G Live, Guildford
25.09.15

WXG — a one-day conference dedicated to creating web & digital experiences. See the speakers

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Mr Bingo

@mr_bingo

Talk

↪ An Audience with Mr Bingo

Bio

↪ With his unique breed of fine-line drawings, at once delicately rendered and packed with dry humour, Mr Bingo has grown to become one of the industry’s most celebrated illustrators.

His infamous Hate Mail project, where fans paid a small sum for their own hand-drawn postcard of verbal abuse, gained him such popularity that he was forced to limit sales in order to keep up with overwhelming demand. This collection of works has since been compiled by Penguin into a bestselling book of the same name.

Alongside all this funny business, Mr Bingo has been commissioned by some serious clients and his illustrations feature regularly in publications such as TIME, Esquire and The New Yorker.

Christine Cawthorne

@crocstar

Talk

↪ How designers and developers can work with content

Users come to websites to get information, so content needs to be high up in the priority of a web build. But how do you get great content?

Whether writing it yourself, coaxing it from the client or working with a digital copywriter, this whistlestop tour of content strategy will show you how to get the best results and why you should work with a writer if you can. They're always lovely, you know.

Bio

↪ Christine is an online copywriter with a background in journalism at the BBC. Having worked as a homepage editor for Yahoo, AOL and BT, she has translated this experience into writing content and managing social media accounts for brands including Pizza Hut, Paul Smith, Nokia, Boots and many smaller companies.

Christine is currently working on the GOV.UK project, training people in government departments and agencies about user needs and how to write for the web. She combines her passion for stories with a keen interest in how people actually use and consume content on the web.

Christine also teaches students at the University of Sheffield and the University of Derby, helping educate the storytellers of tomorrow.

Anna Debenham

@anna_debenham

Talk

↪ Weird Browsers

We're now living with a huge number of devices with browsers, from game consoles to smart watches, printers to cars. That range is only going to get weirder.

It may be convenient to disregard the browsers in these devices as being a novelty, but people are using them. In 2011, Ofcom reported that in the UK, 20% of 16-24 year olds use their game console to visit websites.

Browsing the internet on these devices presents us with new challenges, such as building sites that could be interacted with using voice, gesture, a second-screen, using a d-pad or a stylus. Considering how your site will be used by people on these devices will not only benefit your current users, but also prepare you for people using devices that don't exist yet.

Bio

↪ Anna is a freelance front-end developer based in the UK. She was awarded Young Developer of the Year by Netmag in 2013. When she's not playing on them, she's researching the browsers on game consoles. Last year, she wrote a real book for Five Simple Steps on Front End Style Guides.

Dan Edwards

@de

Talk

↪ TBC

Bio

↪ Dan is a designer, surfer and occasional doodler from the UK. Currently working as Creative Director of No Divide, an agency he co-founded in 2014. Dan is also winner of net magazine’s 2013 Young Designer of the Year and the co-creator of oozled.com.

Peter Gasston

@stopsatgreen

Talk

↪ OK Computer

People mostly communicate by talking, but with computers we are often impeded by keyboards.

This talk looks at ways we can talk directly to our devices, and have them talk back to us, and takes a dive into the world of ubiquitous deep learning.

Bio

↪ Peter is a veteran web developer who now works as a technologist and front-end lead at rehabstudio on projects for clients including Google and Red Bull, and in partnership with some of the world’s biggest creative agencies.

He’s the author of The Book of CSS3 and The Modern Web, and has written for Net Magazine, Smashing Magazine and A List Apart. In his spare time he “relaxes” by reading voraciously, supporting Arsenal, and day trips to castles.

Craig Kerstiens

@craigkerstiens

Talk

↪ SQL

Some people enjoy writing SQL, but no one enjoys reading SQL that's because most people write bad SQL. We'll start there on how to write more legible SQL and some simply tips for helping people follow along such as using CTEs (Common Table Expressions) to how to ask the hard questions of your data without having to export and run some script in Ruby/Python/Other.

