No DDD South West In 2013

The DDD South West team (Rob Bracken, Rachel Clements, Martyn Fewtrell, Chris Myhill, Ross Scott and myself) have reached a tough decision that there will not be a DDD South West in 2013. We are taking a break. We don't know how long the break will be yet - one year, two years, more ? but we plan to review the process regularly. The reasons will be fairly obvious to anyone who has been to DDD South West ? it is a whole ton of work and we need a break. Martyn Fewtrell, Chris Myhill, Ross Scott and myself have done DDD South West four years in a row and despite the team being a good size to distribute responsibilities it is still a considerable undertaking and the bottom line is that sometimes there have to be things in life other than organising conferences.

I also want to be clear though: we enjoyed it. It was a whole bunch of fun. It was very exciting and it was very rewarding. Personally I am very gratified that the South West .NET community is alive and well and the events inspired people to step up and take a step towards something new. I would particularly like to thank all of the speakers who gave their time for free and came along armed with great enthusiasm and inspired developers to try new technologies. I would also like to thank the army of community people who so consistently over the last four events walked up to me and said so simply "how can I help?". I would also like to thank all of our sponsors who made the difference between the events happening and the events not happening; as I always say "free means that someone else pays". And I would like to thank my co-organisers who have attended so many Harvester meetings and endured so many emails and have been so patient with me.

Go community!

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Posted on: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 4:24 PM
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Gary Ewan Park gb

Friday, January 11, 2013 5:27 PM

Gary Ewan Park

Big thanks to you and all the team, Guy! The DDD South West Conference is always delivered to an amazing standard and you guys deserve a break!



Saturday, January 12, 2013 1:04 AM


Thanks, Gary, much appreciated Smile.

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Andrew Westgarth gb

Saturday, January 12, 2013 4:09 AM

Andrew Westgarth

Thanks to you and the team for the first four, as organiser of DDD North I can fully appreciate how much time it takes (especially as I do the majority of ours on my own). I hope you all take time to fully recharge.

Hope to see DDD South West back on the calendar again sometime, either in it's current format or something else.

Thanks to you all, it was a pleasure to attend and to also speak at a DDD South West Smile


Saturday, January 12, 2013 4:40 AM


Sad news to hear, but understandable and I don't think anyone will blame you.

I went to DDD:SW last year and had a blast, cheers for your (and the teams) hard work in making it run so smoothly, it looked effortless, which I know means you worked bloody hard on it ;)

Thanks again,


Mark Rendle gb

Saturday, January 12, 2013 7:55 AM

Mark Rendle

Sad news, but completely understandable. I hope DDDSW will return in the future; it was the first conference I presented at, and I have fond memories of that day. Huge thanks to you and your co-organisers for all your hard work.


Saturday, January 12, 2013 11:45 AM


Thanks for the kind words, Mark, Mark and Andy.