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Thursday Scratch Nights

MK Geek Night


MK Geek Night

Thursday 8 December / 7.30pm / £10+VAT




A quarterly event for the creative community to meet up, network and chat over a few drinks about web design, development, UX, technology and general geekery. 




  • Jake Archibald 

    Jake is developer advocate for Google Chrome. He’s one of the editors of the service worker spec, so he’s into offline-first, push messaging and web performance.



  • Melinda Seckington

    'Forget ninja developers and rockstar developers. What I’m more interested in is the superhero developer: these are the developers that do their best to help others, that try to give back to their community, and generally make the world a better place.'

    So how can we all strive to be superhero developers? This talk will look at the lessons we can learn from Marvel superheroes on being better developers.

    Melinda is a Ruby developer at FutureLearn, a social learning platform, and leads the team’s employee evangelism. She loves attending BarCamps, Hackdays and other tech meet ups, and since 2009 has been organising them at Geeks of London. She also writes at MissGeeky, a blog about all things geeky and girly. When she’s not busy with events or blogging, you can find Melinda curled up on her couch with a good book or video game.



  • Christian Hambly

    FreelanceGeek Ltd's business workflow is almost exclusively Markdown driven from documents to emails, data in tables and beyond. He shares how and why.

    'As the name says, I am a geek and I am freelance. These two words are who I am and what I do. I am happy to be a geek, I love technology and helping people. The freelance bit is important as well. I work with you. I will help you traverse the complexity of IT, not trying to sell you equipment and solutions you don’t need so that I can hit a sales target.'



  • Neil Smith 

    '"63% of the universe is dark energy": what does that mean? In just five minutes, I'll explain general relativity, the shape of space-time, and how dark energy fits in.'

    Neil is now a computer scientist, but used to be a physicist. He's currently a senior lecturer at The Open University, volunteers at a Code Club, and is co-founder of MK Hackathon.



  • Matthew Standage

    'Typography is much more than choosing typefaces and the visual appearance of a page. Typography is the primary medium by which we communicate information to our users on the web. In this talk I will look briefly at ways in which we can use typographic design to support people’s understanding and improve their chances of finding content that is of interest to them. I hope by the end of talk to convince you that, regardless of your role, typography is too important to the experience of your site to ignore it.'

    Matthew is a UX Designer at Oxford Computer Consultants working on software, web and mobile apps for health, science, engineering and social care. Prior to this he spent four years studying typography and information design at the University of Reading. He is particularly interested in how we can use good design to improve people’s lives and aid informed decision making.


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    MK Geek Night


    December 2016