The Technical Day

Wednesday November 2, 2016

The Future Decoded 2016 Technical Day on November 2, 2016 is about providing a roadmap to the future that is anchored in the reality of what a developer or IT professional can achieve today.

Our keynotes provide the vision, hinting as to where the industry is going while our technical break out tracks dig in to what's already available today in modern languages, platforms, frameworks and tools.

Agenda

Wednesday November 2, 2016
07:30 - 09:30 Registration
08:00 - 19:00 Expo Open
09:30 - 12:00 Keynotes
12:45 - 16:15 Breakout Sessions
16:45 - 17:45 Closing Keynote
17:45 - 19:00 Networking

Timings and agenda subject to change.

At this year's event, we are looking at how ever more intelligent services and devices are transforming our relationship with technology to one where some of our core, human abilities are being understood and added to by intelligent software.

Artificial intelligence is increasingly helping us to see, to decide, to predict, to make and more and we'll look at this across our keynotes including;

  • Joseph Sirosh on 'Augmenting Decisions'
  • Chris Messina on 'Augmenting Conversations'
  • Avi Reichental on 'Augmenting Production'
  • Katja Hoffman on 'Augmenting Experimentation'

Have a colleague in more of a business role who would like to hear practical, tangible advice to begin or extend their organisation's digital transformation journey and the benefits of artificial intelligence on the business? Invite them to attend the Future Decoded Business Day.

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Virtual Reality

Peter Daukintis

Peter Daukintis

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Pete Daukintis is a technical evangelist for Microsoft based in the UK. Having started out in 3D Graphics Pete has since made a return to this field of software coincident with the resurgence of the various alternative 'realities'. Currently engaging with the tech community and working on projects using this tech with one eye focused on the future. (I'm into Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, HoloLens, More Personal Computing)Visit websiteTwitter @peted70

AR/VR

HoloLens: The Path to Mixed Reality

Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully self-contained holographic computer running Windows 10. It is completely self-contained-no wires, phones, or connection to a PC needed. Microsoft HoloLens allows you to place holograms in your physical environment and provides a new way to see your world. This session provides a mixed reality primer and an overview of the available tools & documentation to quick start your holographic application development.

Machine Learning

Data

Amy Nicholson

Amy Nicholson

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Amy Nicholson is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft UK having obtained a degree in Computer Science. She is passionate about Data Science, Machine Learning and IoT. Amy helps customers to envision, design and build their cloud solutions. You will find her sharing content online and at in person events.Visit websiteTwitter @amykatenicho

AI Story

Can Machine Learning predict whether you'll come to my talk

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Data Science, Expert Systems; there are many terms that might not be completely clear if you don't have a PhD, and possibly even if you do. During this session we will discuss where Machine Learning contributes to the overall AI story, as well as take on a unique Machine Learning challenge! Can I use historical data from previous Future Decoded events, to try and predict how many people will turn up to this session compared to others? As well as, perhaps, the types of people that could turn up? This is a great Machine Learning challenge and we will not know the outcome until the session happens live on 2nd November! This journey and challenge will take us around the Azure Machine Learning service showing how you can go from raw data to a deployed web service using a data science process; utilising tools in between such as R/Python scripts and Jupyter Notebooks. Physicist Niels Bohr said, "making predictions is very difficult, especially about the future", let's see if Azure can help us out.

Machine Learning

Azure

Cognitive Services

Martin Kearn

Martin Kearn

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Martin is a technical evangelist for Microsoft based in the UK. In his role, Martin talks with customers, partners, start-ups and anyone who is willing to listen about developing applications on the Microsoft platform. At the moment, Martin spends a lot of time thinking about AI, Cognitive Computing, Azure and Web technologies including ASP.net, but that could change next week
Brennon Williams is the CEO and Founder of Iridium Systems and Robotics Corporation - ISR. For the past 21 years, Brennon has worked around the globe as a contract software engineer, Chief Technology Officer and consultant technical advisor to companies such as Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and eBay as well as several smaller design and user experience (UX) focussed agencies both in London and New York. With primary focusses on Cognitive Artificial Intelligence and Robotics hardware, Brennon has been building the future. The goals of his work and research into complex human-machine interaction are to open up possibilities that will improve the lives and experiences of others.Visit websiteTwitter @martinkearn

AI Story

Cognitive Services in Action

Machine Learning is all well and good, but even with Azure helping you out, it is still fairly complex; you'll need some level of data science expertise to really make the most of it. This is where Cognitive Services comes in; these services from Microsoft, IBM and Google allow regular developers to harness the power of Machine Learning via a simple REST API call which can be included in any application. In this talk, we'll explore some of the Cognitive Service APIs provided by Microsoft and compare them to IBM and Google's services. We'll also create a simple application to see how happy the audience is and how Cognitive Services are used in the real world.

Cognitive Services

Bot Framework

Simon Michael

Simon Michael

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Simon is a technical evangelist in the Developer Experiences (DX) team at Microsoft UK, working with UK customers and partners to help them understand and get the best from the Microsoft Platform. His focus is the bot framework, cognitive services and conversations-as-a-service. Prior to joining Microsoft, Simon spent almost a decade working as dev lead on F1 engine configuration and data telemetry applications and also worked in the games industry. Simon holds a BSc Hons and a PhD in Computer Science.Visit websiteTwitter @simon_mich

Jamie Dalton

Jamie Dalton

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Jamie Dalton works as a technical evangelist in the UK, helping customers and partners develop solutions based on the Microsoft platform. He really is as old as he looks, with over 20 years' experience as a Microsoft software developer. He is passionate about Application Lifecycle Management, developer tooling, DevOps and creating new experiences using Microsoft technologies. He has a degree from the university of life and once read some books.

AI Story

Introducing the Microsoft Bot Framework

Microsoft Bot Framework is a comprehensive offering to build and deploy high quality bots for your users to interact with using their favourite messaging applications.  Developers writing bots all face the same problems: bots require basic I/O; they must have language and dialog skills; they must be performant, responsive and scalable; and they must connect to users, ideally in any language the user chooses.  Multiple this by each conversational channel you want to target and you have a real challenge!  The Bot Framework provides just what you need to build, connect, manage and publish intelligent bots that interact naturally wherever your users are talking. In this session you will learn how to build a bot using the Microsoft Bot Framework and give your bot smart skills such as natural language processing and other cognitive APIs.

Virtual Reality

Louis Deane

Louis Deane

CEO, VISR VR

Twitter @visrvr

AR/VR

Building Virtual Worlds

Building virtual worlds presents new challenges to engineers and designers whose comfortable medium is a flat screen. Come and learn from designers and developers at VISR how you can embrace Virtual Reality technology for both entertainment and serious business use.

Virtual Reality

Andi Everitt

Andi Everitt

Director, Software Engineering, PTC Vuforia

Andi is one of the software engineering leads working in the Vuforia SDK team at PTC where he leads Vuforia support for digital eyewear. He has been working on mobile applications for 15 years and has experienced the rapid development of mobile device capabilities. He began working on augmented reality for digital eyewear in 2011 as part of a research team aiming to unleash digital content from the confines of the small screen. As part of the Vuforia SDK team Andi is excited to see augmented reality breaking into the mainstream.

AR/VR

Introducing the Vuforia SDK and building an App for HoloLens

Vuforia (TM), the leading Augmented Reality (AR) platform, supports smartphones, tablets and digital eyewear including VR viewers and optical see-through devices. Supported VR viewers include View-Master, Merge VR Goggles and Zeiss VR ONE. Optical see-thru devices supported include the ODG R-7 and Microsoft HoloLens. In this session, Andi Everitt will provide an introduction to the Vuforia SDK along with a technical tutorial on how to build a Vuforia (TM) app for HoloLens.

