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I like hosting meetups (and attending them!), and usually have a side project or two on the go. I really enjoy running workshops and giving talks. Here’s a bit more detail.

Meetups

Me at a Global Accessiblity Awareness Day workshop for CTFEDs

I’m one of the organisers of the Cape Town Front-end developers meetup group. We host monthly events such as talks and workshops. We occasionally tweet about things. We started our regular meetups in March 2013.

With a lot of help from some friends, I started the Cape Town chapter of RailsBridge: an organisation that offers free workshops on Rails, Ruby, and other web technologies for groups of people that are underrepresented in tech. We’ve been running quarterly workshops since July 2013.

Projects

devicelab

I think that a great way to test the robustness and resilience of your site is to play with it on lower-end mobile devices. I joined the Open Device Lab community by starting the Nomad Device Lab in September 2012. It’s a shared pool of internet-connected devices, and is free to use. Every few months someone will contact me through the site and I’ll go and sit with them, usually for a half a day. We test their projects across a range of devices, and discuss ways of improving the front-end performance and user experience. In November 2016, the lab was featured on Smashing Mag: Where Are The World’s Best Open Device Labs?

I’m a big believer in building things that are Future Friendly, so I made a tiny site to join the call to arms. You can read more about the technical details of what that means on my How I Do Things page.

Workshops

I love helping people learn new things, or get better at things they already known. Here are some workshops that I’ve helped design and run.

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Speaking

I like sharing what I learn, so I give talks at local meetups and conferences.

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