4Talent Inspiration Session – Building Online Communities like Flickr and Habbo Hotel – Part 1

4Talent Inspiration Session - Building Online Communities like Flickr and Habbo Hotel - Part 1I spent an illuminating day in the West Midlands on Sunday learning about building, growing and managing online communities.

It was great to attend an Inspiration Session on Online Communities put on by Channel 4’s 4Talent arm as part of the Hello World conference strand of Birmingham’s first digital festival, Hello Digital.



5 Reasons Why Stockport is Set To Shine with Social Media

Life on Mars at the Stockport Art GalleryAs announced earlier in the week, on Wednesday evening I was thrilled to speak at an event on social networking for business organised by the fledgling Stockport Creative Industries Network.

Over the last year or so, the Creative Industries Development Service (better known as CIDS), one of Greater Manchester’s key creative industry support agencies has been working with Stockport Council to develop a networking forum for creative businesses in the borough.

Wednesday’s event, set rather fittingly amongst Stockport Art Gallery’s Life on Mars exhibition was the first in a second season of networking events designed to bring creative businesses in the area together to discuss and debate key topics and issues affecting the sector.



Next Speaking Engagement: How can your business benefit from Social networking? Stockport Art Gallery

Social networking for businessThis is a rather late announcement but I’m delighted to share that I’ll be speaking at the Creative Industries Development Service (CIDS) event at Stockport Art Gallery this evening.

CIDS are a highly respected and important part of the creative industries in the North West and are behind some stellar events.  Tonight’s is no exception.

Here’s a synopsis from the Creative Times website:

“This event will be an exploration of the impacts and importance of online social networking . Of relevance to all creative practitioners, these rapidly expanding platforms create new environments increasingly used by business. Featuring speakers Chi-Chi Ekweozor, founder and director of Real Fresh TV and Digital Media Consultant, Maria Stukoff we anticipate a lively, informative, entertaining and provocative evening.”

If you’re planning on coming down, pray leave a comment?

If not, well, I’ll share what I learned tomorrow!

Photo Credit: Hubpages.com


Bradford aims to be UK Capital of Film

National Media Museum, BradfordHaving blogged about a number of conferences I’ve been to in the last year, it’s great to finally get a chance to blog about an event I actually spoke at.

Over the weekend I was thrilled to be part of the Industry Weekend at the Bite The Mango Film Festival which has been taking place at Bradford’s National Media Museum.



Sheffield Melts Creativity – Melt 2008 Inspiration Session – Part 4

Melt Green LogoThis is part of my write-up on the inspiring Melt 2008 Inspiration Session in Sheffield last Thursday.

Here I cover the presentations by the Melt Awardees.


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Sheffield Melts Creativity – Melt 2008 Inspiration Session – Part 3

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Here is the rest of my write-up on the splendid Melt 2008 Inspiration Session in Sheffield last Thursday.

I made lots of notes and they are making their way onto the web as a 5 part blog series!


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Introducing the Social Media Starter Course

Introducing the Social Media Starter CourseI’m pleased to announce that you can now register for our newly minted Social Media Starter Course.

Social Media Starter Course

Date: 10 October 2008
Time: 9:30am–12:30pm
Venue: One Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5WW
Cost: £100 including lunch


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Next speaking engagement: Bite The Mango Festival Film Festival, Bradford

Bite The Mango Film FestivalOne of the best things about having a background in creating original video for the web is the versatility of perspectives it provides.

I’m thrilled to have been asked to speak at a panel discussing alternative methods for film distribution at the Bite The Mango Film Festival, taking place at the National Media Museum in Bradford.



Putting On A Social Media Starter Course

SocialMediaStarterCourseI’m putting together our first Social Media Starter course.

The idea is to provide a practical forum for people to learn how to get started in social media.

It’s a two hour interactive seminar/workshop, packed full of insights into creating and executing social media and content marketing campaigns that work on the web.

Keeping with the classroom theme, I’m deliberately keeping it small with attendance limited to only 20 places.



An Evening With Fred Wilson, a New York VC visiting Leeds England

PiratesOfSiliconValleyDVDI was privileged to meet Fred Wilson, prolific blogger and pioneering Internet investor on Friday evening at the Evening with Fred Wilson event at Leeds Metropolitan university’s Old Broadcasting House.

Organised by uber-connected Leeds entrepreneur Imran Ali, the evening took the form of an informal presentation and interactive Q&A session with the co-founder of Union Square Ventures, the New York based venture capital firm behind web services like delicious, Feedburner, Etsy, Disqus and Twitter.

Delicious was sold to Yahoo in 2005 whilst Google bought Feedburner last year.


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