In a previous post on BDD (Behavior Driven Development reaches Norfolk, June 15, 2012) you’ll remember a plug for the launch of SyncNorwich on 05 July. Paul, Jon and I represented Smart421. Everyone immediately warmed to the hospitality (beers, pizzas and fresh whole fruits) provided by the hosts, Blurtit, who turned out to be a class act in themselves. The venue was well organised and the cream leather chairs were comfy. And Blurtit’s speaker, project manager Kathryn’s (@KathrynWright81) – see photo below –  intro and track record captivated and seemed to resonate with every geek in the room.

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SyncNorwich Team
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The presentation delivered by Colm McMullan (@colm  @TotalFootfbalFC and pictured below) was as inspiring as it was humorous. His autobiography as someone who “knows a bit about football and software development”, including the personal and emotional cost of delivering FourFourTwo , working for MultiMap , enduring the acquisition by Microsoft and going back to his roots to found and re-engineer from the ground up his Football Stats concept was all the evidence you need that a tech geek can escape corporate clutches, live by the courage of convictions and “stick to what you’re good at”. I think we all appreciated his entrepreneurship and his guiding motto: TMTOWTDI.

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Kathryn Wright
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From where I was sitting, I could see a number of attendees really relating to what Colm was saying; they looked so inspired to making the leap, with one holding back a tear, I could easily imagine a number of P45s changing hands by this time next week.

But emotions aside, the launch of the new SyncNorwich (@SyncNorwich) was a resounding success. Over a pint afterwards, I heard it described as the local tech community that “everyone has been waiting for”.  Therefore, all credit to the group’s pioneers and event hosts, Paul Grenyer ( @pjgrenyer ) , Juliana Meyer (@julianameyer ), John Fagan (@johnbfagan ), Seb Butcher (@purpletuesday ) and Stephen Pengilley (@SPengilley) for working together to make it a reality. Step up and take a bow. (see photo above)

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Colm McMullan at SyncNorwich
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The networking was also very good and I had quality conversations with several new friends, including social media expert Sean Clark (@SeanClark)

But the last word perhaps should go to the attendees, for whom we have every admiration. Some are independent developers, some IT consultants and system integrators (mirror, mirror on the wall…), some entrepreneurs in their own technology start-ups, and yet others who work in IT departments of large corporates. Your attendance and enthusiasm at the event gives us all the drive to refine the concept to make it what you want it to be: relevant, instructive, valuable use of your spare time, good for business and, above all – fun.

All photos by kind permission of James Neale Photography. (@jamesnealephoto)