We’ve got some good news to share – our next Talk About Local unconference is going to be on Saturday 28 February 2015 and we’d love to see you there.
After tramping around the country (Stoke, Middlesbrough, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds) over the past five years, this year we’re delighted to be in London and have been invited inside the wonderful British Library who very kindly are lending us their conference centre. It’s a very easy venue to get to, next to Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston stations and a short tube ride from Paddington and other mainline stations.
As well as the usual fun and hyperlocal frolics* the wonderful venue gives us the opportunity to have plenty of breakout space so, if there’s a topic you’d particularly like to see tackled, speak up and share your thoughts on twitter #tal15 or mail us and help us start planning the day’s agenda.
It’s an ‘unconference’ so the agenda on the day will be led by the people who come along, but we expect to be chatting about people using the web to find a voice for their community in all the glorious forms that takes – whether it’s news, chat, reviews, pictures, videos, audio – and the issues that bother them. And as ever people will join us from the length and breadth of the British Isles and even foreign parts.
And we’re very pleased to be running the free unconference following on from another great event which could well be of interest to some hyperlocal publishers – the Journalism Entrepreneurship Summit.
That event, #jes2015,(follow the planning @jpreneursummit) will also be in central London and take place on Friday 27 February.
So if you want an excuse for a weekend in the capital, meeting up with some old friends and making some some new ones, here’s that opportunity.
Sign up here for your free ticket, help us spread the word using the hashtag #tal15 and let’s get the conversation about what to discuss going.
If anyone wants to sponsor lunch drop us a line.
* If you haven’t been to a Talk About Local unconference before, here’s a bit about what you can expect.
1. Passionate, exciting people (that’s you) turn up and grab a coffee and a sticky label.
2. We go to a room where Sarah, William and Mike will welcome everyone and explain the process.
3. The agenda – a big grid of sessions – gets created from all the conversations everyone attending wants to discuss and things people have suggested on twitter.
4. We break out into groups in the different spaces and share experiences throughout the day.
5. The unawards – our chance to reward success with some worthless tat but lots of fun and genuine achievement too.