Lightning Talks / Speed Demos – 18th October 2018

18th October from 6.30pm - Uni Days, Nottingham

What's it about?

This month we’re handing the Meetup over to you! 

What will we be doing?

This month we’ll be doing something a little different and handing the Meetup over to you!

If you’ve got something interesting to talk about or show around IoT, then this is your chance.

Whether it’s a short talk on a little gadget you built, plugging a code club you run, or you just found something really cool on the Internet, then this is your time…

If you’re worried that no one will be interested, then we can gaurentee that you’re mistaken!

Your talk or demo need not be a polished work of art either, we just love to hear what you’ve got to say.

So, get in touch at @nottsiot, or [email protected] and let us know if you want to get involved!

I’ll be adding information as we go.

What we’ll be doing:

6.30pm: Arrive and chat.
7:00pm: Short intro.
7.10pm: Talks / Demos.
8:00pm: Food and Drink.
8.20pm: Talks / Demos.
9:10pm: Drinks and goodbyes. 

What do we need to bring?

Yourself and a willingness to learn!


Please note. Neither the speaker nor the Nottingham IoT Meetup are responsible for any damage to any components or hardware you may bring along.

Note also that the equipment at the event remains the property of the speaker, and is for demo purposes only. (See above if you’d like to bring your own!)

About Our Speakers

We’ve got some fantastic speakers lined up…

If you have something interesting to talking about or show off, then get in touch at [email protected]!! 

Steven Pears – Experian:

Bio: Steven has been enjoying .NET since the beta landed on his desk next to his folder full of MSDN CDs. Somehow maintaining gainful employment while at the same time loving regular expressions, local newspaper companies and construction software has created a path that led him to Nottingham where he now works for Experian.

Talk: Alexa and IoT Gadgets

Anna Dodson – Imosphere:

Bio: Anna is a Software Engineer at Imosphere working on Care Partner, an application for managing health and social care. 

Anna enjoys volunteering and getting involved in the local tech community and Anna is always looking for new projects and community events to get involved in.

Talk: TBC

Jamie Tanna – Capital one:

Bio: Jamie is a Software Engineer 2 at Capital One UK, working on Identity Services. He has a passion for backend engineering, especially around APIs and automation. He is a GNU/Linux user, a big advocate for the Free Software Movement, and tries to self host his own services where possible, instead of relying on other providers.

Talk: Over Engineering My Personal Website – How I Learn Things Best.

John Read – Arup:

Bio: John started coding in the 1980’s on a Commodore Pet, Apple II and then BBC Micro and has been interested in computing, technology and coding ever since. He is a chartered civil and structural engineer leading a team for Arup in Nottingham. He helps to organise Beeston Raspberry Jam and volunteers with Code Club teaching children to code. He has been building his own PC’s and those for friends and family for many years and bought his first Raspberry Pi in 2012 as soon as they went on sale.

Talk: Using Twython – the Twitter API and Python. 

How to write a program in Python that will automatically send tweets for you.

Carol Gilabert – Capital One:

Bio: Carol has been in love with Tech since first playing Diablo at the age of 5. Carol started studying in Brazil, where she is from, and eventually moved to Spain for a few years, and studied Computer Engineering there. She’s been in Nottingham for over 3 years now. Carol worked for a local startup until early 2018, when she joined Capital One as a Web Engineer.

Talk: DevOps vs SRE

Anja Keitel-Campsall – Coventry Museum:

Bio: Anja is the Family Learning Officer at Coventry Transport Museum and responsible to introduce families to the wonders of the Museum’s collection and spaces generally as well as related fun and educational family activities specifically. Anja has got a keen interest in child development and child play which she was able to research further in her MA dissertation on Play in Museums. While an always curious maker at heart, Anja’s love of STEM, STEAM and the Maker Movement flourished truly in her role at Coventry Transport Museum. 

Seeing the incredible opportunity of STEAM to encourage curiosity, creativity and imagination in young children and grown-ups, Anja is currently developing a programme at Coventry Transport Museum that reflects these positive outcomes throughout.

Talk: Introducing STEAM topics to our youngest participants.

Pete Gallagher – PJG Creations:

Bio: Pete Gallagher organises Notts Iot, Co-Organises Notts Dev Workshop, is a LATi Board Member and is a freelance programmer for PJG Creations Ltd.

He’s happy programming in most languages these days. Pete has given a number of talks on IoT recently on topics from An Introduction to IoT through to Microsoft IoT Hubs.

Pete can be contacted on Twitter at: @pete_codes, @pjgcreations and on the web at

Talk: With the advent of HTML 5, so comes the ability to simulate a lot of IoT Kit right there in your web browser. I will take you through some online simulators for IoT technology and what they can do, which will give you a head start into the world of IoT. This way you can forgo all the procrastinating, and get to (virtually) creating!

Where will we be meeting:

Once again, we’d like to give our sincere thanks to the fabulous UniDays, who are giving us the space to host our meetup… UniDays is based at the bottom of Maid Marion Way in Nottingham. Upon arrival, simply ring the bell and somebody will buzz you in. The meetup will be on the third floor.


We’re proud to partner with Jetbrains, who are kindly offerring one lucky attendee a 1 year subscription to a JetBrains product of your choice, including Resharper, IntelliJ and PHPStorm.

Attend and tweet on the #NottsIoT hashtag to be in with a chance of winning!

Food And drink:

We’re delighted to announce that wonderful people at Rebel will once again be sponsoring the evening’s food. They’ll be spoiling us with some delicious curry!  

PJG Creations will once again be sponsoring the evening’s drinks.


Notts IoT are on the lookout for a full time Headline Sponsor… If you or anyone you know would be interested, please do get in touch!