Hi all, apologies if this turns into a long rambling message but the topic I'm going to write about is starting to worry me.
Firstly, I'm a Symfony/PHP7 developer moving to Birmingham from London.
As an active member of the PHP (and a bit of devops/Python on the side) community, I regularly attend user groups. I go to Docker, PHP, Symfony, BDD/TDD, DevOps and Python. Part of why I love this job are these events, and I got my current job out of networking.
So, moving to the second city - I thought I'd start checking out the scene.
PHPWM said they were restarting at the end of last year, but do not appear to have had any activity apart from retweeting on their twitter profile. PHPWM have not responded to a message asking how the user group is going.
PythonWM is in a business park outside of Solihull, and certainly only accessible by car. But it is active.
In meetup, there are over 60 developers interested in a Birmingham PHP meetup which is not happening (this seems to conflict with the fact that there is a PHPWM user group). The nearest active one is Coventry, who's organiser is the only person in 2 weeks that has replied to anything.
I have thrown out a twitter net including the Custard Factory and Silicon Canal, but nobody has responded. I'm in the process of emailing Silicon Canal directly and have registered with them, but am concerned that their website and activities are documented little, bar maybe the tech awards last year.
The only activity I can see that is positive is Ruby are organised and meet, as published by meetup and Silicon Canal.
As this is a big move for me, I'm starting to get scared that the web application development scene in Brum is almost non-existent and I'll be travelling to London far more than I'd like (as I'm trying to escape!).
Is there something, somebody or an initiative that I am missing here?
Thanks in advance for any responses