A Digital media event will be held at University College Falmouth's Tremough campus on Saturday June 11th. The event called "#digpen" (shortened from "Digital Peninsula") brings togethers techies, web developers and designers, digital media specialists, students and others interested in this booming area.
The first two events were held in Plymouth and Exeter earlier this year, and attracted 80 and 120 delegates as the event gathered momentum. Cornish web developers Kat Smith and Mat Connolley of Iteracy in Lostwithiel, and Peter Graves of Penryn's Channel Computing were so impressed with the ethos and value of the event that they decided it was time that Cornwall had a slice of the digpen action.
"There is nothing like digpen at all in Cornwall" explained Kat, "there are many business networking groups and some special interest ones, but nothing that represents a groundswell of digital professionals and students getting together to share information and network."
Peter Graves added: “The DigPen event is entirely in keeping with Falmouth’s ambitions as a digital and design hub. There are so many good web–based businesses in the area now that it makes perfect sense to have an event of this nature here, and to really celebrate the success of the sector, and the added value that it is bringing to Cornwall.”
The Digpen event was originally started by Frankie Dolan of Ivybridge in Devon, but always intended to be an event driven from the ground up by the web and digital community. “I am delighted that the DigPen community has decided they would like to have the event in Cornwall, and particularly grateful to University College Falmouth to playing host to it” Said Ms Dolan. “We are particularly keen to involve the Falmouth student community as well as students have made a significant proportion of attendees at previous Digpen events, so we will be both inviting students to participate, and giving the other delegates information about the student shows that will be going on that week, in order that the students can have their work more exposed to companies working in the sector.”
Although the event is styled an “unconference” with topics to be provided by delegates, a timetable has been assembled to give delegates an idea of what to expect. Topics on the agenda include an introduction to NoSQL and CouchDB, an Agile project management workshop with http://agile.co, sessions on the business aspects of web design, and a session on the growth of the #digpen web site by the community members.
People interested in attending DigPen III can see more about it – and register for a free place on this page: http://digpen3-estw.eventbrite.com/
For those who do Twitter there is more information available by following the twitter “hashtag” #digpen.
The event is a very open and inclusive event so don’t be put off by the jargon – anyone interested in the web is very welcome to come along.