Sky Betting & Gaming and Thoughtworks to host first ever Yorkshire geek night

Leeds-based digital betting operator, Sky Betting and Gaming, is partnering with global innovation consultancy, ThoughtWorks, to reaffirm its position as a leader in technology innovation and development in the region, by tonight hosting the first ever Yorkshire Geek Night.

The inaugural event will take place from 6.30pm at Sky Betting and Gaming’s offices at Wellington Place in Leeds. It will provide attendees with a platform for discussion and sharing of ideas around technologies and techniques in the field of software engineering using Microservices.

Sky Betting and Gaming’s involvement in events such as this echoes a political, UK-wide initiative to invest in major northern cities in order to recognise the wealth of skills and technology available in the region.

Yorkshire already has an enviable capability in the digital realm, with Leeds currently the largest digital sector in the UK outside of London. Initiatives such as the Leeds Digital Hub and Tech North are also helping the city to carve out a reputation as a major digital hub.

Speaking at the event will be James Lewis, a principal consultant at ThoughtWorks and member of the Technology Advisory Board. He’s an expert in software development and has built a number of systems using microservices.

Commenting on the event, Andy Burton, chief technology officer at Sky Betting and Gaming, said: “As one of the best and leading digital employers in Yorkshire, we’re really pleased to be collaborating with ThoughtWorks on the first ever Yorkshire Geek Night.

“We’re passionate about becoming the best digital business to work for in the UK and, by providing a forum for some of the most talented industry professionals to come together to discuss technology and innovation, we’re demonstrating our commitment to growing the level of digital talent in the region.

“The event is also a great opportunity for people within the industry to share ideas and learnings, as well as networking with likeminded individuals. We’re looking to partner with the ThoughtWorks team again in the future to hold more events such as this.”

Sky Betting and Gaming boasts exemplary staff retention levels and works hard to create the right environment that delivers job satisfaction and fulfilment.

It is also always actively working to grow its team and, due to the rapid expansion of the business over the last 12 months, new positions have been created in a range of departments across the business.

These include technology, product development, marketing and customer service. This latest recruitment drive comes on the back of the sale of Sky Betting and Gaming to CVC Capital in a deal worth £800million.

Set up in 2012, the Geek Night concept originates from Manchester, where ThoughtWorks has hosted 24 events and forums for industry professionals.

Speaking about Yorkshire Geek Night, Matt Hildon, principal consultant for ThoughtWorks, said: “Following the success of ThoughtWorks’ Manchester Geek Nights, we wanted to bring the specialist insights from our expert consultants and share the knowledge with the business and tech communities of Yorkshire.

“Given the growing tech community and passion to learn here, Yorkshire is the perfect place to start another branch of Geek Nights. We’re grateful to be partnering with Sky Betting and Gaming on the inaugural event.”

For information on all future Geek Night events in Yorkshire please follow @yrksgeeknights on Twitter.

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