CodeCraftConf 2017 is back!

Scottish Developers are actively trying to track and publish interesting developer events around Scotland. I’m continually surprised to see how active our developer community is here, in the “true” North, so hopefully we’ll be publishing a lot more events as we are informed about them. We wish to work with you, our community, to publish and promote interesting events that you may wish to participate as a speaker, organiser, volunteer and attendee.

One of the most interesting events/conferences to take place in Glasgow is CodeCraftConf which is back for another year. I say interesting because unlike “traditional” conferences where you have speakers and tracks and attendees mostly attend talks and listen to others do all the talking, this conference encourages everyone to participate through the “guided conversations” format. It’s a highly engaging event where you get to share your experience and knowledge to the benefit of everyone attending a particular track/conversation.

I would highly recommend this to everyone who’s available on the 15th of Sept 2017. You can find all the details about the venue, times and speakers on the official site and I hope that you’ll take the opportunity to attend and maybe even guide one of the tracks next year.

Here’s to another great conference in Scotland and hopefully one of many more to follow…

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Microsoft on a UK tour – All about Azure

It’s exciting to see that Microsoft is on the road again, this time around many UK cities to talk about Microsoft Azure. They will be visiting Edinburgh on August 30th and there’s a registration form that you need to use to secure a place.

You can find all about it at this blog post.

We hope that you will take advantage of this excellent and free event and maybe see some of you there.

Scottish Developers – A new team and a new vision

Hello everyone! Christos, Andrew and Jason here. We are very proud to announce that we will be the new team behind the Scottish Developers user group. A group with a long tradition of high quality events, excellent speakers and a vibrant community. Our predecessors (I only know Colin so apologies for all the omitted names) have done an excellent job creating a good community and providing continuity throughout the years.

We have big shoes to fill but we have the desire, drive and enthusiasm necessary to carry the torch and hopefully make our community bigger and better. I met some very prominent community members and inspiration speakers through this group. People such as: Scott Gu, Scott Hansleman, Gill Clereen etc. Too many in fact to name here.

Our vision is to make the group bigger and better. All three of us and hopefully you too, our community, wish for Scottish Developers to become a vibrant and exciting space where all technologies, frameworks and disciplines can be discussed. I know that traditionally Scottish Developers have been .NET heavy but I know that Scotland has a very diverse and vibrant ecosystem outside .NET. I’ve met a large number developers in the Java, Node space and some Erlang and Go. Our goal is that we should become more diverse and ideally language and framework agnostic – a bold statement coming from a Microsoft employee, but it’s a new world.

We have something exciting brewing for our first meeting in early October but we can’t announce anything until all the details are locked down and we have everything sorted. In the meantime, I would like to introduce you to your user group organisers and I would invite everyone to reach out with ideas, suggestions and requests that can help us achieve our goals, together

Christos Matskas

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Christos Matskas is a software developer, blogger, speaker and all around geek. He currently works at Microsoft as an Azure Premier Field Engineer. Before joining Microsoft, he was a successful entrepreneur and has collaborated with companies such as MarkIT, Lockheed Martin and Barclays. He’s been building software for over 12 years and he’s a passionate Open Source advocate. He contributes regularly to numerous OSS projects and works closely with the community to make the software development space bigger and better.

Andrew De Rozario

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Andrew is a freelance software developer who is currently based in central Scotland.  Before devoting himself to the lifelong commitment to learning and change that is software development, Andrew trained as a classical singer even performing the odd tune in venues across Britain and Germany. Educated through the generosity and openness of the development community Andrew has gone on to work across a variety of sectors from enterprise scale projects to fast-paced agency environments working on projects for companies such as Vodafone, SSE, Taylor Wimpey, Deutsche Bank as well as various public sector and Fin-Tech companies.  Andrew is passionate about most topics to do with the software development industry and enjoys talking, writing about technology, with the odd open source contribution thrown in for good measure.

Jason McCann

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A logical thinker with a keen interest in modern technologies. Jason’s progression to software development stems from his passion for video gaming and problem solving. Since graduating from his studies in Video Games Software Development at university, he has worked as a Software Developer for organisations of varying size and has progressed from native Android applications to modern web-app software development. He is inspired by Elon Musk and other forward-thinking entrepreneurs and aspires to create software for the greater good. Presently, Jason works full-time within a large-scale facilities management organisation where he plays a pivotal role in the development of their flagship product.

An exciting new start

Thanks to Colin for trusting me with this role and thanks to Jason and Andrew to work with me on this project. We hope that you’ll give them a warm welcome and we look forward to working with all of you. Watch this space for announcements and upcoming events.