#digpen IV: Exeter schedule

Saturday 10th March 2012

  • Welcome to digpen IV: Exeter

    Andy Robinson, Sophie Dennis and John Nye welcome everybody to digpen IV at the Phoenix in Exeter on Saturday 10th March 2012.

    At 12:00pm to 12:10pm, Saturday 10th March

    Coverage video

  • Concept, Aesthetics & Emotion

    by John Cowen

    John Cowen introduces the three core components of good design: Concept, Aesthetics and Emotion.

    At 12:10pm to 12:30pm, Saturday 10th March

  • Your Intellect, Your Profit

    by Bright Solicitors

    Matt Cook from Bright LLP Solicitors outlines the key concepts surrounding intellectual property rights. Questions posed touched on UK copyright law and Escrow arrangements.

    At 12:45pm to 1:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    Coverage video

  • Student Placements

    by Will Skates

    The benefits of hiring students on industrial placement/internships. Talking about my own experience as a placement student at Assembly studios (http://www.assemblystudios.co.uk) and an open discussion with the audience about their own fears and where they can get more information.

    At 1:00pm to 1:20pm, Saturday 10th March

  • In Defence of Clients

    by Kat Smith

    They can be annoying but client bashing isn't the answer. Common mistakes IT users make and why (no, it's not because they're stupid).

    At 1:40pm to 1:45pm, Saturday 10th March

  • HTML5 vs Native Apps

    by Web 3D Chris

    At 1:45pm to 1:55pm, Saturday 10th March

    Coverage video

  • Behaviour Driven Development

    by Ben Keeping

    BDD is a technique for developing software which focuses on business value by driving out system design from the outside in.

    In this talk, I'll describe how BDD addresses two fundamental problems with software design :
    - How to drive out business value using scenarios and features
    - How to deliver value to the business through architecure

    We will cover how and why BDD is a reaction to TDD, some problems with TDD and how BDD attempts to solve them, and finally how BDD facilitates other practices such as bringing developers closer to the business, simplifying systems architecture, enabling a ubiquitous language, and delivering value continuously.

    At 2:00pm to 2:30pm, Saturday 10th March

  • The Emerging Local Government Platform

    by Martin Howitt

    Current financial pressures make this a massively challenging time to be working in or with local government. Councils must exploit technology to get the maximum benefit from every penny they spend and this means overturning some of the assumptions about our business model as well as building and embedding new systems. This short talk will set the "big picture" scene for subsequent detailed technical sessions and attempt to show our thinking and how we intend to build the local government platform.

    At 3:00pm to 3:15pm, Saturday 10th March

    Coverage video

  • Search Engine Optimisation in 2012

    by Rob Edlin

    An overview of current techniques & best practice for developers. This short, informative session will bring you up to speed on the latest changes to some of the major search engines' algorithms and helps dispel myths and rumours about the current state of organic search results in addition to covering some of the basics and core principles of SEO. There will be a short Q&A session immediately following the presentation.

    At 3:15pm to 3:35pm, Saturday 10th March

  • Bringing things to a close!

    Sophie Dennis and Andy Robinson bring digpen IV to a close.

    At 3:45pm to 4:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    Coverage video

  • Workshop: Getting Started with Source Control using Git

    by Chris Hunt and Nick Charlton

    This session aims to guide you through understanding the importance of Version Control in projects - for software development, design, writing and any other projects you may come across.

    You'll be taken step-by-step through using Git, with the aim of showing you the benefits that you will gain (from handling project changes, the ability to access previous versions, and working with others) and hopefully debunking any myths about its complexity.

    By the end, we hope you'll never start a project again that didn't use some sort of version control and hopefully understand the benefits of distributed version control systems.

    At 4:00pm to 4:45pm, Saturday 10th March

    Coverage slide deck

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