That is probably the best thing I can say about this weekends event.
We were not really sure what to expect on Saturday morning, we had spent the whole of the last week planning the un-conference getting swhag from sponsors and working out the logistics of getting it all to Stoke-on-Trent. On Saturday morning once we had set up at the uni, we said well all we need now are people. At 9am the first delegates started to arrive, at 9:30 there was a queue and the breakfast oatcakes had gone! By 10 we had about 50 people signed in, this was our personal success point, we had said all along if we get 50 or 60 people we’d be happy. At 1030 there were still people arriving the room was getting pretty full and people were starting to organise the days sessions on the boards.
The final delegate count was 88, which is fantastic number for our first event and the free lunch seemed to go down well.
In the afternoon Nicky did a session on games which culminated with a game of pork pie rounders, yes you read correctly PORK PIE rounders..
We are not sure that Nicky will be allowed in to Stoke-on-Trent again as she used the local Wrights pies for the game and this would be treated as sacrilege, but if we don’t tell anyone she might be ok…
There were too many sessions to mention here but some of the highlights were Andrew Stott speaking about data.gov, Nick Booth on Social Media Surgeries, Will Perrin on Talk About Local and the future of Hyperlocal blogging.
I personally got a lot from it, met up with some old friends made a lot of new friends and contacts and I hope that each delegate not only made some connections and contacts but also learnt something or shared something that will help others who are hyperlocal publishing.
Since the event a number of posts have been written and videos uploaded by people who attended so we thought we should try and list as many as we can here.
The #TAL09 rave cam, @franbury got feedback from people as they were leaving the Un-Conference
A full playlist of TAL09 Videos on YouTube can be viewed here
26 pages of Twittery goodness can be seen here on Tweet Doc
If you prefer something a little more animated look at #tal09 on Visible Tweets
A lot of delegates took pictures at the event and posted them to our Flickr pool. If you took pictures please feel free to add them to the pool for us to share 🙂
There have been many blog posts about the un-conference most of which are linked in the comments below. If you know of any posts that we haven’t got a link to or have not had a pingback drop us a quick mail at the address below and we’ll sort it out.
Feel free to leave feedback here or drop us a mail to info[@]talkaboutlocal.org
Away from Talk About Local I take photos, fly my quadcopter and walk my two Beagles.
If I'm not doing any of the above then you'll find me volunteering at my local RNLI station as a press officer.