ProDev Day 2012

Professional Networking Day for Students & Employers in Creative Digital


ProDevDayProDev Day 2010 Weds November 10th 12:30 - 15:30

At MMU John Dalton Building Oxford Road

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❃ Prodevday 2010 Finished product

We have to say that Prodevday this year was immense and, as you may have noticed, we were sticking cameras in people's faces for the purposes of a film.

Here is the finished product and we are particularly proud of it, we must say.

Make sure you take a look at some of the other videos

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Today is ProDevDay

Don't forget to come if you have registered

Turn up anyway even if you haven't - we'd love to see you 12:30 - 15:30

John Dalton Building, Oxford Road Manchester M1 5GD

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❃ So who's coming so far to ProDevDay?

So who's coming to network with students so far? SOme new names (you can see them all on the righthand side - go to their websites.

The BBC, Bite Digital Ltd, Brand Alert, Corporation Pop, Creative Resource, Creative Lynx, DeLineo, DMC, I-COM International, JWT, Lakestar Media, MATMI, Mediavest, Melbourne Server Hosting, MentorMatch, MMC Learning, Nonlinea, Orchard - Digital, Creative & Marketing Recruitment, Project:Simply, Pro-Manchester, Ravensoft, Real Fresh TV, The Sharp Project and a load of companies from there, SUNDE Technologies Ltd and a whole raft of Freelancers.

Plenty of room for some more.

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❃ The BBC are coming. Oh Yes!

We're pleased to announce that we'll have a significant presence by the BBC at ProDevDay - they're really excited about coming to see you. Everyone knows about the big move to the North in Media City, and the BBC are keen to work with the local talent - and that includes working with the local universities.

The BBC will have a lot of things to show you - and you'll have a lot of things to show them. They're going to be a big player in our sector in the years to come, so it's vital that you network with the guys on the day - future employers, suppliers and partners.

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❃ Employers: How does ProDevDay Work and Why Must You Come?

We get a lot of questions from employers asking "Why should I come?"

ProDevDay is probably the only chance each year when you'll have a moment to look at your talent for the coming years. ProDevDay student attendees come from many different disciplines - from the softer end of PR, to the hardcore end of coding, passing through graphic design and digital marketing on the way. And thy come from several Universities too - MMU, University of Manchetsre, Salford as well as Bolton and UCLAN.

Every Summer, University staff from all the institutions are inundated with calls from employers asking if they now students who need a summer job, part-time job or internship. We also get asked if we know of graduates who need a role - last Summer was very busy with staff taking calls each day from desperate employers looking for new talent. The problem is, by then, it's often too late. We'd love to help but the students and graduates have usually moved on.

So - by coming to ProDevDay and sharing your passion for the role and and the industry, you'll be creating an impression with potential future employees, partners - who knows even customers. Students will remember who you are and you'll be uppermost in their thoughts when it comes to career time. Who will they want to stay in touch with? What are the benefits of networking with your future talent?

So - come and network with them. No one expects that you'll have a job right now (you might do) or placements, or internships or part-time stuff. But when the time is right, you want to be in a position to act quickly. Have your network of future interest at your command. Make them interested in what you do. It could represent a huge saving in the long run and more than that, the best investment you've ever made.

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❃ Manchester Digital Explains All

This is from Shaun Fensom - Chair at Manchester Digital.

manchester digitalOver its 4-year history ProDev Day has become an annual must-attend event for students and businesses looking for talent. It's organised by Manchester Metropolitan University in association with Manchester Digital, but students from other universities and colleges as well as non-MD members are also welcome. Manchester Digital members get priority for the limited number of places left however.

This is what some Manchester Digital members have to say about the value of ProDev Day:

Richard Hudson of Vanilla Storm:

"Smaller agencies can't usually afford to use recruiters to find new staff, so having direct access to talented students is a valuable opportunity. ProDev day provides a relaxed environment to network and meet students looking for both placements and full time positions."

Tony Foggett of Code Computer Love:

"We're keen to get the message across that there are jobs in Manchester for students that are interested in digital. ProDev Day gave us a unique opportunity to make that point and meet prospective recruits"

Kirstie Buchanan of Reading Room:

"At Reading Room we are always looking for new talent. By providing a portfolio surgery at ProDev day, we met and got to know some promising students."

So if you're employer, please come and contribute to the day.

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❃ Want to see what happened last year at Prodevday?

Besides crowdsourcing the event and tweeting along to the #prodevday hashtage via our Twitterfall, we decided to ask a few exhibitors and students what they thought of prodevday and what their expectations were for the day. This may give an insight into this years event as we plan on being bigger, brighter and better smelling this year :)

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❃ A Great Deal for Students - Free Spaces at "Innovation in Social Media" Event

MMU and Econsultancy, our official event sponsor, have come up with a great deal for students for an learning event on the morning of ProDevDay.

We've arranged for 10 spaces for students (normally £75) who are registered to come to ProDevDay to attend Econsultancy's "Innovation in Social Media" Event between 08:30 and 10:15 on the morning of Wednesday 10th November with David Cushman, MD of the social media business consultancy 90:10 Group.

What's the briefing about? Social media offers much more than an opportunity to ‘reach new audiences’. It offers powerful new efficiencies, better fit marketing, products and services your customers demand and care about – and new business models. It can’t be layered on to your current strategies. Better-than-ever-connection with stakeholders (customers; potential customers; suppliers; employees; and anyone who cares about achieving what you have set out to achieve) places social media at the heart of what you do. It creates disruption and opportunity in equal measure. This breakfast briefing will identify who is taking advantage – and how you can, too.

So the first 10 students registered to attend ProDevDay can register for a free place at this event (normally £75) - all you need to do is use your University email address (ending and remember to include the code PDD10 when asked. Remember - no University email address and no code means you'll have to pay the full price. And it's first come first served. Strictly limited.

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❃ 2 More Great Industry Participants: MMC and Pro-Manchester

MMC Learning are joining us on ProDevDay - a great firm involved in the development of fantastic eLearning materials, MMC have always recruited locally. They even have a recent graduate from Manchester working on a short KTP scheme with them. Meet Imran, Danielle and the gang and make friends. They're all professional marketers too, so they know how to network.

Also joining us is Samantha Booth from Pro-Manchester - an outfit dedicated to networking. Sam's team have an amazing network of contacts so you should make sure you spend some time with her and see if there's someone you should know.

You can see both organisations on the right hand side and click through to their web sites

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