This years ShropGeek (R)Evolution conference has been another huge success. Held on the 26th September at the Shrewsbury Conference Centre the event covered a range of technology related topics from security to content strategy to user experience.

Guest speakers travelled from around the country representing organisations including Facebook, the Guardian and Buffer. Around 130 people attended with a good mixure of local and national businesses.

ShropGeek meet monthly in the Alb, Shrewsbury and consist of technology enthusiasts and web professionals.

See the complete gallery on Flickr.

Building on the popularity of past events, Shropgeek is proud to present...

REBELLION #6 - THE (ALMOST) SUMMER EDITION.

Held at The Alb, in Shrewsbury, on Thursday May 22nd, Shropgeek has invited some of the digital industries leading talent from both Shropshire and further afield to come along, share skills and present earth-shattering ideas. There will be three headline speakers, two five minute lightning talks and five minutes at the end of the evening to give you the opportunity to share any news or announcements you have. What more could you want?

Our Rebellion #6 headliners include: Ashley Nolan (http://ashleynolan.co.uk/) who was most recently lead front-end developeron the responsive redign of the BBC Good Food website . He has worked with brands such as PlayStation, Lynx and the RSPCA. and will be discussing “The Evolution of Visual Interaction” and how the way people use websites has changed. Kirsty Burgoine, WordPress developer and co-founder of Shropgeek, will be talking about the tricky “Question of Deliverables” so that the client knows what to expect when creating responsive websites. And finally, Tim Millwood (http://www.millwoodonline.co.uk/) will be joining us and taking a look at “The Weapon of Choice” and how choosing the right tools for the job can have a dramatic impact on a project..

Pete White, Shropgeek regular and one of the organisers of (R)Evolution conference, said:

“Shropshire has a huge digital / creative industry and there are very few events in the county that directly cater for those involved. This event promises to be a fantastic evening combining talks from some of the most innovative thinkers and doers with a wide range of topics designed to appeal specifically to people working within the digital and creative industries.”

So why not come along and join us, listen to some inspiring talks, spark your creativity and chat with like-minded people over a beer or maybe even a cocktail (or two).

The evening is sponsored by  industry heavy weights: Campaign Monitor, with Micro sponsorship from Kirsty Burgoine Ltd. (http://www.kirstyburgoine.co.uk/) and The Web Orchard (http://www.theweborchard.com/). Tickets are only £10 per person and the doors open at 6.30pm with the first speaker starting at 7pm. Spaces are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

For full details of the event and to book tickets please visit the website at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rebellion-6-the-almost-summer-edition-tic...

A website dedicated to Shrewsbury which has gone from strength to strength over the past two years, has won Silver at this years Mayor of Shrewsbury awards in the business category.

Love Shrewsbury, the popular local news website operated by Pete White of web-development business The Web Orchard, was presented the award by current Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Jon Tandy.

The website has grown considerably since its initial inception and offers visitors the opportunity to gain quality magazine style news content that’s local but most importantly interesting and informative. Pete believe the Mayor’s award is a great symbol of the recognition that the Love Shrewsbury site has achieved a popular following across the town.

Speaking of their award, Pete said “We're thrilled to have recognition for the hard work we've put into the project over the past two years, I would like to thank everyone who has supported us in setting up the business and launching the website.”
 
In addition to news content, Love Shrewsbury provides blogs from local people - covering areas such as recycling, fashion and charity news.

At the ShropGeek Rebellion on Thursday, during Syd Lawrence's talk, the issue of the internet connected fridge came up - I vowed to solve it and have!  

Well I've got the raspberry Pi in the fridge and a looped bash script using text to speech to say "are you sure you want to eat that today" but either way its a good start.

Oh its not yet connected to the internet either but who's really counting all the issues with this.