IoT/Data

Mark Wilcock

Mark Wilcock

MVP

Mark specialises in the analysis, reporting and visualisation of financial and risk data. He is also the organiser of the London Business Analytics group, a popular community group that meets about once a month in central London to discuss varied topics from data ethics in medicine to climate change analytics. Mark is a Microsoft MVP on the Data Platform.

IoT

Visualising Financial Data Using Power BI and R

Firms make massive efforts to collect, clean, aggregate and report on their data but this is only meaningful when managers use it to make better decisions. Senior management often rely on a well-designed visualisation to get insight and take action. We'll look at three visualisations created in Power BI, with a little help from R, and discuss the challenges to prepare the data, calculate the key results and visualise in a helpful manner. The first example uses data provided by the European Banking Authority about the resilience of 51 big European banks to economic stress. The second example is a market risk backtest chart - it compares a common indicator of risk, value-at-risk (VaR), against regulatory limits over time and different trading desks. The third example recreates in Power BI the famous visualisation of the health and wealth of nations over 200 years by Hans Rosling.

Azure

Data

IoT

Mike Ormond

Mike Ormond

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Mike is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft in the UK. He has a particular interest in building applications on the Microsoft platform including cloud computing, machine learning and Blockchain. He spends much of his time talking to people about technology; future, past and present. The rest is spent thinking about Land Rovers. What's left is just small change. Mike has been building software for as long as he can remember and has worked at Microsoft for coming on 20 years. He holds a BSc(Hons) in Information Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and is quite good at SudokuTwitter @mikeormond

Blockchain

Bootstrapping blockchain

Blockchain technology is being heralded as the business disruptor of the moment. At its core, it's really just a data store yet business models in many industries will be enriched or disrupted by blockchain. So what is it? And what has earned it this reputation? In this session we'll take a look at the fundamentals of blockchain and how to get started building distributed applications.

DevOps

Stephen Thair

Stephen Thair

RD, Co-Founder & CTO, DevOpsGuys

Steve loves website operations. He's pretty much done every job from pulling thin-ethernet cabling through floor spaces, racking servers, deploying websites, killer load testing through to managing high-performing WebOps teams for major UK online brands. He's a regular speaker at conferences on web performance and load testing and a general #WebPerf fanatic. Originally from Perth, Australia he's lived in the UK since 1999 and yes, he does still miss the weather!Twitter @theopsmgr

Dev Ops

DevOps is the answer! What was the question again?

DevOps is without doubt one of the hottest topics in IT right now, and everyone from vendors, senior management and IT professionals are rushing headlong to "Doing DevOps". Somewhere along the way the message that DevOps is only a means to an end, and not an end in itself, is getting lost. In this presentation Steve from DevOpsGuys will talk about the lessons DevOpsGuys learnt from working with customers to achieve their business goals, by following DevOps philosophies, and how you can avoid falling into some of the pitfalls of "Doing DevOps"

Azure

Richard Fennell

Richard Fennell

MVP, Engineering Director, Black Marble

Richard is the Engineering Director of the Black Marble Ltd a Microsoft Gold Partner based in the north of England. Black Marble specialises in BizTalk & SharePoint based business automation. As Engineering Director, he is responsible for the delivery of systems and tools to allow his company, and clients, to deliver solutions efficiently. All Black Mable's development activity is underpinned by Visual Studio TFS and an agile process model.Twitter @richardfennell

Rik Hepworth

Rik Hepworth

MVP, IT Director, Black Marble

Rik is a Microsoft MVP for Azure and IT Director at Black Marble, a Gold partner in the north of England. His role includes delivering robust IT solutions to both his own organisation and its customers, which can take in a broad spectrum of technologies. An enthusiastic technology evangelist, Rik is a regular presenter at events around Europe. This will be his third Future Decoded and he's looking forward to it.Twitter @rikhepworth

Dev Ops

Living the dream: Real world DevOps with Azure and VSTS

The dream of any DevOps solution is to make the provisioning and deployment to environments seamless. In this session we will show you how this dream can be achieved using the latest advances in Visual Studio Team Services and Azure. We will show how you can use utilise Azure Resource Templates to define your environment, then the latest features of VSTS Release Management to create an end to end deployment of you environment and application, with appropriate testing. We will also discuss how these techniques could potentially be used for on-premises scenarios now and in the future.

Azure

Windows

Elton Stoneman

Elton Stoneman

MVP, Docker Captain

Elton is a Pluralsight Author, Microsoft Azure MVP and Docker Captain. He has been architecting and delivering successful solutions with Microsoft technologies since 2000, most recently Big Data implementations in Azure and distributed applications with Docker. Currently he is interested the expansion of the Microsoft stack outside of the normal boundaries; exploring the great opportunities opening up with .NET Core running on Linux, Windows Containers, and Docker running on Azure. As a regular speaker at events and user groups he will be speaking at Microsoft's Future Decoded and TechDays Online in 2016, and he has already presented at the WinOps Conference, Docker London and London DevOps. Elton also runs the Pluralsight Meet the Authors group in the UK, where you can come and hear industry experts talk on a range of technologies.Twitter @eltonstoneman

Stephen Thwaites

Stephen Thwaites

Solutions Engineering Lead, Docker

Steven Thwaites is the Solutions Engineering Lead for EMEA at Docker, Inc., which means he's often with customers and the tech community helping people to understand and adopt Docker technology and products. He is based out of London, UK. Steven has held a handful of roles at software and hardware vendors in the past - most recently at Puppet - across pre-sales, professional services, training and management. He still has fond memories of infra architecture and systems administration.

Dev Ops

Powering the transition to DevOps with Docker on Windows and Azure

Application containers are the engine of DevOps - they let you deploy small units of change quickly, reliably and with minimal overhead. In this session we'll see where that fits with Windows applications, how they can be packaged as Docker images and run as containers. We'll learn how Docker works, what's in the Windows Server base images and how to package up your own applications. We'll  take a legacy ASP.NET MVC website, "Dockerize" it, and highlight the touch points for DevOps transitions. One important aspect of container operations is building Docker images and deploying them. We will walk through a CI/CD pipeline using DC/OS to achieve this, including zero-downtime deployments, as well as touch on day-two operations such as monitoring and logging. We discuss the options you have to use DC/OS on Azure, how to install packages such as Jenkins and look at best practices for containerised workflows in this context.

Machine Learning

Ben Hall

Ben Hall

Royal Society Cambridge University Research Fellow

Ben is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the MRC Cancer Unit at the University in Cambridge. His research group uses techniques from computer science to understand how cancers grow and develop in the earliest stages of the disease. Working with Microsoft Research, he also develops new user interfaces to allow biologists to use advanced algorithms though bespoke user interfaces using technologies such as Azure and F#.Twitter @drhallba

Grok

Understanding Cancer using Microsoft Bio Model Analyser

Understanding cancer requires biologists to capture rare events that take place complex networks. Whilst there exist a growing set of mathematical approaches to deal with this problem, they typically require scientists to be able to program to use them. Today I will talk about the BioModelAnalyzer- a web based service, running on Azure, that integrates cutting edge CS theory with a bespoke graphical user interface. I'll further discuss new opportunities in bringing new technologies like chat-bots to bridge conceptual gaps to empower users.

