On the same day that we hear the sad news that Revolution and Media Week are to close
Dilbert sums up the new world as perfectly as ever.
In honour of the news that Marissa Mayer has been named one of Glamour magazine's Women of the Year, I'm flagging up this great video interview, done earlier this year. If you don't know anything about Marissa or have never seen her speak, this demonstrates why she's an inspiration to so many – me included.
Very happy to see that the lovely Mike Butcher had included me in 'Celebrating Women in Tech' post, in
commemoration of Ada Lovelace day. I was very honoured to be listed among such talented, inspirational
Hmmm, I have been seriously slack in blogging in the last couple of weeks. Nine days out in Austin meant I was somewhat distracted (although lame of me not to blog I mean it's practically the law at SXSW). Anyway, I'm pleased to report that it exceeded expectations, interesting talk, great people, lots of fun. OK so I know it was my first time and I probably sound a little giddy (maybe next year I'll sound more jaded) but now I really understand why it generates so much buzz.
So highlights and lowlights?
Well, it's best to have the bad news first right?
Um, I can't think of anything else bad. Now the good news.
But you know you've been bitten by the SXSW bug when you realise that there is just no way on earth
that you won't be there next year.
ps. however, the weather sucks (well at the moment anyway)
So on Wednesday I fly out to SXSW which I'm hugely excited about but I'm also feeling a little, well, overwhelmed. I mean jesus, I can't believe how much there is going on. I can just see myself wandering aimlessly from panel to party, dazed and confused and worried that I've just missed the most important/useful/fun bit, while I watch celeb bloggers get trashed. But no, I am determined to get the most out of it. I'm most looking forward to a) some of the panels – oh I know it's supposed to be all about the parties and call me naive but there are some fantastic speakers so I don't care if that makes me square b) connecting with some great digital folk including lots of people from the UK who I know are making the trip out there. Along the way I will try to blog, tweet and not lose my iphone or sanity.
Wish me luck.
Illness (tonsillitis) laid me low for a couple of days last week, so I'm still playing catch up. I thought a good old list would do the job of helping me feel as though I am in control, so here goes – my resolutions for this week:
Very excited about Twestival and in awe of @amanda and the twestival team for co-ordinating it all. At the time of writing there are over 80 cities registered to hold Twestivals. I'm helping organise the Manchester Twestival @MancTwester (do you see what we did there?) and although it's scary given the frightening deadline, it also feels like a genuinely inspiring thing to be involved with and for an amazing cause. Everyone has been so keen to help, it's fantastic. Will be blogging our progress. You can follow us on Twitter @MancTwester.