View the video on Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/kub5upScLJ/ 

It’s been a busy year at The Web Orchard, we’ve worked for a lot of companies, charities and agencies. Here are some of the projects we’ve been involved with that we can talk about:

PSDC Iraq

One of our showcase projects of the year has been for the World Bank, the website we developed helps promote private sector development within Iraq. We worked closely with the PSDC staff from the World Bank complex in Baghdad to develop a Drupal 7 based website in both English and Arabic. We provide training and ongoing support for the project.
www.psdc-iraq.org

Friends of the Earth - Shrewsbury Green Guide

The Shrewsbury Green Guide is a directory of local organisations that provide environmentally friendly products and services. We designed and developed a Drupal 7 based website and provided training so that the volunteers could easily manage the website.
www.shrewsburygreenguide.org.uk

Mowgli

Mowgli provide mentoring throughout the UK and MENA (Middle East North Africa) regions. We developed their website in a phased approach throughout 2013. The sites striking design and use of Drupal’s custom content types and views has made it one of our favourite projects of the year.
www.mowgli.org.uk

AAIB

We’ve worked with AAIB for a number of years and in 2013 we assisted them with updating their website with their latest branding.
www.aaib-insurance.com

Shropshire Unison

Our second project for the trade union Unison has seen us build the website for our local branch. Communicating with their members was one of the key goals to the site.
www.shropshire-unison.org.uk

Visible Recovery

Spreading our work even further than the Middle East, Visible Recovery based in Australia help people overcome addiction problems. We developed the responsive WordPress website to help attract patients to their Adelaide based treatment centre.
www.visiblerecovery.com.au

Love Shrewsbury

Our Love Shrewsbury site has gone from strength to strength in 2013 and we’ve been busy developing and tweaking it’s features. We went for some ground breaking ways to display our monthly archives that have been a huge hit with our visitors.
www.loveshrewsbury.com
www.loveshrewsbury.com/monthly


ShropGeek

We’ve been heavily involved with ShropGeek this year, helping organise (R)Evolution conference in September and taking parts in a hack day in March.

What’s in store for 2014

Phone/Tablet Apps

We’ve recently become involved in iPhone/Android app development, and with a couple of projects on the horizon it looks to be an interesting area in the new year.

Drupal 8

The top discussion at both Drupal Camps we’ve attended this year has been Drupal 8; expected to be released sometime next summer, it is an interesting and highly anticipated overhall to a rock-solid framework that we are looking forward to tackling in the new year.

Lots more projects

We have several big projects in the pipeline for 2014 which promise to be both challenging and rewarding.

To find out more visit www.theweborchard.com or call 01743 343411

This one was a cracker at the end of last week from our office in Shrewsbury!

ShropGeek Rebellion

By Pete | @kingpetey | 21 Nov 2013

It's been a busy evening at the ShropGeek Rebellion tonight, lots of drinking and geeky discussion!

Shrewsbury Jobs Fair

By Pete | @kingpetey | 18 Sep 2013

In a bid to help the unemployed back into work, a Jobs Fair has been organised in Shrewsbury by local MP Daniel Kawczynski.  The event will take place on Friday 27 September and will provide the opportunity for those looking for a job to come along and meet with prospective employers to discuss potential work opportunities. 

Over 40 local businesses have been invited to Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury between 10:00am and 3:00pm on Friday 27 September 2013,with many employers having already signed up to support the event. Businesses can use the event as part of a recruitment drive and to compliment their Recruiting Software.

Daniel Kawczynski said: 
“Shrewsbury has been hit hard over the last year or so with the loss of some major employers and I am keen to spread the word that there are still many great businesses out there that can offer a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Shrewsbury employment trend of the past few months has been encouraging but there are still a lot of my constituents without a job or a plan to get one.   I know that similar events held in other parts of the country have been very successful and well attended.  I hope that this Jobs Fair will open up opportunities for the people of Shrewsbury who are looking for employment.”

A raft of new tickets for this year’s Theory of (R)Evolution web conference in Shrewsbury will be released Monday 2nd September after unprecedented demand for Britain’s best event for those working in the web and adjoining digital creative sectors left scores of delegates from across the UK unable to secure a seat this year.