Virtual Reality

Azure

Windows

Helen Dyer

Helen Dyer

Director at CASPA (Children on the Autistic Spectrum Parents Association)

Helen Dyer is Director of CASPA, a rapidly growing charity working with children & young people with Autism and other social & communication disabilities and their families in South London. Since starting at CASPA eleven years ago Helen has guided the charity to grow 8-fold and developed it to become a significant player in the autism community; working with over 350 families in the London Borough of Bromley. CASPA's commitment to enabling children & young people with autism to develop and have access to activities and opportunities that all children are entitled to has been recognised nationally with CASPA winning the YPI Charity of the Year 2014 and being shortlisted for a National Diversity Award in 2015. Helen is passionate about facilitating true inclusion and is thrilled to be collaborating with other committed organisations such as Microsoft in pursuit of this aim.Twitter @caspa_online

Lindsay West

Lindsay West

Founder VISR-VR

VISR VR Technologies is the go to destination if you want to bring the world of Virtual Reality into your actuality. We provide end to end solutions for you from branded VR headsets, content creation in CGI, or 360 filming to the creation of the relevant delivery platform to access the experience. We use tech and software to disrupt, to innovate and to create.Twitter @visrvr

Grok

Inclusive Design can have a huge range of positive outcomes.

Microsoft DX UK,  VISR VR (Microsoft Ventures Alumni) & CASPA embarked on an ambitious project to build a highly accessible building experience running in VR, targeted towards children and young adults on the Autistic Spectrum. Completing a fast 3 week sprint, the Microsoft and VISR team delivered a project called GreenFingers - a world building game where participants build and sculpt their own landscapes. Empowered to fill their world with objects and designs of their choosing, the young players soon found themselves inside a garden of their own design, where cherry blossom swirled around them and bees gently buzzed from flower to flower. Connected by the power of Microsoft Azure the players were then enabled to take the garden they had designed away with them and continue to access the content on Windows Phone through the use of an inexpensive cardboard VR headset. this meant that even users without access to high end VR hardware could continue the journey they started in an inclusive manner that does not discriminate against users with limited access. By embracing inclusive design, and listening to field experts on how young people on the autistic spectrum can be included in VR experiences, allowed the participants to truly enjoy their first venture into the future of human computer interaction. As was said by the head of the CASPA charity Helen Dyer, "Skills were developed, confidence raised, fears of the unknown faced, and conquered, and much fun was had". Inspired by the success of the event, VISR intends to further develop the GreenFingers concept into a new product that allows hordes of users to share and develop an entire world together. A first glimpse into this brave new world will be unveiled at Future Decoded in November

Windows

UWP

Apps

Simon Jackson

Simon Jackson

Game Development Evangelist - ZenithMoon Studios and Xbox MVP

Simon is a Jack of all trades developer - constantly digging in to the many varied engines and frameworks out there, and helping developers make the most of their skills using the tools they are familiar with. He also creates and manages many open source projects to get people on board with their favourite tools, as well as host a few blogs and YouTube channels to get information to developers in the way they like best. Build what you want, using the tools you love and in learn in your own way! And he'll be there to help you along your journey, from build to deploy and beyond.Twitter @simondarksidej

Grok

Building apps/games for Xbox One using UWP - Build once and target many

With Windows 10, Microsoft introduced the Universal Windows Platform to target multiple Windows platforms from one project. Now with Xbox and more, the reach of UWP has expanded even further.  Through this session we'll walk through getting your UWP projects on to Xbox using a variety of tools, from Visual Studio, Unity and MonoGame.

Windows

Azure

Nicholas H Tollervey

Nicholas H Tollervey

The Python Software Foundation

Nicholas is a classically trained musician, philosophy graduate, teacher, writer and software developer. He's just like this biography: concise, honest and full of useful information.Twitter @ntoll

Grok

Oh look! - Microsoft supports these tools

MicroPython on the BBC micro:bit ~ Playful Pedagogical Programming Python is one of the world's most popular programming languages. Thanks to the MicroPython project, it also runs on the BBC micro:bit. This short demonstration shows how Python on the micro:bit helps beginner programmers explore, create and learn through code that leads them on an adventure to the platforms, resources and tools used by professional programmers."  

Machine Learning

Tom Mulvaney

Tom Mulvaney

Kent County Council

Tom Mulvaney is a software engineer who has completed his studies and is soon to graduate from the Software Systems Engineering MSc programme at University College, London. After graduating with a BSc in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London, he decided to become a game developer, joining the game industry to make educational apps for children. Much of his programming knowledge was self-taught, so he applied to UCL in order to add more theoretical knowledge to his practical skills. At UCL, he worked on Spot Markets: Regenerating the High Street over several terms, leading a team of seven developers on the project last summer. They improved several aspects of Spot Markets: Regenerating the High Street over the summer, notably they redesigned the Recommendation Engine, supporting data architecture and data gathering techniques. He is currently designing a 4-dimensional sculpture gallery called Tesseract. Tom Mulvaney lives in London, England.Twitter @bonobosoftware

Tim Gregson

Tim Gregson

Kent County Council

Tim has 39 years' experience in the IT industry covering a wide range of activities from mainframe computer operations through systems design and development to working as the CIO for an innovative local authority in the UK prior to joining Microsoft 16 years ago. All of this time has been spent working directly with customers in the public, communications, retail, financial and professional services sectors. Tim is currently the Microsoft Services CTO for Local and Regional Government and has a lead role regarding Microsoft CityNext initiatives in the UK. His current customers include Kent County Council where he leads the initiative.Twitter @timuk

Elizabeth Harrison

Elizabeth Harrison

Kent County Council

Elizabeth Harrison is the Programme Director for Kent County Council's broadband programme and has over 15 years experience working across regeneration, digital and infrastructure agendas. Liz is responsible for leading the Council's broadband upgrade programme, which has already delivered better connectivity to over 130,000 homes and businesses through a variety of different approaches. Liz is a keen advocate of embracing new technologies, in innovative ways, to help grow local economies and transform the delivery of public services. This work has included developing the spot market retail concept and advising on the Council's future digital economic strategy.

Grok

Spot Markets: Regenerating the High Street

Digital technologies are transforming the way we work, live and experience the world, and the rate, scope and scale of these changes are unprecedented. Spot Markets: Regenerating the High Street is a planned platform for connecting consumers with small brick-and-mortar retailers in their local communities. By doing so, it will regenerate high streets and give local economies the boost needed to compete in the global marketplace. The platform allows retailers to upload data about their products and offers, while consumers browse retailers' data and are given recommendations by a Machine Learning engine. This presentation focuses on the underlying concepts and business context surrounding the project, followed by a discussion of some of the Machine Learning challenges faced by the development team and the future work as the concept will continue to evolve. Spot Markets: Regenerating the High Street is a concept created by Microsoft and Kent County Council, with a proof-of-concept project created by MSc students from University College London.

