impact initiatives and was as at the forefront of pioneering the CSR and PPP movement. She was Head of Philanthropy for Habitat for Humanity with an international portfolio of UHNWs, family offices and corporates and special advisor into the UN’s Global Partnerships Forum in New York for the MDG and SDG agenda. It was through all this experience and a serendipitous conversation with Prince Charles that Manjula founded World Wide Generation (WWG) and the G17Eco platform in 2016. Since then WWG has been selected, incubated and backed by the British Government and Manjula was selected by the Department of International Trade’s Global Entrepreneur Programme. Manjula won the prestigious UKBAA’s Best Female Led Investment of 2018 Award, and Nominated by Global Peers as ‘One of the Most Influential Women In Blockchain’ award. Manjula was invited to meet the UK Prime Minister and the Cabinet to pitch her strategy to them, consequently invited to accompany the PM on a recent week-long diplomatic mission to Africa. As a result, her vision is being taken forward by HM Government and now serves on the City Of London’s Global Steering Committee for Sustainable Development Finance, to help strategically position London as the sustainable development finance capital of the world.

Chiara Soletti
Chiara Soletti is the Women, Rights and Climate Coordinator for the non-profit Italian Climate Network. She develops activities on the consequences of climate change on people’s lives, analysing how to alleviate the struggle of vulnerable groups under a human rights perspective. Attending the United Nations Framework Change on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conferences Of the Parties (COPs) as a civil society observer, she contributes to the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC) work, advocating for the introduction of human rights principles in the Paris Agreement implementation. She currently lives in London, where she recently joined the EU innovation initiative Climate-Kic as Events and Travel Logistics Manager.

#SodaSocial #DigitalPlanet #SustainableInnovation

  • 08/11/2018
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Women in DevOps - Mind the (Gender) Gap
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Women in DevOps - Mind the (Gender) Gap

After an incredible summer which kicked off our biggest event yet, we took Women in DevOps to the astounding PhotoBox HQ in Farringdon for our first ever panel discussion with Refinery29, Inc. In this very busy and hectic world, we appreciate all attendees for taking the time to join us in Central London last night. We also thank you for your engaging, inspirational conversation, and the sharing of your ideas and expertise. Your energy and enthusiasm was catching and we were thrilled with our speakers Emily McDonald from Refinery29, Inc., Amanda Colpoys from Moonpig, Simon Martin from Facebook, Laura Herrera from CBRE and Annelies Valk from Vodafone. With special thanks to our hosts PhotoBox for providing us with a night to remember!

 

#WomeninDevOps #EmpowerInspireDiversify

Loved every second of it! Keep it up and I'll be forever happy
  • 18/09/2018
  • Anonymous
Women in DevOps - Summer Edition - Part One
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Women in DevOps - Summer Edition - Part One

The sun was out, with picturesque cityscape views of London from Expedia Group’s vibrant rooftop offices, created the perfect Women in DevOps setup for our Summer Edition - Part One event. This was our second Women in DevOps event, and what a great turnout we had! Thank you to all who attended with guest speakers including Jessica Falks from Improbable, Stefania Chaplin from Sonatype and Dimple Dalby from comparethemarket.com.

Jessica Falks talked about what it’s like to work with Improbable and DevOps internships opportunities, Stefania Chaplin spoke about a solution project she has implemented with Sonatype and Dimple Dalby gave her insight on different secret management tools she uses as a Senior DevOps Engineer at ComparetheMarket.com.

The evening allowed for engaging, informative and empowering discussion on all things related to DevOps. The energy and enthusiasm of the audience was catching, and we believe our second Women in DevOps event to be an absolute success. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and hosts Expedia Group for providing us with a night to remember!

It was perfect! Thank you all for your efforts in putting together such an awesome event. You should all be very proud!
  • 24/07/2018
  • Anonymous
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Ethics of AI
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Ethics of AI

We’ve seen the application of AI in real life such as Facebook and autonomous cars. For the first time, humanity is creating technology that can develop itself. We discussed and debated whether or not AI can be emotionally intelligent and the consequences/forays into this area to date. As we push the boundaries of AI, what are our social responsibilities, what duty to we have to progress society emotionally as well as technologically and how should we think about psychological health and well-being.

