This was the week for MESH and MESH U,which is a Toronto based conference which looks at “The Web” and how it is affecting the media, marketing, business and society as a whole. Mesh is in its 5th year and Mesh U (which is a more focused one for the on design, development and management people who are building that “Web”) is in it’s second year.
Several thing stood out is this year (my 4th Mesh) :
- Chris Thorpe, from The Guardian newspaper, did “Data Chemistry” (a older version of which is The New Raw Materials and Data Chemistry)and a Keynote which delved into the work the The Guardian is doing to create a interface allowing full access to the content and / or the data behind that content. I was not aware of the full breadth and depth of what they were doing. It was also interesting to near some of the story behind the curtain. After the conference was the official Guardian announces commercial launch of Open Platform.
- Diana Clarke, from FreshBooks (Online Billing and Bookkeeping) talked about Evolving the Platform and how they moved from legacy php to a RESTful python web service. Excellent!! I use Freshbooks, it always impressed me, and now only more so.
- Joseph Menn’s keynote and book about the new Cyber Crime lord ecology was enlightening and scary.
- one of the panel’s was tapped as part of the TVO’s The Agenda in a discussion about the evolution and changing face of privacy in the digital age with Ann Cavoukian, Mathew Ingram, Joseph Menn, Alan Sawyer, David Fewer.
(Link is here for the above
The Agenda live from Mesh: Canada’s Web Conference)
FaceBook came in for heavy criticism, with Leigh Honeywell making the best comment of the session!
And yes I’m like all over the back ground shots. (Hi Mom! I’m on Television!!)
- The Agenda also tapped 3 interviews form Mesh Speakers : Joseph Menn: Fatal System Error | Chris Thorpe: Future of Newspapers | Avril Benoît: Social Media to the Rescue. Very worth watching.
- All in all a great conference with lots of insight, and good gut check of what people are doing and where they what to go. I’m still recovering and processing. I got my annual Mesh Portrait by the magical Rannie Turingan aka Photo JunkieAlso I got to lick an iPad. Yummy. :Q
- other writeups for Mesh :
- BlogTo highlights
- Isaac Garcia does a wrap up
- from Digital Journal we have : mesh 2010: How social media are transforming newsrooms (Includes first-hand account) and mesh 2010: Dissecting new media’s ‘fast-food content’
- Soldier of Code’s Kaptain Krispy also had a Mesh 2010 report
this was extracted this from the Quick links as of May 21th 2010 post, and expanded.