Cognitive Services

Machine Learning

Feynman Lian

Feynman Lian

Software Engineer at Gigster

Feynman is a software engineer at Gigster and statistics PhD student at UC Berkeley. His research lies at the intersection between industry and academia, specifically on distributed Machine Learning and practical systems for deploying Machine Learning in production. He is a contributor to Apache Spark and a recreational producer of electronic music. During his MPhil degree at Cambridge University, he worked with Matt Johnson from Microsoft Research Cambridge and Mark Gotham from Cambridge University's Faculty of Music to build BachBot: an AI which composes music in the style of Bach chorales.
Mark Gotham is a composer, conductor, and scholar based in Cambridge, UK. He graduated from the University of Oxford with the Gibbs prize for the highest-ranking first class degree awarded in music; from the Royal Northern College of Music with an MMus in composition (supported by a full Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship); and from the University of Cambridge with a Ph.D. in music theory (Newton Trust scholarship).Twitter @feynmanliang

Mark Gotham

Mark Gotham

Visiting lecturer University of Cambridge

Mark Gotham is a composer, conductor, and scholar based in Cambridge, UK. He graduated from the University of Oxford with the Gibbs prize for the highest-ranking first class degree awarded in music; from the Royal Northern College of Music with an MMus in composition (supported by a full Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship); and from the University of Cambridge with a Ph.D. in music theory (Newton Trust scholarship).
Mark now works at the University of Cambridge as Artist By-Fellow and Director of Music-Making at Churchill College, and as a supervisor and visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Music. He is also an orchestral conductor with 'a natural ability' (Mark Heron), a choral director with 'much to offer' (Tim Brown) and a composer with 'an exciting new voice' (Sarah MacDonald). Current highlights include conducting principals of the London Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra in contemporary music projects, and a debut disc of my compositions for choir(s) and keyboard(s) featuring The Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge to be released in 2017 by Regent Records.Twitter @markgothammusic

Grok

Composing Bach chorales using deep learning

Can musical creativity, something believed to be deeply human, be codified into an algorithm? While most music theorists are hesitant to claim a "correct" algorithm for composing music like Bach, recent advances in machine learning and computational musicology may help us reach an answer. In this talk, we describe BachBot: an artificial intelligence which uses deep learning and long short term memory (LSTM) to compose music in the style of Bach. Powered by Microsoft Azure, we train BachBot on all known Bach chorale harmonisations and carry out the largest musical Turing test to date. Our results show that the average listener can distinguish BachBot from real Bach only 5% better than random guessing, suggesting that algorithmic composition of Bach chorales is more closed (as a result of BachBot) than open a problem. 

Service Fabric

David McKerral

David McKerral

CTO evestor

Dave is CTO of evestor, a fintech startup from Wilmslow. He led the ground up build of the platform which provides evestor's personal financial management and upcoming regulated financial advice tools. With experience across various industries within the tech sector he aims to help bring financial services up to date.Twitter @davemckerral

Grok

Service Fabric in real life

Service Fabric in real life evestor set out with a goal to efficiently use technology to be able to deliver affordable financial advice and tools to everyone, removing the barriers that exist to traditional financial advice. Service Fabric seemed like it provided the ideal platform to solve our problems, this talk will address the ways we've been able utilise service fabric.

Azure

Hybrid Cloud

Datacenter

Paul Appleby

Paul Appleby

Microsoft

A 20 year veteran of Microsoft, Paul Appleby is a Senior Program Manager in the Customer Architecture and Technologies (CAT) team within the Enterprise Cloud Group (ECG) focusing on Azure Stack. Paul works with early adopter customers to ensure the engineering teams get the feedback they need to build a product that will meet todays business challenges. Before moving to an engineering role he was the technical lead at the UK Microsoft Technology Centre.

Hybrid Cloud

Azure Stack - Azure in your Datacenter

Azure Stack is Azure in your datacentre. This session will provide you with an overview of everything you need to know about Azure Stack, from the value proposition to the business model, and to the technical capabilities. The session will include a review of the latest announcements and roadmap for Azure Stack.

Azure

Aidan Finn

Aidan Finn

MicroWarehouse Ltd

Aidan Finn, Cloud & Datacenter Management MVP, works as the Technical Sales Lead at MicroWarehouse Ltd. in Dublin, Ireland, a Microsoft CSP reseller. There he works with Microsoft partners in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and has spent most of the last 3 years evangelising about and teaching Microsoft Azure infrastructure and hybrid solutions. He has a background of working with Windows Server, Hyper-V, and systems management tools. Aidan runs his own blog at http://www.aidanfinn.com and is the contribution editor on Microsoft Virtualisation for the Petri IT Knowledgebase, and has written several books on Microsoft infrastructure solutions over the years.Twitter @joe_elway

Hybrid Cloud

When Disaster Strikes

What do you do when a disaster hits your site? Maybe it's a flood, a fire, or maybe someone deleted the wrong LUN! Most organisations either have untrustworthy DR solutions  or they cannot afford one. Microsoft Azure offers an affordable solution that is heavily tested, is affordable, and supports Hyper-V, vSphere, and physical servers. Attend this session to learn more about what Azure Site Recovery can do for you, and how you can design a DR solution that can easily orchestrate a pre-tested failover on that day you hope will never happen, and make you look like a hero.

Azure

Windows

Rik Hepworth

Rik Hepworth

MVP, IT Director, Black Marble

Rik is a Microsoft MVP for Azure and IT Director at Black Marble, a Gold partner in the north of England. His role includes delivering robust IT solutions to both his own organisation and its customers, which can take in a broad spectrum of technologies. An enthusiastic technology evangelist, Rik is a regular presenter at events around Europe. This will be his third Future Decoded and he's looking forward to it.Twitter @rikhepworth

Hybrid Cloud

Operations Management Suite - Getting insight from the cloud

Operations Management Suite is a powerful tool for monitoring your systems - be they on-premises or in the cloud, Windows or Linux. Rik will talk about what the service offers, why you should use and how to get started.

IoT

Data

Andrew Fryer

Andrew Fryer

Microsoft

Andrew has been working in Business Intelligence and analytics for over twenty years. Most of this has been on the Microsoft platform especially the SQL Server ecosystem. However for the last couple of years his focus has been big data and analytics on the Azure platform, including Machine Learning, and the various tools for managing and analysing big data. He regularly present to community groups on the latest Microsoft cognitive technologies. He also hosts TechDays Online which regularly gets over ten thousand viewers watching the live streamTwitter @deepfat

IOT/Data

Data Science fact & fiction

Data Science is the hot topic in IT - everyone wants to be one to meet the huge demand for skills in this area.  We can't make you data scientists in an hour but we plan on giving you the resources you need to get started.  If we define Data Science, it would be the business of gaining insights from data from Microsoft's Cortana Intelligence Suite (CIS) as a platform to facilitate that process. Our plan is to ensure you understand how you can use CIS to do your data science based on a synthesis of how Microsoft uses these tools internally, and industry best practice. We'll describe that process from planning to consumption and contrast this with the techniques we have traditionally used in areas like Business Intelligence. Once we understand the process we can then review each part of CIS through demos and map them to this process.

IoT

Hybrid Cloud

Jen Stirrup

Jen Stirrup

Data Relish Ltd

Jen is the principal Data Whisperer at Data Relish Ltd. Jen is a data strategist and technologist, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), a technical community advocate, internationally renowned speaker and blogger, as well as published author of analytics and visualisation books.Twitter @jenstirrup

Stuart MacLennan

Stuart MacLellan

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

Stuart is the Head of IT Operations at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. A Digital Leader delivering IT transformation, Digital Strategy, Technology Platforms, and Operational effective IT Services through the delivery of excellent customer experience.Twitter @stu01322

IOT/Data

NHS Case Study: Implementing Hybrid Architectures at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

Join us in this technical session to learn from the team who architected, designed, and delivered the hybrid Azure cloud and SQL Server solution for NHS South London and Maudsley Trust. Learn about the technical constraints and challenges and how they overcame those challenges, particularly through a healthcare lens of highly-sensitive patient privacy issues in a world of data. You will also learn about the technical benefits that were gleaned from this hybrid implementation. In order to bring the achievements to life, you will see real-life insights into healthcare in a Power BI demo, in use by hospital team members.

