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  • Super Mondays - A strong and vibrant IT community based in the North East Of England - page 17
    local IT user groups eg JBOSS user group Drupal user group and events like Dorkbot Datarama Geekiest drink Howduino by hearing about them through Supermondays contacts or forum Some of the events have contained ideas I can put into practice immediately eg UX messaging freelancing whereas others have either been thought provoking or caused me to find out more about the subject eg Software Testing the Difference Engine I stimulated the local economy by spending more money in the bar at the Trent pub than I otherwise would The payoff was some high quality technical discussion with like minded people Kept in touch with local friends and tech industry players kept up to date with key trends had my eyes opened to new topics met new people The results show that people benefited by meeting like minded people who introduced them to new technologies job prospects and other user groups We were very happy to hear this long may it continue Posted August 31st 2011 in Uncategorized Comments are disabled From design to design and everything in between Our last event on July 25th was held at the Beehive Research Facility at Newcastle University with three talks on the subject of designing for the web Our speaker presentations were Call me Delia A tale of good design Leanne Johnson HTML5 apps for iOS and probably beyond Andy Far CMS design integration theming Richard Carter The slides are also available from Slideshare Call me Delia A tale of good design and Presentation Notes HTML5 apps for iOS and probably beyond and the app at http unflappable semibad com CMS design integration theming Reviews Stuart Holmes published a review on his blog Posted August 6th 2011 in Review Comments are disabled Review Application development for the enterprise This month we have really

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  • Super Mondays - A strong and vibrant IT community based in the North East Of England - page 18
    have with social groups in society who are for one reason or another not able to participate in a digital society We had a range of speakers who explored various aspects of computing for an older age group Gregor Rae BusinessLab and ActiveAge First up was Gregor Rae who is a co founder of BusinessLab and a strategist in ICT and corporate strategy marketing and communications Gregor has led a research programme into the Competitive Advantage of Ageing and the role of ICT in extending the economic and social vitality of an older population His presentation discussed the ActiveAge programme which is a research project looking at the market opportunities of an ageing population Caroline Findlay Newcastle Science City Caroline Findlay followed Gregor to give an overview of Newcastle Science City and how it can help with developing products and services Newcastle Science City is heavily involved in ActiveAge which is a collaborative action research programme that is exploring the opportunities that lie within new markets being created by the ageing demographic and how ICT innovation can help to meet the changing social physical and economic needs of an ageing society slideshare id 5191743 doc 20100730nscsupportofferingv1cf 100913115153 phpapp02 Andy Hudson Broadband Computer Company Andy Hudson practically needs no introduction He is amongst other things the founder and CEO of the Broadband Computer Company which has developed the alex computer system specially designed with the older computer user in mind Andy gave a very amusing challenging and poignant talk on how we the digital community have largely excluded the vast majority of the older population from using digital technology and specifically computers Actually he seemed to mostly blame Microsoft But it was revealing that we have built up a language and mystique around computers the internet and even mobile phones that is exclusive If you re not part of the club you just won t understand the MB RAM baud bps GPRS 3G ADSL and other terms we happily throw around Andy has also brought some demonstration machines running Alex to show the simplicity of the system Most telling for me was some of the letters that he read out from happy customers who had finally found a way of interacting with their siblings over long distances Or email to the rest of us A great presentation which is included here slideshare id 5191209 doc iwouldnthaveacompute andyhudson 100913103500 phpapp02 Dr Paul Watson Newcastle University Dr Paul Watson from Newcastle University is the Professor of Computer Science Director of the Informatics Research Institute and Director of the North East Regional e Science Centre He also directs the UKRC Digital Economy Hub on Inclusion through the Digital Economy Paul did an engaging presentation on the work that SiDE project are doing which can be seen below It focussed in on the technology behind the active kitchen and how they are collecting instrumentation data on activities that take place in normal home settings so that algorithms can be developed to provide automatic assistance from

