Events Roundup

The Olympics are in full swing and people around the country are packing their bags and heading south for some summer sun. But don’t despair, if you’re left in Blighty there’s some stonkingly good events happening around the UK and Europe this month, so don’t feel bad, pack your overnight bag and head out to showcase your talents, swap stories and brush up your skills. Result!

4 August – #GameLabBrighton

If you’re into games development and fancy taking your skills to the next level (see what I did there?) you may want to register for the free hack day at the Lab for the Recently Possiblein Brighton. Running from 10am to 6pm it aims to bring the experienced with the non-experienced and the only rule is: “If someone needs help, and you know how to help them, then you have to help them.” Seems like a fair trade-off.

6-12 August – SAP Young Rewired State (YRS) Festival of Code

YRS’ mission is to ‘find and foster the young children and teenagers who are driven to teaching themselves how to code, how to program the world around them’. The Festival of Code runs across one week where businesses mentor and host teams of young programmers to build mobile and web based digital projects using at least one piece of open data. It all culminates in an afternoon of presentations to their peers, press, government and industry. Wow.

12 August – Dare to be Digital

The very first Dare Indie Fest is happening in Dundee. Part games showcase, part conference, the event has some great speakers including Agostino Simonetta from Sony, Simon Harris, Executive Producer Digital Entertainment & Gaming at the BBC and Colin MacDonald, Commissioning Editor for Games at Channel 4. In addition, our very own Martin Beeby is running a day long workshop designed to take you from a blank canvas to a 2D Platform Game Using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Phew!

20-24 August – DrupalCon Munich

The experience that is DrupalCon includes a day of pre-conference trainings, three days of sessions, keynotes and BoF’s (aka Birds of a Feather, where ad-hoc groups meet and discuss issues and common problems) – plus a full day of contribution sprints. Speakers include President of the Drupal Association, Dries Buytaert, Grace Francisco and Mark Boulton.

30 August – Ignite Ubelly

In case you missed it we’re running another Ignite event at Ballyhoo on New Oxford Street. We’re opening speaker submissions to the community again (details here) but we’ve got a couple of great speakers already including Matt Ballantine from Microsoft (who stormed it at Ignite Shoreditch last month), cellist and technical wizard Peter Gregson (who delivered a rather thoughtful keynote at Reasons to be Appy a few months ago) and Clare Sutcliffe, co-founder of Code Club, a new initiative to inspire kids to learn to code. See you there!

If you want your event listed here, or want to recommend an event, contact @ubelly and we’ll make sure it’s included.

Published by Sara Allison

Sara is the editor of Ubelly - when not heads down scouring Ubelly articles for typos (and not always catching them), she's scouting for new writing talent. Give her a shout @SaraAllison if you've got something to say about development/design and want to be heard.

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