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Hackathon Panel Discussion - Getting Connected
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Hackathon Panel Discussion - Getting Connected

  • 17/05/2022
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Climate Tech: A Green Future
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Climate Tech: A Green Future

  • 21/04/2022
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Accelerating the future of workforce well-being and mindfulness
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Accelerating the future of workforce well-being and mindfulness

  • 27/01/2022
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Reopening the Workplace: Adjusting to the new normal in Ireland
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Reopening the Workplace: Adjusting to the new normal in Ireland

  • 09/12/2021
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SODA Social: Building an accessible workplace
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SODA Social: Building an accessible workplace

  • 09/09/2021
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The Road to Silicon Valley: A Journey for Veterans
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The Road to Silicon Valley: A Journey for Veterans

  • 20/07/2021
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Pride in Tech: amplifying voices of the LGBTQIA+ community
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Pride in Tech: amplifying voices of the LGBTQIA+ community

  • 13/07/2021
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Computer Vision in Production: HR & Leadership Challenges
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Computer Vision in Production: HR & Leadership Challenges

  • 16/06/2021
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Tech: The Future of Sustainability
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Tech: The Future of Sustainability

  • 22/04/2021
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The Journey... Transforming Software Engineers into Leaders
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The Journey... Transforming Software Engineers into Leaders

Our panel includes:
• Oliver Perry – Chair & Host @ SODA Social
• Nakita McCool - Technical Program Manager, Engineering Team @ Code Institute
• John Doran - CTO @ Phorest
• Deirdre O'Driscoll - Engineering Manager @ Instana
• Jessy Halison - Engineering Manager at Ecosia

Nakita McCool
Nakita is a coder, a curious problem solver and a creative educator. As Technical Program Manager at Code Institute, Nakita translates business goals into working software solutions. She builds in-house and student-facing applications, leveraging analytics and automation to promote the most effective learning journey for Code Institute students.

John Doran
John is CTO at Phorest, a company developing the software that powers over 7,000 hair and beauty salons in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Australia, and the US. The platform processes billions of dollars each year and serves hundreds of thousands of hair and beauty professionals each day. Phorest is the number 1 salon software brand for premium independent salons in our markets.

He ensures scalability and reliably of the company’s platform and delivers amazing new functionality that helps salon owners grow their businesses.

Deirdre O'Driscoll
Deirdre has over 20 years of software development experience including over 10 years of experience leading people and managing projects. At Ovarro, Deirdre led teams responsible for developing and delivering resilient enterprise SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) solutions for a range of customers, including those providing critical national infrastructure. Deirdre is now looking forward to starting her new role as an engineering manager with Instana, who develop enterprise observability and application performance monitoring software.

Jessy Halison (she/her)
Jessy is a French Berlin-based software QA engineer with more than 10 years of experience, turned Engineering Manager. The backstage of big companies, startups, and tech domains have no secrets for her.
Passionate about lifting up others and diversity, equity, and Inclusion, she now uses her experience to help engineering teams grow, be empowered, and be at the image of our society. She believes in the power of representation, and in centring entrepreneurship around solving people's problems.

 

  • 31/03/2021
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Diversity in Data
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Diversity in Data

  • 04/03/2021
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Design Trends 2021
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Design Trends 2021

Our Panel:
- Lloyd Hulme - Host, SODA Social
- Nur Karadeniz - Chair, Head of Experience and System Design at Brilliant Basics
- David Siren Eisner - Senior Director of User Experience Design at Audible, an Amazon Company
- Niamh Harman - Creative Director at Spectrum.Life
- Julie Kennedy - User Experience Director at Saint-Gobain


Nur Karadeniz
Nur currently works as the head of UX and System Design at Brilliant Basics, design & innovation studios by Infosys. Nur has a wealth of experience in UX and Service Design, worked across industries and innovation centres globally to apply digital transformation in practice. She has been managing multidisciplinary design teams and creative processes to tackle challenges that people and businesses face today.

David Siren Eisner
David is a Product Design leader with over 20 years of experience working on subscription, B2C, B2B, and healthcare products. He is currently the Head of User Experience Design at Audible, an Amazon company, where he leads a team of visual, UX, and voice designers working across all aspects of Audible's global services.

