BarCamp Dublin was great

I attended BarCamp Dublin at the weekend and it was a fantastic day – kudos to the organisers (Paul, Elly, Joe, Paul, and Eoghan).

I was waylaid in the corridors several times so I didn’t get to as many talks as I would have liked.

I did get to good friend and TCD law lecturer Eoin O’Dell‘s talk on the law, and how it relates to blogging. It was very sobering (and I hadn’t even had a drink!) and very entertaining at the same time! Eoin told us the only way to ensure we weren’t likely to be sued for something we publish online is not to publish anything online!

I also got to Darren Barefoot‘s presentation on Social Media which was excellent, as you’d expect from Darren, despite the wifi letting him down.

I spent the next couple of hours catching up with people and unfortunately I missed Eoghan‘s talk on usability 😦

After lunch I listened eagerly to John Ward‘s fascinating story of selling Web 2.0 technologies to financial institutions. Well done John, no mean feat.

Then we had a panel discussion on social media. I was on the panel with Sean, Darren and Karlin. We had a highly interactive and wide-ranging discussion which touched on everything from Cavalier King Charles Spaniel forums (no, really!) to blog comment spam.

After the panel discussion it was time for my presentation on CIX. I was pleasantly surprised by how many people stayed awake during a presentation on data centre energy efficiency strategies and a hair-brained carbon neutrality strategy!

After this, I was interviewed for a podcast by Ina (missing out on Krishna‘s talk – sorry Krishna).

Then we retired to the Lord Edward pub.

Unfortunately I couldn’t stay long as I had to catch the train back to Cork but it was shaping up to be a good night when I left.

8 thoughts on “BarCamp Dublin was great”

  1. Yeah, kudos to everyone who organised and presented on the day. I had a great time listening, learning, and arguing the toss.

    Looking forward to the Galway meet in September.

  2. The Dublin BarCamp was a huge success, IMHO. I really enjoyed the day. Tom, your presentation on CIX was one of the suprise highlights for me. I wish you lots of success with the project.

  3. It was very good to put some faces to the names and get chatting.
    I was surprised that many people left before the CIX talk but as Cormac Moylan pointed out it was probably because most people are designer/developer types and not hardware types.
    Anyway, for what it’s worth I found the CIX talk one of the best because it was well-presented and because I like (more-or-less) hard facts. Some of the design/social talks were great but the Data-Centre talk was a nice break from the intangible nature of the other presentations.
    I’d be really interested to see how it turns out and I’ll be following progress!

  4. Hi Tom,

    Good to run into you on Saturday; and I’m glad the you liked the talk. The slides are now available here. Like Derek, I’m looking forward to Galway in September.

    Eoin.

  5. Tom – no problem – great to see you as usual. You presentation on your new business venture was interesting and I wish you every success in your plans to “go live”.

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