Introduction to Meteor Platform, 16th July

An informal Introduction to Meteor, and also an opportunity to plan our next workshop. Meet other developers using Meteor. Share your knowledge, apps, and get feedback from others. Meteor is an open-source platform for building top-quality web apps in a fraction of the time, whether you’re an expert developer or just getting started

East Midlands Student & First Time Entrepreneurs: Tea/Coffee, July 29th

Come along to St Martins Tea & Coffee Merchants and meet some new people, get to know your fellow entrepreneurs and enjoy some tea/coffee and some stimulating conversation with like minded people.

East Midlands Student & First Time Entrepreneurs: Share Your Ideas, 4th Aug

Come along and share your ideas/problems with your fellow students and first time entrepreneurs. This is a good way to get different people’s opinions/advice on your ideas and perhaps get a chance to see things from a different perspective.

New Group: East Midlands Student and First Time Entrepreneurs

photoEast Midlands Student and First Time Entrepreneurs are a new meetup group who will be getting to know each other for the first time on Sunday 12th July at the  The Crumblin Cookie.

University of Leicester Graduate Nayan Patel Wins at Venturefest 2015

Recent University of Leicester graduate, Nayan Patel, has triumphed in the Early Stage Business category at the inaugural Venturefest East Midlands event held on Tuesday 14th April. Nayan’s business, NYN-9 Ltd, aims to advance hot and cold therapy through a new orthopedic support product designed to be a single portable unit, which replicates temperatures and sensations and can be controlled via mobile phones to aid recovery.

Full details of Nayan’s success can be found here:

Streamline Data Ltd Offer Data Visualisation Workshop

Streamline Data Ltd, a start- up company based at the DMU Innovation Centre, Leicester, are offering a Data Visualisation workshop. This is a summer workshop will run every Friday from 2pm to 4pm beginning on the 31st of July 2015 for four weeks.

  • In this workshop you will be working with a new and innovative online presentation tool called Streamline Presenter. Streamline Presenter is in its Beta testing phase which we would like for you to try!
  • This visualisation lab will help you to build presentations using various online presentations tools and sources to help better visualise your data in an innovative, creative and dynamic platform with Streamline Presenter to bring your entire presentation under one roof!
  • This can include- Powerpoint, Prezi, PDF’s, 3D interactive models, Graphs, Slideshare, Issuu, Slideshows, Powtoon, Youtube and much more…!
  • Please bring your data (Pen drives) and laptops to the event and walk away with a well put together, unique and free online presentation which you can carry with you anytime, anywhere.

Please register here:

Contact Esben Ehrenskjold on 0116 2078942 or for more information.

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Open Coffee: How to Create a Winning Team, Weds 29th July

How to Create a Winning Team

The dominant organisational models of today aren’t fit for the future. Startups need to lead the way but how do you design a scalable organisation from day one?

Lisa Gill, Director of Reimaginaire, will share how to build a strong founding team and create a winning culture and strategy from the very beginning. It will be an interactive session, packed with insights from the latest future of work research and stories of innovative, forward-thinking organisations around the world.

What To Expect From PHP7, August 6th

PHP 7 is coming!  But what does this mean for PHP developers in the Real World (TM)? This talk has everything you need to know to be the expert.  Find out how the remarkable performance improvements could look on your own system, and see the shiny new features in this major release of the web’s favourite scripting language.  Get advice on how the upgrade path will look for your appplication and how to avoid the traps that lie along that path.  Recommended for developers and technical leaders everywhere who want to use better PHP.

Event report: How to Thrive as a Creative Business (1 July 2015)

open-coffee-how-to-thrive-as-a-creative-business-weds-1st-julyThe title Three Guys Walk Into A Bar may sound like the set-up for a joke but it’s the highly appropriate name for Jim Shields’ new book that began life as a talk given at conferences and other business events.

Jim is the Creative Director of Leicester’s Twist & Shout Communications, which specialises in making entertaining, story-led videos for companies to use in marketing and training. The book is the distillation of years of experience in dealing with corporations, and on 1 July he came to Open Coffee at DMU’s Innovation Centre to deliver a specially tailored version of his presentation.

Jim uses humour in his day job and at events like this because it’s a fast and memorable form of communication. He particularly dislikes the corporate jargon that is rife in the worlds of technology and business in general (his example from a large European bank was a classic piece of management gobbledegook).

Three.Guys.Walk.into.a.Bar“My crusade is to bring intimacy back to companies’ communications with their customers,” said Jim, explaining that jargon-filled language creates a kind of exclusive club that fails to reach other groups of people. For deep tech, he said that every meaningless word obscures what problem the thing is actually solving, so it’s best to describe the benefits of your solution rather than spout technobabble.

“I’ve tried to write a practical book,” said Jim, whose overall philosophy is aimed at showing you how to get more value from the jobs that you do. The central part of this is to cultivate your uniqueness, either through innovation or by crossing over between two different worlds and combining skills effectively in a way that no-one else does.

Here is where the three guys of the book title come in – and Jim pointed out carefully that he means guys in the modern non-gender-specific way (as in “hey guys”), which also distinguishes it from Three Men and a Baby, in case anyone was confused.

The ‘three guys’ refer to people at different stages of a career and how it’s possible to progress from simply being ‘a guy’ (a hired hand indistinguishable from anyone else) to ‘that guy’ (someone worth recommending) to ‘the guy’ (the only one to consider for a task requiring a true expert).

open-coffee-how-to-thrive-as-a-creative-business-weds-1st-julyRecommendations included getting a mentor and finding your ‘secret sauce’ that makes you unique and sellable. Jim added that if you have been asked the same question 20 times, put the answer in a blog, create a platform for you to educate your clients (and others) and if all goes to plan you can become a leading light in your particular field.

Jim also revealed helpful advice on when to consider working for free or next-to-nothing. Another problem area that Jim addressed was when to ‘fire’ a client – or at least take a fresh look at what work you are doing for them and how it can better suit their needs.

This Open Coffee was one of those outstanding events that managed to be both illuminating and entertaining in equal measure throughout the hour-long session. It was also reassuring to see the message getting through to the crowd at this well attended meet-up. Thankfully for Jim, many more than three ‘guys’ turned up at DMU on the day.