Meet the Speakers

Thank you so much to our fantastic speakers who joined us at No-Code Arcade in 2023, covering diverse topics such as AI, business tools, no-code for good, no-code in schools and much more. Find out about them and their talks below.

Ian Brown

Enterprise Solutions with No-Code

Join Ian as he takes you on a journey into the world of no-code software and its impact on enterprise-grade systems. Drawing on his extensive experience and case studies, Ian will showcase how world-leading brands embrace this technology to empower non-technical users and revolutionise their digital transformation initiatives. In this presentation, you will discover how no-code software accelerates development, fosters innovation, reduces reliance on traditional development cycles, and ultimately results in faster time-to-market for new systems.

Ian Brown, the CEO of Excelpoint, the North East-based no-code software firm, is an advocate for the transformative potential of no-code technology. Ian's remarkable achievements in implementing enterprise-wide no-code solutions across sectors and organisational structures serve as a testament to his expertise and commitment to no-code solutions. Through his leadership, streamlined operations have become the norm, leading to tangible business improvements, significant cost reductions, and elevated experiences for customers and employees.

Jessica Nichols

Quickly Testing Ideas with No-Code

Jessica will talk us through how she and her teams have been using low/no code to quickly test ideas and new business models. Full synopsis to follow.

Jessica has built products, services, and teams in Banking, Big Tech, Consulting, Big Pharma, and UK Government. Ex-Guardian and Ex-Google Jessica has a wealth of Product Management for some of the biggest household names. Jessica overhauled how the Department for Work and Pensions assesses new applications, modernised how Homes England administers £1.5bn in grants for new affordable houses to be built in the UK, designed and implemented a new digital organisation for the second largest Council in the UK, and led several legacy modernisation programmes within the Ministry of Justice - and that's just her freelance work!

Dominic Norton

Empowering Businesses with Automation and AI

Dominic's talk explores how no-code platforms are revolutionizing the business landscape and enabling organisations to harness the power of automation and artificial intelligence (AI).The talk provides an overview of the no-code/low-code movement and its significance in the business world. It delves into the concept of democratizing technology, highlighting how these platforms allow non-technical users to participate in software development and automation initiatives. By removing the traditional barriers to entry, businesses can unlock a vast pool of creativity and innovation within their workforce.

Dominic is an experienced, impact-driven social entrepreneur and the founder of Missing Black People, a comprehensive tech-enabled platform that brings awareness to missing black people cases worldwide, which has been featured in BBC, ITV, The Independent, Vice UK, and  RT. Dominic utilised his experience to build impact-driven initiatives and to help over 16,000 entrepreneurs on TikTok do the same using “No Code” and “Low Code”. As a fellow of On Deck and creator-in-residence for #100DaysofNoCode, Dominic is highly experienced in software development which has led him to becoming a guest lecturer in University of California, All Nations University, APTech Computer Education in Uganda and more.

Claire Wheelan

Education Programme Manager

Teaching Kids with No-code

Claire uses no-code tools to teach young people about coding, design and more. This talk looks at using no-code to teach young people coding logic, the reasons no-code is great to use for this purpose, and why no-code tools are worth learning in their own right, without the intention to learn coding with traditional programming languages.

Claire has worked at CodeBase, a tech ecosystem support organisation in Scotland, for over 5 years now. She’s worked across multiple roles over the years but spent a lot of time in marketing, where she was a no-code tool fanatic! She is also involved with the running of several coding clubs for young people where she often uses no-code tools for workshops.

Jof Walters

Million Labs

How No-Code changed the game for Startups

What has launching nearly two thousand startups with no-code taught me? Jof Walters digs into his experience using no-code to build tech businesses, the lessons that he has learned and what he thinks that the future holds.

Jof is a seasoned fintech innovator who started his career pioneering internet banking and has since launched a number of ‘first to market’ products. He is a seasoned investor and acquirer. In 2019 Jof co-founded one of the worlds largest no-code agencies, Million Labs.

Lizzie Curtis

Jamabuck Studio

No-Code for Good

Lizzie is bring her extensive experience working with purpose driven organisations to talk about harnessing the power of no-code to change the world.

Lizzie Curtis is a designer and no-coder who has been working with purpose driven organisations for the last 14 years. She was senior designer and no-coder at SIDE Labs, the no-code for social impact agency, and now she is now launching Jamabuck Studio, a female founded design and digital agency for purpose driven organisations.

