A successful Fusion Meetup – July 2015

Following on from the fantastic feedback we received for the first Fusion Meetup in April, the Fusion team (Hannah Mitchell, Steve Taylor & Andy Jones) decided to up the anti and improve the overall experience for the attendees. After securing the Studio Venues on Cannon Street in the city centre, we decided that we needed to bring together our vision of delivering a Birmingham based tech meetup, with plenty of local input. If you’ve been to Birmingham recently then you will know that the variety of food we have available is fantastic, which includes the weekly street food night at Digbeth Dining Club. It was an easy choice for us when needing to make a big impression…Andy Low ‘n’ Slow has been wowing critics across the Midlands for a while now and seemed keen to get involved with the Fusion brand. Andy provided BBQ taster boxes to our attendees, with pulled pork, beef brisket being on offer.

We decided to increase the number of speakers as well. After such fantastic talks at the first meetup from the likes of Mark Goodwin from Mozilla, Chris Dunn from the Ticket Sellers and Peter Dines from Mercia Technologies, we wanted to cater to a variety of needs. Our vision for Fusion is to have ideally 5/6 thought provoking, eight minute talks, which creates discussions and talking points….if that leads to some of our members coming up with the next big idea then that’s fantastic! The Fusion team helps provide the venue, speakers, catering and the free bar, which always goes down a treat. None of this would be possible without our sponsors for July’s meetup – Delta Financial Systems Ltd (Gold Sponsors), Technical Team Solutions (Silver Sponsors) & Sonovate Ltd (Bronze Sponsors).

Our speaker line-up for this meetup included:

Rob White – PurpleBricks.co.uk – A year on Azure – the good, the bad and the ugly

Phil Hayes – The Ticket Sellers – Great Expectations (Managing client expectations)

Chris Thompson – Enable iD – IoT – Internet of Things

Mary Matthews – Memrica – Lessons learned in design and development

Fouzan Ali – Uber – Execution at the speed of Uber

Adrian Burden – Key IQ – His experience of spinning-off, growing and exiting a high tech business

Simon Jenner – Entrepreneur – Angel Investment

Following on from the event, we had some fantastic feedback from the attendees. The Fusion team are always looking at new ways to improve the attendee experience and have recently opened a forum on meetup.com and LinkedIn, where people can offer advice on topics they are interested in hearing about, offer to speak/sponsor at the events and write guest blogs around interesting tech topics.

The next Fusion meetup is looking like it’s going to be on Thursday 12th November with further details to be confirmed. If you would like further details regarding speaking or sponsoring at the next event then please contact one of the team and we would be happy to speak further.

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