 

Niamh Harman
Niamh is a Creative Director with Ireland's largest provider of employer health & wellness, Spectrum.Life. Niamh works to create digital innovative products to promote positive social impact in mental health, fitness & nutrition for large global brands. She is a UX/UI Design Mentor on ADPList & Designed.org, an active volunteer of Dublin Simon Community, and is always looking for new ways to promote social positive change through design. A graduate of Visual Communication in NCAD 2012, UX Design from the UX Design Institute 2019 and winner of the 2021 Design Management Diploma Scholarship with WhyDesign and Design Skillnet, she is passionate about combining design, creativity and technology to change people's lives.

 

Julie Kennedy
Julie has had over 20 years of digital experience working across a wide range of industries covering, e-commerce, telecommunications, gaming, media, fintech and currently building manufacturing and distribution. She has successfully built and managed multidiscipline teams across multi-channels for top UK and Global brands, such as Amazon, Vodafone, Betfair, DMG Media, Capital One and currently Saint Gobain. Julie is also a regular conference speaker and events organiser in the UX industry.

  • 04/02/2021
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System Design Think Tank: The Impact in Social and Societal Context
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System Design Think Tank: The Impact in Social and Societal Context

  • 10/12/2020
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SOD.AI SOCIAL: Computer Vision in Production 3.0
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SOD.AI SOCIAL: Computer Vision in Production 3.0

Rodrigo Mallen
Rodrigo has more than 8 years of experience developing computer vision and deep learning applications for a variety of fields such as security systems, automatic control, damage detection on vehicles, and biomedical engineering among others. He is currently working for Auto1 Group in the area of bodyworks´ Damage Detection for the automation of used cars inspection and evaluation.

About this talk: The importance of Camera and Lens Selection for a Computer Vision Engineer.

Throughout my professional career, I´ve seen an ever-growing interest in the hottest topics of Deep Learning and its approaches to solve a vast variety of computer vision tasks. Nonetheless, a great majority of production-grade applications require dedicated hardware (cameras, lenses, interfaces, and sometimes frame grabbers) to fulfill highly demanding challenges. This is the part where I´ve personally seen a weakness in young Computer Scientists that embrace the Computer Vision world. The main aim of my intervention in this webinar is to provide a set of basic (but truly powerful) concepts that may complement the software skills of many computer vision engineers out there.

Dr. Junli Tao
Dr. Junli Tao is a Computer Vision and Machine Learning Engineer in Virtual Retail GmbH since September 2019. She was with CROWN RTC in New Zealand from November 2015 to August 2019. Junli received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Auckland in 2015. During her PhD, she squeezed in an internship at Daimler in 2014. She was a researcher/lecturer at Auckland University of Technology in 2015/2018.

About this talk: From Body Measurement to Picking

This talk will cover the two main projects we do at Virtual Retail GmbH, body measurements and picking control. Our Body Measurement App takes two camera shots and produces body measurements for size recommendation. The Picking Control System assists workers in the packaging process in the warehouse environment.

Jan Zawadzki
Jan is the acting Head of Artificial Intelligence at car.SW Org, the central software development company of Volkswagen AG. Jan is passionate about advancing the automotive industry through machine learning and sharing his knowledge in the fields of Business and Data Science. Jan is an experienced public speaker and also a Top Contributor to the “Towards Data Science” Publication on Medium.

About this talk: "The Do's and Don'ts of Delivering AI Projects" the fundamentals of ideating, evaluating, and scoping AI Projects.

  • 09/12/2020
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SOD.AI SOCIAL: Computer Vision in Production 2.0
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SOD.AI SOCIAL: Computer Vision in Production 2.0

We will be speaking our expert panel from the Computer Vision industry, where we will discuss how they are using Computer Vision in production, the technologies they have had success with, and the challenges they are facing. We will apply this to various computer vision software; which will include, OpenCV, Image Detection Technologies, Video Detection Technologies, 3D, Medical Imaging, Autonomous Driving, NVIDIA products, and other hardware, Embedded Software.

