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happening in Newport, South Wales


Port80 2012 – The Video

Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by joel

With Port80 2013 just around the corner, let’s take a look back to where it all started

p.s. less than x20 tickets left for this year’s event so better snap it up now

Port80 2013 – Running Order

Posted on: April 22nd, 2013 by joel

Well, all of a sudden, Port80 2013 is very close indeed! How did that happen? I thought it was bloody miles off?!

Here’s a quick post to lay out the first draft of the running order for the day:

Obviously this is all subject to change and there will be a final version available on the day.

See you there :)

p.s. not got a ticket? Naughty you! Sort it out right now!


  1. For registration please remember to bring along your printed eventbrite confirmation or on your mobile app. Please also bring some form of ID in case things get hairy. If you’ve got a student ticket, please bring along the relevant documentation.
  2. Lunch is not included but the university canteen will be open. If you want to try some of Newport’s finest instead, check out the official Foursquare list.


Port80 2013 – Workshops

Posted on: March 5th, 2013 by joel

The Port80 cherub is pleased to announce that a limited number of workshops will be running on the day before the main Port 80 2013 conference coming up this May (workshops will be on the 9th, the main event is on the 10th).

The workshops will be at the lovely City Campus, University of Wales (Newport) location (the same venue as the main Port80 event). Now, sadly, the Uni is short on space as it’s their busy time then so we’re not able to run the amount of workshops the cherub would like (never mind though, a bigger training event is being mulled for September).

What’s on offer?

Currently we’ve got three workshops running:

Practical Website Speed Workshop (Andy Davies)

9th May, afternoon session (13:30-17:00)

Here, web performance brainiac (and Port80 speaker) Andy Davies will be giving a practical, half day session on why performance matters, the tools you can use to analyse, and techniques and tips to get things zipping along. It’s hands on & practical so you’d better bring your laptop.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite at standard £79 (+VAT) and student £49 (+VAT)


Beginners Javascript Workshop –  (Jack Franklin)

9th May, morning session (09:00-12:30)

This morning & afternoon Javascript sessions are run by Port80 2013 speaker, JavaScript developer and blogger Jack Franklin.

This workshop is for those who have done HTML and CSS but have not dived into JavaScript. We’ll look at all the basic parts that form the JavaScript language: variables, conditionals, loops, functions, and so on. We’ll look at the DOM and how to write scripts that run in the browser that can manipulate the page. We’ll then round off with a quick look at jQuery too.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite at standard £79 (+VAT) and student £49 (+VAT)


Advanced Javascript Workshop –  (Jack Franklin)

9th May, afternoon session (13:30-17:00)

Done the basics of JavaScript and lots of jQuery but still not comfortable with JavaScript as a whole? This workshop’s for you. We’ll look into the more complex and often overwhelming and misunderstood parts of the language, such as constructors, prototypes and a lot more. Learn how to write robust code, abstract away from cross-browser inconsistencies and look at some newer JavaScript features that have only been introduced recently.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite at standard £79 (+VAT) and student £49 (+VAT)


Please shout out if you have any questions.

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The #Port80 Cherub

Spring Localhost 2013 – Roundup

Posted on: February 17th, 2013 by joel

Well, fair dos that was a packed out night for the Spring Localhost event; the room certainly got warm; and warmer still when discussing the incendiary topic of speculative work ;)

Big thanks to Nathan Ford for stepping in and giving us a tour of Gridset; I’m certainly a little clearer about it and will be playing with it for a few pet projects to gain a bit of confidence. Nathan has also recent a follow up blog post, which is well worth a read.

Thanks also to Emma Boulton for a peeling back the mysterious world of audience research. Lot’s of thought provoking stuff there.

And last, but not least, big thanks to Carey Hiles for his talk on speculative work. This is obviously a hot topic and there’s no surprise that there was a difference of opinion in the room where Victoria Jones of Design Wales was fighting the corner for the Blair Enns & Win Without Pitching approach. Indeed, the topic & exchanges even provoked one of the attendees (James Dinsdale) to blog about it (“Don’t give away the Gold“).

Flickr Photos

Thanks to Maisie. In case you can’t see the Flickr widget below, here’s a direct link to the photos.

    Big thanks to everyone for attending.

    The next event is in May and that’s our big one for 2013 – tickets are half gone already so I’d get your hands on a ticket now.

    The next Localhost event will be in August; I’m thinking of that having more of a server-side twang so please shout out if you want to talk.



    Some tweets from the evening…


    Announcing the Port80 Podcast…

    Posted on: February 8th, 2013 by joel

    You can’t throw a stone nowadays without hitting a web podcast and, in that vein, I’m very happy to announce the ‘The Port80 Podcast“.

    You can find the podcast in the iTunes store here or you can search for it as “port80events” (I’m trying to change that to port80, but I think it may take a couple of days for Apple to catchup with Feedburner changes).

    The podcast will also live it its own section in this here website as well as on SoundCloud.

    In episode 1 I speak to Sarah Bray.

    Please shout out if you have any feedback


    Spring Localhost

    Posted on: February 5th, 2013 by joel

    The Spring Localhost event is pretty much on top of us now. Sell out event so we’ll certainly be cosy in there. Don’t forget, if you can’t make it, lemme know as there’s a waiting list a billion miles long.

    Don’t forget also that the venue is the City Campus which is slap bang in the middle of Newport…NOT the campus in Caerleon!

    If you’re a Foursquarer, then this list of Newport stuff (including the venue) may help you.

