WebDU WebJamming


I’m on the countdown now for , this will be my first WebDU, not that I’m a stranger to the conference scene as such (see previous post on WebDU). It’s just I have been a little bit quiet on the ColdFusion scene of late. That’s not quite work wise, but just getting to events and all the rest. Flash, well I used to love Flash and enjoyed working and coding in ActionScript. But business reality hits home. I don’t really think Flash has a place as a serious tool (flame away), it’s just I can’t find any work for people with Flash skills in the long term. Flex, well I have a love hate relationship with Flex. This is why I’m bundling myself into Sydney a day early for the Flex crash course workshop to see if I’m just missing the Flex-goodness or not.

There is the usual panels, presentations etc, Adobe thinly veiled selling sessions – hope I’m wrong on this one. Geoff Bowers and Julie Steadman have certainly done a great job at filling the conference program out with four streams. That many sessions that I think I’ll have to be cloned to take in all the ones I want to do to. One minor criticism, where are the women. Sigh! Is Kay Smoljak right in saying (various times in various places) there are not a lot of women as developers / coders and the server side end of the web is dominated by males.

One of the programmed highlights for me will be the webjamming. The usual 3 minutes to strut your stuff. Now given the standards that have come out off Sydney locally over the last two webjams the quality at this event is going to have a high degree of intimidation factor with it. As I write this I note that there are only 8 of the possible 16 slots filled. Is Geoff holding some back, or are we falling short.

Frankly given the output of the last webjam, and the degree of work that went into the applications etc from Earle Castledine, Cameron Adams, Andrew Krespanis and Tim Lucas. I’m not surprised that people haven’t been fronting up. I know Lachlan Hardy has been trying to get people to front up.

Question is are we upping the anti too much at the webjams (videos available too). Or is there a sustainable degree of the talent out there in the web community, and a webjam is the perfect place for would be “Web Rock Godlings” to strut their stuff.

Have I had the time to put together something… well not likely? Rotating my neck the wrong way last week, put a stop to that! Mind you I do have a few ideas, just no time to implement them, as usual. And I could do a filler slot, but jamming wise it’ll be … well, I’ll leave that till later, if it happens.

Still I’m ramped up for WebDU. Reality is the program is really secondary to the people and the non-programmed events. Bring it on!

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  1. I’m shattered you weren’t able to pull something together, Gary. Hope your neck is okay!

    As for intimidating, that is certainly not the impression we want to give. We encourage anyone and everyone to present. That is one of the reasons why we don’t post the full speaker list until the week of the Webjam – it isn’t about names or amount of effort, it’s about doing cool stuff and rocking out!

    I absolutely believe that the Australian web community can sustain a number of Webjams a year. We do amazing things here. Absolutely magical stuff. It is about time we started recognising that and sharing it with the world

    Something I heard time and time again at SXSW last week was “you guys are doing some cool stuff in Australia”. People can already see that. We just need better ways of broadcasting it. It’s one of the reasons we decided to do Webjam

    I want Australians to step up and show what they can do!

  2. @Lachlan – I would have loved to have done something..anything! But I have been working at quarter speed for the last week, with no out of hours work at all (Doctors orders). As you know this means things pile up. I have only today just been give a full bill of health.

    I suspect that we do have the talent. It’s just getting them to step up to the plate.

  3. Ouch! Glad you’re better in time for the trip

    Talent Australia has in plenty. And I’m working on every way I can think to make it easier and more worthwhile for people to show that. Any and all suggestions are welcome to stepup@webjam.com.au 😉

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