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What’s On in Birmingham & Longbridge – May 2022

May 14th, 2022 by

We are proud to be located in Longbridge, Birmingham, and when we’re not creating websites or working our marketing magic, we love to get out and about and enjoy local events.

Therefore, we’ve started a monthly series that dives into events in the coming month – so that you can see what the local area has to offer.

Herbert’s Yard

A firm favourite here at Ballyhoo, Herbert’s Yard is a street food venue open every weekend, showcasing a variety of different street food vendors. With the long Half Term approaching soon, we know from past experience that it’ll be one you don’t want to miss. They are also open during the week for coffee.

View Herbert’s Yard’s latest line up here.

Flatpack Festival

Flatpack Film Festival is returning this month, with events happening around Birmingham City Centre and Digbeth, celebrating films and media, including animation, documentaries, short films, music videos and experimental cinema. 

View festival information here.

The City That Spoke To Me Exhibition

Paul Stringer is a Birmingham Based photographer, who in 2013 hosted his first open mic poetry night, Beatfreeks’ Poetry Jam. The City That Spoke To Me exhibition at the Birmingham Hippodrome introduces you to the poets that inspired Paul’s journey, alongside the poets that inspired theirs. The immersive exhibition includes portraits, audio interviews, poems and physical artefacts. Entry is free.

See more information here.

Birmingham Botanical Garden Butterfly House

The beloved Butterfly House will reopen on 24th May 2022 at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This house is full of species native to Central America and Africa, is a great experience for both children and adults alike. You’ll be able to learn about the numerous species and watch them emerge from their chrysalis. Butterfly house is open until September 2022 – so it’s one you don’t want to miss!

See more information here.

Birmingham Craft and Flea

We are all for supporting small businesses and the community here at Ballyhoo, and Birmingham Craft and Flea is the perfect pace to do this. Showcasing local independent makers, collectors, designers and creatives, it is a great excuse to browse and shop and see what local businesses have to offer.

The market is being held on Saturday 14th March, with tickets available for £2.50 and children get free entry.

Book tickets here.

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Flatpack Festival – May 2022

May 10th, 2022 by

Flatpack Festival is returning this year from 17th-22nd May – for its first in-person festival since 2019. 

The festival is taking place at various venues across Birmingham, celebrating a collection of films and media, including animation, documentaries, short films, music videos and experimental cinema.

What is Flatpack Film Festival?

Flatpack is a mobile arts organisation that brings people together and helps them to develop new ideas and showcase work. Not only do they run the Flatpack Festival, they also run pop ups throughout the year.

The festival consists of screenings, performances, walks, discussions and installations throughout Birmingham City Centre. The festival is split into numerous sections to help you navigate the various events, to decide which ones you want to attend.

See the full programme of events here.

Flatpack Festival 2022 Details

Flatpack Festival is taking place at various venues across the city, with the main hub located in Digbeth – where events and installations take place (and there’s even a bar!). View all venue information, including accessibility, here. Due to the festival taking place in and around Birmingham City Centre, all venues have great transport links.

Tickets are available to buy online, with tickets being available to buy on the door subject to availability.

With so many venues and events, there really is something for everyone at Flatpack Festival 2022.

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The Ultimate List of UK Web Design, Developer & UX Conferences 2022

January 31st, 2022 by

After many events being cancelled over the last 2 years, we are hopeful that more conferences will be able to go ahead in the coming months. What’s more, some events are offering both in-person attendance and online streaming – meaning the best of both worlds depending on what you’re comfortable attending.

We’ve rounded up a selection of the UK-based web design, developer and UX conferences that Ballyhoo staff are thinking of attending this year, along with some key information where available.

We’ll be keeping the list as up-to-date as possible, adding new conferences as they become available.

Here at Ballyhoo, we take a proactive approach to industry conferences and to keeping our team up-to-date with the latest industry knowledge. These events present an opportunity to expand your knowledge and network with peers.

Things to Consider

Here are a few points to consider before reading the below and attending the events.

Ticket Price & Discounts

Many of the events are very affordable, with discounts usually available for early birds and students. Some conferences haven’t yet published their ticket price/ability to purchase tickets, however we will keep this up-to-date.

In-Person (& COVID restrictions)

Many events are offering both in-person and online tickets – giving everyone the opportunity to attend regardless of travel and how comfortable you feel.

