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SDD 2017 Schedule

Coding Level
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Advanced Level
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Wednesday 17 May 2017



Track 3

Frobisher 5

The right code at the right time: software in F1

Coding Level 1
Advanced Level 1

In the highly competitive world of Formula 1, where thousandths of a second can make the difference between glory and despair, software plays a critical role in almost every aspect of the sport. With this comes a responsibility for providing rock-solid services and applications that can be trusted day-in, day-out. But in an industry that moves so quickly, at the cutting edge of science, technology and engineering, requirements can change on an almost daily basis; if you can provide the one feature or app that an engineer needs at that moment in time, you can draw an immense advantage.

Discover how the McLaren Racing Software Development team has adapted its processes and software to this highly exacting and rapidly evolving environment, to provide the difference just when it matters. Along the way, find out about the history of McLaren’s technical and engineering innovations; how software engineers fit into a racing team; and how we contribute during race weekends to provide class-leading software support whether you’re at your desk in Woking or the back of a garage in Azerbaijan.

Chris Alexander

Chris Alexander


Chris is a Software Engineer for the McLaren Racing Formula 1 team, working on their proprietary data analysis and simulation platform. His software development experience includes data collection, analysis and simulation platforms; systems integration and APIs; modern server and client web technology; and robotics, in which he has a Masters degree from the University of Reading. http://chris-alexander.co.uk  @chris_alexander

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