Starting a (R)EVOLUTION

Along the way there were some harsh lessons learnt and I couldn’t have done this at all without the help of PeteZach and also quite a few of the Shropgeek regulars.

There are things I will definitely want to do differently next year, but now that the dust has settled I can look back and say…

“Wow! that was soooo awesome!” ~ grin!

Every conference is only as good as its speakers though. After all, content is king. I don’t want to turn this into a gushing “oscars-like” thank you post, but I do really want to say thank you again to Chris, Dafydd, Rob, Laura, James, Snook, Joel and Elliot for coming along and inspiring us all.

Organising this conference put me in a very privileged position. I was the one that got to choose who the speakers would be. I asked, expected each of them to say no, was really excited when they all said yes and then got to watch the hype grow as the lineup was announced.

It was a bit like being a kid in sweet shop, everyone I approached to be in the lineup was either someone whose work I have always admired, I have always wanted to see speak or I have seen before and really wanted to see again. And, as the excitement around the conference grew, we all realised that we were doing something really very special and unique for Shropshire.

Laura Kalbag delivering her talk
Laura Kalbag delivering her talk

Each of the speakers did an absolutely fantastic job on the day. They delivered informative and often funny presentations about a diverse range of topics. They were also the ultimate professionals when it came to their timings (something that often isn’t thought about until things run over schedule).

The feedback since has been utterly amazing. Everyone seemed to have a great time and enjoyed each of the talks as much as I did.

I think what I am most chuffed about though is the comments about how friendly the conference was and the welcoming, community vibe the whole day had. That is in no part down to me.

That is what Shropgeek is. It is a community of geeky people in Shropshire. Many of them were helping on the day and many more were in attendance. The fact that so many people who had travelled to Shrewsbury picked up on that is so many kinds of awesome.

Adam, Jamie and Zach - all Involved in Shropgeek from early on
Adam, Jamie and Zach – all an active part of the Shropgeek community

And then of course, there was the after party… I don’t think I need to say too much about that, I think this tweet sums up how much fun everyone had:

and cemented Shropgeek’s place in the conference after party “hall of fame” (I really hope this actually exists).

And if you don’t want to take my word for it here are some of blog posts, radio coverage and podcasts about the conference that I am aware of.

Overall, the whole (R)Evolution experience was so much fun, and one we definitely plan to do again next year!

Thank you again to everybody that helped in some way to make this such a huge success. 🙂

Zach, myself and Pete - The organisers of this years conference
Zach, myself and Pete – The organisers of this years conference
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  1. You all did an awesome job and I’m looking forward to seeing who’ll be speaking next year!

    (Only think I’d change is have a meetup in a cafe that does a fry up on the Saturday morning)

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