9th - 10th October 2020, Online
Workshop pre-day 8th October
Join the Northern Ireland developer family."Really brought home the strength and diversity of the developer community in Northern Ireland."Andrew Bolster"Technical peer-to-peer learning at its finest. No sales pitches, no posturing, just local industry professionals working at the coal face in a huge range of technologies, explaining how they do it. Brimming with realness. You'd be mad to miss it."Angie McKeown"A great experience. Met loads of amazing people, saw very relevant and informative talks. A must go for anyone!"Chris Laughlin"A brilliant, information packed day, and an amazing opportunity to network."Dave M"Such a diverse and interesting range of speakers in an environment so open to collaboration and inclusion. Packed full of technical knowledge, presented in a relaxed format welcoming to both the casual hobbyist and the veteran developer."David Kane"High quality talks, countless networking opportunities and a showcase of what NI's developer community are doing. Highly recommended for anyone interested in or working in software development."Jason Bell"Excellent conference. A great opportunity to meet fellow local devs and learn about current best practices as well as exchanging war stories!"Niall Haslam"One of the most informative conferences of the year, both in presentations and hallway chats. A great day of fun and learning."Peter McConnell"NIDC was such a great day, showcasing a wealth of diverse talent across many areas of industry. It was as fun as it was informative with a really supportive and encouraging atmosphere."Victoria McCallum
Why attend the Northern Ireland Developer Conference?
Previous NIDCs have been, if we say so ourselves, a roaring success. NIDC 2020 will be somewhat different, being our first (and hopefully only!) fully online event, but we're planning another inspiring event with talks across the development spectrum, showcasing the great work that local developers are doing and the technologies they're using for their creations, plus other cool and exciting stuff from the great wide world of software.
We aim to leave everyone with their horizons widened and appetite whetted, whether they're still a student or cut their teeth on Algol 68.
Most importantly, we're aiming to keep the spirit of what makes NIDC so unique even in the virtual world!
Alper Keleş is a Project Leader in Saha BT A.S., Istanbul, Turkey. He manages and leads several test-automation projects for numerous clients in Turkey and across Europe. Prior to working in Saha, he worked for two years in the US as a software engineer. His areas of expertise include: test automation, TDD and BDD. He received a BSc in Computer Engineering from İstanbul University, Turkey, in 2011.
Bolster is a Technologist, founder of multiple technology-based groups and organisations, an award winning researcher, community leader, and an occasional public speaker.
Currently Data Science Lead at WhiteHat Security, using advanced data mining and machine learning to analyse potential hacking and malware attacks on cloud infrastructure.
Founding Director of Farset Labs, Northern Ireland’s Hackerspace, located in Weavers Court Business Park, Belfast. Farset Labs now provides the technical and entrepreneurial community with a place to share resources, knowledge and experience in a relaxed atmosphere, laying the foundation for the next wave of Northern Irish industry-leading technologists and business leaders.
Andrew Gough is a Co-Founder and the Managing Director of GCD, a custom software development company based in Northern Ireland. Having started the business in 1999 while studying at Queen’s University, GCD has grown though the Dotcom bubble, Web 2.0 and the mobile revolution.
Andrew is a keen technologist and developer with an interest in UX and how things like 3D printing, IoT & ML/AI are changing our relationship with technology. Most of his time is now spent on business development and working with clients shaping their ideas, but he still takes every opportunity he can to write some code.
A relatively old software developer who worked in many industries - finance, media, security -, with a particular interest in Java, the JVM and performance. He likes to play with byte-code generation and indulges in looking at the ASM generated by hotspot.
Ciaran is a technologist at Liberty IT, where he’s worked on everything from automated application security to online customer service portals. Currently he is working in software development for identity management and doing his best to bring user-centric thinking to the world of information security.
Ciaran is also a writer with a regular history column at Headstuff.org (currently on hiatus(, and has found that studying history helps to drive the cynicism about human nature that you need for working in IT security. It was through this column that he was persuaded to give a talk about the history of Phoenix Park, which improbably led to him speaking at technical conferences from Boston to London over the last three years (well, up until six months ago). In his very occasional spare time he enjoys sleep and looking at pictures of cats.
Claire is a Senior AI engineer and a core member of the AI practice at Kainos. She works with a wide range of ML tools and techniques, including NLP, computer vision and model deployment. She aims to best leverage AI to improve customer and user experience in production services.
Claire Wilgar is a senior frontend developer with a passion for accessibility, currently working for Qarik in Belfast.
She is an avid speaker at conferences & meetups, and organises local events and groups such as Women Techmakers Belfast, Women in Tech Lean In Belfast, Global Game Jam and BelfastJS.
Connor is a software development engineer in test at ESO, an Austin based software company whose goal is to improve community health and safety through the power of data. As a recent hire of the newly based Belfast office, Connor is involved in building the companies testing infrastructure using the latest CI/CD technologies. He has worked in from manual mainframe testing to building micro-service testing frameworks and pipelines. Connor hopes to share his journey from fully manual to automated testing and how others can make the leap.
