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Webstock Mini 2009

Categories: Announcements, Day to day

Tuesday night I went to Webstock Mini.

15 speakers. 5 minutes each. Free food. Free drink. Fantastic company. All for just $50. Ohhh, and cupcakes!

I enjoyed it. It was a social and educational experience. After initial mixing and mingling at the bar we filed into the auditorium for the first speakers. After they spoke we mingled at the bar again and enjoyed nibbled before hearing the remaining speakers.

I've linked to each speakers blog entry of the presentation where possible. The speakers are in alphabetical order because I left my notebook at work.

Ben Pujji spoke about web professionals as leaders.

Brenda Leeuwenberg spoke about NZ On Screen and how reality TV was really low in the list of hits on what people want to see.

Courtney Johnston talked about how the Brooklyn museum made her feel part of an online community to the extent that she gave money

James Everett talked about how games can be effective tools of learning, and, among other games, cited The Oregon Trail. In this game players learnt some of the hazards encountered by settlers in their 4-6 month journey across 2000 miles across the North American continent in the mid 19h century. James didn't mention that it's been recently released for the iphone, but alas this doesn't seem to be available in NZ.

James Gilberd talked about ghost hunting and how there can be innocent explanations for the ghosts seen in photographs.

Justine Munro spoke about social innovation. I want to get involved but will have to wait; the June camp is full, and I'd rather people with skills more immediately useful take part.

Lance Wiggs spoke well about why we come back to New Zealand, and Wellington in particular, and why we stay.

When Laurence Millar spoke I wished I had followed his work as government CIO.

Mark Clare was a passionate speaker I didn't expect.

Matthew Holloway started the evening talking about copyright. If our free trade agreements are going to give us USA restrictions on copyright, we should insist on the benefits, such as fair use and parody.

Michael "Koz" Koziarski gave a very engaging talk about how technologists success stories, or lack thereof. When 68% of projects are either late or failures, and the problem with sub-prime mortgages was less than 20% which is worse? If a technologist gets the brief to deliver a simple website and delivers a much more complex system capable of future needs, is the project a success?

Nathalie Hofsteede talked about the cost of charity, and how we can help make it cost effective.

I got to meet Richard McManus before his speech on web trends. While it wasn't a specific part of his talk he did prove that with practice one can clearly and quickly say the tongue twister "Read Write Web".

I chatted via twitter with Stephen Collins about his talk of communities and personas. His talk showed the characters of a community personified as Sesame Street characters.

Thomas Scovell spoke about how music remixing and hip-hop were the mashups before online mashups.

By Brian Logan   Sat 23-May-2009

1 comment

Comment from: Mark Clare [Visitor]
Mark Clare

Thank you for the feedback - your line has made my day. Cheers Mark

[You’re welcome. I wish I could link to an online version of your speech.]

Tue 26-May-2009 @ 10:44


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