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Norfolk Developers Conference

24th – 26th February 2021

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  • Chris O'Dell
    Chris O'DellBackend Engineer at Monzo

    Between 2012 and 2014, Chris led the API team at 7digital – a leading provider of music streaming services worldwide. After that, she spent 3 years at Just Eat in both the Payments and Platform Engineering teams. She now works at Monzo, helping to transform the banking world.

  • Dr. Gail Ollis
    Dr. Gail OllisResearcher and Lecturer at Bournemouth University

    Cyberpsychology is my accidental second career. I was a commercial software developer for two decades and became so obsessed with the human aspects of the job that I took a psychology degree to investigate further. In 2019 I finally completed my PhD research in psychology of software development. Throughout my studies I worked as an academic, lecturing in both programming and cyberpsychology. Now I am moving on to research in cyber security, applying my rare interdisciplinary combination of psychology knowledge and practical programming experience.

  • Jennifer Wadella
    Jennifer WadellaPresident & Founder at Kansas City Women in Technology

    Often described as a force of nature, Jennifer is a JavaScript developer, speaker, foodie, fitness geek, and community organizer most well known for her work creating innovative and highly sought-after programs for women in technology.

  • Karen Poulter
    Karen Poulter Head of IT Development and Architecture

    Previously having been Head of IT at Stansted Airport and Acting IT Director of Suffolk Police Karen has worked across a variety of industries both private and public sector.


    1. Main Auditorium (Track 1)
    2. Conference Room 1 (Track 2)
    3. Conference Room 2 (Track 3)
    4. Board Room (Track 4)
    5. Training Room 1
    1. 27th February
    2. 11:30

      1. Registration Opens

    3. 12:20

      1. Introductions

    4. 12:30

      1. Developer Experience (Opening Keynote)

        Chris O'Dell

    5. 13:30

      1. Break

    6. 13:45

      1. An introduction to WASM

        Mark Flanagan

      2. Hubs: An Organizational Construct for Scaling Agile Development

        Jim Coplien

      3. Components, patterns and sh*t it’s hard to deal with

        Marco Cedaro

      4. A Mouthful of C++

        Jez Higgins

      5. Ricky's Totally Cool MariaDB Workshop

        Richard Bensley

    7. 14:30

      1. Building next generation web apps with Blazor

        Chris Sainty

      2. Cynicism Doesn’t Build Products

        Gwen Diagram

      3. Healthy code, Happy people (an Introduction to Elm)

        Katja Mordaunt

      4. A Mouthful of C++

        Jez Higgins

      5. Ricky's Totally Cool MariaDB Workshop

        Richard Bensley

    8. 15:15

      1. Crash, bang, wallop: miscellaneous lessons from exploring a drum kit

        Jon Skeet

      2. Metamorphic Testing or Can we test the impossible?

        John Nicholson

      3. What the JAMstack?

        Jamie Bradley

      4. A Mouthful of C++

        Jez Higgins

      5. Ricky's Totally Cool MariaDB Workshop

        Richard Bensley

    9. 16:00

      1. Break

    10. 16:15

      1. "Humaning" (Closing Keynote)

