Our first meeting of 2016 was to a packed house. We had nearly 50 people nestled into Bewiched Coffee in Peterborough, some people had arrived even before the organisers had a chance to get the banners and name stickers out! It was great to see lots of familiar faces as well as new faces.
After everyone had a chance to get a hot drink and find a seat we started the evening with our compere Andy welcoming everyone back and we got straight onto the first talk.
The evening started with Jonathan Craymer who talked about an idea for a replacement for traditional passwords called Shayype. Some of the key features to this system being:
• New login code every time (appears on the screen)
• Uses patterns in place of passwords
• Absolutely no additional hardware required (not even a phone)
• User databases safer from hackers as they no longer contain encrypted passwords.
We had a lively Q&A after the talk around the subject of security and passwords. Jonathan is asking for people to test out the system and give feedback. You can find out more and sign up at www.shayype.com.
The lightning talk was from Chloe from Hack The Holidays. Chloe told us about the first hack event which was held in December 2015. The event was a great success with many young people getting involved in coding and design. The event was co-organised by the students themselves which was quite an achievement.
Following the success of the last event the next Hack The Holidays will take place this year on 3rd and 4th December 2016. More details and information on how to enter can be found on hacktheholidays.io. If know of a young person who would like to be involved, please let them know.
During the break our members enjoyed some delicious food kindly supplied by Cafe Clarkes at the Key Theatre. There were a selection of pizzas, pork terrines, scotch eggs and some delicious chocolate brownies to nibble on during the informal mingling time.
Our second talk was by the very talented Stuart Elmore of digitalgravy. Stuart was given a week to come up with a suitable presentation (no pressure). Due to the short notice, he was only able to come up with a working concept for an iPA built using the Raspberry Pi and node.js! (Or intelligent talking mirror to the rest of us). It was fascinating to hear about the logic and code behind the concept even if some of the maths went above our heads. Even more exciting was the interactive demonstration, where we got to hear from IMOGEN herself! Here is a video clip of Imogen in action (something Stuart prepared earlier).
Many of the members expressed an interest in learning more and Stuart will be releasing some code on github so that anyone who is interested can have a go with making their own IMOGEN. We will also ask him to write a guest blog on the topic.
You can tweet @digitalgravy for more information.
21 January 2016 – Update
For anyone interested in the iPA code Stuart created for his @DPiPboro talk on Imogen, you can find it at @github: https://t.co/GWbroyP3dJ.