I’d only heard about the event a couple of days before from a post to the London Android mailing list, and wasn’t really sure what to expect, but as I didn’t have anything much else on I thought I’d pop along and take a look around.
What I found was quite an exciting mix of startups and well established names all pitching to a packed bar, full of developers of all types and skill levels, in the hope of filling a wide range of vacancies. Everyone from Last.fm to MindCandy were there, along with a whole bunch of smaller teams still in stealth mode and there was a really good buzz going around. Everyone was very friendly, and I talked to several others who had just popped along to check it out like me and everyone agreed it was far more exciting than they had expected.
I think it was a great event overall, and I don’t think I’ve been to one quite like it before. It had a real feeling that, after the last few crappy years, things are starting to pick up in the UK tech world and the money and funding (and therefore jobs and interesting work) are starting to appear again.
And possibly the best thing about it… they’d gone to great pains to ensure there were no spiky haired recruitment consultants there, only companies with positions to fill and people with the skills to fill them.
Well done to the guys at Songkick for organising it, and lets hope it’s the start of something regular.