2013 (R)Evolution early details announced

The article was published on the Shropshire Live website and broke the news that (R)Evolution 2013 will be stepping up a gear and becoming a full day event, (previous years have always been held in the evenings). The full article can be found here: http://www.shropshirelive.com/2012/11/13/shrewsbury-to-host-top-geek-conference-in-2013/

2013’s (R)Evolution will be held on Friday 27th September (venue tbc), and already has several high profile speakers lined up including: Elliot JayStocks, James Whittaker, and Laura Kalbag.

Planning is still in its early stages but people and companies are invited to get in touch now if they are interested in speaking or being sponsors of the event. If you would like to get in touch you can email: revolution@shropgeek.co.uk

Or, to be first to hear the latest news and updates register your interest here: http://2013.shropgeek-revolution.co.uk/

Paul Annett talking at The Theory of (R)Evolution 2012

Paul Annett talking at The Theory of (R)Evolution 2012 about the challenges faced by GOV.UK designing for everyone

Credits: Huge thank you to Jool’s Payne from The Jool’s Payne Partnership for writing the press releases that have been sent out so far.

Guest Blog for Heart Internet: The Importance of Grass Roots Conferences

I had spent the first year and a half of my business life focusing on networking locally and getting my name out there, now I wanted to take a step back from that and instead attend as many conferences as I could. And I did. In total I attended 10 conferences, and many smaller group meetings for the tech and IT orientated industries. How did I do this?

As many of you know, I am one of the organisers of The Theory of (R)Evolution web conference held here, in Shrewsbury, each September. So thats one I’m guaranteed to attend, but also, I avoided a lot of the more expensive conferences and instead attended and supported the smaller “grass roots” events.

After attending so many awesome events and the huge success of (R)Evolution this year (you can see photos and the conversation from Twitter on the night at the website: 2012.shropgeek-revolution.co.uk) I started to think about how important “grass roots” conferences really are to our industry. What I had learned and all the fantastic, hugely talented people I have gotten to know this year because I had attended.

This inspired my guest blog for Heart Internet: http://www.heartinternet.co.uk/blog/2012/10/the-importance-of-grass-roots-conferences/

I won’t go into detail (you can read the article for that), but I really wanted to explain how important I think conferences are to the web community, how the sharing of knowledge and the opportunity to learn from our peers makes us better at our profession. And that the “grass roots” conferences gives all of us that opportunity and not just those people that can afford the expensive tickets. Therefore making the industry as a whole better.

If you have attended any conferences this year, you can’t fail to have noticed that Heart Internet have sponsored many of them (including the (R)Evolution event). They are really keen to support these events and so it seemed the obvious choice for them to publish my article. They did, and the response was fantastic!

This is a subject I really believe in and so it was fantastic to be able to write the article and to share it with the web community.

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: 2012.shropgeek-revolution.co.uk

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

(R)Evolutionary thinking continues in Shropshire

If you follow me on Twitter, you can’t fail to have noticed my excitement recently. After the success of last year’s (and the first) “The Theory of (R)Evolution?” event, I am VERY excited to announce that it is back!

So what’s it all about?

Taking place at The Prince Rupert Hotel in Shrewsbury on September 2nd 2011, 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

Duncan Bloor currently works for the BBC as part of their audience acquisition team and specialises in search engine optimization.  It’s a term that many Shropshire companies will no doubt be familiar with but would openly admit is an area of confusion.  Duncan will be shedding light on how to use search engine data to gain insights into your audience and create content they will want to read.

Chris Thorpe has worked on projects as diverse as the video archives of Nobel Prize winners, putting contemporary art on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square and open data projects with the UK government. He will be talking about these fascinating projects.

Alex Hardie, 30, started his career in communications as a journalist. He spent 5 years as head of marketing at Virgin, before moving to San Francisco self publishing company, Blurb, where he helped launch the brand across Europe.  As the director of How Do You Do, a digital marketing company he has a special interest in social media and how it can be used effectively.

Who should come along?

There is no exact criteria for people who should attend, however, if you answer yes to any of the following you should definitely come!

  • You have an interest in how the internet has evolved and shaped our daily lives.
  • You work in the web, design and IT related industries.
  • You would like the opportunity to meet other ‘like-minded’ people and enjoy a relaxed evening of innovative talks.

This year we have a bigger venue so no one has to miss out. Held in The Darwin Suite, doors will open at 6pm with the first speaker taking the stage at 6.30pm.

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: www.shropgeek-revolution.co.uk
Alternatively you can download the flyer here

So come along, have a pint and relax for a social evening with like-minded people and enjoy some of the fittest ideas – in true Darwinian spirit – in the birthplace of evolutionary thought: Shrewsbury