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Meet ups – Pre FOWA Tour!

As you guys are aware we are running a FOWA Tour which hits 4 major cities in May and June.

However you’ll be seeing us a lot sooner than that as we are coming along to meet you guys for a drink first! 🙂

The Pre FOWA Tour meet ups will be taking place as follows:

14th April – Edinburgh

15th April – Leeds

16th April – Bristol

7th May – Cambridge

The exact locations are to be announced shortly, but will be a bar in each city centre.

This will be the first time we have visited some of these places so we would love to meet up with some of the locals, get your ideas and thoughts on the tour, chat about all things webby and have a drink or 3.

Check out Upcoming for further info and to sign up so we know how many of you to expect!

Looking forward to it!

Thankyou!

Thankyou so much for coming along to our first FOWA in Dublin!

We had a great time over there and enjoyed meeting all of you.

The video of each session will be up on the FOWA Dublin site sometime this week so if you missed anything you can watch it again!

Due to technical difficulties we are really sorry we are unable to upload the footage from IQ Contents presentation but many thanks to them for being a part of FOWA Dublin.

Check out the pics on Flickr too and if you have any to upload don’t forget to tag them fowadublin so we can all share them.

We hope to be back next year so if you have any ideas on how to make the event even better then just let us know.

Looking forward to it already! 🙂

FOWA Dublin is only 2 days away!

The Carsonified crew are back from FOWA Miami and we are gearing up for our first ever FOWA in Dublin!

With only 2 days to go, here is everything you need to know as an attendee, including all venue details and party plans! Plus some info on Facebook Developer Garage and how to use Twitter to connect to your fellow attendees!

Conference – 6th March

FOWA Dublin takes place on Friday 6th March at Liberty Hall in the heart of Dublin.

The venue is within walking distance of all bus routes and the mainline rail station. There is also ample secure parking in the Irish Life centre. For more details on how to get there including a map of the area, see the venue page of the site.

The day kicks off at 8.30am for registration. You will be able to grab a much needed coffee from the bar area as well as snacks and a bit of lunch during the day. The conference starts at 9.30am and is due to finish at 5:30pm.

There will be free WIFI in the auditorium and places where you can charge up your laptops in the bar area during breaks.

Passes

Don’t worry we have taken good care of your passes and they will be available to pick up from registration on arrival at Liberty Hall. Simply go up the stairs from the main entrance and registration will be directly in front of you.

Uni sessions

As an attendee to FOWA Dublin we are also offering FREE uni sessions! These are mini conferences that take place during breaks and lunch so you can get the most out of the day. There will be around 60 seats on a first come first served basis so better get your skates on and grab a seat as soon as Ryan announces the break! Microsoft, Sun and IQ Content will all be hosting a uni session.

Party!

The Official FOWA wrap party will be taking place at The Dandelion Club

The party will kick off at 7.30pm and is a short walk away from the venue. The bar will be open until 11pm then we will be able to go downstairs to the club until the wee hours of the morning so bring your dancing shoes 😉

Connect with fellow attendees using Twitter!

Darren Ferguson has built a very cool social twitter app to help you find and meet fellow conference attendees. So you guys can get the most out of the event we have set this up for you to use during FOWA Dublin!

Heres how it works:

First, follow fowadublin and wait for it to follow you back.

Keep your twitter profile location up to date or include a link to a google map at the end of your message when communicating with fowadublin. If using an iPhone Tweetie or Twitterific will all allow you to append map links to your messages. Twitterfon, Sparrow and Brighkite allow you to update your twitter profile location.

To publicise your location send a direct message to fowadublin, for example:

d fowadublin Holiday Inn Hotel Bar, Swilly Road

Optionally attach a twitpic so that people trying to find the venue have something to recognise.

To find people try the following commands:

d fowadublin near

d fowadublin nearest

d fowadublin newest

d fowadublin where @twitterid

Don’t forget to add a map to the end of the command if you can!

You will receive a direct message as a response – usually within 2-3 minutes. for nearest, newest and where commands the response will include a link to a map showing you how to find the appropriate person e.g.

nearest @fmoriyama 6 mins ago 0.6 miles away in Dublin http://tinyurl.com/dbre9o “Sycamore House”

If you want to be kept up to date every time someone updates their location send the following direct message:

d fowadublin alerts

d fowadublin noalerts

If you get stuck you can get a reminder of all of these commands by sending the following direct message:

d fowadublin help

Tips on updating your location:

If updating from a laptop give street level locations e.g “Castle St, Dublin” or a Latitude, Longtitude postion. If updating from an iPhone or other GPS enabled mobile update your location outside before going into the venue. If updating from an iPhone update with WIFI turned on even if you are not connected to a wifi network – Don’t ask me why, you just get a better location fix especially on 2.5g iPhones.

