Code Cumbria

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Let’s talk about Code Cumbria, a regular networking event that we at Upbeat are big fans of and regular attendees.

As their website ( tells it, “Code Cumbria is an inclusive group for anyone involved or interested in technology, software development, or digital creativity in Cumbria, North-West England, & South-West Scotland.”, who meet on the last Wednesday of every month at the University of Cumbria's Carlisle Business Interaction Centre, for an evening of talks, demonstrations and social-geekery.

Code Cumbria

What’s great about Code Cumbria is that the topics covered are diverse, and not necessarily limited to technical subjects, which means those techno-phobes among us might actually be able to not just listen and nod at appropriate times, but know what the speaker is talking about and dare I say it, contribute?! Hurrah!

The evening usually starts with a brief round of introductions, but don’t worry, it’s just a chance to  say hello and who you are, there’s no need to desperately rack your brain for an ‘interesting fact’, unless of course, you want to!  Followed by 3-4 talks each lasting around 20 minutes (with opportunities for Q&A), mixed with general discussion, networking and - the all important - tea,  coffee AND sweets.  Plus, but don’t tell anyone we told you, sometimes, there’s cakes and biscuits heard it here first!

And that’s not all, on top of that, there’s the possibility of ‘lightning talks’, these can cover everything from recent finds to ‘show-and-tell’ of recent projects undertaken (think primary school when you took your guinea pig to class for the day), and new ideas for projects that you would like to sound out with others, but don’t worry everyone’s lovely so there’ll be no sniggers from the back row!

Our very own Mark Burns is a regular attendee, and has given a number of talks including a range of diverse topics such as Source Control using Git, Stress Management and Provisioning Vagrant with Ansible.  And not forgetting, Dan Matthews who has also stepped up to the challenge and given a talk, covering Acceptance testing with Behat, Mink & Selenium 2.  We heard they were all excellent, but then we might be biased.

A final heads up (and thanks) to the meeting organisers, David Murphy, and Andrew Donaldson, with the space provided by Hannah Stewart of Freerange.