BarCamp Manchester 2015 – Share your passions

Update: 30 September 2015

Our roundup of blogs and resources coming out of this year’s Manchester Barcamp:

If this has piqued your interest, find out how to run your own BarCamp.


BarCamp Manchester is an annual 2 day tech unconference. While attendees predominantly hail from the tech sector, our topics also often cover all STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), and much much more!

The unconference can be quite a difficult concept to grasp if you’ve never been to one before, so let me explain how it works. Imagine your average technology or business conference, you spend around £100 on a ticket, and the organisers schedule speakers who they think have something interesting to say for you to come and listen to. But what if it turns out that what the speaker has to say isn’t all that interesting?

What sometimes happens at organised conferences is that you end up having more interesting conversations with other attendees, and this became known as the lobby track. Sometimes it’s the people who attend conferences who have the most important things to say, and having a more informal setting, means that instead of being talked at, you are engaged in more of a discussion.

So here’s where the BarCamp is different. Instead of paying £100 for a ticket, you pay nothing, and instead of having a number of scheduled speakers, you have none! At a BarCamp, the attendees become the speakers, and there are lots of opportunities to step up. Anyone who comes can speak about anything they feel passionate about. You can prepare a formal talk, a workshop, a discussion, a debate or even a demonstration, and the topics that can be presented at a BarCamp are endless!

The other big aspect of the BarCamp is the fun factor! While being less strict on what topics can be covered, there are all sorts of new and interesting things you can discover at a BarCamp. We’re big on pushing the community aspect too, so all BarCamps are free to attend, with costs covered by sponsorship from companies who want to support the community and get more involved, and we have plenty of cool SWAG for you to take home too!

So if you’re still not sure if a BarCamp is for you, I’ll tell you a secret, BarCamps are for EVERYONE! If you have passion, a thirst for knowledge and a desire to get involved then the BarCamp is the perfect place for you.

BarCamp Manchester 6 will be held on the 26th and 27th September 2015 at the Auto Trader Offices on First Street in Manchester, and will be sponsored by Layershift,, Capgemini, Cyntech Components & Fedora. If you would like to join us, please grab your free ticket from Fatsoma now!

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NorthernSoho MentorMatch Relaunch

NorthernSoho is a voluntary not-for-profit group of creatives and marketing people mainly in the Greater Manchester/North of England area (not just the Northern Quarter!). We have been established for 4 years now, and have 800 members across the spectrum of creative, media, marketing and digital services, ages, genders, levels of expertise and experience, etc. Our major objective is to encourage exchange of ideas and information, friendships and collaborations across the creative spectrum, especially amongst freelancers, small agencies and start-up entrepreneurs.

The NorthernSoho MentorMatch scheme has been established for nearly 3 of those years, following consultation with our members about what services and support they need to help them start and develop their businesses. The ethos is for older/more experienced people to help and support those who are younger/less experienced in business (and in life!). This has been a tremendous success so far, and we have helped around 50 individuals and businesses through coaching and mentoring support.

We are planning to re-launch the whole service on Thursday 29th May. This will include all the new and extra Mentors and also some new services and fun. Jess will be running our freestyle drawing competition again and this month’s theme is

Drawing Bonanza

The re-launch is being sponsored by Justaxi – an innovative taxi price comparison service – who will be offering free taxi rides to anyone in the Greater Manchester area who wants to attend the Re-launch Meetup on 29th May. This means saving on petrol, driving, parking, etc. – as well as enabling you to socialise, have a drink, meet new friends more easily.



Northern Soho supporting BVE North 2012

BVE North 2012

We are happy to announce that Northern Soho is hosting a Networking Event in support of the BVE North 2012. The event will take place on 13th November 7pm at Bohemia Bar Castlefield. The highlights of the evening will be:

Human Bingo: a great way to start up the evening by getting to know interesting facts about attendees.

Opportunities Board: pin your ideas/opportunities on a board and get connected on the spot with somebody who’s interested in your project.

Speed Networking: you have one minute to speak to someone sitting opposite to you about what you do, your ongoing projects or potential collaborations and vice-versa.

You can book your FREE ticket to Northern Soho Networking Night at:

BVE North is the premier northern event for the production, post and broadcast industries, and for content delivery professionals. Join 3,000+ of fellow broadcast industry professionals and get up to speed with the latest developments in the industry. The event will take place on 13th and 14th of November at Manchester Central.

Register for FREE entry at using priority code ENSOHO.


VIP treatment and invitation to the Media Innovation Forum. The seminar will be touching the void between the content creators and the technical wizards of the digital age, celebrating all that is creatively technical and that pushes the boundaries of the digital proposition.


We look forward to seeing you at Northern Soho Networking Night!

Don’t foget to book your FREE ticket for BVE North 2012 and get your special Northern Soho Perk invitation at Media Innovation Summit!