I just wrote an email to Herb Kim and the team at Codeworks to congratulate them on a fantastic event last week in Newcastle. I sincerely hope it was the first of many Thinking Digital events.
As I said to Herb in my email, in over 10 years at Microsoft that was one of the most professional and enjoyable events I’ve been involved in. The venue was first class, the speaker line-up probably the best in the UK this year and the whole thing just felt like a family event – everyone was accessible and there was great energy. Sure there were things that could have been better (food/power) but these are just teething issues. The key for me was the range and quality of speakers. Where else would you see
thanks too to Ian Forrester for recording and posting all of these so quickly. You can also see my talk though the event video will likely be more useful as you’ll get to see the demos which are way more interesting than simply listening to me jabber on.
When the dates for Thinking Digital are announced next year they’ll go straight in to my diary. I’d recommend you do the same and if you can, try to bag a speaking slot (Hugh, Scoble etc).
Do need to sort out a couple of minor techie admin things for next time, but yes, it was good.
Yes, echo everything you have posted. Thinking Digital was a great event. The auditorium wasn't too big, though managed to pack in everyone.
Personally, I enjoyed how some of the sessions were not straight on tech focused. Aubrey's, Carl's, Casper's and Helen's presentations remain very memorable. It reminded me of a mini TED conference.
Indeed, not everything was perfect, finding power for laptops was extremely difficult. Though, the few of us that were 'tweeting' the event gained so much from a live interaction with the event. Twittering is a MUST have at conferences, (wifi permitting)
Overall, Herb and everyone at Codeworks earned a well deserved pat on the back. Also, a big thank you to you for the ticket! I left Newcastle yesterday, inspired, educated and met some amazing new people (including Mr Fabretti, though try to lose the suit next time!)
yeah, I was thinking that about Fabretti too...what *was* that suit all about?? :)
Hope you enjoyed some of the pleasures the North East has to offer to, Steve.
I had a great times thanks Stephen - esp the hospitality, talking football (properly) with cab drivers and some very nice food at a Secco Ristorante Salentino
Hi Steve, thanks again for the invite, was a truly awesome event, even though I too had to rock a suit due to commitments! Highlights were you, caspar, aubrey, kiva.org, jonathan plus the many cool people i met. Sorry i didnt get a chance to get the bevvies in, i'll make it up when you make it up here later in the year. thanks again! cheers j.
no worries John - good to finally meet you and look fwd to those bevvies in October. should have more news on that soon!