BarCamp Leeds – “my last project”

If you’re attending BarCamp Leeds, I need YOU.

I’d love to know what you’ve been up to recently, and what better way to find out than for you to tell me (and everyone else) as part of an open mic “my last project” session.

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Great day at Barcamp Manchester

Barcamp Manchester, held yesterday at the MEN Media HQ, was great and made it clear to me once again that there’s a great web community up here in the North. A very exciting place to be at the moment, and I’m convinced things here will only get better. Barcamps are always an opportunity to meet new people, catch up with existing friends, and recharge your mind with some fresh ideas; this one was no exception. Interesting talks on Microformats, accessibility, PR, interactive narratives, developing for teenagers and NorthCrew.

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Daniel Morris: UK Teens & the Web at Barcamp Manchester

Dan Morris’ session on UK Teens & the Web was one of my favourites of the day, which you can see from my frantically scribbled notes (below). Dan’s working for a semi-autonomous BBC unit which produces online content for teenagers, and had some really interesting insights to share from his experience and some research they’d commissioned recently. The insights from their mainly subjective survey (in that the methodology was to meet with teenagers and talk with them, rather than quantative research) painted a picture which differed from the one which, I think, many of us assume is correct.

UK Teens & the Web - some of my notes

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Tom Smith: Things you don’t know, but might, at BarCamp Leeds 2007

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 ideas things.

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Simon Wheatley: Introduction to WordPress at BarCamp Leeds 2007

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!

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Mark Rushworth & Dominic Hodgson: SEO Clinic at BarCamp Leeds 2007

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.

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