Azure

Stephen Porter

Stephen Porter

UK&I business Development Cloud Partners, Microsoft

Stephen has been involved in virtualisation from the early days with VMware and Microsoft he now brings this experience to Cloud discussions. He has worked at vendors such as EMC, Unisys, Microsoft and now Trend Micro to explore the variety of delivery platforms for applications available for the modern enterprise. The journey to the cloud for traditional applications and revolutionary deployment of cloud applications pose a varied number of security and audit challenges for partners and cloud providers. Stephen has worked with solution architects and business leaders to help address and overcome some of the challenges associated with delivering a flexible platform for business applications. Working at Trend Micro he is responsible for Alliances and cloud partners, across the broad spectrum of types of partner from consulting to large SI organisations to deliver new and innovative applications.Twitter @trendmicrouk

ISV

Unlocking Azure for a highly regulated world

"Security can unlock Mainstream Azure Deployment - Early Cloud investigations focus on the deployment approach, experience and application. However, once successful, mainstream majority deployment requires the business to address the Industry compliance or regulatory requirements that have evolved over the years. Failure to address can block cloud deployment or create significant delays. The cloud offers a different more dynamic IT platform, but traditional security on premise is more difficult to implement and with a heightened security requirement new methods of security also need to be addressed. Traditional on premise security is network focused and has a variety of tools deployed which creates complexity and integration headaches, resulting in a fairly static deployment which lacks the ability to react to dynamic utilisation of cloud assets. Security deployment must now address new challenges, with advanced tools as hacker techniques have evolved, signatures must be augmented with heuristics and machine learning to address modern threats and protect the application. Management and operation must directly integrate into the platform to offer the dynamic scaling and on demand requirements of bursting or just in time delivery, enabling a new approach to patching and deployment. Finally the big requirement introduced by cloud is the Audit and reporting requirements demanded by the compliance or regulatory organisations, offering insight into the real time state, and historical perspective of the security posture associated with each application or server. The session will explore requirements and customer experiences with guidance on a new approach to security delivery, which addresses the emerging requirements for cloud but enables a consistent approach across physical, virtual and cloud.

Azure

Carl Holt

Carl Holt

EMEA Pre Sales Manager, Kemp Technologies

EMEA Pre Sales Manager, with over a decade of experience in the ADC & Security market. Carl has worked on KEMP deployments with customers like the BBC and G4S.Twitter @kemptech

ISV

Full Cloud Migration and Active / Active Hybrid Cloud

68% of enterprises run less than 1/5 of their applications in the cloud. Using a culmination of tools, professional services and third party load balancers, KEMP can facilitate a migration service to move away from legacy products. This allows for the support for hybrid cloud solutions where application delivery is necessary to provide high availability, disaster recovery and migration from on prem to hybrid and cloud models for almost any application.

Azure

Gemma Allen

Gemma Allen

Cloud Security Solution Architect, Barracuda Networks

As a Cloud Security Solution Architect Gemma Allen has specialised in the cloud solutions provided by Barracuda networks and has spent much of the last few years working extensively with Microsoft Azure. In her current position Gemma provides pre-sales advise to Barracuda customers as well as working with development and product management to improve the products and solutions. Prior to joining Barracuda Gemma was a senior engineer supporting e-commerce systems within Azure and has a broad experience of different enterprise architecturesTwitter @barracudaemea

ISV

Addressing cloud application security through Development, QA & Production

In this session we will demonstrate the ways to secure your HTTP/HTTPS endpoints with the Barracuda Web Application Firewall in Azure, before going to customise the security of the sites to ensure you are protected against the OWASP top 10 and other common attacks a cloud application may be exposed too. We will discuss ways to utilise the WAF within your development cycle.

Windows

.NET

Apps

Michael Stonis

Michael Stonis

Eight-Bot

Michael is a partner at Eight-Bot, a software consultancy in Chicago, where he focuses on mobile and integration solutions for enterprises using .Net. He loves mobile technology and how it has opened up our world in new and interesting ways that seemed like an impossibility just a few years ago. He is always looking for new challenges and ways to make things better. Outside of work, you will probably find him spending time with his family, brewing beer or playing pinball.Visit websiteTwitter @michaelstonis

Mobile Apps/Xamarin

Why you should be building better Mobile Apps with Reactive Programming

Reactive programming is popping up everywhere lately and big companies like Netflix and GitHub are using it as the cornerstone of their development. Unfortunately, reactive programming can look scary and complex at first glance, but we're here to dispel those myths. In this session, you will find out what is so compelling about reactive programming, break down the fundamentals of reactive programming for .NET, and look at how we can use it in our apps.

Windows

.NET

Apps

Mike James

Mike James

Xamarin

Before joining Xamarin, Mike worked in the entertainment control industry, developing systems for numerous installations, including the London Eye. His passion for mobile development began when building apps to empower site engineers to control installations' lighting ignited his passion for mobile development. As a Xamarin Developer Evangelist, Mike engages with the Xamarin community throughout Europe, and greatly enjoys any opportunity to meet customers face-to-face, presenting new technologies to help them build their mobile strategy.Visit websiteTwitter @mikecodesdotnet

Mobile Apps/Xamarin

Connected Azure Apps

Creating connected mobile applications often require some form of backend infrastructure. In this session, you'll learn how to reuse your existing .NET skills to build web services into your Xamarin apps, leveraging the power of Azure App Service. Whether you're a new mobile developer or an experienced enterprise team lead, Azure App Service, and Xamarin give you everything you need to build better apps. We'll cover how to get started and deploy your first App Service, look at the .NET client SDK, as well as demonstrate other Azure services such as Azure Search. By the end of the session, you'll have a solid understanding of how you can leverage the power of both Xamarin and Azure to create world class mobile apps.

Windows

.NET

Apps

Frank Krueger

Frank Krueger

Independent mobile developer

Frank is an independent mobile developer living in Seattle, WA. He started work as an embedded systems engineer, moved on to be a web developer, and eventually found happiness as an iOS developer. He has written iCircuit - an interactive electronic circuit simulator that runs on all the great platforms; Calca - the text editor that is also a powerful calculator; and Continuous - a fun and powerful .NET IDE for the iPad. All the while, Frank has enjoyed releasing open source projects and contributing as much as he can to the software development community. His programming interests include computer graphics, simulation, programming languages, and artificial intelligence. When he's not at his computer, you can usually find him hiking around some mountain or sleeping in a tent by a river.Visit websiteTwitter @praeclarum

Mobile Apps/Xamarin

Algorithms for More Intelligent Apps

There is an abundance of algorithms that you can use to add intelligence to your apps, but this abundance comes at a cost - it's hard to keep track of them all! This talk will explore a variety of algorithms and libraries to help you find the ones that can help your app today. I have selected a collection of these that covers a variety of problem domains and that I personally find powerful and intriguing. These algorithms also have been chosen because I think they have the potential to delight our users and increase the usefulness of our apps. For each algorithm, we will examine how it can solve different problems, a little bit on how it works (don't worry, no math degrees required), and where to find libraries that implement it. By the end of this talk you will have been introduced to some great tools that will hopefully inspire you to use them in your own apps.

EMS

Dan Noakes

Dan Noakes

Technology Specialist for Mobility, Microsoft

Daniel is a Mobility, Security and Identity technical specialist at Microsoft working with some of the largest UK enterprise organisations. Through a unique set of on premises, cloud and hybrid Microsoft technologies combined with background working in hosting and cloud services he has been able to work alongside 100's customers to enable secure digital modern workplace transformation.Twitter @dannoakes

Zane Freame

Zane Freame

Technology Specialist for Mobility, Microsoft

Zane Freame is a technical specialist in the Modern Workplace team at Microsoft. He works directly with enterprise organisations in the UK to help them secure their productivity, collaboration and enterprise data as they digitally transform. His primary focus is on Microsoft's identity-driven security solutions that protect organisations and identify breaches before they cause damage - Azure AD Premium, Azure AD Identity Protection, Intune, Azure Rights Management and Advanced Threat Analytics.Twitter @zanefreame

Modern Workplace

Identity driven security and cyber crime protection

We hear about data and identity security breaches almost daily, with well-known organisations appearing in the national media for the wrong reasons. It seems that in today's world you almost have to assume you have been or will be breached. In this session, we will demonstrate how Microsoft Enterprise Mobility and Security solutions can help you protect your organisation against these threats by securing your user identities, devices, apps and data. Finally, we will explore our three steps to identity-drive security (1) Safeguard your resources at the front door: Calculate risk severity for every user and sign-in attempt, so risk-based conditional access rules can be applied to protect against suspicious logins. (2) Protect your data against users mistakes: Gain deeper visibility into user, device, and data activity on-premises and in the cloud to create more effective, granular-level policies. Classify and label files at creation, track their usage, and change permissions when necessary. (3) Detect attacks before they cause damage: Identify attackers in your organisation using innovative behavioural analytics and anomaly detection technologies - all driven by vast amounts of Microsoft threat intelligence and security research data.

