ShropGeek (R)Evolution Conference 2014

This years ShropGeek (R)Evolution conference has been another huge success. Held on the 26th September at the Shrewsbury Conference Centre the event covered a range of technology related topics from security to content strategy to user experience.

Guest speakers travelled from around the country representing organisations including Facebook, the Guardian and Buffer. Around 130 people attended with a good mixure of local and national businesses.

ShropGeek meet monthly in the Alb, Shrewsbury and consist of technology enthusiasts and web professionals.

See the complete gallery on Flickr.

Town web-firm to sponsor ShropGeek (R)Evolution Conference

Shrewsbury based website developers The Web Orchard are pleased to announce today, their Platinum level sponsorship of the fifth annual ShropGeek (R)Evolution Conference – which is taking place this September.

The exciting and lively ShropGeek (R)Evolution Conference will see more than 200 people from all over the web-world, join together for a very unique full-day web conference in Shropshire’s stunning county town. Entrepreneurs and business professionals will combine their varied backgrounds and internet experiences, to share what makes things faster, stronger and better when it comes to anything world wide web!

2014 will mark the conference’s fifth year of successful operation – and it will be the first year that The Web Orchard have pledged Platinum sponsorship.

Speaking of the support which The Web Orchard will be providing this year, Pete White said “We may be a rural county and away from the busy life of the cities, but Shropshire has just as much to offer in terms of web and commercial opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs. There are so many people here in Shropshire that are making real successes of the web, for example full-time Bloggers right through to substantial companies – and the ShropGeek conference aims to celebrate these achievements, as well as provide professional development for those who attend.”

The ShropGeek (R)Evolution conference is being held at Shrewsbury’s Conference Centre and is taking place on Friday 26th September 2014. The special event is delivered and organised by national industry-recognised experts – and the primary aim is to support the UK’s digital community. Shropshire people with a passion and interest for the web, are encouraged to consider attending this year.

Platinum sponsors, The Web Orchard, have recently completed new websites for clients including Shropshire Fire and Rescue and Telford Shopping Centre. They are a Drupal specialist and Pete White is also a professional blogger, as well as Editor of the popular Love Shrewsbury website. For further information on the ShropGeek conference, visit:

Internet Connected Fridge

At the ShropGeek Rebellion on Thursday, during Syd Lawrence’s talk, the issue of the internet connected fridge came up – I vowed to solve it and have!

Well I’ve got the raspberry Pi in the fridge and a looped bash script using text to speech to say “are you sure you want to eat that today” but either way its a good start.

Oh its not yet connected to the internet either but who’s really counting all the issues with this.

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ShropGeek Delivers Top Web Conference

This years ShropGeek (R)Evolution conference has been a huge success. The event brought together digital creatives from around the country for a full day, single track conference. Hosted at the Shropshire Conference centre, the event had around 150 attendees, many of which attended the after party at Romolo in the town centre.

The days first talk by Chris Thorpe delved into his experiences with 3D mapping and how with a 3D printer he was able to recreate complex objects to various scales. Chris sees a huge revolution in 3D printing over the coming years and it was interesting to see his plans for monetisation through gift cards and downloadable items.

Dafydd Vaughan followed Chris with a talk about the progress of the Government’s Digital Services (GDS) on the website. Dafydd demonstrated the evolution of the homepage based on constant user feedback and changing user habits.

After the break Robert Mills discussed tone of voice and how it was important when writing website copy, he gave some great examples of sites that had got it right and some that were slightly missing the mark.

Continuing the day Laura Kalbag spoke about website accessibility and how it is often overlooked by designers and developers. Laura gave some examples of websites that had got it right and wrong. She demonstrated how the ShropGeek website did in various accessibility tests and much to the designers relief it passed with only a few minors!

Before lunch there was a question and answer panel for the sponsors where the audience were able to pitch questions about each sponsors area of expertise.

After lunch Jonathan Snook spoke about naming conventions in CSS and how giving your CSS structure can save you a lot of time and effort when revisiting code at a later date.

James Whittaker from TweetDeck brought the first real code heavy talk to the day with an overview of the JavaScript library Flight. He discussed how it was used within TweetDeck and Twitter and how it helped reduce debugging time.

After the break Joel Hughes gave one of the most entertaining talks of the day about his experiences building websites for small to midsize businesses. Joel’s honest attitude covered areas others wouldn’t normally talk about such as pricing and when to drop clients.

The final speaker of the day was Elliot Jay Stocks from Adobe Typekit, he spoke about his move away from Flash development and his interest with typefaces and fonts.

Elliot’s talk didn’t end the conference as an after party took places in Romolo, many of the attendees took advantage of the evenings free cocktails and it was a great way to network with the speakers and others within the industry.

