Room 1 

11:30 - 12:00 


Talk (30 min)

Q&A with Gemma Cameron

Q&A session with Gemma Cameron about the Manchester tech scene. Hosted by Dylan Beattie and Martin Thwaites.


Watch this talk live on YouTube.

Gemma Cameron

Gemma Cameron is Engineering Practice Lead at Co-op, where she is building a diverse team of technology specialists helping Co-op build digital products for their businesses in Food, Funeralcare, Legal Services and more. Frequent speaker at tech events on bringing user stories to life, test driven design, behaviour driven development and network automation. Interested in building communities, testing, conversations, users and domain.

Gemma’s strengths outside of her day to day job as a programmer are around community building. She has organised many tech events over the years. Founding Manchester Girl Geek Dinners, Barcamp Blackpool and HackManchester. Running barcamps and girl geek events in Nottingham, coding dojo’s in Manchester and Preston. In 2015 Gemma became the Queen Bee of the Manchester Tech scene by organising tech events north west; a community of tech event organisers in the North West. Director of HAC100, running coding competitions for youths and adults. Director of Madlab.

Dylan Beattie

Dylan Beattie is an independent consultant who has been building data-driven web applications since the 1990s. He’s managed teams, taught workshops, and worked on everything from tiny standalone websites to complex distributed systems. He’s a Microsoft MVP, and he regularly speaks at conferences and user groups all over the world.

Dylan is the creator of the Rockstar programming language, and is known for his live music shows featuring software-themed parodies of classic rock songs. He’s online at and on Twitter as @dylanbeattie.

Martin Thwaites

Martin is a Developer Advocate at Honeycomb, o11y enthusiast, and a delivery-focused Developer from the UK. With over 20 years experience in development in the .NET ecosystem, he’s worked with many companies on scaling up engineering teams and products. The past few years have been spent working on solving complex problems with some of the UK’s big names, including e-commerce retailers and credit lenders.