It’s been a long, long day, but at least I got to watch the final episode of Dr Who when I got home.
I wasn’t as inspired by the talks as other people seem to have been – the ones I attended seemed reasonably prosaic, although I did make a couple of notes to follow up on later. I think this means I need to change the criteria I use for choosing which talks I go to.
The social aspect was great though; the attendees, both speakers and audience alike, were awesome – a real cream of the crop. It might always be like that at London gatherings, I don’t know but it seemed great to me! Of couse, my view is probably tainted by the fact that I got to shake hands with Ben Goldacre (as I simpered like a girl).
Things I learned:
- phones are rubbish for quick twitter entry
- the official opentech online schedule was rubbish. Everyone was using Jeremy Keith’s version
- there appears to be a real change happening in the civil service wrt technology thanks to people like William Perrin, John Sheridan and many more
- stopping people in corridors and introducing yourself works surprisingly well
- confabb is a hosted multi-even ripplerap site
- the BUG modules are surprisingly small and the touchscreen surprisingly temperamental, and the toolkit uses Eclipse
At the moment there are only two of the dozens of presentations on slideshare, but I hope they will be gathered together somewhere at some point soon.
Incidentally, Sir Bonar has written an excellent summary of the day.