Tech Exeter

Conference 2018

September 7th | Exeter Business School

The Conference is over!

What an amazing day - thank you all for coming, and to our wonderful speakers, sponsors and VIPs!

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Presentation slides are on slideshare and recordings will be uploaded soon.


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Tech Exeter Conference - the multi-disciplinary, grassroots tech conference returns, with its inclusive, community ethos, and friendly, welcoming vibe.

This year we’re running three conference tracks (ranging from the not-so-technical through to the hardcore developer track), hot food catering, plus new for 2018, workshops.

Topics include: Artificial Intelligence, Amazon Alexa, Blockchain, Data Science, Javascript, HTML5, LoRaWAN, Machine Learning, Robotics, Systems and Networks Engineering, Unit Testing and more!

Tech Exeter Conference 2018 is curated by Kris Sum, Tech Exeter & Switch Systems.


"I found the talks very interesting and should be able to feed some of it back into my everyday work"

2017 Conference delegate

"Excellent, and great value for money"

2017 Conference delegate

"Tech Exeter and Digital Exeter are at the heart of the tech community in this beautiful city, where innovation is supported by leading incubators like SETsquared."


25 Speakers from across Business & Tech




Henderson Theatre

Hosts: Adam Lusby, Evelyn Hussain
  • 8:15 AM


  • 9:00 AM


  • 9:15 AM

    Andy Stanford-Clark (CTO IBM UK)

  • 10:00 AM

    David Ferguson
    "Isn't blockchain a recipe for disaster for an energy company?"

  • Martin Kelman
    "Innovation in the Aerospace Industry"

  • 11:00 AM

    Coffee Break

  • 11:30 AM

    Paula Byers
    "Xero & AI / Machine Learning"

  • Lucy Knight
    "Data-Science Unicorns"

  • Caitlin Gould
    "Increasing value on agile development using design thinking"

  • 12:45 PM


  • 2:00 PM

    Open Panel
    "Education and STEM. We can do better!"

  • Tamsin Hodge, Richard Masters, David Ferguson, Faith Reynolds

  • 3:00 PM

    Jonathan Brook
    "Tessl - using technology and data to revolutionise the house moving process"

  • 3:45 PM

    Coffee Break

  • 4:00 PM

    Cerys Hearsey
    "Building & Leading a Hybrid Human Robot Workforce"

  • 5:00 PM

    Closing session



Bateman Theatre

Host: Lyssa-Fee Crump
  • 10:00 AM

    Andrea Muttoni
    "Voice Enable All The Things with Amazon Alexa"

  • 10.45 AM

    Coffee Break

  • 11:30 AM

    Craig Buckler
    "Is PDF your best option?"

  • Becky Veater
    "Custom Web Elements with Stencil"

  • Katja Mordaunt
    "Try Elm (functional programming)"

  • 12:45 PM


  • 3:00 PM

    Jon Stace
    "An Introduction to Machine Learning Using TensorFlow"

  • 3:45 PM

    Coffee Break

  • 4:00 PM

    Tony Edwards
    "Beats, Rhymes & Unit Tests"

  • 4:45 PM



Infrastructure & Devops

Matrix Theatre

Host: Duncan Thompson
  • 10:00 AM

    Tamsin Hodge
    "Creating marine geospatial products on a data platform"

  • 10.45 AM

    Coffee Break

  • 11:30 AM

    Jacob Tomlinson
    "Containers and orchestration 101"

  • Olly Stephens
    "Namespaces and cgroups; do you know what a container is?"

  • 12:45 PM


  • 3:00 PM

    Nathan Gloyn
    "Microservices: What I’ve learned after a year building systems"

  • 3:45 PM

    Coffee Break

  • 4:00 PM

    Joseph Woodward
    "Improving System Resiliency via Chaos Engineering"

  • 4:45 PM




XFi Rooms

  • 2:00 PM

    Workshop 1

  • Chris Hunt
    "Auto-Composition: Get Started with Interactive and Generative Art"

  • Workshop 2

  • Rob Vesse
    "Building a Killer Command Line App with Airline"

  • Workshop 3

  • David Armour
    "Deploying real world use cases with LoRaWAN networks"

  • 3:00 PM


The Business School

University of Exeter

We are privileged to again be hosted at University of Exeter Business School. It's a fabulous venue set in beautiful University grounds. The school is one of the UK's leading centres of business education and research.

Learn more

Campus Map & Directions

Visiting Exeter


Without our sponsors we could not put this event on. You can become a sponsor from as little as £500 and help keep our community going!


If you have a Discount Code please click the 'Enter promo code' link first.


Tech Exeter is a Community Interest Company. All proceeds go to supporting the local Tech Community. The profits from this conference go specifically to keeping our monthly meet-up groups free to all. We need your support to continue with our work.

Tech Exeter CIC. Registered in England & Wales No.10342709. We are NOT VAT Registered.

Past Events

Fresh Tech 2017

Fresh Tech 2016

SpaceApps 2017

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