2 months old!

Our launch on Sunday July 22nd makes this Saturday our 2 month birthday!

(Don’t worry, I’ll calm down after a bit about birthdays. Mostly I’m writing this to justify the 2 slices of cake I got at lunch today. Om nom nom.)

 

Our website has picked up 1,000 visits, 650 unique visits and 4,700 pageviews  – and not a single one in IE6! Our geeky audience means our browser stats still follow a pattern most websites probably wouldn’t recognise – 50% Chrome, 22% Firefox, 10% Safari, 6% Android and 5% Internet Explorer.

Our ATOM and ICAL feeds are being picked up by multiple readers and I think a screen in Amazon’s Edinburgh office shows the upcoming events as handy info for the workers.

A wide variety of groups have added events from SQL Server to WordPress with OWASP securityOpen Street Map and everything in between.

New features include weekly recurring events, and monthly recurring events and an iCal importer are both in the final stages of development. A monthly HTML email has been put together and you can see a preview of that here.

We recently moved to a server of our very own on Bytemark’s Bigv cloud, which should give us plenty of possibilities for growth.

Thanks for all the interest and support we have received so far; it’s great to get such a positive reaction. I’ll have much more time to devote to this project in October, so expect more features and news soon.

Version 2 released less than a month after launch!

Today we are proud to announce the launch of a custom built web app!

We started with a wiki and while that got us of to a great start it was clear some things we wanted to do down the road would either be impossible or very fiddly for the users. So we decided to bite the bullet now and go for a rewrite in Symfony 2.

However we still embrace wiki principals of openness with any user being able to edit any event. Like a wiki, all edits and deletes are versioned and can easily be rolled back.

This rewrite already brings some new features; you can now export an iCal feed of just one event or of the events from just one group.

However it is still very rough, with the design and many user interfaces needing work. We will be working on those alongside new features – locations being the first big feature we will add.

For now, any feedback is welcome. We are looking forwards to OggCamp this weekend – talk to you there?

(Picture from here)

One Week Old!

It’s one week after our launch and we wanted to thank everyone for the positive feedback!

Already a whole host of local groups have their events listed from Glasgow to Edinburgh via Dundee and Shotts: TechMeetup Edinburgh, Edinburgh Coffee Morning, Edinburgh Hacklab, Turing Festival, Open Street Map Edinburgh, Edinburgh Branch BCS, EdLambda, Edinburgh Perl Mongers, SUPA, TechMeetup Glasgow, PopupHack Glasgow and Refresh Glasgow. (Are you involved in an event you’d like to see here? It’s easy to add it.)

We have received lots of feedback and feature requests from our early contributors, one of which has already been coded and released.

With 1800 pageviews, 367 visits and 270 unique visitors lots of people have been curious about the project and as you might expect, they are quite a geeky audience:

50% Chrome! 50%! A mere 4% IE! And not a single IE 6 visitor!

So what’s next?

Edinburgh is about to go festival crazy and things just generally go a bit odd at this time of year. We’ll quietly be here, working with event organisers to add more events and working to pass the word among the tech communities. I’ll be at OggCamp and TuringFestival, which will be a great opportunity to spread the word. Then as all the tech events pick up in September, we’ll see you there and we’ll see what happens next!