Southend Coding Meetup

Weekly in person meetings have now restarted on Monday evenings
(alternating Southend Coding Meetup/Southend on Sea Linux User Group fortnightly)

Weekly Mondays 7pm-8.30pm, over 18s
The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend

We learn new things, share our projects and have fun with hardware like Raspberry Pi, Microbit, Arduino, robotics etc.

Please be considerate of attendees’ health regarding COVID:
Continue to social distance, use the sanitisers provided and wear face masks when walking around the building, as well as checking in and out.

Over 18s are also invited to join us for Southend Tech Meetup which is held 7-9pm on the first Thursday of the month at The Old Waterworks covering a wider range of tech related topics, occasional talks, more networking and suitable for non coders. We are inviting tech talks, please contact us.



The venue is located on the junction of North Road / Chelmsford Avenue. Don’t go in the building site entrance on the junction (next to the Muslim building). Use the pedestrian entrance just next to it or the free car park entrance is further towards the BP garage.

See here for location details and free parking.


Future Plans:

Hackathons, Tech Festivals, Young Digital Makers

Zoom Meeting details

We look forward to seeing you.

Previous events and details



March 2020 – Thomas Chaplin demoed his currency converter built in React.

Thursday 3rd October 2019 6pm-10pm
3D design, printing, modelling, rendering, VR/AR, 360 photos/video, immersive experiences

App discussed

Thursday 5th September 2019 6pm-10pm
The Old Waterworks, North Road/Chelmsford Avenue
“Project Management” by Allison Coucher.
Allison is a Senior Project Manager at Sky. With over 20 years experience in technology managing technical deliverables she will explain the skills, qualifications and details of project management

Thursday 1st August 2019
Talks: Beginners guide to building and marketing a website on social media

4th July – digital skills, learning to code / ed tech / Raspberry Pi / Microbit with teachers/educators, etc. at The Old Waterworks…

Thursday 6th June 2019 6pm-10pm
Talks by women in tech

iSocialCircle – creating a startup to connect people offline.
Hephzi Tagoe – feeding the biotech pipeline with skills for the future.
Maria Solecki – effective writing for web traffic, conversion and SEO.
Dorothy M0LMR – tech skills through amateur radio.
CocaCoder – image recognition

Thursday 7th March 2019

Post Jam meetup
Here is the link for the electric car conversion one of the members discussed.

Thursday 7th February 2019
Southend Borough Council’s Proposed Data Warehouse / consultation (postponed from November)
Southend Borough Council is building a Data Warehouse to underpin the Council’s Smart City Intelligence Hub and publish Open Data and is looking for input from the local community to help shape its design and uses.
Find out from the council’s SQL DBA / Big Data Lead how this will enable new and improved public services, help solve social issues and how you could benefit commercially by using the data.

Thursday 3rd January 2019 6.30pm-10.00pm
7 min lightning talks
Docker – Matthew
Hackathons – Edmund – local hackathons to come
Learning to code as an adult – Jen
Software testing – Lewis

Raspberry Jam Tech Festival – Andy, Southend Tech
Parking IoT project
Project Beeswax – IoT pollination project – Andy, Simulsystemsltd

Docker BBC Emulator instructions:
1. Install Docker
2. docker run –name bbc -d -p 5920:5920 -v <some directory on your host>/bbcmicro/ssd:/home/bbcmicro/ssd elminster/b2:latest
3. Copy a BBC disk image (.ssd file to <some directory on your host>/bbcmicro.ssd)
4. Using a VNC Client connect to localhost:5920
5. File->Drive 0->Disc Image-><select ssd file from bbcmicro/ssd directory>
6. shift + brk will load the disc image. On my Mac this maps to shift + f11. See tools->Keyboard Layout for key mappings from BBC keyboard to your machine.


Guitar code here:

Video of version 1 guitar as mentioned by David is here :

Microsoft Hololens showing mixed reality (interacting with virtual object which appears in real space) and Occulus Go.

Drones were also given instructions to fly using computer code.

The drones also have cameras live streaming. These photos were take from the drone. (Twitter reduces quality and resolution so raw photos are better.)



Members took part in the #ChallengeDementia Hackathon with Essex County Council and one idea developed went on to win Β£5,000.

3rd May 2018 – Salesforce and #DL100 cross collaboration in Southend #TechCityonSea

5th April 2018 Talk – Making Tech Simple

Making tech simpler for users is about avoiding unnecessary complexity, walking before you try to run, and getting a good nights sleep because things handle themselves. Covering UX, WordPress & SystemsArchitecture.
Also #ChallengeDementia and council systems discussion.


Thursday 1st March 2018 – cancelled due to snow.

Thursday 1st February 2018 7pm-9pm
The Old Waterworks, Southend

7.00 pm – Arrival
7.30 pm -Talk by Damian – IoT in business
Andy Lewis, SimulSystems Ltd – Easy programming IBM Watson Machine Learning AI and Scratch
8.30 pm – Networking
9.00 pm – Suggested departure.


Thursday 2nd November, The Old Waterworks, Southend
Talk – Artificial Intelligence Ethics” – Andy Lewis, SimulSystems Ltd