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FOWA Summer Sale!

The FOWA Summer Sale will launch from the brand spanking new Carsonified site on 9th July!

Get your clicking fingers ready to bag one of the first 10 passes to FOWA at 50% off.


FOWA Summer Sale!

To celebrate summer finally hitting the UK, we are having an absolute scorcher of a sale! 😉

10 seats at 50% off (save £167.50)

20 seats at 25% off (save £83.75)

30 seats at 10% off (save £33.50)

If youre not quick enough to grab one of the first 10 there is still a chance to save some pennies as the sale will continue with the further 50 discounted passes.

This special offer applies to 2 day conference passes to FOWA London 09 only.

Keep your ears to the ground to find out where and when to get your Summer Sale pass!

New FOWA speakers announced!

The FOWA schedule is jam packed but we just had to make room for these 3 amazing speakers!

We are so pleased to announce that Chris Abad will be joining us to talk about The Future of Marketing Web Apps.

Chris Abad is the CEO at iList, creators of the overnight-sensation Twitter game, Spymaster. What started as a fun exploration of Twitter’s application platform for Chris and his team, has since taken over Twitter and become an addiction for thousands passionate users. At iList, Chris is responsible for overall strategy and direction of the company, as well as product concept and innovation.

Bruce Lawson from Opera will be speaking on The Future of HTML5.

Bruce evangelises Open Web Standards for Opera. He’s a member of the Web Standards Project’s Accessibility Task Force and the W3C Mobile Best Practices Working Group. Previously, he was technical lead for the Solicitors Regulation Authority site.

Finally Simon Wardley will be joining us again! Those of you who came along to FOWA 08 will remember Simon chairing the Biz track for us.

The companies that Simon has helped range in size from start-up operations to global conglomerates and have been geographically dispersed from Amsterdam and Athens to Barcelona, London and Warsaw. The consistent theme is Simon’s ability to provide practical, workable solutions and to bridge the gap between IT and business strategy.

Check out the speaker page to find out a bit more about each of them and to see who will be joining them!

Watch this space as we may have a few more up our sleeve very soon! 🙂

FOWA London news!

As you guys know FOWA is heading back into the heart of the big smoke to Kensington from 30th September (workshops) to 2nd October, and do we have a line up for you!!

Confirmed speakers so far include:

Gary Vaynerchuk – Wine Library TV

Dustin Diaz – Twitter Inc

Kevin Rose – Digg

Michael Arrington – TechCrunch

Aza Raskin – Mozilla

Addison Berry – Lullabot

Alex Hunter – Virgin

Check out the speaker page to see who else will be joining them!

We will be announcing three brand new speakers very soon so watch this space!

* Workshops

We have 8 fantastic workshops available for you to choose from on 30th September. Any of you guys that have attended these in the past will know that in small groups of just 40, workshops are much more intimate, in-depth and valuable sessions where you can really get up close and personal with the speaker and gain real knowledge you can put to use after the event.

We are so pleased to have the following eight sessions to offer you:

Alex Hunter – Kick-ass Online Marketing Techniques

Relly Annett-Baker – Copywriting Fundamentals for the Web

Mike McDerment – How to build a web app from A – Z

Dave Morin – How to build Facebook Connect + openID into your site

TBA – How to Build Accessible Web Apps

Francisco Tolmasky – Building Web Apps Using Atlas

Addison Berry – Site Building with Drupal

Chris Lea – Setting up Your Web App – Powerful Alternatives to LAMP

Check out the workshop descriptions and make your choice of one morning session and one afternoon session

* Expo

There will be an expo floor in the Small Hall at Kensington Town Hall on 1st and 2nd October so there will be plenty of opportunity to check it out during the event.

If you are interested in exhibiting at FOWA drop Will Filby a line at

* Networking Carsonified style

As per usual Carsonified style we will be throwing some fab parties around the event to give you guys a chance to get to know one another, gain some valuable new contacts and generally have fun! Not only that, we also have a speed networking session planned for the first day to give you all a nudge in the right direction. ☺

* How to grab your seat!

