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.
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045: Generally available AI

In this episode of Octal FM we dive in to the state of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. We’ll explain what it is, what it isn’t, and why it seems to be such a big thing right now.

There’s lots of reading material out there if you want to learn more.

Some intro articles

Opinion pieces

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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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033: MMOs in Disguise

In this episode we discuss the emerging trend of adding massively multiplayer features to games that otherwise might be single player. Is this something we want to see more? Or is it just a way of extracting more ‘value’ from gamers?

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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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025: Building Twitterfall

In 2009 Jalada spent 2 hours building a website that would ultimately end up shaping his entire career. In this episode of Octal FM we tell you the story of that website.

Photo from Marcus Warren @ Telegraph