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OpenWeb Southampton

February 13, 2009

last night was the inaugural Southampton Open Web event held at the Harbor Lights Picture House in Ocean Village, Southampton.

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With a full to bursting conference room, three speakers and a chance to meet with some of the web glitterati of the south coast it was an opportunity many couldn’t miss, even if it was on the same night as Twestival.

Organized by Dan and Rob from Southamptons newest digital creative agency Slipstream Studio the evening was a highly refreshing change to the London based unconferences and a great indicator for future events.

As with all unconferences the evening was very relaxed, this was especially helped by the brilliant Campaign Monitor agreeing to pick up the tab via their ‘Give Back Scheme‘, so props to those guys, we were all raising a glass to you!

Speaking at Open Web

Speaking at Open Web

I was very privileged to be asked to speak at the event, and to be honest this was quite a challenge due to the mixed nature of the audience. Coming from Actinic I am constantly in touch with a number of businesses, developers and designers predominately in the E-Commerce space, so I was keen to keep it relevant for the OpenWeb crowd, you can watch a podcast of my presentation if you feel so inclined (gave me a good excuse to try Screentoaster.com).

Lance Wicks gave a great overview of the distributed social networking tool NoseRub, I would describe it as a network aggregator, although I did have my wrists slapped for that. I suggest you head over to Lance’s blog for an overview.

The third keynote was from Ross Woodham, a solicitor from Shoosmiths specializing in Terms and Conditions for businesses operating online. Ross gave a great overview of some of the risk and mitigating steps you can take to protect you and your brand. I know a lot of Actinic powered businesses read this blog so just get in contact if you want to talk to him.

To summarise, it was a fantastic event, I am already looking forward to the next one!

PS: Congrats to @Mallmus for making me hold a Foxy Cart T-shirt!

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