Friday Round Up: 28th October – 1st November

What an incredibly jammed packed week/weekend we’ve had at Skills Matter! Not only was Droidcon and its Hackathon weekend a massive success but we also hosted another two, yes two amazing conferences; The first ever Gradle eXchange and Prog F# Tutorials.

Droidcon was huge! Held at the Business Design Centre in Angel over two floors with five separate rooms for talks and a fabulous gallery where everyone could collect super swag from all our sponsors! Not only did we have talks from the likes of Dr Chris Bridges, Al Sutton, Ken Blakeslee and Hans Dockter but we also welcomed the Seraku mirror – the first Android developed interactive mirror from Japan! The fun continued over the weekend at Skills Matter HQ for a 24hr Hackerthon, with the winners winning lots of great prizes. See all the SkillsCast (film/slides/code) for this awesome event here: Droidcon 2013.


There was no rest for the wicked; we didn’t even let the storm stop us! After those four incredible days we then went on to host the first ever Gradle eXchange. Hans Dockter the founder of Gradle itself gave a wonderful keynote followed by talks from Luke Daley, Peter Niederwieser and many more!

Wednesday we hosted the London Python User Group October meet-up, with Ian Ozsvald & Bart Baddeley who gave a talk on ‘Introducing Python for Data Science’. Ian & Bart demoed four areas of data science using Python. We also hosted Neo4J User Group’s October meet-up who had interesting talks on ‘Using graphs for source code analyses by Raoul-Gabriel Urma and ‘Neo4j in a proprietary embedded JVM’ Nat Pryce.

Finally on Thursday and Friday we had Prog F# Tutorials with the likes of Rachel Reese, Phil Trelford, Matt Moloney, Robert Pickering, Simon Cousins and many more giving hands on sessions, and Jon Harrop giving a great keynote talk!

This has been a absolutly fantastic week of learning and sharing, we would like to thank everybody that has attended or contributed to any of these events. All the SkillsCast (film/slides/code) from each event can be found on our website (except Prog F# due to its hands on nature). Once again THANK YOU!

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