16th October 2019
Olympia London

Developers@Think Summit London. Code. Learn. Network.

With the shift to Cloud Native development, skills in microservices are already in major demand. Developers who have experience in technologies such as MicroProfile, Kubernetes and Reactive will be at the top of the pile. Similarly, as Human-Computer interfaces continue to evolve, 'conversational' Chatbots and Voice Assistants are going to be at the forefront for years to come.

We're covering all of these topics and more in our dedicated developer track at Think Summit London 2019.

  • Workshops: Learn about key technologies that can help you do your job better, with our hands-on BYOD workshops.
  • Experience Zone: Interact with our range of tech demos, talk with the developers who created them, and network with other developers.

Skills Matter will be hosting lunch in the Developer workshop room, during which they will be broadcasting some of their most popular SkillsCast. Skills Matters are Europe's largest community of software engineers and practitioners, helping technology teams stay up to date with the latest technologies and ideas by enabling the continuous learning and sharing of skills at 2,000+ events each year —including 15 annual conferences, hundreds of training courses, and daily meetups. skillsmatter.com



Registration Opens

09:30 – 10:15

Welcome and opening Keynote

Chapter2 of the digital reinvention

The Cloud is now about scaling digital and AI everywhere in the business, modernisation and moving mission critical applications to the cloud and responsible stewardship. Join Bill and IBM clients as they explore Chapter 2 of the digital reinvention.


Bill Kelleher

Bill Kelleher

Bill Kelleher is the IBM Chief Executive in the UK and Ireland (UKI). He is responsible for IBM’s operations across the UKI and for leading the transformation to a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company. As one of IBM’s largest international operations, the UKI has significant core capabilities in data and analytics, cloud, mobile, social and security – empowering clients to unlock new insights and usher in a new era of cognitive business. Bill has more than twenty years of global leadership and industry experience having held a number of executive and leadership roles across the United Kingdom, Europe and Globally. He has primarily operated in market facing roles which have previously included strategic client leadership, Vice President - European Communications Sector, Vice President - Small & Medium Business Sector and multiple Vice President and General Manager roles across IBM's Global Services businesses.

Most recently, Bill was IBM's Global Managing Director for the Telecom, Media & Entertainment Industry. Through his position he held end-to-end responsibility for the company’s business and relationships with IBM's telecommunications, media and entertainment clients around the world. In addition to his responsibilities, Bill is a serving member of the IBM Chairman’s global Growth and Transformation Team and Performance Team which is responsible for shaping and developing IBM’s corporate strategy and performance. He additionally served as a foundational member of the IBM Client Experience Team from 2012 through to 2014.

10:15 – 10:45

Guest keynote – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Rose Tinted Spectacles, Trojan Horses and “I’ll be back….”

Drawing on almost 25 years of presenting game-changing television programmes, from River Cottage to War on Plastics, via Fish Fight and Chicken Run, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall talks about instigating behaviour change for a better world. Hugh explains the techniques and tricks of making films that engage and influence business, government and the viewing public, and invites us to ask if technology could be doing more to solve urgent environmental issues.


Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a multi-award-winning writer and broadcaster known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and his concern for the environment. He has earned a huge following through his River Cottage TV series and books, as well as campaigns such as Hugh’s Fish Fight, Hugh’s War on Waste, Britain’s Fat Fight, Saving Africa’s Elephants, and his latest War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita.

Hugh’s early smallholding experiences were shown in the Channel 4 River Cottage series and led to the publication of The River Cottage Cookbook (2001), which won the Glenfiddich Trophy and the André Simon Food Book of the Year award. Thirteen more books have followed, including the acclaimed River Cottage Meat Book and the immensely popular River Cottage Veg Everyday. Hugh’s latest book is River Cottage Much More Veg.

Hugh established River Cottage HQ in Dorset in 2004, and the operation is now based at Park Farm near Axminster in Devon. An organic smallholding, HQ is also the hub for a broad range of courses and events, and home to the River Cottage Cookery School.

Hugh’s broadcasting has earned him a BAFTA as well as awards from Radio 4, The Observer and the Guild of Food Writers. Besides more than 20 cookery-based series, Hugh’s TV work includes hard-hitting campaigns such as the highly influential Fish Fight, which brought about changes in fisheries law at the European level.

Hugh continues to work as a journalist and wrote a weekly column for The Guardian between 2006 and 2014. He is a vice president of Fauna and Flora International and a patron of Switchback, a charity that helps young offenders find opportunities in the catering industry.

Hugh, his wife Marie and their four children divide their time between East Devon and Bristol.

