December 2019: The Linuxing Santa arrives, with presents!

We had a marvellous Christmas evening at IBM South Bank after a brief 2019 retrospective by Brian (who insisted on wearing silly Xmas reindeer head dress).


The renowned engineer, IBM CTO and inventor Andy Stanford-Clark explained the last 20 years of the MQTT Protocol and a lot more. He certainly knew his stuff, having co-invented it!

It is fair to say that Andy’s entry on Wikipedia does not do him full justice, MQTT is an international standard!

Slides: MQTT @ 20 with Andy Stanford-Clark.

Background on MQTT here and here.

After many lovely Greggs’ mince pies and a short quiz the IBM Power Systems CTO UK & Ireland, David Spurway  delivered a barnstorming performance.


Slides: Baking with IBM Watson, IBM Power Systems, Node-RED, Python and James Bond? by David Spurway.

Information on Node-RED can be found here. IBM Watson too.

Power Systems details and the IBM POWER9 processor chip.

The final speaker was Emanuil Tolev, he entranced the audience by explaining the intricacies of elastic search, an incredibly popular technology.

Slides: “Now where did I leave my keys?” – improving your engineering life with the Elastic Stack.

On top of the superb talks we had delicious mince pies courtesy of Mr Spurway, and food sponsored by Elastic and the IBM Code London group, and they were much appreciated.

Our raffle was overloaded with lovely prizes, starting with two Amazon Echo Show devices gifted by OccamSec.

Joseph Cooper generously gave us two Echo Dots and said he is interested to hear from technologists in the cyber and Infosec areas. He can be contacted here.

Everyone chipped in for the raffle: Emanuil, Andy and David. Even Brian dug into his pile of lovely devices and dragged out a Nano Pi T4 and two Neo2’s. They are the perfect companions for the Diet Pi, a Debian-based ARM operating system.img_20191218_183018

We must thank Jane Cockayne and Angela Bates for their pre-event organizing and everyone at IBM for their fine hospitality. It was a fantastic evening with over 80 people braving the cold winds and transport problems to attend.

img_20191218_192817David and Marios  quickly developed some code to pick out the winners of the social media prizes, that is dedication!

More photos can be found here.


We would like to thank everyone that attended and enjoyed the evening,and in particular for the continued support of Tuxedo Computers and JetBrains.

[Credit: quality photography from David Smith!]