— blending the mix


What an event. Herb, Marissa and the whole Codeworks team have again created a stunning event. Steve has always said he loves this event. I agree 100%. Very few events actually do what they say except this – Think Digital. But there are SO many diverse topics that get covered it can make your head spin!

Highlights today:

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As many of you know, Thinking Digital begins next week with another amazing lineup of interesting and inspirational speakers.

This year, we are all very fortunate (and I do mean fortunate, given his schedule!) to have Brian Solis speak. What’s just as exciting however is that Gabba are getting involved to bring you an exclusive lunch with Brian taking place on Wednesday 26th May at 1pm.

There are only 30 places available and you can win one of TWO through this blog.

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Thinking Digital 2009
Like Steve, (and THANKS to Steve!), I was reminded about Thinking Digital in Gateshead last year. Herb also got in touch recently to remind me of this year’s event.

Herb and the team have a great event on their hands in Thinking Digital and last year really set a high bar – all centred around THINKING digital. You can book tickets for this year’s event through the widget on the left.

I’ve got to say, seeing Tara and Steve again were two main drivers for me going last year. Tara spoke about Happiness as a business model (preso below) and Steve was demo’ing some great new technologies from Microsoft. Fab stuff.

BUT, as I posted last year, the work of Jonathan Harris just blew me away and even today, recall with astonishment, his stunning work. I can’t recommend looking at his work enough. Truly inspiring stuff.

And a sample of Jonathan’s work:

Despite leaving in a blur of Citroen C2 tyre smoke (to attend the North West Big Chip Awards) thanks to the event, my mind was full of “what-ifs”; thinking about digital in a very different, conceptual and philosophical way rather than in a functional, sales or promotional way. Herb and the team deserve a lot of credit for taking this angle.

For such a technology-centric event, thought, emotion and love played significant roles in the topics discussed but the balance was very well struck.

If last year is anything to go by, this year will be as equally exciting.

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