11:00 – 11:25

Developers rewrite the script of how we do business

IBM is laying the building blocks built on open source innovations that will empower generations of developers for years to come. In this keynote, Mo Haghighi, Head of Developer Advocacy for the UK and Ireland, will facilitate a frank and honest dialogue about what the future holds for software developers everywhere. Mo will welcome special guests including Willie Tejada, IBM's Chief Developer Advocate to share chapter two of open source, cloud native development.


Dr. Mo Haghighi

Dr. Mo Haghighi

Dr. Mo Haghighi is IBM’s head of Developer Ecosystems in Europe, former Research Scientist at INTEL and former Java and Open Source developer at Sun Microsystems. He leads several teams of developer advocates in Benelux, DACH, UKI, France and Israel, as well as overseeing all advocacy operations and DevRel activities across Europe. Mo's expertise primarily lies in the areas of distributed computing, blockchain, embedded systems and AI, with several publications and patents in those areas. He has been involved in various projects involving the UK government, European commission and large technology corporations around IoT, AI and network security. Mo has been a regular speaker at IEEE/ACM conferences, JavaOne, Pycon, DevRelCon, CloudConf, The Next Web, Open Data Science Conference and O’Reilly.

Hands-on workshops

Join our master inventors and product developers for some quality hands-on time with the latest tech from our UK Lab Campus teams.

11:45 – 13:00

Microservices made easy with MicroProfile and Open Liberty

The cloud is changing the way we create applications, but it does not have to be a difficult change. Utilising MicroProfile can help you create amazing cloud-native microservices that solve some of the big issues with microservices. What do I do when I cannot talk to another microservice? How do I document all my API endpoints? How do I monitor all the communications between my microservices? Are my services even healthy? This is what MicroProfile can solve with very few lines of code, and what you will learn if you come along to this workshop. Combined with Open Liberty and the OpenJ9 JVM, this gives you a fully open source stack to build your microservices on. Open Source for the win! This workshop will go through what MicroProfile can do, and allow you to play with the MicroProfile technologies you are most interested in.


Jamie Coleman

Jamie Coleman
Developer Advocate - WebSphere-Liberty/Open-Liberty/MicroProfile

Jamie is a software developer and Evangelist for WebSphere Application Server and Open Liberty based at IBM’s R&D Laboratory in Hursley, UK.


13:00 – 14:15

Lunch Hosted by Skills Matter

Skills Matter will be hosting lunch in the Developer Cloud and Open Source Workshop room during which they will be broadcasting some of their most popular skills casts. Skills Matter is one of the largest tech communities in the world and offers developers ways to come together to share their passion for technology. https://skillsmatter.com/

14:15 – 15:30

Serverless Voice Assistants

Devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa are gaining huge popularity in the home. Not only do they let you build your own applications on top of them, but they are fantastic use-cases for Serverless computing. Join us for this hands-on workshop and learn how to build skills for home voice assistants.


Ed Shee

Ed Shee
Developer Advocate

Ed is a Developer Advocate for working in the London City Team. He has a focus on cloud native computing and works extensively with Docker, Cloud Foundry and Node.js. Ed plays Lacrosse regularly for one of the top UK teams.


15:30 – 15:45


15:45 – 17:00

Reactive in practice: event-driven systems development in Java

An introduction to designing, developing and deploying reactive systems in Java using a simple Ticket booking system creating using Domain Driven Design. You develop a small reactive system making use of eventual consistency techniques that scales independently of the database being used. Then compare the scalability of this with an equivalent microservice implemented using a stateless application approach that takes a strong consistency approach with its database. At the end of the lab you should have an understanding of the Reactive Systems approach to microservices that bring resiliency, elasticity to achieve responsive applications, as described in the Reactive Manifesto. Bring your own laptop to access our minikube lab environment through a web browser running in the cloud.


Jeremy Hughes

Jeremy Hughes
Software Architect for DevOps at IBM

Jeremy Hughes has spent his career bringing new, and sometimes difficult technologies to market; integrating IBM’s Liberty app server with open source and industry standard DevOps tools such as Chef, Puppet, Maven, Urbancode; integrating Enterprise OSGi technology into WebSphere and along the way jointly founding the Apache Aries project. He founded and led the Europe arm of the Extreme Blue summer intern program for incubating product prototypes and their business cases. More recently he has integrated Jenkins with Kubernetes, Docker, GitHub & Liberty in the CI/CD DevOps pipeline within the Microservice Builder product, and is now technical lead for the Reactive Platform product from IBM. He is an IBM Lab Advocate, helping customers make the most effective use of WebSphere products.


17:00 - 18:00

Closing Presentations