What digital events should I attend in the UK in 2017?
Thinking of attending an event in the tech sector in the UK in 2017?
According to the latest Tech Nation report London alone, in 2016 hosted 22,000 tech related Meetup events- nearly three times as many as Berlin, Amsterdam or Paris. Interpersonal networking is critical to the UK’s success and the face-to-face networking that these Meet-ups enable is hugely important to the growth and success of digital businesses* Face to face events really are critical to business and personal growth and development, we wrote about this recently Do we still really need events?
*Source Meetup UK via Tech Nation 2017 report [read more here]
We know the digital tech sector in the UK is good for jobs, the economy and growth. There are so many events – how do we know the best ones to go to? That will primarily depend on your sphere of interest.
These are our top 10 suggestions:
With Newcastle & Gateshead contributing to £1Billion of Digital GVA it makes sense that Thinking Digital Conference one of the longest running digital events is based here. Celebrating 10 years of gathering and inspiring thought this year’s event, hosted at The Sage, Gateshead is 16-17 May www.thinkingdigital.co.uk Gateshead
Thinking Digital spin off Thinking Digital Women is hosted in November last year, a great alternative if you are unable to make the May event. This year dates to be confirmed, but November 2017 is the month. Sign up for more info www.tdcwomen.co.uk Newcastle
Tech, by the Sunny South Coast? Look no further than Silicon Beach, Bournemouth with the fastest growing tech and digital economy in the UK, this event, hosted on 28 & 29 September 2017 is not to be missed. Early Bird tickets are now available. Be smart, be an early bird. www.siliconbeach.eu
Camp Digital, is an inspirational conference that brings together the digital, design and UX communities for a series of seminars exploring the latest thinking in the industry. May 24th, Manchester Town Hall
Future Everything (usually end march/beg April Manchester -we may have just missed this one – bookmark it for next year! ) Manchester – this is usually a highlight in the digital calendar – 2017 took a break, but we’re looking forward to seeing the unveiling for 2018 for Future Everything. www.futureeverything.org
Brighton SEO We love the concept of a percentage of the tickets being free – the early adopters definitely getting something for nothing. The free tickets are all sold out but for £100 you can get your hands on a “friend” ticket Friday 7 April 2017, Brighton
Another fast growing hub is Brighton and this is displayed in the events going on here. Brighton Digital Festival is over a whole month and there will be something for everyone. 15 Sept – 13 Oct Brighton
That’s a great geographical spread across the regions, but there must be a few going on in London right?
Chief Digital Officer Forum at Stamford Bridge, London
Has high profile sponsors and speakers, but I instantly write these events off if there is not at least ONE female speaker in the headline – must try harder Chief Digital Officer Forum!
The inbounder world tour looks interesting with some practical topics, all focused in one day and an even split between male & female speakers.
digital Marketing World Forum 19-20 June, London UK, this event happens in Amsterdam, London and San Francisco, get to the London one if you can.
Social Media Week, London 11-15 Sept 2017, a whole week – dedicated to Social Media, we are in heaven. Learn everything this is to know. Get along to some events.
Are you planning on going to any of these events? We’ve got a couple on the list, let us know – it would be great to meet face-to-face!
^The Team at Autumn