About this project
This event is going ahead, sadly Kickstarter wouldn't allow us to show other funds we received but we got to total :) You can buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/primeconf-best-of-british-tickets-9242264863?
FULL DETAILS OF TALKS, SPEAKERS, VENUE ON http://www.primeconf.com
Huge thanks to Lyst (@MakingLyst & http://developers.lyst.com/) for being our first sponsor, your support is incredible, the community thanks you!
Big thanks to Money Advice Service for sponsoring, they're hiring! Email me firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Setting our sights nice and high: we'd like to put on the best UK focused cutting edge tech conference you've ever been to :-)
Our conference is going to be a celebration of great British technology and technologists. Taking a countrywide approach we have invited guest speakers from around Britain to talk about what they know and what they do. We will also be live streaming the event so everyone who wants to can watch regardless of location.
Our format will be 30 min talks alternating with 10 minute talks to keep everyone awake and engaged.
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS SO FAR INCLUDE:
Alice Taylor, MakieLab
- Chris Thorpe, I Can Make
- Matthew Somerville, mySociety (& many other great things)
- Mazz Mosley, freelance technologist
- Ian Forrester, BBC R&D
- Dan Fairs, SecondSync *just* been acquired by Twitter (woo, go Dan & the team!)
- Amy Mather, MiniGirlGeek
- Dr Tom Crick, Senior Lecturer in Computing Science, Cardiff Metropolitan University
- Priya Prakash, Founder, Design for Social Change
- Gordon Hollingworth, chief engineer @ Raspberry Pi
- Herb Kim, Founder & CEO of Thinking Digital Limited
They’re going to be covering things such as: restarting computer science in UK schools, experiments in inventing products for the early majority, 21st century knitting patterns and things which feel like magazines from the 80s, growing a UK tech startup, 'Dating, Lies and Algorithms', and so much more.
We want to create a participatory event that allows those coming to ask questions during the talks (without derailing the schedule) via a web interface. We'll pick three questions for the speaker to answer at the end of their talk and all the rest (assuming they're not silly or rude) will be answered by the speakers IAMA style on the conference website afterwards.
Depending on the amount of money we raise, we've got plenty of other interactive experiences and fun planned for the day too. We want to put a smile on your face and blow your noodles with home-grown awesome.
This conference will have a Code of Conduct in place (http://confcodeofconduct.com/) which will be in place on the site when it goes up in the next week or two. By coming along to the conference you agree to being a decent and lovely human being, which I know all of you are :-)
If you buy a sponsor slot, we'll add you straight to the top of this text with a link to you and our thanks :-D
Lastly - if you buy a ticket to donate or you just can't make it on the day, you'll automatically also get a streaming pass if you let us know at least 24hrs before the event.
Risks and challenges
Selling out the venue, making sure we reach a diverse audience to attend, and delivering a conference that's not a fantastic experience all round are all risks that concern me.
I'm aiming to overcome these by raising awareness as far and wide as possible, asking a diverse and fascinating group of people to speak to inspire those coming from every background, and making sure it's the sort of conference I'd enjoy are the ways I'll mitigate against the risks.
As far as being qualified, 16 years in the internet industry organising events, bringing groups of people together and having attended many conferences will hopefully put me in good stead.
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