What Is Refresh

Refresh is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of New Media endeavours in their areas. Promoting design, technology, usability, accessibility and standards.

We’re not a secret society for web designers and developers. Everyone interested in “refreshing” the internet is welcome. Even if you just want to learn. As long as you believe in positive innovation, this is for you.

Recently, we’ve joined forces with Creative Front a project run by Anglia Ruskin University to help promote local creative industries. You can find out more about Creative Front on our FAQ page.

Next event

CMSs for Web Designers: SilverStripe, Drupal and Expression Engine
Wednesday, 7th March 2012, 19:00 – 21:30

We usually meet the first Wednesday of every month, around 7pm. We alternate between talks one month and pub chats the following month.

Get involved

If you would like to get involved, sign-up to the Refresh Cambridge mailing list to discuss how we can improve the internet together.Enter your email address to sign-up:Sign me up!

Previous session reports

2011 and beyond

After over a year’s gap, we started meeting again in March 2011 with a well attended event. View details of events from 2011 and beyond here.


On December 2nd, Matthew Pennell presented a talk on ExpressionEngine, Jamie Rumbelow chatted about CodeIngiter and PHPUK talked on integrating Magento and ExpressionEngine with EECommerce.

On October 7th, Jake and Jamey from AllYearbooks presented their work on AJAX interfaces. Download a PDF of their slides.

On September 2nd, Rob Chant talked about SEO. Some notes from his talk are available online (PDF)


On January 7th, in partnership with the Cambridge media professionals group CaMedia, we saw a presentation from Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli from the health records startup Patients Know Best. You can view the slides from Mohammad’s talk on Google Docs; a full write-up of the evening is on DavePress.

On October 1st we met for a discussion on Subversion and version control. Read more about the presentation, or download the presentation notes.

On July 2nd we met for a discussion on PPC management. Read more about the techniques and information covered.

On February 6th we met for a discussion on productivity, both within your day-to-day work and on a more general personal level. Read more about the links and sites mentioned on the evening.


On December 5th we met for a discussion on graphic design for Content Management Systems.

On October 3rd we met to talk about PHP frameworks. Read a report of the evening, or download the slides:

The Venue

We’ve been very lucky to have the use of rooms provided by Anglia Ruskin University. Many thanks to Tim Reynolds and Caroline Hyde for making that happen!

Our members

Refresh Cambridge was formed in 2006, and meets semi-regularly for presentations and drinks. Below is a list of just some of our members’ personal sites:

Someone missing? Let us know.