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..

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