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Past Events

Refresh has been running since 2007, details of some of our past meetups appear below.

If you'd like to talk at a future meetup please get in touch via our mailing list.

2nd September 2013

Running Large Websites & Modern PHP

We've recently kicked Refresh off again with a meetup in September at a new venue, the Cambridge Brew House

Gareth Rushgrove talked about the project and lessons he's learnt on running large websites. It was a fascinating talk that provoked lots of talk in the bar afterwards. Gareth's slides are available at

Simon Jones talked about recent developments in PHP including regular release cycles, improvements to OO and the excellent new password_hash function in PHP 5.5. Simon's slides are available at

The event was kindly sponsored by Studio 24 who provided a free bar!

7th March 2012

CMSs for Designers

We had around 20 people to listen to talks from Andy Field, Julian Price and Anthony Albertyn on ExpressionEngine, SilverStripe and Drupal. The discussions were lively after the talks, and it gave people new ideas on using CMS tools. We had a draw for a free "freelancer" license for ExpressionEngine, from the kind people at EllisLabs which Rachael Beale won.

The event was kindly sponsored by CreativeFront who supplied free drinks and snacks, and was held at Anglia Ruskin University who have hosted Refresh meetups for the past few years.

2nd November 2011

Building Applications with Web Technologies & Making Music with Overtone

Sam Aaron did an interesting talk on Overtone, programmable music.

7th September 2011

A Toolkit approach to open source text search

Charlie Hull of Flax talked about Open Source search and how it offers a more sustainable future for enterprise search. He discussed two Open Source search tools, Apache Solr and Xapian.

6th July 2011

An Introduction To NoSQL & MongoDB

Lee Theobold did a talk on NoSQL and MongoDB. Philip Sargent also talked on Selenium, an open source web-app testing system. Gareth Rushgrove did a lightning talk on an intro to Varnish.

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