I was looking forward to Webstock 2008 already, but with the announcement of the PowerPoint Karaoke Idol, Iâ€™m much keener!
Itâ€™s at the end of the first day of Webstock. The rules are few, three speakers get up on a stage, and they have to talk to a PowerPoint presentation. There are 12 slides per presentation, and each slide is up for 15 seconds. None of the contenstants have seen the slides before and have to justâ€¦ roll with it.
Thereâ€™s an Aussie vs. American vs. Kiwi, which should make it even more exciting. Go Nat Torkington! New Zealand will take the cup.
The full programme of Webstock 2008 looks quite interesting. I was one of the first people to register, so Iâ€™ve been looking forward to it for a while. It is pretty decently priced considering how many people are talking from all over the world. Something like $900?
There are so many conflicting things I want to see! I really want to see Shawn Henry and Rachel McAlpine at the same time. However, Iâ€™ll be delivering her course here at MED, so maybe I should see Shawn Henry. Hmmâ€¦ Weâ€™ll see on the day
There is a Secret Session after lunch on Day 1. I hate it when they do that. It takes a while to run between the theatres if you discover you didnâ€™t want to see that one.
Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing Sam Morgan again Day 1. Heâ€™s the guy who created Trademe and then sold it for like $600 million. Good lad
Day 2, hmmâ€¦ what to see. I will probably go and see Jill Whalen, as sheâ€™s going to be talking about search, and meta-tagging, keywords etc. Thatâ€™s definitely something I am interested in. Iâ€™ve been doing a lot of research into Dublin Core at the moment.
Iâ€™d like to see Chris DiBona, heâ€™s the open-source man from Google. But itâ€™s not as interesting as the other two. The other two are a toss-up indeed. Danâ€™s talking about adding the â€œWOWâ€ factor to websites and Amy is talking about usability and how you can use it to make people do what you want. Sheâ€™s probably who Iâ€™ll go and see
There are also other speakers Iâ€™m looking forward to hearing and catching up with again. Russell Brown from Public Address is awesome. Heâ€™s also going to be talking about broadband in NZ, which should be interesting. Ha-ha. Also Damian Conway is going to be talking web 2.0, and heâ€™s going to slam it, so that should be a good one.
The Webstock team are wonderful. They still run the Friday newsletter, with all the vacancies in the nerd-world. Plus they do lots of events during the year which I always attend. Brilliant stuff. Itâ€™s all part of the nerd-network in Wellington.