November 2017 – Lightning talks and last meetup of 2017!

We closed out the year with an uncharacteristically bumpy Staffs Web Meetup. The venue had misplaced their projector. Meaning we started off a little later than usual. The replacement projector had a fantastic eco mode. It shut itself down every 10 minutes!

Thanks for bearing with us. In the end, we saw some great talks from George and Fiona. Again, our thanks to everyone who has attended and spoken over the past year. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2018!

A massive thank you to our sponsors – iWeb and The Deskspace Project, run by TopCashback’s Charity (TopCharity).

Talks

The Future Of Front-End: Everything You Need To Know

George Wilde

We take a look at future of the front-end and try to discover what it looks like for developers. We’ll see what are the hot trends that will keep us up to date and employable in the future.

Women in Web and App Development

Fiona Knight

After a computer engineer fired by Google for suggesting women are less suited to certain roles in tech and leadership, this talk will look at is the gender in-balance nature or nurture? What, if anything, should companies and universities do to change this.

October 2017 – 3rd birthday and lightning talks

Our thanks to everyone who has attended and spoken over the past year. With your support we’ve reached the grand old age of three!

October’s meetup went down well, with excellent talks from Mark and Marc, followed by Trevor’s famous open discussion session. We celebrated with tasty cupcakes, thanks to Ann and the team at The Bakehouse!

A massive thank you to our sponsors – iWeb and The Deskspace Project, run by TopCashback’s Charity (TopCharity).

Talks

Do you want to Inspire and Engage Young People in the World of STEM?

Mark Robinson

Please come along and hear how together we can tackle the STEM Skills Shortage and provide the link between employers and the workforce of tomorrow. Learn how you will be able to join a community of over 35,000 volunteers and become a role model in schools and colleges and also establish links with educational establishments that may enhance recruitment within your own employment area.

Learn more about the STEM Ambassador programme.

Building a successful freelance business without going crazy

Marc Jenkins

Freelancing is hugely rewarding, lucrative, and provides lot’s of freedom but can also be stressful, put a strain on your relationships, and impact your personal health. Marc shares his experience of building a successful freelance business without it running him.

Marc has published a write-up and posted his slides over on his website.

September 2017 – DWP @ GOV.UK – Imposter Syndrome

Thank you to everyone who made September’s meetup. We were grateful to be joined by our guest speaker who gave an open and honest talk on imposter syndrome.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – iWeb and The Deskspace Project, run by TopCashback’s Charity (TopCharity).

Talk

Imposter Syndrome

Gavin Elliott

When imposter syndrome got to be too much for Gavin Elliott, he had to confront his own deep, sophisticated mental health challenges. In a personal talk, Gavin shares how he learned to handle anxiety and imposter syndrome in a society that’s uncomfortable discussing it. As he says: “Being honest about how we feel doesn’t make us weak — we can overcome our imposter.”

This talk will discuss mental health support, recognising imposter syndrome, the effect it has on our personal and professional lives, how to deal with it and ultimately overcome your imposter.

Gavin has published a write-up over on his website if you missed out on September’s meetup.

August 2017 – Mental Health

August saw us coming together to discuss the importance of mental health within the tech industry.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – iWeb and The Deskspace Project, run by TopCashback’s Charity (TopCharity).

Talk

Open Sourcing Mental Illness

Trevor Adams

In some parts of the world, the burden of mental health disorder is the largest of all disorder categories; but it seems like very few people are talking about it. A world wide problem will undoubtedly impact upon our narrower technical community.So, when it comes to mental health in our community and workplace; where do we begin?

This presentation will provide some context to mental health in the tech community and highlight some of the work being done by Open Sourcing Mental Health.