Posts by Annie Lowney

Annie Lowney

Niche Tech Events in Regional Areas Help Create Diverse Tech Clusters

Aaron Quint, pictured above, co-founder of Catskills Conf gives his insights

Big city living is not for everyone. The rush, the noise, the lunch queues, the traffic, the crazy rent, food bills that make you weep, all of which comes together to whisper, “just keeping city living real for you, pal.”

There's a risk that only hosting tech events in large cities can contribute to a lack of tech diversity. Catering only to economically comfortable, tech-literate city dwellers isolates rural dwellers from becoming part of the tech conversation.

The main fear that prevents people from leaving the likes of New York or London is that they'll be isolated from like-minded people. But, is it possible to replicate the openness and exchange of ideas that cities provide?

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Annie Lowney

Trans and Non-Binary Coding Events

An interview with Naomi Ceder, Trans*Code event co-organiser

Naomi Ceder has been involved in the Python community for 16 years. Currently she serves on the board of directors of the Python Software Foundation.

The landing page of the Python Software Foundation shares the following statement:
“The mission of the Python Software Foundation is to promote, protect, and advance the Python programming language, and to support and facilitate the growth of a diverse and international community of Python programmers.”

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Annie Lowney

Is Your Event Safe?

Mark Breen, co-founder of Cuckoo Events & Safe Events, wants you to be honest with yourself about the safety of your attendees.

The concepts of safety and caring are intrinsically intertwined. Mark Breen, pictured below, has always embodied those ideas.

As a young man he was a competitive swimmer and then went on to become a lifeguard, he also cared for his sister who has special needs. Essentially he’s a natural protector. 

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Annie Lowney

How to Secure Event Sponsorship

Holger Blank of JSConf EU shares his sponsorship tips

Holger Blank, pictured below, is the sponsorship maestro for JSConf EU, a not for profit JavaScript conference in Berlin. JSConf EU started back in 2009. Their top sponsorship slots bring in €14K. Since the inception of the event they have been in the enviable position of having sponsors approach them… something that most event organisers can only dream about.

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