For the last few days, I’ve had the pleasure to attend the Institutional Web Management Workshop in Aberdeen with Mike, Sam and Steve. Aside from registration, the event seemed to just fly by, so until I can focus on specific events, here’s a few, hazy, memories.
The 5 Best Things
- Ewan McIntosh‘s Unleashing the Tribe keynote speech about social media.
- Mike Ellis‘s grounding in thinking about, approaching and doing mashups mostly using Yahoo Pipes.
- Meeting such a nice, friendly bunch of people who care about what they do.
- The “High Street” on which sits the Machar Bar and the Auld Toon Cafe which sells the most wondeful minced beef pies and chelsea buns you ever tasted.
- Experiencing barcamp (if only on a small scale) for the first time, and enjoying every minute of it.
The 5 Worst Things (nothing was really bad)
- Stalag luft Hillhead
- The drive.
- It took me three months to lose about 4 kilos, it took me 3 days, to find them again.
- Listening to Alison’s talk and regretting not having worked for her for very long.
- As good as the song was, its an absolute travesty that the live train times application from Dawn Petherick, Web Services Manager, University of Birmingham didn’t win first prize in the innovation competition (and I told her so too).
5 (nice) surprises
- Sunshine (even though we were inside most of the time).
- Learning doric, the official (unstoppable) language of Aberdeen, even though I never met anyone who spoke it.
- I can still run 5 miles+, even with a bit of a hangover….just.
- Edge Hill’s events timeline might be considered a “mashup” by some.
- Discovering I know a little more than I sometimes give myself credit for.
I know that Mike was threatening to expose the lack of institutional blogging, so I hereby pledge to blog … a bit more than I used to, well every little helps…