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[15 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Barcamp Southampton 2016 | ]
Barcamp Southampton 2016

Around 100 people descended on Central Hall in Southampton on 12 Nov 2016 for another Barcamp Southampton, an unconference for geeks of all types. My day was punctuated by a variety of sessions, and ad hoc dialogue during the breaks, discussing the current state of Tech and where it’s going.
Using skills built around a knowledge of IBM’s Watson, eight year old Faith demonstrated her working example of the Owl Chatbot. With considerable courage and confidence, Faith showed that your first ever barcamp session can be instructive and educational. Chatbots and …

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[19 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]
Health and Exercise – The Rewards

I’m the same as you. I go through episodes of healthy eating and exercise, and then I regress and end up taking a couple of steps backwards for every step forward. If we’re not careful, a self reinforcing feedback loop can arise and we all end up back where we started, if not worse off than before!

However, around 10% of people readily have the perseverance to overcome this dilemma.
It is said that “WeightWatchers” (not that I’ve ever been there) thrives by providing repeat services to the 90% of people who …

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[13 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]
I need a Business Plan!

One of the biggest reasons that people don’t do things is that they don’t know how. If they did know how, would that make it easier for them?
That’s definitely true of writing business plans, and although there are scores of books and websites out there which all claim to help, the “business plan” still seems to be a huge challenge. So here’s my simple recipe. And all you need is just three (good old fashioned) sheets of paper.

Year on year growth of 20% would be great. If you don’t have …

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[1 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Citizen Cyberscience

Saturday 22 Feb 2014 was the final day of the three day Citizen Cyberscience Summit. The family and I were there, to discuss the use of Autonomous Airborne Drones as part of a 5 strong panel discussion.

What particularly surprised me, is that when I asked the audience “how many of you would be prepared to fly in a pilotless aircraft?” more than half of the people in the room put their hands up! I’ve talked about drones a number of times, and people in the software developer community will know …

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[9 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
The new London driving licence

I like cycling and I don’t do it as much as I would like to. Here’s why.
London traffic is dangerous. I know, because I live in zone 1 and I work in zone 1 and the commute is 5 miles each way. Typically I walk it in the morning and I take the Tube home at night. I have cycled both ways many times, I have used my car in both directions many times, and (rarely) I have used the bus in each direction. So far, I have not attempted …

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[18 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Digital Shoreditch

Digital Shoreditch runs from Monday 21 May to Friday 1 June 2012 and I will be there, speaking on the Inspire day.
I’ve become quite involved in the Coding for Kids trend which has recently hit the headlines in the UK, and following my son’s peformance at The London Real-Time Hackathon in April 2012, he and I decided to launch Coding for Kids Books.
And we did that because Aristotle said “consider your skills, your passions and the needs of the world; where they intersect; that’s where your calling lies”.

Our first book …

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[18 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
There are two types of people

I have, today, been to quite an exciting and entertaining meeting of the London Blog Club where a strange ranty lady extolled the virtues of being strange and ranty and a lady. Unfortunately, I fail to qualify on all three counts.
But I did, in a roundabout way, learn a lot about communication.
Granted, a big ego can entertain a room, and strange ranty lady did get quite a few laughs and seemed to get away with a good deal of profanity. However, I am not sure that she had a message …

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[2 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Nintendo DS Emulator

You know what happens when you have a bright kid in the house? He spots something that you haven’t, and you end up having to explain it to him, when in fact, you’re really not too sure about the subject yourself! That happened to me exactly one week ago on Monday 25 April 2011 when my son was watching YouTube.
As with any 9 year old boy, you won’t be surprised to hear that he was watching a video to learn some of the best Pokemon Soul Silver “walk throughs” for …

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[18 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
BarCamp Sheffield 3 – The Movie

Punctuating my holiday in the Peak District and in York, I spent the weekend of 16 and 17 April 2011 at BarCamp Sheffield 3. It was a dynamic and challenging event, which introduced me to new concepts in education, to new software hacks and hardware hacks, and to what life may be like in the year 5001.
I learnt about node.js and about fractals (last seen when I did A level maths many moons ago) and I practiced existing skills (like eating cakes). There was a wonderful mix of people at …

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[11 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
LinkedGov Data HackCamp

Over the weekend of 9 and 10 April 2011, I was at the LinkedGov Data HackCamp in central London. Put together by Geeks of London and Barcamp London and underpinned by an idea from LinkedGov, this was an opportunity for geeks all of kinds to show what they could do with data sets (and especially UK Government data sets) which are freely available over the web.

As Hadley Beeman said “data is not sexy and we have to show people how we can make it better” and that’s why HackCamp offered …