May 17th 2017


  • 18:30 – Turn up, have a drink, a snack, and a chat (pizza, beer, coffee, soft drinks)
  • 19:00 – “What’s My Name?” – Brian Teeman
  • 19:35 – Mid session interval
  • 19:40 – “Mental Health in the Tech Industry” - Chad Gowler
  • 20:30ish – Pop over the road to Headrow House pub (a drink or two provided)

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

May’s event is at Futurelabs.

There will be some bottles of beer, coffee, soft drinks, and pizza provided. We’re back at Futurelabs in an attempt to open the event up to a wider audience who may not be comfortable meeting in a pub; So, please, if you know anyone who might be interested in attending who previously didn’t want to, let them know. We want to be accessible for all.

The Talks

What’s My Name? – Brian Teeman

In the multicultural world that we live in how do you know my name. Is my first name my last name? What is my family name and what should you call me. As web site developers we regularly ask people for their name so we can personalise the web, but are we using the correct name?

Brian Teeman is: Co-founder Joomla! Speaker at Joomla! and Open Source events around the world. #joomla #founder

Brian on Twitter: (((@brianteeman))) (Why my name is in parentheses:

Mental Health in the Tech Industry – Chad Gowler

Mental health is something that will affect most of us. The tech industry is high-paced and high pressure, and this means that we may be leaving some developers to struggle. This talk will examine touchpoints such as meetings, code review and timesheets and think about ways that they could cause difficulty. We will think about how we can make them easier to navigate so that developers can get back doing to what they do best.

Chad is a software engineer at Sky in Leeds. They have also dipped their toe into project management, user testing, interaction design and event organising. They are a firm believer in inclusive software and digital inclusion. In their spare time, they can be found in various usergroups talking about gender, mental health and gaming for social good.

Chad on Twitter: @kitation](


Our sponsors make this monthly event possible, so please take the time to check them out, and thank them for their support.

  • Futurelabs – Are a not-for-profit formed to help provide a focal point for tech start-up and scale-up businesses in and around Leeds. Futurelabs offer hot desking, fixed desk space or larger office spaces for tech businesses at very reasonable prices.
  • Quidco/Maple Syrup Media – Maple Syrup Media built its reputation as cashback pioneers with Quidco. They’ve since consolidated their credentials in the UK with grocery and travel specific ventures, CheckoutSmart and EarnAway. Their teams are based in London, Sheffield, Berlin, Paris and Durban – check out their careers page
  • Sky Betting & Gaming – A tech company born out of Sky, and are aiming to be the UK’s best digital business. 1000+ colleagues, developing some of the country’s biggest brands in online betting and gaming. Their careers page provides great detail as to the working environment and range of work available across the technology stack.

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