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Port80 2014 Lineup announced

Posted on: December 5th, 2013 by joel

So finally I get to pull the wraps off the speakers at next year’s Port80 event (Friday 16th of May 2014).

I’ll update the event page with full details of talk titles etc but, for now, sit back and bask in the magnificence of the 2014 Port80 lineup 🙂

….oh, and tickets are available now 🙂


p.s. many, many thanks to all the amazing folks who also sent in talk submissions. The quality was awesome; I was spoilt for choice and could have easily filled a multi-day, multi-track event. I hope you’ll forgive me for not choosing you on this occasion 🙂

Summer Localhost – slides

Posted on: October 30th, 2013 by joel

Through a episode of galactic slackness, I’ve only just now got round to posting out the links to the slides from this year’s Summer Localhost event (apologies to Peter Carless for the hold up here).

So, without further ado, here are zee slides.

Russ’ slides on packaging your services

Tom Bond’s slides on the future of ecommerce

James’ talk on LESS/SASS are on slideshare

Don’t forget that we’re not running a Winter Localhost this month because we’re down in Cardiff for the free, pre-Handheld bash (tickets were here)

Other dates for your diary:

  • there will be a Spring Localhost event (TBC)
  • The main Port80 2014 event will be on Friday the 16th of May
  • My other ‘The Business of Web Design’ conference will be on Friday the 18th of May. Currently calling for speakers.

Shout out if you need owt.


Port80 2014 – Call for Speakers

Posted on: October 1st, 2013 by joel

Hi everyone,

Port80 will be coming back for it’s 3rd event in 2014 so please set your phasers to stun for Friday, the 16th of May 2014. As usual the event will be in Newport, South Wales; easily accessible via road & rail for miles around.

The cherub has got some likely candidates on his/her radar for speakers for next year but all slots are certainly not taken.

Before I give a rough run through of the topics I’m looking to cover in 2014, I just want to go over some of the overarching aims of Port80; maybe this will help guide you as to whether you’d like to speak or not, or to help guide you with some suggestions for speakers (all very much appreciated).

The Spirit of Port80

My aim for Port80 is for it to offer practical advice to the people who build (or are involved with the process of building websites). I like people to have good take-aways which can help them going forward. That’s not to say I don’t like having higher level or more inspirational talks; totally welcome – I just like the balance towards stuff which can be immediately useful.

The typical speakers I’m after have a strong practical grounding in what they do and maybe haven’t even spoken before (or are not regulars on the speaking circuit).

Oh, and in my (limited) experience, the females amongst you are slightly more backwards in coming forwards to speak; please don’t be shy – irrespective of your background. And hey, don’t not speak because you feel that someone out there knows more than you – someone always knows more than you! However, you own your unique perspective? You own that – please feel free to share.

Topics, Schmopics

Let’s move on to the general areas I’d like covered; I’d appreciate if you took a look at this as these are the topics I’m really looking to address.

Content Strategy / Copy Writing

What practical advice can be given to people on the front line of website build and design to help them help clients create better content?


Always interested in how we make the web more open to everybody; does RWD have a11y implications? If so, tell us.

How you work?

There’s no set pattern to how websites are built. If you have insights on your process which could be helpful to others, please share.

CSS, HTML5 etc

Defo interested in any new developments and how they can be applied; don’t be afraid of live coding – show and tell!

The Serverside & Performance

What’s happening in the world of PHP, RUBY, Javascript etc? The Port80 audience contains a mix of people so don’t be afraid to be technical yet, at the same time,  you just need to (try*) put that into context which more folks will understand.

(*not everyone gets every talk at a conference, that’s cool).

Running a business, freelancing etc

I worry a bit that the practicalities of running a business/freelancing and all those other things which go into what we do, get forgotten. That’s one reason why I set up The Business of Web Design (heck, there may be a conference there as well!). So, if you have some insights or angles which can help everyone else; then cool.


Most of us have a handle on what responsive is now so if you’re going to talk about this you probably want to deal with cutting edge issues or solutions etc.


This one is for me! I’m bowled over by the Raspberry Pi, Arduino etc. I’m really interested in iBeacon and Bluetooth LE – there are some damn funky applications in the offing there!

Any other business?

Or, of course, anything else you’d like to speak about – you’re allowed to go off piste 🙂

Don’t be shy!

Please put your hand up if you’re interested. If not, please have a good think about who you’d like to talk – and they may well not be on the typical speakers circuit.

Please stick your name down on the newsletter to be amongst the first to hear about tickets etc.


p.s. this font size is too small…

Port80 Localhost & Handheld Fringe Event

Posted on: June 12th, 2013 by joel

The port80 cherub is very happy to announce a fun, one off, fringe event with the lovely guys over at Handheld.

If you don’t know, Craig is running a fantastic event in November with some amazing, headline grabbing speakers including….{hushed silence}…Dr Web himself…Jeffrey Zeldman. The event is obviously not as good as our very own Port80 but hey, hat’s off to Craig for trying 😉

Any road, on the night before the main Handheld event, Port80 and Handheld have joined forces to run the fringe pre-event.

The event is free and, better still, it’s open to non-Handheld ticket holders as well.

