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Thank you Barcamp Dublin

barcamp-dublinI went along to Barcamp Dublin yesterday and as usually had a great day. The organisers Joe, Elly, Eoghan and Paul did a fantastic job. It was my first time in the Digital Exchange building, which provided an intimate atmosphere for the event. That was of course unless your talk was taking place in the main auditorium, however this room was perfect for the very popular talks like Darren Barefoot‘s as well as Eoghan‘s and of course the panel discussion.

When pricing goes wrongThe first talk I went to was by Conor Halpin of LeCayla. His talk focused on the pricing policies with SaaS. Conor perfectly demonstrated how not implementing the correct pricing policies from the start can be slightly restrictive as can be seen from the photo 🙂

One thing that I took from his talk was that getting good reliable reference sites is more important that making a profit from your initial customers. Once you have these reference customers on board, you reduce the risk exposure for further customer.

I managed to catch the end of Eoin O Dell‘s talk on bloging law. I will have to have a look at the full slides of the presentation to make sure I don’t breach any liable laws here. Although I should really start concentrating on posting more that once a month.

I was happy I caught Darren Barefoot’s talk on social media. He is a really entertaining guy and attracted a lot of audience participation. One thing I took from the talk was that for a blog to be successful it needs to be transparent and honest. I think that might be a barrier to entry for a lot of people. It is hard to hang out all of your washing for the entire internet to read.

I also went along to the GTD talk but might talk about the later as I have a lot to say on it. I think GTD might be exactly what I need at the moment. Recently I have found more and more weeks go by when I look back and think what have I actually done this week. I think it is time for a bit of time management. Needless to say I went and bought David Allens book to look into GTD further. This session conflicted with John Ward‘s presentation on Selling Web2.0 to Irish Financial Institutions. I was talking to Mark earlier in the day. He has done some great work with his company Cengal and gained a lot of caveats along the way. I was sorry that I missed it.

The panel discussion worked very well. I really enjoyed listening to Karlin Lillington of techno-culture. I sometimes find that there can be a few big ego’s floating around the blogosphere. It was refreshing to meet someone who it not solely concerned with getting their self a few more steps of the Technorati ladder of fame but genuinely enjoys blogging. She seemed to be just as happy to have 5 people really enjoy what she writes as have 5000 and all the fame.
I had to slip off after the panel session so apologies for missing the other sessions that followed.

Thank you for another great Barcamp.


BarCamp Ireland was a run away success

After an unexpected bad traffic jam at Abbeyleix, I finally made it down to Cork late Friday.  (It was only unexpected because I forgot the National Ploughing Champianships were nearby).  

The first person I met when I entered Webworks on Saturday morning was Conor O'Neill.  I don't think I have ever met anyone with so much energy.  Conor, Damien and Walter really out did themselves with all the organization for the day and hense the day ran like a dream.  The venue was amazing and allowed people to flow between the talk with ease.

Anyone that wanted to talk were invited to add there name to the time slots marked out on the flip chart.  The first talk I listened to was Simon McGarr.  I must apologise for tapping away at my keyboard all the way through Simon's talk as I was trying to put my slides back together.  I left the slides at home in Dublin.  I wasn't sure what the connectivity would be like on the day so luckily I had recorded all my demos to avi.   I still had them on the laptop so was able to add them to the slides.

Simon talked about Digital Rights Ireland and their action against Minister for Justice, Minister for Communications, Garda Commissioner, AG and Ireland.  (Hope I didn't leave anyone out there)  After this, I moved upstairs to hear Conor O'Neill talk about Microformats.  I was not aware that I was already using micorformats and it definitely seems like an interesting area.  The next session I attended was Eoghan McCabe's discussion on Search Engine Optimisation.  This was a great interactive discussion with a lot of various and conflicting views in the room.

I then moved downstairs to see Brian Caulfield's talk on Understanding and accessing venture capital funding.  I really enjoyed Brian's talk and got a good insight into what influences a VC's decision to fund or not to fund.

We broke for lunch and I had a good chat with Jan Blanchard, Craig Powell and Eoghan McCabe.  Eoghan showed me his business card and I have to say, I was well impressed.  The sponsors really outdid themselves with sambo's, soft drinks and of course the wine from bubble brothers.  I decided to stay off the wine myself but by all accounts it was pretty good.

After lunch I went to see Walter Higgins of Sxoop talk about Javascript Bombshells which was I found pretty interesting.  He has been doing a bit of work with templating using Trimpath Template.  He has also been using JKL.parseXML by Yusuke Kawasaki. This seems to put a wrapper around the XML DOM to allow for cleaner DOM tree manipulation.   I have been doing a bit of work manipulation DOM trees in Javascript lately so will have to look into this one further.  

I slipped out of Walters talk earlier as I was due to talk next in another room and wasn't sure if the other speakers were finished yet.  It turned out that we were running a little behind so I caught the end of John Breslin's talk about the Semantic Web.  It is amazing how disjointed a lot of the information is on the "World Wide Web".  The semantic web tries to structure and link information together. 

After John's talk I went up stairs give my talk on what AJAX is and an overview of the various technologies involved.  I have to admit I was pretty nervous after loosing the slides and trying to remember everything I had planned to talk about it.  I think it went well but on reflection, maybe I should have ran all of my demos live rather than prerecording them.  This would have giving the audience a better understanding of AJAX's ability. Well we live and we learn.

After my Ajax talk, James Corbett talked about OPML's ability to group RSS feeds together and move then from one application to another.  This was then followed by Tom Morris who showed some mashups that he developed using OPML.

Finally I went to the Pecha Kucha session.  Walter and Conor are both keeping pretty quiet about what is involved so I going to follow their example.  Let's just saw, it is great craic and the perfect way to finish up the day.

One unique thing about the day is that everyone got a different experience.  As there were always three talks on at any one time, it was impossible to see all the talkers.  Hence, the one complaint I have of Barcamp is that I could not be in three places at one time.  Who knows that maybe possible at some future Barcamp. 🙂

So all in all, Barcamp Ireland was a total success where techies and technologist alike came together to talk about what ever they wanted.  Thank you to everyone involved for a fantastic day.

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BarCampIreland kicks off…


Talking at BarCampIreland

I have decided to talk at BarCampIreland this Saturday in Cork.  I am going to talk about AJAX Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. The title of the presentation is

AJAX, How a 'toilet cleaner' is improving website interaction

I have decided to pitch my presentation at a non-technical audience as I suspect that a lot of the people attending would not need to know about the differecnce between synchronous and asynchronous coummunication but would like to know what you can achieve with it.

Lets hope it goes well and the audience enjoys it. 


New BarcampIreland Logos

Far play to Ed and Tomasz in Hosting365 for coming up with the new Logo for BarCampIreland.  It is pretty impressive and I would agree with Conor that it is one of the best barcamp logo's around.

BarCampIreland is happening the 30th of September in Cork.   If you need more information on BarCampIreland , check out the blog. Hope to see you there.

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