Office365

Angela Bos

Angela Bos

Technology Specialist for Communications, Microsoft

Angela Bos is a technical specialist at Microsoft. She helps Public Sector customers in the UK reduce communications costs and deliver better citizen services through the use of Microsoft's collaborative technology. Her experience in communications extends over 15 years, having worked for major technology vendors including Microsoft, Polycom, Cisco, Avaya and Nortel in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia.

Jo Warden

Jo Warden

Technology Specialist for Communications, Microsoft

Jo joined Microsoft back in 2008 as a Communications Premier Field Engineer, then moved onto Microsoft Consulting Services as a Senior Communications consultant achieving the Microsoft Certified Masters in Lync. Now a Technology Specialist for Communications, Jo supports manufacturing, utilities and services customers.

Graham Hosking

Graham Hosking

Technology Specialist for Communications, Microsoft

I've always been drawn to wanting to help people and spent several years serving in local councils, charities and social enterprises. Technology has always interested and influenced me to show how people can use it in cool and exciting ways - I love it! My passion is Skype because I see time and time again on how simple changes in an organisation can have a massive impact, so take some time to say hello and tell me your transformation story.Twitter @graham_hosking

Modern Workplace

Cloud Voice: Reducing the Costs and Complexity of Communications

Are you considering moving your voice to the cloud? By operating your business phone system in Office 365, you eliminate the need for traditional PBX hardware and the associated maintenance costs with the added benefit of your system being always up to date. In this session, we will demonstrate how Skype for Business can help you reduce the complexity and costs of communications through the provision of three key services in Office 365: Cloud PBX, PSTN Conferencing and PSTN Calling.

Office365

Natalie Duncan-Brown

Natalie Duncan-Brown

Solution Specialist for Productivity, Microsoft

Natalie Duncan-Brown is an Office 365 solutions specialist focused on the Legal sector. She has been at Microsoft for 9 years and has moved around the business from her beginnings in the services organisation to an Account Executive role in Healthcare and has spent the last year aligned to the legal and retail industries.

Dan Middleton

Dan Middleton

Solution Specialist for Productivity, Microsoft

Daniel Middleton is a Productivity and Communications Specialist at Microsoft, looking after some of the largest customers in the Manufacturing, Utilities and Services sectors. Dan has a background in enterprise content and collaboration as well as Datacentre infrastructure so is well placed to help customers on their digital and modern workplace transformation. Dan uses the complete Office 365 and Skype for Business platform to help customers realise the cost, agility and security benefits of the Microsoft modern workplace.Twitter @danmiddlet0n

Khaled Yehia

Khaled Yehia

Solution Specialist for Productivity, Microsoft

Khaled has been working at Microsoft for 8 years, with the last six years as a technology specialist for Office 365. He has been in the UK for three years selling Office 365 in the Public Sector, prior to this completed some of the first strategic deals on Microsoft Cloud in Egypt.Twitter @_sherifelmahdi

Helen Sweeney

Helen Sweeney

Solution Specialist for Productivity, Microsoft

Helen Sweeney is an Office 365 Solution Specialist aligned to our Construction and Manufacturing sectors. She has worked at Microsoft for 6 years in various roles, the last four years on Office 365.

Modern Workplace

Reinventing productivity for the modern, mobile workforce

Advances in cloud, mobile and social technologies have forever changed the way we interact in the workplace. Employees today collaborate more than ever before, using new technologies to work in teams, across geographies and in real time. Learn about Microsoft's vision for modern productivity and how Microsoft covers the spectrum of needs to empower a modern, mobile workforce.

System Center

Windows

Datacenter

Gordon McKenna

Gordon McKenna

Inframon

Gordon is a Microsoft Hybrid Cloud and Datacenter MVP, twelve year veteran with an additional 15 years of experience in the systems management space. Gordon is a visionary leader within the industry and is a well known speaker on the System Center and Cloud circuit, with regular sessions at TechEd in the UK and the US as well as MMS, WPC and many other partner, customer and community events.Twitter @gordodamom

Server/System Center

Implementing a Software defined datacenter: Software Defined Storage with Windows Server 2016

This MVP led session will explain and demonstrate two of the new additions to Windows Server 2016 Software Defined Storage.Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica. Storage Spaces Direct delivers the ability to do away with expensive network storage and allows directly attached standard drives to be shared across a number of cluster nodes. This dramatically reduces costs and complexity.Storage replica allows synchronous and asynchronous replication of data in a number of scenarios, from stretch cluster to replicating a disk within the same server. All built in.After completing this session you will have a firm understanding of how to build out key features in Microsoft Windows Server software-defined storage (SDS), and be on the way to realising the vision of having a fully Software Designed Datacenter.

System Center

Azure

Sean Donahue

Sean Donahue

Citrix

Sean has spent the greater part of the past 20 years evangelising and working across Citrix and Microsoft technologies. Sean has worked in Product and Alliance marketing for Citrix, RES Software, Microsoft and Softricity.Twitter @seando40

Server/System Center

Microsoft and Citrix are changing the game to simplify cloud and mobility

We are standing on the edge of history. From game-changing modifications to the Windows 10 licensing model, opening the door for Desktop as a Service for Enterprise Agreements, to the exciting new Azure Remote App alternatives, Citrix is at the epicenter. In this session you will be a part of history as we preview the upcoming XenDesktop for Windows 10 on Azure and XenApp Express service, as well as the current Skype for Business optimization solution only available through Citrix.

System Center

Azure

Martin Coupland

Martin Coupland

Inframon

Martyn is a Senior Cloud Architect at Inframon specialising in Azure and System Center architecture. He works with customers discussing the benefits of moving to Microsoft Azure and the System Center suite. Martyn also works in the DevOps space and works to highly automate business and IT processes using code and PaaS solutions in Azure. Outside of Inframon, Martyn presents at several user groups and community events as well as speaking at other Microsoft events. Martyn also has a programming background in web and client languages such as ASP.NET, PHP and C# among others.Visit websiteTwitter @mrcoups

Server/System Center

ConfigMgr as a service: Deploying and managing ConfigMgr in a cloud first world

This session focused, on deploying Configuration Manager current branch, is a cloud first world focusing on automation and cloud deployment experience. The session includes sharing experiences of deploying Configuration Manager in Microsoft Azure using PowerShell and other automated deployment techniques. I will include some best practices around deploying in the cloud to make sure the environment is supported.