By the end you'll be able to do things like:

  • Compute deltas across periods directly in SQL
  • Query for things like perc 95/99
  • Generate random data for testing/sample apps directly in SQL
  • Document your SQL, which you should do just like your code

(All SQL will have a heavy Postgres slant, because well it's the best, but much can apply to other DBs too)

Bio

↪ Craig has worked at both large corporations and small early stage startups. Currently Craig runs product for Heroku's ecosystem group which comprises their API, CLI, add-ons, and core languages. Previously he ran product and marketing for Heroku Postgres, Heroku's database as a service.

In addition to that he blogs frequently about Postgres, SQL, and start-ups at craigkerstiens.com and curates Postgres Weekly.

Alasdair Monk

@almonk

Talk

↪ Blame Your Tools

We're on the cusp of a new age of interface design and to grow up we need to forget everything we've learnt.

But before we read Photoshop it's last rites, we need to figure out how we're going to design tomorrow...

Bio

↪ Alasdair Monk is a product designer and developer from London. After leading GoCardless' design & product for three years, he now works at Heroku designing a platform for the world to build their apps.

His lowest low was being told by Simon Cowell that he didn't "have the right hair" to be in a boy band. He's avoided pictures of Harry Styles since.

Pete Roome

@zoltarspeaks

Talk

↪ The Great Startup Machine

We’ve all heard of the Lean Startup by Eric Ries and by now we’ve probably all read it. The difference is I’ve lived it. In 2014 I was tasked by my investor to validate as many startup ideas as I possibly could. This talk is what I learnt during that time.

I will discuss the tools and tactics I used to validate and launch 4 startups in 12 months. From being featured on Product Hunt twice, to hitting the front page of Hacker News and getting banned from Facebook and LinkedIn. Together, we'll celebrate failing fast. After all, it’s better to prove yourself wrong than it is to spend time and money building something no one wants.

Bio

↪ A web developer who learnt his trade at Kyan, Pete has gone on to co-found a number of startups. The most notable of which are: The 405, PANDR and Sisu – Your Exercise Data As Art. Pete is a jukebox hog, buffet aggressor and triathlete in training.

Paul Sturgess

@paulsturgess

Talk

↪ Building Title Challenge — From Idea to App Store

Title Challenge is Kyan's first iOS game. Find out all about how is was created and the challenges involved.

Bio

↪ Paul has worked as a Ruby on Rails developer for 8 years. Recently turning his hand to RubyMotion, to build the iOS football manager game Title Challenge. He blogs about RubyMotion development at paulsturgess.co.uk.

Dan Nuttall

@pixelblend

Talk

↪ Future Radios: Prototyping with Electronics, Stickers and Javascript

In this session we will talk about BBC Research & Development’s experimental radio toolkit, a way to easily prototype radio-like experiences. We’ll discuss the origins of the project and how a mix of open source software and hobbyist electronics allows us to experiment with ideas in a low-risk, believable way.

Bio

↪ Dan is a Software Engineer for Internet Research and Future Services in BBC R&D. He has worked for a range of companies in Europe and Africa, building web sites, browser extensions, servers and everything in between using open-source software.

Derick Rethans

@derickr

Talk

↪ From SQL to NoSQL

In this talk I will explain the differences between different types of noSQL databases. I will then progress to illustrate which paradigm shifts are necessary to successfully implement noSQL, using MongoDB as an example.

The approaches to schema design, fault tolerance, the network breaking and latency are all things that are inherent to scalability with noSQL solutions and with this talk you will learn how to use MongoDB effectively considering all the above mentioned situations.

Bio

↪ Derick Rethans has contributed in a number of ways to the PHP project, including the Xdebug debugging tool, and various extensions and additions. He's a frequent lecturer at conferences, the author of php|architect's Guide to Date and Time Programming, and the co-author of PHP 5 Power Programming. He is now working at MongoDB to work on the PHP and HHVM drivers for MongoDB.

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