Video Content

Many conferences film and release their content on video after the event – often for free, others may charge a small fee. If you don’t have the time or funds to attend in person, this presents an excellent opportunity to absorb and benefit from the content at your leisure.

UK Web Design, Developer & UX Conferences 2022

PHP Conference

The Brewery, City of London

16 – 18 February 2022

From £220 + VAT

PHP UK welcomes hundreds of leading developers to London for 3 days of workshops, talks, networking and socials. The three day event includes up-to-date content about PHP development and related technologies.

UXCamp Brighton

Plus X Innovation Hub, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4GL

26th March 2022

From £20

UX Camp Brighton is an ‘unconference’ for people interested in all areas of user experience, from interaction design to information architecture, user research to UX writing and everything in between.

Devoxx 

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London. N1 0QH

11 – 13 May 2022

Early bird from £495 + VAT

Devoxx UK is a 3-day conference where developers come together to explore the latest technology advancements and fascinating ideas.

Diverse, local and global talent introduce the newest and most vital content from the development world, with a range of sessions covering Java, People & culture, Architecture, Development Practices, Data & AI, UI & UX, Programming Languages, Security, Build & Deploy, Mind the Geek and Coding in 2030.

Pixel Pioneers

Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, UK

10th June 2022

From £125

Pixel Pioneers is an affordable community conference for front-end developers and UX/UI designers with a focus on actionable takeaways.

Camp Digital

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

23rd June 2022

Camp Digital brings together the digital, design and UX communities for a series of seminars exploring the latest thinking in the industry.

UX London

From £995 + VAT

28-30 June 2022

UX London event includes a range of world-class talks and hands-on workshops covering research, content and design.

Birmingham Design Festival

9-11 June 2022

A celebration of the local, national and international design industry held in Birmingham over a period of 3 days.

DigiMarCon London

Sofitel London Heathrow Hotel

1-2 September 2022

In person Early Bird tickets from £397

Virtual tickets from £147

Hear from some of the most audacious and thought provoking speakers in the digital marketing, media and advertising industry. Gain insight into emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, and best practices to move your business to the next level.

London Design Festival

Across London

17-25 September 2022

London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world.

UX Brighton

Brighton Dome

4th November 2022

Early bird tickets get 15% off

This conference gets together people from product management, UX, research and design to discuss insights and share industry knowledge.

Have we missed anything?

Let us know on Twitter or Instagram if we’ve missed any Web Design, Dev or UX conferences off the list that you think we should know about.

Ballyhoo’s List of Key Dates and Events for Your Social Media and Editorial Calendars

January 10th, 2019 by

It seems like there is a day for everything these days. Some promote awareness for some very serious and worthy causes, while some just provide an excuse to eat cake or drink beer. Either way, these observational dates provide marketers with the opportunity to support a deserving movement or get involved with some fun and frivolity.

But with the ever-growing list of observational days and events how can we keep track of what’s happening when? Well, from now on, the 1st of January every year will be known as “Ballyhoo’s List of Key Dates and Events for your Social Media and PR Calendars” day.

Here we will provide a growing list of observational dates and events to help you plan your content for the coming year. Although we like to think we are, we are not perfect, so if we’ve missed any important dates, or you think we have got something wrong, we’d love to hear from you in the comments. So, without further ado, here is Ballyhoo’s List of Key Dates and Events for your Social Media and PR Calendars…

January 2022

DateEventSame date next year?
1 JanuaryNew Year’s DayYes
12 JanuaryKiss a Ginger DayYes
17 JanuaryBig Energy Saving Week beginsVariable
19 JanuaryNational Popcorn Day (US)Yes
21 JanuaryMartin Luther King Jr Day (US)
National Hugging Day
Yes
Yes
25 JanuaryBurns NightYes

February 2022

DateEventSame date next year?
1 February Chinese New YearNo
4 FebruaryWorld Cancer DayYes
9 FebruaryNational Pizza Day (US)Yes
13 FebruaryThe Super BowlNo
14 FebruaryValentine’s DayYes
15 FebruarySingles Awareness DayYes
17 FebruaryRandom Acts of Kindness DayYes

