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@media USA – round-up

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I am now back from San Francisco!

I got back today after about 12 hours and flying and a 14 hour stop over in Minneapolis (which actually turned out to be much more fun than I had imagined) and while I’m not really feeling any jet lag am awake and I don’t think that I am going back to sleep today – so what better thing to do than talk about @media San Francisco!

The @media stage - ready and waitingpatrick and milkshake - NON ALCHOLIC!!Rather to my surprise the @media brand has taken a bit of bashing this year. A lot has come from misunderstandings of language and content, some seem to be out of apathy and that people think that they have got all they can from coming – personally I disagree with it all as yet again I have had a great couple of days of learning, networking and socialising – all things that make @media the best web conference in England.

The San Francisco event was very good with the typical range of top-notch speakers and presentations. The single track schedule was good for me as it meant I didn’t have to pick and choose which too attend, I could just sit back and let it all in. I’m not sure if the speakers had been asked to “toughen up” their speeches or not but I certainly felt that there were numerous gems to be had in all the presentations; certainly a case of all killer and no filler (I have always wanted to use that phrase!). While there were a few little hick-ups, a few things which could have done with fixing before the second day and a rather small turn out for any of the social events I want to repeat that in just its first year in the USA @media made a big impact.

A note about @media2007 Europe

And now for the good news – the Europe (London) event is next week and you can still register!!

I would think my feelings on @media are pretty clearly positive but to try and quantify this I feel that they work so well because of:

  • the speakers – since the first event back in 2005, @media has always had the best speaker list
  • the lack of bullshit – while the price is higher than that for d.Construct or any of Ryan Carsons offerings this is because the organisers have fought against the need for sponsorship. This means that all the presentations will provide real content and not the words from a companies marketing department.
  • added value – I have met some of the best minds in the industry during previous @media’s as well as meeting a number of now good friends. @media doesn’t finish when the presentations do – it continues right up to the last drink!

With nearly all the speakers from San Francisco making the trip over the water to London and a good number of these people beefing up their presentations for the London crowd this is going to be a great event! @media Europe is going to unveil the work of Joe Clarke’s WCAG Samurai and also contain some real hardcore JavaScript as Dan Webb turns the difficulty dial up all the way to 11. Alongside that there are yet more incredible speakers all providing superb presentations – if you don’t believe me check things out for yourself by looking at the @media Europe schedule

Don’t forget to register – register for @media 2007 Europe now before its too late!

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