So a quick round up of my first BarCamp experience at BarCamp Leeds: brilliant.
Tom Smith, of Everything Ability, gave an entertaining & refreshing talk for the last of my BarCamp Leeds sessions. A wonderful roll call, reminder and rallying cry for what he felt were great but neglected
My session for BarCamp Leeds was on “An Introduction to WordPress”, and I put together a nice graphical presentation for it… only to find the laptop playing up and unable to connect to the screen!
Around the campfires late at night, old Leeds GeekUppers tell tales of the legendary SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) clash of Hodgson and Rushworth at a Leeds GeekUp many moons ago. Apparently Hodgson is (I’m hoping someone can fill me in). Apparently Rushworth is (not sure, I wasn’t there). Anyway, it was heated, let’s just leave it there. At BarCamp Leeds 2007 a gauntlet slapped down on the York stone steps and was accepted, scores were to be settled, the stage was set.
For me, BarCamp Leeds started with Mark Sailes‘ session on TV 3.0. Mark’s session was one of my favourite sessions of the day and centred on his contention that TV needs to enter a third phase (1st phase: black & white, 2nd phase: colour). TV 3.0 is all about audience participation and analysis (this linked in with one of Tom Smith‘s irritations from his talk, that viewers can’t own and tailor their TV programming), resulting in rich metadata around programmes and films. Mark suggested one mechanism could be a collaborative highlighting and commenting method for
working playing with video streams, some mechanism like Flickr Notes to add comments, a way to tag themes like “lightsaber fight!”, “Vader”. You would then be able to choose different ways of consuming the content, “I want to watch all the light saber fights involving Vader” (Mark’s a Star Wars fan).
Now I’ve just got to work out what to talk about, ideas so far:
Lots of thinking and then planning to do…
Update: or split testing…