TechTalks Winter edition 2022 - Antwerp

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  • TechTalks
  • Free event
  • In person
  • Networking

We are gathering for one last TechTalks edition and are invited to the offices of Spikes in Antwerp ✨
Spikes is a company that has been around for 20 years already, focussing on:

Making people work smarter together, with enthusiasm
Spikes takes care of a successful digital transformation which advances people, teams and organisation on every level. By a higher level of engagement and offering innovative solutions, we ensure more productivity and better collaboration.

Evening Program (will get updated as the event date draws closer)

18h00 - 🚪 Doors open & start of networking + snacks
19h00 - 🙋‍♀️ Introduction by women.code(be) + host
19h15 - Laila Bougria: An exception occurred... Please try again.
20h45 - 🧋 short break
20h00 - Elke Heymans: Advent of Code: Level up your programming skills
20h30 - TBD
21h00 - 🤝 drinks & networking

We confirmed 2 guest speakers and have one more speaker slot available for a short talk! . So if you're interested, check out this info doc regarding talk topics and talk lengths:

And feel free to reach out to us if you have any specific questions. You can reach us via or via our social media platforms.


Laila Bougria: An exception occurred... Please try again.

If there is one certainty in software, it's that things fail. It's not a matter of if but when. All too often, we throw the error at our users, who have no means of solving the problem except for trying again. Alternatively, we build custom code to address edge cases that can't easily be fixed, and we do so with a dangerous lack of insight into the problem at hand.

In this session, we'll discuss the importance of system resilience and how you can equip your software with the ability to recover from failures scenarios. After exploring different types of failures and considering different resilience strategies, we'll dig deeper into the retry pattern and how to apply it to our systems.

Join Laila and embrace your system's failures.

Aout Laila

Laila Bougria is a software engineer at Particular Software, makers of NServiceBus. She's passionate about software and always looking for patterns, both in code and in yarn. In her free time she loves to knit or crochet and spend time with her kids playing whatever the day brings!

Want to learn more about Laila? Check our her member story on our blog!

Elke Heymans: Advent of Code: level up your programming skills

Christmas is coming! That means that the yearly tradition of the Advent of Code is here, an Advent calendar of small programming puzzles for a variety of skill sets and skill levels. They have been used as a speed contest, interview preparation, company training, university coursework, practice problems, to challenge each other, or just for fun.

But how do you participate in the Advent of Code? What kind of programming puzzles can you expect? Is it possible to learn a new programming language with the Advent of Code or should you stick to something that you know? Join Elke to learn more about how fun and educative the Advent of Code can be to learn a new language or to exercise your current skills.

About Elke

Elke Heymans is a full stack consultant with a focus on JavaScript based technologies. For Elke, exploring new technologies and frontend frameworks is just pure fun. In her spare time you can find her taking photographs at events, training for half marathons or enjoying music by collecting records and attending concerts.

Want to learn more about Elke? Check our her member story on our blog!

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