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.

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.

The next steps for Geekeasy…

Hi gang,

Christine here, Geekeasy founder and chief geek ;-)

We’ve been meeting regularly for about 2 and a half years now and hasn’t it been fun? We’ve heard all sorts of talks, had a few socials and learned plenty of stuff along the way.

As you know, Geekeasy is run on a not-for-profit basis. The samosas are kindly bought by Pedro, landlord of the Furnace Inn and all the time spent organising it is done for free. You get to meet, mingle, learn and scoff – all for nowt!

But now we’ve hit a bit of a snag.

For next week’s event, we can’t use the usual venue as they’re having a beer festival. We’ve got an alternative lined up but to rent the space it will cost £75. It’s not much, but for a not-for-profit event it’s a lot!

The venue is in town, it has a bar and it’ll be our own space so we’ll be able to hear the speaker better and won’t be competing with other conversations going on. In fact, it would be a great place to have Geekeasy every month as the continuing popularity of our meetups means we really need a bigger space now.

I’m telling you all this because I need your help: what should we do? Do we all chip in a couple of quid? A month? Can anyone sponsor the event to the tune of £75? Or a few sponsors at £20 each? You tell me in the comments below or on Twitter.

Thanks for reading all the way to here.

Christine :-)

Code Club meet up: helping grow Derby’s next generation of programmers

Code ClubCode Club is a national after school club that is available for 9 to 11 year olds.

It keeps your pre-teens entertained by giving them their first experience of computer programming. As a not-for-profit organisation Code Club offers free materials to primary school across the country.

The organisation wants to increase the number of clubs in Derby. It’s holding a meeting at the Silk Mill on Sunday 21 December. Starting at 1.30pm, existing club volunteers will be there to give you information.

Find the details for the event here. The East Midlands regional co-ordinator is Katharine Childs and you can follow the goings on at the Code Club Twitter account.