If things don’t seem to be working for you. Send an direct message to fmoriyama for help or email df@fergusomoriyama.com

Finally, if you want to get in touch with someone before meeting up, you have their twitter ID so it is easy to get in touch.

Facebook Developer Garage – 5th March

If any of you guys will be in Dublin the day before FOWA then check out the Facebook Developer Garage!

Facebook Developer Garages are just like they sound – a place to explore, get gritty, tinker, experiment, and test out ideas for Facebook Platform.

The Facebook Developer Garage Ireland is an opportunity for community involvement and learning.

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2009

Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Location: Digital Exchange Crane Street Dublin, Ireland

If you are interested in presenting or demo opportunities send email to web2ireland.editor@gmail.com

Need to chat to us?

If you have any questions at all we are all here to help you, so just contact jo@carsonified.com for any event queries

Looking forward to seeing you guys soon!

Thankyou!

Thankyou so much for coming along to FOWA Miami!

We have had some amazing feedback from you guys so keep it coming! It really helps us when planning next years event so if you have any suggestions or ideas for next year then just let us know.

We had such a great time that we cant wait for next year 🙂

5 days to go till FOWA Miami!

As you all are now aware, the Official FOWA wrap party is taking place at the gorgeous Nikki Beach Club. Well we have more good news in that Microsoft and Virgin.com have put a load of cash behind the bar to buy you guys a few drinks!

Many thanks to the lovely peeps at Microsoft and Virgin for this!

Be there at 8pm to get the party started!

Nikki Beach Club
One Ocean Drive
Miami, FL
33139

Look forward to seeing you all soon! 🙂

Media Temple competition winners are…

Brad Haynes of Paramore|Redd Online Marketing, Derrick Larane of Local Wisdom and Ian Cairns of Development Seed!

Brad wins the 1st prize of free web hosting for life and gets to come along to the speaker dinner and hang out on 23rd Feb. Derrick and Ian both win one years free web hosting.

Congratulations guys!

All prizes are courtesy of our friends at Media Temple, so big thanks to them.

FOWA Miami is just 10 days away!

The countdown has begun!

Here’s all you need to know as an attendee to FOWA Miami 09 plus party news!

FOWA After party!!
After keeping you guys waiting for months i can now finally confirm that the FOWA After party will take place at Nikki Beach Club! 🙂

Nikki Beach Club
One Ocean Drive
Miami, FL
33139

Any of you guys that came along last year will remember what an amazing venue this is, and this year we have the whole place to ourselves so make sure youre there!

The party kicks off at 8pm until late so come along, grab a drink, a bed on the beach and listen to some tunes!

Speaker news

As you may already know Mike Arrington of TechCrunch is taking a month off so is unfortunately unable to join us at FOWA Miami.

Some good news is that we have another fantastic speaker in the line up!

Aza Raskin gave his first talk on user interface at age 10 and got hooked. At 17, he was talking and consulting internationally; at 21 he co-founded Humanized. Two years later, Aza founded Songza.com, a minimalist music search engine that had over a million song plays during it’s first week of operation. After Humanized was sucked into Mozilla, Aza became Head of User Experience for Mozilla Labs.

Workshops – Monday 23rd February

Doors open for the workshops at 8am with the first workshops starting at 9am, come along at 8 to pick up your pass and grab a much needed coffee before we begin. The sessions take place in the break out rooms in the Arsht Centre. The rooms will be clearly marked but the Carsonified crew will be on hand to help you. You will find your names outside your chosen workshop just in case you have forgotten which ones you signed up for!

Lunch and coffee breaks are provided for all workshop attendees.

The workshops finish at 5pm.

Conference – Tuesday 24th February

FOWA takes place in the Knight Concert Hall of the Arsht Centre, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. To get to the hall simply enter through the main doors and you will see registration directly in front of you. You cant miss us!

Doors open at 8am for registration and presentations start at 9am, may be worth getting there early for a coffee. There will be coffee, tea and snacks available to purchase from the lobby area.

There is free WIFI in the lobby area of the center and you can also charge up your laptops from here. However there is no WIFI in the auditorium.

Check the venue page for further info.

Passes

Don’t panic, we have been taking good care of your passes and they will be available to pick up at registration on the 23rd Feb for the conference & workshop attendees and 24th Feb for conference only.

Looking forward to seeing you guys soon!