I am umming and ahhing wether to get myself a ticket. I like @sil’s post. Is anyone going?
As far as Graduate developer goes, I agree on @jackweirdy - one of the challenges is that you have undergrads doing some amazing stuff - like Tom Goodman from the Uni of Birmingham, Pandelis ( and others ) from BCU who are really contributing towards the west midlands tech scene. The issue for me is that Birmingham ( as a whole ) doesn’t feel like it’s got the best retention rate when it comes to students.
I may suggest Aman Soni from Aston - who did a stellar job organising the first Aston Hack. He’s still at Aston doing some stunningly brilliant stuff.
The only other one I’m differing from @sil at the moment is man in tech - I’m going to have to pump for Mike Elsmore, of hackference fame.