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SuperMondays – Privacy and Geocoding

This month we have a varied event, with Doug Belshaw and Peter Shaw speaking about Privacy, and Andy Redfern taking us through geocoding the green vote!

Doug Belshaw educates you to educate others – on raising the next generation in the thorny subject of privacy. How do you get more than a ‘meh’ about creepy government surveillance? How do you get people to actually read those mammoth Terms of Service that everyone agrees to? And what are we actually doing with our kids’ data?

Peter Shaw will be telling tales from the trenches – lessons learned in developer security. Covering essential points such as not letting business leave security until the last minute, ways that tricksters will attempt to get private details from you, and warning signs that your app might be leaking data will all help you to be aware of the issues and combat them quickly.

Andy Redfern will be demonstrating ‘Green Geocoding’ and showing us how he helped Green voters connect with European Election Candidates in the last election. With more than 30 million pieces of data, a government database, you’ll see how clever custom algorithms assembled all that data to deliver it to tens of thousands of voters.

Please note that for the next few months we will be in the Bedson Teaching Centre off Queen Victoria Rd opposite the RVI. Entrance 21 on the map.

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SuperMondays – Test Driven Development

This month Alex Kavanagh and Philip Poots talk about Test-driven development (TDD), a software development process where the developer first writes an automated test that defines the desired functionality of the final code.

Alex Kavanagh talks about his love of Test Driven Development, explain the process, and show us why it is a good process to follow.

Philip Poots will talak about the “The Death and Birth of TDD”.

The creator of Ruby on Rails, David Heinemeier Hansson kicked up a storm when he pronounced Test Driven Development (TDD) dead in his RailsConf 2014 keynote. The ripples spread far and wide, provoking a series of conversations between him, Kent Beck, the “father” of TDD, and Martin Fowler, one of Britain’s most famous software engineering exports.

We’ll use this conversation as a starting point to get a handle on TDD, where it came from, what it is, and why there is such strong feeling over its (ab)use. Reference will be made to key persons and literature, with examples in Ruby being general enough to be understood by all. Come and see what all the fuss is about, find out why you ought to be testing your code, and consider why you should be writing tests first.

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Super Mondays – Makers

In 2012 Super Mondays had it’s most popular event when the team from Maker Space told us about the exciting world of 3D printing, Arduino and the Raspberry Pi. Two years later on March 31st they are back.

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Ian Simmons, Makers and the Maker Faire

Ian is the Science Communication Director at The Centre for Life, home of the UK Maker Faire. After traveling the world to attend many Maker Faires and hack spaces Ian will give an insight to the Maker community by telling us about some of the amazing maker projects he has seen from around the world.

Cay Green, 3D Update

Cay has embarked in a PhD at Loughborough University Design School researching further in to 3D printing. She will be giving us an update on the progress made 3D printing in the last 2 years and will take a look at some of the work that allow non-skilled users to make/modify objects.

Glen will also be bringing it his working 3D printer so we can see it is action.

Ed Bisdee, From Arduino to PIC

When we last met Ed at Super Mondays he was an “hit things with hammers” engineer playing with Arduinos for fun. Since then he has changed career and microelectronics is now the day job. This time he is back and will tell us what he learnt moving from the amature to the profesional and give some insights to those wanting to move beyond the Arduino.

Chris Burn, Lots and lots of LEDs

If you pass Maker Space’s window you can not have avoided being mesmerised by Chris’s LED cube. Chris, often referred to as “LED Chris” in Maker Space, has made many LED signs in his life and it is quite possible you have read one of them. He will show off the cube and give an introduction to the magic that makes it work.

Dan Nixon, Custombuild Quadcopter

Dan is building a Quadcopter with full video that will fly itself. The projects, that includes both Arduino and Raspberry Pi, is an ongoing learning experience pushing open technology to it’s limits.

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