This is the first of a series of Q&A interviews we’ll be holding with meetup organisers based in South Wales. Want to be interviewed? Let us know!
First up we have Steph Locke (@SteffLocke) of Locke Data, who runs multiple meetups in Cardiff.
Hi Steph! First of all, please introduce yourself and your business.
Hi! I’m Steph Locke and I run a data science consultancy here in Cardiff. Education and skills development has been a huge part of my life for the past decade with user groups and whatnot so I extended that into my business. I help organisations upskill, recruit, and implement data science instead of doing it for them. It’s a great experience growing my own business and helping others grow theirs.
What meetups do you run? Please tell us about them.
I run CaRdiff, an R user group, and MSFT Stack, a general Microsoft group. I’m currently growing new teams to take these over as I’ve been running MSFT Stack for seven years now.
Which meetup did you start running first, and what inspired you to start running a meetup in the first place?
I technically started running MSFT Stack first, although back in the day it the SQL Server user group. I took over the SQL group when Adam Morton moved out of the area. I was 23 at the time and clearly had “mug” written across my forehead! I’ve been organising it ever since. A while back I felt like there wasn’t enough provision for R users like myself and .Net devs. I set up the R group and co-founded a .Net group with Mike Hole. When I was contemplating adding an Azure user group too, I thought I’d better consolidate as running 4 user groups would be insane.
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In honour of International Women’s Day 2018, we’ve put together a list of women speakers based in South Wales who work in IT/digital/tech, which we plan to update on an on-going basis (there’s a full list of updates at the bottom of this post).
The List – Digital/Tech Women Speakers in South Wales
Founder & CEO of Careercake.com – LinkedIn | Twitter
Topics: Tech Startups, YouTube Marketing
Spoken at: Cardiff SEO Meet, TEDx and other events
Lead Business Analyst at Box UK – LinkedIn | Twitter
Topics: Agile, BA
Spoken at: Agile Cymru, Digital Festival, Ignite Cardiff Read more “35+ Digital/Tech Women Speakers in South Wales [List]”