The second Digital Croydon event


By - Wednesday 19th November, 2014

Richard Bray reviews the success of the second Digital Croydon complete with Mars bars, t-shirts and stickers.


Photo by Fluid4Sight, used with permission.

In case you didn’t know, Croydon hosts a lot of tech events, more than the average outer zone 4 borough. This always seems to shock people when I tell them. In first place is the ridiculously popular Croydon Tech City event, which has upwards of 120 attendees each time, followed by the Tech City Drinks social event, the monthly Croydon Tweetup, Croydon Creatives and Digital Croydon which had its second event on the 16th of October 2014.

NOTE: I’m sure that there are many other Croydon tech events, however these are the ones that I know of.

Digital Croydon is (currently) the only event in Croydon that focuses on front end web design/development and it’s put together by me (@Ceiga) and Anthony Killeen (@MrQwest). The second event was held in Croydon College which, unbeknown to me prior to the event, is a really nice building and has some very impressive modern rooms for hire.

Anyway, back to the event. For the first time we managed to get some sponsorship from two large organisations, Github and Just Eat Technology, we also received some T-shirts and stickers from Treehouse. The three speakers for the event were Simon Tomes (@simon_tomes), Clare Evans (@clare_lisbeth) and Marc Roberts (@marcroberts) who all gave great talks. There was also a sneaky third talk by Tim Buick the founder of Streetpin while Rob from Fluid4Sight kindly took some pictures of the event for us, which was awesome.

Photo by Fluid4Sight, used with permission.

Simon spoke about the importance of quality. Before he went freelance he worked at eBay, Gumtree and Rightmove, which gave him quite a lot of experience about what goes into making a quality product and why quality is necessary. He also spoke about how we should think about the user, and try to make our products best for them, by not leaving any uncertainty and trying to detect the things that might go wrong before they do. He then gave a few reasons as to why we should strive for quality in our products, and even asked the audience a few score-based questions about quality in their own work. Mars bars were given to those who got high scores (unfortunately that wasn’t me).

Photo by Fluid4Sight, used with permission.

Clare talked about typography in the web. Clare’s day job involves her transferring print magazines to a digital medium such as on websites and tablet devices. The clients that her company work with usually expect the digital publication to closely replicate the print one which is a very difficult task. Clare went through some of the problems that her clients brought to her regarding typography, and how she went about solving them, using some old and some new technologies that haven’t yet been made standard across the web, such as CSS columns. Overall a very good talk for typography geeks, graphic designers and general web developers.

Photo by Fluid4Sight, used with permission.

Marc talked about how to improve the relationship between designers and developers. He explained some of the issues he has when cooperating with designers, and how these problems could have been avoided if the designer had communicated with him (the developer) earlier on in the creation process. He then gave suggestions to both designers and developers on how they can improve their communication. For example not working in a silo or having any big reveals, but pushing each other’s limits. He also suggested better tools for communications such as Skype, Campfire, Hipchat, and Slack. Many questions were asked at the end of this talk.

Photo by Fluid4Sight, used with permission.

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, Tim Buick, founder of local community app Streetpin, also came up to give a little talk. He gave an explanation of Streetpin and what it can potentially do for discovering things in the community. He promoted his newly launched crowd funding campaign to promote Streetpin in Croydon.

So that was it, one night, three brilliant talks, one cheeky promotional talk, and a lot of Github/Treehouse stickers. Thank you to all those who attended, spoke and helped out in any way.


The next Digital Croydon event will take place on the 15th of January. More information will be added here.

Richard Bray

Richard Bray

A 20 something year old creative based in Croydon who spends time making stuff, usually for the web http://richbray.me/

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