I spent the weekend at BarCampLondon2, a smorgasbord of web developers, hackers, entrepreneurs and unrepentant geeks. The growing success of BarCamp all around the world is down to the participants themselves, sharing ideas, technology, and a desire to learn. London was no exception, with around 170 people taking over BT’s corporate office in St.Paul’s.
Here are some random tidbits:
Gavin Bell gave a talk on “History, Time and the Internet” and how we are losing a sense of our past on the Internet. I agree. Whenever I talk about digital comics and ComicBookLover, I try to emphasize how digital comics can help preserve the cultural history of comics, to ensure stories aren’t lost over time.
Coworking – A grassroots effort by tech freelancers, indies and small business owners to create a work environment where great ideas can grow. Think incubator (2.0). Hopefully something will happen in London.
Christiano Betta – Developing tools and services to aid teachers and lecturers in creating classroom content. Will be interesting to see how this progresses, and to learn how I can improve iRecordMusic for education. iRecordMusic is already used by teachers and media faculties as an easy-to-use tool in grabbing audio content from web pages.
Tom Hughes-Croucher – Recent switcher with over 300 apps installed in his Applications folder! Works for Yahoo and from the sound of things, the Yahoo office would be a fun/good place for Coworking, and not just because it’s smack in the middle of the West End.