March 2022

DateEventSame date next year?
1 MarchShrove Tuesday/Pancake DayNo
1 MarchSt David’s Day Yes
3 MarchWorld Hearing Day Yes
3 MarchWorld Book Day First Thursday in March
8 MarchInternational Women’s Day Yes
9 MarchNational No Smoking Day No
10 MarchWorld Kidney DayNo
16 MarchYoung Carers Action DayTBC
17 MarchSt Patrick’s Day Yes
18 MarchGlobal Recycling Day Yes
18 MarchRed Nose Day/Comic ReliefNo
20 MarchFirst Day of Spring/Spring Equinox Yes
21 MarchWorld Poetry Day Yes
22 MarchWorld Water Day Yes
26 MarchPurple Day (Epilepsy Awareness)Yes
27 MarchMother’s Day (UK)No
27 MarchClocks Go ForwardNo

April 2022

DateEventSame date next year?
1 AprilApril Fools Day Yes
2 AprilWorld Autism Awareness Day
International Children’s Book Day
Yes
Yes
7 AprilWorld Health DayNo
15 AprilGood FridayNo
17 AprilEaster SundayNo
18 AprilEaster MondayNo
23 AprilSt George’s Day Yes
26 AprilWorld Intellectual Property Day Yes

May 2022

DateEventSame date next year?
1 MayBig Asthma Bake Sale MonthYes
2 MayBank HolidayNo
4 MayStar Wars DayYes
12 MayInternational Nurses’ DayYes
14 MayWorld Fair Trade Day2nd Saturday in May
15 MayChildren’s Day (UK)No
15 MayInternational Day of Families
FA Cup Final
Yes
May or June
23 MaySam’s BirthdayYes
26 MayBallyhoo’s BirthdayYes
30 MayCricket World CupNext in 2023

June 2022

DateEventSame date next year?
1 JuneInternational Children’s Day (observed by ~50 countries) Yes
3 JunePlatinum Jubilee Bank HolidayNo
5 JuneWorld Environment Day Yes
14 JuneDiabetes Awareness Week Begins (TBC) No
15 JuneNational Beer Day Yes
19 JuneFather’s Day No
21 JuneWorld Music Day
Summer Solstice
Yes
Between June 20-22
24 JuneTake Your Dog to Work Day No
27 JuneWimbledon BeginsNo

July 2022

DateEventSame date next year?
7 JulyWorld Chocolate DayYes
14 JulyBritish Open BeginsNo
17 JulyWorld Emoji DayYes
29 JulyInternational Tiger DayYes
30 JulyWorld Friendship DayYes

August 2022

DateEventSame date next year?
1 AugustYorkshire DayYes 
6 AugustEdinburgh International Festival Begins No
8 AugustInternational Cat Day Yes
13 AugustNational Prosecco Day
International Left-Handers Day
Yes
Yes
19 AugustWorld Photo Day Yes
27 AugustNotting Hill Carnival Begins No
29 AugustAugust Bank Holiday No

September 2022

DateEventSame date next year?
4 SeptemberInternational Bacon Day1st Saturday in September
5 SeptemberInternational Day of CharityYes
10 SeptemberWorld Suicide Prevention DayYes
13 SeptemberRoald Dahl DayYes
14 SeptemberInternational Coding Week BeginsNo
18 SeptemberLondon Fashion Week beginsNo
19 SeptemberInternational Talk Like A Pirate DayYes
17 SeptemberGreat British Beach Clean Week beginsNo
17 SeptemberOktoberfest beginsNo
20 SeptemberRecycle Week begins
International Week of Happiness at Work begins
No
No
23 SeptemberAutumnal equinoxNo
25 SeptemberWorlds Biggest Coffee Morning Yes

October 2022

DateEventSame date next year?
1 OctoberWorld Vegetarian DayYes
3 OctoberLondon Marathonusually held in April
5 OctoberWorld Teachers’ DayYes
7 October World Dyslexia Day No
9 OctoberWorld Post DayYes
10 OctoberWorld Mental Health DayYes
11 OctoberNational Coming Out DayYes
13 OctoberNational No Bra DayYes
15 OctoberGlobal Hand Washing DayYes
16 OctoberWorld Food DayYes
20 OctoberConflict Resolution DayNo
30 OctoberClocks go backNo
31 OctoberHalloweenYes

