The Northern Lights Conference is a one-day tech conference based in Aberdeen, UK. This is our second year after a very successful debut event last year. The aim of the conference is to provide a one-day enthusiasm booster shot for geeks of all creeds that inspires us to better ourselves and our communities.Menu
23rd November 2012
9am to 5pm
University of Aberdeen
To cover costs for the day (this is being charged in dollars due to payment provider restrictions).
We hope to see you all at the conference. Please keep your eyes peeled and pointed here, to @northlight_conf or to the hashtag #northlight2012 for more details as they become available.
If you have any questions, please email Bruce Scharlau or Alan Gardner on northern.lights.conf [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!
Adrian is a Ruby developer and Agile fanatic who believes in putting the customer at the centre of everything. He currently works for Arnold Clark where he is enjoying building new features on their award winning website and working with a top-class team.
Gillian Easson has a desire to join up the dots between people and projects, hence why she started up Creative Dundee. The website aims to amplify Dundee’s thriving creative scene to the world; and the events programme is there to encourage collaboration and networking across the often fragmented creative sectors. Although currently just fuelled by spare time and passion, since introducing Pecha Kucha Nights to Dundee in November 2011, over 900 people have attended just 5 events. Gillian hopes this means they are doing something right. In her real job, Gillian works on a Scotland-wide digital R&D project.
Giovanni is co-founder and CTO of MIKAMAI - Unconventional Everything, a digital agency based in Milan, Italy, and co-founder of Yemaia - the Gamers’ Games Company, a board games publisher. Tech enthusiast, gamer, foodie and geek at heart, he spends most of his time working, or having fun, or doing both at the same time.
Hilary works for LAUNCH.ed, the University of Edinburgh’s award-winning service for student entrepreneurs. Since joining LAUNCH.ed in 2008, Hilary has mentored hundreds of students on business models, lean startup methodologies, and marketing. She holds a Masters of Physics from the University of Edinburgh, and has previous experience working in the U.S. finance, not-for-profit, and public sectors. In her spare time, Hilary has helped BBC Apprentice star Nick Holzherr launch the first version of his recipe website, written for Edinburgh entrepreneurship blog StartupCafe, and organised last year’s sell-out Edinburgh Start-ups Xmas Party. She is also the creator of TuringTown, a site that helped visiting startups find local hosts during the Turing Festival.
Katrina ran away from the circus and found her true home in the land of computers and code. She enjoys optimizing and automating, taking busywork away from smart people and putting it into code where it belongs. She is the problem solver you want on your side. She is driven by an inexplicable urge to refactor, and has for the past 6 years volunteered as a nitpicker at the javaranch.com Cattle Drive, where she attempts to brainwash others to write clean code. She appreciates a good steak, and admits to enjoying a nice stick fight.
My name is Paul. I live in Dublin, Ireland, and I’m passionate about building great software and great experiences. I built Ketchup and I’m currently working on Tito. Tito (other than powering tickets for Northern Lights) was built out of a need for elegant software to sell tickets for Funconf, which I co-organised. Funconf has ended, but I started a new conference for Apple designers and developers last year, called Úll.
Phil is a co-founder and CTO of Float, a Rails-backed, Backbone-fronted, cash flow forecasting app for small businesses. He also spends a lot of time thinking and writing about life as an introvert, an entrepreneur and a creative.
Rich Quick* is a web designer and developer with over 14 years’ experience who has worked for the likes of Waitrose, John Lewis, MTV & the BBC. He wrote the best-selling book “Web Design in easy steps”, was a finalist at the SxSW Web Awards, and once showed Colin Firth’s wife how to use a microwave. He’s currently Head Web Developer at Arnold Clark where he’s lucky to work with a very talented team of Ruby and front-end developers.
*Yes, it’s his real name!
Ryan Shuttleworth is a Technical Evangelist at Amazon Web Services. In his role Ryan educates customers on the technical and business aspects of cloud computing, mentors start-ups and coaches developers in enterprises on their move to the cloud. Having held senior roles in successful SaaS companies, Ryan has lived and breathed the transition to cloud infrastructure and uses this know-how to help customers get the most from cloud technologies.
Last year we had a couple of led discussions to break up the day and give everyone the opportunity to contribute. This year we are going to be doing the same and are excited to be able to use a proper debating chamber in the university's fantastic King's College building. The discussions will be based around the theme of community and how people with a passion for what they do can inspire themselves and others.
Community is important. It helps us share ideas, collaborate on projects and meet like-minded people. How do you build successful communities and, once they are built, how do you sustain them?
Loving what you do is important, but how do you keep the love?
The conference is being held at University of Aberdeen in King's College (29 on the venue map). To get to the lecture halls that the conference is being held in, walk along College Bounds until you get to the entrance to the King's College quadrangle (opposite 35 on the map). Walk though the arch into the quadrangle and turn right. The lecture hall is the last door on the right hand side of the quadrangle.
There is limited parking at the university site, so please don't take cars if at all possible. If you do need a parking space, there are just 20 parking passes available. If you want one, please email northern.lights.conf [at] gmail [dot] com . Tickets will be issued on a first come / first serve basis.
If you're getting a taxi, ask the driver to drop you off at King's College. They might have to drop you off at the junction of College Bounds and University Road (it's buses only from that point), but it's only a short walk along. Speaking of buses, you can find timetables on the First Bus website. The 20 will take you straight there. The 1, 2 or 13 will all take you along King Street; get off at University Road.
Email northern.lights.conf [at] gmail [dot] com if you get lost!