Know Who, Know Why & Know How: Our Guide to Creative Networking in Liverpool

Dolly Williams makes networking easier by introducing us to some of her favourite (free) knowledge-sharing events, resources, specialist advisors and workspaces in the city…

Start Up Digest

This personalized insider newsletter is the perfect way to get started. You can subscribe to the Liverpool e-shot, which is literally bursting with upcoming events, and is a super easy way to find out what is going on in the city.

Kin™

A one-stop shop for all things creative, digital and tech in Liverpool, with over 3,000 subscribers and 2,000 active members. Find out about upcoming events, including their own Kin Socials, which have previously included a virtual reality social with Marshmallow Laser Feast (pic below) and Starship Group. Plus, browse jobs, opportunities, portfolios from their members, in addition to success stories from those who have been there and got the t-shirt. You can meet Kin™ at their co-hosted Binary Festival opening party (free), on 24 May 2016, 5-8pm, at Constellations, Baltic Triangle (book here).

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Creative Kitchen

A relatively new network of 600 members, best known for Developer Breakfasts (above): in their words, a “regular chin-wag” to share experiences, vent constructively and naturally build a Liverpool community of developers, creatives, designers and technically-minded entrepreneurs. They’ve also started Made Here short talks, which focus on interesting project case studies and detailed, personal insights into the people behind them.

See Digital Catapult & Creative Kitchen presents: Building an Engaged Community (free), on 24 May from 12-1:30pm, at Constellations, Baltic Triangle (book here); plus Creative Kitchen and Binary Breakfast (free), on 25 May, from 8-10am at FACT, Leaf Garden Café, 88 Wood Street (book here).

LAB

The brainchild of social entrepreneurs Robyn Dooley and Emily Karatay, LAB hosts friendly events to get people discussing the more difficult topics in the creative industries, such as the taboo of failure, 2 June 2016, 6-8.30pm, Cotton Exchange
Bixteth Street (book here). As Dooley says: “Failure comes in lots of forms, and we want to open up the floor for people to explore why sometimes it might be best to fail quickly”.

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Launch 22

A light and airy co-working space (with foosball tables, roof garden and beehives!) on Tithebarn Street in Liverpool’s Business Quarter, Launch 22 run regular networking events and mentoring sessions open to their tentants and the public. Don't miss the Barclays Tech Challenge on 26 May: a two day ‘hackathon’ to get your code on (book on).

KTN Entrepreneur's Forum

Brought to you by events planning agency Freshly Squeezed, the Forum consists of guest speakers and open discussions, designed for people to network, learn and share ideas. Their Funding Surgery is a monthly one-to-one, drop in and free advice service on everything from grants and loans to investment. Check out their Growth Hacking vs Traditional Marketing event 23 May, 6-8pm, at Launch22, 12 Tithebarn Street (book here).

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Baltic Schmooze

Running for just seven months, the Baltic Triangle’s new, quarterly networking events are a fun, open-to-all way to meet creative freelancers and businesses based in the area. Previous talks have featured Independent Liverpool, Biennial contemporary arts festival and Black and Ginger design agency; their next (free) event is due to take place at Constellations in July. Keep an eye out for places as they usually sell-out quickly.

BIMA

The British Interactive Media Association host conferences, talks and meet-ups about the digital sector in just four cities across the UK, including Liverpool, which is headed up by Ian Finch, Managing Director of Liverpool digital agency Mando Group. Check out their relatively new city socials, called BIMA ThirstDay, which are usually hosted by a local agency.

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DoES Liverpool

A workshop (pic above) and community of makers and thinkers with a very strong local tech and IoT network. Enjoy their monthly calendar of meetups, plus classes to hone your tech craft skills; you can have a go at laser cutting or get to grabs with arduino. And if you enjoy tinkering with electronics, Makers Night is an excellent monthly gathering to swap ideas and meet some fellow makers.

GeekUp Liverpool

"Grassroots Geekery" aimed at web designers, web developers, and other tech-minded people involved or interested in all forms of technology and creative media. Meet-ups take place in Liverpool but also Blackpool, Doncaster, Grimsby (East Coast), Hebden Bridge, Lancaster, Leeds, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Preston, Sheffield and Staffs.

Dolly Williams is a Digital Designer and Founder of Moose Hat Media

Twitter: @moosehatmedia

Have we missed your organisation off this list? Please do get in touch and we’ll be happy to add you: info[at]binaryfestival.com

Images all courtesy the respective organisations, apart from the last pic: photography by Craig Magee of Liverpool Girl Geeks at DoES, taken for Kin™ Meets

Binary Festival 2016 Blog: a special media partnership between The Double Negative arts magazine, Creative Tourist culture and travel site and Binary Blog. See the Festival on 24 and 25 May 2016 in Liverpool, UK

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