OpenSource & Agile Community Events

What Topics?

Java & JEE, Design & DDD, OpenSource.NET, Ajax & RIA, Cloud&Grid, SOA

What kind of events?

We organise free evening events, which we call In-the-Brain Sessions, through these sessions we hope to give you the opportunity to have a peek in the brain of Technology creators and industry thinkers, shakers and movers!

We host various User Group meetings, enabling the community to meet up in our fully equiped premises and share skills and ideas, for example, the London JAVAWUG and .NET User Groups regularly meet at Skills Matter, as well as the London Ruby UG, Groovy & Grails UG, Spring UG, Hadoop UG, London CloudCamp, Eclipse UG and many others

We organise short conferences, which we call eXchanges, ussually very specialised, aimed to give a certain idea, innovation or technology a 'push' by enabling a dedicated, passionate community to meet up, exchange ideas for projects, cooperation and learn.

Finally, we organise training courses, aimed at passionate Enterprise eevelopers, architects and projectmanagers who want to learn new stuff from the source - our courses are authored and taught by well-known experts, often the creators of the course's subject.

Events coming up

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Past events

  • The Haskell eXchange // October 10th 2012

    Wed, 10 Oct 2012, 08:00 - 17:30 in London, United Kingdom

    Skills Matter is proud to announce the first annual Haskell eXchange. While we're working with Neil Mitchel to put together a fantastic programme for you, we can also tell you that Simon Peyton-Jones is confirmed to give a keynote!This 1-day conference dedicated to the best ideas and practices for working with Haskell. Haskell has come far from its academic roots, and is now applied practically in domains such as finance and defence, and used by companies such as Google and Facebook.

  • Open Source Web Design, Web Designers & Your Company Website

    Thu, 4 Oct 2012, 18:00 - 21:00 in London, United Kingdom

    Register - this meetup our experts are going to discuss and, in some cases, demonstrate multiple design features, attributes, aspects and considerations of good (and bad) web design that need to be addressed by companies and organizations looking to meet their business objectives AND create an exceptionally well designed and smartly designed website.

  • NOSQL eXchange 2011

    Wed, 2 Nov 2011, 09:00 - 11:00 in London, United Kingdom

    Skills Matter is hosting the first annual NOSQL eXchange this November. Jim Webber has kindly agreed to be the Programme Lead for this conference, and together we are working on a great day of learning and sharing of skills on NOSQL technologies.We are finalising the programme, but the plan is for 7 speaker slots in one day with Emil Efirem of Neo Technology already confirmed to be keynote speaker.

  • In The Brain of Robert Pickering

    Tue, 1 Nov 2011, 18:30 - 20:30 in London, United Kingdom

    Robert Pickering makes a rare appearance at Skills Matter this summer.Author of "Beginning F#" and "Robert Pickering's Strange Blog", Robert will be giving an insight into The Combinator Approach to Programming Domain Specific Languages with F#.Warming up before his appearance at the Progressive F# Tutorials, Robert will ask what is a combinator and show why combinators are a great way of building internal DSLs.

  • Tomas Petricek & Phil Trelford's Functional Programming in .NET

    Thu, 27 Oct 2011, 08:00 - 10:00 in London, United Kingdom

    Two of the finest minds in modern Functional Programming today, Tomas Petricek’s and Phil Trelford, have teamed up to bring you a two-day Functional Programming in .NET course that explains concepts you need to write modern applications for .NET using F#, C# with LINQ as well as current and upcoming .NET technologies that arise from functional programming ideas.Learning several simple functional concepts will help you understand these technologies and use them effectively.

  • The Great Arctic Fundraising OpenSource Pub Quiz!

    Tue, 25 Oct 2011, 19:00 - 21:00 in City of London, United Kingdom

    James Chesters -- Skills Matter's Community Marketing Manager -- is taking on a challenge in the Arctic Circle to raise £6,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.  This is the first official fundraising pub quiz; with extra added Open Source and Agile!

