After months of hard work we’ve just had two fantastic days in Manchester bringing to life all of the planning for the second annual #TDCMCR.

Weirdly I was actually involved in the first ever Thinking Digital Manchester, but it was from a partner perspective. The previous year I was working with a tech partner of the event and have actually physically been to three Thinking Digital events however, this was the first event I was ‘in the room’ as a part of the audience.

I attended the startup workshop on day 1 and met some old friendly faces as well as some new ones and got some fantastic insight into funding and legals of new businesses in this day and age, which helped me quite a bit in respect to my startup.

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The evening brought about an inviting atmosphere, great food and even better company as I shared a table with some brilliant people. A few beers later I was taking some great advice on trying to advance my goal of writing contributory pieces for national publications, and hearing incredible tales of hacking (ethical and otherwise) from the formidable Jennifer Arcuri.

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Day two was pure¬†education and inspiration. Although I am part of the Thinking Digital team, I didn’t really know what to expect as I had only really experienced the events in 2d, from a YouTube player and sitting in the audience front row I can say without a doubt it is 1000x more enthralling being there in person (sounds obvious, right?)

Personal highlights include the aforementioned Jennifer Arcuri who stormed the stage and smashed through the post lunch food coma that had started to kick in. Amber Case made a fun and factual case for more ‘calm technology’ and has prompted me to order her book. On a personal note it was great to see Myles Dyer take the stage and discuss everything from politics to dealing with depression in a frank chat with Herb. And finally James Veitch had me belly laughing as he rounded up a dozen spectacular speakers.

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I cannot recommend attending a Thinking Digital event enough after finally having the ‘in the room’ perspective. (and although I am a paid part of the team, this is a genuine¬†recommendation before anyone starts!)

Work-wise #TDCMCR spent a small time trending which is always nice, and the social media feedback and blog posts that have been written in the aftermath of the event have been a personal high-note.

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