Oli Littlejohn

Community Manager

How processes become software

Organisations are run on processes: Sales pipelines. Customer support. Marketing campaigns. Event management. And how these processes are managed evolves over time, from being an idea in someone's head to eventually requiring complex SaaS tools. In this talk Oli will introduce how no-code can help processes become homemade internal tools - and why that's a good thing.

Oli looks after the community at Stacker, a no-code tool for building the software you need to empower your team, your clients, your partners, or your customers. It allows every organisation to be built without writing a line of code. Before that, Oli was Head of Community at CodeBase, a technology cluster headquartered in Edinburgh. He also runs the NoCode Scotland community, and has a keen interest in how no-code can help founders build products, especially those without technical skills.

Laura Richards

Marketeer / No-Code Maker
Idea Junkies

Marketing for Makers

Laura will bring her vast marketing knowledge to talk about building in public and how no-code makers can bring their new products to market.

Laura's journey over the last few years has taken her all over the world - from working in TV production in London, to working in communications in Australia and South East Asia. In each role she learnt new skills and developed new insights that she now bring to clients' campaigns. She is a strategic communications professional with experience of: planning and implementing public relations campaigns; multimedia content creation; developing integrated digital marketing strategies; community engagement & reputation management but has most recently turned her hand to no-code.

Chris McEleavey

Founding Partner, Technical Lead

The Power of Data and No-Code

Details coming soon!

Iain Keenan

iOS Developer

Traditional software development with no-code

Iain will speak about how SwiftUI and other traditional development environments are blurring the line with no-code tools.

Iain is a Maths graduate who fell in love with software development while at university. Iain joined mkodo in 2019 as a graduate where he specialised in iOS development. 4 Years later he’s still with mkodo and mostly focuses on reusable components and UI.

Adam Hill

Founder and Event Director
No-Code North East


In his role as founder of No-Code North East, and as the No-Code Arcade Event Director, Adam will be hosting the event, introducing the speakers and chairing the panels.

Adam is a digital leader and serial entrepreneur having setup his first business over 25 years ago aged 17. He specialises in digital, business, community development and social change and has worked across the world helping people and organisations make a difference with technology. In 2020 Adam founded his digital consultancy Digital Changemakers, before taking on the role of Head of Digital Adoption at Sunderland Software City. Since then he has founded the No-Code North East community while supporting the strategic and operational development of Software City as Continuous Improvement Lead.

Ben Mushen

Digital Adoption Specialist
Sunderland Software City

Building with Design Thinking

In this workshop, we’ll cover what Design Thinking is, how to use it, and how using this approach for building no-code products can help to ensure that any decisions for a solution are always user-centred. We'll cover a whole host of techniques to make your no-code product amazing.

Ben is a Digital Adoption Specialist at Sunderland Software City and spends his day-to-day helping organisations to adopt digital to solve their varying business challenges. For Ben, finding out about no-code was a revelation as it enabled him to do things he never thought was possible. With his background in design and love for problem-solving, building things visually has been the ultimate-leveller for a non-techie like himself.


DAY ONE - Wednesday 21 June 2023

9:30am - 5pm, Northumbria University

Workshops in No-Code tools and Design Thinking were held at Northumbria University. Our workshops covered topics such as Design Thinking, Getting Started with Bubble and an Introduction to No-Code for those just discovering no-code.

DAY TWO - Thursday 22 June 2023

8:30am - 5:45pm, Northumbria University

The main event conference day opened at 8:30am with talks and discussion panels starting at 9am. The day was split in four sessions with plenty of breaks to network and discuss what attendees heard.

Our Sponsors

No-Code Arcade would not be possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors and partners who have helped keep ticket prices low and make the event as accessible as possible. Our huge thanks go out to:


No-Code Arcade BURSARY

At No-Code Arcade we do not want anyone to be left behind in learning about the opportunities that no-code provides.

No-code is accessible technology and provides new ways to bring ideas to life. Our free bursary tickets provide full access to the conference and workshops to those that may not otherwise be able to attend. In particular we would like to hear from regularly under represented groups or those that cannot fund a ticket for any reason.

Please contact us to access one of 30 tickets available on a first-come-first-served basis.


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