The Story of DPiP:
Like many of the best things in life, Digital People in Peteborough (DPiP) came about almost by accident. Having lived in Peterborough for the best part of 10 years, I’d recently started my own business and working alone at home was beginning to drive me stir crazy. Having previously met Jonathan, we shared the idea of a friendly meetup for anyone interested in technology and the internet on social media.
Expecting one or two people to turn up at a local pub, we were a bit surprised when around 30 interesting, talented, and geeky Peterborough locals joined us for a great evening. And so it became clear that a free monthly meetup would be a useful thing.
Having established the idea, the arrival of Tia onto the team improved our organisation, event posters and grammar. Rather than spending the whole night in the pub, we arranged both family days at local venues to allow children to get involved, and established a general format of 1-2 useful and interesting talks before letting people socialise further over drinks.
And DPiP has gone from strength to strength. With a volunteer team behind the scenes, speakers donating their time, and support from local and national businesses to cover the costs of venues, DPiP remains one of the few regular, free events which provides something educational and valuable to attendees, without being used as a business networking and sales tool by a particular company. The only rules are that speakers have to cover something that will be of interest to DPiP attendees, and that makes it something special.
Sadly I had to leave the area a few months ago, although my shoes were ably filled by Andy and Nicole. But I remain both proud of my involved in DPiP and confident that it’s in great hands. And hopefully it will be joined in the future by a sister event in Medway, and possibly others across the UK in the future.
Dan Thornton, Co-founder.