Lachlan: Ben Buchanan
The awesome team of Diana Mounter and Reem Abdelaty from the LGwebnetwork asked if I would deliver the closing keynote for their first ever web conference, WE Believe in Community. I was honoured to accept.
I wanted to show people what I see in the web. What I see happening. Where I think everything is going. But I’m a firm believer in showing people techniques and technologies they can use right now. All of which made it very easy for me to talk about the Open Web. There’s an entire blog post I’ve been meaning to write for a long time about that, so we won’t get into it here. This is just to post my slides and to say that video and a podcast will be forthcoming at some point in the future. (I hear end of the week.)
Update: Video is now available.
Put together in only a few months to meet a pressing need for stronger networking and more formal professional development for local government web workers, the entire experience was amazing. Both Reem and Diana radiate energy and passion and they communicated this to every attendee. There was a huge buzz of engagement and involvement. It was a real privilege to be a part of it!
The other big win of the two days was the outstanding quality of the content. John Allsopp delivered a stirring opening keynote of what constitutes the web and how you can expect to access it going forward. He delivered some concepts I’m going to be thinking about for a long time. I particularly enjoyed these quotes too:
- “the web just connects stuff together, do you really think you need a screen?”; and
- “local government should be be building the networks, they’re the sewers of the 21st century”.
Another presentation that I really enjoyed was Matthew Hodgson on the death and rebirth of intranets . He had a clever premise and great solid content that intertwined really well. He also managed to record himself, so he has audio up already! Unfortunately, I missed Ruth Ellison’s as she was just before me (and I was in the tea room doing the obsessive compulsive slide check), but she has her (and Adrian’s) slides up already along with a great summation of each presentation she saw . There were lots of other great speakers, so hopefully they’ll be putting their slides up soon too.
My very first Apple product: Ruth Ellison
All up, a fantastic couple of days. Thanks to all the great new people I met for arguing with me over drinks about the open web and why it’s important. And thanks again to Diana and Reem for creating such a charged event! Not to mention the incredibly generous gift thanking speakers — a customised iPod Shuffle.