Barnsley boosts its digital profile

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Organisers of a digital conference are gearing up to stage their most ambitious event yet.

Digital Barn takes place at Barnsley Digital Media Centre and brings together leading industry experts and fans of all things digital to share knowledge and learn new skills.

Now in its third year, the event has been extended to span two days, starting with two, day-long workshops on the first day, followed by a conference on the second day.

Freelance designer Laura Kalbag and web developer Ian Parr will be hosting the workshops, which will look at how to use design to make websites more attractive and user friendly and explore ways of building websites of different sizes.

A dozen speakers have been lined up for the conference, including a creative technologist Ashley Nolan, who rebuilt the BBC GoodFood website, Microsoft developer Martin Beeby and Tammie Lister, a designer specialising in creating online communities.

Digital Barn is organised by Make Do, an education and events initiative set up by two friends and self-confessed web geeks, Kimb Jones and Matt Watson.

Kimb said: “Last year, people travelled from right across the UK and we’ve built quite a following.

“With the additional day of workshops and extra capacity for the conference taking us up to 200 tickets, this is set to be a fantastic event in this year’s digital calendar. We’re really proud to be helping to strengthen Barnsley’s increasing reputation as a digital hub.”

Digital Barn’s interactive learning workshops take place on Friday, October 11, with the conference being held on the Saturday.

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