What Are You Doing This Summer? Get Networking…

Getting out there and meeting people is one of most important things you can do to help your start-up. It’s not just about making immediate sales, you’ll meet people who can do much more for you than that.

Chatting to someone can help you shape your own ideas. You might find someone who can give you advice, or introduce to other people who could help your business grow.

With that in mind we’ve looked for the summer’s hottest digital events and found you some of the best conferences and socials. Take a look and sign yourself up to as many as you can!


digital shoreditchDigital Shoreditch 2013

London 20 – 31 May

It’s already started, but there’s still nearly a week of workshops, sessions and more for you to try. Run by Digital Shoreditch, the event’s highlights include Open Houses. While you’re there, make sure you check out The Great Digital Exhibition – it’s free and has 20 digital creations to feast your eyes on.

If you can’t make it, watch the event online.


sascon 2013SASCon

Manchester 6 -7 June

Focusing on search, social and analytics, SASCon promises a full programme of high-level speakers including WordPress founder Mike Little, Google Analytics programme manager Clancy Childs and Expedia VP John Veichmanis. Add to this a host of successful startup owners and you have an event that really should be in your calendar.


BIMA thirstdayBIMA ThirstDay

London 6 June

Set up to represent and connect the UK’s digital industry, BIMA has regular networking events across the country. We’ve cherry picked BIMA’s monthly ThirstDay for its eclectic mix of startups and big players, but check out the BIMA website to find events close to you.


tedglobal UK 2013TEDGlobal 2013

Edinburgh 10 – 14 June

This year’s theme is Think Again – focusing on how different disciplines are merging and producing some mind-blowing results. With sessions on money, regeneration and forces of change, TEDGlobal will be setting the agenda for the coming year.

If you can’t get to Edinburgh, check out your nearest TEDx event where Think Again will be streamed live.


manchester digital 2013Manchester Digital Barbeque

Manchester 11 July

Manchester Digital connects and promotes digital business and opportunities in the North West and its annual social is definitely an event to try. As well as its regular seminars and networking events, Manchester Digital runs the ecommerce conference, Cartologie.


digital sizzleDigital Sizzle 9: Art Hackathon 2

London 26 – 27 July

Digital Sizzle 10: Summer Shindig

London 24 August

Designed to bring together London’s growing tech start-up and wider creative agency scene, Digital Sizzle is a quarterly networking event with food, drink and good company. This summer sees two events for you to try. Book your tickets for the Summer Shindig quick though – they’re selling out fast!


wired 2013Wired 2013

London 17 – 18 October

Ok, so not really this summer, but we couldn’t have an events diary without including Wired. It’s an expensive two days, but it includes some of the industry’s top influencers, insights into future trends and developments, and really great opportunities to meet successful start-up owners.

Did I miss any other events? Feel free to list them in the comments section..