Diving deep into the craft of software development at Turing Fest

Steve Wozniak at Turing Festival 2012 Where it all began: Steve Wozniak at Turing 2012

Over the past couple of years, Turing Fest moved away from technical content, focusing more on the business of technology than the technology itself. This year, we’re excited to bring that focus back with a new Engineering track, ably hosted by Rachel Willmer. Rachel’s an Edinburgh-based engineer and startup founder with some 30 years’ experience in the software industry, and I’m delighted she’s agreed to be our MC. We’ve got a packed day lined up — so here’s a little taste of what you can expect at EICC on Thursday 3 August…

A broad technical church

We’ve thought carefully about the challenges facing technical teams in 2017 — and with those issues in mind, rather than focusing on one specific language or technology, we’ve invited talks about a broad range of topics, focusing both on the practice and process of software development. We’re confident that this eclectic agenda is going to prove fascinating to engineers at all levels of the stack and at every stage of your career. You’ll hear world-class speakers talking about everything from FOSS (Anna Shipman and Mike McQuaid) to containerisation and microservices (Adrian Mouat) to the challenges of working in a distributed team (Maria Gutierrez) and effective internal and external communication (Rob Gill.)

A forward-looking agenda

In designing the agenda, we put a strong emphasis on giving attendees actionable insight into the future of the craft of software development, and where the industry is heading. We’re excited to hear from world-class technologists about what’s next, and what it means for you as a developer. Here are some highlights:

You can check out the full schedule here.

A mix of individual contributors and engineering leaders

Both onstage and in the audience, we’ll be welcoming engineers and designers from a diverse range of professional backgrounds and career stages: from startups, consultancies, the enterprise and the public sector. All of our speakers come from technical backgrounds, but have taken very different professional journeys: we’re striking a balance between freelancers (like Jonathan Snook and Rachel Willmer), senior engineers (Mike McQuaid, Anna Shipman) and technical managers/executives (Adam Gross, Bryan Dove, Michael Pryor), to give you invaluable new insight into building, shipping and maintaining in a range of professional environments.

Local and global perspectives

We’re bringing together technologists from some incredible tech businesses — both home-grown successes like Skyscanner and FreeAgent, and global giants like GitHub and Atlassian. You’ll get a fascinating look at the different perspectives of developers building software for developers (Heroku) or for the entire British public (the Government Digital Service.) It’s an amazing opportunity to learn and hang out with your peers in a fun, relaxed environment — and hear from some world-class engineers while you’re at it.

Bottom line: it’s going to be a fascinating day. We’ll see you there!

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, what are you waiting for? Prices go up on Saturday 21 July, so get yours now!