High profile sponsors provided an integral support to event, they included Greenfield IT Recruitment, Heart Internet and Zengenti.

It was important to the organisers that the town was sold as a great place for the event as well as the conference itself.

A similar event is in the preliminary stages of planning for next year. ShropGeek meets on the first Friday of each month in the Alb, Shrewsbury and runs a smaller Rebellion event every three months.

Pictures of the day can be found on Flickr[email protected]/sets and videos of the event will be available soon.

Call for Shropshire companies to get involved in Britain’s best creative web event

Demand for tickets for this year’s Theory of (R)Evolution web conference to be held in Shrewsbury on 27th September is so high that organisers expect the event to sell out by the end of the month.

To meet the unprecedented demand for places following the sell-out conference last year, this year’s (R)Evolution event will take place at the Shrewsbury Conference Centre at RHS Shrewsbury.

Organised by Shropgeek, a community of digital creatives, the conference has rapidly become one of the most significant of its type in the UK with this year’s event attracting international thought leaders from the web industry. Shropshire will host some of the UK’s most celebrated web professionals for a day of industry-leading discussion and information sharing.

This year’s exceptional keynote speakers include the internationally renowned Canadian web architect Jonathan Snook, James Whittaker from the Twitter Corporation, Dafydd Vaughn from the government’s website and Elliot Jay Stocks, Creative Director of Adobe Typekit.

Other top speakers include Robert Mills from Designing the Invisible, Chris Thorpe from Jaggeree, the specialist web and mobile apps designer Laura Kalbag and Joel Hughes from Port 80 Conference.

Shrewsbury-based web developers, Kirsty Burgoine and Pete White, along with leading London-based web writer and technology evangelist, Zach Beauvais, are the driving force behind the (R)Evolution event.

“Interest in The Theory of (R)Evolution 2013 has rocketed this year.” said Kirsty. “Anyone who is anyone in the digital industry in Britain will be there. It’s awesome to think that in just three years we have created arguably the most compelling ‘must attend’ web event in the country right here in Shropshire.

“Any business delivering digital and web-related services within the Shropshire business community will have unprecedented access to some of the most dynamic web professionals in the UK and beyond.

“We’ve already secured high level support from organisations from beyond our borders but I want to see Shropshire companies getting involved. We have a range of conference sponsorships available as well as pre and post conference social events, with a perfect mix of developers, creatives and business people attending.

“The Theory of (R)Evolution 2013 conference will help Shropshire businesses better understand the impact of the web, digital technologies and the crucial strategic role they play in business-winning,” added Kirsty.

High profile sponsors providing integral support to this showcase event include Greenfield IT Recruitment, Heart Internet and Zengenti. Companies interested in exploring sponsorship opportunities or attending The Theory of (R)Evolution 2013 conference can visit or email Kirsty Burgoine at [email protected] for details.

Shrewsbury’s First Full Day Web Conference


We’re excited to be back for our fourth year and this one’s going to be huge. (R)evolution has evolved into a full day, single-track web conference, with 8 of the web’s most revolutionary thinkers and space for 200 attendees.

Whether you’re a web industry veteran or just starting your career, you won’t want to miss out on the chance to be part of one of the friendliest web conferences the UK has to offer.

This year’s (R)evolution will be held in the Shropshire Conference Centre, just 5 minutes outside of Shrewsbury town centre. With space for 200 attendees plus a foyer for social space during breaks and an exhibition area for our lovely sponsors.

As well as the main event, we’ll be holding both a before party at The Alb, home of our smaller Rebellion events, and an exclusive after party at Romolo, Shrewsbury’s very own riverside cocktail lounge, where there will be money behind the bar and a chance to party into the wee hours.

To find out more and buy tickets please visit the (R)evolution website.

ShropGeek Theory of (R)Evolution

It’s not very often that Shropshire gets a web conference and last nights ShropGeek Theory of (R)Evolution certainly didn’t disappoint. The four speakers gave fascinating insights into their past and current projects and it was interesting to see the success and failure.

Jake Smith from JP74 spoke about app and systems development for creative awards organisation D&AD. Specifically he talked about the challenges they had to overcome to develop a system to allow judges to be able to use second generation iPod Touches for casting votes on entries at Olympia in London.

Neil Kinnish and Mike Kus gave a fascinating account into their start-up WorkFu and the highs and lows of the development process, attracting investors and eventually calling day on the project.

To end the evening Paul Annett, Creative Lead for the UK Government Digital Service (GDS), spoke about the challenges behind the new website and how integrating the many different services the government offers into one place. His focus on usability was especially interesting and how through feedback in testing the site has evolved into what it is today.