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A very Happy New Year to you

From: Jon M.
Sent on: Thursday, December 31, 2009 7:48 PM
Just over a year ago, December 27th 2008 to be precise, the decision to create a community was made. The MeetUp group was setup, the fee paid for a year, the website created and the first get together scheduled.?

It's sometimes hard to start something, stick your neck out and do something new / different. It has been so worth it!

The first MeetUp day came. Cafe Nero Hull.

"A few people should turn up. Perhaps a few friends and some others." Please!

25 people came along. Yes, it was very encouraging, and from that day on, we have got bigger, better, more organised and more fun!

The best thing about Hull Digital is the community. The people really do make it great!

A wide variety of backgrounds, locations, jobs, interests, skills all make for a wonderful mix that has really added to the enjoyment.
Without you, the community would be not as strong as it is, so a sincere thanks for being involved, whether you post on the site, come along to the MeetUps or attended HDLive. We now have over 200 members, but would love to grow this in 2010, so please do spread the word smile

Also, do contribute on the website (say hello here, let us know your website / blog, and have the chance to win a howies / HDLive T shirt!).

HDLive09 Conference

200+ people, radio coverage, amazing speakers, positive feedback and one other amazing statistic...
Since launch, has had, .......

over 40,000 unique visitors from around the world!

This has provided much needed publicity for the city, our community plus has shown that there is a vibrant digital and technology scene here!

The other bit of good news is that the speaker videos are nearly complete and we will be getting them online in the next week or so. Once again, a massive thankyou to all the speakers, partners, sponsors, AV crew, and of course the people who attended.

2010. Time is indeed flying!

There are already some exciting plans for this year which I wanted to share with you.

Firstly, HDLive2010.

After the overwhelming response to the conference last year, we are aiming for an even better event this year! Planning is already under way, and we hope to have some top class speakers for you, and improve on all the useful feedback we had.

Secondly, we are starting a proper podcast in January which will be available through iTunes and is being done in conjunction with Hull University (so professionally recorded, edited). We're going to be covering a wide variety of topics, having guests on, and we hope, will be fun, informative and worth subscribing to!

Thirdly, we are putting together a great event for the first quarter of the year. More to be announced very soon, but I can promise it will be interactive, fun, challenging and very interesting. Watch this space!

Last but not least, we will be having our regular monthly MeetUps and the Developer group MeetUps. We are working on getting a proper calendar together giving people plenty of time to see dates, speakers and locations.

Once again, a massive thanks for your support, thanks to the people who have hosted MeetUps, thanks to sponsors and the people who have given advice, their time and effort - all of you have been brilliant.

See you soon and very best wishes for an amazing 2010.

Happy New Year!

Jon Moss

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