The date is Wednesday the 27th of November and venue is the Glee Club in Cardiff.

We’ve got four great speakers AND a web based, pub quiz. Will the fun never stop I hear you cry?! What are you waiting for?

Our speakers are:

Alyson Fielding

Alyson will be talking about her latest project which brings a real physical paper bound book to life with the help of an arduino

Baz Scott

Baz will be airing his frustrations in his talk entitled ‘Why don’t things just work any more?’. This promises to be entertaining!

Graham Lee

Graham will be talking about the philosophy and ethics of writing software. Knowing Graham, this won’t be as straight forward as it sounds.

Andrew Nesbitt

Andrew will be demoing his nodecopter hacks. Flying quadcopters with facial recognition that dance, sounds cool eh?

>>  So, get y’all tickets here <<

The Port80 Cherub


p.s. Oh, before that we’ve got the Aug Localhost event, I’ll blog about that shortly…

p.p.s tickets have been made available only this week and they are flying off the shelves; if you want to come; grab a ticket now…

Port80 2013 – Round Up

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by joel

Port80 2013 was a week ago today so that seems a good point to get out a closing ceremony blog out there…

First up let’s give you links to the speakers slides

Videos will be online at some point (nudge nudge Jess).

You should also check out the fantastic sketch notes which Kevin Mears put on his blog – what a talented chap!

Photos (by Paul Cornish) are now up on Flickr (some random ones in the slideshow below).




    I’m not going to do a lengthy feedback form but please email me or tweet me if you have any thoughts about the event; especially stuff which can help make it a sell out event again next year. If there are any topics you’d like to see covered, if there is anyone you’d like to hear speak etc then please shout out.

    My personal feedback next year is that I’m going to get some more help setting up and running the event! By spending most of the day in “organisation mode” you tend to miss some of the fun of the day – still, I made up for it by beating Jack Franklin in a dance off 😉

    What’s next?

    There will be a Port80 2014 – I’ll be booking the venue shortly.

    The next Port80 Localhost event will be on Aug the 22nd – more details soon.

    This year we have a special Winter Localhost as it’ll be tied in the Handheld conference, we’ll be doing the day before mini, evening, event thingy.

    I’m also mulling a sort of “back to school” event in Sept. No conference, just affordable, hands on workshops to help skill up after the summer break. This will only work if I can get some decent sponsors on board. If you have any thoughts, please get in touch.


    A massive thanks to everyone who attended. The conference market is pretty crowded and the fact that you took time out, put your hand in your pocket and helped make #port80 2013 the special day it was, makes all the difference. Thank you.

    Massive thanks to all the speakers – they did an absolutely fantastic job. A really interesting mix of talks reflecting the whole spectrum of topics.

    Big thanks to Russ Britton for his organisation help on the day and for the University of South Wales for their lovely venue; special thanks to Emma Burnell for her fantastic help as events co-ordinator & to Sean Hambleton for his a/v & venue set up expertise. Oh, and big #port80 ‘best of luck‘ to Emma who is expecting a baby and won’t be around for #port80 2014.

    Thanks also to my wife Jess for being in charge of the video filming (more details on that soon) and to Paul Cornish for his photography skills.

    Final thanks to the sponsors of Memset, Hearth Internet, Newport City Council and Five Simple Steps.

    See you next year



    Port80 2013 – Attendee Information

    Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by joel

    The venue is the City Campus university building next to the river in central Newport (if you jump in a taxi do NOT head to Caerleon…that would be the wrong campus!).

    Please bring along a printed copy of your eventbrite ticket or on your smartphone app. If you have neither, then please make sure you have ID to prove you are how you say you are. People pretending to be someone else will be forced to live in Newport. Forever.

    The venue is about a 10 min stroll from the railway station and less from the bus.

    Need a cheap hotel?

    Here is the official #Port80 Foursquare list of stuff in Newport, that should help you find your way around.

    Time’s winged chariot 

    As you can see from the running order for the day, registration is open from 08:15. We’ve got a lot of people to get through the doors so the #Port80 cherub would appreciate you turning up early.

    We kick off proceedings at 09:00 sharp.



    The canteen will be open for lunch but please feel free to bring your own if you prefer – there’s other venues* on the Foursquare list (* chip shops).



    If you need a taxi:

    • 01633 216216
    • 01633 271971
    • 01633 253253

    (if you are staying in a hotel, maybe use the #port80 Twitter tag to help find someone else who’s staying there to share a cab to the venue)


    The Evening Before The Event (the 9th)

    Errr…I’ve not organised anything for that but, if I had a few hours to kill, I’d probably head over to Ye Olde Murenger ale house and get plastered drink sensibly as there is a conference the next day. If you’re around in the day on the 9th and want somewhere to work; try Indycube.

    The After Show Party

    From 19:00 after the conference we’ll be at Revolution in Newport – we have the upstairs bar. You will need your lanyard etc to get in so please bring those with you. Oh, and we do have a limited supply of free drinks vouchers and those will vanish on a first come first serve basis. So, if you want a drink on the cherub, better turn up on the dot.






    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.

    You’re lovingly

    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.



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