November 2022

DateEventSame date next year?
1 NovemberWorld Vegan DayYes
3 NovemberNational Stress Awareness DayYes
5 NovemberGuy Fawkes/Bonfire NightNo
13 NovemberWorld Kindness Day Yes
14 NovemberWorld Diabetes DayYes
20 NovemberWorld Children’s Day (observed by ~28 countries)Yes
25 NovemberBlack FridayNo
28 NovemberCyber MondayNo
30 NovemberSt Andrew’s DayYes

December 2022

DateEventSame date next year?
3 DecemberInternational Day of Persons with DisabilitiesYes
9 DecemberChristmas Jumper DayNo
21 DecemberWinter solsticeNo
25 DecemberChristmas DayYes
26 DecemberBoxing DayYes
31 DecemberNew Years EveYes

And that’s a wrap. Hopefully, Ballyhoo’s List of Key Dates and Events for your Social Media and PR Calendars 2022 will give you some good ideas for your social media channels and blogs. As I said, we are not perfect, so if we have missed any, or there are any that you think we should add, then please let us know in the comments below.

The Ultimate List of UK Web Design, Developer & UX Conferences 2018

January 19th, 2018 by

There’s a huge variety of conferences taking place this year for the web design community – too many to choose from, in fact. To make life a bit easier, we’ve rounded up a selection of the UK-based web design, developer and UX conferences that Ballyhoo staff are thinking of attending this year, along with some key information where available.

a dedicated time and space away from the screen to think about the future of our industry

As it’s still early on in the year, many sites aren’t listing their full schedules and pricing yet, but we’ll be keeping the list as up-to-date as possible. Many are very affordable, with discounts usually available for early birds and students. Although many take place in the capital, they do spread the length of the UK too which means that, with Ballyhoo based in Birmingham, travel isn’t too much of an issue.

At Ballyhoo, we take a proactive approach to industry conferences. These events are not just a chance to get away from the office and have an expenses-paid jolly; they present an opportunity to not only expand your knowledge but network with peers. Most importantly, they allow you to create a dedicated time and space away from the screen to think about the future of our industry and how you can adopt and adapt to emerging technology and design trends.

Things to Consider

Before we get listing, there are a few points to consider that factor into whether going to a conference will be a sound investment for you. Cost can be prohibitive regardless of whether you are an employer weighing up the expenses or a freelancer with precious little time to spare away from paid work.

Total ticket price

Go as far as adding tickets to your basket and getting the full price breakdown. Many have hidden booking fees.

Accommodation

Do you have friends or family in the area? Can you stay nearby and then travel a short distance on the day so that you don’t need to shell out for a city-centre hotel? Does travelling down early on the day itself make sense?

Travel

If you’re on your own, the train is probably cheapest, and you can use the time productively to check out the agenda. If there are a few of you, carpool and don’t forget you can usually claim back the mileage to cover fuel (45p per mile plus 5p per passenger!).

Video content

Many conferences film and release their content on video after the event – often for free, others may charge a small fee. If you don’t have the time or funds to attend in person, this presents an excellent opportunity to absorb and benefit from the content at your leisure.

UK Web Design, Developer & UX Conferences 2018

NDC { London }

Westminster, London
January 17-19, 2018
From £1,090 +VAT

Taking place over three days, this software developers conference covers a huge variety of topics, delivered by nearly 100 speakers, with multiple tracks available throughout each day. You can attend one, two or three days and there are an additional two days of workshops taking place on the days prior to the event, you can purchase these separately or as part of an “All Access Pass”.

Front End North

Sheffield
January 19, 2018
£120 +VAT

A one-day event for front-end web developers, designers or anyone who makes things for the web. Content includes talks on JavaScript, form validation, agile development, React and critical CSS. The first of the conferences on our list that takes place outside of London, meaning those across the Midlands and North may find this one more achievable to attend.

Early bird all sold out, but student tickets are still available. There’s even an after-party in the venue bar which includes a complimentary drink.

Agile Content Conf

London
January 29, 2018
£500 +VAT

Agile Content Conf is one for content strategists and online marketers. Not strictly web design but an essential piece of the puzzle. Current pricing available is until 15th January, and a two-day ticket is available if you also want to attend the workshop on the day after.

