You could tell that you’d arrived at the NetHui because every seat anywhere remotely near a power source was occupied by someone hunched over an electronic device, either furiously tapping away at a keyboard or swiping at a screen.
So – the Net Hui is on at Aucklands Sky City Convention Center and, given the line up of people and the subjects being discussed it’s something I decided I need to be at so, startig tomorrow – I am taking 3 days of Annual leave and heading off to the conference as “Rob – Interested Internet User” and certainly not as “Rob – [Employee of Company]“.
Since I first made the decision to attend, I’ve been relieved to learn that at least two of my collegues will be attending in their Â official employee capacity â€“ so I’m sure that we’ll compare notes at some point in the ensuing weeks.
Given the nature of these conferences, I will be trying to take notes as best that I can, but for future readers of these entries (myself included) the NetHui is showing some excellent intentions to make note-takingÂ collaborativeÂ and also release materials from the conference in addition to the live video streaming of the session they are planning on.
For more details on the event â€“ click here, for my notes on each day, follow the links below:
Chris McDowall is a very, very clever person. In addition to all the other cool stuff he’s done in the NZ data space, he has just released this post on taking the Maxx public transport data feed of movements over a day, and plotting it out on a map. It’s hypnotic and astounding in the sheer volume of movements – but you need to see it to appreciate how cool it is.
This video by Harvard ProfessorYoungme Moon has been sitting in my open tabs for a couple of weeks now as a irreverent reminder of the safe-play bingo phrases which find their way into so many meetings…
Barcamp Auckland is an annual gathering of developers, designers, start-ups and social-media types. It’s a full day event held in an ‘unconference’ like style, where the attendee (see my attendee & interested folks list on Twitter) set the schedule – and people turn up to discuss topics which interest them.
The following are the session notes I took during this years Auckland Barcamp
Oh very very cool… and if you are lucky enough to be able to source an Android 2.0 based phone (like the Motorola Droid) it’s also very very free.
Couple this with the just announced Google Music service and Google Voice and you have a take everywhere, contact, entertain and communicate solution – Not much else to add apart from, what will this do to the dedicated GPS device market?!
TED. Three letters, a veritable treasure trove of new ideas, challenging thinking and incredible people with finely honed presentation skills.
I first stumbled across the TED initiative in 2006 when I was shown a presentation by Hans Rosling using Gapminder to do some incredible data visualisations. From that day onward, they have been a regular both in my RSS feed readers and in my browser as I immersed myself in the site from which I have gained so much.
It was with huge excitement then that I saw that TED was not only allowing independently organised events (under itâ€™s banner of TEDx), but one of these events was going to be in Auckland, New Zealand â€“ my home town.
I must admit I was initially reluctant to fill out the registration form, as chest puffery and self promotion doesnâ€™t sit well with New Zealanders. Encouraged by some colleagues, and with the knowledge that the official event attendee spots are so coveted I did sit myself down and force my fingers to the keyboard to tap out an introspective view of what I have achieved to date, and why I should be amongst those fortunate enough to sit in attendance. The exercise in itself was worthwhile as it gave me an opportunity to cast back over many years in the technology industry, and to re-celebrate a number of the awesome innovations that I had been involved in over that time. The submit button was clicked, the â€œThank you for registeringâ€ page loaded â€“ and then all there was to do was wait.
In the fullness of time, I received an acceptance email and, excitedly, I checked in with my other colleagues to find they too had secured their place â€“ timing-wise, the TEDx Auckland event was scheduled for the day before a weekend away at TelecomONE, a FOO style “Innovation Unconference”, so I knew that we would be in for one heck of a lot of brain stretching. We made our plans to meet up and attend together, and then again we waited for the beginning of the first ever TEDx Auckland, October 01, 2009.