Over 130 people registered for the first Tech Talkfest event, at the very swanky Shoreditch House. Attendees ranged from coders, through tech lawyers and startup founders to journalists and creatives. Unusually for a technology event, the attendee gender ratio was evenly balanced - with approaching 50% of the audience female.
Speaker Nikhil Shah talked about the love at Mixcloud.com - for radio, legality and communities: "Making the service legal was a key cornerstone of Mixcloud". He expertly answered questions posed to him from the audience, including questions about how to set up a startup and what he had had to sacrifice personally. You can see a clip of the event on the latest episode of Tech Talkfest TV which will be released on 5th November 2012.
Having Nikhil speak was something that I personally was really excited about as I use mixcloud.com for all of my technology, new music and arts radio shows. In a rather nice touch, if you search for "Tech Talkfest" on Google the 4th link is the first Tech Talkfest radio show, hosted on Mixcloud!
Reponse to the event has been amazing - Jas Chana of Mobcast tweeted "met just the most loveliest and bright people. a rare combo!" and "Inspiring event" was amongst many other comments. One of the things that I found most heart warming was two students who had found the event through Eventbrite and were amazed to meet Nikhil.
"I met nikhil shah one of the co founders of #mixcloud today at #techtalkfest"
The topic of the next Tech Talkfest will be "The future of TV". Liz Rice of new TV tech company Tank Top TV and Richard Kastelein, second screen and connected TV expert are confirmed to speak. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Managing Director of Softwire, technology and backgammon presenter. Plus a little bit of new music radio.