Register for your ticket now as there are a few discounted tickets are still available for the workshops on 30th Sept at over £100 off so grab these while you can and take your pic from our 8 amazing workshops.

If you have any queries drop Jo a line at

More FOWA news and info soon!

Get your FOWA 09 tickets now!

We’re very close to anouncing some huge keynote speakers for FOWA London 09 so we’re not quite ready to launch the site. However, you can still grab super cheap early bird tickets:

  • 2-Day Conference Ticket (Only 50 available): £100 + VAT (save £235)
  • 3-Day Conference + Workshop Ticket (Only 20 available): £200 + VAT (save £295)

We’ll be announcing the speaker line-up very soon. However, we’re excited to announce 8 killer workshops we’ve already got lined up for you.

Morning Workshops

Copywriting fundamentals for the web (Relly Annett-Baker – Poppycopy )

This workshop draws on her experience to explore the fundamentals of copywriting for the web, why it should be your first consideration for both sites and apps, a DIY guide to copy, when to get a professional in and the most common mistakes rookie writers make.

How to build Facebook Connect + openID into your site (Dave Morin – Facebook)

It’s becoming increasingly important to allow your users to login with Facebook Connect and openID. In this workshop we’ll show you how to get started.

Building Web + iPhone Apps Using Atlas (Francisco Tolmasky – 280north)

With the launch of Atlas, the team at 280 North redefined what is possible with web apps. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use Cappuccino, Objective-J and Atlas to create amazingly powerful web app user interfaces – that can be easily deployed as an iPhone app.

How to Build Accessible Web Apps (Speaker TBC)

In this workshop you’re going to learn how to make your web app accessible. Experts will walk you through the accessibility essentials you need to know and how to avoid common mistakes.

Afternoon Workshops

Kick-ass Online Marketing Techniques (Alex Hunter – Virgin)

How to get the biggest bang for your buck online and make your site stand out among the rest.

How to Build a Web App from A-Z (Mike McDerment – Freshbooks)

Having a great web app idea is only the beginning of the fun. Taking that idea from your head and getting all the way to launch is no easy task and unfortunately there aren’t any official instruction. So in this workshop, we are going to give you tips on the complete process of building a web app, from A to Z.

Setting up Your Web App – Powerful Alternatives to LAMP (Chris Lea – Virb)

The Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP-Perl-Python (LAMP) stack is absolutely one of the most ubiquitous development platforms for web applications in the world. So much so that there are many who have never strayed outside the well known environment it provides. However, there are exciting software developments currently that may provide better solutions than the trusty LAMP setup.

Site Building with Drupal (Addison Berry – Lullabot)

Drupal is a popular content management system (CMS) that powers a wide variety of dynamic, content-driven web sites. Its modular design means that thousands of modules can be used to add the functionality that your site needs without any custom programming.

Get your early bird tickets here

On to FOWA London 09!

It’s all systems go here at Carsonified HQ as we prepare for this years FOWA London!

The all important dates for your diary are 30th Sept to 2nd October 09.

We are launching FOWA 09 on 6th May at 1pm so get your clicking fingers at the ready! 🙂

The first batch of 50 conference passes and 20 workshops passes will be available for just £100 and £200! The cost will go up gradually as they sell out so get in there quick to bag one of these.

We have a fantastic line up this year with a day of in depth workshops followed by two jam packed days of conference sessions, networking and of course the parties!

We are keeping the identity of the speakers under our hats for now but i will say that for one amazing speaker it will be the first time he has spoken in the UK.

You don’t want to miss this one!

All will be revealed on 6th May!

Meet ups!

The location of all the Pre FOWA Tour meetups are:

14th April – Edinburgh – Dragonfly

15th April – Leeds – We are merging with GeekUp Leeds at Old Broadcasting House @ Leeds Met!

16th April – Bristol – Pitcher & Piano

7th May – Cambridge – The Slug & Lettuce

Further info on how to get there is now on upcoming.

They are all bars in each city centre so very easy to get to for an after work drink and meet up with the Carsonified crew!

See you guys there!

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