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After a Student pass to FOWA?

Heads up guys!

Due to demand we are releasing 10 more Student passes for FOWA Miami and FOWA Dublin at 5pm today!

At just $45 and €55 for access to the conference and parties you can’t go wrong!

Be ready to click on that book button 🙂


New speakers announced!

We are so pleased to have Jason Calacanis and Euan Semple with us at this years FOWA!

They will be joining speakers such as Kevin Rose, Tim Bray and Erick Schonfeld to create an amazing line up.

Jason is the CEO of and previously the co-founder of Weblogs, Inc. with Brian Alvey, and the GM of Netscape. He was also the editor and CEO of the Silicon Alley Reporter magazine and is known for his insight into the media industry. He is quoted widely in trade and consumer media outlets and keynotes industry conferences worldwide. His views can be read daily on his own blog,

For all you guys attending the workshops, Euan Semple has agreed to host a session on Enterprise 2.0 which is proving to be very popular.

Euan is an independent advisor on social computing for business. He is a well known writer, thinker and public speaker on the subject and has worked with a large number of global corporations including BP, Nokia and The World Health Organisation. Euan pioneered the use of weblogs, wikis and online forums while at the BBC.

Check out Enterprise 2.0 and our other 7 workshops here. As usual you have a choice of 4 morning sessions and 4 afternoon sessions. Don’t forget you can still enjoy the slides and plenty of tips/tricks and handy hints from all workshops in the Survival kit which is sent out to all workshop attendees.

So more of you can benefit from the Early bird discounted passes they wont run out until 4th August! Passes are flying because of this so don’t hang about.

Click here to get yours then you can relax, take a look at what FOWA Uni sessions you would like to attend and plan your outfit for the parties 😉

There are plenty more announcements to come including some amazing giveaways, more speakers, Uni info and party news so watch this space.

Bye for now!

FOWA registration is open!

Future of Web Apps registration is now open!

Yes that’s right! We are back at the ExCel Centre on 8-10 October to bring you guys 2 days of the very latest in web technologies and trends brought to you by truly inspirational industry experts.

Which brings me nicely onto our line up this year! (i know thats what you all want to hear!) 🙂

We think this is the most exciting speaker line up we have ever had so you guys are in for a real treat!

Check out some of the confirmed speakers:

Kevin Rose – digg

Erick Schonfeld – Techcrunch

Kathy Sierra – JavaRanch

Bronwyn Jones – Apple

Kevin Marks – Google

Stefan Fountain – Soocial

Blaine Cook – Formerly Chief Engineer at Twitter

Matt Biddulph – Dopplr

and many more!

Click here to find out who and watch this space as we will be revealing more speakers in the weeks to come! I love creating a bit of suspense 🙂

Introducing our lovely conference chairs

As well as fantastic speakers we have invited 2 of the best in the business to bring their ideas to FOWA.

As last year, the schedule is split into 2 exciting tracks, the Development track and the Business track, so whether you’re an Developer, Designer, Entrepreneur or Student there will be something for everyone!

Development track chairSimon Willison is a seasoned FOWA conference chair so we jumped at the chance to have him back with us again.

Business track chairSimon Wardley is a real industry expert so we are so pleased to be able to pick his brains for ideas this year!

Early birds

We are offering Early bird seats for the 2 and 3 day conference passes at up to £100 off! These are only available for a limited time only so be sure to snap them up as soon as you can. You can register for them here

Bigger expo floor!

FOWA 07 completely sold out and this time the expo area is going to be even bigger! From big companies with new apps to try, games and practical advice from the experts to small startups with cool new ideas, expect this and more at FOWA 08!

The floor will be split into 4 main themes, Mobile, Small Business, Funding and Development. It’s your chance to meet tons of amazing people behind some of the leading products in the industry, mingle with other attendees over a coffee or a beer and attend one or all of the fantastic new FOWA universities.

FOWA university

These are mini workshops of 35 mintues long taking place right on the expo floor on 9th and 10th! They are offered to all attendees so grab a coffee in the break and come along!

Check out FOWA uni for more info.

If you are interested in exhibiting at FOWA expo 08 contact Will for all the info

Watch this space for more news and announcements including the parties!

We can’t wait to see all you guys in October.

FOWA Expo Dates Released

By Mel Kirk

Having hosted our first FOWA with an expo last October, we had lots of feedback from you to say that you enjoyed the expo and felt it added to the event. For this reason, we’ve decided to bring it back again this October, woo hoo 🙂

The dates for your diary are 8-10 October and it will be held at the ExCeL Center in London again. If you’d like to be notified when registration opens, please sign up here.