  • Peter Lubbers' HTML5 “Fast Track”

    Mon, 17 Oct 2011, 08:00 - 10:00 in London, United Kingdom

    Peter Lubbers -- co-author of Pro HTML5 Programming and former Special Forces commando -- brings back to Skills matter his cutting-edge HTML5 “Fast Track” course this October.Attendees will learn about all the major feature areas that make up HTML5: *Semantic markup and forms *CSS3 *Multimedia *Graphics and 3D *Device access *Performance *Offline and Storage *Connectivity

  • Scala LiftOff London

    Thu, 13 Oct 2011, 20:00 - 22:00 in London, United Kingdom

    Scala LiftOff is coming back to London this autumn! Scala is the functional programming language behind the websites such as Twitter and LinkedIn. This 2-day unconference will centre on the Lift Web Framework (/) and all aspects of Scala.This star-studded event features David Pollak (@dpp founder of the Lift Web Framework), Maarten Koopmans (owner and founder of and the brains behind the open source cloud backed storage project of Norway's national research network, UNINETT Sigm

  • David Pollak's Lift Basics Workshop

    Wed, 12 Oct 2011, 08:00 - 10:00 in London, United Kingdom

    David Pollak -- the creator of the Lift framework -- will be making a special appearance at Skills Matter this October.For one day only, on October 12, David will be presenting his Lift Basics Workshop to an exclusive audience. Attendees will learn directly from the master how to create dynamic, interactive, secure web sites using Lift.

  • In The Brain of David Pollak: Lift: It's Different, Baby

    Tue, 11 Oct 2011, 17:30 - 19:30 in London, United Kingdom

    The Lift Web Framework offers a different approach to building web based applications.Lift apps are secure, high performance, and concise. Lift approaches web development differently in order to achieve these goals. Lift apps look different and focus on the business logic rather than the plumbing of servicing HTTP requests.In this talk, David Pollak, the Lift project creator, explores Lift and as a group we'll see what's In his Brain.

  • Droidcon 2011

    Thu, 6 Oct 2011, 08:00 - 10:00 in Islington, United Kingdom

    Droidcon is UK's largest conference talking exclusively about Android development and applications.Droidcon 2011 returns to London's Islington Design Centre on the 6th-7th October 2011 and will feature the undisputable cream of the Android developer world.Droidcon has grown tremendously -- in line with the exponential interest in the Android platform.

  • Simon Brown's Enterprise Software Developer

    Tue, 4 Oct 2011, 08:00 - 10:00 in London, United Kingdom

    Hands-on software architect and international speaker Simon Brown will run this 4-day practical course about building software within an enterprise environment - in a structured, lightweight and pragmatic way.It covers the complete end-to-end software development process; from planning, gathering requirements and software architecture through to the effective use of source code control, automated unit testing, continuous integration and load testing.

  • Frank Cohen's Test Automation BootCamp

    Mon, 3 Oct 2011, 20:00 - 22:00 in London, United Kingdom

    In Frank Cohen's three day Test Automation Bootcamp, you will learn the latest techniques to deliver Web applications, Rich Internet Applications, Mobile Applications, and Business Process Management (BPM) systems reliably.Medium and large organizations are challenged to rapidly build, test, and operate always-on services. Our teams are feeling the effort when schedules are short, budgets are tight, standards are few, and much of this is new!

  • London Clojure User Group : Programming Music with Overtone

    Mon, 3 Oct 2011, 17:30 - 19:30 in London, United Kingdom

    Can programming languages help us to free our creative potential? Formalised descriptions of data, events and process have been used to great effect within industrial settings but could they also be useful in artistic contexts?In this presentation for the London Clojure User Group, Sam Aaron introduces Overtone - a Clojure front-end to the state-of-the-art realtime sound synthesis engine SuperCollider - currently being established as a music platform for both research and performance.

  • Pekka Klarck's Robot Framework Hands-On Training

    Thu, 29 Sep 2011, 08:00 - 10:00 in London, United Kingdom

    This 2-day hands-on Robot Framework workshop will show you how to create maintainable acceptance tests with Robot Framework and how to use various features of the framework effectively. We will also go through how to use Robot Framework for Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) and how to extend it with your own test libraries.Robot Framework is a generic open source test automation framework for acceptance level testing and ATDD.

  • Robert Pickering's Beginning F# Workshop

    Thu, 29 Sep 2011, 08:00 - 10:00 in London, United Kingdom

    One of the stars of the Skills Matter Functional Programming eXchange this year, Robert Pickering returns this September with his "Beginning F# Workshop".This is a two day course that will teach you all about F#, an exciting new language that has evolved from a Microsoft Research project into a first class citizen of Visual Studio 2010.

