My name is Kris Sum, and together with my good friend Rob Glover (pictured above wearing my Oculus Rift VR Headset) we are the leaders of TechExeter – a focus point for all things tech related in the regional capital of Exeter, Devon (UK).
Both Rob and I live locally and work in the tech industry. We’ve been running local tech meetups and events for several years, and we’ve grown our grassroots community to over
600 900 1000 members – re-branding from “ExeterWeb” founded in 2011 to “TechExeter” in 2016.
In 2017, we were involved with:
- NASA Space Apps hackathon at the Met Office [link]
- NOVA 17 Demoparty [link]
- TechExter “Fresh Tech” Conference [link]
- The Lost Weekend Festival [link]
- Gaming at the RAMM
- Tech Nation 2017 report [link]
- …. plus a dozen meetups between TechExeter and DigitalExeter, held at Exeter Phoenix, Jurys Inn, and the City Gate.
Community, Conference and Co-working
These are our 3 main areas of focus.
- Co-ordinating resources and events for our awesome Tech Community.
This includes running regular meetups with lightning talks and networking, facilitating collaboration by connecting community members together, providing training & workshops, and putting on / helping out at tech events such as the NASA Space Apps hackathon.
- Running an annual Conference, showcasing both regional and national speakers who are experts in their field.
- Helping to provide Co-working spaces specifically geared towards those who work in tech.
These 3 things are embedded into the TechExeter Community Interest Company mission statement, everything we do and any sponsorship monies or donations will all go towards supporting the community.
How we’re run
For a long time, Rob and I have done this out of our own pocket. This year, Exeter City Council has pledged it’s support behind us, allowing us to spend more time working with and on behalf of the tech community.
Councillor Rachel Sutton, Lead Councillor for Economy at Exeter City Council
Bio: Kris Sum
Kris is MD of software company Switch Systems Ltd, based in Exeter.
“I started Switch when I moved back to Exeter after University – I couldn’t find a job locally and I really wanted to stay in this beautiful city, so I started contracting doing programming as a sole trader. Having gained big clients such as the University of Exeter I needed to expand, so I set up Switch Systems and haven’t looked back!”
Kris is a keen technologist and gamer in his spare time, and loves nothing more than to tinker on side projects.
“I’ve always been an early adopter of new technology, from my first mp3 player as a teenager, through to todays smart phones, smart watches and virtual reality headsets – I couldn’t live without tech!
Bio: Rob Glover
Rob is a freelance Digital Project Manager and Marketer based in Exeter.
“Over the years I’ve been everything from a Graphic Designer to front-end Web Dev to Digital Marketer. I’ve also run a few businesses (some successful, some not) and therefore have a wealth of experience that I’m keen to use to help build a better eco-system here in Exeter.”
Rob co-founded TechExeter’s sister community Digital Exeter in 2015. It runs on similar rails to TechExeter but with a wider range of topics, and has grown to a community of
“I’m proud to have played my part in growing Exeter’s Digital Tech scene. Supporting and growing both TechExeter & Digital Exeter and helping establish co-working in the City.”
If you want to get involved with TechExeter, drop us a line!