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Tech Nomads – Who Are They?

Who are Tech Nomads, and what do they do?

Based in Liverpool, Tech Nomads is a monthly meetup group. Held usually at Liverpool Science Park, this group consists of creatively minded people who are interested in programming, along with other tech and digital industry areas.

The purpose of Tech Nomads is to bring together and nurture a creative environment for people in Liverpool, to collaborate on tech-related ideas. By creating a close supportive community, Tech Nomads allows for the facilitation of creativity, through informal networking, as well as sharing ideas and experiences. Attendees can also develop their creative skills through writing code.

Recently I mentioned how the Liverpool City Region (LCR) has a growing creative, digital and tech community. Therefore, the work of groups such as Tech Nomads are indispensable, as they are hotbeds of tech and digital creativity, where like-minded people come together to meet, share, collaborate and learn from each other. It is through enabling different minds to interact in a supportive and informal environment, that creativity can thrive.

Tech Nomads is not just for people with an interest in technology. In fact, it is open to everyone, making it inclusive, open and welcoming. This is important to prevent people working in silos, which hinders creativity within organisations.

I am certainly impressed and intrigued greatly with the work that Tech Nomads does. Working in IT, I am certainly looking forward to attending events, along with meeting and networking with fellow tech enthusiasts. Finally, I am also looking forward to learning and sharing knowledge and experiences.

You can find out more about their events on Eventbrite, and also follow them on Twitter.

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Professional Liverpool – Creative, Digital & Tech Sector Group Launch

The city of Liverpool has a vibrant and fast growing creative, digital and technology sector. Across the entire Liverpool City Region (LCR), there are many businesses who utilise technology to collaborate and work with partners and clients. However there needs to be a single unifying voice, to represent the interests of Liverpool’s creative, digital and tech community.

I was delighted to recently attend the launch of Professional Liverpool’s Creative, Digital and Tech Sector Group, at Roxy Ballroom in Liverpool. The purpose of this group is to provide a representative voice to the sector, and to raise awareness and promote it to the LCR and beyond.

Collaboration was the theme for this event, including the importance to businesses. This featured guest speakers who provided an overview of the group’s purpose and aims, along with why businesses need to collaborate. Led by Paul Furlong of Opus Media, who is the group’s chairman, the other speakers were Kelly Forshaw of Laduma, and Neil Atkinson of The Anfield Wrap, who gave some interesting examples of successful collaboration from their experiences in business.

The launch had a feel-good vibe to the atmosphere. With a warm, informal and quirky touch, there was plenty of networking, and collaboration with a packed-out audience feeling at ease, leading to hearty laughs and conversation. This was helped by the drinks, pizzas and chicken wings provided, along with the indoor golf, bowling alleys and table tennis.

I certainly hope the Creative, Digital and Tech Group is successful for Professional Liverpool and the region. Judging by the success of this event, I have great hopes for this group to encourage Liverpool’s creative, digital and technology community, and to collaborate successfully with other businesses and organisations. In these tough and digitally connected times, businesses and industry sectors can no longer afford to work within silos.

This means collaboration is the way forward for businesses and organisations, regardless of public, private or charitable sector position. This can only be achieved through open and honest communication, teamwork, and a willingness to listen and work together.

I was glad to have attended, as I am looking forward to learning more from future events. It was a pleasant evening and I would like to thank all the speakers, and everyone at Professional Liverpool and Roxy Ballroom, for coming together and successfully collaborating on a successful group launch.

My Blogging Journey – What Have I Learned after 100 Posts?

Hello reader!

Well goodness me, this is my 100th blog post!

Since I first started writing this blog back in September 2014, I honestly never thought that it would still be going. Looking back, what has enabled me to keep this going is a love of writing about my passions and interests, just like any other writer. My blogging journey has allowed me to express my love of writing and to learn about many topics and themes, whilst sharing my written thoughts with many other people.

When I mention my blog, I am often asked what I write about. My blog is not about one subject or theme, as it is about my personal and professional interests (strictly non-political) and positive experiences, that have motivated, educated, entertained, inspired or even moved me. You could compare my blog to a box of Quality Street, as there is something for everyone, or at least I hope that is the case.

Over the years my blog has evolved. From originally writing about networking, to technology, business, personal development, social media, data security, health and fitness, and even poetry and literature, my blog has become diverse in the sheer variety of topics that I have written about and published. I enjoy writing about different things, and I consider the diverse nature of my blog, to be an important part of its longevity, as well as the fact that I write from the heart too.

