This year’s Thinking Digital was much anticipated (particularly after my love fest last year…) and it didn’t disappoint. Once again, an eclectic mix of speakers enthralled, entertained and amazed the audience. I always think that reading about live events is similar to listen to someone talking about their dreams; to them it was staggering, to you it seems less incredible.
But once again I would urge you to put Thinking Digital on your list for next year. It’s not just the speakers that makes it great, it’s the intimacy of the event that is perfectly placed to encourage conversations between like-minded souls.
It’s incredibly difficult to single out highlights but if forced…
Our social media panel at TDC University: it’s probably cheating to choose something I was involved with (as panel chair) but with such knowledgeable set of panelists, there were some great debates around the future of established and newer platforms and emerging trends, such as social discovery, niche networks, privacy issues and social businesses
Mikko Hypponen : an eye-opening and somewhat alarming talk about the dangers of internet virus. Clearly we saw a tip of an (albeit frightening) iceberg. I dread to think of the things this guy has seen but it’s good to know that people like him are on the case.
Pam Warhurst from Incredible Edible: nothing to do with digital or technology but everything to do with the power of working collaboratively and just getting on with getting stuff done. There were quite a few damp eyes in the audience by the end.
Sugata Mitra: Having seen Sugata before at Guardian Active8, I was aware of the incredible work done by this charming, humble man. Genuinely revolutionising the way we think about education and the way in which its delivered. Go read about his work.
Richard Banks: an interaction designer at Microsoft who made us all consider our digital legacies and how future generations will deal with the mountains of content we are all creating.
Jennifer Gardy: Every audience member fell for this intelligent, engaging and funny scientist, who spoke about her work researching contagious diseases. The little book she ‘just wrote’ showed that she’s also an amazing cartoonist and writer. Is it fair for one person to have so much talent?
I conducted a few audio interviews. A cracking one with Tom Scott, which sadly crashed half way through and I didn’t find out until much later (gutted as he’s such interesting character with an usual skill set – how many programmers do you know that can do stand up comedy?).
Sarah Hartley about notice and the future of hyperlocal journalism
Will McInnes about running a business that has an open and transparent business model
Thanks Herb. Until next year.