E L S U A ~ A KM Blog by Luis Suarez

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Trip to London to Present at Web 2.0: Practical Applications for Business Benefit

If last week, during my vacation in Barcelona, I was twittering quite a bit about the various issues I experienced throughout the whole week with some very poor performance on wireless connectivity throughout the couple of hotels I stayed in, as well as my mobile SIM card with Yoigo (Not to worry, I have got a couple of blog posts I need pruning first a bit more before I let them go out into my blogs, but I can surely guarantee you they will be fun! NOT!!!), this week things have changed completely. And for the better! I am enjoying a lovely, and pervasive, standard ADSL connection at the super fine Hyde Park Executive Apartments in London, where I am going to stay for about a week.

Yes, indeed, I am on the road again! What a year, eh? Incredibly hectic and exciting to say the least! I am just going to do a little bit of fast forwarding and ask you folks to hang in there for the various blog posts I will be sharing over the course of the next couple of weeks with some of the highlights from the amazing time I had while in Barcelona; like I said, one of my all time favourite cities in the world! And, specially detail some more about the wonderful people, and conversations we had!, I have met over the last few days.

But that will need to take a little break, because, like I have mentioned above, I am on the road again, this time to London, to get busy with a few things I wish I had the time to detail earlier on, if it weren’t for the appalling lack of connectivity over the last 10 days! Alas, it didn’t happen. (Sigh) Anyway, moving forward (For now…)

Yes, I am in London. Yes, I am still on holidays! 😀, enjoying a few days catching up with one of my favourite, and most cosmopolitan, cities I have been to in my short life. Even though I have seen most of the city throughout the course of the years, it still amazes me how much it continues to change & thrive and give you that impression that you need to explore it again just to catch up since last time! In my case that would be 2005!

But that’s not the only reason why I am here. I am also here in London, because for the first time in a couple of years I have now finally managed to be able to make it to one of those Web 2.0 related events I always wanted to attend, but never quite managed to make it. Till this year…

I am talking about Unicom‘s Web 2.0: Practical Applications for Business Benefit that will kick off on October 1st, and for a couple of days, at MWB Victoria and where I will not only be attending as a regular attendee throughout the entire event, but also I will be speaking at one of the sessions on the first day.

You will be able to check out all of the details of this very interesting and engaging event, I am sure, if you get your hands on the event’s brochure or if you check out the Programme / Schedule. In there you would be able to read how folks I have been following for a while now, and whom I have got plenty of admiration and respect for, would be participating as well at the event. People like Euan Semple, Penny Edwards, Leisa Reichelt, Suw Charman-Anderson, Dominic Campbell and, of course, David Gurteen, who I have known, and have followed!, for many years now and with whom I am finally going to have a chance to meet up face to face! Oh, and the same would be happening with Euan!

Can you see where my excitement comes from? heh Well, it gets better!

As I have mentioned above already, I will be sharing the agenda / programme with such an amazing bunch of folks talking about, yes, you know it already, my favourite topic this year: Thinking Outside the Inbox! Although this time around with a slight tweak here and there of the speech itself. Here is an excerpt of what I will be covering during my session:

– "The changing nature of collaboration
– The role of communities in helping accelerate the adoption of social computing
– Enterprise social software what it is and why you should care about it.
– Practical examples of social software in the enterprise, its Web 2.0 characteristics and benefits vs. traditional collaboration tools"

I am not sure whether the sessions will be recorded or not, but it is my understanding the slide decks will be shared, although, they are almost identical to the ones I have been using all along. The pitch, though, will be different.

I am not sure whether I would be live con-blogging or tweeting (@elsuacon) the rest of the event, since it would pretty much depend on the connectivity we would have throughout, and so far my experiences haven’t been that good for multiple other conferences. We shall see how that goes! But needless to say that even if I cannot report about the conference live I will still be putting together some highlights after the event is done and I am capable of finding some free time!

Free time? Yes, not much this time around either! Because there is another good reason why I am here in London during the next few days and that is to participate on my first London Knowledge Cafe where both Unicom and David Gurteen have offered me the unique opportunity to expand further on why, how, since when I have been giving up on e-mail at work and also explain further how other folks can start doing the same thing I have been doing now for over 8 months! (No, I haven’t forgotten either the blog posts on the weekly progress reports about how things are going. Those are coming up, too! And stay tuned, because they are looking good!).

You would be able to read plenty more about it over at "Could you stop using e-mail?" and, as you can see, it is an open to everyone event, where I will try to be as provocative, enlightening and entertaining as I possibly could be, so that you can learn a few tricks on how you can free yourself up from e-mail at work. For good! Just like I have done!

Phew! And that would be it! That’s some of the stuff that’s happening this week, while I am in London, about to enjoy, I am sure, a brilliant time! Oh, oh, did I mention I am still on holidays till next week Monday, October 6th? Well, I may not be working, indeed, but you all know there is no way that social networking will stop and, specially, my favourite one, pure face to face social networking!

Thus, if you are around, or in town during those days, and would want to meet up for a drink or two, or food, get in touch! And we will surely meet up! It may be coming through as a packed up social agenda, so if you see I am not very active over here in the next few days it may well be that, once again, life has won that everlasting battle with work in striking a balance. And I will probably be spending the time doing something else than sitting in front of the computer … 😉

And, of course, I will probably be using my Twitter ID to share some highlights along the way, as well as one other way to get in touch with folks, whenever I managed to be online, promising to be a good week for that this time around! About time, too!

See you around!

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