What is Geekeasy?

Geekeasy is a relaxed gathering of geeky/techy/creative types, who have an interest in learning and perhaps working together. It’s very friendly, and you’ll find an interesting mix of people to talk to..

Derby Service Jam @ Derby QUAD 26th-28th February 2016

Following on from the January 2016 Geekspeak, below is some information regarding the upcoming RamJam.

Link to sign up: http://derbyservicejam.org.uk/take-part/

Link to homepage: http://derbyservicejam.org.uk/

Global Service jam website: http://planet.globalservicejam.org/


You may have seen the speaker Jean Mutton presenting about Service Design and the Derby RamJam in our January event.

If not here are the full details to the FREE weekend held in Derby where anyone can learn about Service Design and work as part of a global event with groups around the world.

What is the Global Service Jam?

One weekend each year, people who are interested in applying design techniques to services and improving customer experience meet Derby, in a spirit of experimentation, innovation, co-operation and friendly competition to develop and prototype a completely new service.

How does it work?

Teams have less than 48 hours to create this new service inspired by a shared SECRET theme. At the end of the weekend, their collection of brand new services will be published to the world.

You’ll be working with people you might never have met before, bouncing ideas off one another and building on what bounces back. And it’s not just talking – you are here to turn your ideas into a concrete design, prototype and plan of action which you or somebody else might want to make real. Can you prototype and plan it in a way that someone could go out and make it real, knowing what resources they would need, what they should do, and who they should talk to?

– Do I need to bring anything? No – just your good self!
– Do I need to know anything about Service Design? No – that is what the weekend is all about
– Who will be there? People like you – with an interest in how to change the world and make things better!

Derby Service Jam on social:


If you have any more questions please email info@derbyservicejam.org.uk

Hope to see you soon

Derby Service Jam Team.

Geekeasy 2.0: A change in organisation


Smiley geek

Christine writes: After three years of organising the nerdiest meetup in town, I’m passing the Chief Geek Hat to Sam and Glyn. My intention was always for Geekeasy to be a collaborative and evolving group, so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with it!

I’ve had an absolute ball – and will still be coming along – but it’s time for me to focus on my business. Derby needs friendly events like Geekeasy so I want to thank all of you for coming along and being so enthusiastic every month.


Gotta love Sam and his dedication to After Eights :-)

My highlights include:

  • Peakeasy this summer – walking around the Peaks in the rain has never been so much fun
  • the After Eight cake Sam made for our first birthday
  • the excuse to munch samosas every month

It’s never been a better time to be a geek so it’s over to you Sam and Glyn…


Pedro’s talk on beer was one of our most popular

At Peakeasy

Giggling in the pub on our Peakeasy walk


Loved the future of history talk by Jonathan Wallis


Mr Frostbite’s Geekeasy love-in

Nigel Vardy graced us with a recounting of his mountaineering experiences in February.

For over 20 years, Nigel Vardy has adventured across the globe. Known for his high-altitude exploits and severe frostbite injuries, Nigel has also hacked through dense rainforests, carried out challenging relief work and lived in remote communities.

Regardless of the country or climate, Nigel has a thirst to experience whatever is ‘Over the Horizon’. The world may be extensively mapped, and the internet can show images of anything, anywhere, but there is nothing like sticking your head over the ridge, or round the corner to see what’s there with your own eyes.

To experience the depth and proportion of a mountain range, the river valley which cuts through the jungle or a tiny flower hiding behind a rock is what adventure is all about.
It has to involve risk, and Nigel is no stranger to that. Having almost lost his life and suffered great injury because of his exploits, Nigel enjoys every new vista with delight.

He was recently surrounded by avalanches in the Himalayas, and found himself once again in the media spotlight during the tragic disasters in Nepal. Will this stop him from poking his head over the parapet? Probably not.

Nigel had this to say after his talk, “I recently spoke at Geekeasy in Derby about what makes me look ‘Over the Horizon’. I’ve climbed and travelled for many years, and always have the inquisitiveness do a child. I’m forever asking why, where, how etc and constantly looking for new experiences.

I shared my journey from birth to the present day, questions people’s thoughts and ideas on how they want to push themselves ‘Over the Horizon’. Thanks to Geekeasy for allowing me to speak on what turned out the be a highly enjoyable occasion.”

Follow Nigel on Twitter or check out his website..