Liverpool Events Calendars and Digests

A collection of resources where people curate events in and around Liverpool. Focused around "Digital Creative", Tech, and Startups primeraliy.

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ECMAScript 6 with Matt Bourke, October 14th 2014

Our speaker at the last Liverpool JavaScript User Group (LJSUG) was meetup organiser Matt Bourke, who gave us a preview of his upcoming talk at CFCamp on what we can expect to see in the next ECMAScript release, ECMAScript 6. 

High level talks about internals are always difficult to pull off (As I noted in my notes from PHPNW) but Matt did a great job of highlighting a bunch of the new features and how they can be used.

What really caught my attention was how similar they were to new features in PHP with varidic functions and generators jumping out at me at the two most useful. I’m still not sure on the exact use cases that make generators useful, but the fact both PHP and JavaScript feel the need to add them suggests at least some utility so I’m making a point of exploring the design patterns and use cases that make them attractive features.

Fireside Chat with Lynne Robertson from Santander's Liverpool Startup Incubator, 9th October 2014

At this months Liverpool Startup Club we had Lynne Robertson who is heading up Santander's new startup incubator in Liverpool come in to share her story and tells us what's going on in their St Paul's offices.

Lynne gave us a great insight into her background, from running a small business in the fashion industry, joining John Moores University and Baltic Creative's board of directors, until been head hunted by Santander to manage their new incubator project here in Liverpool.

Going on to give us a fascinating insight into why such a huge organisation would invest in startups, and in Liverpool of all places it definitely came across as a very forward thinking, while taking on board a lean philosophy themselves and working hard at adapting their project to best fit the needs of the businesses going through their program.

Follow-Up Elsewhere on the Web

We also had Ash from LeanConf join us this month, reminding us about LeanConf 2014 in Manchester, 17th and 18th November.

Liverpool Startup Club regular Chris Roberts has been podcasting over at

For more background, you could read Chief Executive Ana Botin talking to the Telegraph about the Santander Incubator in Liverpool, their FinTech investment fund and challenging the “big four” to grow:

Fruity-Forms at #AngularJSLondon

On the 21st of August I gave a talk at the Angular JS London Meetup in Campus London about how we are using Angular Directives at Fruitful as a collaboration between developers and designers.

I've had a lot of people ask about releasing the code directly in some fashion, and right now that's not so easy to do - There is a lot of CSS that's tied up directly in our core product and we deliberately made the choice to keep things simple and bespoke. On the other hand, the code in production today, just a week after I gave the talk is significantly different.

With that in mind, over the next week I am going to put together a simpler set of custom directives using the same approach and patterns we use at Fruitful, but stripped back to use just plain bootstrap theming and without some of the heavy customization tied to our in house APIs.

Slides browseable below, or in full in their gallery view.