For us DotYork has always been the conference that York deserved. York has some amazing stories to tell but we don’t often tell them, and even when we do we don’t shout loud enough. There’s a huge array of massively creative technology companies doing amazing things right across the city, from business parks on the outskirts to little attics right in the city centre, but we rarely hear about any of them. Tell people, for example, that BBC iPlayer was born in York and they won’t believe you.
Doug and I have been involved in the tech scene in York since the early nineties and first worked together a few years later at what’s now become Piksel (another one of DotYork’s sponsors). Since 2004 we’ve been running Isotoma, right in the middle of the city, building web applications for organisations large and small. But despite being here for so long we’re still constantly surprised by the new people we meet and the stories we hear.
When we were asked to support Dot York we jumped at the chance to be involved in something that truly shows off York for what it is. An event that shouts about York’s great projects, and that showcases York as a great place to live and work. There are very few cities in the country with everything York’s got; we want to help get that story out.
We’re really excited by this year’s programme; particular highlights for us are a Matthew De Abaitua - a Science Fiction author talking about the challenges of Artificial Intelligence - and Dominic Sutton - an engineer talking about the challenges of preserving technology for future generations. Each session looks beautifully balanced; it promises to be a great event this year. And in a fantastic new venue, too.