Events We Are Looking Forward To this week

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  • With so much going on in the event scene here in Northern Ireland, we decided to round up the events we're excited to attend this week. Make sure to follow our events Twitter to keep up with live tweets @SyncNIEvents


    Date: 30 March - 2 April (10am - 5pm)

    Signal School

    To celebrate the opening of a brand new visitor centre at HMS Caroline, Tuesday 27 March sees the launch of the Dockside Festival which brings together live entertainers, film screenings and arts and crafts events for a fun-filled family programme.

    Themed around ‘Blucher the Rabbit’ (who lived on board with the crew during the First World War), a range of exciting arts and crafts events will be running across the Easter Weekend, from Friday March 30 to Tuesday April 2. Opens daily 10am – 5pm.


    Enjoy our selection of craft activities onboard HMS Caroline, inspired by our very own 'Blucher the Bunny.' Make an Easter headdress, sit in for a storytelling session or create your own pom pom bunny with Woolly Workshops. 

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    "People Problems"  Free Breakfast Seminar

    28 March at 9:30am

     Think People Consulting’s newly developed ‘’People Problems’’ seminar is designed to help you achieve success through effective people management. People are the most vital asset to any business; therefore, people management is a top priority on a daily basis. Based on expert and forward thinking approaches, we have developed a high-energy seminar that specifically addresses typical people issues, which arise within any organisation, regardless of industry. For a limited time only, we are extending the invitation to attend a FREE seminar at our Belfast Think Tank. Seminars will last for 1.5 hours and will guide you through common people issues from a HR perspective and provide you with the core tools needed to deal with these issues.

    This seminar will exclusively cover:

    Absence Management 
    Do you know where to start with managing difficult, sensitive and complicated absence cases?
    This will be a practical session jam packed with top tips on how to manage difficult and complex absence cases that arise in the context of every day working life as well as when it leads to long-term absence. This can include:

    •             Good practice and preventative measures in managing difficult absence cases
    •             Occupational Health and understanding of the Disability Discrimination Act
    •             How to deal with complex/ sensitive cases
    •             What to do when stress/ anxiety comes in parallel with other processes such as discipline/ performance management 
    •             What tribunals consider reasonable steps to take prior to considering termination on the grounds of ill health

      Register here >>>

    March: Functional Web Dev & Kata Hack!

    28 March 2018 at 18:30

    Talks: Functional Web

    This month we have 2 talks lined up (so far):
    - Stephen McCullough talking about Elixir and the Plug web abstraction.
    - Chris Nixon demoing Web Assembly compile target in Rust.

    There will be room for other talks, so reach out if you have anything to share!

    Code Kata

    After the talks, we will all hack on a coding exercise to learn some functional programming! The goal is a cross-pollination of ideas between different languages.
    The exercise will appear >>-- HERE--<< soon.

    At the end, you can volunteer to share your code with the group, which enters you into a book draw sponsored by \o/.
    There will be beer sponsored by CME Group.
    After the meetup, we usually head to the Woodworker for a few pints to keep the chat going!

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    AI NI - Launch Event

    29 March at 18:00 


     Within Northern Ireland, there is an active and vibrant AI community. This is spread out across multiple demographics ranging from industry, academia to even enthusiasts!  In this first AI NI event we will give you an overview of some of the activity that is happening in Northern Ireland with representation from all of the above groups and more. It is a key goal of AI NI to represent the wider community and the speakers that are taking part reflect our commitment to this goal.

    Gillian Armstrong (Liberty IT) - Humanising Computers using Conversational AI
    For decades computers have made us interact with them on their terms – specific commands, buttons, dropdowns. What does it mean for them to now be able to interact with us in the way we interact with each other – through natural language.  Let’s explore the artificial intelligence, psychology and philosophy of teaching a computer to chat, looking at the potential and the challenges both from my experience in Liberty IT and Workgrid Software, as well as in the wider industry.

    Adam Askew (Phillips) - A Journey from Machine Learning to Deep Learning
    Adam will give an overview of how Phillips transitioned from using traditional Machine Learning techniques to deep learning. He will also discuss why they embarked on this journey and the various challenges they encountered along the way.

    Raymond Bond (University of Ulster) - Eye Tracking Analytics in Medicine

    Mykola Galushka / Nick (Auromind) - AI in Drug Discovery
    Drug Discovery is a multi-billion industry which starting to adopt the latest AI technology to improve the success rate and reduce time for finding new medicine. This talk will highlight some challenges and benefits of adopting AI solutions in a drug discovery pipeline.

    Rachel Coulter (QUB Student) - Getting Started with AI
    Rachael offers an interesting perspective, a student who is actively interested in AI and developing her skills in the topic. She will take you through her experiences in working / learning about AI and the lessons learnt along the way.

    Panel Discussion
    Austin Tanney and the speakers will then take the stage for a panel discussion where they will debate and share their opinions on a few of the in vogue topics in the world of AI. The panel each have very different experiences, insights and will certainly give interesting answers to the various questions posed by Austin. Attendee interaction is welcome!

    Don't worry, we will provide food as well! The event kicks off at 6pm, we are looking forward to meeting more of the vibrant AI community in Northern Ireland. If you would like to speak at the next event (we are flexible in regard to format) please do get in touch.

    AI NI is supported both by Digital Catapult Northern Ireland and Kainos, the support they have given has been invaluable and contributed to the inception of this community.

    Please book tickets here >>>


    Simon Maple - "Good cop/Bad cop Java 10" + "DevSecOps and Java Vulnerabilities"

    29 March 2018 at 18:10

    Session 1: Good cop/Bad cop Java 10

    In this session, Simon take turns playing good cop/bad cop on the big Java 9 and 10 features. We let the audience decide which features are important to you, after explaining the pros and cons of each feature. This is a demo heavy session that looks at modularity, jshell, G1GC, API updates, multi-release jars, local type inference and more.

    Session 2: DevSecOps and common Java Vulnerabilities

    This session takes a look at one of the new upcoming trends in the application lifecycle, despite having one of the worst names in history, DevSecOps. We'll also look at some of the most common vulnerabilities found in the Java eco-system, and show how simple code can exploit them. We'll look at examples in the wild that have been exposed, some more famously than others, before showing you how to guard against these important security issues.

    Location: TBD

    Speaker: Simon Maple

    Simon is the Director of Developer Advocacy at Snyk, a Java Champion since 2014, JavaOne Rockstar speaker in 2014, Duke’s Choice award winner, Virtual JUG founder and organiser, London Java Community co-leader and blogger. He is an experienced speaker, having presented at JavaOne, JavaZone, Jfokus, DevoxxUK, DevoxxFR, JavaLand, JMaghreb and many more including many JUG tours. His passion is around user groups and communities. When not traveling, Simon enjoys spending quality time with his family, cooking and eating great food.

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