The next meeting of the Cornwall Social Media Café will take place on Tuesday, 10th April from 6.30pm at the Vertigo bar in Truro . This month the Social Media Cafe will be 3 years old and so we’re asking you to predict where we’ll be in another 3 years time. Continue reading
The Cornwall Social Media Cafe (CSMC) celebrated its second Birthday last week with a gathering of more than 30 people at the regular meeting spot of CSMC, Vertigo Bar in Truro.
The Cornwall Social Media Cafe is one of the longest established social media cafes in the UK, being the first to launch in the south west, back in April 2009. Co-founded by social media consultant and trainer Aren Grimshaw and PR professional Laura McKay, CSMC is an informal get together for people interested in or using social media, with the aim of bringing those who may have met online to come together to meet face to face, socialise and share ideas. Continue reading
A quick post to let you know that the February meeting of Cornwall Social Media Café has been confirmed for Tuesday 8 February, from 6.30pm at Vertigo in Truro.
As well as being a great opportunity to catch up with CSMC members old and new, there will also be some exciting news about the forthcoming Cornwall Twestival Local event on March 24th. Continue reading
Many thanks to everyone who made it to Vertigo on Tuesday night for the August CSMC meeting – our largest ever! It was great to see so many people from different walks of life, and from across the whole county, come together because of a shared interest in social media.
The full attendee list was as follows (please let me know if I’ve missed anyone!)
- Jess Bartlett, Worldwide Financial Planning
- Fiona Campbell-Howes, Radix Communications
- Caroline Carter, Southwest Business
- Jay Cochran, Truro College
- Matt Collins, Ampersand Industries
- Andrea Edlin, Niddocks Internet Marketing
- Rob Edlin, Niddocks Internet Marketing
- Dan Goodwin, White October
- Aren Grimshaw, Tonick Media
- Gerald Hofmaier, Digital Frost
- Mat Hill, Vitality Monthly
- Matt Hollands, graphic and web designer
- Chris Humphris, graphic designer
- Chris Hunt, University of Plymouth
- Jonathan Lea, Follett Stock
- James Martin, Pirate FM
- Laura McKay, Deborah Clark Associates
- John Merlin, photographer and web designer
- Annie Moore, Cornwall Council
- Kirstie Newton, Cornwall Today
- Mark Picken, mpad
- Rachel Picken, mpad
- Toby Parkins, UKNetWeb
- Luke Tudor, IT South West
- Tim Warren, Radix Communications
- Caroline Williams, mpad
After drinks in the garden and conservatory, we took over the upstairs room once again, where Aren updated everyone on plans for the forthcoming Cornwall Twestival Local event planned for next month.
Cornwall Twestival Local will take place at the Bedruthan Steps Hotel in Mawgan Porth on the evening of Saturday 12th September from 7.30pm to midnight. Reflecting the hotel’s stunning coastal location, the theme will be ‘Beach Chic’ – formal evening wear with a beach-inspired twist.
Planning is already well underway, with ten event sponsors and three media sponsors signed up, and a raft of fantastic auction prizes donated by local businesses. You can see all the details on the Cornwall Twestival blog.
Tickets are on sale now (click here to book yours) at £20 each – although if you’re very quick you may be able to snap up one of the few remaining early-bird tickets at just £15.
Aren called on CSMC members to spread the word about Twestival to their online and offline contacts, which many have already been doing. We also saw a surge in Twestival ticket sales following Tuesday’s meeting, thanks to CSMC members signing up, so it should be a good night!
Toby Parkins of UKNetWeb made an excellent suggestion – to offer ‘apology’ tickets for those who can’t attend on the night but would still like to make a donation. These are now available on the Twestival ticket booking site priced at £15 each.
There will be no CSMC meet in September due to Twestival taking place, so we hope to see as many of you there as possible. Plans are already afoot for the October meet, though, and we should be able to update you on that very soon.
The next meeting of the Cornwall Social Media Café has been confirmed for Tuesday 18th August from 6.30pm at the Vertigo bar in Truro (see map)
Attendance is of course free, but we do ask that you register in advance so we know roughly what kind of numbers to expect. Register here.
If you’ve never come along to a CSMC before, it would be great to see you! We’re a friendly and eclectic mix of people from business, academia and the public sector who all share an interest in social media and what it can do for our work and social lives.
As well as the usual informal networking, we’ll be discussing the plans for the forthcoming Cornwall Twestival Local, to be held on 12th September at a glam coastal venue!
Aren Grimshaw will update the group on the plans for Twestival, which will again be part of a global network of events, but this time with the aim of raising money to support a local charity. It would be great if you could take a moment to vote for the charity you’d like Twestival to support.
Because of Twestival there will be no separate CSMC meeting in September, but exciting plans are already afoot for the October meet, with a very interesting London-based speaker confirmed for the evening. More details soon.
Look forward to seeing you on the 18th!
Over 20 people attended the second Cornwall Social Media Cafe, at Vertigo Bar in Truro last night (May 12.) UKNetWeb kindly sponsored the food, which meant guests were able to sample a selection of delicious tapas.
We kept a relaxed format but also used the opportunity to let CSMC members feedback on the government’s Digital Britain interim report.
The final Digital Britain report is intended be a plan to ensure Britain’s place at the forefront of the global digital economy; however, it has received much criticism since publication for its lack of vision.
At the centre of concerns for many people running businesses in the county is the fear that plans to extend super fast broadband across the UK, including rural locations such as Cornwall, are not far reaching enough.
A series of events across the UK, entitled ‘Unconferences’ have taken place to provide discussion through the Digital Britain Unconference organisers who will then feedback to the government before the final report is published.
Fiona kindly offered to write a brief report to feedback from last night’s event which she has posted on her blog.
Those present at the event included (if I’ve missed anyone please let me know):
Me (Laura McKay)
Those sending apologies:
To those who couldn’t make it, Aren emphasised at the end of the evening that those wanting to voice an opinion on location and the structure of future events to do so on the blog.
The booking system we used via Eventbrite allowed us to get an idea from those who signed up for the May event so we’ll write that up soon and get plans underway for the June event.
After much discussion we can now announce that the next Cornwall Social Media Café will take place in the Vertigo Bar, Truro on the night of Tuesday 12th May from 7pm.
Local web development company, UKNetWeb will be sponsoring the event with £50.00 towards some light snacks and food for everyone
Please book in for this event on EventBrite by clicking the button below
The event will follow a similar path to last time, with the introduction of a couple of topics for light conversation…
Digital Britain – Unconference
CSMC member, Fiona Campbell-Howes (@patroclus), suggested that we chat about the Digital Britain report and some of the issues that potentially affect the digital industry and the wider community here in Cornwall.
The official government deadline for feedback was in March, but BBC Technology Correspondent, Bill Thomson (@billt) who is one of the people organizing the ‘unconferences‘ says that unofficially the government is still listening, with the final report due to be published in early summer.
Fiona will bring some copies of the report and will prepare our feedback for publication on the CSMC blog and to be passed back to the Unconference organisers.
[I must stress that this will be a very informal discussion and will not take the form of presentations, speeches or other such formality. Those not wishing to take part can continue as they please. ]
The Future of Cornwall Social Media Café
Laura (@laura_mckay2009) and I would love to get your feedback on how we run future events. Principally the key questions emerging at the moment appear to be:
• Should the Café be on the same night each month?
• Should meetings travel around Cornwall or stay in one location?
• Should there be speakers, topics of other elements added to the agenda?
Please make your opinions known to us on the night so that we can build them into future plans.
Thank you once again for all your interest and support we look forward to seeing you soon.
All the best, Aren (@arengrimshaw).