Digital Exeter September Meet-up beat all records with over 200 people in attendance. That might have something to do with the free bar provided by our sponsor EQuiniti Data & EQuiniti Cyber Security but I like to think you all came to hear the wonderful set of speakers we had!
From Exeter’s Science Park their new CEO, Dr Sally Basker gave a talk on their plans for the park and expressed her desire to see more woman in tech.
Dr Alastair Buick, our second Doctor of the evening, this time a medical one talked about his adventures in the NHS as a GP and as a Tech entrepreneur building apps and service for Digital health.
Finally the Founder and CEO of the nights sponsor Stuart Robb gave an entertaining talk about his personal journey from shed in Exmouth to 50 staff at Marketing Source to selling out to EQuiniti in January of this year.
Making UI & UX simple and revolutionising farming.
Digital Exeter July Meet-up
Digital Exeter July Meet-up had two fantastic speakers covering User Interfaces/User Experience – Making things Simple and the story of Toby Mottram’s 10 year journey building tech to revolutionise farming. Unfortunately our third speaker pulled-out last minute so we had no time to replace them.
Daniel Honey from HoneyBe Creative talks about UI/UX the difference between the two and how by keeping things simple you can succeed at both.
Toby Mottram talks about the last 10 years of his life setting up three Tech start-ups that aim to revolutionise farming in the UK and across the World.
Plus the usual round-ups of things that people in Digital shoud know about coming up over the next few weeks and months.
Hot start-up and Cyber threats, plus Tech Nation 2017
Digital Exeter March Meet-up
Digital Exeter March Meet-up had two fantastic speakers covering Cyber Security – A Human perspective and the story of Exeter’s newest start-up Tubers UK – video training academy. Plus a bit from me talking about Tech Nation 2017 and the future of Digital Exeter.
We learn about the current Cyber threat landscape and what you should do to protect yourself, your staff and your company. In this information packed talk we learn about the Human side of Cyber Security and how we can all make some simple behaviour changes that can make a real difference.
Exeter’s hottest new start-up talk about their stratospheric growth. Tubers UK is a video training academy for todays YouTube generation. Nick talks about their plans and how we can all learn to embrace video in our work.
I talk about the Tech Nation 2017 report, the influential document detailing the UK’s top Tech Clusters. Exeter appears for the second year. As well as highlighting some of their findings and running it past the audience, I talk about the changes in Digital Exeter and it’s future.
From Kevin Bacon to making better drivers in four talks.
Digital Exeter November 2016
Digital Exeter November meet has four fantastic speakers covering the World of Digital. Featuring; City data, Content performance, Data privacy and better driving.
We learn about Exeter City Futures plans for zero congestion and energy independence in Exeter by 2025. Successful business woman Colette Easton talks about her new venture based in Devon – Molecule Agency. We have an entertaining Lawyer making Data privacy interesting. And finally a gadget developed by an Exeter firm, Ashwood Lightfoot, that hopes to change the behaviour of drivers for the better.
In this packed evening we also have Shaun Rudden from Aptus IT Recruiting talking about their Aptus Digital Guide to the South West and how Digital Exeter members can get involved.
As well as always a great chance for people to network with like-minded folk. For friends to catch-up and for the new to make contacts. A great evening was had by all. Listen again to the audio recordings of our Digital Exeter November speakers.
Septembers’s meet-up, McDonald’s CRM, Is Journalism Dead? And The Digital Census 2021.
Digital Exeter September 2016
Three great speakers discussing the future of Journalism, getting the most out of your CRM and The Digital Census in 2021
A great evening and a great crowd for our September meet-up of Digital Exeter. We a delighted that again around a third of attendees were new to Digital Exeter and our meet-up group is close to breaking 800 members!
Alex Pierre-Traves, CRM Consultant for McDonald’s UK, lives in Exeter and travels to London to help McDonald’s become best in class at using their CRM system. He talked about why it is useful to use what you know about you customers when you communicate with them and ran through some good & bad practice as well as what they have implemented at McDonalds
Dan Pritchard, CEO of Astley Media based in Exeter City Centre, talked about whether we are facing the death of Journalism and the rise of robot/algorithmic news.
Terry Makewell, Chief Digital Officer for the Office of National Statistics (ONS) talked the National Census and how the ONS wants the next census to be 75% Digitally completed. He talked about the enormity of the task and how they hope to be prepared for the UK’s largest peace-time event.
Plus, we rounded up the meet-up with a discount to Tech Exeter Conference 2016 for Digital Exeter members using code ‘digitalexeter’ to get £10 off the price of a ticket.
July’s meet-up, future of Social Media, future of Tech in South West and engagement frameworks.
Digital Exeter July 2016
Three great speakers discussing the future of Social Media, the future of Tech in the South West and Engagement theory and frameworks!
Another sell-out Meet-up at Jury’s Inn. This time we had about a third new attendees which just shows how fast the community is growing. We now have well over 600 on the meet-up group.
Matt Young, Honiton based Social Media Consultant and Podcaster (and Radio Jock) talked first about about his opinion on the future of Social Media. (Pokemon spoiler alert ahead!)
Chris Proctor, CEO of OneServer based at Exeter Airport Business Park talked about his frustrations and the opportunities for the future of Tech in the South West.
Scott Gould, Consultant (and some will remember co-founder of LikeMinds in Exeter 2009) travelled from Plymouth to give us a Master Class in engagement theory using his Scatter, Gather, Matter framework.
Getting creative with video and new technology at Exeter’s Apple Store
Our special event in conjunction with the Exeter Apple Store went down a storm last Thursday.
We brought together 50 attendees from the community to engage with all things video, which included talks from the experts and creative workshops using Apple technology and products.
The evening opened with a thought-provoking talk from Jason Purvis, Producer and Director at Film Production Company AB Motion in Exeter. His talk focused on how to get video content right – by understanding that a creative, compelling idea needs to be considered before a video is produced. He also highlighted that you should absolutely consider developing a digital strategy to promote your new video content after it has been produced. Many brands produce a stunning video but it sits within their YouTube channel and on their website, only achieving a few views. Be clever with your digital targeting and reach your target audience in new, innovative ways through video marketing channels.
Digital Exeter’s sister meet-up re-brands to Tech Exeter
ExeterWeb has re-branded as TechExeter and opened up a new co-working space in the heart of the city. With strong ties to the community, TechExeter is set to become an essential resource for tech companies.
Co-working space for people in Tech
The co-working space opened on the 2nd of May and offers desk space in the centre of Southernhay starting from £80 per month. “What we’ve done is to create a space that not only has great facilities for people to rent, but one that actively supports those who work in the tech industry, whether they are software developers, data analysts or web start-ups” says Kris Sum, co-founder of TechExeter. “We’ve got a hacker space for developing hardware prototypes, shelves of tech books, a lightning-fast network, plus I’m on hand to answer any technical queries”.
A new venue with over 100 attendees from the Digital community…
The March Digital Exeter meet up has now grown to be our largest to date. You may recall that we referred to January’s meet up as “bigger than ever” but we’ve surpassed that with a new venue accommodating a larger audience.
As Digital Exeter continues to grow it’s becoming more apparent that Exeter holds a diverse and strong digital / tech community that is thriving. We’re a hub of startups, innovation, creativity and data companies that are changing the way we do business and we’re glad to be bringing likeminded individuals together to share knowledge at Digital Exeter.
At the March meet up topics provided more insight into Crowdfunding, Mobile and Analytics and our speakers delivered some inspiring talks. Exeter should be proud of the talent that our city holds and we’re more than happy to showcase this at Digital Exeter.