SyncHerts Launch event – sponsored by The Technology Studio

Yesterday SyncHerts held its launch event in the Business and Technology Centre Stevenage. Our vision is that SyncHerts becomes a thriving technology community and enables local business growth in Hertfordshire.  We were delighted by both the number of people who attended the inaugural event and also with the level of engagement, ideas and networking.

A huge thank you to MyIncubator for organising the venue, arranging the logistics and providing the marketing. We also would like to thank the speakers who invested their time to speak at the event.

More than 40 people fought their way through the local traffic chaos (caused by the Sonisphere festival taking place nearby) to attend the day the event showing their genuine excitement at the prospect of a technical meetup in Hertfordshire instead of traveling to London or Cambridge where these events seem much more common due to the businesses located there.

Over tea and coffee at the start of the event, conversations were struck up and there was a real ‘buzz’ in the air. The main sessions then kicked off SyncHerts with a presentation from Matthew Andrews, a developer at Financial Times Labs. Instead of developing native mobile applications, FT Labs are creating websites that look just like web applications and work on all screen sizes. We learned a number of tricks about what to do if a website suddenly loses Wifi connection and about caching issues.

Matthew Andrews

During the break pizza and beer were consumed and Brian Norman, The Technology Studio’s CTO, offered anyone interested a chance to have a play with a Google Glass.

The meetup continued with another great speaker – Tim Wilkinson, senior product manager at UNEP-WCMC. Tim offered a different angle on agile development and the challenges of implementing a true ‘agile’ approach. This sparked animated discussions from people who have tried it before and have experienced challenges on their individual journeys with agile.

Tim Wilkinson

Even though the meeting officially finished, people kept networking and went off for drinks afterwards. We are really looking forward to the next event about User Experience on Thursday 7th August 2014 at 6.30pm at the Business and Technology Centre in Stevenage. Sign up HERE and also watch this space for further details. We would love to see you there!