PHP UK

London
February 15-16, 2018
From £150 +VAT

This PHP conference takes place over three days, with the first day being an optional, immersive workshop day. You can choose to attend the full programme or pick and choose which days to attend (discounts available for subsequent days). Tickets include breakfast, lunch and refreshments and there are pre-conference and mid-conference socials to attend too.

The UX Conference

London
February 20, 2018
£299

This user experience conference is in its second year now, and its theme is “exploring how to improve collaboration between designers and business stakeholders”. Speakers come from a range of big-name companies, including Uber, British Gas, Zendesk and Deliveroo.

Early bird tickets (15% off) are still available until the end of Jan. Student tickets are available too at 50% off. Included in the ticket price are a breakfast registration event, a buffet lunch and an after-party with a free bar.

Service Design in Government

Edinburgh
March 7-9, 2018
From £190 +VAT

This (predominately) UX conference is one for anyone in the public sector looking to create engaging service design. Whether you are part of an internal design team or contracting for government, this event brings together top speakers on the unique challenges that creating truly accessible and goal-oriented services can bring.

Tickets available to attend 1-3 days, with discounts available when booking across multiple days. There’s a 20% discount for anyone employed by central or local government, with further discounts available for academics, students and groups.

UX in the City

Manchester
March 15-16, 2018
From £135 +VAT

Another event coming back for its second year, UX in the City is delivered by the team behind UX Cambridge and UX Scotland. The Financial Times, Google, Foolproof and University of Nottingham all have speakers attending this two-day event.

You can go for one or two days, lunch and refreshments are included, and there are free evening social events.

London UX Conference

London
March 17 – 23, 2018
From £556 +VAT

Neilsen Norman Group’s UX conference hosts a number of full-day sessions on a wide variety of UX topics. This is one of the pricier conferences to attend, but there are discounts available for subsequent days/sessions booked. You can also pay an additional fee for session certification to demonstrate CPD.

Render Conf

Oxford
March 23, 2018
£250 +VAT

Another front-end event that’s taking place outside of London in the form of a one-day conference covering web developer favourites; performance, JavaScript and React.

Early bird tickets have already sold out and current pricing is only available until 23rd Feb, at which point last chance tickets go on sale. There’s a real social aspect to Render Conf, with both a pre-event quiz night and an after-conference party. You can also book the pre-event workshop day taking place on the 22nd March (various sessions).

Offset

Dublin
March 23-25, 2018
€295

Okay, not exactly the UK, but close enough. Offset Dublin is a creative festival featuring content across multiple disciplines including graphic design, photography, illustration, fashion, photography and film. Creative types will be in their element here. The website itself is a joy to browse.

Early bird tickets are still available. Students and recent graduates get a nice discount too.

UX Camp Brighton

Brighton
March 24, 2018
£TBC

So, this non-profit event calls itself an “unconference”, where they do things a bit differently with 20-minute sessions, such as talks, demos or discussions with a focus on sharing and socialising as a catalyst for learning. The schedule isn’t even confirmed until the day when speakers have to scramble for their desired timeslot. For anyone who’s working in UX design, accessibility, UI, user research, or similar.

It’s only two months away but tickets haven’t been released yet. However, we do know that the price will include free meals, a UX quiz with prizes and an afterparty.

Devoxx UK

Manchester
May 9-11, 2018
From £425 +VAT

Covering a huge array of topics, including Java, infrastructure, server side, web frameworks, browser apps, security, architecture, AI and even delving into cybernetics and the tech of the future.

You can attend up to three days depending on your preference. Currently, only 2 or 3-day tickets are still available.

DeltaV Conference

London
May 10-11, 2018
£499 +VAT

A web performance conference covering site speed, scalability, accessibility standards and more.

A limited number of free tickets are available on a ‘Scholarship Scheme’ whereby applications may be accepted from anyone who feels their personal circumstances hinder their ability to attend the conference.

Camp Digital

Manchester
May 24, 2018
£199 +VAT

Camp Digital brings together digital, design and UX with a range of presentations and workshops from top speakers on topics such as ‘Humanising Data’, ‘Agile: How to Get Stuff Done Without Wasting Money’ and ‘Using and Understanding Assistive Digital Technologies’.

Only last-minute tickets are still available. Even so, this is still one of the more affordable conferences to attend.

