Steem UK Virtual Meetup #1 - what comes next - 4 regional events?

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That was really, really, really great.

I am happy, I am inspired, I am believing we can make steem great in Britain.

Thank you everyone who came along to the first Steem UK Virtual Meetup on MSP Waves last night.

Thank you everyone who came on to talk, thank you everyone who joined in the audience and pitched in on the chat.

And thank you everyone who couldn't attend but sent messages of support - including Matt @starkerz and Dylan @anarcotech of @oracle-d who are doing great work for steem in Indonesia at the moment.

The goal of the meetup, as well as getting to know each other and networking, was to come up with concrete ideas and plans to start promoting steem in the UK.

And we did.

The seeds of 4 events and activities across the country started to germinate in the meetup.

There is still a way to go but if we could move forward with 4 regional events around the country - in the North, in the Midlands, in Wales & the South West, and in London & the South East - we could achieve maximum impact and maximum participation.

Could anything happen in Scotland as well?

The Midlands - Music

In the Midlands Dan @article61 and Darren @darrenclaxton are interested in developing a musical event ideally based around the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham.

Nick @nickyhavey has been developing a Bluffer’s Guide to Cryptocurrency for Musicians that could be molded into a package for onboarding new bands and musicians as part of the event.

A suggestion was made that this could be involved into a program to help new young musicians - maybe a Steem Youth Music Project...?

Unfortunately @atomcollector was not able to make it to the meeting but I had spoken to him earlier and he is interested in this too.

@ashtv is also interested in the project. He is a professional videographer and makes music videos.

Is there anyone else in the Midlands, or beyond, who would like to get involved in a music project to promote steem?

The North - Crypto & Business

For an event in the north @cryptocurator put forward the suggestion of holding some sort of crypto / business meeting or conference in one of the main cities in the region such as Leeds or Manchester.

Is there anyone in the north region who would be interested in working with @cryptocurator on this sort of event?

There may also be opportunities to have a steem presence at other crypto related events in the region.

London & the South East - Food ?

There are already fairly regular social meetups in London as the numbers are sufficient to sustain these.

The idea was put forward that some sort of food related event might be doable in the London & South East region.

Professional food vlogger @allasyummyfood is based there as well as keen food vloggers like @rea.

@redrica is going to be meeting a number of steemians from the London area at SteemFest next week. She offered to discuss ideas with them and see what interest there is.

Wales & the South West - Film ?

One idea for this region is to hold an event connecting film and steem - probably in Bristol, ideally tying in with the Film Department at the University of Bristol.

I picked up on this idea after the Film & Steem special show last week. @basilmarples and @ashtv are involved in film in the UK. I am hoping @brian-rhodes, @dougkarr, @ericvancewalton, @juliakponsford and @lifesacircus might be able to pitch in ideas from across the Atlantic...

@basilmarples and I are also bouncing around the idea of a short, humorous steem promotion film for the UK.

Anyone interested in getting involved in a film event or project?

I am wondering about broadening it out to vlogging and DTube? @camuel, @slayerkm, @louisthomas - any thoughts on this?

Targeting niche communities

An idea for targeting specific communities was put forward by @raj808.

He is interesting in working with creative writing groups and courses in universities.

Niche community targeting has a lot of merit. It is an idea that could be developed in a number of areas - maybe homeschoolers, or vegans, or homesteaders...

A buddy system

A suggestion was made that we should develop a 'Buddy System' or mentoring to help onboarding and improve retention. I think it was @teamhumble that mentioned this.

@ura-soul is also working on improving the signup and onboarding process.


London area already has local meetups.

Hopefully as people get to know others in their region 'spontaneous' mini meetups will spring up.

Ambitious or what?

This might all seem rather ambitious with our limited numbers.

My feeling, at this stage of the game, is that steem needs to go for hitting sixes out of the park. Just grabbing the odd single each over isn't going to win the match.

Or if you don't like cricket, we need to think big... or go home.

We have in the UK a bit over 100 active steemians. We are just a little more than one in a million, but not much.

We are unique and we have something really quite special in steem.

Do we want to let it slip through our fingers?

I don't.

Meetup Recording

The full recording of the meetup is available if you missed it...

Steemians in the UK - currently 126

These are all the active steemians currently identified in the UK. If you know anyone else that should be added please post in the comments or message me on Discord (@Pennsif#9921).