Our chair for the evening was UX/UI Manager, Pete Hotchkiss from Clarksons who asked some truly interesting questions to get the panel debate going. Our panelists included Head of Privacy and Data, Ivana Bartoletti from Germserv, Founder Seyi Akiwowo from Glitch!UK, Research Assosiciate on the AI Policy, Charlotte Stix from University of Cambridge, Programme Manager Reema Patel from Nuffield Foundation and Head of Security Engineering at Photobox. 

Our panelists each gave there various opinions, insight and ideas on the Ethics of AI, each with a very unique view. Overall the event was an absolute success, with our very own Lloyd Hulme hitting the decks to play some real networking tunes to get the socialising going. Thank you to all of those who attended and we hope to see you at our next Soda Social!

One of the best panels I've had the pleasure of listening to in ages, and much better than a lot of the "academic" line ups I've seen over the years #tech #digital #ethics - Thank you
  • 05/07/2018
  • Holly Powell-Jones
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Women in DevOps - Spring Meetup
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Women in DevOps - Spring Meetup

This was our first Women in DevOps guest speaker event, hosted and sponsored by Improbable. Our speakers for the evening were Software Engineer, Keeley Erhards from Improbable, Software Engineer, Dimple Dalby from Deliveroo and Engineering Leader, Jessica Leigh Jones from Sony.

The event is open to ALL to attend and was a great event. Keeley explored Improbable's experience bringing OpenTracing to all services that run in our infrastructure—tracing everything from gRPC & HTTP request to backend DB calls. Dimple's talk covered amusing parallels between her dev and dance lives, and aims to share a few of these in her talk "A Great Performance; what dancers can teach us about developing for scale." Jessica gave an inspirational talk on her road to success and what she had to overcome as a women in a male-dominant industry.

Brilliant. Unlike most DevOps meet ups there wasn’t a single line of code. Just, purely useful insights and views. Very refreshing. Thank You
  • 05/04/2018
  • Anonymous
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The Future of the Shared Economy
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The Future of the Shared Economy

Our twelfth Soda Social ' The Future of the Shared Economy' was an absolute success. The evening included an insightful discussion with guest speakers including Anna Bance the Co-Founder of Girl Meets Dress and Jamie Wilson the CEO and Co-Founder of HomeTouch.

Anna Bance, founder of Europe's leading online rental website, GirlMeetsDress.com. Anna discussed how she has scaled GirlMeetsDress/com throughout Europe, pioneering rental as an e-commerce catogory of its own, within the now further established 'Shared Economy'. Dr. Jamie Wilson foiunded HomeTouch in 2015, which has grown to be one of the largest new breed home care platforms raising funds from Passion Capital, 500 startups and BUPA. 

The evening was insightful, engaging and sparked some very interesting questions from the audience on the shared economy. 

Interesting talks and and a good choice of topic area!
  • 08/03/2018
  • Robert Munro
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How to Design at Scale
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How to Design at Scale

Our speakers for the evening were TED speaker, ex-Googler and now Product Design Manager at Facebook Jonah Jones confirmed and Global Product Director Brian Flanagan from Expedia. 

Jonah discussed how Facebook build complex tools that work for various different cultures to support the diverse needs of a quarter of the worlds population. Brian's presentation showed insights into Expedia’s approach to product development which leverages collaboration between design, research, technology and analytics and how they apply a test and learn approach and the Scientific Method to our every day lives.

Overall, the event was a success and formulated some interesting discussions as well as the chance to network and learn more about the topic itself. Thank you to all of those who attended and we hope to see you at our next Soda Social!

Amazing venue and 10/10 discussions, a really well organised event, will be attending the next!
  • 28/09/2017
  • Anoynmous
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Combating Challenges in Machine Learning and AI
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Combating Challenges in Machine Learning and AI

Our speakers for the evening were Lead Machine Learning engineer Kostas Perifanos from Argos along with Kostas Manolarakis a Lead Research and Development Engineer from Stratagem Technologies and Stefan Boronea the CTO at Proportunity.

Recent developments in AI & Machine Learning have enabled us to build machines with enough power to change society. Artificial intelligence and machine learning is being adopted by more industries than ever before. A look at how the sports and particularly betting industries are driving this technology forward, with a focus on how machine learning is being utilised to extract key information from large data sets. Building machine learning models is tough. Building and testing machine learning models at scale is nearly impossible.

Overall, the event was a success and formulated some interesting discussions as well as the chance to network and learn more about the topic itself. Thank you to all of those who attended and we hope to see you at our next Soda Social!

