Last night I went along to the second Cambridge Geek Night, held upstairs at the Maypole pub in Park Street, Cambridge (right next to the Park Street car park) for an evening of networking, chatting and short presentations.
In addition to good company, the evening included free drinks (courtesy of The Guardian‘s Open Platform!) and the pub serves excellent food. What more could you ask?
The three presentations consisted of Richard Boulton on Xapian, an interesting open-source search engine; a pair of local lawyers from Taylor Vintners solicitors giving an overview of the legalities of entrepreneurship (and although I knew some of it, it was most definitely directly useful); and finally Michael Brunton-Spall from The Guardian, who gave us a fascinating view of the paper’s API and what you can do with it, and a tiny glimpse into the future of what I believe is the best newspaper in the country. And between presentations, time for a good chat with a few of the (about 30+) attendees.
Kudos to Véro Pepperrell, “Social Media Consultant and Geekette”, aka “thatcanadiangirl” for a great evening: next event is in about six weeks, so if you live or work in the Cambridge area, keep an eye on the Cambridge Geek Night blog for details of the next one. Plus you can sign up for an email list here.