Posted by Neil Crosby on July 15, 2006 11:00 PM
Yesterday was the first ever Web Standards Group meeting in London, wonderfully organised by Stuart Colville and with talks by Andy Budd and Christian Heilmann. Why did I go? Because I’m really trying to get out there and get to know other developers, because the talks sounded interesting, and because it was only a ten minute walk from work to get there.
And I’m glad I went. I got there a little early, but there were already people at the venue. I got to chat with Nathan and Olga, who just happened to be holidaying in the UK and decided to pop along to the lectures, as well as a few other people. Having used the tube for the first time that morning they were a little concerned about using it later in the evening once the session had ended, but I think I managed to reassure them that they’d be perfectly safe.
And then, as quickly as the talks had begun, it was time to go down to the pub. Needless to say, even though the pub was about five minutes from where I work I had no idea how to get there at all.
At the pub I got to talk to lots of people, both random and otherwise. Some I remembered from @media, others were superstars, but most were happy bright new faces that I’d never seen before. I’m starting to lose my inhibitions when it comes to handing out my “business” card, which is good since several of the people I handed it out to last night said something along the lines of “oooh, it’s good to put a face to the writing” or “oh, I know that site!”. That sort of reaction is something that I’d ever have expected, but it’s such an ego boost to hear things like that. Clearly the rebranding I did with the little vectorised me in the top right corner of the site is easily recognisable and did the job I was hoping it would do. I even had one person saying “it has your eyebrows!” to me.
Towards the end of the evening I finally managed to say hi to Stuart. I’d unsuccessfully tried to hunt him out at @media, but with the conference venue being as packed as it was that was just about impossible. It was good to get to have a bit of a chat with him, and it was fantastic to hear that he’s already got a speaker lined up for the next WSG London lectures.
Huge kudos to Stuart for organising the event, and I’m very much looking forward to more in the future.
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