Itinerary (UK GMT+1)
5.00 - 5.40 - Panel Discussion
5.40 - 6.00 - Q&A Live
6.00 - 6.30 - Virtual Networking

Our Panel:
- Anthony Kelly - Computer vision & AI recruiter (Chair and Host)
- Juta Staes - Machine Learning Engineer at ML6
- Laura Mielke - Machine Learning and Computer Vision Engineer at GmbH
- Stefan Milz - Founder and Research Fellow at Spleen Lab
- Adam Bahlke - Chief Technology Officer at Motor AI

Anthony Kelly
Anthony is a Principal Recruitment Consultant with Trust in SODA who specialises in helping companies in the DACH Region grow and scale their Computer Vision teams. Anthony has 6 years of recruitment experience and has helped many AI and Computer Vision companies make their first professional hire right through to helping them build full teams. Anthony is a Computer Vision Podcast Host, Meetup Host, and a Co-Founder of the Berlin AI Community Awards.

Juta Staes
Juta holds a Master's degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Ghent. She is a Machine Learning Engineer at ML6 since 2017. ML6 is a consulting company that specializes in machine learning. Juta has worked for clients across various industries (distribution, public services, health, production etc).

Laura Mielke
I am Head of Machine Learning and Computer Vision at ID LEAGUE GmbH. Our product, KICK ID player rating, offers a digital and objective performance evaluation for soccer players. I studied Computer Science at the Technical University Berlin, with a focus on Machine Learning. Before coming to ID LEAGUE I worked on different topics in Deep Learning and Computer Vision, such as GANs for autonomous driving, passport security, measurement engineering and signal processing for ultrasound data at Fraunhofer IPK, the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung and other companies.

Stefan Milz
Stefan Milz received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the Technical University of Munich. He has a strong history in professional software development and automotive. He joined Brainlab GmbH as Software Engineer in 2010 for medical image processing and radiation simulation. In 2014, he moved to Continental GmbH as Senior Software Developer for highly automated ADAS functions. In 2016, he joined Valeo as Team Lead in Driving Assistance Research, focusing on Machine Learning functions in Automated Driving. By now, he is Managing Director of Spleenlab.ai, a self-founded machine learning company focusing on safety-critical computer vision applications (UAV, Automated Driving, Air-Taxis) deploying SLAM, sensor-fusion, perception functions into the real world. Besides, he is also a research fellow at the TU-Ilmenau.

Adam Bahlke
Adam id the CTO and co-founder of Motor Ai. Motor Ai has invented a system that enables a cognitive intelligence to independently scale itself and make safe decisions. The team applies this technology to mobility to eventually bring the very first certified level 5 autonomous car to Europe's streets. He previously worked for companies like FinLeap, solarisBank, PAIR Finance and BetterLesson. He studied Entrepreneurship at the Peter B Gustavson School of Business in Victoria, Canada.

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  • 21/10/2020
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SOD.AI SOCIAL: Computer Vision in Production
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SOD.AI SOCIAL: Computer Vision in Production

We were thrilled to welcome everyone to the first SOD.AI Social Virtual event, the theme of our running events will be on the topic of Computer Vision in production.

We spoke to our expert panel from the Computer Vision industry, where we discussed how they are using Computer Vision in production, the technologies they have had success with, and the challenges they are facing. We applied this to various computer vision softwares; which will include, OpenCV, Image Detection Technologies, Video Detection Technologies, 3D, Medical Imaging, Autonomous Driving, NVIDIA products and other hardware, Embedded Software.

Panel Included:
- Anthony Kelly - Computer vision & AI recruiter (Chair and Host)
- Naja Von Schmude - CTO and Founder of Peregrine technologies
- Furqan Ullah – Computer Vision Scientist at X-Ray LAB
- Evgenii Koriagin – Research Engineer at Zalando
- Deepthi Sreenivasaiah – Machine Learning Engineer at Merantix

Anthony Kelly
Anthony is a Principal Recruitment Consultant with Trust in SODA who specialises in helping companies in the DACH Region grow and scale their Computer Vision teams. Anthony has 6 years of recruitment experience and has helped many AI and Computer Vision companies make their first professional hire right through to helping them build full teams. Anthony is a Computer Vision Podcast Host, Meetup Host, and a Co-Founder of the Berlin AI Community Awards.

Naja von Schnmude
Dr. Naja von Schmude is CTO and founder of Peregrine Technologies GmbH (peregrine.ai), where she shapes the development of Peregrine’s computer vision-based products. Naja holds a PhD from Heidelberg University in computer science with a focus on computer vision applications in robotics and autonomous driving. She has 5 years of experience in R&D at Bosch in Germany and Palo Alto, US. Before founding Peregrine, she led TomTom’s localisation ambitions in the autonomous driving research unit as a senior software engineer.

