May is suddenly a busy month for geek socialising, with at least three events in my calendar. The monthly Oxford Drupal Users Group (OxDUG) meetup is this Wednesday: I very sneakily volunteered Garrett Coakley to talk about the recent soft launch of the new WDC website. I can't wait to hear about that; also, if time permits then I'm happy to share my recent drush sup exploits with the group.
The Wednesday after (May 8) is Oxford Geek Night #31. Digital artist Seb Lee-Delisle and frontend expert Jake Smith have very kindly agreed to come and speak about their respective projects; they're accompanied as usual by a host of local volunteer "microslot" talks on all manner of subjects. As usual, there'll be time in between the talks to socialise, drink and chat upstairs in the Jericho. And also as usual, I'm organizing it, so I'll definitely be there!
Finally, May 18 sees the return this year of OpenTech, the practically free-to-attend London-based conference on novel approaches to enabling technology, user experience and transparency in democracy. The Government Digital Service and Raspberry Pi project are out in force in this year's schedule, and hearing about those alone is worth the £5 (five pounds!) entry fee. Anyway, when I've gone along in previous years, I've found that pretty much every project discussed has been worth hearing about, with a fascinating depth of social importance and relevance coupled with complex and interesting technologies. And I'm not just saying that because apparently they quoted me on their blog.
Lots on this month, then, but hopefully I'll be able to fit it all in: you should try to as well! And if you do spot me at any of them, please do come and say hi; or tweet me first if you'd rather.