November 2014 – Lightning Talks

A massive thanks to everyone who came along to the second Staffs Web Meetup. We just about managed to all squeeze in upstairs at Bean enCounter with a turnout of around 45 people!

We hosted five brilliant lightning talks and our wonderful host, Natasha did a great job of keeping the event flowing smoothly.

Lightning talks

We’ve included a summary of the talks below and we’ll update the page with coverage (slides/videos) as it comes in.

Who the f*** is BEM?

Presented by Dave Redfern


Creating manageable code is key to the success of any project. CSS pre-processors are awesome but with BEM as it’s partner in crime you have a powerful combination for front end development.

Community: You Never Develop Alone

Presented by Jamie Pollock

A talk about my experience of community, using the Umbraco community as a case study.

This talk is aimed at everyone, despite my experience coming from Umbraco and also being a “lone wolf” developer.

By the end of it, I hope to have inspired people to think about how they can get involved in their own dev group community or start one if they can’t already find one.

Programming is awesome

Presented by James Brooks


For my first ever talk I decided to tackle a sensitive subject that I feel isn’t spoken enough about and that’s Depression & Anxiety.

Constant Terror: Security and protection on the Internet

Presented by Aaron Brady


It’s reasonable to assume that anything on the Internet is under attack all of the time. I’ll show some numbers about how bad the problem is, what you can do to (try to) protect yourself, and how to deal with the inevitable.

How to make an amazing cup of coffee at home

Presented by Jonathan Cushing

An amazing cup of coffee emphasises natural sweetness, brightness, flavours and mouth texture within bean, while minimizing negative attributes such as bitterness or sourness. In order to get amazing coffee, the coffee needs to be loved at all stages from the farmer, miller, importer, roaster and the barista. As a home barista, I will explain on how to buy, store, grind and brew amazing coffee at home.

We’ll be back!

A big thanks to our sponsor Campaign Monitor for generously buying everyone a drink. We’d also like to thank O’Reilly Media and Five Simple Steps for sending us the fantastic raffle prizes.

We’ll be back in January for another action-packed evening of web fun. We’re hosting a number of guest speakers. Let us know your coming, sign up on Lanyrd.

October 2014 – Social

Once again, a massive thank you to everyone who attended! The event far exceeded our expectations with a turnout of over 50 people. Our only regret is that we didn’t get the chance to speak with everyone!

Thank you all for completing the feedback forms. Generally it seems most were pleased with the first meetup even though it may have been a bit of a squeeze! We’re doing our best to take your feedback on board and bring in some of your ideas, including arranging a larger space for our next meetup.

We’re planning to hold meetings monthly with lightning talks, guest speakers, quizzes and social gatherings.

There was strong support for lightning talks, so we’re aiming to have 5 or so talks at the next meetup. If you’re interested in giving a short (5-10 minute) lightning talk, shoot us an email or tweet @staffsWebMeetup. Talks can be on any topic or sector of the web, or even something more philosophical if you wish!

A number of you mentioned that the event started too early and didn’t give a lot of time for travel. We’re going to keep the 18:00 start time. However, we won’t kick off the talks until 19:00.

We hope to see you again next time.