Over these last five years, I have learned so much on this journey that blogging has enriched my life and added to my skills, whilst giving me great joy. I have included some points below, to give you an understanding of what I have learned.

  1. Enjoy what you do.
  2. Quality is more important than quantity.
  3. Write for yourself and from the heart.
  4. Keep learning and never stop.
  5. Create and share content that resonates with people.
  6. Accuracy of research, language, spelling and grammar is important.
  7. Get straight to the point and keep jargon to a minimum.
  8. Keep away from politics if possible!
  9. Be yourself and let it shine through!

As individuals we continually learn and develop, as our personal and professional lives change. Through the events and seminars attended, the experiences I have encountered, the books read, the people I have met, the technologies and subjects I have learned, has continuously provided me with the creative fuel and enthusiasm for ideas, to create and publish my content. Therefore by continually keeping up-to-date with what is happening professionally, or just sharing my personal experiences and knowledge, I have become a more rounded individual.

Is there anything I could have done better? Having put so much effort into this blog, I feel whilst I have been extremely satisfied with my blogging journey and producing quality content, there are two key areas I can improve upon. These include sharing and commenting more on blogs written by others, as I believe it is important to help bloggers and other people. Secondly I must confess I have not promoted other articles written by others on my blog,whilst publishing my own. This has given me plenty to think about, and recognising these shortcomings will not only help me become a better blogger, but also to help more people.

Do I have any favourite posts that I have written? To be honest, this is a very tough one to list, as I have enjoyed writing each one and sharing them. However there are some I consider to be my best and memorable, of which I have listed below.

  1. The Benefits of Apprenticeships.
  2. Networking Lunch with Lawrence Kenwright.
  3. GDPR – Are you Ready?
  4. Windows 10 – What Businesses Need to Consider?
  5. Busting the Myths of Data Security.
  6. Networking Breakfast with Nicola Forshaw.
  7. Getting the Best Out of LinkedIn.
  8. Recollections of my 1stLiverpool Half-Marathon.
  9. Running the Scouse 5k for Charity.
  10. BIMA & Microsoft Roadshow in Liverpool.
  11. What Does it Take To Be Successful?
  12. What Have I Learned from Networking?

Writing this post and the previous ninety-nine has been a pleasure. I would like to thank everyone who has read, commented, shared, or even just had a quick look out of curiosity. I hope you have enjoyed and found my posts to be interesting, educational and at times entertaining. Therefore I am looking forward to writing and sharing more content with you in the future.

Thanks for reading, and here is to the next hundred and beyond!

Yours Sincerely

Ben Cross

Ignite Liverpool 19th September – A Review

Liverpool is a city bursting with creativity. With storytellers of innovative and many creative minds, full of stories and interesting projects, there is so much Liverpool has to offer. Some local gems however lie beneath the surface like hidden treasure just waiting to be discovered.

I am saying this because I would like to share with you my thoughts on last month’s Ignite Liverpool event at Leaf on Bold Street, which I attended for the very first time. Similar to TED Talks, Ignite Liverpool is a bi-monthly event that allows creators, innovators, shakers, thinkers, dreamers, and other storytellers and doers, a five minute opportunity each to speak about a subject they are passionate about. As somebody who enjoys listening to stories, I was only too delighted to listen, and I was not disappointed by the content.

What impressed me greatly was the wide and eclectic mix of people who spoke about various subjects. Each talk was different and interesting, with topics ranging from the Kalman Filter, the Wapentake of Wirral, the hidden history of the Argentine Tango, and the connection between the 3’Ps (Palm Oil, Peanut Butter and Peat) and the loss of habitat for orangutans in the Tropics. Looking back, I found these to be enlightening and interesting enough to give me food for thought for some creative ideas, that I may even consider writing or talking about in the future.

I can honestly say that attending Ignite Liverpool was a worthwhile experience, which I gladly recommend to anyone. Just to hear so many stories from members of the community from all walks of life, who spoke about their subjects with passion and also emotion at times, is a wonderful reminder of why I love the city of Liverpool.

To conclude, I shall say that if you love watching TED Talks and being inspired by new ideas, then Ignite Liverpool is too good an opportunity to miss. For me personally, I am looking forward to attending more of these events, and to be creatively inspired.

You can even view a recording of the event on Ignite Liverpool’s official YouTube channel.

Enjoy and be inspired!