Just over four years ago I found myself having the same conversation over and over again. It would be good to have a regular Meet-up for coder/designer/maker/startup type people in the town I live in?
After having this conversation one too many times I realised that there was only one way to make it happen. I bought ReadingGeekNight.com and wrote a blog post along the lines that if ten people said they would attend and one person agreed to do a talk, then I would organise it.
On that first night four people spoke to an audience of forty or so people – every month since we’ve repeated the formula and four years later we’ve clocked up almost fifty Reading Geek Nights.
However, lots of things have changed for me since we started and organising the event every month has become more difficult. So I feel its time now for me to step aside.
We’ve had an amazing range of speakers talking about an eclectic bunch of topics… Interface Design; Cybercrime; Equality in Tech; 3D printing; and hundreds more. I’m humbled that so many people have given up their time to stand up and share things with us.
It’s a great event that regularly attracts fifty to sixty people with pretty minimal marketing effort and I’d love to think that Reading Geek will carry on without me. Of course, I’ll do whatever I can to help whoever comes forward to get up and running and always be a supporter from the side lines (and enjoy sitting in the audience!!)
My last Geek Night (as organiser) will be on 12th November – I’m hoping that I’m overwhelmed on the night with people who are keen to carry on the tradition and to breathe new life into what’s become an established event in the Reading tech community calendar.
Thanks to everyone who ever came along and especially thanks to everyone who ever spoke at Reading Geek Night. You are all awesome.