Gary (that would be Mr. SilkCharm to you. Heh.) Hayes is off to Korea with Minister for Broadband and Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy (Personalize Media):

Gary Hayes will be speaking and representing LAMP and AFTRS at the The 2008 KANZ Australia Korea New Zealand Broadband Summit on 19-20 June 2008 in Seoul, Korea.

The ten or so Australian speakers at the two day summit will be led by Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and will be hosted by the Korean Minister, Mr See-Joong Choi, Chairman, Korean Communications Commission (KCC).

The summit will cover topics such as Broadband Technologies, Intelligent Broadcasting, Services and Applications, R&D and Safety and Security. Gary will be talking about the growing importance of participatory content, the collision of traditional media and new collaborative tools from a story perspective and how these hybrids are an analog for the way nations could be working together – ‘the international, digital mash-up’. He will also talk about how nations can develop strategies to share learning from R&D and new industry forms.

The KANZ Broadband Summit is an annual meeting of Australian, New Zealand and Korean organisations to discuss the latest developments in broadband infrastructure, applications and content. This year it is hosted by the Korean Communications Commission, providing a focal point for discussions on mutual international collaboration in commercial and research opportunities in broadband content, services and infrastructure.

So now Gary is wandering around our home, getting in my way, muttering – probably wondering what he should talk on? I reckon – as all good partners and friends do- we should tell him. Give him a full brief. Order him around err educate him a little…. If you could get up on a stage in Korea with Stephen Conroy sitting there next to you, what would you say? And nah, broadband in Australia sucks, isn’t compelling enough.