For the past 14 months we’ve been quietly holding monthly events, on the first Friday of every month. Cunningly titled ‘First Friday’, these sessions allow us to:
- Invite smart people from a variety of backgrounds to come and talk about something interesting.
- Invite smart people we know from Brighton to come and listen to the talk.
- Learn about something new in a mini-conference format, at the end of the week, with a beer and normally a good amount of debate.
What started as a random suggestion from Jenni has grown into something we collectively look forward to, and something that really adds to the culture here. From the very first session where Matt Pearson (aka @zenbullets) blew our minds with his take on digital art, through to the last session where Lynne Thomas dispelled myths about mental health in the workplace, for me what makes First Friday’s really special is that they’ve always been so different to one another.
So this Friday i’m pleased that we’ve got another completely different speaker. Aden Davies, a social technologies specialist with HSBC, will be giving a talk entitled ‘A selection of random thoughts, meanderings and frustrations on innovation, or the lack thereof, in banking, for some nice people in Brighton’. Aden is a friend of many of us in the team; we go to many of the same events and he shares a similar enthusiasm for digital and what it could do for finance. He’s also a very funny guy so I’m looking forward to an honest perspective on working within a huge international bank.
If you’re reading this and would be interested in attending this Friday, or in the future, let me know in the comments and I’ll add your name to an informal but growing list. You need to be here at 16:15, for a 16:30 start, and promise to give your full attention to the speaker for an hour. We normally head to the pub afterwards so that Friday night can properly begin, and conversations can continue.