Pixel Pioneers

Bristol
June 8, 2018
£125 +VAT

Pixel Pioneers launched in 2017 and is back again this year in Bristol on June 8th. The event promises to be a hub for creative culture and looks to bring together the web community for more than just the latest cutting-edge tech. You’ll get eight practical sessions with actionable takeaways for your money plus a range of extras (goodie bag, exclusive Slack channel, afterparty).

You can also attend an additional user testing or UX psychology workshop day taking place on the 7th June (prices vary). Students get 50% off the main conference!

UX Scotland

Edinburgh
June 13-15, 2018
£585 +VAT

Taking place at Dynamic Earth (sure to bring back memories of school trips for anyone from Scotland), this is an established UX event offering the opportunity for the design community to gain hands-on, practical experience and learn from industry peers and leaders alike. This is a 3-day programme, but you can attend your preference of one, two or the full three days (from £210 +VAT).

User Research London

London
June 21-22, 2018
£200

For user researchers, by user researchers. Some of the world’s best design and user research experts are due to be at User Research London, helping to shape user experience based on the accurate measurement and understanding of user needs.

Only a talks-only early bird ticket is currently on sale (ending 18th May). Presumably further tickets for the workshops and talks will then go on sale at a higher price.

The Lead Developer

London
June 27-28, 2018
From £499 +VAT

Being a lead developer’s a tricky balance between knowing your s*** and having the tools and confidence to lead your team and deliver results. If this sounds familiar, head down to The Lead Developer to network with your peers and stay ahead of the curve. Whet your appetite with your choice of two full-day workshops on the 26th June.

Fullstack

London
July 11-13, 2018
£850 +VAT

This year, FullStack’s theme is Javascript, Node and the Internet of Things. A 3-day intensive learning and sharing programme includes speakers from Microsoft and Adobe as well as Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript, and Douglas Crockford, the creator of JSON.

UX Bristol

Bristol
July 13, 2018
£149

UX Bristol 2018 is now in its eighth year, promising “hands-on UX techniques from leading practitioners in a friendly and sociable setting”. The event takes place over a single day, during which you have the opportunity to attend four workshops (from a choice of 12).

Tickets on sale in late May 2018.

Turing Fest

Edinburgh
August 1-2, 2018
£349 +VAT

Turing Fest is “Scotland’s tech gathering” and this year they present their most ambitious programme yet. The conference takes place over two days, each with three tracks to choose from – which may be a tough decision! On Day 1 you’ll be able to choose from either Product, Strategy or Growth, while on Day 2 your options are Engineering, Culture or Marketing.

Individual day tickets are also available for £249 +VAT. Group discounts of 15% are also available if there are four or more of you.

Future London Academy UX and Digital Design Week

London
August 13-17, 2018
£1,995 +VAT

Create experiences that people will fall in love with. Get inspiration for your current projects and advice on how to build a design team of your dreams. Find out the secrets of what makes products successful and what mistakes companies made when they were building new services.

The UX Conference

London
September 7, 2018
£299

Following a sell-out event in February this year, the UX Conference is back for a day of expert talks exploring the theme of “collaboration between designers and researchers in User Experience design”. Taking place at the The Design Museum on Kensington High Street, you can look forward to seeing reps from Microsoft, Spotify, BBC, NHS, Google and more.

Tickets include lunch and refreshments. Early birds are available for £229 until 1st May, with a second early bird tier at £249 then available until 1st July. Group tickets and video-only are available too.

UX Cambridge

Cambridge
September 12-14, 2018
£460 +VAT

As an established UX conference, UX Cambridge is unlikely to disappoint. the full 3-day programme is available to view online with keynotes announced from speakers Alisan Atvur and Sara Wachter Boettcher.

Current pricing is available until 18th May and you can also book individual days at a cost of £210 +VAT per day.

Generate

London
September 19-21, 2018
£TBC

Generate returns again this September for a 3-day programme at the Royal Institution. Tickets are on sale in April 2018.

Canvas Conference

Birmingham
October 4, 2018
£200 +VAT

Gracing Ballyhoo’s doorstep here in Brum, Canvas is back for another round of inspiring stories from the digital frontline. Join eight of the biggest digital disruptors at the Birmingham Rep (connected to the glorious Library of Birmingham) where you’ll have a day of inspiration, get fed and be able to attend an afterparty.

