051: Code First: Girls with Amali de Alwis and Lizzie Cullen Davison

In this special episode of Octal FM we’re joined by two guests to talk about alternative approaches to getting into the technology industry and software development. Specifically, we discuss what the organisation Code First: Girls is doing to increase the number of women in tech.

  • Code First: Girls is a not for profit social enterprise. Since 2013 they’ve delivered £4.2 million worth of free education to young women across the UK. Their purpose is to increase the number of women in tech.
  • Amali de Alwis is CEO of Code First: Girls. You can find her on Twitter at @amali_d.
  • Lizzie Cullen Davison is a full-stack developer at Pixie Labs and a volunteer Code First: Girls instructor. You can find her on Twitter at @emc_dav.

FYI Jalada also works at Pixie Labs.
Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

044: Inclusive design with Elizabeth Chesters

In this episode we’re joined again by Elizabeth Chesters, a user experience, accesibility, and inclusive design extraordinaire. We continue our discussion from episode 31, and talk more about what it means to design a product or service in an ‘inclusive’ manner, e.g. designing for people with impairments, either permanent or situational.

Further reading suggestions from El:

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032: Games of 2018

Happy New Year everyone! In this episode we are joined again by Antonia, who last joined us to talk about Stardew Valley. This time, the three of us discuss some of the video games we’re most looking forward to in 2018.

  • Sefran: Far Cry 5, Into the breach, and Wargroove.
  • Antonia: Monster Hunter World, Ni No Kuni 2, Kingdom Hearts III, and Bayonetta 3.
  • Jalada: Sea of Thieves, Last of Us Part 2, and Age of Empires 4.
Monster Hunter World

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

030: An act of God

In this episode we’re joined by our friend Tom, aka @x5315. Tom co-created Twitterfall with Jalada back in 2009.

To follow up from Episode 25 where Jalada talked about building Twitterfall, Tom is here to tell us the story from his point of view, and what he’s up to now.

The whiteboard of features in Tom’s university dorm room:

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021: A wild Pokémon master appears!

In this episode we are joined by the brilliant Marti Bennett. Marti kindly agreed to tell us all about playing Pokémon competitively and recount some of her own stories and experiences of the professional Pokémon scene.

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Related reading/watching:

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Outro music: GlitchxCity – Champion Cynthia Battle Remix

010: Let’s talk MOBAs

Tom (‘modest’ on Summoner’s Rift) joins Jalada and Sefran to talk about MOBAs; what they are, where they came from, and why they’re so much fun.

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion.

League of Legends finals

008: Tending our turnips

Antonia joins us for this episode where we discuss what makes life-sim games appealing, and why Stardew Valley is such a great example of one.

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion