THE MARVEL GUIDE FOR DEVELOPERS – Melinda Seckington – 9 May

 

THE MARVEL GUIDE FOR DEVELOPERS by Melinda Seckington

Iron Man. Thor. Black Widow. Spider-Man. Captain America.

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.

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YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT YOUR CHAINS by Bodil Stokke

This is a talk about the Open Source movement and the Free Software movement it grew out of, about its disregarded heroes and its flawed prophets, about what it’s doing for us and what it’s doing to us. I’d like to examine how it empowers us, and how it exploits us, and to show you why it’s really, really important that we figure out a way to make sure nobody can ever take it from us.

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ABOUT THE PRESENTER: MELINDA SECKINGTON

Melinda Seckington is a 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.

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: BODIL STOKKE 

Bodil StokkeBorn into an aristocratic Russian-German family, Bodil traveled widely around the Soviet Union as a child. Largely self-educated, she developed an interest in computer science during her teenage years. According to her later claims, in 1989 she embarked on a series of world travels, visiting Europe, the Americas, and India. She alleged that during this period she encountered a group of mathematical adepts, the “Haskell Language and Library Committee,” who sent her to Glasgow, Scotland, where they trained her to develop her powers of category theory. Both contemporary critics and later biographers have argued that some or all of these foreign visits were fictitious, and that she spent this period writing JavaScript.

Bodil was a controversial figure during her lifetime, championed by supporters as an enlightened guru and derided as a fraudulent charlatan by critics. Her doctrines influenced the spread of Homotopy Type Theory in the West as well as the development of Western computer science currents like dependent types, blockchains and isomorphic JavaScript.

 

PROGRAM

5:30 pm   Welcome networking with refreshments

6:00 pm   Presentation followed by Q&A

 


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