Conferences 2007, Part One

February 27th, 2007  |  Published in events

I’m on the road again. On Thursday March 1st I’m flying to San Francisco and I’ll be in the USA for the whole month.

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Back from Kiwifoo

February 12th, 2007  |  Published in events

I’ve just got back from another big trip. I’ve spent most of the last two weeks in New Zealand, thanks to Nat Torkington and the kind sponsorship of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Not only did I get to attend NZ Foo Camp, but NZTE’s John Houlker arranged for me to meet with representives of Auckland and Wellington’s media, software and archiving interests.

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XTech 2007 in Paris: get your proposal in this weekend

December 14th, 2006  |  Published in events

The call for proposals for XTech 2007 is closing this weekend. Last year’s conference was superb, and if you’ve got anything to say about making the web then you’ll definitely want to be part of next year’s lineup.

The theme for this year’s conference is “The Ubiquitous Web”. As the web reaches further into our lives, we will consider the increasing ubiquity of connectivity, what it means for real world objects to connect to the web, and the increasing blurring of the lines between virtual worlds and our own.

The technologies underpinning these developments include mobile devices, RFID, ultra-wideband, Second Life, location-aware services, Google Earth and more. The issues surrounding them include privacy, intellectual property, activism, politics, regulation and standards.

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Coming in to land

October 9th, 2006  |  Published in events

It’s nearly time to return to London for a pause and a stretch. Since I quit my job at the BBC almost exactly a year ago, I’ve spent 4 months snowboarding, attended 6 conferences and spoken at 3 (LIFT06, ETech, SXSW, XTech, Railsconf and Foocamp), worked on at least 5 freelance contracts, lived in 3 different countries (France, Holland and the USA) and spent time in at least 5 others (Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Finland). I’ve travelled more than 40,000 miles by air, taken a flight every 2 weeks on average, and probably met more people in one year than in all the previous years of my life put together.

Although it’s no substitute for simply avoiding wasteful airtravel, after doing the calculations for this post I paid for a 15,000 lbs CO2 carbon offset from TerraPass.

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Talk in Helsinki this week: the Open Data Movement

August 13th, 2006  |  Published in events

UPDATE: video from the talk, expertly shot by Jyri Engestrom, is now available.

I’m heading to Helsinki in a few days for the next Thinglink workshop. My lovely hosts Ulla-Maaria and Jyri have organised a chance for me to give an Aula talk on “the Open Data Movement”. I’m honoured to be part of a series that has included Ben Cerveny, Henry Jenkins, Joi Ito and Lawrence Lessig.

Here’s the invitation:

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RailsConf 2006 is over

June 25th, 2006  |  Published in events

RailsConf wrapped up this afternoon and I’m heading back to reality. Before I fly home to Amsterdam, I’m staying one night in actual downtown Chicago. It’s a great relief after so many nights in O’Hare Airportsville. Luckily the quality of the conference made up for the terrible location.

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XTech 2006 and Barcamp Amsterdam II

May 21st, 2006  |  Published in events

XTech 2006 and Barcamp Amsterdam II just wound up. It’s been a mind-expanding, productive and wonderfully fun week. It was my second time on the XTech programme committee, and my first ever Barcamp.

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Conferences 2006, Part III

March 31st, 2006  |  Published in events

No sooner have I returned from my USA trip than I have to think about the next steps. I now have two exciting speaking engagements and a couple of fun side-trips planned. I’ve decided not to return to living in London once the snowboarding season is over; I’m going to go wherever work and speaking takes me, and take a month or two living in each place along the way. I’m very much looking forward to taking on freelance work and getting back to making things on the internet again.

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Conferences 2006, Part II

February 27th, 2006  |  Published in events

Time has flown, and I’ve only got two months left before the winter season is over and the snowboarding is done. It’s time to get on a plane again and reconnect a little with the tech world.

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Get your Web 2.0 to XTech now

January 9th, 2006  |  Published in events

The XTech 2006 proposal submissions close at the end of the day today. Watching my private RSS feed of the submissions is a lot of fun, but I reckon it can get better.

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