For our 5th birthday we have three headline talks from friends of MK Geek Night both old and new.
It may not be easy, but it will be worth it!
Founder and CEO of The Dots Pip Jamieson will share her extraordinary start-up journey from quitting her dream job at MTV, sinking her life savings into co-founding her first creative business in Australia - which she quickly grew into the leading professional networking platform for creatives in the region - to exit and then launching a further improved offering here in the UK.
An entrepreneur with a distinctive marmite laugh (you either love it or hate it) Pip will give a very honest account of the 10 invaluable lessons she's learnt along the way.
Pip Jamieson is the Founder & CEO of The Dots - a LinkedIn challenger designed around the networking needs of 'No Collar' workers – including creators, freelancers and millennials. Born out of a genuine passion to make the creative industries more productive, open and diverse, Pip launched the platform in the UK in 2014. An entrepreneur with a distinctive marmite laugh (you either love it or you hate it) Pip is on a mission to connect 1 million creators and freelancers to commercial opportunities by 2018. Pip lives on a houseboat with her husband in Kings Cross, London.
A Calculated Leap of Faith
Have you ever had an idea for a side project, perhaps a potential business, but never quite managed to get it off the ground? Let’s turn that idea into a reality.
As a mentor to small businesses at Belfast School of Art and Tiny Books, Christopher has helped turn many an idea into a fully-fledged business. (In quite a few cases, quite big businesses.)
He’ll share some practical advice that will encourage you to stop procrastinating and make the calculated leap of faith you need to, to make your ideas real.
Chris has over two decades experience working as a designer, with clients including the Royal Mail, Absolut Vodka, Booking.com and Nesta; Chris is a co-founder of Get Invited, a social ticketing startup; he was formerly one half of The Standardistas, championing web standards; and – in a past life in the mid-nineties – founded an independent record label, Fällt Publishing, which Chris ran for over a decade, pioneering web audio distribution (many, many years before the iPod was even an idea).
He applies all of the above experience as a Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design at the Belfast School of Art, and working as a mentor to numerous startups. Chris is currently working on an education-focused publishing company called Tiny Books.
Drawing things that aren't there
Ben is going to talk about how to create virtual content using web technologies. He’ll cover a bunch of stuff; there’ll be some maths, some code, and almost certainly some demos. We’ll also look at WebVR and it’s unique potential for changing the way that we interact with the web.
Ben is a freelance developer based in Oxford. He's worked on a wide range of projects - and is particularly into data, the web, and visualisation. He enjoys challenging the way that we interact with technology, and is known for interactive demos.
For one event only we'll be starting a little earlier and be using the main MK Gallery building - which means we are able to release 200 tickets. Talks start 19.30 with doors open from 18.30. We'll finish up around midnight. Don't miss out - secure your ticket now...
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