IrishDev / Irish Internet Association Web 2.0 Event (Last Night)


Irish Dev I really enjoyed last night’s Web 2.0 discussion in Dublin, co-hosted by IrishDev.com and the Irish Internet Association usergroups!  My compliments to everyone involved, including speakers Fergal Breen, Paul Browne, John Brennan and Fergal O’Byrne (IIA).


The thing I enjoyed most about the evening was seeing a technologically-agnostic view of the ideologies behind Web 2.0.  I loved hearing what disparate opinions people have on what it means to be “Web 2.0.” 


Is it a philosophy?  A movement?  A technology?  Some squsihy mix of the three?  Is it straight-up Tim O’?


I see it more as a philosophy (and a squishy one at that).  For instance – one of the presenters called AJAX a “cornerstone” of Web 2.0.  I would call it an enabler.  The specific technology you use, for me, is less important.


What’s clear is that Web 2.0 means something a little different to everyone.  In any case, it’s really whetted my appetite for Mix06, the conference at which we’re all going to learn what Web 2.0 means for Microsoft!  Obviously it’s the proverbial “very big bet.” 


Kieran Lynam posted some piccies from the event and I’ve been waiting all day for the lads to post the slide decks online so I could link to them…


And so, — in true Web 2.0 spirit, out here on my little piece of the long tail, I’m gonna ask nicely and see if the lads listed above would be kind enough to post their slides 🙂


[update: Thanks to Paul for the link to his useful Web 2.0 info compendium in the comments and to John to the links to cool Web 2.0 apps like pxn8, which is like Photoshop in a browser.]

Comments (5)

  1. Paul Browne says:

    I’m glad that you enjoyed the event. What (I hope) you didn’t realise is that neither of us had seen the finished version of the slides until 10 minutes before , and we had no idea of the crossover points from between the two of us presenting.

    What this means is that I do have slides, videos , and all the Ajax and Web 2.0 links I have every earmarked available (see <a href="http://www.firstpartners.net/blog/category/presentation/"&gt; this post</a> , but while they have all the text and blurb , the pictures may be different.

    Paul

  2. John Brennan says:

    Cheers for the post Rob,

    Fergal and Paul put on a really great show. It’s the first time I’d seen this "tag team" format used in presenting a developer event which made it entertaining and informative. I also thought it was great to get both the business and technical view point on Web 2.0.

    And of course Walter Higgins talk on the WebApps Summit UK conference was an extra treat. If you haven’t seen his work already then you have to check it out on http://www.pxn8.com (it does a lot of what photoshop does except through your browser).

    Also speaking with Niall from http://www.ducky.ie. It’s an Irish take on http://www.myspace.com and appears to be going down a treat with students in DCU

    John