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RedMonk Brew London: The Monki Gras – celebrating craft tech and craft beer

Chris Mayer
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RedMonk’s first European event is set to be an absolute blockbuster, with some of tech’s finest making an appearance. We talk to RedMonk’s James Governor about the preparation…

The build-up to developer-focused analyst firm RedMonk‘s first European event, The Monki Gras, has reached fever pitch and some of the best in the tech industry plan to be there on February 1st.

Organiser James Governor admits that this is the first time he’s curated an event of this scale and consequently has been run ragged in the last few weeks, putting the finishing touches to it. But the names he’s managed to attract are testament to how important RedMonk is to the developer community.

He says: 

I feel like Sir Alex Ferguson or Roberto Mancini – I have some of the top players at my disposal and trying to fit them all in is causing a headache. Just today Kohsuke Kawaguchi (Jenkins CI founder) said he’d love to come along and getting people like him involved is great.

It’s a stellar attendee list for Monki Gras. The speaker lineup includes Andre Charland, founder of the Phonegap project, Dave McRory from the VMWare cloudfoundry architecture team. Also attending are Matt Biddulph, Lisa Riechelt, and Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. Then there’s Matt LeMay, Bitly platform director and Laura Merling from Alcatel Lucent. Some of the biggest movers and shakers in the industry headlining the bill.

And a point that James was insistent in getting across – the wall between speakers and attendees isn’t going to be there, so you can get to know everyone as easily as possible. Some excellent sponsors have emerged too, realising the importance of an event like this. Google UK, Microsoft and Joyent for example.

The idea for Monki Gras came up as ‘a joke’ according to Governor. The suggestion of an event that combined a love of tech and a love of beer was merely mentioned in passing, but unsurprising created an exceptional level of demand from the community. The first event, Monktoberfest back proved immensely successful but many craved a European counterpart. As the founder says:

It wasn’t a case of ‘build it and they will come’, more ‘they’re coming and we have to build it’

RedMonk’s fundamental view that people, rather than processes are at the heart of successful application development. He cites Linus Torvalds as a perfect example of this, first ‘smashing Linux out of the park’ then creating the distribution control method Git, which fuelled the wildly successful socal collaborative centre Github.

It is this social model that RedMonk believes should be adopted for the industry. The event will focus on exploring how technology is changing the way we socialise and how the way we socialise is influencing the way we build and use technology. 

But it isn’t just about tech, oh no. After a day spent in tech tracks, the night will be spent beer testing London’s craft beer scene is currently bubbling away nicely, enjoying a renaissance that was fuelled by a similar community drive from the bottom up. So the matrimony of the two within The RedMonk Brew series seems perfect.

A great networking opportunity, thought-provoking content and a chance to sample some of the best brews London has to offer. You’d be a fool to miss out.

Fortunately for you, the reader, we have a discount available for the two day event. Simply enter the code JAX for 10% discount. To snap up your ticket – hurry over to Eventbrite for reduced rates. Be sure to keep an eye on the Monki Gras blog and agenda for any latest revelations that Governor has up his sleeve for the two day event. Given the overwhelming response so far it’s fairly likely. We’ll be there too, so expect some coverage next month.

But for now, here’s The Monki Gras details you need.

RedMonk Brew: The Monki Gras

Wednesday 1st February 10:00am – Thursday 2nd February 1:00pm

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL 


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