  • Martin Odersky's Object-oriented meets functional: An exploration of Scala

    Wed, 28 Sep 2011, 20:00 - 22:00 in London, United Kingdom

    This course is led by Iulian Dragos. He gives you an excellent grounding in Scala and the course is intended to enable developers or development managers who are experienced programmers in Java or another production language to confidently start programming in Scala. No previous knowledge of Scala is assumed. Although intense, the course ensures you will have a solid understanding of fundamentals of programming in the language and have a good appreciation of its more advanced features.

  • In The Brain of Tom Wilkie: Castle: Re-inventing storage for Big Data

    Tue, 27 Sep 2011, 17:30 - 19:30 in London, United Kingdom

    In this free talk from a Big Data expert, Tom Wilkie looks at Castle -- the core of the Acunu Data Platform.The standard Linux storage stack wasn’t designed for write-heavy big data workloads, nor is it well-suited to modern hardware: large, slow SATA disks, SSDs or many cores. Castle, an open-source project, is a ground-up overhauling of RAID, file systems, and the POSIX interface. It is released under the GPL and runs as part of the Linux kernel.

  • In The Brain of Dierk Koenig: Generating invisible code with Groovy

    Wed, 21 Sep 2011, 17:30 - 19:30 in London, United Kingdom

    'Groovy in Action' author Dierk Koenig makes a high profile return to Skills Matter this September.In this In the Brain seminar, the Groovy Grails expert will show you what so-called AST-Transformations Groovy provides per default and how you can write your own to generate invisible code with Groovy.Sign up here

  • In The Brain of Gojko Adzic, Agile Product Management with Effect Maps

    Tue, 20 Sep 2011, 17:30 - 19:30 in London, United Kingdom

    Effect Mapping is a technique for high level project visualization. It provides an excellent level of visibility to stakeholders and helps drive software projects towards delivering the right product with a high level of quality.Effect Mapping also facilitates the application of several techniques of agile planning, product design, prioritisation and scoping and providing focus for TDD, BDD and other good iterative development techniques.

  • Tom and Mary Poppendieck's Lean Software Development Leaders Workshop

    Mon, 19 Sep 2011, 20:00 - 22:00 in London, United Kingdom

    Lean creators and Agile experts, Tom and Mary Poppendieck return to Skills Matter this September with their 2-day Lean Software Development Leaders Workshop.Tom and Mary Poppendieck will present to enraptured attendees an alternate framework for thinking about developing software-intensive systems - one based on Lean principles and the thinking of W. Edwards Deming.

  • Dierk Koenig's Practical Groovy for Developers

    Mon, 19 Sep 2011, 08:00 - 10:00 in London, United Kingdom

    Dierk Koenig -- author of the best-selling Groovy in Action -- returns to Skills Matter this September to get you proficient with Groovy, by way of his acclaimed Practical Groovy for Developers Workshop.Groovy is Java's dynamic friend, and has become the de-facto standard for dynamic programming on the Java platform. This workshop introduces you to Groovy and its areas of applicability with real-world examples.

  • MongoUK

    Mon, 19 Sep 2011, 08:00 - 10:00 in London, United Kingdom

    Skills Matter and 10gen are very pleased to announce the popular MongoUK conference IS BACK - coming to London on September 19th! MongoUK is a one-day conference dedicated to the open source, non-relational database MongoDB. We are still working on the programme, but features are both introductory and advanced talks on MongoDB schema design, indexing, administration, replication, sharding... (follow #mongouk for programme updates) Call for Proposals

  • Udi Dahan's Advanced Distributed Systems Design with SOA

    Mon, 12 Sep 2011, 08:00 - 10:00 in London, United Kingdom

    The "Software Simplist" Udi Dahan makes a hotly anticipated return to Skills Matter this September.An internationally renowned expert on software architecture and design, Udi's packed appearance at the DDD eXchange 2011 is currently proving one of the hottest podcasts around.Join Udi for an intensive 5-day course in Advanced Distributed Systems Design with SOA that will help you take the pain out of designing large-scale distributed systems.

  • Damjan Vujnovic's Advanced JavaScript Workshop

    Mon, 12 Sep 2011, 08:00 - 10:00 in London, United Kingdom

    Javascript samurai Damjan Vujnovic arrives at Skills Matter in September, ready to do battle with sloppy, ad-hoc JavaScript programming style.As Douglas Crockford once said, JavaScript is the world's most misunderstoodprogramming language. It is also one of the world's most popular programming languages and one of the cornerstones of a modern web application development.

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