Quite a month …

It has been quite a month at Fazeley Studios.

I suddenly realised at last Thursday’s high tea that we are going to have to bump up the sandwich and cake order again, as 3 new businesses have joined us in June!

Mudlark have now settled in Studio 16 after their brilliant company launch Post Digital Day, which featured a host of fascinating digital experts and the fab bubblino machine which blows bubbles every time some one tweets with the event hash tag!

Bubblino at Post Digital Day

Bubblino at Post Digital Day

Then at the end of last week the First Light Movies team settled into Studio 28 (see website). Both companies are doing some really amazing work so I hope to give them the attention they deserve in another blogpost, but we’re thrilled to have them!

Also digital marketing agency Stickee has relocated from High Wycombe into studios 18/19. Again watch this space for a chat with the director Steve Gray (no relation to Fazeley Studios owner Lucan Gray). Steve’s website shows off a pretty hot client list with BBC, BSkyB, Channel 4, Lloyds TSB, Nokia, Virgin and Haagen Daas. He’s already had a brief taster of Brum networking when he popped in to the recent talk by Lord Putnam, and he’ll be a very welcome addition to all the future creative events.

On the events side we’re recovering from our two week digital festival (see here for full details). Participants ranged in age from 9 – 73, which shows the spread of interest in digital stuff. We even got comments from the US about the quality of the live video streaming by Crushhouse at our mindmap event (click to view).

There were panels, debates, unconferences, swap shops and a grand high tea party to round it all off. I’ll be working off all the cake for quite a while.

One highlight for us was Lord Carter’s visit to the Digital Britain Unconference that we hosted in association with Aquila TV and Digital Birmingham.

Lord Carter Q&A session in the Fazeley Studios conference room

Lord Carter Q&A session in the Fazeley Studios conference room

The unconference took place the day after the report was published (#dbuc09). He had previously been speaking at the ICC but found out that the real fun was at Fazeley and he popped in for a Q&A session. He even removed his jacket to be more in keeping with the creative style.

The debate touched on various subjects, but the hot topics were the levy on phone lines to fund broadband for those people who don’t currently have access, the future of the BBC and radio and how exactly he expected things to move forward on business/IP models for online content. Thanks to the lovely people at Aquila TV you can see both his ICC and his Fazeley Studios sessions here.

We were about ready to collapse at the end of the fortnight, but luckily we had Local GovCamp to look forward to on Saturday 20th June, which kept us going. It was the brain child of “digital enabler” Dave Briggs and we had a great time working with BEST to deliver the event.

I was amazed at how many people turned up on a SATURDAY (see below).

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It was basically a mix of local government workers and social media/web types. They had paked out reception by 10.30 am and went on to have about 8 hours of very lively and engaging debates, which shows how much passion there is in both the public and private sector to find new ways of using the internet to reach communities.

The event was brilliantly run by Dave Briggs. In true unconference style the panels and talks just kind of evolved on the day. There was space for five sessions each with five events taking place in five different rooms. People jotted down the subjects they could talk about on a post it note then the most popular sessions were allocated a time and place on the grid.

Planning the panels

Planning the panels

The rooms were then colour coded for ease…
Pink room

Pink room

Blue room

Blue room

Yellow room

Yellow room

 And the conversation was fuelled by lots and lots of food and an eclectic mix of tunes by the Local GovCamp DJ.

 

Cakes

Cakes

 
 

 

 

 

 
DJ at local gov camp

DJ at local gov camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in linking up web/social media and goverment then Dave Briggs has collected all related blogposts here, which give a much better description of the discussions than I could!

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One Response to “Quite a month …”

  1. Dave Briggs Says:

    Thanks for the enthusiastic write up of LocalGovCamp. It was a great day and much of the praise for that has to go to Fazeley as such a great looking and well run venue.

    Looks like you’ve had a manic time of it recently! Better than being bored!

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