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Coleraine, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Quantum computing sounds cool, but what actually is it, what can you use it for, and how on earth do you get started with it? There is a high probability that you will come out of this talk less confused than you entered it.
Mark is an Azure MVP based on the beautiful North Coast of Northern Ireland and has learnt his craft from 35 years of mistakes.
He's been a professional developer since the 1980s and freelance since 2000, working on a myriad of projects for everything from local startups and councils to multinational corporations and federal government departments.
While something of a technology omnivore, particularly if it's new and shiny, he currently tends towards Xamarin and React front-ends sitting on top of scalable cloud-first services, using a functional, event-driven and reactive approach. He's also a big advocate of the DevOps mindset.
In the day job he helps businesses to build better software by making the most of the cloud. In his spare time he's a STEM Ambassador, CoderDojo mentor, Barefoot volunteer and organiser of the Northern Ireland Developer Conference.