"One thing that really stood out was the organisers did a great job of making me feel welcome when I came in"
  • 13/07/2017
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Product Design Stories - Fails and Wins
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Product Design Stories - Fails and Wins

Our speakers for the evening were Creative Directors for Sky, Jose Alves and Matt Coyne, who shared with us the lessons they've learnt from product conception to launch and beyond during their time at Sky.

We also heard from Patrick Mullen, Product Designer and Julian Ohnacker, UX/UI Designer both from Transferwise, a company which powers money for people and businesses to pay, get paid and spend, wherever you are, whatever you're doing and for as little as possible. They discussed the company's culture that empowers individuals and enables them to turn abject failure, into meaningful services for their users.

As usual, it was an insightful, fantastic evening with a real opportunity to learn, absorb, network and of course tuck into a beer or two on us!

Really enjoyed the presentation; useful, frank and honest. I will definitely come again.

  • 20/04/2017
  • Jose Alves, Matt Coyne, Patrick Mullen & Julian Ohnacker
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The Rise of Service Design
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The Rise of Service Design

The event was well attended by those familiar with service design, some working and operating in the industry and also those wanting to pursue a career in service design. Our speakers for the event were Niharika Hariharan, Service Design Lead, who has experience with big companies including Boots, Barclays and Sapient spent focusing on creating tools and methods to create meaningful experiences and building human centric services and experiences with companies.

We also had Alberta Soranzo, an End to End Service Design Director at Lloyds, who is a firm believer that there's always another way to look at a challenge and is showed us how we can support achieving meaningful financial outcomes by intentionally designing financial services that acknowledge our emotions and help us overcome our fears and biases. 

Our third speaker was Aino Hanttu, Service Design Lead at Futurice, who specialises in complex service design projects and is passionate about digital transformation of businesses. She was right at home during our event, getting us all thinking about what makes a good service designer.

A really good event, well organised and very interesting talks - thanks for the food and drinks!

  • 27/10/2016
  • Niharika Hariharan, Alberta Soranzo & Aino Hanttu
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How Not To Suck at DevOps
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How Not To Suck at DevOps

Our speakers really made the evening and gave us a lot to take away from the event.

I loved the evening with good informative suggestions/points by the speakers. Appreciate the organizers for making it an untiring evening.

We had Andrew Martin who is a Lead DevOps Consultant at Capgemini with a strong test-first engineering background, and Luke Bond a back-end developer moving further down the stack, and nowadays focuses on DevOps and Linux Containers, most recently working as a senior consultant at YLD.

We also had Ilya Dmitrichenko, a Developer Experience Engineer, and Luke Marsden, Head of Developer Experience, both from Weaveworks who showed off a sample reference microservices app, a socks shop. We looked at how it's been developed it and why, and then deployed it to three different platforms, and then used Weave Scope to find out how it works. 

  • 21/09/2016
  • Andrew Martin, Luke Bond, Ilya Dmitrichenko & Luke Marsden
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Serverless Architectures
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Serverless Architectures

Our first speaker of the night was Yan Cui, Server Architect Developer at Yubl, a regular speaker at user groups and conferences. He spoke about "AWS Lambda from the Trenches" and shared his experiences in operating AWS Lambda in production, whilst transitioning from a traditional, monolithic system.

Our second speaker was Hassy Veldstra, the lead node.js Developer at artillery.io and a performance / load-testing consultant. They discussed lltrace, an experimental open-source project developed by the innovation team at Thomas Cook. It visualizes the architecture of your AWS Lambda-based apps written in Node.js. With lltrace you will have architecture diagrams that update themselves and never go out of date.

Our third speaker, Ahmed Nuamand is Co-Founder and Director of Development at Scout. Scout is a tech start-up working to provide real world analytics and behavioural analysis to the retail sector. Ahmed gave us a sneak peak into how their entire analytics and data ingestion stack is completely serverless, yet still handles over 20m new rows of data per customer per day.

  • 27/07/2016
  • Yan Cui, Ahmed Nuaman & Hassy Veldstra
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Tech That Makes London Awesome!
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Tech That Makes London Awesome!

Our guest speakers for this event included Danny Hawkins, Co-Founder and Head of Technology at Quiqup, a London based on-demand delivery app that hand-delivers everything from food, retail to everyday services such as phone repairs and lost keys in 40 minutes or less. Danny spoke about the on-demand economy and its mobile first mechanism, as well as the challenges of developing a bespoke logistics platform which provides ease of access via mobile, web and API.

