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Want to Take part in a startup’s Show & Tell meeting? We bring 5 to you!

In Agile jargon a Show & Tell session is a regular sprint review meeting, which gives team members the opportunity to demonstrate their work.

This is an exercise that should involve all the relevant stakeholders, even external ones if needed.

As an engineer and founder driven community, we thought of giving exciting tech startups the opportunity to showcase their tech work and their plans for future development. In front of engineers (and even other founders) from across our whole community!

A different show & tell…

Our latest community Show & Tell event, presented in cooperation with TechTree, was a little bit different from previous engineer-focused Show & Tells events for startups we hosted.

For one, it was virtual online because Covid-19 continues to rage around the world. But more importantly, this particular edition featured the most diverse set of backgrounds of engineers to date.

As noted by the event MC, TechTree’s Co-Founder Pawel Tomczuk, we saw people from different ethnic backgrounds, people who have kids and those without. We invited people from within the UK as well as a few from outside it. We even had an higher-than-average female engineer turnout. This emphasises the importance of diversity for us.

Our Show & Tell events showcase exceptionally talented engineers and their extraordinary work. We love these kind of events because we are engineers and founders ourselves at Silicon Roundabout / Silicon Roundabout Ventures. We love the actual tech startups build and we are as much in love with CEOs with big dreams as we are with CTOs and their teams: the engineers changing our lives one line of code at a time.

For this episode, we focused on companies in the portfolio of our friends at VC firm LocalGlobe.

It was also a time of catch up with companies we saw grow from their early pitches at the Silicon Roundabout community meetups into becoming VC backed fast-growing scale-ups.

Protecting Us from Ourselves

Michael Aldridge and Krzysztof Wroblewski, software engineers at Tessian, started off by talking about the technical challenges of protecting businesses against threats that hide in email messages.

In particular, they were concerned about the dangers caused by human error. “You can come up with all sorts of policies and training for your employees, but sooner or later someone is going to do something wrong,” explained Krzysztof. And so, Tessian built their tech as a toolkit that helps businesses protect themselves from the mistakes we humans tend to make.

The Challenges of Open Banking

Mofe Salami is a Developer Advocate at Yapily. He presented their solution to some of the challenges to propagating an Open Banking concept across Europe, the Yapily API.

Open banking, for the uninitiated, allows third-party providers to communicate with banks through their open APIs, allowing access to users’ bank information to initiate payment on the users’ behalf. Mofe walked us through some of the challenges presented by banks and the approaches Yapily took to address these. These include support for an infinite number of features that each bank may choose to support, and how to flexibly add new features. Especially for banks with unique requirements.

Rationalising Driver Insurance

Zego’s CTO, Stuart Kelly, shared how the company creates a viable vision for telematics in the insurance industry.

Telematics involve transmitting an assortment of data that represent an individual’s position and behaviour. Zego uses smart mobile phones to accomplish this. This system allows insurance companies to better understand a person’s driving behaviour, its impact on risk, and how this determines how much the person has to pay for insurance.

An API for Travel

James Sherwood-Jones, Senior Software Engineer at Impala, started with the question, “Why do we need to build an API for travel?”

As it turns out, the travel industry needs an API to manage the inherent complexity of its processes. Unlike Open Banking and other industries where APIs allow for virtually frictionless transactions, travel continues to be relatively difficult, process-wise.

Impala aims to address all of that. James ends with a couple more questions, “Can you imagine payments without Stripe? Can you imagine travel without Impala?”

Teaching Kids English

Rounding off the presentations was Rosie Watson, a full stack engineer from Lingumi.

The company produces an app that teaches 2- to 6-year old children how to speak English through playing games. Built into the system are several innovations that include voice recognition and AI scoring. Perhaps the most notable adaptation is an API to Ali Cloud that helps the app circumvent many of the restrictions imposed by “The Great Firewall of China.” The app has proven to be a hit among children in mainland China.

Watch the video to appreciate the presentations in full.

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