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About SMR, Next event | | 2 min read

Silicon Milkroundabout presents… NEXT GEN

A new event to support the next generation of tech talent.

Friday 18 November 2022 | The Truman Brewery

We are excited to announce that we will be introducing a brand new event called NEXT GEN on 18 November. 

Our NEXT GEN event is our way of creating change by doing what we do best. We recognise the current high demand for mid-senior level roles is leaving out a huge portion of incredible potential hires because companies aren’t as open to hiring juniors, grads or career changers. This isn’t sustainable and needs to change. These groups will eventually become the future teams who will continue to grow and make companies successful (if they are not too put off beforehand). We have to do better to help support, guide and nurture them.

This is also a really exciting opportunity for tech companies to give back and help support the next wave of tech talent coming through.

Who’s it for?

People looking to work in software engineering, data science, design, marketing and product:

Juniors with < 12 months relevant tech work experience. 

Recent higher education graduates

Coding bootcamp graduates

Career switchers with transferable skills

The focus of the event

The NEXT GEN event will help candidates navigate their way into a tech career by

  • Meeting face to face with companies
  • Find out what they look for in people they hire and how to up skill
  • If they have a grad scheme, training programme or supportive career development opportunities. 
  • What the hiring process is like and how to best prepare
  • Offer insights in CV advice

PLUS answer any other burning questions they might have. 

As well as meeting the companies, attendees will also be able to 

  • Enjoy drinks at our free bar
  • FREE PIZZA
  • Live DJ

Our NEXT GEN event will be held at The Truman Brewery on the Friday 18 November! Applications are now open, tickets are limited so sign up now to avoid missing out.

To apply just complete the normal event application form.

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Help to Grow Initiative

About SMR, Hiring, Next event | | 2 min read

Since SMR 1.0 we’ve felt it vital to give a helping hand to charities, SME’s and Startup companies in our tech community. SO we have introduced a Help to Grow initiative to offer highly subsidised (50% off) exhibitor spaces for these teams.

We would like to invite early stage startups and charities who fit the criteria to apply to the initiative for our next event on the 19 + 20 November. We recognise the current climate is heavily swayed towards larger brands so we’d like to encourage and show support to these smaller, grassroot companies, who are looking to expand their teams.

Why we feel it’s important

We want to stay true to our roots – we were a startup once and are proud to say that a lot of our values and the way we operate are still with a startup mentality. The startup community is a pretty special one to be a part of, everyone wants to help one another. So here we are! Doing what we can to help 🙂

Startups have a real infectious energy to them. Typically it’s a fast paced environment with lots of passion behind the work they do. Online magazine, Entrepreneur, wrote a piece called “Why everyone should work for a startup at least once” and we couldn’t agree more! It’s a quick learning curve with the article backing that the world of startups is an excellent breeding ground for skills which allow you to survive recurring economic slowdowns.

Career-wise, working for a smaller or more agile company such as a startup or charity can propel you upwards much faster than climbing the highly structured ladder of an established company.

The charity sector might sound daunting but you can guarantee a sense of fulfilment through the meaningful work that you’d be a part of. The Guardian wrote an articleWhy you should work in the charity sector providing an interesting perspective on areas some might not have considered within the space.

Both startups and charities often offer flexible and hybrid working. The pandemic has reset expectations around presenteeism and proved that working at home can be as productive. Many candidates report better work life balance, improved well being and more time spent with family, as positive effects from remote working

We also want to make sure Silicon Milkroundabout is accessible to companies no matter what stage they are at, this will also help ensure the event showcases a diverse range of companies and therefore attracts a diverse range of attendees.

How we will do this

  • Offer a limited no. of 50% off the full price of a 2 person space (early bird prices not included in offer).
  • This can be for a single day or the full weekend.

Check out the pricing.

Criteria Startups + SME businesses will need to meet to claim this offer:

  • A company will need to be less than 3 years old.
  • Have under 30 people in their team.
  • Have raised no more than £1 million in funding.

Criteria Charities will need to meet to claim this offer:

To apply please click the link to the application form or email [email protected] for more information.

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Sustainability at #SMRmay22

About SMR, Next event, SMR | | 3 min read

We are dedicated to making sure the event is sustainable and produces as little waste as possible. We know we don’t have all the answers but we are keen to learn and understand what’s needed to do better. We always want to be transparent and share how we are making steps towards this.

Here’s a run down of things we are actively doing to support this for our next event on 14 + 15 May:

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6 reasons why there’s never been a better time to come to Silicon Milkroundabout

About SMR | | 4 min read

Whether you’re actively looking for your next role or just curious to see what’s out there, there’s never been a better time to come down to Silicon Milkroundabout this May! And here’s why…..

1. We have a mighty lineup of companies who want to meet and hire people just like you

Where else do you get to be in the same room as Amazon Prime, British Airways or Ocado??

Silicon Milkroundabout gives you the serendipity to explore companies you might not have otherwise considered. For example:

Fast growing startups such as Florence, Dojo and Google for startups

Forward thinking scaleups such as Dice, Gousto and Charlotte Tilbury

Innovative global brands such as Sky, The Guardian, Snap & Playstation

World leading data + AI specialists such as AccRux, Palantir and humanising autonomy

Companies in the public sector such as BBC, Government Digital Service and Home Office

Agencies and consultancies such as Hex Digital, UsTwo and Softwire

Plus lots more!

