June 2019 – Lightning Talks

Thanks for coming along to the June edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – Dataflexnet, Codeweavers, VesselsValue and Kanuka Digital.


Angular Fundamentals – How to Build Modern Web Apps

George WildeFront End Developer, Contractor/Consultant

George will walk us through the fundamentals of the Angular framework.

We’ll cover everything you need to know to build your first Angular app. We’ll see how an app is structured, how components talk to each other, what a service is, how routing works and how to collect data with forms.

Whether you’re new to Angular, or just want to check you’re doing things the best way, this talk will fast-track you to building great Angular apps.

Timekeeping with JS at the beach

Rob Wells — Web Developer, EU Automation

JavaScript is not known for its brilliant abilities to keep time, so it’s probably not best suited to timing motorsport. In this talk Rob will explain some of problems he faced in building an offline application to time Vintage Hot Rods on Pendine Sands.

The seventh annual running of the Hot Rod Races is happening over the weekend of 15th and 16th June.

May 2019 – JS Design Patterns & Writing Website Specifications

Thanks for coming along to the May edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – Codeweavers, VesselsValue and Kanuka Digital.


JavaScript design patterns – a case study

Elliot Evans — Web App Developer, Codeweavers

When creating a solution for a problem it can be challenging to put all the pieces together, this presentation will showcase how implementation of some design patterns helped overcome this hurdle.

Writing effective website specification documents

Mark Wilkinson — Developer and Co-founder, Highrise Digital

Do you want to set your website project up for success? Do you want to avoid any costly surprises along the way?

Of course, you do.

A thorough, focused web specification document will keep your web project running smoothly and, most importantly, will give you the best to chance of delivering a project that meets the goals of your visitors and your business.

In this talk, Mark will outline the key parts of an effective website specification and why they’re important.

April 2019 – Lightning Talks

Thanks for coming along to the April edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – Codeweavers, VesselsValue and Kanuka Digital.


Adventures in building a large SPA Admin Area with Vue.js

Andrew McCombe — Senior Developer, Kaweb

Building an admin area as a Single Page Application requires a different approach than the traditional route. In this talk Andrew explains some of the architectural and security solutions employed in building a large admin area built with Vue.js and backed with a Laravel API.

Internet of (art) Things

David Perks

Artist makers are embracing the opportunities offered by single-board microcontrollers. David will outline some of his experiments with particular emphasis on the ESP8266 wi-fi board.

November 2015 – An evening of WordPress

Join us for an evening of WordPress on Thursday 19th November at Bean enCounter. We have free food and a drink waiting! We’ll be there from 6pm with talks starting at 7pm.

The nearest car park is North Walls and parking in Stafford is free after 6pm. The car park is open 24/7, so no worries about getting locked in!

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.

WordPress: The only limit is yourself

Presented by Phil Wylie


WordPress is a flexible platform to build upon. In my talk we’ll take a flying look at some of the core WordPress concepts which have made it such a widely used platform.


Presented by Laura Vaquero Blanco

An introduction to woocommerce. an ecommerce plugin for WordPress that powers over 30% of the eCommerce stores online. Hooking into WordPress core functionality. I will give you a brief overview of its history and features.

WordPress Multisite in the wild

Presented by Jonny Allbut

Ever wondered how or even why you might use WordPress Multisite? Jonny will talk us through a couple of his recent real-world WordPress Multisite projects that illustrate some of the cool things you can do with this little-used feature of WordPress.

Copywriting crash course: How to beat most professional copywriters

Presented by Karl Blanks

Karl is a scientist with a PhD from Cambridge University. He is the Chairman and co-founder of Conversion Rate Experts (CRE), an international consultancy that scientifically optimizes the profitability of web businesses. CRE’s client portfolio includes Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Lloyds Banking Group, GQ, and Sony.

In this talk, Karl will reveal a highly effective copywriting formula that you can use to sell anything—your clients’ services, your company’s services or yourself (i.e. in your CV, not on eBay).

February 2015 – Lightning Talks

Thanks to everyone who came along last Thursday, we had a great turnout of around 40 people! Thank you to our sponsors (Campaign Monitor, Connect Group and iWeb) and of course Bean enCounter and their team for the fantastic food and drink. The evening was hosted by Natasha and we had four great lightning talks.

Myself and the rest of the organising team would like to thank everyone for their overwhelmingly positive feedback, including a number of fantastic blog posts.

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.

WebGL: The Future of Web Maps?

Presented by James Milner


Web maps have changed a lot since they first appeared in web browsers in 1993. Currently WebGL (a web graphics library) is the latest trend in plugin-less 2D and 3D web graphics. The talk will examine if web maps will move away from traditional methods to this new approach.

Thymeleaf & Thymesheet

Presented by Ruth Mills

Thymeleaf is a relatively new Java view layer technology which can be used as an alternative to JSP, and lets you code your view layer using “vanilla” HTML, which you can then annotate with custom HTML5 data attributes which tell Thymeleaf how to map your back-end data model onto your HTML. Thymesheet takes this one step further, taking a completely clean HTML file, and mapping the back-end data model onto it using CSS3 selectors. Best of all, Thymesheet lets you do test-driven development (TDD) so you can test every aspect of mapping your Java object model onto your HTML – and, even more crucially, be notified by a failed test when something changes in the HTML that you need to take account of.

ACTIVATE AGILE! A newbie’s guide to Agile (from a newbie’s perspective)

Presented by Jamie Pollock

A very quick intro to agile web development from a newbie for newbies.

How I got here

Presented by Sam Bennett

Over the years I have learnt a lot, but how I have learnt has stayed the same.

We’ll be back!

We raffled off a number of prizes on the night, including a number of books, a JetBrains licence, a GitHub micro plan and finally, a French press with a bag of coffee courtesy of Bean enCounter. Congratulations to our raffle winners!

We’d also like to thank our sponsors, Campaign Monitor, Connect Group and iWeb. Without getting too emotional… our sponsors continue to show a genuine commitment to supporting our event and the local web community. With their support we’ve been able to put on a number of fantastic evenings and build what I feel is an inclusive, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

We’ll be back in March with a slight twist. We’re sticking with the social/four lightning talks format. However, we’re going with a show and tell theme. So if you have a piece of work you’re especially proud of, or perhaps a project which presented a number of challenges. We would love for you to share your experience. Get in touch and we’ll get you a slot booked in.

Join our mailing list and we’ll keep you updated on our upcoming events. We’ll see you in March!