Technical whizzes set to share expertise in Sunderland

Crowds at the DDD North conference in 2013.

Crowds at the DDD North conference in 2013.

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Technical whizzes will be getting together in Sunderland this weekend to share their expertise.

The fifth annual Developer Developer Developer North is set to be held at the University of Sunderland tomorrow.

We get people travelling from all over the country and even as far away at the US and Norway to speak and attend the conference and it’s not necessarily for experts, it’s about people sharing what they’ve learned with other people.

Andrew Westgarth, organiser

The conference runs across two buildings at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s and will see students and experts come together to share their knowledge.

The event began in Reading and is now held across the country and the world, as far away as Melbourne, in Australia.

University of Sunderland graduate Andrew Westgarth organised the northern event.

The 35-year-old, from Farringdon, who studied business computing, said: “The event was started by some friends of mine and I set this one up in Sunderland and it’s now the biggest in the country.

“It’s a community-led conference made up of technical speakers. It works by people putting forward ideas of what they’d like to speak about and then the people who are attending vote for which ones they’d like to see on the agenda.

“It’s about sharing skills and learning more and because it’s a Saturday and free, you get people coming along who are really interested in learning, rather than the kind of conferences where people are paid to go for work.”

Andrew, a programme manager for Microsoft, is soon to leave the UK and go to Seattle, in the US, for work.

He added: “We get people travelling from all over the country and even as far away at the US and Norway to speak and attend the conference and it’s not necessarily for experts, it’s about people sharing what they’ve learned with other people.

“We’ve got 450 people registered to attend this weekend and about another 100 people on the waiting list.

“The ticket allocation was gone very quickly when they were first released so people wanting to come along have to be quick.”

To find out more about the conference, go to www.dddnorth.co.uk