Stoke-on-Trent Library Runs Code Club

Bentilee Library in Stoke-on-Trent has recently opened a Code Club. I am fortunate to be co-running the club with the fantastic Samuel Freeman. I blogged about this on my personal site.

This is my first code club run at a public venue. So far the experience has been really positive; the kids were enthusiastically sharing their experiences with the Sentinel.

OVH World Tour 2015 – London

I recently attended the OVH World Tour in London, 3rd December 2015. It was a really informative and interesting event; providing a lot of insight into the future of web and infrastructure hosting. I use OVH products and services to deliver a lot of value to my clients and I am already looking forward to deploying some of the new public cloud services in near-future projects. I am currently registered as an OVH Community Partner.

I have enjoyed working with OVH in the community recently. They have a keen interest in getting into communities and institutions around the country and making a real difference. As a STEM Ambassador, Code Club volunteer and School Governor, I know first-hand the contribution a company such as OVH can make to enhance the experiences of others. Besides the obvious benefit of creating a familiar brand, OVH is also taking time to develop and enhance the experiences of future web professionals that provides benefits all round.

The Hack-a-thon hosted at Staffordshire University is one such example of community work; and I was happy to help out. OVH provided professional experts from UK and France, virtual servers and a great theme for teams to create ideas around. Staffordshire University provided the venue, network access, staff and food throughout the day. I attended on behalf of T&C Site Services Ltd as a coach and mentor for the day, sponsoring a prize for best individual contribution. The atmosphere was really positive and fun. There top three teams judged on the day were invited to London and the winning team was able to present their idea to the World Tour attendees.

Staffordshire University Students at OVH World Tour 2015
Students were invited to attend the OVH World Tour 2015, with the winning team of a Hack-a-thon held the week prior asked to present their idea to attendees. Picture credit to Fiona Knight, Staffordshire University.

I look forward to working, building and creating great products using OVH services. Just as important as getting the products and services right; it is great working in the market with a supplier that cares about the community. It makes being a ‘community partner’ meaningful and appreciated.

BCS North Staffs and Agile Experiences

The BCS North Staffordshire branch are hosting an event on the 4th November 2014 at 18:00 at Beaconside Campus, Stafford. Agile Staffordshire, a local interest group, will be running exercises and a series of lightning talks on experiences with Agile in the industry. It should be a great night! If you’re interested in attending, you can get details at the Agile Staffordshire event post and the BCS event manager.

The Lean Code Challenge – Agile Staffordshire

Agile Staffordshire is a local interest group, attended by local industry and academia, that explores, experiments and has fun with lots of software development topics and techniques. This month, there is a Lean Code Challenge, and it will be a great opportunity for people to come a long and have a go.

Agile Staffordshire currently arranges events online and you can show your attendance at If you’re interested in software development, whether a student or experienced practitioner, there are many opportunities to learn and contribute. I hope to see you there.