Event – Web Directions Melbourne

Maxine Sherrin from WebDirections kindly sent me this:

Take a look at where the web industry really is at in 2006, from both a technology and a business point of view, at this free event in Melbourne on August 10.

Web Directions is excited to announce our first ever Melbourne event. Join us for an evening with Ben Barren of gnoos.com.au, who’ll be giving us a rundown on the joys and challenges of managing an internet startup in Australia, together with web technologist John Allsopp, talking about Microformats, one of the hottest topics in web development.

Ben Barren

After spending over a decade working in online media for groups such as ninemsn and Sensis, in early 2005 Ben Barren co-founded Feedcorp Pty Ltd, with the aim of bringing the best of Web 2.0 Downunder. Hear about Ben’s experience of launching gnoos.com.au – Australia’s first local blog and media search engine – and the trials and tribulations of setting up an Internet business in 2006. The role of developers, designers, and product planners, will all be discussed.

John Allsopp

Software and web developer, writer, speaker, and standards evangelist John Allsopp has been working with new web development technologies for nearly a decade. During the last couple of years, he’s focussed more closely on semantics for the world wide web, which lead him to Microformats soon after their conception. Find out what Microformats actually are, why you should care about them, and how you can use them right now without breaking any browsers, taking advantage of all that HTML know-how you already have.

If you work with the web, we know you’ll be enthused, inspired, and informed by what you hear on this evening, and it’s also a great opportunity to meet other interesting and talented local people who work in your industry. We’ll be providing finger food for the night, and there’ll be a cash bar if you feel like a drink.

You’ll also have the chance to win a ticket to the Web Directions Conference


later this year in Sydney, valued at $850, as well as places at our exclusive breakfast with web guru Molly Holzschlag.


What: Web Directions presents Ben Barren and John Allsopp
When: 6.00pm for 6.30pm Thursday August 10 2006
Where: Bell’s Hotel and Brewery, 157 Moray St, CNR with Coventry, South Melbourne
Cost: Free, but please RSVP info@webdirections.org

Someone from Gnoos contacted me ages ago, about a carsales.com.au piece I wrote. Wonder if it was Ben? o.O. BTW, James, I’m crashing at your place if I fly down from Sydney. Ok?

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