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Schedule

Friday 13th March 2015

Registration


1 hr

Welcome


10 mins

Linda Liukas

Principles of Play

If code is the colouring pens and lego blocks of our times - the tools of creation - how do we teach the curiosity, joy and wonder to our kids? I spent last summer looking at programming and play: how to create experiences that go deeper than just learning logic.

So, just like Alice, I swallowed the blue pill and fell down inside the machine.


30 mins

Break


20 mins

Ben Orenstein

TBC

Details TBC


30 mins

Break


15 mins

Saron Yitbarek

Learning Code Good

Details TBC


40 mins

Break


20 mins

Lightning Talks


30 mins

Lunch


1 hr 15 mins

Katrina Owen

Here Be Dragons

It's not your fault. Code rots. We don't hold entropy against you, but we expect you to give a damn.

This story is about code that brings new meaning to the word 'legacy'. The accidental discovery of this body of code provoked a moral crisis. I wanted to pretend I hadn't seen it, yet I couldn't justify tiptoeing quietly away.

This talk examines the dilemmas we face when balancing our choices today with their cost tomorrow.

It's not your fault. Even so, it is your responsibility.


30 mins

Break


15 mins

Tom Stuart

A Lever for the Mind

Abstraction is a tool that magnifies the force of the human mind. The use of abstraction to make complex ideas manageable is fundamental to our work as programmers and to human culture as a whole. That's why mathematics — the study of abstraction — is so important and powerful.

This is a talk about abstraction: where it comes from, what it's for, and how we can use it to make our programs better.


40 mins

Break


20 mins

Lightning Talks


30 mins

Break


15 mins

Sandi Metz

Nothing is Something

Our code is full of hidden assumptions, things that seem like nothing, secrets that we did not name and thus cannot see.

These secrets represent missing concepts and this talk shows you how to expose these concepts with code that is easy to understand, change and extend.

Being explicit about ideas will make your code simpler, your apps clearer and your life better. Even very small ideas matter. Everything, even nothing, is something.


45 mins

Wrap Up


15 mins

After Party

Stick around for a while to catch up with old friends and make some new ones over free drinks at the Assembly Rooms' bar, thanks to our brilliant sponsors!


2 hr 30 mins