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What is the GDC?
Why was it founded?
What goes on in the GDC?
Who can join?
Is there a fee to Join, is there a fee for the events?
How do I join?
Do you have to go to every presentation?
Where are the events held?
Can I read some member feedback?

What is the GDC?
The Graduate Development Community (GDC) is an active community for both undergraduates & recent graduates. Though currently based in London it is open for membership for anyone residing in the UK.

It is organized and run the the social networking site Meetup.com

Why was it founded?
To bridge the gap between the Academic, Open Source and Commercial worlds of the Software Development community. To help take the theory learned at University and learn to apply it to real world software problems.
 
What goes on in the GDC?
We run events, have an active mailing list, a growing blog with advice for graduates & provide an optional service to help connect you with industry professionals who can offer advice and support to guide you in your career.
There is also links to Graduate Jobs and we are currently trialling a service to offer free interview advice.
 
Who can join?
Developers, Programmers, Analysts, QA Analysts, Technologists, Project Managers, Business Analysts, Web Designers will all find something within the GDC.
The group is intended for undergraduates and recent graduates within the software industry. Many of the events will also be relevant to people entering the industry from alternative directions.
 
Is there a fee to Join, is there a fee for the events?
No totally free to join, the events are free too. The community is run by people with a passion to improve the industry and we have sponsored to ensure we do not need to charge for membership or events.
 
How do I join?
See our official site: http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/

Do you have to go to every presentation?
Absolutely not. You can sign up and be as active or passive as you like. Each event attracts a different group too and the beauty of it is that it’s a supportive atmosphere which everyone is at the same level.

Where are the events held?
To date they have been in Central London but there is nothing to stop an event occurring outside of London.

Can I read some member feedback?
Yes – have a look here for member feedback: http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/about/comments/?op=all

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This is an announcement of our very first event. It is a free event on the 25th November 2009 – if you would like to come along then click here to RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Graduate-Undergraduate-Development-Community/calendar/11802925/

This is the first official event organized by the GDC (Graduate Development Community). A Leading consultancy – Thoughtworks have agreed to run an exercise they use to help their graduates gain an understanding of how real world commercial development teams work.

Agile software development refers to a group of software development methodologies based on iterative development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing cross-functional teams. Most UK development teams now rely on Agile principles to run software development projects. This exercise aims to introduce a few of these principles through gameplay that are used in practise, such as Pull mechanisms and Continuous Improvement. It will also introduce participants to the working dynamics of an Agile team.

The session is aimed at beginners to Agile and to those with experience with Agile and XP. Newcomers will gain a useful understanding of the processes mechanics and some of the real world issues they may face in adoption.

No programming experience is required – the session is strongly recommended to all attendees with interests in becoming QA’s, Analysts, Developers, Project Managers & Business Analysts alike.

Thoughtworks are a leading international consultancy, well known throughout the industry for being at the cutting edge of technical development. They are actually use this game to help graduates gain a grasp of Agile principles such as XP and Lean. To find out more about their graduate scheme click here: http://www.thoughtwor…

The GDC is a Community of Undergraduates and Graduates interested in Software Development. For more information about the group please visit the blog at http://graduatedevelo…
Sponsor: Skills Matter are sponsoring the venue for this event. They offers Europe’s largest selection of events on Open Source technologies and Agile Software Development and have gained a reputation as a first class provider of practical learning solutions that help our customers adopt lightweight Java frameworks, Open Source technologies and Agile Development practices successfully on their projects.

What is the GDC?

The GDC, or Graduate Development Community is an independent community of undergraduate software developers. Our goal is to bridge the gap between the worlds of Academia and Business. We organise and host presentations and events with senior members of the development community as well as offering advice, guidance, internships and jobs through our community site.