    Registration is from 18:15 sharp as we need to get you seated promptly if we’re going to squeeze everything in to the 2 hours.

    We’re aiming to end by 20:30 at which point we’ll head to a boozer.

    The uni should put Port80/Localhost signs up but, if not, the staff will point you in the right direction. Or twit me.

    Oh, don’t forget, it’s sold out. If your names not down….well, you know the score.

    What’s with the clipboard?

    My trusty old clipboard died so I’ve got a sturdier new one. And what I’d like is to start covering up with web conference, tech related stickers; I’ve got some from NACONF but if you have anything related/legal you want to stick on there, bring it along on Thr or send it to my office address.

    All stickers gratefully received and you’ll get a shout out.

    See you Thursday :)


    Port80 2013 – new website & new tickets

    Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by joel

    On the 31st of Jan last year I blogged about the crazy idea of a web conference in Newport. 115 days later we had the first Port80 conference on the 25th of May 2012. The event was sold out and, if I do say so myself, it was a cracking day.

    Since then we’ve have two localhost events with another coming up next week: sold out with 40+ people attending. Wow.


    Port80 2013 – Tickets coming soon…

    Posted on: January 30th, 2013 by joel

    Ok, we’re on the countdown to launching the tickets for Port80 on the 10th of May (awesome line up here) &, as I’m pretty sure that the Earlybirds will vanish quickly into a puff of smoke, I just thought I’d explain what’s going to happen.

    Firstly, sometime tonight (30th of Jan 2013) I’ll send out an email to the folks on the newsletter list, people on that will get first dibs before the tickets are fully announced to the world and before the new website is launched.

    Then, tomorrow (31st of Jan) I’ll blog again, releasing the new website and tweeting it to the world.

    We sold out last year pretty quickly and I think we will do in record time again. We have a cosy capacity of 140 so Port80 tickets will quickly be as rare as rocking horse poop…

    Oh, ticket prices will be as follows:

    Earlybird: £59 (+VAT)

    Standard: £79 (+VAT).

    …fingers on the buttons ladies and gentlemen


    Training & Workshops

    Posted on: January 29th, 2013 by joel

    This year there’s quite a few new things in the Port80 galaxy, a new website (ok, not launched yet), a newsletter (ditto), a podcast (double ditto) and I may as well add something else into the mix; training & workshops.

    I’ve been running workshops for a few years myself; mainly giving training on stuff like Twitter, WordPress, Campaign Monitor and things like that; so it feels a natural fit to roll this out to Port80.

    The first workshops will probably be on the day before Port80 but, and this is a key point, workshops and training will also be run independently of the main conference. I don’t know how often yet but it might be, for example, once a quarter we’ll run two days of workshops.

    What subjects?

    Anything and everything. From CSS to content strategy to PHP, Ruby, Javascript, WordPress, handling clients. You name it. Actually, I mean that. You name it! What would you find useful?

    Workshops will be offered to seasoned pros and absolute beginners alike; the long term aim is something for everybody.

    The format will probably be half day and whole day workshops of a limited class size.

    Who will be giving them?

    I will be delivering every single workshop on every topic. Folks who know what they’re talking about, in those particular areas, will be the trainers. I’m already talking to a few candidates and I will be reaching out to more shortly. If you have a topic you feel qualified to teach on, then please shout out.

    These will obviously be paid for affairs.

    Not Enough Training

    In my career I’ve had to learn a lot on the hoof; I think it goes with the territory and there’s a lot to be said to learning that way. However, there are other forms of learning. Conferences show us we, in the digital development community, like to group together and be human once in a while. Workshops & traditional teaching environments offer us human learning element as well.

    My aim is for a steady stream of really useful, practical, affordable training sessions delivered by experts. I want to put the kind of training in place which I would have liked to have had for myself. I want there to be a menu of bite sized chunks of learning which people can walk away with and use immediately.

    What next?

    The venues for the first workshops have been booked and these will take place on the 9th of May. The actual workshops taking place will be announced in Feb.

    In the meantime, if you have any feedback, ideas, requests etc then please shout out.


    Port80 2013 – Announcing the speakers…

    Posted on: January 14th, 2013 by joel

    Finally it’s time to reveal the line up we’ve got for the main Port80 2013 event coming up on May the 10th here in Newport.

    I’ll post full talk/speaker details soon but I thought it might be nice to kick off with a short audio by each of the speakers. I have to say that, in writing this post, I got real buzz about the mix of talks and I think we’ll have an even better day than last year (is that even possible you cry?!).

    Tickets are not yet on sale! – tickets will be available at the end of the month and their release will be announced via the Port80 email newsletter. The event sold out quickly last time and I think it’ll sell out in record time this year. So, if you want to be ahead of the pack, I’d sign up to the monthly. newsletter. Oh, and don’t forget to follow on twitter as well.

    Port80 May 2013 – The Lineup

    So, without further ado and in no particular order…here are the speakers:

    Rachel Shillcock

    Andy Davies

    Robin Christopherson

    Paul Lloyd

    Sophie Dennis

    Benjy Stanton

    Jack Franklin

    Matt Andrews

    A MASSIVE thanks to all these kind folks for stepping forward and speaking, like a big kid I’m really excited about hearing these ladies & gentlemen speak. Another massive thanks to all the other folks who submitted talks but who I was unable to fit in; thank you for taking the time and please stay in touch.


    P.s. don’t forget we’ve got a cracking line up (but limited tickets left) for the next Localhost event in Feb.

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