The Suffolk Developers group kicks off with some great lightning talks to start the new year!

Suffolk Developers Lightning Talks

We’ve been attending the Suffolk Developer talks for about five years now - since the group was called FE (front end) Suffolk and hosted at the Brewery Tap in s small room upstairs.  Things have moved on a bit from then and Anders Fisher has managed to get a place in the Waterfront UCS building for us to meet every month along with some sponsors who provide pizza and drinks for everyone coming along to a talk.


The opening talk of the year took place recently and were a series of lightning talks - small 5-10 minute talks - although, in this case, the timings were lost a bit amongst all the interested questions at the end of each talk (so much so that several talks have been moved to the February meet).


We kicked off with a talk about Virtual Reality and designing within virtual environments.  This is something that the Yellobelly team have been looking at over the last few months - the talk covered how to design a scene, how people interact with an environment and move around.  We’ll be writing some longer posts about this subject in the near future…


The next talk was about Machine Learning by Ross Scrivener covering how he has used machine learning (through a number of different sites including Amazon’s Machine Learning Service as well as many others).  He has been fighting a battle against spammers on his photo journal site 365 Project and, using the power of machine learning and a number of spammer related data sets that he has built over the last few years, he was able to train the AI processes to more accurately find spam on the site (to something like 98.9% accuracy).  There are a lot of different applications that machine learning could benefit from - it’s just a case of giving the learning algorithms the right data to learn from!


There will be more lightning talks at the next meet up including moving the Sphero Robots (think the rolling robot in Star Wars) using JavaScript, a Heroku Review and a talk on Flux and Redux.


The next meet up is on the 29th February 2016 at 1930 (meeting at 1915 in the lobby) at the Waterfront University Building - you can sign up for the meeting on the Suffolk Developers meetup page.

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Suffolk Developers Lightning Talks

We’ve been attending the Suffolk Developer talks for about five years now - since the group was called FE (front end) Suffolk and hosted at the Brewery Tap in s small room upstairs.  Things have moved on a bit from then and Anders Fisher has managed to get a place in the Waterfront UCS building for us to meet every month along with some sponsors who provide pizza and drinks for everyone coming along to a talk.


The opening talk of the year took place recently and were a series of lightning talks - small 5-10 minute talks - although, in this case, the timings were lost a bit amongst all the interested questions at the end of each talk (so much so that several talks have been moved to the February meet).


We kicked off with a talk about Virtual Reality and designing within virtual environments.  This is something that the Yellobelly team have been looking at over the last few months - the talk covered how to design a scene, how people interact with an environment and move around.  We’ll be writing some longer posts about this subject in the near future…


The next talk was about Machine Learning by Ross Scrivener covering how he has used machine learning (through a number of different sites including Amazon’s Machine Learning Service as well as many others).  He has been fighting a battle against spammers on his photo journal site 365 Project and, using the power of machine learning and a number of spammer related data sets that he has built over the last few years, he was able to train the AI processes to more accurately find spam on the site (to something like 98.9% accuracy).  There are a lot of different applications that machine learning could benefit from - it’s just a case of giving the learning algorithms the right data to learn from!


There will be more lightning talks at the next meet up including moving the Sphero Robots (think the rolling robot in Star Wars) using JavaScript, a Heroku Review and a talk on Flux and Redux.


The next meet up is on the 29th February 2016 at 1930 (meeting at 1915 in the lobby) at the Waterfront University Building - you can sign up for the meeting on the Suffolk Developers meetup page.

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