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INVITATION! We're doing something crazy...

From: Happy S.
Sent on: Monday, July 21, 2014 12:45 PM

Hello all

It's been a little quiet on the UX Café front recently, and for good reason. We've been working all hours of the day on the craziest event we've ever done - we don't do things by halves round these parts.

You might have heard us talking about it, or perhaps you came along to last year's event. Either way, here's an invitation from us and a round up of why you certainly won't wanna miss what we're planning.

The Happy Startup Summercamp - the UK's first startup festival of it's kind. Unplug, get inspired and have fun.

WTF is this all about?

We’re bringing together an outstanding lineup of thinkers, do-ers and makers to inspire you, help you live a better life, get more from your work or business and make the most of your time on this planet.

Life is short and we’re interested (some would say obsessed!) in seeing how we can live happy and balanced lives, whilst also achieving success in business . That’s easier said than done, and this weekend is all about figuring it all out. It’ll take place on the 19-21 September when 75 likeminded souls will embrace the great outdoors, camp under the stars (or glamp if you opt for one of the luxury bell tents!) and gather for 3 days of learning, inspiration & fun. We’re working round the clock to make sure this is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.

Sounds like fun? Read on.

Join the camp

While the web is a very powerful medium nothing can replace real life experiences particularly when learning is a key element.

We’ll be waking up to 300 acres of unspoilt countryside and will hear from some of the leading minds in new, better ways of doing business, personal growth and productivity. Plus, there’ll be some fun activities such as yoga, meditation, bush crafting and bread making (and we’ve got a few surprises up our sleeves!).

There’ll be talks, woodland workshops, delicious local food, drop in clinics, early morning walks, local craft ales, DJs, movie screenings, an exclusive Sunday Assembly and much more.

The lineup…

…what an incredible lineup it is. Our host for the weekend will be one of our favourite people in the world – Sanderson Jones, stand-up comedian (he sold out The Sydney Opera House, by hand…), former World Record holder of the world’s longest hug (an impressive 24 hours, 33 minutes) and co-founder of The Sunday Assembly, a godless congregation that celebrates life.

We’re delighted to welcome speakers joining us from all across the world including:

  • Andy Budd, CEO to one of the UK’s best design agencies Clearleft talking Design for startups, sharing how design can be your competitive advantage.
  • Brothers Anthony & Jerome, founders of design studio Ribot who've been making apps for major blue chip clients like Tesco, Intel, Channel 4 since way back in '98, will be running a workshop understanding Why your customers make the decisions they do and applying this to design.
  • Laila Pawlak who runs Dare2 a world-leading experience design agency in Denmark will be showing us all how to make work more like a professional playground, creating transformational experiences for you, your employees and your customers.
  • Entrepreneur and investor Tai Lopez, will be doing an unmissable talk on The grand theory of everything - after having set up 12 multi million dollar companies (all still running successfully) he'll be telling us how we can all achieve happiness and business success.
  • Founders of Spook Studio & The Happy Startup School, Carlos Saba and Laurence McCahill are running a transformational workshop where you'll take all the inspiration and knowledge you've gathered across the weekend to form an actionable plan and make your dreams a reality.

We'll also be delighted to welcome Miranda Ash from the democratic pioneers WorldBlu, Mark Rowland from Zappos’ culture training spin-off Delivering HappinessKees Klomp on buddhism in business, and many many more (see the full line-up and speaker profiles at

So what’s included?

The good news is we’ve extended early bird tickets until July 31st, the bad news is there’s only a handful left.

The £399 ticket price includes:

  1. Camping for 3 days and 2 nights
    Bring your own tent for or hire one of our luxury shared bell tents with all bedding included for an affordable £80.
  2. ALL talks, workshops, entertainment, drop-in sessions & activities
    We’ll have 12 inspirational talks, 10 super practical workshops, an open mic session where you can share your idea or project to get help on, a startup skillswap and practical drop-in sessions.
  3. Local food, great wine, awesome ales
    Entry includes ALL food and drink for the weekend. Great local food from Ren’s Kitchen and tea, coffee & snacks supplied throughout the day. Wine with the evening meals is included, and a paid bar will be provided with local ales supplied by our friends at Beer Bods.
  4. FREE goodie bag!
    Every attendee to summercamp will receive a goodie bag containing Do What You Love e-course worth £150, How to be a productivity ninja paperback book worth £12.99 plus lots more.
  5. And last but not least, meet some amazing, likeminded people
    The trick here is it’s not about the content or the food or the location (although these are obviously key). For us, this event is about you, the people attending. We’re hoping that you’ll inspire each other to make your dreams happen, help one another on your journeys ahead and make friends for life. Great ideas and connections don’t happen in the boardroom or at a stuffy networking event. It’s time to get back to basics.

So come join us, to unplug, get inspired and make it happen. Miss it and you’ll regret it. Book your place now (we’ve also got 3 month payment plans available on request if you want to spread the cost).

And if you can’t make it this year, why not help us out and spread the word at

Any questions, ideas or if you think you'd like to become a sponsor at the event email [address removed]

See you at camp!

Fiona & the team at Spook Studio & The Happy Startup School

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