Inside SXSW 2015

This is now the third year that I’ve taken a student trip to the SXSW Interactive event in Austin, Texas. However, this year was a little different. The panel I put forward last year had been accepted, so I was going to be a speaker as well as an attendee. This was a pretty daunting […]

VIRCOMM 2014 and the Science of Community

The 2014 instalment of the VIRCOMM conference was the first to be organised by up-and-coming community management consultancy FeverBee, founded by the energetic Richard Millington. The theme this year was the science of community management, rather than providing a more general view of the state of play in the area, as found in previous years, […]

Don’t mention Doctor Who…

On Friday 15th November, Ravensbourne hosted a milestone in online video distribution. A Royal Shakespeare Company performance of Richard II starring the increasingly ubiquitous David Tennant was streamed to more than 30,000 schoolchildren around the UK, with some in Australia, the US and elsewhere in the world as well. The Richard II performance had been […]

Singapreneurs, anyone?

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be invited to Singapore to present a series of guest lectures at Nanyang Technological University‘s (NTU) school of Arts, Design and Media (ADM). This department of NTU is rather similar in focus to Ravensbourne, where I run the BA (Hons) Web Media course. Although ADM is a […]

Heading to South By

SXSW Interactive is allegedly the greatest event in the world for anyone in the creative Web and technology industries. Sitting here on a plane containing select former colleagues from my previous life as a computer magazine editor, it certainly feels like we’re heading for something big and important, something that crosses over between genres and […]

Google Minus – Reporting from VIRCOMM 2013

It was highly ironic this week to sit through an entire day’s worth of conference presentations at VIRCOMM 2013, an event for online community professionals, and hardly hear Google+ mentioned at all. In fact, the service was only brought up in the context of commenting about how nobody was referring to it during the conference. […]

The End of TV!

So, I’ve been beavering away over the summer on the book I started a few years ago and have been struggling to get any headway with ever since. I did manage to get the first couple of chapters shipshape at the beginning of the year, but now I’ve completed five and there’s another one in […]

I, Cinna Success

On Monday 2nd July 2012, Ravensbourne hosted the I, Cinna event I mentioned in a previous blog post. This brought together the talents of students from a wide range of course backgrounds, as well as providing a rich collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Cisco, educational network provider Janet, and the London Organising Committee of […]

Radical Transparency 1

Recently, my Twitter followers were annoyed to see my feed taken over by an electronic device, which was robotically announcing my travel destinations, and occasionally (when I let it) that I’d arrived at those destinations. The device in question was a new sat-nav from TomTom called the GO 1005 World, which I was testing for […]