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News on the Second London Looker Developer Meetup, 10th July 2019 at GoCardless, London

The second London Looker Developer Meetup is less than two weeks away now, running from 6pm - 9pm on Wednesday July 10th 2019 at the GoCardless offices in Goswell Road, London. Co-hosted by Mark Rittman and Jon Palmer from GoCardless, join us for an evening of chat, networking, presentations and Q&As around the Looker platform and the following agenda:

  • 6:00 - 6:30pm: Registration, Food & Networking

  • 6:30 - 6:40pm: Welcome and Introduction - Jon Palmer, Head of BI at GoCardless and Mark Rittman, CEO of Rittman Analytics

  • 6:40 - 7:00pm: “Getting Started with Looker” - Baha Sahin, Onfido

  • 7:00 - 7:20pm: “Balancing Liquidity in an On-Demand Staffing Marketplace” - Charles Armitage, Florence

  • 7:20 - 7:35pm: Update from Looker - Dave Hughes and Zara Wells, Customer Success at Looker

  • 7:35 - 8:00pm: Data Analytics Panel

  • 8:00 - 9:00pm: Networking and close

We’re particularly looking-forward to Charles Armitage’s presentation as Florence were Rittman Analytics’ first ever UK client when we launched the company back last year, and we’ve continued to work with Charles and the team since our original engagement right through to their recent successful Series A funding round.

The First London Looker meetup ended-up oversubscribed so make sure you register now if you’re planning on attending, and I’ll be joined by the Rittman Analytics team on the night if you’d like to chat with one of us about your Looker implementation - drop me an email at if you’d like to schedule a chat in-advance.

Looker London Meetup on Thursday, February 7th 2019 - Registration Now Open!

If you’re in London on Thursday 7th February 2019 and a developer or end-user working with the Looker Data Platform, we’re very pleased to be launching together with Jon Palmer from Go Cardless the first ever Looker London Dev Meetup, sponsored by the good folks at Looker and hosted at Go Cardless’ HQ at 65 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7EN.

The aim is to create a space for showcasing and discussing what data people in London are building in and around the Looker ecosystem, and for this first meetup we have three great customer and partner speakers sharing their insights on Looker development and project implementations:

  • "Scale securely with the Looker API" Dylan Baker, Consultant

  • "Internal and External Multi-tenancy with Looker" - Ian Thompson, King

  • "Increase End-User Engagement with Looker 6 System Activity Model" - Mark Rittman, MJR Analytics

followed by a panel session where the speakers are joined by one of our guests from Looker:

  • “Data Analytics Panel - Hear from Industry experts and Looker users from GoCardless, King, MJR analytics and Looker.”

Registration and attendance is free but spaces are limited, so make sure you register soon if you’d like to come along - the meetup starts at at 5.30pm with drinks, food and introductions from Jon, full agenda is on the meetup page and we’re aiming to wrap-up around 9pm with closing comments from me and a short survey on future meetup content.

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Most readers of this blog I’m guessing will be aware of meetups, self-organizing groups of people who share a common interest in topics such as dinner parties, Haskell programming, business startups and citizen data science projects (to name just four running in Hove, for example, next week). Meetups in my opinion are a great complement to the larger and more formal user groups most people are more familiar with, playing a role similar to tech startups in that they can try out new ideas, experiment with formats and “move fast and break things” while working out how best to get people together and have some fun in the process. I recently spoke at a Big Data meetup in Dublin and before that, a BI meetup organized by my good friend Mogens Norgaard in Copenhagen, and the level of interest, enthusiasm and amount of younger faces I saw in the audience really impressed me.

So … I recently volunteered to take over running the Oracle Big Data 4 the Enterprise Meetup after previous organizer Aiden Irwin (Oracle Corporation) stood down, and this evening emailed the meetup membership to introduce myself and see if there’s interest in a meetup before year-end. When I saw this group was about to lapse I stepped-in because this area is so imporant to me, and it’s so key to every Oracle customer’s BI, analytics, data integration and IT innovation strategy; I’ve written to the members to see if there’s interest and volunteers to get a meetup in-place for November, and also maybe an informal event at the UKOUG Tech + Apps conference in Birmingham first week in December — and of course we’d welcome any new meetup members who want to sign-up (for free) and come along to one of the meets.

The Oracle Big Data 4 the Enterprise meetup homepage has details of the meetup objectives and scope, downloads for past events and more details on what I’m proposing for the event in November and possibly at conference in December if there’s sufficient interest. If you’ve got any ideas or have any questions just add a comment here or drop me a line at, and I may even bring the kettle along to the first meeting as special guest, as long as the celebrity status doesn’t start going to it’s head and giving it ideas about who the talent really is in our partnership.