We’re all going to the DotConf!

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:

  1. Learn new technical skills which will improve my knowledge of social media applications and how to optimize them at a professional level.
  2. Hear about interesting (copy)writing techniques to provide better content.
  3. 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!

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13 thoughts on “We’re all going to the DotConf!

    1. Ross McLoughlin says:

      I’m going for the Deep Dives in the afternoon, and the talk about “Interacting with Large Data Sets on the Web”. Maybe we’ll see a demo of the Silverlight Pivot Viewer. Oh, and am going along for the launch of the MSc in Web Technologies. Starting it in September. Yippe! 🙂

    2. sNarah says:

      Looking forward to meeting you in person Stephen & Ross! Interested as well to see what exactly the course will entail and how the curriculum will look like.

  1. Emma says:

    Hey SNarah, great blog post, brilliant to see you are looking forward to the conference.

    There is a linkedin group that people might find useful in terms of networking, which you can join here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3177849

    It’s also set up as an event on linkedin here:
    http://events.linkedin.com/Dot-Conf/pub/366641

    In terms of copywriting/content, there’s nothing on the line-up I’m afraid but maybe you will pick up some tips from some of the other attendees!

    All the best
    Emma Henderson, NCI

  2. Emma says:

    We’ve added a deep dive just for you Sarah! Randall Snare and Elizabeth McGuane from iQ Content, an Irish company specialising in web usability, accessibility and content strategy, have confirmed they will deliver a session on ‘Usable Language: How content shapes the user experience’. Hope you enjoy!

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