Upcoming events – workshops, dinners and themed weeks

Check out the events calendar to see what’s coming up. These events and themed weeks include opportunities to take part by contributing guest posts, coming along to an event or sponsoring an event. Themed weeks are online events but often coincide with physical meetups, usually associated with the internet industry.

Sponsors have the chance to get in front of some highly targeted audiences. All contributors get exposure and engagement with an influential readership.

Date Location Event Sponsor Attend/Contribute
22nd January Bishopsgate London Live blogging from UKNOF30 sponsorship packages
17th March Harrogate Northern tweetup sponsorship packages
13 April Themed week IP Cortex week IP Cortex
13 – 17 April 2015 Marseilles Live blogging from Euro-IX sponsorship packages
20 April 2015 Manchester UKNOF31 live blogging sponsorship packages
20 April 2015 Themed week How to design an IP Phone Snom
21 April 2015 London 6th Exec Dinner Snom
27 April 2015 Themed week VoIP Fraud Guest editor David Cargill
29th April 2015 tbc, central London Spring ITSPA workshop – Topics – WebRTC & Fraud GENBAND_Logo_2012_50 speaking opportunities
11 – 15 May 2015 Amsterdam RIPE 70 sponsorship packages
18th June 2015 tbc, London Summer BBQ sponsorship packages free tickets available
16-17 September 2015 Sheffield UKNOF32 live blogging sponsorship packages
 7th October Hampton Court 7th Exec Dinner sponsorship packages
10th Dec 2015 Phoenix Artist Club Xmas bash 2015 sponsorship packages free tickets

More about events events are great networking opportunities during the course of the year. These come in a number of guises – namely networking lunches and dinners, technology workshops, a Summer BBQ (aka Pissup in a Brewery) and a Christmas bash that has achieved near legendary status in the industry.

The Executive Dinners are not to be missed networking opportunities for senior individuals in communications technology. We have an invited guest speaker who leads a discussion on their specialist subject. These dinners follow Chatham House rules. Anything that is said is unattributable which makes for candid and informative evenings that are also hugely enjoyable.

Past dinners have included

  • Tony Cox of Microsoft talking about the future of Lync
  • Huw Rees of 8×8 on the USA market for hosted Internet Telephony
  • Joe Baguley of VMware talking virtualisation futures
  • Mehdi Nezarati of talking about the Google Unified Communications landscape for business
  • Prof Alan Johnston talking WebRTC
  • Steph Watson on the future of the PBX
  • Andy Davidson on “instant on” WANs
  • Dean Elwood on the Large Telco market

What people have said about Exec Dinners:

 Sally Fuller – Director Marketing & Centres of Excellence, KCOM
Trefs annual UC dinners are held twice a year and that should give you a clue about their surprising nature from the outset. Tref has a knack of picking interested, interesting and inspiring people that are at the core of making our industry a great one (yes I sneak in on the b list). Tref’s guests get more from sharing their insights and ideas than withholding them. Every time I learn something new, meet someone new, get a new perspective & miss my last train home.

Colin Duffy – CEO,  Voipfone
The dinners are always good for high quality gossip, industry chit chat and networking – you can guarantee learning something or meeting someone new and useful. Far more importantly though, they’re just a damn good evening out.

Tim Meredith – Director of Unified Communications and Mobile, Daisy Group PLC

I just wanted to thank you for being an excellent host and putting on a really informative (and fun) evening. I hope to attend many future evenings!

Andy Davidson – CTO Allegro Networks, Chairman LONAP, Chairman IX-Leeds, Director Euro-IX

Lively, informative, and tasty!  That’s how I’d describe each evening I’ve spent in the company of Tref and his invited guests.  You’re guaranteed several conversations with colleagues and key decision makers at organisations across the industry over a relaxed dinner at a fantastic hand-picked menu and location.


The xmas bash has now become an established event in the tech industry calendar. We have had 4 to date. Keep your eye open for the next one. It’ll be Christmas before you know it 🙂 Also take a look at scenes from a previous trefbash in the video below. Sponsorship details can be found here.

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