        Dr. Gail Ollis

    11. 17:15

      1. Break

    12. 17:30

      1. nor(DEV):drinks - Socialising, Networking, and Drinks

    13. 28th February
    14. 08:30

      1. Registration Opens

    15. 09:20

      1. Introduction

    16. 09:30

      1. It's Not Me, It's You: When Change Gets Personal (Opening Keynote)

        Karen Poulter

    17. 10:30

      1. Break

    18. 10:45

      1. Kindness

        Jon Skeet

      2. YourOwnPlace: Mentor Training

        Rebecca White

      3. JavaScript is dead, long live JavaScript!

        Q 🦄

      4. Strategic Business and Tax Workshop

        Mary Schofield

      5. How to build & manage high performing teams

        Jim Marshall

    19. 11:30

      1. Why I Was Bad At Sketchbooks: Imposter Syndrome And Letting Go Of Perfection.

        Charli Vince

      2. Fund your tech startup

        Neil Garner

      3. Nice words butter, but no parsnip; or how to use game theory to understand company politics

        Dani Papamaximou

      4. Strategic Business and Tax Workshop

        Mary Schofield

      5. Department of International Trade

        John Marshall

    20. 12:15

      1. Lunch

    21. 13:30

      1. The Story of The Code

        Dom Davis

      2. Pleasing the robot overlords (SEO stuff that gets missed)

        Mark Williams-Cook

      3. The trygve programming language: Real Object-Oriented Programming

        Jim Coplien

      4. Computer Vision coding workshop

        Federica Freddi

      5. What’s the point of being mentored?

        Brian Bush

    22. 14:15

      1. Educating the Future

        David Kinnen

      2. Using CDNs For SEO Changes

        Dan Taylor

      3. Building Distributed Applications using Visual Workflows with AWS Step Functions

        Steve Engledow

      4. Computer Vision coding workshop

        Federica Freddi

      5. Tech contracts: what could possibly go wrong?!

        Paul Palik

    23. 15:00

      1. Break

    24. 15:15

      1. Better mental health and wellbeing literacy for developers

        Nicholas Walsh

      2. Help me, Help you, Help Business

        Chris Sargisson

      3. Concurrency in Go

        Dom Davis

      4. Getting Started with Google Tag Manager

        Kiera Lavington

      5. How to get 33% of your software development costs back with R&D tax credits

        Adam McCann

    25. 16:00

      1. The Politics of Tool Shaming

        James Seconde

      2. St Martins', from a small spark, to a funded startup. Our journey, and future!

        Nicola King

      3. How to become an AI-driven enterprise

        Adrian Pickering

      4. Getting Started with Google Tag Manager

        Kiera Lavington

      5. How to manage a data breach

        Kitty Rosser

    26. 16:45

      1. Break

    27. 17:00

      1. Sponsor Presentation

    28. 17:30

      1. When Did We Become Afraid to Try? (Closing Keynote)

        Jennifer Wadella

    29. 18:30

      1. Wine Reception

    30. 19:00

      1. Conference Dinner


    Take full advantage of your visit by attending one of our workshops run by a group of experienced speakers and trainers.

    We'll be exploring topics like shaping business ideas, problem management methodologies and accounting for contractors.

    View workshops


    🍽 Conference Dinner

    Norfolk Developers Conference Dinner

    Enjoy an exceptional post-conference three course meal, prepared by Ginger Lily catering.

    We're joined by Norfolk County Council and a representative from the Department for International Trade who will give us a brief update on their local initiatives and investments.

    Fri, 28 February 2020 19:00 – 22:00


    The King's Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH

    The King's Centre is a quality conference venue in the centre of Norwich, offering 14 different rooms available to hire to suit your event; from 6 people to 650.

    • The Kings Centre's Main Conference Auditorium
    • The Kings Centre's Training Room
    • The Kings Centre Conference Room 1
    • The Kings Centre Conference Room 2
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    • Train Station

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      With good connections across East Anglia, and the UK. The historic Norwich Train Station provides good access.

      0.6miles from the venue

    • Premier Inn

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      Located on Duke Street, close to the river. The Premier Inn offers an affordable stay.

      0.5miles from the venue

    • Maids Head

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      Located within Tombland and nextdoor to the Cathedral. The Maids Head Hotel is an award winning, AA 4 Star hotel. Known to be the oldest in the UK.

      0.4miles from the venue

    • Travelodge

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      Comfy king size beds with four plump pillows and a cosy duvet. An on-site restaurant and bar serves breakfast and tasty evening meals.

      0.5miles from the venue


    The Norfolk Developers Conference wouldn't be possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors. We're really grateful for their trust and support; and are proud to feature them below.

    Want to join our community of Sponsors? We stil have a range of sponsorship packages available.

    1. IJYI


      IJYI employs a dedicated, talented and creative team of Developers, Quality Analysts, Project Managers, Architects, Trainers, DevOps consultants, Business Analysts and Agile Coaches who all work hard to help clients achieve the best possible outcomes for a range of complex IT projects.

    2. Snoop


      Snoop’s a new kind of app, designed to save you money. Snoop connects to your bank accounts and credit cards, showing you how to save money at the places you already spend.

    3. TEC Partners


      TEC Partners is a technical recruitment consultancy specialising in permanent, contract solutions to the IT, Engineering, Digital & Scientific sectors across the UK. Working with both clients and candidates, we make extensive efforts to understand the specific needs of individuals and to provide the most appropriate solution to satisfy those requirements.

    4. Alpha Inclusion


      Alpha Communication is the Commercial Element of the organisation. With a commitment to upskilling staff and building teams, we focus on the essential skills needed for your workforce to perform effectively.

    5. FXHome


      We believe in creativity, and making powerful tools accessible to everyone. What started as a big idea on a little budget, has grown to a global movement. Our software powers countless creative projects worldwide.

    6. PlanetK2


      Founded on simple principles, PlanetK2 programmes are designed and applied to the unique challenges our customers face. We enable a move from theory into action, transforming human performance in people, business and brands.

    7. Lovewell Blake


      Specialist teams at Lovewell Blake comprise experienced and highly qualified experts in all areas of accountancy, business advice and financial planning. We help our business clients to grow and our private clients to prosper, by providing sound business advice and a comprehensive range of support services across our 8 office in East Anglia. We specialise in the tech sector and continuously support innovation in our local community.

    8. Rainbird


      Our mission is to make your decision making smarter and customer experiences smoother. Rainbird increases the rate and quality of key decisions made by your most impactful people, transforming your productivity and customer outcomes.

    9. BreakwaterIT


      Providing cost-effective IT support, IT services and IT solutions which work together to power your business.

    10. InfoQ


      Senior software developers rely on the InfoQ community to keep ahead of the adoption curve.

    11. SomewhereRandom


      Somewhere Random, IT consultancy without the BS

    12. Norfolk County Council

      Conference Dinner

      Norfolk County Council aim to make Norfolk the best digitally connected county in the country. Ambitious yes, and it won’t happen overnight. But we’re working on the following fronts: a Wide Area Network: Fibre (including a project to deliver gigabit connectivity to 340+ rural public sector sites): mobile connectivity improvements: an Internet of Things Innovation Network to cover the whole of Norfolk and Suffolk, and 5G – looking to become a national pilot project.