Talking Digital at the first Hey! of 2017

Posted: January 27, 2017

CreativeRace’s Social Media Executive, Katie Sherdley, gives her take on the January Hey! meet-up.

The end of January saw the beginning of 2017’s creative digital networking events in Leeds, with mini-conference HeyStac kicking the year off at the Belgrave Music Hall last night.

Hosted and organised by Josh Nesbitt (@joshnesbitt), Hey! connects digital creatives from all areas, agencies and specialisms. Speakers included designers and developers at a mix of agencies and in-house teams, and the agenda covered areas from tackling bad habits and making the move from development to digital design.

One of the speakers that definitely provided food for thought for me was Stefan McCready (@Stefan_McC_123), a 20 year old software developer working at Sky.

Since joining Sky as an apprentice at 18 after years of what he called ‘bedroom coding,’ Stefan explored the challenges that he faced entering a professional industry fresh from school and not quite feeling like he deserved to be there. as well as his struggle with ‘imposter syndrome.’ He concluded by sharing his love for his role and the industry as a whole.

Businesses are increasingly hiring talented individuals with a passion and skill for digital specialisms that are not necessarily learned via educational institutions – a topic that remains high on the agenda as the digital sector continues to grow and evolve at breakneck speed.

Breaking fresh thinking and new skills into businesses is always going to be essential for digital teams, as the need for companies to adapt and change is ever-present. So, it was interesting to hear opinions about how best to do this.

One approach focused on replacing bad habits with good ones and always thinking like a beginner whilst going about your day-to-day tasks, with Emily Cressey (@emilyvc_), a developer turned designer, stating that: “When you answer questions by saying ‘that’s how we’ve always done it,’ maybe it’s time to change.”

Hey! is a useful and well-attended forum to hear thoughts from digital speakers from a whole range of backgrounds, and I’m already looking forward to the next event!

For more information about future Hey! events and to watch videos of previous talks visit: heyst.ac or follow on Twitter @hey_stac.