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posted on: April 7, 2017

May meetup: Faster than Lighting

Join us on Thursday 11th May for next ‘Faster than Lightning’ session - our informal meetup where developers present and share small snippets of code or workflow tips for discussion.

Date: Thursday 11th May 2017
Time: 19:00 - 20:00 (beer, pizza and chat from 18:30)
Location: Unboxed HQ, 17 Blossom Street, London, E1 6PL

Eventbrite - May Meetup: ‘Faster than Lightning’ code talks


What is ‘Faster than Lightning’?

Faster than Lightning is a series of very short and informal talks (approximately three minutes each), based around a snippet of code that you find interesting and/or conversation-worthy. Each talk is then followed by a casual group discussion.

The idea is about getting to know what other developers have been thinking about and doing, with code sharing as a talking point.

Here is Faster than Lightning in action:

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Here’s a bit more about submissions:

  • Code snippets can be your code or someone else’s, in any programming language, and can be anonymised
  • A workflow tip may take the form of a UI screenshot or terminal command of an app or tool that you use - it may even be something that irritates you and you’d like to hear about how other developers approach it
  • There is no such thing as a snippet or tip that is too simple or too basic - you’ll be among a friendly bunch of developers of all different experience levels and specialisms
  • Your snippet can be something that you thought was good or something that you think could be improved (or something you’re having trouble with and you would like help with)
  • The order of submissions is random and we will keep having presenters until we run out or 8pm approaches - whichever is sooner


Previous snippets include:

  • A Rails view partial
  • An RSpec file
  • C code with function pointers
  • A puppet server configuration file
  • A single line of Ruby code in IRB


… and many more. See some examples in blog posts of past events:


How do I take part?

Taking part is simple:

  • Register for your place
  • Submit your code snippet before the meetup to neil.van.beinum@unboxed.co
  • Chat about your slide to the room for around 3+ minutes on the big screen
  • Open this up to group discussion
  • Sit back, drink beer, eat pizza and enjoy the other submissions and chats

(Please note: we will do our very, very best to allow everyone who submitted a snippet to present, but in order to keep the session within the allocated time, an 8pm finish, some attendees may have to leave if we carry over this time).


Get your place


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