Digital Arts & Creative Technology

Nantwich Tech Meet-Up: Building a Serverless Data Pipeline and Smarter Cities, Wicked Problems

Hosted by Nantwich Tech Meet-Up

A New Year and we’ve got another great meetup lined up for you.

This month we’re very lucky to be joined by Lorna Mitchell who’s going to talk to us about the hot topic that is Serverless! Lorna is based in Yorkshire, UK; she is a Developer Advocate with IBM Watson Data Platform, a published author and experienced conference speaker. She brings her technical expertise on a range of topics to audiences all over the world with her writing and speaking engagements, always delivered with a very practical slant. In her spare time, Lorna blogs at Also speaking is Thomas Glover who some of you will recognise as a Nantwich Tech regular. Tom holds the position of Head of Things for ThoughtWorks in the UK. He possesses over 20 years IT experience, 10 years of which have been spent in the Internet of Things space. Previously working for IBM, he has extensive experience in the sales, design and more importantly, delivery of global scale complex IoT platforms and solutions for major brands. As a ThoughtWorker, he is actively involved in the evangelism of IoT from a business perspective and the value it can provide in areas such as Smarter Cities, Healthcare and Retail.


Talk 1: Building a Serverless Data Pipeline
Lorna Mitchell – Developer Advocate, IBM

Bringing data in from external sources, handling updates to databases and notifications to external systems: this talk is a case study of building a simple stackoverflow dashboard application in a fun and practical way.

Come to this session for an overview of how we built a serverless pipeline to pull in data and serve as the backend behind the stackoverflow dashboard I built for my team of Developer Evangelists. With data coming in from an external API plus updates to the data after it has arrived, there were some design decisions to make. I’ll share those decisions and talk about the ones we’ve iterated on and might alter in the future. This talk is suitable for developers of all technical stacks.

Talk 2: Smarter Cities, Wicked Problems
Thomas Glover – Head of Things, Thoughtworks

There appears to be a culmination of excitement and activity in the Internet of Things and Smarter Cities space right now. The Smarter City powered by IoT technologies in will enable real opportunities to provide valuable lifestyle improvements to the Smart Citizen of the future.

While there may be a plethora of available IoT technologies and platforms to enable the Smarter City, they focus predominantly on the “device” and not the “thing”. For Smart Cities to become a reality we need to provide abstraction to allow the wider developer ecosystem to concentrate on the physical aspects of the city as opposed to just the devices.

By introducing graph data structures and graph databases we can provide the missing “glue” to provide semantic context to the problem. This will considerably simplify the development of innovations solutions to the emerging smart citizens of the future.

Outline Schedule

6:30pm – 7:00pm
Arrive and Networking

7:00pm – 7:05pm

7:05pm – 7:45pm
Talk – Lorna Mitchell

7:45pm – 8:30pm
Break / Food / Drink

8:30pm – 9:00pm
Talk – Tom Glover