Launching Search Oxford – A digital marketing meetup in… well, you guessed it Oxford

By Aaron Rudman-Hawkins
February 18, 2022

I love a good meetup, it doesn’t matter what type of networking it is, I’ll always end up having a fantastic chat, getting to know someone and learning something new.

Pre-pandemic I did quite a lot of networking, lots of meetups and events of all types. After all, it’s all about getting yourself out there right? Well, when Covid hit everything stopped and we had to embrace the new normal of Zoom networking and it wasn’t the same.

Thankfully those days are in the past now (fingers crossed), and so I’m delighted to confirm that we’re launching Search Oxford – a Digital Marketing Meetup in Oxford for the digital community of this fantastic city and its surrounding areas.

Breathing new life into ODWU

Search Oxford is the rebranded ODWU meetup (Oxford Digital Workers Union) that was first launched in 2017 by Aisha and Charlie. Their format was brilliant, a meetup every couple of months with 2-3 speakers, a free bar and loads of learning.

I loved it and attended regularly. During Covid, their circumstances changed and long story short, I’ve taken it over and I’m going to bring this Oxford-based event back with a bang!

At this point, I want to give both Aisha and Charlie a massive shout out as they did such a great job over 3-4 years to build ODWU into the fantastic event that it became, with 500+ members registered and regular attendees of 30-40+ for every event.

Back for 2022

When I took ODWU over, I decided to rebrand it into Search Oxford to give it a new fresh feel for this new world we’re all now living in. However, I plan to keep much of what the original event had – if it’s not broke, don’t fix it as they say – so, the venue will be remaining the same (we hope), the same Wednesday evening slot 6:30-8:30pm and the same format once every couple of months with 2-3 speakers and an open bar.

Search Oxford is going to quickly become Oxford’s premier digital meetup for anyone in the digital space. Regardless of your discipline or experience, if you’re in the digital space and are based in or around Oxford, this is the event for you.

Next event

We’ve provisionally held Wednesday 30th March from 6:30–8:30pm at the Jericho Tavern in Oxford (the same venue and time slot as before) and are just finalising the details, before we confirm to the members that this is going ahead.

We already have a long list of interested speakers for our next few weeks but are looking for more, so if you would like to put your name down, email me and pitch your idea to:

I will be personally running Search Oxford with Evergreen and potentially one or two others sponsoring the event (discussions are ongoing regarding that). Search Oxford is not an ‘Evergreen event’, it’s an independent digital meetup that will be welcoming everyone from all agencies, freelancers and in-house digital professionals alike.

The focus for Search Oxford is collaboration, knowledge sharing and community. We want to continue to build the inclusive community that Aisha and Charlie started and produce an opportunity to learn, network and interact with your fellow digital professionals in the local area.

You can register as a member here to be notified of upcoming events and book your place as numbers are always strictly limited.

I hope to see you at one of our upcoming events.

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