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    solving customer problems He then took a barrage of questions from the audience Joanne and Graham joined him for the last 10 or so minutes for a panel discussion of topics thrown out from the audience Afterwards the host sent everybody to a pub that was shut so it is believed that the group split to several pubs in the area We ll check to make sure they are open next time Posted July 27th 2010 in Review 3 comments SuperSummer 29th July To celebrate what has been a great year for SuperMondays the team behind your favourite lo fi hi tech monthly get together have decided to throw a SuperSummer Soiree we are sure you are going to love It s a great opportunity for us all to celebrate making this year such a success and to our headline sponsors Northern Film and Media and Sunderland Software City for helping to make it all possible We have planned a fantastic evening for all of our regulars along with family and friends Think British summer garden party meets New York style roof top block party and you get the idea Our generous hosts will be creative agency Fusebox Design whose beautiful city centre office provides the perfect location for us all to enjoy sizzling bbq food pretty cocktails and ice cold beers There will also be some live music from some very special guests and a fine film or four This magically secretive venue will be our weather proof haven as let s face it there may well be rain where you will be able to catch up with friends and make a hat full of new ones too Fusebox Design s offices are also a hop skip and a jump from lots of pubs should you wish to continue

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    phpapp01 Raph Cohn Justin Souter slideshare id 4293070 doc introductiontocloudcomputing cloudcampv0 35 100525073756 phpapp02 We are very grateful to Gateshead Council for allowing us to use the venue NorthernNet for being our platinum sponsor and all of our silver sponsors including Microsoft Everycity StormMQ OPSource emailcloud and Arjuna Posted May 25th 2010 in Uncategorized Comments are disabled SuperMobile a review This month we had another excellent turnout to see John Lunn from PayPalx tell us about all the new mobile offerings from PayPalx The video and slide deck are here slideshare id 3613243 doc supermondays 100401092850 phpapp02 After his presentation John was joined by colleague Anthony Hicks anthonyxcom Jon Nairn jonstep working for neverodd Alex Reid alexjreid and Peter Bull RoguePlanetoid for a panel Q A session General points of note from the session and pub discussions Perhaps surprising to some the iPhone market accounts for a small proportion of mobile devices and Android mobiles are apparently selling at twice the rate of iPhone iPhone users are generally more comfortable with app purchasing and represent a more general consumer demographic Submissions and updates are developer driven for Android so app deployment can be rapid especially when compared to Apple s approval process Development for the less popular platforms may attract incubation or start up funding Some high qualify third party technology exists for integration e g Bump OpenFeint Commercially producing good middleware may be a better gamble than a good app Windows Phone 7 Series sounds promising Thank you to everybody who attended and James for allowing me to plagiarise his write up Posted April 1st 2010 in Uncategorized Comments are disabled Older Entries Newer Entries SuperJobs SuperMondays Network Flickr Other usergroups Discuss Archive November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 April 2014 March 2014

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    digital industries to form a robust and competitive supply chain driven by innovation and collaboration NorthernNet s Innovation and Collaboration project delivered in partnership in the NE with Codeworks provides both the infrastructure and practical support for companies to explore collaborative working on real projects NorthernNet is funded by The Northern Way Posted February 9th 2010 in Uncategorized 3 comments Affiliate Madness Over 100 people attended our first SuperMondays event of the year which was held at the Research Beehive at Newcastle University Tom Fotheringham from DFDS was the first to take the podium Tom give us an overview of how DFDS have been using affiliate marketing to grow their online sales revenue and how this is now an integral part of their sales strategy Running an affiliate marketing scheme is full of pitfalls for both the advertiser and publisher In his presentation Tom gave us insight into both worlds Understand what you want to achieve what are your goals stick to your objectives but be prepared to adapt to changing circumstances Concentrate on one or two areas of interest and avoid spreading yourself too thinly A jack of all trades is a master of none Think about which merchants you re going to promote the higher product value and commission the more you will earn Selling a CD about 0 50p Consider affiliate programs that offer lifetime revenue commission Ensure you have the right tools hosting software domains Avoid wasting your time on unproductive websites React to change and keep ahead of the game PR make people aware of your sites through press radio and TV Not everything is online Sell yourself demand higher commissions if you are one of the top affiliates on a program Use your strengths to your advantage Next to the podium was Ling Valentine

