The ‘PostOffice‘ on Pink Lane (opposite Newcastle Central Station) was the venue for weekly, volunteer-run after work events for developers, designers and tech start-up founders in the North East of England between June 2011 and early 2012.
Before then, there was no regular ‘home’ for this type of activity in Newcastle and so Paul Lancaster started PostOffice when he was working for building owners PNE Group as a way to help nurture the local grass roots tech/digital scene by providing a space in which informal networking and collaborative thinking could occur.
User groups who ran free, monthly events at PostOffice (usually on a Tuesday evening) included:
- @DesignInterest – ‘Aiming to build a friendly, supportive community for designers, open up design process and have some fun along the way!’ (Usually on the 1st Tuesday of the Month).
- @PythonNorthEast – ‘Python user group for folks in and around the North East of England.’ (Usually on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month).
- @PHPNE – ‘The PHP user group for the North East of England, UK.’ (Usually on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month).
- @RubyNorthEast – ‘The voice of Ruby (and Rails) in the North East of England.’ (Usually on the 4th Tuesday of the Month).
Daytime Events and Workshops
PostOffice also hosted events by @jsnortheast, one-off events by the @UXNorthEast and ‘Final Cut Pro North East’ user groups, a free workshop on ‘Sage One Accounts‘ delivered by then Sage Online Marketing Manager, Michael Barber, a 3hr @Vimcasts workshop and the very first public presentations by the @igniteaccel tech accelerator cohort of 2011/2012.
We also started hosting monthly co-working days on the first Friday of every month, with the launch event taking place on Friday 3rd August 2012.
The PostOffice ceased to be used for the events above when Paul left PNE Group to start working for Sage in 2012 and was no longer able to gain access to the building.
However, the spirit continued as many of the meetups began taking place at venues like Clavering House behind Central Station before Campus North opened on Carliol Square in 2014 and provided a central hub for hot-desking, co-working and developer and tech-focused meetups to take place every week which it still does to this day.