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.
I love being at the start of something new. Yesterday, in the salubrious settings of the iconic Old Granada Studios in Manchester, a new and potentially significant series of events for the startup community began.
Here come an abridged version of my notes from the very first Founder Insights event. If you were there and spot any inaccuracies or errors, please shout out in the comments.
Hosted by Luke Grimes (@Grimeswastaken), co-founder of cloud software development consultancy Webantic and sponsored by Brabners LLP, a leading law firm in the region, Founder Insights was billed as a “fireside chat with Paul Stacey (@justpaulstacey), founder of event ticketing platform Fatsoma”.
After “a word from our sponsors”, deftly delivered by Jacob O’Brien, head of the Tech, Digital and Creative sector team at Brabners, Luke introduced the event as one, in his words, to “showcase Manchester’s top companies and better understand the journey founders go through”.
Aimed at a largely non-Erlang/Elixir audience, the talk was about the soft real-time aspects of Elixir/Phoenix and its WebSocket implementation (aka Phoenix channels) – the main inspiration behind the real-time Q&A web service at assenty.com
“meets monthly to talk about and popularise new ways of thinking about computation. Frequent topics include functional programming, type systems, programming language design and aspects of computer science.”
As Elixir is still relatively new, and case study materials on the Phoenix web framework thin on the ground, I focused on explaining the core components of the web framework with an emphasis on Phoenix channels and, the rationale behind Phoenix and Elixir.
The presentation concluded with a live demo of Assenty. Here is the resultant question board which includes questions asked and answered live by the audience.
I’ve embedded the question that won Gold Question Award below!
It was a good opportunity to meet active members of Manchester’s growing functional programming community to talk code and I look forward to attending another event.
I started learning Elixir nearly two years ago and love the concurrency, fault-tolerance and scalability paradigms its Erlang heritage brings to the table. I discovered Phoenix in early spring 2015 when I was looking for Chicago Boss with an easier learning curve 🙂 For the non-developers reading this, Chicago Boss is a web framework for the Erlang programming language. Erlang is not renowned for its learning curve but is acclaimed for its reliability. Just ask WhatsApp.
Today, after nearly seven months of hard work in stealth mode, I’m thrilled to launch Assenty, a service I’ve built with Elixir to provide real-time Q&A support for event organisers, using Phoenix channels. Continue reading
Welcome to my new blog! I’ll be sharing my journey from social media marketing aficionado to software engineer, via starting a company or two. Many of the initial posts will be programming-language specific and consequently very technology-heavy so please be aware of that.
I started blogging again because I started a new company called Assenty, and had to come out of a long-standing hibernation from social media, brought on from the combined fatigue of years of working as a social media consultant. Continue reading