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Sentiment Sweep

By Alicia Sykes, on Thursday 20th October 2016. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

Recently I developed and published an opensource web app that uses data from Twitter combined with sentiment analysis and emotion detection to create a series of data visualisations to illustrate the happy and less happy locations, topics and times. ....

Hack Zurich 2016

By Alicia Sykes, on Friday 21st October 2016. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

Europes biggest 40 hour non-stop hacking marathon, HackZurich 2016 had  800+ Attendees from around the globe, 500+ hackers, hundreds of submissions, and 3. 6 tons of food. Big name sponsors (including Google, Kyak, Adobe, Samsung, Bosch, Microsoft and loads way more) ensured that event was an awesome one. ....

StartHack Switzerland 2016

By Alicia Sykes, on Friday 21st October 2016. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

On the 11th - 13th of March 2016, 200 hackers from around the world descended on St Gallen, Switzerland, for the second addition of StartHack. Sponsored by SwissCom and run as part of the START summit 2016, this 36 hour coding competition had plenty to offer. ....

Smart Depart App - AngelHack 2015 - HP Prize Winner

By Alicia Sykes, on Monday 22nd June 2015. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

Smart Depart is an app which monitors your predefined route into work, and will wake you up earlier if there are delays, ensuring your never late for meetings. Currently it is integrated with TFL, but we plan to start integrating it with National Rail, traffic and weather data too. ....

@suggest_movies Friction free social movie recommendations

By Alicia Sykes, on Monday 22nd June 2015. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

Send a tweet to @suggest_movies and receive a personalized movie recommendation back. @suggest_movies will analyse your public tweets from your Twitter profile and use personality insights powered by IBM Watson to create a profile of your character and determine what movie genre's you'd be interested in. ....

Google IO - What's new in Android

By Alicia Sykes, on Sunday 7th June 2015. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

At Google IO 2015 some exciting new announcements were made about new features in the Android operating system for developers. Developers can now build apps for Android M by downloading the developer preview (API 22) and latest SDK. There will be a couple of versions of previews which will be improved before the final version is released. ....

Digital Bucket - Charity Donation Collection App

By Alicia Sykes, on Friday 21st October 2016. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

During the weekend of BattleHack I worked in a team developing a Digital Bucket Solution, a simple application that allows people to donate to charity bucket collectors even when they don't have any loose change, using their smart phone. The backend was written in Node js and has an iOS client. ....

Built my first PC!

By Alicia Sykes, on Tuesday 5th May 2015. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

I have finished building my computer!!!!Christopher's got the AMD FX-8350 8 core 4 GHz processor, 16 GB of DDR3 1866MHz RAM, 2TB HDD and 240GB SSD, 2GB graphics card ( the Asus AMD Radeon R7 250X) and the Asus M5A97 EVO R2. 0 MB and LED lights because LED lights are COOL!!!Finished building my PC! pic. ....

Learn HTML5 in 40 minutes tutorial

By Alicia Sykes, on Sunday 3rd May 2015. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

Since EVERYTHING front-end related on the web is coded in HTML and HTML5 has a bunch of new features to make your web content more interactive and semantic, it is the language you need to know before you can do anything else web-related. These videos should give you an overview of what HTML5 is and how you can use it to create web pages. ....

BattleHack London 2015 @ Tobacco Docks

By Alicia Sykes, on Friday 21st October 2016. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

My team BattleHack 2015 was the biggest London BattleHack so far, held at the Tobacco Docks. Was a great weekend, my only disappointment was that I did not win an axe :(SwagStickersCaffiineThe winners. ....

Apps World 2014

By Alicia Sykes, on Friday 21st October 2016. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

Apps World 2014 in London was great this year, with over 1,600 attendees it was held at the ExCel, and had loads of good speakers and sponsors. My favourite talks from day 2 were: first a talk titled responsive website or native app which was given by Geoff Parkhurst who's the CTO of Lovehoney, he weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of each side very nicely. ....

Study Time - Developed app to reduce distractions while studying

By Alicia Sykes, on Friday 21st October 2016. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

IntroductionStudy Time is an open source Android application to reduce distractions while studying. Any student will know that mobile phones are a massive distraction to studying, but also have some utilities that help you get your work done, such as calculator or Wikipedia. ....

Droidcon Conference London 2014

By Alicia Sykes, on Friday 21st October 2016. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

Droidcon London is a 2-day Android conference organised by Skills Matter.  The first day was a community-led barcamp and democamp with talks and discussions given by opensource Android developers. The second day was packed full of presentations given by the worlds leading Android experts, on a range of Android topics. ....

PayPal Dev BattleHack London 2014

By Alicia Sykes, on Friday 21st October 2016. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

BattleHack is an annual world wide hackathon run by PayPal. This year I was lucky enough to once again get a ticket to the London event, which took place on the weekend of the 11th - 12th October 2014, at Level 39, Canary Wharf. Level 39 as always an amazing venue with a 360 degree panoramic view of London and Canary Wharf. ....