London & the South East (42)

@adetorrent, @allasyummyfood, @andabout, @atomcollector, @basilmarples, @blackrussian, @bleepcoin, @breadcentric, @buttpacker, @charitycurator, @cryptogee, @donatello, @donnadavisart, @ezzy, @gillianpearce, @hockney, @hopehuggs, @jameshsmitharts, @justyy, @kabir88, @lloyddavis, @lolzwithlisa, @maneco64, @marczanto, @markangeltrueman, @molometer, @nakedverse, @nanzo-scoop, @nickyhavey, @pjau, @rea, @redrica, @scalextrix, @sergiomendes, @shazza, @simonjay, @slayerkm, @stav, @steevc, @stimp1024, @teodora, @ultravioletmag

The Midlands (20)

@article61, @atomcollector, @cryptofunk, @dickturpin, @dobsdies, @gmuxx, @honeybee11, @howardblott, @ictman1076, @kryptoe, @martaesperanza, @neopch, @opheliafu, @revisesociology, @rimicane, @shanibeer, @silverfoxx, @skaarl, @starkerz, @ura-soul

Wales & the South West (23)

@cryptocariad, @eveningart, @father2b, @francesleader, @happysmileyman, @jen0revision, @jimbobbill, @louisthomas, @owenwat, @p-props, @pennsif, @perceptualflaws, @pumpkinsandcats, @stevejhuggett, @stevelivingston, @sunsethunter, @theadmiral0, @theturtleproject, @timothyallen, @tinygalaxy, @ukbitcoinmaster, @wales, @welshstacker

The North (23)

@anarcotech, @artonmysleeve, @ashtv, @beautifulbullies, @calluna, @c0ff33a, @cryptocurator, @darrenclaxton, @gaby-crb, @gdwcoins, @geordieprepper, @mckeever, @mikefromtheuk, @pcste, @raj808, @russellbury, @slobberchops, @someguy123, @steemonkey, @stephenkendal, @teamhumble, @techmojo, @vibeof100monkeys

Scotland (8)

@barge, @camuel, @fiftysixnorth, @johnkingwriter, @meesterboom, @natubat, @tom-orrow, @wisbeech

Northern Ireland (1)


And also... (9)

@britcoin, @jonathanyoung, @lastravage, @monkazzsa, @mynewlife, @sazzler, @tremendospercy, @ukprepper, @voxxov


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Excellent initiative @pennsif I think there are very good ideas here. You are very good representative of Steem, I will take some suggestions to complement the next thing to do in Venezuela.

Thank you for supportive words. You are welcome to pick up any ideas we have in the UK and adapt them for use in Venezuela if appropriate. Let me know if we can help in any way.

Hey everyone!

Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the meet up, would of loved to be apart of it and meet more UK steemians.

@Pennsif btw I'm in Norfolk in the East haha save me being in the miscellaneous group at the bottom haha

I'm terms of dtube & film I do think this would be a great thing. There are so many content creators in the UK, dtube may have a long way to go but the community here helps prop it up while it grows.

@redrica I'll be at Steemfest would love to meet you, I'm in Norfolk only 2 hours from London so any events are doable 😂 plus this goes out to any UK Steemians hit me up here drop me your discord I'd love to meet you at steemfest or just connect in general.

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Now shifted to London & South-East. You are in @basilmarples territory...

Hope to catch up for a talk soon - especially about DTube etc.

Be watching how this develops, would love to see this happen and attend something if the fates allow.

That's cool. Thank you EW. Transatlantic support would be most welcome.

Hopefully we can put on something to entice you over...

Congratulations on the success!

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Thank you for your support Sida.

Congratulations EVERYONE on this GREAT AWESOME Virtual Meet Up !!! You guys have done it !!!

A Big Shout Out SUPPORT from ASIA @steemxp

This is great work @pennsif!! UK Steemians does seem a bit under represented given that English is the main language on Steemit 😎

By the way, don't know if you want to rope in the Brits living abroad? I imagine there's quite a lot of us around the world. Not that we can do much, but I guess moral suppport would help? 😉

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You guys are amazing! Well done!

hell yeah! Lets hit some 6's!!! Sorry I couldnt make it.....Im like a jelly that has been dropped from a great height at the moment. Its going to take me a few days to re-combobulate.....but Im so glad you're pulling us together here pennsif! viva la crypto-resistance!