Win a FREE Tour Pass

January 22nd, 2010

With Speak the Web Manchester having sold out in just three days, we thought we’d give you the opportunity still to go to Manchester along with our other 3 events for FREE. We’ve got one Tour Pass up for grabs, giving you free entry to all 4 events worth £68! We’ve also got a couple of books to give away to runners up.

How do I enter?

It’s really easy to enter. We’d like you to add a Speak the Web banner with a link to us on your site, add the URL of your site in the comments to enter and that’s it!

The competition closes at midnight on Monday 1st February 2010 and we’ll draw the lucky winner at random on Wednesday 3rd February 2010.

There are a range of banners available on our Flickr account or you can grab them all here (124kB Zip file).

To reiterate, add a banner to your site with a link to pop back here and leave a comment below with your name and sites URL. Yes it’s as simple as that to be in with a chance of winning a top prize.

Enter now for your chance to win a FREE tour pass worth £68! We’ve also got a couple of books for 2 runners up.

Say hello to KMP Digitata

January 21st, 2010

As we said previously, all events need cash to fund them, which is why we’re pleased to annouce the first of our primary sponsors – KMP Digitata. KMP were really keen to get on board with Speak the Web in order to promote communication between agencies in the North West as well as encouraging designers and developers to learn new skills.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank KMP for their help and support with getting Speak the Web off the ground.

A little bit about KMP

KMP Digitata Logo

KMP Digitata were established in 1991 and have been working in Digital space since 1995.

They are a group of innovative and exciting digital marketing practitioners, creatives, client side and server side developers based in Manchester. KMP Digitata excel at creating and managing user-centric digital experiences that deliver outstanding ROI for their clients, who include Asda, Manchester Airport Group, Barclaycard, Makro, British Gas and The Open University.

Since their inception, KMP have been at the forefront of cutting edge technology and marketing strategies as well as dedicating themselves to discovering and nurturing fresh talent, many of which you will find carrying on their ethos within various digital agencies and blue chip companies throughout the North of England.

KMP Digitata strive to be a source of original ideas and content and encourage all employees to proactively explore their specific areas of inspiration in order for the knowledge gained to be transferred to colleagues, clients and peers within the digital space we all share.

KMP director Gez Daring commented about supporting Speak the Web:

We are proud to be sponsoring Speak the Web which embodies the culture we endeavor to champion here at KMP Digitata. The North of England is a hotbed of creativity and we look forward to the thoughts of our established experts and the introduction of new talent who will take our region forward.

Want to get invovled?

If you want to help out with Speak the Web, why not get in touch we have a couple of sponsorship opportunitiess still available.

Speaker swap

January 21st, 2010

We’ve all done it right? Screwed up I mean? You know how it is, you’ve got a list longer than your arm, you’re spinning plates, juggling projects and just sometimes you forget to do something or forget to check something?

OK glad it’s not just me then because that’s exactly what we did. We forgot to check with Stuart that he was available for 17th February (we’d already moved the date) and it turns out he’s off to sunny Barcelona then (lucky git). We hope Stuart accepts our sincere apologies for screwing up.

Fear not though we have a plan

In order to jump this little hurdle that we see before us we’re going to swap Stuart and Ben over (yes, we triple checked). So now Stuart will be speaking in Leeds on Thursday 11th February and Ben will be speaking in Manchester on Wednesday 17th February.

As both of them are going to be speaking on the subject of mobile so we hope that everyone is cool with that?

Not cool with that?

If you were really hoping to catch Stuart and Ben in there original locations, don’t worry you have two options:

  1. We will gladly transfer your ticket from Manchester to Leeds or vice versa, just let us know
  2. We will refund your ticket if you can’t make the other venue, again let us know

Just to reiterate, we’re sorry we screwed up but we hope you understand and it’s not caused too much inconvenience.

Don’t forget that in Manchester we’ve got a special guest lined up, anyone want to have a stab at who it might be? We’ll even send you a free book if book if you’re the first to get it.


January 19th, 2010

All events need cash to fund them; venues to be paid for, transport, expenses etc.  We have what we think is a fair ticket price but it would help us greatly to have the support of a few companies or organisations to make these nights as good as they can be.  That’s where we need your help!

We have a sponsorship document made up, which we will gladly send out to anyone that would either like to get involved. Our two Key sponsor slots have been taken (more on those soon) but we have a couple of contributing sponsor slots available. Lastly if you don’t want to formally sponsor but would like to offer your support by putting some money behind the bar at any one of the events you can do just that. Please drop us a line if you’re interested, it’d be great to have you on board!

The gates are open…

January 17th, 2010

Hello and welcome to our online abode for Speak the Web.  It’s been a challenge to pull these together (we often wonder why we chose to do 4!) but we’re officially off an running.

We’ve tried to keep it simple: come out to hear some talented guys enthuse on stage and have a few drinks for the fraction of the price of a full conference.  Hopefully you’ll agree that we’ve gathered 12 great speakers for your listening pleasure from names known across the globe to those you won’t have heard before.

We’ve asked the guys to talk about what they think is cool or what they love.  From the sound of things you’ll have everything from HTML5 through to setting up in business and from typography to the mobile web.  Each night we’ll have a few prizes to give out too.

So go on, buy a ticket or a tour pass now, tell your friends and we look forward to seeing you there!


Dan & Rich