What's it all about?

Started in 2012, Badego was set up by 3 designers (Andy Higgs, Ryan Dean-Corke and Gav Auty) who wanted to create a meet up for creatives in the city that was relaxed and informal, where you could grab some drinks and a bite to eat and not have to worry about forced networking that often rears its ugly head at these type of events.

Four years on the team has changed but the ethos remains the same. We took over Badego in December 2014 and have driven it to becoming one of the most popular meet ups in Birmingham. Along the way we’ve put on events, shaken up things a bit to keep it fresh and been joined by some of Birmingham’s finest creative art folk.

Get In Touch

If you’ve got something you think we’d like to share with our members, feel free to drop us an email at hello@badego.org.uk

Come and Join Us

We do cool things in Brum

Our Regular Meet Ups

The Thursday Informal

This was and is our original event offering casual drinks after work on a Thursday.

These usually occur once a month on the third Thursday.

There’s no pressure and no agenda, just grab a drink and slide on in with the rest of the crowd.

Creative Cafe

Breakfast drinks and talks at the best coffee place in Brum.

On the first Friday of every month we take the opportunity to do something a little more considered, grab an excellent speaker or two along a particular theme and enjoy some pastries and coffee whilst expanding our mind a little.

It’s a really nice atmosphere and sets you up perfectly for your day.

The Team

Dan Alcorn

Director @Badego
UX/UI Designer @Substrakt

Dan has been living and working in Birmingham for four years, and has been a regular at Badego for nearly the same amount of time.

After a 4 year stint at Aston Villa as Senior Digital Designer, Dan works in the JQ at Substrakt, who make very nice websites for arts organisations.

Dan has also been involved with Created in Birmingham, and took over the running of Badego in 2014.

Andy Roberts

Assistant Director @Badego
Creative Director @Carousel

Andy is an accomplished designer, and dabbler in other creative bits and pieces. Originally from Devon, he has lived in the Midlands for the past eight years.

Currently he is Creative Director at Carousel in the Jewellery Quarter.

He has a love of mid-century modernism and cardigans.

Paul Shelley

Assistant Director @Badego
Violin Maker @Paul Shelley Violins

Originally from Birmingham, Paul moved back after several years of studying and working in the UK and abroad to set up as a self-employed instrument maker.

He makes violins, violas and cellos from his workshop in Edgbaston.

Rachel Smith

Event Host @ Badego
Graphic Designer @ Vax UK

Rachel has lived in the Midlands pretty much her whole life, although graduated from Falmouth University in 2013. Currently a Graphic Designer for Vax UK in the heart of Birmingham, she’s also previously worked for both Twickenham Film Studios and Mixmag magazine in London.

She has a love for sustainability/biomimicry, and she’s always on the lookout for the next great music gig.

Charlie Barrington-Osborne

Event Host @ Badego
Product Design Lead @Trilby

Charlie works in Birmingham’s lesser known gun makers quarter for Trilby, who specialise in developing digital platforms for education.

Though originally from Coventry, he grew up and studied in Warwickshire and Dorset before moving to Birmingham in 2012.

He loves sound system culture and the idea of living a life of travel.

Come Work With Us

We’re looking for people to join our team. It doesn’t pay, but it’s a great opportunity to give back to the city you live in, work on exciting projects and feel part of the community. You can give as much or as little time you want to helping us out, and any help you can offer is gratefully received.

If you want to find out more shoot us an email: hello@badego.org.uk