The Millenium Dome, London

We’re really looking forward to hosting the event in London again and hope to make it even more action packed than last time… so watch this space!

Have you signed up to the FOWA social network?

By Mel Kirk

Three weeks until FOWA hits Miami and we really hope that you can make it. If you’re coming to FOWA and haven’t already done so, we would really encourage you to sign up to the social network.

For those of you who used it at the FOWA Expo in London, you’ll know it’s a lot of fun finding those with similar interests and also those folks completely opposite to you – always a great ice breaker on the day. In addition, it’s a great way to have a look at the attendees coming to the event so that you can arrange to meet, whether that’s a potential business contact or if you’re looking to recruit etc.

FOWA Miami Networking

In addition we have now added the functionality for you to sign up to the socials taking place. This gives us a better idea of numbers and gets you involved in the fun. So what are you waiting for?


See what I did there? OK, I didn’t quite pull it off, but humor me 🙂

In addition to the social network there is now a wiki set up for you to use as you like. So far it’s got lots of information that we hope you will find useful such as transport links, hotel information, travel guides etc. So maybe if you’re looking to share a cab with someone or split the cost of a hotel room with someone (maybe that’s pushing it if you don’t know them) why not add your details to the wiki and see who gets back to you? Plus of course there’s always those bar meetups!!!

FOWA Miami Wiki

Wifi Cloud

We’re really pleased to be working with Cliff Skolnick of rightround, thanks to a recommendation from Scott Beale.

Cliff has more than two decades of experience in Internet servers, security, and connectivity. He was a co-founder and chief information officer of Organic Online, where he designed the network and server architecture used by such high-profile clients as Volvo, Levi’s, Sybase, MCI, Netscape, Saturn, and Microsoft. Cliff has been involved in setting up connectivity for many Bay Area events and also SXSW.

This means that we’re working on providing you with the best possible connection so that you can blog til your hearts content, oh and check on those ever mounting emails too!

Ooooh we’re going to Miami!

Matt Mullenweg confirmed for FOWA

By Mel Kirk

It’s with much excitement that I am able to confirm that Matt will be speaking at FOWA Miami next month. Matt’s presentation went down a storm in London last October. If you haven’t yet had a chance to listen to the MP3 – you can check it out here.

Matt is known of course as the founder of WordPress and has recently introduced Prologue which is his latest project. Prologue is much like a group Twitter and adds to the vast array of projects undertaken at Automattic.

Matt Mullenweg

Lots of Exciting Developments For FOWA Miami

By Mel Kirk

Wow, so many developments and only one blog post, where to begin?

Kathy Sierra, Kevin Rose & Cal Henderson

We’re so excited to be able to announce that Kathy Sierra will be making a rare appearance at FOWA in Miami at the end of next month. Kathy will also be joined by Kevin Rose of Digg and Cal Henderson of Flickr. This now completes the line-up, which we’ve been working hard on with our conference chairs to bring you the very best content for your dollar! 🙂

Kathy Sierra, Kevin Rose, Cal Henderson

Come hang with us…

We love impromptu drinks and meet ups and that’s why we’ve arranged an official hotel for FOWA. The team and the speakers will be staying at The Strand on Ocean Drive, South Beach and we have negotiated a special rate of $299 plus taxes for FOWA attendees. So if you’re looking to book your hotel, why not come stay with us?

We chose the hotel for it’s close proximity to the beach (you could throw yourself onto the beach from your balcony, but we wouldn’t recommend it), party venue, close proximity to local amenities and short taxi ride to the conference venue. Plus it’s very pretty….

The Strand, Ocean Drive, South Beach Miami



We know that one of the most valuable parts of conferences is the great contacts that you make and often long-lasting friends. For this reason, we introduced the FOWA social network at last October’s Expo. The site allows you to see who’s attending, contact people that you’d be interested in meeting up with prior to the event, meet like minded folks based on your interests and those that are complete opposites, if you want to mix it up a little bit.

As it proved to be so popular, we’re pleased to confirm that we will be using the social network for Miami. If you are due to attend but haven’t yet signed up to the site, you can do so here. We always welcome any shout outs on the message board if you want to say hi (oh, and offers of free cocktails are always welcome too 🙂 ).

FOWA Miami Networking

Well over and out for now – we do have lots more to tell you, so be sure to subscribe to the blog for all of the latest news and information… Miami here we come, woo hoo!

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