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    Entrepreneurs Forum We were very lucky to get David Cohen from Techstars and Kevin Mann from Take Publishing to tell us their stories TechStars is a mentorship driven seed stage investment fund from Boulder in Colorado It takes 10 companies a year along an accelerated process of business development with very high quality mentoring at its heart Dave gave a passionate presentation where he described his motivation for setting up the organization and how it has changed the lives of the staff in the 39 companies that have take part httpv www youtube com watch v 8PXxKfnwwQ httpv www youtube com watch v s4RTvdZpIg0 httpv www youtube com watch v xO6h8RScNyQ After some beer and nibbles we then heard from Kevin Mann from Take Publishing Take Publishing is the first non US based company to be accepted into the Techstars program Kevin described how he got involved in the program how it worked and more importantly his recent success as a direct result of the high quality mentoring that he received Kevin and his team are working on their BETA release in January 2010 httpv www youtube com watch v YgGk UfkVDQ httpv www youtube com watch v FbxHCh8E5tM httpv www youtube com watch v m0gXdV66ewk David and Kevin were also interviewed by the team at Bdaily You can see the video here http bdaily info tv news 26 11 2009 north east superstartups We were very grateful to Newcastle University and The Culture Lab for sponsoring the event We are also grateful to the Entrepreneurs Forum for recording the videos Posted November 28th 2009 in Uncategorized Comments are disabled Older Entries Newer Entries SuperJobs SuperMondays Network Flickr Other usergroups Discuss Archive November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014

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    Livingston David told us about RAQUEL a new database system that he is helping to develop with a team at Northumbria University RAQUEL is being developed as an open source project and you can get involved in it s development by registering at the SourceForge RAQUEL website You can download the presentation An introduction to RAQUEL here This event was sponsored by Codeworks Connect and The eCommerce Experiment SuperMondays are very grateful to their platinum sponsors Northern Film and Media and Sunderland Software City You can read some excellent blog posts about this event here The Pickards Blog SuperMondays Databases Daniel Swan SuperMondays the oxymoron of face to face geek social networking Stephen Woods First time at SuperMondays Posted September 29th 2009 in Uncategorized Comments are disabled SuperMondays on the Side Last night we had a sell out event at the Side Theatre This is an excellent venue and judging my the feedback we will be back there soon David Coxon started off proceedings and gave an excellent presentation of how he setup the online store for The Baltic Rather than choosing an off the shelf ecommerce application David and his team decided to develop the shop from scratch This was a risky decision but one that paid off in the end because after many long nights work the site was released on time and significantly under budget You can download Davids presentation here and watch the video here Paul Callaghan then gave a detailed introduction to version control and why saving your data in bomb proof bunker is rather useless if your disk fails Paul went on to introuduce us to Git a free and open source version control system Traditional revision control systems use a centralized model where all the revision control functions are performed on a shared

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    the GPL The group want to thank our four speakers for their time and commitment and Northern Film and Media for their sponsorship Posted July 3rd 2009 in Uncategorized 3 comments Ambient Honeypots full of Jewellery This month s event was different from previous SuperMondays events for a few reasons not just because of the fact that we held it on a Tuesday This month we changed the venue the format of the event and the topics of the speakers We hope that you liked it During the first hour we were encouraged to walk around Space 2 of the Culture Lab to speak to various product designers about their research projects This including presentations from Tom Martindale and his multitouch surface computer John Dawson and his interactive computer application and Guy Schofield and the rapid prototyping facility that Lab uses The second part of the evening was in a more traditional lecture environment The event was opened by Professor Atau Tanaka the Chair of Digital Media and the Acting Director of Culture Lab After a brief introduction to the facility its place within the university and a synopsis of some of the work that is undertaken there Mr Tanaka passed over to Patrick Oliver Patrick described the Culture Lab as a place to research the interaction with computers in everyday life Projects such as the Ambient Kitchen push the bounds of pervasive computing and apply them to everyday tasks in a normal domestic kitchen The kitchen has many computers and sensors placed in the floor walls and inside the appliances which collect data to be relayed to a collection of computers which analyse the data and provide feedback on a collection of displays around the room The Ambient Kitchen is typical of several of the projects at the Culture Lab in that it captures the users motions and actions with a view to understanding what they are doing so that helpful prompts can be given if necessary The work has many applications but it is most powerful when it s applied to provide ambient assisted living for older people or people with dementia The ultimate goal is to help people with everyday tasks such as making a cup of tea or preparing a meal Dr Jayne Wallace also introduced us to her work at the Culture Lab Jayne is a digital artist with a background in contemporary jewellery The core of her work considers how jewellery can act to play a role within what we each consider personally meaningful for us in our lives in an emotional context and how the expression of fragments of this can be enriched through the integration of digital technologies Developments already exist in wearable electronics and digital product design that have taken the body as a location but in many cases such digital objects miss many of the subtleties and inimitable qualities associated with jewellery You can find more information on the work that Jayne undertakes here http www digitaljewellery com Our final

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