Evgenii Koriagin
Evengii is a Full Stack ML Engineer with a focus on delivering ML research to production. Among successful projects: building OCR and OMR engines to recognize text on documents, NSFW content detection model for ad-tech, Selfie Style-transfer. He is currently working at Zalando SE on building Size Recommendation models by utilizing various data sources, including purchase histories, article images, and meta-data.

Deepthi Sreenivasaiah
Deepthi Sreenivasaiah is a machine learning engineer at Merantix Labs, an AI start-up based in Berlin. In her current role at Merantix Labs, she enjoys using her skills to apply exciting results in research to real industrial projects. She is a recent graduate from the Technical University of Stuttgart with a master's degree in Information Technology. A can-do attitude helps her to be motivated in life. In her free time, she likes to travel, practice yoga, and cook spicy Indian food.

Dr. Furqan Ullah
Furqan is currently working as a Senior Lead Software Engineer in Germany. He has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Computer Science, Dhofar University (DU), Oman from 2017 to 2018. Before joining DU, he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Central Punjab, Pakistan, where he taught Visual Computing, Computer Graphics, and Object-Oriented Paradigm courses, as well as handling some research projects in the domain of computer vision and graphics. He was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS), University of California Berkeley, US from 2015 to 2016 where he gained experience in collaborating with Stanford, UC Davis, UCSF, Amazon, Siemens, and two startups.

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  • 09/09/2020
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System Design Think Tank: Smart Products, Smart Systems
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System Design Think Tank: Smart Products, Smart Systems

Products such as our mobile phones, smart watches, or digital calendars have been created with a smart structured plan or system to work efficiently. Many of today’s technologies aim to proactively support human day-to-day tasks, make smart suggestions, recommendations, and even have conversations with us. With the power of predictive technologies, the advances of these recommendations are getting more enhanced day by day, perhaps enough to even predict our future habits? Current technologies are shifting, and the next generation of products are also changing. Design practices continuously evolve to meet these transformations. Therefore, the term designing with a “Capital D' refers to design beyond interfaces. Designers also look at how consumer behaviours are adapting; we expect a lot more from a product, we want products to understand us and help us in specific ways.

 

System Design is an emerging practice, an approach that combines design thinking and systems thinking to uncover and map out how systems should be modelled and designed. Stay tuned as we will be releasing the journal soon. For those that missed it view the video footage here. Sign-up to our Meet-up page for future virtual webinars and events.

 

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  • 30/07/2020
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'A Security Driven Mindset in DevOps: Global Edition'
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'A Security Driven Mindset in DevOps: Global Edition'

We were thrilled to see such a diverse group of attendees at this webinar, from South Africa, San Francisco and Los Angeles, to Germany, Edinburgh, Dublin and London; it was a real treat to have you in our company. We discussed the relatively new term DevSecOps in depth; from this idea of ‘shifting left’ and how stakeholders and organisations may respond, as well as where the responsibility lies for a more secure landscape, and what exactly the future could look like.

We’d like to thank our speakers for a truly gripping and thought-provoking conversation that helped us understand the true value behind security, and what we can do to build a security-driven future. We’d also like to thank our community for attending and engaging with us for another truly inspiring webinar. 

For those that missed the discussion you can find the video footage here: 

 

  • 15/07/2020
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System Design ThinkTank
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System Design ThinkTank

Every business faces complex problems in the hyper connected world. The global pandemic locked us down and we become more connected and expect our favourite services to respond to this crisis immediately. The complexities behind services are supply chains, procurement, and environmental compliance are some examples to consider. What we call ‘systems’ go beyond what we see in services, taking these considerations into the design process. Talks uncovered the system design mindset, challenges, opportunities and the impact on a company.

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  • 04/06/2020
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Times of Uncertainty - How to Respond and Thrive
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Times of Uncertainty - How to Respond and Thrive

We are all on a road of uncertainty, but our aim for the evening is to uncover how HR professionals have transformed and adopted more agile methods of work, best practices and procedures in the current climate. An engaging live Q&A evening to share experiences, challenges, solutions and predictions for the future.

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  • 05/05/2020
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AI-Led Design: Friend or Foe?
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AI-Led Design: Friend or Foe?