Datacenter

Ed Fretwell

Ed Fretwell

One Social Care Director, Capita

Ed Fretwell is currently Capita's One Social Care Director responsible for all aspects of establishing their new Social Care business. Previously he was Chief Architect for the Capita One suite. He has been working in various development management and architecture roles in cloud, web, and distributed systems for nearly 20 years.Visit website

UK Data Center

Transforming Social Care

Social Care is a highly sensitive domain to be working in. Information security is paramount. However, failure to share data at the right time can also have terrible consequences. Local government customers have historically purchased locally hosted and managed solutions but are increasingly looking to cloud solutions. Technology is moving faster than ever and the future belongs to connected, agile, intelligent systems. All of these factors mean our project has had to work through some really challenging issues. Azure's capabilities and the UK DC preview have been key to our ability to overcome them. Share in our project context, aims, these challenges, and how we overcame them with the help of Azure. Focus will be more on the business change and compliance side but will cover architecture and technology choices.

Datacenter

Robert Hogg

Robert Hogg

MD & Founder, Black Marble

Robert is founder and Managing Director of award-winning software company, Black Marble, that specialises in high end development utilising the Microsoft stack, from cloud to mobile, web to intelligence, DevOps to rescue. Robert is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and he has been recognised for his community contributions by being awarded Microsoft MVP for the past 10 years, and more recently Microsoft Regional Director.Visit website

UK Data Center

Transforming Policing

Robert Hogg will be talking about how tuServ delivered on the promise of digital transformation and mobilisation within police forces. In order to facilitate change it was essential to use commodity hardware and commodity cloud services, and using .net and the UWP was key to enabling the rapid delivery of a reliable and secure mobile application. Designed from the outset to be cloud ready, this approach meant Black Marble was able to take greater advantage of new technological advances in areas such as machine learning, then deliver to new devices such as the innovative Surface Hub and HoloLens. Throughout the journey, being able to take advantage of a cloud platform that is not just flexible, powerful & reliable but also trusted and accredited was crucial. In this session, Robert will talk about how tuServ has already enabled change for the better in the forces using it, their vision for the future, and how Microsoft is an enabler for that vision.

Datacenter

Dr Michael Brooks

Dr Michael Brooks

PatientSource

Dr Mike Brooks is a practising Emergency Medicine (A&E) doctor in the NHS, experienced software developer, and Medical Technology entrepreneur. He is a rare breed of clinician: a doctor who can code. He feels equally at home in the A&E Resus Room as he does in front of an IDE or server command line shell. He can take a front-line patient need and work it through into a software solution.Visit website

Dr Philip Ashworth

Dr Philip Ashworth

PatientSource

Dr Phil Ashworth's background is in the med-tech sector and understands the rigorous requirements of the healthcare world. With year's of experience sitting right on interface between healthcare and technology, Phil carries with him a wealth of knowledge in what is required to make technologies succeed in the challenging world of healthcare.Visit website

UK Data Center

Transforming Patient Care

PatientSource is a clinician-designed tablet-ready, cloud-based Electronic Patient Record system for hospitals. PatientSource ensures that patients never again have to experience a clinic appointment where the doctor doesn't have their notes to hand, never suffer from a medication prescription error, and never come to harm from lost test results. PatientSource ensures doctors and nurses have quick, bedside access to all the information and charts they need in a format that looks familiar to them. We will talk about how Microsoft's Azure platform is empowering healthcare technologies to deliver the benefits needed right to the frontline of the NHS in a cost effective way. Expanding on this we will cover our case study at James Paget University Hospitals' Ambulatory care unit and touch on how we plan to build on this by integrating Office 365, Skype for business and Cortana Analytics to create a truly collaborative and powerful working environment for healthcare professionals.

Datacenter

Mat Clothier

Mat Clothier

CTO & Co-Founder, Cloudhouse

Mat Clothier, CTO and Co-Founder of Cloudhouse started his first business at university, providing CIO services to SMEs. He has since founded multiple organisations focusing on provisioning enterprise IT solutions. Mat is an expert in enterprise IT technology, virtualization and distributed management of applications, and devotes his time to developing solutions that simplify user access to modern enterprise IT applications.

UK Data Center

Transforming Your Legacy

Desperate to embrace the latest technologies like Azure, or Windows 10, or new devices like the Surface? Urgently need to undergo digital transformation? Are stuck because existing applications are preventing you from doing? In this session, Mat Clothier of Cloudhouse discusses why you'll never be able to adopt Azure or Windows 10 if you leave it to your current apps or app suppliers. Clothier will offer a better solution - one that levels the playing field so you can move to Azure or Windows 10 without any restrictions. Don't let your apps hold you back from your digital transformation aspirations.

Datacenter

Allan Mitchell

Allan Mitchell

CIO, Elastabytes

Allan Mitchell is the CIO of Elastabytes, a Microsoft Gold Partner. Allan is also a Microsoft Most Valuable professional (Data Platform). Allan manages a team of Azure engineers responsible for helping customers move their workloads to the Azure cloud. His team also manages those customers in Azure offering dedicated 24*7*365 monitoring and support.Visit website

UK Data Center

Transforming Hosting for Healthcare

Whenever we take a customer to the Azure cloud we tell them about "doing cloud properly". This to us means using platform services. Our healthcare customer, one of the very first in the UK Data Centres, has really embraced these services and is getting the benefits of scaling, cost as well as reduced management requirement. By far the biggest service they use in Azure is Azure SQL Database. Our customer is now able to provision databases, run their workloads, collate the results and tear down the database instances meaning they truly only pay for what they use. This process before the Azure cloud would have required the co-operation of many teams and cost centres. Now it is all available to the project team instantly. Come find out how you can also take advantage of Azure for your own workloads.

UWP

Apps

Mike Taulty

Mike Taulty

Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

Mike Taulty works in the Developer Group at Microsoft in the UK where he has spent the past decade helping developers understand and get the best from the Microsoft platform. Prior to this, Mike spent 3 years with Microsoft Consulting Services as a consultant on developer technologies. Before joining Microsoft, Mike spent the previous decade working as a software developer for a number of enterprises, consultancies and software vendors working with a variety of operating system, client, communication and server technologies. Mike holds a BSc Hons (1st Class) in Computer Science from the University of Leeds.Visit websiteTwitter @mtaulty

Andy Wigley

Andy Wigley

Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

Andy Wigley works as a Senior Developer Evangelist for Microsoft Corp, working to explain the wonders of Windows 10 and the UWP to the developer community. He joined Microsoft in 2012, and before that was a prominent member of the mobile app developers' community and was proud to be awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years. ndy is well-known for the popular Windows and Windows Phone JumpStart videos which are available on http://channel9.msdn.com, including the most recent series, The Developer's Guide to Windows 10. He has written a number of books for developers published by Microsoft Press and is a regular speaker at major conferences.Visit websiteTwitter @andy_wigley

UWP

The Anniversary update for UWP Developers: Part 1 Desktop, Devices, Store

Windows Anniversary Update brings the Windows Store to more developers, apps and devices than ever before and we'll explore those new opportunities in this session.   We'll talk about the Desktop App Converter which enables you to package a traditional desktop application and deploy it through the Windows Store for the first time. We'll dig in and explain what this means for desktop app developers and how you can complement your desktop app with UWP functionality.   In the year since Windows 10 first released, the class of devices that are available has grown to include IoT devices, Xbox one, Surface Hub and HoloLens. We'll look at how the Universal app platform and tooling lets us target this broad set of devices.   We'll also look at what's new for developers in the Anniversary Edition in terms of capabilities that you can take advantage of in the Store.

