Swindon Connect

In this regular feature for TechSwindon we ask some of the areas Meetup organisers about their groups, what they get up to and how you can get involved

SWINDON CONNECT

  1. What’s your Meetup?

Swindon Connect, Swindon’s first inclusive digital IT skills community, launches with the support of local education, government, recruiters and local businesses. The mission of Swindon Connect is to connect like-minded people, from all walks of life, to make lasting and meaningful connections through online engagement and facilitated monthly meetups on industry hot topics.

Founded in November 2019, by two Swindon residents, Hayley Daviss and Jemma Davis, possessing an appetite for knowledge sharing and networking they were unable to find within Swindon.

Swindon Connect provides Swindon-based individuals with an industry knowledge-sharing platform and facilitates mentoring of those wishing to enter the industry or expand their knowledge, through meaningful network connections.

  1. Who’s it for?

Swindon based professionals, educators, apprentices, local government, students and anyone with an interest in information security.

  1. Is there any criteria to join?

Swindon Connect is open to all, we're an inclusive community with a shared interest in information security.

  1. What’s the format of your event?

MINGLING - 7 PM: Get to know your co-attendees over drinks and light snacks

WELCOME - 7:30 PM: Hear from the founders and meetup hosts

SPEAKERS - 7:45 PM: Two engaging 30-minute talks from industry professionals

NETWORKING - 8:45 PM: Network with your industry peers and co-attendees, building meaningful and lasting connections

  1. If you could invite anyone to your meet-up who would it be?

We welcome guests from all walks of life. We'd love to get Taylor Swift; she's a real advocate for information security and would be a great presence in Swindon

  1. How many members do you generally have at an event?

We'll welcome as many guests as our venues will accommodate. Our launch saw 60+ registrations.

  1. What are some of the typical subjects you discuss?

Our launch covered Social Engineering, data protection and information security, as well as education and recruitment. We'll cover information security hot topics, practical advice for implementation and a day-in-the-life. This meetup is for our community and we take a steer from them.

  1. Who’s been your favourite speaker this year and why?

Stu Peck - he's Swindon born and a cyber celebrity. We're very lucky to have him. His engaging talks link infosec horror stories with real-life scenarios, in a way we can all understand

  1. What’s the best thing about the Swindon tech cluster?

Stu Peck - he's Swindon born and a cyber celebrity. We're very lucky to have him. His engaging talks link infosec horror stories with real-life scenarios, in a way we can all understand

  1. Where can we find out more about you?

At our website www.swindonconnect.co.uk, Twitter @swindonconnect1 or LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram @swindonconnect. Follow #swindonconnect for all the latest conversation