Introducing the 2014 (R)Evolution

If you have been following me or Shropgeek over the last year, there is no way you could have missed the fact that we held our first ever full day web conference, right here in the picturesque town of Shrewsbury, on September 26th 2013.

There is also no way you could have missed that it went fantastically well (If its possible, I think I did actually over use the word [awesome]awesome[/awesome] when describing it! ~ grin!). It went so well in fact, that we are doing it all over again this year and I can now announce the lineup and the launch of our shiny new website! Woohoo!

Here is the lowdown:

  • Its on Friday September 26th 2014 – So save the date
  • It will be held at The Shropshire Conference Centre again as the venue was [awesome]awesome[/awesome] last year!
  • The lineup is once again [awesome]awesome[/awesome].
  • There is a limited number of early bird tickets available at £69
  • And our shiny new website can be found at: Go check it out!

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Martin Wright for designing the new site for us again this year. I’m sure you will all agree that he did an amazing job again. And also Stina Jones for the illustrations and icons that are fast becoming a staple of the entire Shropgeek brand!.

Shropgeek (R)Evolution 2014 Lineup

This years lineup

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

Awesome issue of .Net Magazine for Kirsty Burgoine Ltd. and Shropgeek

Most people that know me or have read some of the guest blogs I have written in the past know that I’m a huge advocate of grass roots events.

So I was extremely flattered to see that Heart Internet had mentioned me in their article about that very subject (pg 135) as someone heavily involved in grass roots events both speaking and promoting / organising them. Not only did they name drop me though, they also mentioned both Shropgeek and our yearly (R)Evolution conference.

martin-netI’d like to say a huge thank you to Heart Internet for including both myself and Shropgeek so heavily in their article. It means a tremendous amount to know that the hard work and effort that goes into organising and promoting these events is recognised and helps us to spread the word further!

Heart Internet were not the only ones to mention the (R)Evolution conference though, Martin Wright, a Shropgeek regular once upon a time (before he got a cool job in Oxford) and designer of this years conference website (launching very soon) was included in this months website “design off” (pg 117). When asked what he does with his spare time he told everyone about the new website in progress! Thanks Martin!

The Theory of (R)Evolution is back for its third year!

So whats it all about?

Taking place at The Old Post Office in Shrewsbury on September 28th 2012, The Theory of (R)Evolution event is an evening showcasing the most forward thinking ideas on the web today; delivered by some of the industries most innovative individuals.

The Speakers

Paul Annett
Creative Lead for the UK Government Digital Service (GDS) at the Cabinet Office

Jake Smith
End of level boss at JP74, a digital media agency & web design company

Neil Kinnish
Shropshire based developer / creative / consultant. Co-founder of Workfu

Mike Kus
UK based graphic designer, web designer and illustrator.  Co-founder of WorkFu

Who should come?

Anyone is welcome, but you won’t want to miss it if:

  • You work in, or want to work in the web industry
  • You’re interested in the internet and social media
  • You want to meet other like-minded people

The ticket price will pay for the venue and marketing costs, with any further profit going to the British Heart Foundation in memory of Leu Thorn one of the founders of Shropgeek.

To book tickets or to find out more information visit:

So, have a pint and join us for some of the fittest ideas in true Darwinian spirit in the birthplace of evolutionary thought, Shrewsbury.