Next week I shall be attending the DotConf organized by NCI, in association with the Irish Internet Association. They promised free cake & beer – which sounded very tempting, but they have also ensured an exiting line-up of speakers. I am particularly looking forward to to the talks by Mark Little, journalist and former foreign correspondent for RTE, and Abi Reynolds from NCI who conducts research on e-learning for NELL (National e-Learning Laboratory). I’m also very interested in what Sonia Flynn from Facebook will have to say about the Facebook Platform project – which allows for users to generate their own applications on Facebook.
It’s refreshing to find free events like this, with such a strong line-up, and did I mention free cake and beer? It’s a stark contrast from the so-called “Webinars for all those who matter”, where you pay €250 entrance to sit in an auditorium listening to “very important influencers” and meeting your networking peers over a 3-course business lunch. Initiatives like the DotConf and Damien Mulley’s “Measure it”, which allow for information and interaction by the people, for the people, receive such a warm welcome in the Irish Blogosphere because they are real, not shallow. For once, it’s not about who you know, but about where you want to go and learn a few bits along the way.
I have 3 goals set for myself whilst attending the DotConf:
- Learn new technical skills which will improve my knowledge of social media applications and how to optimize them at a professional level.
- Hear about interesting (copy)writing techniques to provide better content.
- Meet a few of the people I interact with on Twitter and Blogs.
With those fantastic speakers, numéro uno and duo should not be a problem, numéro 3 might be a bit harder. A good few of my photography friends from Boards.ie will also be attending the DotConf, which might lead into a lot of camera-clicking-talk! Networking and all is the key, isn’t it? So, are you attending the event too? Introduce yourself here! Maybe even line out why you are going (minus cake + beer) so we can get to know each other before we are all on our merry way to the NCI!
(One little note on the negative side… I have heard some very disgruntled pirates, who are horribly upset by not being allowed in. Suppose you can’t win it all huh…)
And oh, before I forget: did I mention the kick-ass trailer the DotConf people have created? It has StormTroopers in it! You can never go wrong with StormTroopers!