What is the Intewebs?

I’ve recently been appointed to the position of New Media Sector Champion for the Department of UK Trade & Industry UK Trade & Investment, and what that means is that I get to translate web gobbledygook for civil servants and I get to make key connections for British start-ups. I’m really looking forward to both.

First port of call is New York, where I’ll be joining the UKTI & Chinwag‘s Digital Mission to the Web2.0 Expo 14-20 September. If you’re going to be around then too, please do let me know and we’ll hook up. I’m pretty au fait with the British scene, but am keen to meet webby and game-y companies from around the world so we can best see where the twain can gel. If you’re not coming along (and there are some stellar companies who are), applications for the SXSW Interactive Digital Mission, heading off to Austin,TX next March, will be open soon.

In my translation duties, I’ve delivered a ‘What is the Interwebs’ presentation a couple of times already, and as soon as I sort out the ‘issues’ between what i see on my Mac and what i see on Slideshare, I’ll post it up here. it’s an introduction to Web 2.0 (as it were), why it’s useful to anyone who’s not in the Web scene (something we all-too-often forget about), where the British strengths lie, and what the challenges of being a British company is in a world dominated by Silicon Valley.

More as new things arise, including news from New York’s, Seoul’s (later this month), Toronto’s (next) and Washington D.C.’s (November) digital scene!

~ by aleks on September 4, 2008.

4 Responses to “What is the Intewebs?”

  1. yer going to be in d.c. a long time, do you want to take a weekend come down and give a talk at vt, and meet the folks of the electronic village? we’d cover costs and pay a small honorarium. i think the visit might help you see the intarweb’s effects in more rural areas also.

  2. *Warning* My post here is going to be blatant horn-tooting. But, since the horn-tooting is both relevant and potentially beneficial to readers, I hope I will be forgiven.

    Commencing my “tootelage”: The MacArthur and HASTAC Digital Media and Learning Competition is now welcoming international submissions from Canada, People’s Republic of China, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States; collaborators can be from anywhere in the world. We would really appreciate your help in getting the word out.

    The 2008 Digital Media and Learning Competition theme is Participatory Learning. Participatory Learning includes the many ways that learners (of any age) use new technologies to participate in virtual communities where they share ideas, comment upon one another’s projects, and plan, design, advance, implement, or simply discuss their goals and ideas together.

    # Innovation in Participatory Learning Awards support large-scale digital learning projects. $30,000-$250,000.
    Projects should demonstrate new modes of participatory learning in a variety of environments, by creating new digital tools, modifying existing ones, or using digital media in novel ways. Collaboration is strongly encouraged. International applications are welcome from eligible organizations.

    Full information at: http://www.dmlcompetition.net

  3. Glad you’ll be joining the Digital Mission gang heading out to New York and SXSW interactive. Full details of the public events for the Digital Mission to New York will be posted on the blog:


    The application process for the Digital Mission to SXSW interactive is planned to kick off at the start of October, and run for around 6 weeks.

  4. “Mapping in real time

    People have always used geography as a primary organizing method for relating to the physical world – our lives are deeply affected by the environment that surrounds us. It follows, then, that the initial wave of mobile products incorporating location data are consumer-oriented mapping and navigation systems. Personal navigation systems for drivers – for example, TomTom http://www.tomtom.com and Dash http://www.dash.net – provide interactive maps and turn-by-turn audio directions for users to follow.”

    The world as the interface – location data and the mobile web, Jonathan Follett in receiver magazine, Autumn 2008


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