The conference takes place at the Shrewsbury Conference Centre at RSH Shrewsbury on Friday 27th September 2013. Organised by Shropgeek, a community of digital creatives in Shropshire, the conference has rapidly become one of the most significant of its type in the UK with this year’s event attracting international thought leaders from the web industry.

Shrewsbury-based web developer, Kirsty Burgoine, one of the conference organisers believes this year’s exceptional keynote speakers are the reason ticket sales have rocketed as the event draws near. She said: “The fact that Canadian web architect Jonathan Snook is flying over especially to give a keynote address at the conference is what’s exciting people. He’s probably the most respected web professional in the world, so to have someone of his calibre here in Shropshire is frankly, awesome.

“Anecdotal evidence also suggests that Elliot Jay Stocks, the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, is another leading industry player who has captured the attention of digital creatives in the UK. We’ve agreed to release a further 50 tickets as of Monday to meet the unbelievable demand and fully expect them to be snapped up in a snip.”

High profile sponsors providing integral support to this showcase event include Greenfield IT Recruitment, Heart Internet and Zengenti.

Companies interested in putting their brand in front of a packed conference of web, tech and digital creatives at The Theory of (R)Evolution 2013 conference and at the event’s popular pre and post conference fringe can explore sponsorship opportunities by visiting http://2013.shropgeek-revolution.co.uk/ or email Kirsty Burgoine at revolution@shropgeek.co.uk for details.

Demand for tickets for this year’s Theory of (R)Evolution web conference to be held in Shrewsbury on 27th September is so high that organisers expect the event to sell out by the end of the month.

To meet the unprecedented demand for places following the sell-out conference last year, this year’s (R)Evolution event will take place at the Shrewsbury Conference Centre at RHS Shrewsbury.

Organised by Shropgeek, a community of digital creatives, the conference has rapidly become one of the most significant of its type in the UK with this year’s event attracting international thought leaders from the web industry. Shropshire will host some of the UK’s most celebrated web professionals for a day of industry-leading discussion and information sharing.

This year’s exceptional keynote speakers include the internationally renowned Canadian web architect Jonathan Snook, James Whittaker from the Twitter Corporation, Dafydd Vaughn from the government’s website UK.gov and Elliot Jay Stocks, Creative Director of Adobe Typekit.

Other top speakers include Robert Mills from Designing the Invisible, Chris Thorpe from Jaggeree, the specialist web and mobile apps designer Laura Kalbag and Joel Hughes from Port 80 Conference.

Shrewsbury-based web developers, Kirsty Burgoine and Pete White, along with leading London-based web writer and technology evangelist, Zach Beauvais, are the driving force behind the (R)Evolution event.

“Interest in The Theory of (R)Evolution 2013 has rocketed this year.” said Kirsty. “Anyone who is anyone in the digital industry in Britain will be there. It’s awesome to think that in just three years we have created arguably the most compelling ‘must attend’ web event in the country right here in Shropshire.

“Any business delivering digital and web-related services within the Shropshire business community will have unprecedented access to some of the most dynamic web professionals in the UK and beyond.

“We’ve already secured high level support from organisations from beyond our borders but I want to see Shropshire companies getting involved. We have a range of conference sponsorships available as well as pre and post conference social events, with a perfect mix of developers, creatives and business people attending.

“The Theory of (R)Evolution 2013 conference will help Shropshire businesses better understand the impact of the web, digital technologies and the crucial strategic role they play in business-winning,” added Kirsty.

High profile sponsors providing integral support to this showcase event include Greenfield IT Recruitment, Heart Internet and Zengenti. Companies interested in exploring sponsorship opportunities or attending The Theory of (R)Evolution 2013 conference can visit http://2013.shropgeek-revolution.co.uk/ or email Kirsty Burgoine at revolution@shropgeek.co.uk for details.
 

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