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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:

https://twitter.com/DerbyServiceJam/
https://www.facebook.com/derbyramjam/
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7418490

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

Hope to see you soon

Derby Service Jam Team.

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 :-).

Tech conference showcasing Derby’s #1 high tech city status

Derby has been named the UK’s City of the Future and was also placed 3rd on the fDi ‘Top Ten Small European Cities’ award.

All exciting stuff, and now 7th national NextGen conference is coming to the Silk Mill museum in Derby on 11 and 12 November. Continue reading

Call for Geekeasy speakers!

As you know, the Geek Speak is an integral part of the Geekeasy evening. Starting at around 6.30pm-ish, the speaker talks about a subject they’re passionate about for anywhere up to 30 minutes.

Some people have never spoken in public before, some prepare slides or just go with the flow – there’s no standard format.

Would you like to do a talk?  Continue reading

Geekeasy Movie Night: The Worlds End

Hey Geeks!

You may have heard me and Matt talking about a movie night, which is something we’re aiming to do at least once a month to satiate our want for more geek socials!

As The Worlds End has just been released and with it being hard not to love the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy we’re meeting at the Showcase Cinema in the Westfield Centre at Derby for the 19:10 viewing this Tuesday!

Tweet @virtualisedgeek or @OrangutanClyde if you need any details..