UWP

Apps

Mike Taulty

Mike Taulty

Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

Mike Taulty works in the Developer Group at Microsoft in the UK where he has spent the past decade helping developers understand and get the best from the Microsoft platform. Prior to this, Mike spent 3 years with Microsoft Consulting Services as a consultant on developer technologies. Before joining Microsoft, Mike spent the previous decade working as a software developer for a number of enterprises, consultancies and software vendors working with a variety of operating system, client, communication and server technologies. Mike holds a BSc Hons (1st Class) in Computer Science from the University of Leeds.Visit websiteTwitter @mtaulty

Andy Wigley

Andy Wigley

Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

Andy Wigley works as a Senior Developer Evangelist for Microsoft Corp, working to explain the wonders of Windows 10 and the UWP to the developer community. He joined Microsoft in 2012, and before that was a prominent member of the mobile app developers' community and was proud to be awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years. ndy is well-known for the popular Windows and Windows Phone JumpStart videos which are available on http://channel9.msdn.com, including the most recent series, The Developer's Guide to Windows 10. He has written a number of books for developers published by Microsoft Press and is a regular speaker at major conferences.Visit websiteTwitter @andy_wigley

UWP

The Anniversary update for UWP Developers: Part 2 Inking, Composition, XAML

In this session we'll take a tour around three of the big new UI areas that are enhanced in the Anniversary Update.  We'll dig into the changes that have come in to the inking platform looking at how inking becomes more capable and accessible to every developer.   We'll also take a look at the enhancements that the Visual Layer brings to your app development with support for effects, animations, lighting and input making it possible to build Windows UI with more polish than ever before.  Lastly, we'll dig in to some of the other areas that are new OR enhanced within the XAML and UI stack that you should have an awareness of. We'll cover some of what's changed in Visual Studio tooling and also in areas like data-binding and control templates.

UWP

Apps

Mike Taulty

Mike Taulty

Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

Mike Taulty works in the Developer Group at Microsoft in the UK where he has spent the past decade helping developers understand and get the best from the Microsoft platform. Prior to this, Mike spent 3 years with Microsoft Consulting Services as a consultant on developer technologies. Before joining Microsoft, Mike spent the previous decade working as a software developer for a number of enterprises, consultancies and software vendors working with a variety of operating system, client, communication and server technologies. Mike holds a BSc Hons (1st Class) in Computer Science from the University of Leeds.Visit websiteTwitter @mtaulty

Andy Wigley

Andy Wigley

Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

Andy Wigley works as a Senior Developer Evangelist for Microsoft Corp, working to explain the wonders of Windows 10 and the UWP to the developer community. He joined Microsoft in 2012, and before that was a prominent member of the mobile app developers' community and was proud to be awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years. ndy is well-known for the popular Windows and Windows Phone JumpStart videos which are available on http://channel9.msdn.com, including the most recent series, The Developer's Guide to Windows 10. He has written a number of books for developers published by Microsoft Press and is a regular speaker at major conferences.Visit websiteTwitter @andy_wigley

UWP

The Anniversary update for UWP Developers: Part 3 Lifecycle, Extensions, Identity

In this session we'll look into the new capabilities in the app lifecycle that make it easier to write applications that run when the user needs them whether that be foreground or background. We'll dig in to how applications can begin to extend themselves by offering the ability to host extensions or plug-ins and take a look at one of the key uses of this capability in the Edge browser, looking at how you can perform similar work in your own application. Lastly, we'll take a look at another area that comes to Microsoft Edge - the ability to make use of Windows Hello to perform biometric identification in a web context, explaining what Hello is, how it works and how you'd use it from both the point of view of an app and on the web.

Web

Chris Heilmann

Chris Heilmann

Microsoft

Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first web site from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international web sites. He then spent a few years in Yahoo building products and explaining and training people including Yahoo Answers, Search, Local and Maps. He then worked at Mozilla moving HTML5 support forward and advocating Firefox OS as an open alternative to closed mobile systems. Chris wrote two and contributed to eight books on web development and wrote many articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashing Magazine, Yahoo, Mozilla, ScriptJunkie and many more. He also wrote the Developer Evangelism Handbook in use in many companies to coach evangelists. He is currently working with the Microsoft Edge team as a Program Manager for Developer Outreach.Twitter @codepo8

Web

Machine Learning on the web - moving from Terminator to Star Trek

A lot of what we see on the web right now has been created by machines and algorithms. This can be creepy, and it can also be intimidating. It is up to us developers to help debunk myths and fears about our robot overlords and show how openly available data and systems are used to make the web more accessible and easier to understand. Learn how artificial intelligence makes our photos better, helps us translate information and get to find people in photos.

ASP.NET

Martin Beeby

Martin Beeby

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Martin Beeby works for Microsoft where he talks to developers about HTML5, Windows 10 and the web. Martin has been developing since he was 16 and over the past 17 years has worked on projects with many Major brands . Martin has written articles for, and been featured in, .NET Magazine, ZDNet, the Microsoft Developer Network, Ubelly.com and Windows Magazine.Twitter @thebeebs

Web

An extreme close up of ASP.NET Core

In this fast-paced session, Martin will teach you everything you need to know about the latest version of ASP.NET Core. Expect code, battle stories and detailed explanation of how ASP.NET works and how to use it in real applications.

ASP.NET

Steve Sanderson

Steve Sanderson

Microsoft

Steve is working as a developer for Microsoft in the team that brings you the ASP.NET technology stack, IIS, and other web things. Previously he developed .NET software as a contractor/consultant for clients in Bristol and beyond, plus wrote some books for Apress, such as Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework. From time to time, he speaks at user groups and conferences, and recently has been running a bunch of training courses on topics such as C#, SQL Server, and of course ASP.NET MVC.Twitter @stevesanderson

Web

ASP.NET Core for Angular 2, React, and Knockout developers

What's it going to take to convince you to build your next single-page app (SPA) on ASP.NET Core instead of Node.js? Our goal is to make ASP.NET Core the most productive, most flexible, and best performing cross-platform server-side web technology for hosting modern Angular / React / Knockout / etc apps. In this talk, 'll demonstrate how you can: Seamlessly integrate your server-side code with your client-side code. Code faster: Have your development-time server automatically rebuild TypeScript/LESS/etc in realtime as you edit code, and use Hot Module Replacement (HMR) to sync those updates into your pages instantly without reloading or losing state. Boost performance and SEO: Enable server-side prerendering of your Angular2/React components, and optimise the delivery of JavaScript/CSS to the browser. Use advanced client-side debugging features thanks to tie-ins with Redux and Webpack. Use features from any NPM package (Node.js's package repository) on the server at runtime in your ASP.NET Core application.

#FutureDecoded 2016 Day 1 highlights

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I just watched German be translated in real time into English, French, Chinese and Klingon #FutureDecoded
@katiecollins

Visitors
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Microsoft seems to be captioning #futuredecoded in real time -- a further sign of its commitment to accessibility that it outlined last week
@katiecollins

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Super excited to see inside this Rolls Royce engine using a #HoloLens at #FutureDecoded ! @msdevUK @FutureDecoded
@lafussell

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We want to turn disruption into opportunity – Microsoft UK CEO Cindy Rose #FutureDecoded
@laurajbouchard

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#FutureEngineer #WomeninEngineering at #FutureDecoded firing @BLOODHOUND_SSC rocket cars in the centre of London
@natashaallden

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Cyber Phil speaking the language of #FutureDecoded - unicorns, virtual reality, wearable tech
@jessicaelgot

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Fascinating talk from @TheRAC_UK on #cloud transforming customer experience #FutureDecoded
@donnamcgrory

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Great skype translator demo at #FutureDecoded , translating into 4 languages through smart phones, amazing!
@GlennWoolaghan

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@msdevUK We are beyond giddy about #HoloLens at #FutureDecoded, it's Disneyland for devs and this is Space Mountain!!!
@RebeccaStockda3

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Great day at @Microsoft's #FutureDecoded with @tech_record Thanks to @GCI_Com, I *finally* got the chance to try out the @HoloLens! Amazing!
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