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.
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!
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).