Earlybird tickets are sold out. Standard tickets will be on sale until August 31, after which you’ll be looking at an extra £30 for late bird entry.

Leading Design Conference

London
October 10-12, 2018
£995

A conference for people leading design teams, overseeing design direction, or instilling a culture of design within their organisations.

Listen to leaders from Lyft, Monzo, Pinterest and other design-led companies discuss the challenges of managing design, and becoming a better design leader..

Early bird tickets are available until 1st September.

UX Insider

Bournemouth
October 16, 2018
£150 +VAT

UX Insider is a new one-day event from the team behind UX Bournemouth. Managing to attract speakers from Google, Sony, The Home Office and Big Lottery Fund for their inaugural event, UX Insider looks promising and hopes to “deliver insight into best practice for creating first-class customer experiences”.

Your ticket includes access to all speaker sessions, breakfast bakes and a hot drink, lunch and soft drinks, and an invite to network with your peers in the evening. From 1st September, tickets will go up in price to £199 +VAT.

Interact

London
October 17, 2018
£199 +VAT

Join speakers from Lego and NHS Digital for Interact conference, whose theme this year is Intelligence in Design. The conference, taking place at The British Museum, will explore how digital design, UX and AI all place a role in today’s society.

There are several ticket releases, starting with early bird at £199 +VAT until the end of June, standard release at £249 +VAT until the end of August and then final release at £299 +VAT.

Northern User Experience (NUX7)

Manchester
October 19, 2018
£TBC

Not much info available on NUX7 yet either other than the date and location, more details coming soon.

UX Brighton 2018

Brighton
November 2, 2018
£170 +VAT

The theme at this year’s UX Brighton is Advancing Research. Topics are likely to include survey design, building research teams, researching for new technologies and taking a step beyond traditional methodologies.

Early bird tickets are still available at £145 +VAT with student tickets also available for only £50 +VAT.

Angular Connect

London
November 6-7, 2018
£685 +VAT

Limited details as yet but a range of speakers have been announced, with the call for proposals still open. The site says “AngularConnect is a 2-day, multi-track conference featuring the world’s leading Angular experts, including the core Angular team at Google”.

An additional day of workshops covering four tracks is taking place on the 5th November, costing £450 +VAT.

Mobile UX London

London
November 11, 2018
£TBC

MUXL is “Europe’s most forward-thinking UX/Design conference”. This year’s 4th annual conference focuses on user-centered design and multimodal interactions (think voice, vision, haptic). Tickets to be announced.

Design It; Build It

Edinburgh
November 12, 2018
£99 +VAT

‘Freedom’ is the central theme of this year’s Design It: Build It conference, taking place in Edinburgh. You’ll be able to attend eight presentations throughout the day.

Design Systems London

London
November 15-16, 2018
£165

Design systems are a hot topic at the moment, with more and more organisations big and small realising the benefits of standardising their design components to ensure creative unification. Enter the first dedicated design system conference, that we’re aware of, taking place in London this November. From the people behind ReactFest, 10+ speakers are already lined up and there’s a workshop day on the 15th preceding the main conference on the 16th.

All talks, food and an afterparty are included in your ticket price.

Halfstack

London
November 16, 2018
£105

Halfstack is a single-day JavaScript conference that takes place in a pub in Shoreditch. The schedule will be announced mid-2018 but will cover an array of modern front-end web development topics. Tickets include food, refreshments, swag and an afterparty.

The User Experience & Digital Customer Experience Conference

London
27th November, 2018
£379 +VAT

A one-day, uniquely brand-led conference and networking event for conversion-boosting user experiences and user-centred digital customer experience strategies. Discover how 20 UX brand-side professionals are driving cultural change and harness cutting-edge technologies to put UX at the heart of the organisation.

Have we missed anything…?

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The Greater Birmingham Digital Summit

March 12th, 2015 by

On Thursday 26th February 2015 I attended the inaugural Greater Birmingham Digital Summit at the ICC. Touted as the “biggest, boldest summit about digital technology for SMEs ever hosted in the region” I was keen to hear from industry peers and experts about how and why clients like ours should embrace the web, the cloud and all things digital.

With speakers from local and national government, education and some of the biggest names in tech (Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn), the day promised to inform and inspire Midlands businesses to embrace digital and flourish economically.

