Whilst at Responsive Day Out earlier this year I briefly spoke with Kier Whitaker and we discussed the recent Insites: Xmas Special which he helped to organise – a small intimate gathering of colleagues and peers openly discussing successes and failures along with the highs and lows of the web industry – and in-so-doing informed me that there will be a similar event this summer – Insites: ConfShop.
Insites: ConfShop was attended by 100 or-so people from all corners of the web industry, some of whom organise the most inspirational events and others that have yet to write a line of code professionally.
Each of the 4 sessions were hosted by curators in order to stimulate and choreograph the conversation, the topics were lead around these four topics.
- Side projects
- Working in the industry – work/life balance
- Client work and products
- Business issues
In my eyes this format of event is fantastic and brings us closer together as a community. It helps to erode the speaker/audience divide, we are all in the same boat. This event is small enough to allow for everyone to mix, chat and hang out. We are a passionate lot and this was reinforced in many different ways.
Personally I learnt a lot from this event, I was surprised and relieved to find out that I am not alone or as old-hat as I first thought. Most of the issues discussed and deliberated are very familiar to me. And there’s me thinking that somewhere someone has this website thing totally nailed but sadly not. Somehow, that’s actually bizarrely comforting. I guess it’s somewhat synonymous with the ever changing and evolving industry we work in.
Thanks to all involved, it really makes a difference.