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.NET Notts
[Online] Shaun Lawrence - Building a mobile game with Xamarin.Forms

Host: .NET Notts

We're delighted to announce that this month's speaker is the Awesome Chris Reddington!

Join us on Monday 25th October from 18:3BST!

Sponsored by PJG Creations Ltd, JetBrains.

The Talk

Building a mobile game with Xamarin.Forms

I would like to take you through how we built a wordsearch game for Android and iOS with Xamarin.Forms. We will explore some of the key elements of the game and how parts of the framework and/or open source community helped us to achieve our goals.

The key elements at present are:
- The use of SkiaSharp and a custom particle effect to achieve a rewarding user experience
- The use of Lottie animations
- Building for speed and accepting that some conventions (MVVM) will ultimately be broken

About Chris

Shaun Lawrence

Shaun is a passionate father, husband, gamer and imposter working in .NET, C#, WPF and Xamarin.

He loves to tinker with things be that software related or better still disconnected from any computer.

He has have recently started a journey in to Open Source nomad-ship in the hope of helping out the very community that has given so much.


About .NET Notts

.NET Notts (dotnetnotts) is a monthly conference held in the beautiful heart of England - Nottingham!

This is a group for anyone interested in Microsoft tech, mobile, web, modern JavaScript etc. All skill levels are welcome. We are starting this group so that we can share and develop our skills. This group is for you if you are interested in: best practices, latest tech and frameworks or just enjoy writing code on the Microsoft stack.

Come and have a pizza and beer with a bunch of passionate developers as well as great speakers and great topics. Sounds great!

Nottingham Programmers Meetup Group
Nottingham Programmers Meetup

Host: Nottingham Programmers Meetup Group

It's been a long time!

We're a social meetup, for anyone interested in coding, web development, startups and tech in general. We welcome everyone, regardless of background, experience or gender.

We'll aim to stay outside for the moment - the Canalhouse has a large outdoor area, some of it covered (though you do have to go inside to get to the bar).

Check for any last-minute changes.

About Nottingham Programmers Meetup Group

A chance to meet programmers from Nottingham and the surrounding areas to socialise and talk about all things techie.

Anyone with an interest in coding is welcome, regardless of experience, background or language preferences.

We're a very informal group, there's no structure or agenda, so please come and say hello!

Follow us on Twitter as @NottProgs (

Notts Techfast
Design for Developers

Host: Notts Techfast

This talk will be online only via Zoom. Anyone who sets themselves to "attending" will get details of how to dial in closer to the time. Any questions please get in touch.

About the Talk

Have you ever found yourself not just having to build the product, but in the absence of an actual designer, you’re the one who ends up having to throw together a design for it too? Want to gain the magic design powers to transform that average screen into a beautiful interface?
People have often told me they’d never be able to design interfaces because it’s too subjective and a completely different mindset to coding. Well I’m here to tell you that UI design isn’t as complex as it looks when you’ve got the right tools to hand – and it really isn't a magical dark art, I promise!

In this talk, I will help you understand some of the main design principles that you can apply across UI design. Such as Typography, Emphasis, Hierarchy, Layout, Spacing, Size, Depth and Colour.

We’ll be discussing these principles and, through visual demonstrations and examples, show how you can implement these principles across typical UI components such as forms, cards, dashboards and other interface elements . There may even be some *live designing* to help demonstrate.

Whether you’re the ‘dev-signer’ or you’re just somebody who would like to learn some fundamental design skills to widen your knowledge – you should then leave feeling well equipped with new design skills to apply day to day!

About the Speaker

Lex Lofthouse is a Senior Designer at Nzime, a digital agency in Nottingham.

She has been working in the design industry for over a decade, where her career took her from the chilly regions of Scotland to the slightly less chilly streets of Nottingham. She specialises in digital design and UX, but also works across branding, print, illustration and animation. She’s even semi-competent at some basic HTML and CSS she’ll have you know!

In her spare time Lex is a massive Pokemon fan, from the TCG to the anime. Plus despite being a professional designer she is also an advocate for Comic Sans, the world’s most misunderstood typeface (come and ask her why).

About Notts Techfast

We're a flock of tech-design-people-centred-coffee loving early birds, who get together once a month to hear a great Nottingham based speaker share their wisdom and chat all things tech over breakfast 🥐🥓🍳☕ <br>

This is a free event for anyone interested in getting up early, regardless of skillset or tech background.



DRINK :// Digital Marketing Meetup
DRINK:// Digital Marketing Meetup

Host: DRINK :// Digital Marketing Meetup

DRINK:// is back. Further details TBC but expect the usual mix of expert talks, cheap snacks and Wayne Barker.

At the Midlands busiest digital marketing meetup you can expect:

:// Great presentations from industry experts
:// Networking
:// Free pizza

This month's speakers:

:// Lauren Ahluwalia, Senior Social Media Consultant at Adtrak
:// Wayne Barker, Director of Online Marketing at Boom Online Marketing
:// Rebekah Dunne, Content Executive at Sweet Digital

Networking will start from 6pm with the talks kicking off at 6.30pm, followed by a Panel Q&A session and food at 8pm.

Thanks to sponsors Sitebulb and Sistrix for making DRINK:// happen.

About DRINK :// Digital Marketing Meetup

DRINK :// is a meetup for the local digital marketing community - SEO, PPC, social, email, CRO, design, development, content, affiliate - whatever your interest, come along and meet other people who do what you do every day. Share your problems, whinge about Google, chat about cake - whatever takes your fancy. We'll have talks from industry experts, a panel Q&A and then it's down to the chatting and free food & drink.

If you're interested in speaking at DRINK :// drop us a line about what you'd like to talk about.

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