Yesterday I attended OpenCoffee at the Digital Media Centre in Barnsley. OpenCoffee is a forum for “entrepreneurs, developers and investors to organise real-world informal meetups to chat, network and grow.” The first OpenCoffee meeting started in London in 2007 and they have literally spread around the world. Every town and city of any size in the UK seems to have one.
I attend OpenCoffee for three reasons. First, it is am opportunity to learn first hand about the business and technical issues affecting the businesses that I advise and represent. Secondly, I pick up a lot of information about new technology and the opportunities they provide. If, for example, I want to see the latest Android phone or e-reader there is a pretty good chance that someone will have one at OpenCoffee. Thirdly, it is an opportunity for me to make myself known to the small businesses who are developing interesting new products and services for which they will need intellectual property services.
Barnsley OpenCoffee is operated by Bmedia which describes itself as “a thriving network of media, new media and technology related companies in the Yorkshire region.” We have sponsored the network for some years and IP Yorkshire is a development of the Bmedia legal panel of lawyers and patent and trade mark agents who run the NIPC IP Clinics.
There were a lot of interesting people yesterday at the DMC: the marketer Nick Cable of Irun Barnsley at OpenCoffee and Imran Ali and the NTI’s Linda Broughton who were there for another function to name three. As I had a con in Leeds at 14:00 I couldn’t stay long but it was very good to see them all.