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Webstock 8x5 - come along and hear my 5 minutes of February fame

As you know I have a humane mission to assist IT Departments in New Zealand get up to speed with Enterprise 2.0 whilst getting them out of the way of the work that actual business people want to perform.

Not all IT Departments are "in the way", but a lot are.

Mike and his team at Webstock have kindly given me one of the 8x5 slots (8 people, 5 minutes) at this years event (Feb 11th-15th, conference proper is Thu 14th/Fri 15th at the Wellington Town Hall) in order to give you all pointers so that you may decide which IT Department type you have.

I'll be speaking Friday in the 2:20-3:10pm '8x5' session.

Here's what they say about me:
Mike RiversdaleMike Riversdale — Enterprise 2.0 - why it's scaring the pants off IT Departments

With the slow and seemingly unstoppable incursion of "Web 2.0" into organisations, from the one-man band up to the most staid and dusty Governmental Ministry's, there is one 'cult' of workers that are acting akin to the popular King Canute legend, namely your IT Department.

Mike will help you identify whether you have such an Canute-ish IT Department and even supply hints as how to help them and you.

Mike (aka Miramar Mike) has been working in, with and against IT Departments from all types of organisations in all parts of the world for nearly 20 years as he follows his passion of making information available, findable and usable. He believes information has the power to connect people - to more info, to knowledge and, ultimately, to each other. He lives his electronic life online and has completely removed the need to pay money for software and instead spends it on web features that are useful. He writes an Enterprise 2.0 (Kiwi style) blog, a personal blog, is a proud member of the Wellingtonista and has many friends, followers but only one family.

Nice photo eh - you should've seen some of the other options, *phew*

Of course once my 5 minutes is over you have 7 other awesome speakers. I am particularly interested in how Brian will manage to squeeze it all into 5 minutes and whether Mark and Zef are joined at the hip or it's a type with the same title :-)

In presentation order the 8x5-ers are:
  1. Nigel Parker — The Internet is not private get over it
  2. Brian Calhoun — What does it mean to be human?
  3. me
  4. Sam Farrow — News 2.0
  5. Mark Zeman — The Evaporating Value of Design
  6. Mark Rickerby — Historiographica
  7. Tahi Tait
  8. Zef Fugaz and the Provoke team — Building High Performance Personas
How do you get to see myself and my fellow 8x5-ers ... register now

[Updated with Mark Rickerby's real 8x5 speech title - thanks Mike]


  1. There was an editorial error in transcribing the title of Mark's talk! It is "Historiographica".


  2. ;-) I'm not surprised and knew you'd guys would get on to it ... shame really as it would've been a cracking coincidence


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