An evening to discuss the technological innovation of Artificial Intelligence and its impact on both the designer and the consumer, how it will shape future relationships and disrupt the customer experience. You can expect an engaging panel discussion that will touch on topics such as inclusivity, human-centered design, intelligent algorithm-driven design tools and the future of AI within the design.

 

  • 20/02/2020
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Artificial Intelligence – A Brief History of Tomorrow
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Artificial Intelligence – A Brief History of Tomorrow

A core part of AI is to create technology that can help machines mimic human ability to perceive the world around us. Do you think AI will get to the point of human cognition?

I loved the organisation of the event before and during! Plenty of smart reminders! The public speakers were inspiring and I loved the diversity of their communications styles. Thanks for the drinks and the finger food as well it helps keeping us going!
  • 06/02/2020
  • Anoynmous
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Blockchain: What comes first? Opportunity or Threat?
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Blockchain: What comes first? Opportunity or Threat?

Blockchain the ingenious, decentralised complex invention that has taken over the financial world. The Economist (2015) has suggested that Blockchain is “a mundane process that has the potential to transform how people and businesses cooperate.” It is inevitable that with any new technology comes an array of threats. Organisations can be reluctant to change, especially in highly regulated industries such as finance, banking, and governance. However, Blockchain has been introduced to speed up the process automation, evolving the way businesses operate and making cross-border business more efficient.

  • 09/10/2019
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Smarter Than Us: The Rise Of AI for Good
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Smarter Than Us: The Rise Of AI for Good

AI has already made a global impact. Some individuals maintaining a dystopian view on what the future of AI will look like. However, it cannot be ignored that AI is transforming lives, its empowering the visually impaired to read, it’s enabling doctor’s to reach larger numbers of patients and industries have been transformed.

Our chair Ivana Bartoletti will be joined with some of the world’s most forward-thinking minds and experts, as we explore the rise of AI from various perspectives. The discussion will be looking at how AI is transforming industries for the greater good. How others are using AI to not only adapt their industries, but the entire world.

Well...please organize more events in London - Thank you!
  • 29/08/2019
  • Anoynmous
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Balance for Better
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Balance for Better

The world has made progress on the problem of gender inequality, however, inequality is still a global issue. A balanced workforce drives innovation and we believe that businesses need to do more than attract and retain women into their communities, we exist to bridge that gap. This week we teamed up with Cloudreach for a special 'Balance for Better' International Women's Day 2019 collaboration. The event showcased three diverse technical talks from Leigh Dixon, Tania Ash, Idelkys Quintana Ramirez and Ariane G. We'd like to say a special thank you to our speakers, attendees, co-hosts and community for enabling us to have another inspiring and empowering evening. Cloudreach and KPMG are great examples of tech organisations are empowering women. Feeling passionate about diversity in tech? By conducting research we hope to address the issues facing the technology space with a specific interest in equality, diversity and inclusion. Follow the link below to take our survey: https://lnkd.in/gAcszDx

#BalanceForBetter #EmpowerWomen #internationalwomensday2019

  • 05/03/2019
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What’s Hot: Design Trends 2019
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What’s Hot: Design Trends 2019

With every new year, comes an array of new trends, ways of thinking and designing. Last night we discussed what design trends will be taking over 2019. From thinking of you as a designer, how design will impact businesses and society our incredible speakers had it covered to the T! It was clear the discussions uncovered how you can incorporate a modern edge in your creative design. On behalf of the entire SODA Squad, we'd like to say a very warm thank you to Rakhi from McKinsey & Company, Niharika Hariharan from McKinsey & Company, Anish Joshi from Shell and Jonah Jones from Facebook. Not forgetting you, our community, candidates and clients who attended and made the evening another spectacular event. Check out our events page to see our photo gallery and keep your eyes peeled for a follow up podcast. https://lnkd.in/gxGSFuU.

Confirmed Speakers:
- Jonah Jones - Product Design Manager at Facebook
- Niharika Hariharan - Design Director at McKinsey & Company
- Anish Joshi - Head of Design & Innovation at Shell

Jonah Jones
Jonah Jones is a Product Design Manager who helps to create delightful and innovative products. Jonah has had the privilege to lead design for Google Maps and Facebook, two of the top five most used apps in the world today. Jonah advises and mentors startups around the world on product strategy, growth, user experience, scaling, and team management. He has spoken at events across the globe, most recently TEDx and the Design Museum.

