Over the past 12 months, I’ve found myself attending more events in Cardiff, it turns out that Cardiff is a pretty great place to meet creatives and digital natives! So in this post I’ll rattle off a few events that i’ve enjoyed and hopefully persuade you to come along to the next event.
When I first attended Cardiff blogs back in 2010, it was set up and run by Ed Walker of Media Wales and Hannah Waldram of Guardian Cardiff. Thanks to a new full time job and some other commitments I never got around to attending again until October last year, and Cardiff Blogs had a whole new team handling it!
Despite the changes it’s still as an interesting, informative, and fun event. If you blog or looking to start blogging this is one event I recommend and it’s all Free!
What’s It about?
For anyone who blogs (or not) and lives in Cardiff (or not). It’s a great event to meet up with other bloggers in the Cardiff area, discuss the merits and pitfalls of blogging, and just socialise.
Think Digital Cardiff
Think Digital Cardiff is a relatively new event, although it markets itself as “A business-focused event for movers and shakers seeking digital inspiration” It’s a great event if you have an interest in learning anything digital.
What’s it about?
Think Digital recruits 4 expert speakers to talk for around 10 minutes on their chosen subject, this can be from apps, and branding, to user experience, and selling online. All with the aim of digitally inspiring you.
It’s £10 to attend but it is a non-profit event and all proceeds will be go to their chosen charity, The Prince’s Trust Cymru.
I attended Ignite Cardiff #7 last October, it was great fun and I met plenty of new and interesting people. The speakers were brilliant, informative, and funny. Ignite Ignite 2012 hasn’t been announced for this year yet, but i’m hoping that something is divulged soon.
What’s it about?
Ignite is an event held in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes.
Ignite is free, relying on speakers volunteering their time and sponsors for funding.
So that’s three events i’ve had the pleasure of attending (and will continue to attend) in the past 12 months, hopefully I’ll see you at one of them soon! Although Cardiff does have a long way to go, I think it’s important that Cardiff and Wales continues to encourage more creativity. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, everyone will gain from it.
Oh, one more thing!
If you’re a creative or digital native, be sure to check out Visionary Gateway, masterminded by @mattdsgns and @JohnJMurray, VG aims to create a brand new website for the creatives in the world, check it out!
What are your favourite events in Cardiff? Let me know in the comments!