Our second guest speaker was David Santoro, Co-Founder and Head of Technology at Carwow, a driven, energetic startup based in central London, backed by some of Europe’s leading VC’s. David covered Carwow’s journey from a lone laptop on his kitchen table, to a company of over 60 employees in two countries and a national television campaign bringing in millions of visitors a month. And in particular the importance of making pragmatic technical choices and adapting with growth. 

Our final speakers were Matty Beatty and Luke Eastwood, Co-Founders at Spacehop, a new London based startup that aims to disrupt the office space market. They aim to offer greater choice to freelance professionals, startups and small businesses when looking for a workspace. They want to introduce greater flexibility and affordability to the market. Matt and Luke talked us through the Spacehop story so far and what’s in store for the future. 

  • 21/04/2016
  • Danny Hawkins, David Santoro, Matty Beatty & Luke Eastwood
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Immersive Experiences & Technologies
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Immersive Experiences & Technologies

Our featured speakers gave us a great isight into the industry and took some really thoughtful questions from those who attended, giving us more to think about and take away from the event. 

Aino Hanttu, Service Design Lead at Futurice London with over 10 years experience, discussed Next-Gen Experiences, looking at how the lines are blurred between physical and digital. She asked how can design and digital technology make those experiences more meaningful and immersive? 

Sergio Irigoyen, Senior Designer at Neutral Digital, focuses his main research on video games tools and techniques applied to architectural visualization and design. Sergio discussed a VR app the Neutral is currently working on for an in-flight entertainment system.

Dr. Mitra Memarzia was our last speaker, Artist/Senior Producer at Seeper, a pioneering London based studio working at the intersection of art and technology for live event and installations. Over the last 17 years she has led and collaborated on many projects. Her recent focus is around creating experiences that merge digital and physical together in compelling ways. 

Great event, guys. A stimulating discussion and cutting edge technology - what's not to like. Thanks for organising this.

  • 21/01/2016
  • Aino Hanttu, Sergio Irigoyen & Dr. Mitra Memarzia
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Thinking Product: The Battle Between Business, Tech and Design
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Thinking Product: The Battle Between Business, Tech and Design

Our guest speakers were Jason Mesut and Robbie Clutton, who spoke to us about the duelling demands on product design from the UX and tech perspectives, respectively. 

Jason Mesut is Experience Strategy and Design Consultant and Founder of Resonant Design and Innovation. With over 16 years experience in developing products and services with ane xperience focus, as well as spending the past 10 years provoking fresh perspectives and building the User Experience community in London, he brought a lot to our event.

Robbi Clutton is Director at Pivotal Labs, with over 10 years of software development experience in London and New York. Through working in product teams and consultancy, Robbie has experienced working with startups, not-for-progits and multi-national organisations and through Pivotal Labs helps companies build sustainable product delivery teams.

  • 01/10/2015
  • Jason Mesutc & Robbie Clutton
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UX Trends 2015
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UX Trends 2015

Topics of the presentations included 

  • ‘UX/UI Designer’. What does it mean? And why does it set the UX community ablaze with infographics explaining why ‘UX is not UI’? 
  • Why does the market in 2015 want more visual design? 
  • Does freelance UX earning potential max out at 5 years experience? 
  • What’s the role of the UX lead in a culture of product management? 
  • What should you expect from your UX hire? 
  • 14/05/2015
  • Mike Atherton & Alberta Soranzo
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A Gathering of Savvy Soda's and Smart Creatives
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A Gathering of Savvy Soda's and Smart Creatives

Our Q&A session went well with lots of attendees getting involved, asking many questions to our guest speakers, with a great networking session with drinks flowing afterwards.

Saba Shaukat is a leading industry mobile technology and digital media business leader. She's an entrepreneurial market leader, recognised for delivering innovative mobile and digital solutions to address market and customer needs for mobile operators and mobile payment companies.

Martin McDonnell, Soluis Group Founder and Co-CEO introduced their work as one of Europe’s leading CGI visualisation & animation houses – along with describing their recent innovation and thought leadership in augmented reality, virtual reality, and immersive dome technology.

A very nice experience! Looking forward for the next one! 

  • 05/03/2015
  • Shaba Shaukat & Martin McDonnell
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