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Foursquare Global Hackathon - Cardiff, September 2011

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I'm co-organising the Cardiff Foursquare Hackathon with Chris Gwilliams and Martin Chorley. The Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics is kindly supporting it with facilities and enthusiasm.

It will be held on the 17th and 18th September, in conjunction with the Global Foursquare Hackathon event.

Sign up to the Cardiff event at the meetup.com page. Tweet @4sqHackCardiff. Other information at http://lab.mattjw.net/4sqHackCardiff.

Talk: "A brief journey through Foursquare user check-ins in Cardiff" FTS Apr 2011

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Where: FTS Seminar (PhD Student Seminar Series), Cardiff School of CS&I
When: 6 April 2011

Initial results from an ongoing Foursquare data collection project that Martin Chorley and I are collaborating on. Focuses on initial analyses and visualisations of Foursquare checkins in Cardiff. See below for a rough animation of checkins generated from this data. [Slides on SpeakerDeck]

Talk: "Towards Ambidexterity" – FTS Ignite 2010

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Where: FTS Ignite 2010, Cardiff School of CS&I
When:  1st December 2010

An Ignite talk on a five week experiment to see if I could switch handedness (I'm naturally right-hand dominant). Ignite talks last exactly 5 minutes and consist of 20 slides which auto-advance every 15 seconds. [Slides PDF 21MB]

Talk: "An Introduction to Python... In 30 Minutes" – FTS Jan 2010

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Where: FTS Seminar (PhD Student Seminar Series), Cardiff School of CS&I
When: 27 January 2010

A concise high-level introduction to Python. [Slides PDF 3MB]

Talk: – "How Many Friends is Too Many?" – FTS Feb 2009

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Where: FTS Seminar (PhD Student Seminar Series), Cardiff School of CS&I
When: 4th February 2009

An overview of some research from social networks and anthropology, mostly focusing on Robin Dunbar's work on social relationships. Also discusses research on social relationships in MMORPGs. [Slides PDF 1MB]