I am an experienced backend web developer and tooling engineer primarily working in Python. My side projects include games console modding, DJing, and live-streaming integrations.
Hello, I’m a Senior Software Engineer and have been a professional engineer for 7 years, working at Liberty Information Technology (LIT) which is a IT software company for Liberty Mutual Insurance.
I’ve grown a real passion for Machine Learning in the last year thanks to AWS DeepRacer and using what I’ve learnt to become more practical in AL/AI tech.
Web developer specialising in JVM, Docker, Kubernetes and AWS.
Emma is Principal Product Manager at Instil.
Previously she worked at ShopKeep where she owned the mobile reporting app, CompoZed labs, an XP (extreme programming) set up which uses Lean techniques and Design Thinking to solve business problems, Marks & Spencer, and Tesco.com
Outside work Emma is a co-founder and organiser of ProductTank Belfast, Product Camp Belfast and LeanCoffee Belfast and loves being outdoors, running, cycling and hiking.
Garth Gilmour is the Head of Learning at Instil, a software company in Belfast that specialises in Kotlin. Starting back in 1999 he first taught C++ to C coders, then Java to C++ coders, then C# to Java coders and now teaches everything to everybody, but prefers to work in Kotlin. He speaks frequently at meetups, presents at conferences and co-organises the Belfast BASH series of developer events. When not at the whiteboard he coaches Krav Maga, lifts heavy weights and fights nerf wars with his kids.
Software Engineer specialising in application security, currently working as a full-stack Java/React dev at Contrast Security.
Previous work includes Uleska, ieDigital & Queen’s University.
Heather McNamee, Open Strategy Partners, is a professional in technical communications and marketing with an MSc in Learning and Technology. She uses marketing skills for good, enabling the right audiences to find, learn, and get the most out of the products they love. She’s developed hundreds of hours of learning and certification materials to facilitate open-source technology and product adoption.
Graduate and Former of the University of Wollongong, Australia, James spent his years developing data pipelines and automated processes for social mobility in admissions. After spending a couple of years in the Canadian wilderness, James moved to Belfast where he’s now a DevOps engineer, tinkering with CI/CD pipelines and configuring workload orchestration for Whitehat Security.
James Leech is an early career researcher, focussing mostly on autonomous systems and the application of artificial intelligence.
Having worked for many years on trading systems for investment banks in London, Jon left with a colleague to form a data analytics startup in 2011 before moving to Northern Ireland in 2018 to spend more time with family and outdoors, cycling, rowing and hiking. Working now for ESO Solutions, Jon enjoys finding creative solutions to tough engineering challenges, as well as running and growing a team of talented people in support of ESO’s mission.
Jonathan is a software architect who knows just enough about electronics to annoy hardware engineers. He has an interest in building systems that respect the freedom of their users, and has been an active member of the Debian project for many years. He believes privacy and security should be considered from the outset of any project, and that not doing so does a disservice to users. Jonathan currently lives in Belfast running the local site for a Californian storage startup, but has spent time living in England and California working for various multinationals.
Jordan is an experienced Machine Learning Engineer currently working for Allstate, tasked with leading the development of ML centered solutions that derive business value for the organization. Jordan has an experience set that spans Computer Vision, NLP & traditional tabular use cases which he has used to deliver highly innovative ML projects to the UK government and the private sector. He has been fascinated by the subject of AI for several years now, observing its rapid evolution and impact on our society (Flipping between moments of joy and horror!). Outside of his working life, Jordan helps organize the AI:NI Meetup group and strives to get lost in nature (and a good book!) as much as possible.
Placement Software Developer at ESO Solutions and studying Computer Science at Queen’s. I’m an aspiring Software Engineer with a passion for tech events and sharing what I learn!
I am a Computing Science student at Ulster University. Have previously worked as an intern at Liberty IT and most recently as an intern within Flax and Teal LTD. I helped setup the Computing Society at Ulster University Jordanstown and was selected to be a Nigma Community Ambassador in August 2019. I thoroughly enjoy getting involved with the tech community here in NI.
Computer Science Graduate @ Queen’s University Belfast Immersive Engineer @ Yellow Design Founder of Corgi Undergraduate Women in Tech
Lucas Juliano is a senior software engineer at Sensata Technologies. He has worked with embedded systems for 6 years in a number of different projects for the telecommunication industry and automotive industry. From bare metal design to embedded Linux application development. He has a degree in Electronics Engineering and has been with Sensata Technologies since August 2018 when he was relocated from Brazil where he is originally from.
Lucy is a Data Analyst working in the Solutions Development Team at Sensata Technologies. She is studying part time MSc in Data Science.
Outside work she loves spending time with her two dogs, a beagle and basset hound. She is also passionate about swimming. Current personal best is 73 lengths in 45 minutes with a goal to reach 90 lengths in 45 minutes!
Physics student at Queens University Belfast and Qiskit Advocate at IBM Quantum.
Graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2019 with a degree in Computer Science. Has been working at Signifyd as a Graduate Software Engineer for a year.
