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Department of Computer Science and Technology

Thursday, 12 March, 2020 - 13:00 to 14:00
Ben Roberts, Software Engineer and Luke Drury, VP of Engineering
FW26, Computer Laboratory

Gearset is a fast-growing start-up based on the Science Park in Cambridge. In this talk you will see how some early pragmatic development choices allowed Gearset to grow so rapidly, as well as how the software engineers can continue to innovate and improve the product whilst still releasing updates multiple times a day. Using a real-life example Luke and Ben will explain how major changes can be made behind the scenes to support the expansion of Gearset whilst minimising the downtime that customers experience.

*Ben:* After completing his undergraduate degree and PhD in Computer Science at Churchill College, Ben moved into commercial software development. Initially with an engineering company for 6 years he recently joined Gearset as a Software Engineer and is currently working on rearchitecting some of the underlying infrastructure that the product relies on.

*Luke:* Luke has been working at Gearset for almost 5 years, the last 2 of which have been as Head of Engineering. Although he's a software engineer by background and loves writing code, most of his time nowadays goes into making sure the engineering team is focusing on the right things, helping the team maintain their velocity, growing the team to match the needs of the business, and ensuring our culture stays in place as we grow. Before Gearset, he spent 3 years as a software engineer at Redgate Software which he joined straight after graduating from the University of Bristol with an MEng in Computer Science.

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