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  • 1. forging GeekUp grassroot geekery in the uk social tech networking in Sheffield
  • 2. ! (geek != social)
  • 3. geek ≠ nerd “ geeks get it done, nerds don’t”
  • 4. (by & for) geeks web designers and developers tech-minded community
  • 5. grassroots practitioners involved engaged
  • 6. grassroots people not companies independent local
  • 7. northern manchester liverpool leeds
  • 8. sheffield 123k digital workers > 5,000,000,000 quid unquantifiable potential
  • 9. social refactoring joining the dotcoms more than beers patterns
  • 10. pattern #1 function GeekUp (Social, Knowledge_Sharing, optional Networking)
  • 11. pattern #2 GeekUp = Not (AfterWork, BarCamp, OpenCoffee)
  • 12. BarCamp unconference “ no spectators, only participants”
  • 13. OpenCoffee startups networking commercial
  • 14. pattern #3 20:20 lightning presentations free stand up
  • 15. pattern #3 round table chaired discussion panel
  • 16. pattern #3 talks talking sharing
  • 17. user stories coding standards development tools agile practices
  • 18. pattern #4 beer beer beer
  • 19. geek wisdom "Wherever you work, most of the smart people are somewhere else."
  • 20. doEvent.Sheff(1) Fat Cat Wed 7 May 2008 6pm