I came back to Melbourne with a new sense of community, as well as feeling inspired, overwhelmed, excited not to mention hung-over. Not only are the sessions by key international figures in our industry inspiring and informative, but it's a great chance to catch up with colleagues and people with whom you normally only interact with online.
Highlights of the 2 days for me included:
- Jeffrey Veen's inspiring talks about usability and Web 2.0
- Doug Bowman's different, but definately thought provoking, talk on what may lie ahead for the web in the future
- Tantek Celik's informative session on Microformats
- Cameron Adam's easily understandable and hilarious presentation on AJAX
Also, by showing the audience how to use Technorati and Flickr when talking about the conference, the organisers have made it possible and easy to keep the community spirit of the event going, well after it has finished.