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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 :)

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…


    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 – 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.


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