When I first heard about this event I admit I was slightly skeptical about how relevant and educational it would be, especially considering it was new on the scene and may struggle to attract top industry players. I needn’t have feared though as the calibre of the speakers and quality of the venue and organisation surpassed my most hopeful expectations and I genuinely finished the day feeling emboldened and inspired.

What is digital technology?

“Digital” has become a bit of an umbrella term for a number of different sectors. When we use this word it can now mean anything from superfast broadband connection and the cloud to websites and marketing techniques. Although Ballyhoo currently identifies as a web design and development company, we wouldn’t argue that we could also be called a “digital agency” as our business also encompasses complimentary services such as hosting and online marketing.

Digital on the whole is where the majority of industries are going, whether you’re looking to automate processes in a factory, start selling services online or use cloud accounting software to balance the books.

A recurring theme throughout the day was that businesses can’t afford to not be online and using the tools available as soon as possible. Connectivity and cloud-based tools for remote, flexible working were mentioned regularly in the day’s sessions but here I will focus mainly on the findings relevant to what we at Ballyhoo do – in a word, websites.

The Greater Birmingham Digital Audit

One of the summit’s main attractions was the release of the data collected by the Greater Birmingham Digital Audit – a survey of over 400 SMEs, from Birmingham to as far afield as Lichfield, Solihull and Redditch – which reveals some intriguing insights into the attitudes of businesses across the region.

59% OF BUSINESSES DO NOT HAVE A DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGY

A huge 92% of those surveyed said that digital capability is important for their business, yet 59% said they do not have a digital marketing plan. When asked why they’re not taking advantage of digital 46% blamed a lack of time, 36% a lack of skills and 33% said the unknown cost of investment was a barrier.

89% of businesses already have a website of some form, with 33% trading online, but it was drilled into the audience by our host, Richard Beevers, managing director of Customer Plus, that you need to have “more than a website”. By this, it is meant that you need to fully understand the implications of a well-planned marketing strategy and the foundation that an expertly designed website will provide.

For many in the room this may have been news but for me it was encouraging to hear that what we’ve been saying for years is finally becoming a mainstream idea. For a long time now we’ve moved away from simply creating good-looking, functional websites to trying to create successful online presences that, ultimately, make our clients money. Our philosophy is that the principles of research, strategy and understanding underpin a truly successful online venture where due respect is given to relevant traffic, usability and conversion.

0% OF BUSINESSES THAT DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY PREDICT AN INCREASE IN TURNOVER IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS WHEREAS 58% OF THOSE WHO ARE COMFORTABLE DO.

More than a website…

Your website can be so much more than be shop window. Done well, your website could bring in trade that you never dreamed of winning and bring your product (whether that’s a physical item, a service or your expertise) to new markets that otherwise would never find you.

From our own experience, many clients know that being online is essential to their business future but aren’t convinced by the potential scale of return. However, it is only with ongoing investment, constant analysis and measured risk that you will truly succeed online.


Note

This blog post was inspired by just the first 30 minutes of the summit! I have ended up writing a LOT more about the subjects covered throughout the day which I aim to split into digestible chunks to be published to this blog over the coming weeks. Links will be added below as soon as they are online and ready to read.

Longbridge Light Festival 2014

November 25th, 2014 by

Earlier this year on October 25th Ballyhoo were proud to provide sponsorship for the inaugural Longbridge Light Festival, a new event aimed at inspiring the local community and celebrating the rich history and future of Longbridge, Birmingham.

Since the early 2000s, Longbridge has been recovering from the demise of MG Rover – once the region’s largest manufacturing plant and employer to over 25,000 people at its peak.

Now though, regeneration of the area has been put into overdrive by St Modwen (our landlord at the Innovation Centre in Longbridge Technology Park). The Light Festival was conceived of to celebrate this and tempt more people from the wider Midlands to come and see what’s now on offer at Longbridge, including the multi-million pound Austin Park, the imposing Bournville College and a wide range of new eateries.

This year’s Longbridge Light Festival theme was “Back to the Future”, designed to be both a retrospective of the rich history of Longbridge as well as a hopeful look to the future and the people who will help to make Longbridge great once again.

Ballyhoo is proud to be part of the new Longbridge community, we hope to continue to thrive here and contribute as much as we can. And we certainly hope that we’ll be enjoying light festivals here for many years to come.