UKI European Programming Competition - London

By Alicia Sykes, on Friday 21st October 2016. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

 UKIEPC is a European programming competition hosted in universities around Europe. This year I attended the event in London at the Imperial College. Teams of up to three contestants were formed before hand, most of whom had done extensive practice sessions. ....

Facebook London Summerfest

By Alicia Sykes, on Friday 21st October 2016. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

On Thursday 7th August a lucky group of interns and university students were invited to Facebook HQ on Brock Street in central London. The evening opened with some drinks and snacks (Facebook branded cupcakes!) and networking between the students, Facebook employees and Facebook interns. ....

Published a new app: Anti Theft Charge

By Alicia Sykes, on Friday 21st October 2016. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

IntroductionAnti Theft Charge - Safely charge your phone in public places without the worry of it being stolenEveryone's been in the situation where they're on the train, bus, or in a waiting room, and you need to charge your phone, but the nearest electric socket is a meter or two away, and just out of reach. ....

Written an open source user system for web apps

By Alicia Sykes, on Saturday 19th July 2014. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

Most web developers will know how tedious writing or setting up an entire complete user system can be every time you want to create a web app that requires authentication. So I've creates a simple PHP based user system, that can just be included into projects and have calls made to it when needed. ....

AngelHack London 2014 at Google Campus

By Alicia Sykes, on Friday 21st October 2016. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

AngelHack is definitely one of my favourite hackathon programs, it's always a well organised event, with great sponsors, great people and very importantly very good food ;)This season it took place in Google Campus, London on Bonhill Street, which although smaller than previous venues, it was still a great hack space in East London. ....

Dev Lab Live Hackathon (London)

By Alicia Sykes, on Friday 21st October 2016. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

Dev Lab Live was a 3 day event - with the last two days (Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th May) being a hackathon, held at Level39 - a great tech space at One Canada Square. Me and Jagdeep being presented our Intelligent Headset (2nd place)The food was as always AMAZINGThe view in the evening4:30 AM and we're still coding, nearly everyone else has gone for a napBreakfast And overall me and my friend came second - and we won some great stuff, app will be on the play store very soon :)Tweets about "#devlablive"!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d. ....

Degree Level Computer Science Website

By Alicia Sykes, on Thursday 12th June 2014. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

I've started creating a computer science website, aimed at anyone who'd like to learn more about the subject, but with a particular emphasis on the content taught on computer science undergrad degree's. See links below. I will continue adding to it over the coming months and years, so hopefully it will be of help and/or interest to people :) It has also got some diagrams and links to relevant quizzes and tests, if your using if for revision. ....

How can the Semantic Web Improve the Availability of Information?

By Alicia Sykes, on Wednesday 23rd April 2014. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

After reading through research papers on the semantic web, I've written a paper-style piece on how it can improve the availability of information. AbstractThe information and data from large scale databases and repositories can be shared globally via the World Wide Web. ....

My Minesweeper Android app on Google Play

By Alicia Sykes, on Tuesday 22nd April 2014. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

I've just launched my first Android app onto the market - it won't be the next FlappyBirds, but it's a working game. It's a remake of the classic Minesweeper game. It's a pretty simple application, and is available for free (see link below), I have also released all the source code, this can be viewed from GitHub (also see below). ....

Evaluation of Research Paper: Watson, more than a semantic web search engine

By Alicia Sykes, on Wednesday 23rd April 2014. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

This post is a recent piece of work we did - a report and evaluation on a semantic web search research paper. AbstractIn this report we present our evaluation of the paper, ‘Watson, more than a Semantic Web search engine’. We firstly introduce the semantic web and then discuss our criteria for evaluating the paper, these range from how original the paper is in it’s particular field to the amount of background research the author did before publishing the paper. ....

My first Android app - a calculator

By Alicia Sykes, on Sunday 16th March 2014. Categorised in Computers. (Read on Blogger)

I've been meaning to get started with Android for a while, and this weekend I finally did. I set myself the target of making a simple but fully functional calculator. The two hardest parts of this turned out to be firstly getting the Android AVD to work with a Hello World, and then trying to find and understand the Android error messages. ....

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Hey! I'm Alicia, a software engineer based in London, UK.

I love all-things-code, and my favourite pastime is developing open source applications. I'm always looking for new technologies to learn, and to find better ways of developing.

This blog is a collection of articles about new tech, specific tutorials, event and product reviews as well as a few posts on random topics and things I've been up to.

When I'm not coding, I enjoy sports, socialising, chilling and thinking about code! I am a Christian, and a lot of the work I do is done with Jesus in mind. I am always happy to work for free or cost price on charitable or Christian projects.

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