Full stack web developer, open source contributor and general JS nerd passionate about SaaS and cloud native development.
AWS Community Builder passionate about #Serverless so I created @cdkpatterns / http://dev.to/cdkpatterns
Minu is an enthusiastic, energetic and experienced IT professional, who worked in one of prominent global IT solution providers in India. She graduated recently in Data Analytics MSc at Queens University. She is currently working as Senior Data Scientist with Qarik Group. She likes to participate in Hackathons and likes to do presentations on topics in Data Science, MS Excel and Software Testing. She is an excellent motivator and always motivated her team to learn new things. She believes in the tag line : Never Too Late To Study.
Neil McCallion is a senior engineer and team lead at ShopKeep, and occasional community organiser/speaker. A long-time and dedicated ‘web person’, Neil likes to promote the more creative and experimental side of the Web, from game dev to audiovisual art and beyond, while also pushing for better performance, accessibility and inclusion on the platform. Will ‘do things’ for cake.
Niall is an OCP certified Java developer currently working for Unosquare, Belfast. His specialties including building and deploying Java Web APIs, working directly in client-facing dev teams, and talking too much about startups.
Nikki Graham is the Operations Manager of GCD Technologies in Lurgan. Her role involves managing finances, personnel, and facilities; and to ensure operational efficiency. Nikki, however, has never strayed very far from her undergraduate degree in Sports Studies. She has a keen interest in health and wellbeing and their link with the occupational setting. Nikki is a mum of two young children, and is a keen runner having completed two marathons in 2019.
I’m a software educator, developer and tech enthusiast. I love making things with code and helping others do the same.
Phil Wilkinson is Senior Director of Engineering at Flexera, leading the High Quality Asset Data business segment.
Having graduated from QUB with a MEng in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in 2006, Phil’s career started at Citi before moving to Oracle, then Bitnet, before joining Flexera where he established their Belfast operation in 2016.
Phil is married to Diane, a teacher, and they have a son, Elliot, who is 8 years old. They live in Dollingstown, Co Armagh, although they are both natives of the North Coast. Phil plays bass guitar and drums and enjoys keeping up to speed on data technologies and is currently studying Data Analytics with Python.
Like most devs I’m a geek through and through. My background is mostly backend web services although I can sometimes be found writing frontend code or creating practical examples of machine learning. I don’t hold any prejudice around tools/frameworks languages as long as the problem is solved, ideally in a simple but interesting way. With that said: Vim is life.
I’m working as a freelance data scientist. Previously I worked as a data analyst in Northern Ireland Water Belfast. I also worked as a technical support representative in IBM India Pvt Ltd.
Richard has over 14 years experience as a developer and consultant. Most of this time has been spent building back-end, distributed systems in Erlang, Scala and Kotlin. His passion is for Pure Functional Programming, which he is eager to share with anyone who will listen. He regularly presents on FP at conferences and meetups and is an active contributor to Open Source projects. Richard started his teaching career with Instil three years ago, delivering advanced workshops in Kotlin and Scala. In his spare time he likes running, especially over the odd mountain when he gets a chance.
IENGAGEIT, 15+years of experience working with in software development as a hands-on team member
Russell Beggs recently kickstarted ESO’s software engineering capability in Belfast as Site Lead. On a mission to deliver on ESO’s vision of better safety and better health for communities, he has a 15+ year background in technology, software engineering, leadership and delivery spanning Europe, North America and Asia Pacific in a variety of industries. Russell has previously spoken internationally at numerous Microsoft events and developer conferences early in his career and is dusting his speaking cap for NI Dev Conf 2020.
Ruth is an enterprise application developer, researcher and lecturer. She is interested in DevOps, Web Services and Big Data. Ruth has worked on many research projects, panels, workshops and committees.
Product Manager at Flax & Teal with a background in academic history and education.
Simon thanks you for your time and interest and hopes that you will enjoy his talk. His degree is in Electrical Engineering and not Computer Science so please set your expections accordingly.
ERP Software developer for more than 5 years.
Stuart is a career tester, having spent the last 14 years promoting quality software solutions across various industries, with a strong focus on automation. He is currently working as a Senior Development Engineer in Test at ESO, and enjoying working in a cross functional team who share the responsibly of quality in their products.
Vahid Garousi is Senior Software Testing Consultant, based in Belfast, UK. He provides consultancy and corporate training services in several countries in the areas of software testing and quality assurance. Vahid has given 40+ talks in regional and international software testing conferences since 2005, for example, in the Netherlands’ Test Automation Day 2018, Tesena Test conference in Prague 2018, Ankara Testing Days 2017, TestIstanbul 2013, and Toronto TesTrek Symposium 2010. During his career so far, Vahid has served as the principal investigator (PI) for several applied research grants and has been active in initiating a number of major R&D software engineering projects with software companies in several countries including Canada and Turkey. Vahid received his PhD in Software Engineering at Carleton University, Canada, in 2006. Further details can be found in: https://www.vgarousi.com/service/industrial-consultancy