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Why you might be wrong about public sector jobs

Careers, Interviews | | 6 min read

The team at DIT

How brilliant user-centered design can impact the economic prosperity of our country

For some of us, the idea of a public sector job can conjure up images of officious, slow-paced formal working environments. But at the Department of International Trade things are a little different. 

As one of the newest departments in Whitehall (founded in 2016) the Digital, Data and Technology team builds products in a fast-paced environment in the main free from constraints of having to work with legacy tech. 

The leadership team have expertise in agile methodology, flexible working, job shares, and remote working, and are dedicated to maintaining a culture more in line with a startup than a government department.

When we asked their team what they liked about working at the Department of International Trade (DIT), the culture and the work environment were cited, but it’s the scale of the products and the impact they can have that was the most common answer. Contributing towards projects that can positively impact the economy, as well as thousands of businesses around the world, make this a public sector job which can deliver high levels of job satisfaction and some unique opportunities for career development.

We take a look at what impact the forward-thinking principles behind the culture at DIT have on the careers of the people that work there.

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“We’re missing the point when it comes to mental health.” Spill’s mission to increase access to support

Guest Post | | 3 min read

London-based Healthtech startup Spill were founded in 2017 with a mission to help companies remove the barriers stopping their team’s from accessing emotional support. They set out why their platform is important right now. Note: this piece was written before the outbreak of COVID-19.

Mental health is, by all accounts, having a bit of a moment. It’s the topic of endless conferences, training sessions and charity initiatives. A raft of celebrities from Stephen Fry to J.K. Rowling have spoken out about their diagnoses. Depression and anxiety, once completely taboo subjects, are now proudly displayed hashtags on Instagram and the subject of advertising by all sorts of brands, from Ford to Lloyds Bank. It looks like the stigma around conditions like these is slowly dismantling, at long last.

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3 areas of mental wellbeing to nurture while working in self-isolation

Guest Post, Guides | | 4 min read

As many of us will be working from home for the foreseeable future, we asked the team from Unmind to share with us their advice on how to take care of mental wellbeing during long periods of working from home.

As the coronavirus continues to spread, governments are urging social distancing and employers are promoting working from home. Remote working, particularly under self-quarantine and enforced isolation, poses challenges to our mental health. 

Focusing on three key areas of wellbeing, these measures will help you to proactively manage your mental health while working from home amid the coronavirus crisis. 

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Silicon Milkroundabout April 2020 postponed to November 2020

Next event | | 2 min read

This post was last updated on Friday 13 March 2020

Due to the current situation surrounding the covid-19 virus we have made the decision to postpone Silicon Milkroundabout April 2020 until November 2020.

Based on the most recent news on the escalating situation in Europe we have made the difficult decision to move the planned edition of Silicon Milkroundabout on 25-26 April 2020 to 21-22 November 2020. We have been monitoring the advice from the government and health authorities closely in recent weeks and feel this is the appropriate action to take in the current circumstances. Whilst we are extremely disappointed that we won’t be able to deliver the great event when we were planning, the health & wellbeing of our attendees & exhibitors is the highest priority.

All tickets for April 2020 will be valid for the November event, and all exhibitors confirmed for April will be in attendance in November (where possible). This is the first time we have had to postpone an event in our schedule, so we’ll be channeling all our energy into making November our biggest & best event yet. Applications for the event will remain open and we’ll be providing an update to those people that have already submitted an application soon.

Our team is also currently exploring all available options to provide an alternative online experience which will allow attendees to discover and discuss job opportunities with exciting tech companies. From now until the November event our companies page will continue to be an essential tool for helping with your job search, and will be regularly updated with the latest roles and news from our exhibitors.

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact us at [email protected]. We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time, and look forward to seeing you at Silicon Milkroundabout on 21–22 November 2020.

Team @ Silicon Milkroundabout

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Offshore: how Expensify bring their global team together

Guest Post, Next event | | 4 min read

The team at Expensify

With five offices around the world, Expensify explain how they go about getting their whole team together, and why it’s important. Their Engineering team will be attending Silicon Milkroundabout on 22 November 2020, where they’ll be looking to meet people & discuss their open job roles. Apply for your free ticket to attend the event here.

Check out and apply for roles with Expensify today:

Every year we relocate the entire company to a different country for three weeks for our annual Offshore trip. Together, we have visited Cambodia, Thailand, Croatia, Portugal, Uruguay, Italy, and Vietnam.

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#SMRnov19 unwrapped

About SMR | | 4 min read

Fresh from the first edition of The Round in NYC, Team Silicon Milkroundabout took over the Old Truman Brewery in November 2019 to host the 18th edition of London’s leading tech jobs fair. That’s right – 18! We’re now officially old enough to have a drink at our own bar.

To mark this milestone we planned one of our biggest events ever, with an expanded talks lineup, a huge range of companies from the London tech scene & beyond, a popup cocktail bar, advice sessions from Buzzbar, arts & crafts workshops and a whole lot more.

In a completely original, seasonally-relevant format, let’s take a look back at some highlights of the event by focusing on the numbers!

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