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[15 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Barcamp Southampton 2016 | ]
Barcamp Southampton 2016

Around 100 people descended on Central Hall in Southampton on 12 Nov 2016 for another Barcamp Southampton, an unconference for geeks of all types. My day was punctuated by a variety of sessions, and ad hoc dialogue during the breaks, discussing the current state of Tech and where it’s going.
Using skills built around a knowledge of IBM’s Watson, eight year old Faith demonstrated her working example of the Owl Chatbot. With considerable courage and confidence, Faith showed that your first ever barcamp session can be instructive and educational. Chatbots and …

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[2 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Nintendo DS Emulator

You know what happens when you have a bright kid in the house? He spots something that you haven’t, and you end up having to explain it to him, when in fact, you’re really not too sure about the subject yourself! That happened to me exactly one week ago on Monday 25 April 2011 when my son was watching YouTube.
As with any 9 year old boy, you won’t be surprised to hear that he was watching a video to learn some of the best Pokemon Soul Silver “walk throughs” for …

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[22 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Lifestyle Saturday
Uncharacteristically more mature than any other barcamp style event that I have ever been to (and I think that’s 8 or 9 of them now) today’s #uxcamplondon was thoroughly stimulating and satisfying. The laid back and low key approach of the organising team allowed the delegates to take the lead (as they should at a barcamp) and I noticed a lot of first timers engaging in purposeful dialogue …

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[18 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

Lifestyle Saturday
Quite unexpectedly, the past week has thrown up three (or maybe four) opportunities for me to revisist my experiences as a business coach. Whether that’s coaching people on the mechanics of business or on the qualities of leadership, the “invitations” have reawoken in me a desire to take the issue forward.
As a BarCamp fan, I now have the prospect of getting involved in a niche camp. That could be a PresentationCamp or a CoachCamp, and I believe that there are two organisations in London who may already be willing …

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[4 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Technology Thursday

How transparent are your customers and your suppliers? Do they tell you what you really need to know?
How transparent is this government? And what do you think of the recent enforced transparency on MPs expenses?
Oxford University will be hosting a Barcamp on 26 July 2009 dedicated uniquely to the question of transparency. Wouldn’t it be good if you knew everything that your “suppliers” held on your file? It would be good for us too at Proactive. How many times do clients and suppliers have debates about who knew what …

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[15 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Friday Feedback

Having been on the Business Networking circuits for some years now, I have seen lots of mundane presentations and lots of successful presentations. I think the key thing is to be remembered. There are always some people who never make an impact, and who nobody ever remembers!
I went through a stage, which lasted for a couple of years, where I always took a prop with me and used it in my presentation. A sledge hammer, a toaster, a wet fish, a cuddly toy bat, a can of hot dogs …

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[10 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

World Affairs on Sunday
Mini Barcamp Fukuoka took place on 5 May 2009. It was more a Micro Barcamp than a Mini Barcamp with a total of four people in attendance.
And it all ran smoothly . . . well it would with just four people. The open space discussions meant that everybody had a chance to run a session, and we added an impromptu one at the end, on running another barcamp!
Session 1 – Co-working Japanese Style. There are currently few opportuinties for Independents, whether Japanese or Gaijin to find co-working …

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[19 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

World Affairs on Sunday
Mini Barcamp Fukuoka is taking place on Tuesday 5 May 2009 in the evening. It’s going to be the first Barcamp in Fukuoka, and it’s going back to the roots of traditional barcamps. To help all of the visitors appreciate what that means a very detailed guide has been set out on the Barcamp web site.

When you really get into the spirit of a barcamp, it’s easy to tell everybody about the things that interest you. And often, that’s the things you’re doing in your side project. …

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[3 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

Friday Feedback
Have you ever had one of those weeks when the talking bottom comes to your workplace? You know the sort of person, the photocopier has broken and a young engineer is sent to sort it out. He opens up a panel, sticks his head inside, and all you can see is the seat of his trousers. And, then you hear pearls of wisdom like . . .
“These things are made in Korea you know. . . bloody lethal they are!”
He seems to end up talking through his bottom in …

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[29 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

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World Affairs on Sunday
BarcampLondon6! This entire weekend has been spent at the new head office of The Guardian newspaper where I have met the most incredible and diverse collection of people ever! And I travel! I have been to 32 different countries and I speak 5 languages (badly) – 6 if you include my native English! Never before have I experienced such an eclectic mix of people and such …