Niharika Hariharan
Niharika Hariharan is Design Director at McKinsey & Company where she leads and directs design, consulting and client teams to shape business strategy, product propositions and operational process to create tangible impact. With extensive experience in Service and user experience design, her practice lies in the intersection between design and business. Prior to McKinsey, Niharika has worked in consultancies, agencies and client side for organisations such as Vodafone Global, Barclays, Boots, BT, Financial Times, Open University, O2, Nationwide and Fidelity, developing service strategy, directing business propositions and taking products to market.

Anish Joshi
Anish is Head of Design & Innovation for Shell (Global Commercial & Chemicals) where he is creating, from the ground up, a new worldwide innovation lab capability that sets out to develop products and services through design, lean innovation and agile methodologies, coupled with new technologies. To address opportunities across the business and solve wicked problems he champions a holistic human centred proposition from design thinking and service design, through to digital creation (UX & UI). Anish helps set the strategic direction, leads teams of designers and analysts and shapes strategic, physical, visual and digital work to push beyond current trends into truly future focused innovation and invention.


#AddictedToDigital #SODASocial

This was my first time attending a soda social event and I have to say it was a very well run event. Great talks, great speakers. Great location too. Very inspiring and insightful. Looking forward to the next event.
  • 06/02/2019
  • Bernard Kearney
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SODA's Humpday Tech Quiz
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SODA's Humpday Tech Quiz

Test your technical knowledge in our ultimate tech challenge. Questions will be highlighting the latest trends, current affairs and all things digital.

Join us next on Wednesday 16th January in Manchester for an innovative FREE networking event like no other, bringing together some of the brightest digital technology enthusiasts looking to socialise, expand their knowledge and meet like-minded individuals for some light-hearted fun.

Prize - £200 cash prize or team night out hosted by Trust in Soda.

Come on your own or as part of a team, all teams will be as teams of four. There will be complimentary food and drinks available.
For any questions contact Jen Jackson on:

jen@trustinsoda.com
0161 694 6286

#AddictedToDigital #Manchester

  • 16/01/2019
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Women in DevOps - Let's get Technical in collaboration with Facebook
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Women in DevOps - Let's get Technical in collaboration with Facebook

Nestled behind the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, you'll find Facebook's HQ and our most recent Women in DevOps meetup collaboration. Facebook's mission is to connect the world, bringing the world closer together. A mission were keen to work together on by bringing the DevOps community together.

 The evening was another succesful evening, with speakers including:

- Charlie de Courcy and Mariano Vecchioli - Cloud Consultant Lead, at Google
- Amy Phillips - Engineering Manager, at Moo
- Maria Koukou - Head of Analytics - Maersk

 

Our speakers all brought completely different elements within DevOps to the table. Discussing leanings, tools and technologies and allowing for a truly insightful evening, celebrating and empowering women in technology.

 

Join our Facebook group on the link provided below to keep up to date on future events:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2082051015447031/

#WomenInDevOps #EmpowerWomen

Thank you all for your efforts in putting together such an awesome event. You should all be very proud!
  • 26/11/2018
  • Anoynmous
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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.

Confirmed Speakers:

- Manjula Lee, Founder and CEO at World Wide Generation

- Toby Schulz, Chief Technology Officer at Vantage Power
- Anne Charlotte Mornington, International Expansion and Business Development 

 

Manjula Lee
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.

Anne Charlotte Mornington
Anne pursued a BA Hons in Fine Art and an MSc in Management where she wrote her thesis on the topic of food waste. While working for Tech City UK in 2015, she was introduced to OLIO and has been part of the team ever since.
Her focus is on international expansion and business development. After instigating OLIO sharing communities in Sweden and California, she is currently working on community growth and business partnerships in those regions as well as in the UK.

Toby Schulz
Toby serves as Chief Technology Officer for Vantage Power. He co-founded the company in 2011 and has since led the product and technology development. With the goal of providing connectivity and electrification technology for commercial and heavy-duty vehicles, the company has focussed its development in the areas of powertrain system design and integration, battery systems, embedded system control and telemetry data systems. These technology areas serve to fulfil the company’s mission of radically reducing emissions from heavy-duty and commercial vehicles.

#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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