On the road next week – speaking at…


It’s been a while since I’ve spoken at a conference but next week I’m speaking at not one, but two, conferences.

On Thursday, 4 December I’m at the Public Sector Forums event at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham – “Public Sector Websites – Essential Issues for Managers, Developers and Others”.

I’ll be talking about “Mobile internet and local government” – an interesting area that takes me back to my days working on the mobile channel at Egg. I’ll be covering the growth of the mobile internet, what it can do for local government communications and websites, and examining some of the practical considerations for councils wanting to increase their presence on the mobile web.

Then on Friday, 5 December it’s up the M6 to Manchester Bridgewater Hall for the northern instalment of the Don’t Panic Guide to Social Media.

I’ll be exploring “Local government and social media” – looking at the extent of social media usage in local
government along with examples of those authorities that have used social media channels to reach their audiences. It’ll be an updated version of the presentation I did at the London leg of the conference back in May – looking back at what I said then, it’s amazing how things have moved on in the intervening six months.

Tickets are still available for both conferences if you’re interested.

I’m looking forward to meeting people I’ve known online for a while now: Dave Briggs will be a fellow speaker in Birmingham, while in Manchester it’ll be great to catch up with Andy and Nicky from Don’t Panic, Richard Bailey, Stephen Davies and Stuart Bruce among others.

If you’re heading to either of these conferences, leave a comment, tweet or get in touch. It’s always great to meet new people at events who read my blog.