Events for the web industry

happening in Newport, South Wales


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.

Spring Localhost 2013

Posted on: January 3rd, 2013 by joel

Happy new year everyone! I hope Santa visited you; a cherished present I had was a poster from Atari signed by Mr Nolan Bushnell himself – nice 🙂

Anyway, it’s 2013 so it’s time for me to start thinking of all things Port80. The speakers for the big May event (& the tickets) will be announced shortly but first I just want to get the Spring* Localhost launched which is coming up fast on Thursday the 7th of February (evening event: 18:30 to 20:30)

(*I realise that calling February ‘Spring’ is a stretch but bear with me…)

Tickets available on Eventbrite for a pathetic £4!

Spring Localhost Speakers

I’ll get to the speakers in a mo but first I’ll apologise for not having their talk titles in here; I’ll get those sorted as soon as the emails land until then you’ll just have to let your imagination run riot as to what these crazy horses will say/do; it will obviously be web related…well, apart from Zach…he really is crazy!

Update: all done!

Emma Boulton

“Getting to know your audience doesn’t need to be difficult”

Good web designers and developers appreciate the importance of understanding the audience they are designing or building a website or app for but of course there isn’t always budget or time available to undertake in depth user research on every project. Emma shares her hints, tips and practical advice for including user research in any size of project.

Emma Boulton spends her days juggling the demands of her two small businesses and two small children. At work she’s a strange combination of company director, UX researcher, and commissioning editor. At home she just tries to make it through to bedtime without too much chaos. In a calmer, previous life, she spent far too long working for the BBC in their audience research department.

Zach Inglis

“Design, for Everyone!”

Whether you have an interest in learning design, or working with designers, it’s a handy skill to know. Zach carries on his fight of making design accessible for everyone.

Zach is a designer/developer c-c-combo and has worked at some of the top companies in his field despite having no formal training. He runs his tiny agency, Superhero Studios in Cardiff and building his startup

Carey Hiles

“Whine, Lose or Draw: Spec Work Sucks!”

Whine, lose or draw, spec work sucks but if you do it right, it can form a genuine learning and development programme. Carey will talk about applying agile techniques to the process of pitching for business and make sure you win even when you lose.

Carey is the Development Manager at Box UK. In a role that straddles the guts of software development and board-level strategic decision-making, Carey has a much deeper understanding of the nuts and bolts of software than many other web specialists, with a particular interest in large system design, scalability and commoditization of web technology

Money, money

Don’t stone me but sadly the Localhost events will have to be charged for; they will move from ‘free‘ to ‘minimal charge’ for the following reasons:

  1. The university charge me for use of the room; so far I’ve paid for this (aw bless!)
  2. Some people book tickets, the event sells out & then just don’t show up = unfair on folks who wanted to come

However, this isn’t a money-grabbing affair, this is just to cover bare bones room cost cost and help keep bums on seats. The cost per ticket will be:

£4 only!

…yes, that’s £4. Four whole pounds. Four of your British currency slabs.

>> Book your ticket via eventbrite <<

What are you waiting for?


Port80 Localhost Winter 2012

Posted on: December 14th, 2012 by joel

Well, the final Port80 event of 2012 drew to close in November and it was nice to see so many people brave the darkening nights and dropping temperature to  listen to some web related talks. Funny to think there was NO Port80 concept 12 months ago…

James Scrimshire spoke about Agile project management.

I prattled on about hosting (I cannot find my slides! They weren’t exactly a thing of beauty but still!)

Laura Sanders spoke about her blog and the whole area of content generation.

Many, many thanks to James & Laura for their hard work which paid off with some great, engaging talks.

So, that’s it for 2012 folks! Dates for your 2013 diary are:

7th Feb 2013 – Spring Localhost

10th May 2013 – Port80 2013 (the big one!) Ticktets on sale in Jan

Speakers for both events are confirmed and will be announced shortly.

Have a Merry Christmas everybody & a happy new year!


p.s. if you’re around Zooport tonight, there will be a few of us in The Murenger around 19:30

Some Photos…

James Scrimshire

James Scrimshire

Photo 29-11-2012 20 17 41

Laura Sanders


Port80 2013 – Call for speakers/topics

Posted on: October 29th, 2012 by joel

Flush from the success of the inaugural Port80 event back in May (doesn’t that seem a long time ago now?), there is a new one booked for the 10th of May 2013 and we’ll be back at the City Campus in Newport.

Given the event was sold out this year, there was an opportunity to think bigger but, after some soul searching, I decided to keep it small & friendly for the time being.

The general ethos for the whole Port0 thang is that it’s about practical, common sense, grass roots advice from those at the front line of delivery web projects (in all areas). And not just developers – we all want to produce better work, work we are proud of, work our clients love, work that makes the world a better place (a lofty goal I suppose but why not) – and that involves many roles; from design to dev to content to PM etc etc.


I’m on the look out for people to speak on the following topics (or to suggest others):

  1. Handling images responsively (responsibly?) *sorted*
  2. Lessons from the front line of responsive/adaptive design
  3. Grids: what the hell are they & why we need them?
  4. Project workflow
  5. Running projects & insuring that you still earn a living
  6. Content: we know it’s King. Tell us why & how we can help
  7. Practical user experience
  8. Audience research
  9. Tools & techniques
  10. [____________________] // write your topic here…on your screen…in marker pen

Who would I like to speak?

I’ve got a list of people who I’d like to target & I will be reaching out shortly.

However, I am always open to offers so please don’t be shy.

I see women speakers in the minority at events and I’m trying to change that for this event. Therefore, I’m particularly interested in talking to more female speakers.

This will be a paid gig.

So, what are you waiting for?

If you’re interested then please contact me with all the relevant details ie what you’d like to speak about and something about your background.

I’m very, *very* grateful for anyone offering to speak but, obviously, I’ll be unable to say yes to everyone. But there are opportunities to speak at Port80 Localhost events as well.

My plan is to start conversations with interested people in the coming weeks so we can start the new year with a firm line up.

Oh, and if you know of anyone who you’d like to hear speak then please also shout out.

Thanks guys


p.s. it’s half term this week so I’m heading out with the kids to Legoland shortly (yes!) so please don’t think me rude if I’m slow replying for a few days.


Port80 Podcast

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012 by joel

Hi there you groovy web cats,

Some of you may know that I kicked off some podcasts earlier this year (links at end). Well, I’ve been mulling the whole thing and decided to move the podcasts under the Port80 umbrella as they are mainly focused on the web design/dev audience.

That being the case, it’s time to do a new one! More details shortly.

I’ll pull my finger out this time and try to make it easier for you to subscribe etc (they were a bit ad hoc before).

Shout out if you have any ideas, suggestions or if would like to be put under the Port80 Audio Microscope ™.

New podcasts, news of any new events etc will be announced on the new email newsletter first – sign up here.


p.s. previous podcasts…

Podcast #1 – Rob Mills

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Podcast #2 -Keir Whitaker

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Podcast #3 – Craig Lockwood

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