Our 2nd MeetUp Report

Our second MeetUp and even better than the first!

And that’s not us talking, it’s you! We’re delighted to say that the 2nd Hull Digital MeetUp has got 5 stars from you!

“ Great work Jon – a really good event. Diverse range of speakers and some lively debate! See you next time. ”

“ Brilliant meeting, with some great speakers, who all did great especially as it was the first with speakers. Really looking forward to the next one. Excellent work to all involved. ”

“ Very interesting, fun and enjoyable meetup. Looking forward to the next one already! ”

“ We had a very good time, the speakers where very informative and I’d like to thank them and Jon for a very good evening. Wish we’d have had a bit of time at the end of the evening but we had to get off otherwise we’d have mingled a bit. Well done Jon it was great to meet you and some of the members tonight. ”

“ Loved the meet, there were even Doritos. Thanks for top welcome. ”

A HUGE thanks to the 30+ people who came along, and especially to the speakers, Intrasource for hosting the event and their staff who stayed behind to look after us all. Hat tip to Cairn Emmerson the group Chairman for his generosity!

How the evening progressed
The evening started off at 6.30pm but we had a steady stream of attendees turning up from 6.15pm. The drinks and doughnuts / pastries seem to be a big attraction to most people, and yes, we noted who “wasn’t shy around the buffet” 😉
The Intrasource offices were soon full of the happy chatter of developers, designers, agency folk and geeks, discussing everything from php, to Linux, to Wimax, fibre and games. It was a job to keep up!

We kicked off the speakers with Paul Rhoades from Random Developments / ITSupported, who took us all through some excellent ideas concerning “Credit Crunch Computing”. He has made the slides available, and I will post the url as soon as I get it / remember it! We particularly liked the discussion around using alternative operating systems, open source software such as Open Office, and also making sure you service your computer regularly. Personally the Hull Digital team have one really easy suggestion to save time and money…. get a Mac 🙂

Following Paul, Steve Jagger from Quickline took the stage and gave us a fascinating talk about the opportunity to use Wimax to beam in broadband across the Humber. This innovative approach prompted a good few questions, some rather technical, but the concept proved popular, and the method of nodes seemed an ideal way of doing it.

Last, but my no means least, Lucy Wurstlin form Channel 4’s 4ip gave us a great insight into the £10 Million that has earmarked for the Yorkshire and Humber Region. 4ip is actively looking for ideas to support and fund, anything that will help / improve people’s life. Lucy has set up a top community over here >>> Whippet on The Wire – so do head on over there and join up! Remember to support your ideas to 4ip here too!

Whippet on the Wire is a new creative network for companies and individuals in the creative and digital sector in Yorkshire and Humber (and friends further afield). It’s a chance to share ideas, be inspired, find partners and collaborators, make new networks and find out what’s going in the region.

Overall, it was a great evening, and many thanks for the very positive feedback. What we did learn was that we need more time for chilling, chatting and netorking, so this is going to play a much greater part going forward. Also, a BIG thanks to Richard Griffiths, Head of Sales and Marketing Consumer from Kcom for coming along and entering the lion’s den. It’s great to see Karoo getting to know us.

Please keep your eyes and ears open in the next few days as the March MeetUp is going to be announced and it’s looking to be a corker! Cheers!

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8 Responses to “Our 2nd MeetUp Report”

  1. Dave Foy
    February 27, 2009 at 9:56 pm #

    Well done Jon, and everyone who turned up, sounded like a great meet! Sorry I couldn’t be there.

  2. acidsmile
    February 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm #

    Thanks for the write up John.

    Next month I’m gonna clear things in my calendar in advance so I don’t have any real life commitments.

  3. Carl Plage
    February 28, 2009 at 8:47 am #

    It was an excellent evening Jon and I’m sure there will be many more to come.

  4. RayDuff
    February 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    Once again – many thanks to Jon and the organisers! I see exciting times ahead!

  5. Gary Maddock-Greene
    February 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    Glad it all went well Jon. Sorry not to be able to attend but am looking forward with anticipation to the March MeetUp.

  6. admin
    February 28, 2009 at 3:35 pm #

    Thanks very much for all the kind words! It is hard work, but hugely rewarding 🙂

    Gary, the March MeetUp is shaping up nicely, watch this space!

  7. Duncan McMillan
    March 2, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    Really enjoyed the meet – nice to have three quite different speakers, each very interesting in their own right. The venue was spot on, and great to bump into a few familiar faces too. Wish I’d spotted the donuts earlier though!

    Just posted a few snaps to the meetup page – http://www.meetup.com/Hull-Digital-Hull-Open-Coffee/photos/554088/

  8. admin
    March 2, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    Hi Dunc,

    Thanks for the great feedback – appreciated and also for the photos! Just what we needed 🙂
    Hope you can make the next one?!

    Best,

    Jon

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