July 25th 2011 – Our first geekup
The first Blackpool Geekup was held on the 25th July, at Gillespies pub, Topping St, Blackpool. The event was very well attended, on average there were 22 people at the event. At around 7:15pm we started our introduction talk, this was led by Les, and focussed on the purpose of the event, and allowed Les to tell us more about himself. The next talk was by Duncan Hodgson (@tawdryme on Twitter). Duncan talked about his venture, Aunty Social / Blackpool Social Media Surgeries. The surgeries focus on surgeons (users of social media who offer advice to attendees) working with third sector organisations to create or improve their online presence via social media. You can find out more about these surgeries and aunty social at the following links. http://duncanhodgson.co.uk/ http://www.auntysocial.co.uk/ After the talks were finished, everyone mixed and chatted amongst themselves, with lots of networking going on. Les showed Stuart Siddons, a local IT contractor, the online tool that was used for the opening presentation prezi.com. Prezi.com uses a large space in which you can drop ideas, and then create path from one section to another, as opposed to the standard Powerpoint model of slides. Carl Whalley, a local Android developer joined the meeting, and spoke about his experience, and some of the apps that he has worked on. Carl has also kindly agreed to give an overview of Android, and app development at our next Geekup. At the end of the night, everyone left, saying that the event had been a success and long may it continue. And with the help of the attendees, I'm sure that this geekup will go from strength to strength.