Wednesday April 18th 2018 - Truth about your brain & DRY


  • 18:30 – Turn up, have a drink, a snack, and a chat (food, soft drinks, beer, coffee)
  • 19:00 – The Surprising truth about your Brain: How to be at your best more often - Dr. Jon Finn
  • 19:30 – A little break
  • 19:40 – A really DRY talk on APIs - Gareth Midwood
  • 20:10ish – Pop over to the pub for a chat and a drink

Free tickets are available on Meetup. Please sign up so we know how much food to buy.

This is a free event, open to all. There will be some bottles of beer, tea, coffee, soft drinks, and food provided. We will have vegetarian food, if you have any other dietary requirements send us a message and we’ll do our best.

The event is hosted at Platform above Leeds city train station.

The Talks

A really DRY talk on APIs

Gareth Midwood @gmidwood

Building a package that uses interfaces.

Gareth is a Leeds based website person - lover of football, food and internet based japery. Works @creode and has spoken at LeedsPHP multiple times. He’s always great.

The Surprising truth about your Brain: How to be at your best more often

Dr. Jon Finn @TougherMinds

Technology is changing at lightning speed and it can often feel like you’re just not keeping up. This can lead to feelings of personal doubt (e.g. imposter syndrome) and mental fatigue. The suspiring truth is that these feelings of doubt are a natural response to 21st century life. This is because your brain is designed to survive and not flourish. This session will show how your brain is designed to work, why we sometimes doubt ourselves and beat ourselves up, and how we all can begin to build resilience.

This session will cover:

  1. The dominant survival brain – the limbic regions
  2. Why dwelling on unhelpful thoughts can become an unhelpful habit
  3. The important role of the pre-frontal cortex in being resilient

Dr. Jon Finn is the founder and Managing Director of Tougher Minds. He is passionate about making complex science simple, so that people can use these insights to be their best and help others to be at their best.

Much of his current work is helping individuals, teams and managers in the City of London, and the USA, to harness individual and team success in the challenging modern work and societal context. This work includes supporting developers working for banks, investment managers and high-growth start ups to be at their best.

Jon has been working in the field of performance psychology and behaviour change for over 17 years. He completed his PhD at Leeds Beckett University investigating the role of emotional regulation in the challenging transitions of some of Britain’s most high-performing athletes. He has worked extensively in elite sport, particularly in professional football, rugby union, rugby league, cricket and golf.

Find out more about Tougher Minds here:


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Free tickets are available on Meetup. Please sign up so we know how much food to buy.