November 2018 Meeting

The November 2018 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 12th of November, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (talks start at 6:30pm). The venue, Code Node between Moorgate and Liverpool St. stations, is provided by Skills Matter. Full venue and registration details are given below.


Open Banking - From Scraping to APIs

Toby Pinder:

Banking is changing, and so is the way we interact with financial services. In this talk we’ll be touching on what Open Banking is and why it’s interesting to software developers. Then we'll launch ourselves into some of the APIs from a rubyist perspective and the real world experiences and challenges of working in a complex ecosystem that contains both established banking institutions and fintech startups.

Ruby HomeKit

Karl Entwistle:

A lightning talk about how I implemented the HomeKit Accessory Protocol in Ruby. A set of protocols and libraries to access devices for home automation on iOS.

Most valuable employee traits from a business owner perspective

Piotr Nowak:

What comes to mind when thinking about tech employee position and progression? What are the most valuable traits from the perspective of business itself as well as personal development at the current position as well as for the future ones? This talk will give insight on the business side of the employer-employee relationship.



The nice people at GitHub have sponsored this meeting by buying some pizza for us to eat. It'll be laid out downstairs in the Skills Matter bar area and there will options for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets. It'll be available from about 6 and will last until it's all been eaten. There should be plenty, but turn up early if you want to make sure you get some.

Thanks again to GitHub for supporting us!


We aim to finish up the talks by 8pm. This doesn't mean you have to go home though, if you're keen to talk about what you've just heard, or just mingle with your fellow attendees you have a couple of choices:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a bar with a choice of drinks (hard and soft) available. As well as other LRUG members you can network with attendees of the other meetups that Skills Matter are hosing on the same night.
  2. The Singer Tavern. This bar is a short walk north from Code Node (you can find it at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG). This pub has a decent food menu on offer as well as a selection of drinks and other LRUG attendees to help you while the evening away.

Regardless of what you choose to do, please remember that this part of the meeting is still covered by our code of conduct even though it does seem more informal.

Don't worry that you'll miss out on this part if you can't make the talks. Attendance of the talks is far from mandatory to attend the socialising afterwards, so please do come along anyway if you can.

Venue & Registration

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees at the talks and afterwards in the pub.


The address of the venue:

Skills Matter CodeNode
10 South Place

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To secure a place at the meeting you must register with our hosts Skills Matter. It helps to make sure we have the room laid out with enough chairs, and in extreme cases that we get priority on the larger rooms over other groups using the space on the same night. Also, it's good manners, so please do register with Skills Matter.

Posted by Ella Schofield on Oct 24, 2018