Event Highlights: Ada Lovelace Day 2018 – #ALD18 #DigitalHer



Each year Ada Lovelace Day takes place on the second Tuesday of October and sees hundreds of volunteers around the world organising their own independent events to celebrate, promote and support girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Tech Nation on Tour: triumphant in Manchester – #WeAreTechNation


Wow, what a night!

Yesterday’s Tech Nation on Tour event in Manchester, at the rather select settings of No. 1 Spinningfields was an absolute triumph!

Oversubscribed to the point that over two hundred more people were signed up for a venue that seated 300+, it engaged from the minute we walked in!

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If you’re a fan of the Phoenix web framework, written in Elixir, you’ll know I blog a little about it.

Here is the long overdue second installment in my Elixir/Phoenix Mix Tips series.

As previously covered, you can use the following command to update an Elixir package hosted on package manager Hex:

mix deps.unlock out_of_date_dependency

And you can also use the handy mix deps.outdated to find out which packages require updating.

But what if you would like to clean out your mix.lock file?

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Event Highlights: Ladies of Code Manchester – June 2017


Image credit: Catherine Heath

What amazing times we live in. Here is a picture of the audience at the Ladies of Code Manchester event on 27 June where I got to share my journey in building Assenty, the real-time Q&A platform over at assenty.com.

It’s mostly developers and would-be developers interested in turning an idea into a product. And all ladies!
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Event Highlights: UpFront Conf 2017 – #Upfrontconf


On Friday 19 May, I was thrilled to attend the UpFront Conf 2017 conference at the Bridgewater Hall where, as part of their Speaker Bursary scheme, I got to present a five minute lightning talk on Assenty, the real-time Q&A platform I’ve been building over at assenty.com. Continue reading

Event Highlights: Bootstrap vs Investment Funding – #StartupStories


Last month when I blogged about listening to the speakers at trade organisation Manchester Digital’s eighth Startup Stories event little did I know that I would be speaking at the next.

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Event Highlights: Ladies that UX MCR – Lightning Talk – Being a Female Founder and Software Engineer


Image credit: Ummi Jameel

Ladies that UX is an international community of UX designers, practitioners and experts. It started out as monthly meet up in Manchester in 2013, organised by Lizzie Dyson (@lizziedyson) and Georgie Bottomley (@bottomley_g), both User Experience (UX) professionals, to give, in their own words

“us women somewhere to have a community that understood our interests, work challenges and family commitments”.

It has since expanded into nearly 50 cities around the world and Ladies that UX groups now meet regularly in locations as far apart as Denver, Colorado, Cape Town, South Africa and Tokyo, Japan. There is also an international conference, TalkUX, taking place in its third outing in Taipei, Taiwan later this year.

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