geekyoto 2009

As you may have guessed from the silence the three days in March is not currently going to happen. Its still on our cards to do the thing we had planned, but may have to wait for a bit.

We will be holding an event, hopefully May/June time and somewhere interesting.

In the meantime, join us at on April 25th, London for the first of the geekyoto Global Briefings.

global briefings – part 2


geekyoto global briefings

In our last post we announced our next project to work with Edward Scotcher on developing a day to continue the conversation that was started with his talk at geekyoto ’08.

We hope that beyond this we will be able to bring the world to you in an interesting way and also instill the geekyoto idea in many other parts of the world.

What we would be interested in hearing though is what parts of the world do you want to hear about, we have our ideas of where we would like to explore but what would interest you.

Let us know in the comments if you have any requests.

global briefings

Part of the idea behind geekyoto was to find a way to find out about places, what is happening in the world around us, what can we take into our lives. Equally it is about the general wonder we should all feel about other places on this planet, other peoples lives. With such a rich tapestry of places, peoples and culture we should relish the adventure of just finding out about somewhere else.

With this thought in mind I am extremely pleased to announce that geekyoto is working with Edward Scotcher on what we hope will be the first of a series of events about other places on this planet. The geekyoto Global Briefings.

If you got to geekyoto 2008 you might remember Edwards talk about Africa and technology and his wonderful telling of the story of Fashoda. If you can not remember or did not make it you can watch a video:

On April 25th 2009, in London we plan to hold Africa Gathering a day for thinkers, supporters, sponsors, doers, geeks, dreamers – and everybody else to come and share, promote, highlight, progress and evolve issues related to ICT, social networking and technology in Africa.

We hope that you will join us.

reporting a pandemic

This evening at the National Theatre, London, Demos and TED collaborated to help grant the TEDPrize wish of photographer James Nachtwey.

He wanted to brake a story globally, the story of extremely drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB).

Projected upon the National Theatre were these photographs:

It was cold out there on the southbank, and the photographs are powerful. There is a project now, to see if a story can be broken and communicated across the globe via both traditional and new media. It will be interesting to see if in this image saturated online world a story can still be told by the carefully constructed work of a photojournalist.

Some videos

Yes, it is taking far too long. I will try and get more videos encoded and online.

In the meantime I do have a couple up there.

We have videos for Christian Nold and Vincenzo Di Maria currently available at vimeo.

I have also posted the video of Bryony Worthington speaking about Sandbag at the Internet Archive.

There was no rhyme nor reason why these videos were posted first, apart from the fact that Bryony has recently ‘officially’ launched which is also the first site to form a part of the Guardian Environment Network. Excitingly geeKyoto was a catalyst for Bryony getting a lot of the support that has gotten her to this launch and we are all very excited for her and the project.

I will get all the videos posted up to the Internet Archive eventually, please feel free to link and to distribute them as widely as you can.

Also, get ready for geeKyoto 2009 ‘Possible Futures’. More details soon.

storycubes and notebooks

at geekyoto, Proboscis, one of our supporters distributed their StoryCubes and diffusion e-Notebooks to everyone. Some of them were completed and we collected them up and Giles took them back to scan in.

He has now published them to the web.

So here are 24 of the geeKyoto StoryCubes.

Here are some of the notebooks.

Please take some time to have a look and comment on them and let us know what you thought of the idea of using them at the conference.

(Next time, we will make sure we give you more information on what they are about before we begin).

What Just Happened?

Saturday 17th May 2008, Conway Hall, London UK.

The day was overcast but the hall was bright with ideas.

I just wanted to say thank you to so many people, so to start:

To all our speakers, each of which put on an amazing show with little more guidance than ‘fix the broken world’.

To Eric who set up the video so that we should have a recording of all the talks (and taking a load of photos that we will post up soon).

To the staff of Conway Hall for keeping such an amazing venue going, for having everything set up in the morning when we got there and being helpful throughout the day.

To Russell Davies who put on interesting2007 last year and then shared the how with us. I can’t wait till this years interesting.

To everyone on my linkedin list who got spammed with the question ‘If I arranged a conference would you come?’ and a link to my original blog post. That so many said yes meant that I had to do something.

To Ben and in fact Ben (Saunders this time), whom I both emailed with ‘sorry to bother you but I think I have a daft idea, do you think its worth persuing?’ and both getting back to me within minutes with a positive and a ‘lets do this’. That Ben has been as excited and passionate about doing this as I have has meant that there was a conference for you all to attend.


Thank you to all of you for attending and then blogging and flickr-ing the day.



opentech 2008 – the other good conference of the year

Opentech is a cool, grassroots eventand there is going to be a lot of cross over with geeKyoto, Interesting and this. They have just launched their call for participation.

Call for Participation – OpenTech 2008

Saturday 5 July 2008, London, UK

Presented by UKUUG in association with mySociety + Open Rights Group

*What is OpenTech 2008?*
A low-cost, one-day grassroots conference with a wide range of
sessions covering digital technology, society and
the environment

*What do we need?*
Proposals from people who want to give a
presentation, run a panel, organise a workshop, or
run a demo of something new and interesting

Publicity – please blog this announcement, write a
newspaper article, forward to mailing lists, and
tell your friends!

*What topics do we hope to cover?*
– Mashups, open data and security
– Future of media distribution
– Low-carbon and low-impact living
– New adventures in hardware hacking
– Politics 2.0
– Long term thinking on big problems and massive opportunities

– If you’ve got an interesting proposal that doesn’t fit into any of
the categories above, please send it in anyway!

*How do I submit a proposal?”
Please use the form on
The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 30 March 2008

*Can I buy or reserve a ticket to the event?*
Register at
and we’ll email you nearer the time with more information

*Any other questions?*

If you have any other questions, or want to make us
an offer we can’t refuse, please visit for more
information and contact details of the event

OpenTech 2008 organisers (Ben Lamb, Etienne Pollard, Sam Smith)

17th May 2008, Conway Hall, London – GeeKyoto’08

The date is set, the venue booked (and a deposit, deposited). Something is going to happen.
Those of you who attended Russell Davies Interesting last year should be on familiar territory here, but for those who do not know:

We have booked Conway Hall, in Central London for a Saturday. The 17th May 2008 to be precise. The doors will open 10am and we will finish around 4.30pm (we have to be out of the hall by 5.00pm). After that, well we will be in a pub later to continue the discussion.

Tickets will go on sale soon, we will release them in a couple of waves. A site with more detailed information will be up soon, here at

Oh yes, thats the final agreed upon name, ‘geeKyoto’, Green tech and ideas is a theme but just part of a wider remit.

The day itself, everybody in the main hall, there will be presentations of up to 20 minutes, with a number of shorter 3 minutes ones as well. There will be a lunch break, and an afternoon quick tea break. More details of the structure will be here soon. Also we will start to let you know who we have speaking as well.

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