More than we can chew? Taking on TEDxCanberra

As a TEDster, the emergence of the TEDx events gives us the opportunity to share the TED experience with our friends, colleagues and interest groups in a smaller, more intimate, less big bang (and definitely less expensive) setting.

At acidlabs we’re incredibly proud to announce that TED has granted us the right to host the very first TEDxCanberra!

This is big news for us, and we’re hard at work (it’s not like we weren’t already busy) in the early stages of pulling the event together.

Our aim is to attract enough support to ensure that TEDxCanberra is free, or as close to free as we can make it. To do this, we’re going to need a small army of volunteers to help us make it happen. If you’re interested in helping out – time, sponsorship, in kind assistance your business or organisation can give – we’d love you to get in touch.

TEDxCanberra will be held on Saturday 23 October 2010. Follow along at the TEDx web site to make sure you hear all the news.

Social Media Club Canberra launches

SMC logoThis Friday, the first ever Social Media Club Canberra breakfast will be held. As a member of SMC, I’ve been keen to make something happen in my town and it looks like we’re really getting started with this event.

It’s very lightweight – bring yourself, bring a friend and user pays – but it’s a chance for anyone in Canberra interested in social media to get together with a bunch of like minded folks over a cup of coffee and a great breakfast. Details below:

  • Where – CREAM Cafe, Corner Bunda Street and Genge Street, Canberra City
  • When – 8:00AM-10:00AM, Friday 16 January 2009

If you’d like to come along, please RSVP for the event on Facebook or email me if you’re not on Facebook.

Oh, and since it’s the launch of SMC in Canberra, we have a Facebook page for the group. Please join!

Another Schmap photo

It’s a small thing, but another of my photos has been chosen for inclusion in a Schmap travel guide.

More tulips

This time, it’s the guide for Australia (link to my pic and page), and the photo they’ve used is for Floriade, an internationally recognised Spring flower festival held in my town, Canberra every September.

BarCamp Canberra #1 wrap

Welcome to BarCamp Canberra!!!

I think I speak for all of the Unorganisers when I say that BarCamp Canberra #1 was an unqualified success! We couldn’t be happier with the turnout, the quality of the talks, the feedback we’ve received and the enthusiasm to hold another BarCamp here in 2009.

Here are a few stats from the day:

  • in excess of 60 attendees (that’s an amazing turnout for somewhere as small as Canberra)
  • over 30 presentations on topics including web typography, GTD, open source, design and language
  • 156 photos and counting
  • several enthusiastic blog posts already – Stephen Dann, Gavin Jackson, Ruth Ellison and Steven Hanley
  • 30+ t-shirts handed out (if you were in the first 40 registrations, you were entitled to a t-shirt on the day, and if you were in the 41-55 bracket, there’s a t-shirt coming for you – make sure you let me know if you missed out)
  • a bunch of people introduced to the power of Twitter
  • 16 pizzas eaten
  • many Chupa-Chups and Arnotts Shapes consumed
  • 72 600ml bottles of water drunk
  • 32 people for the dinner afterwards
  • just two pieces of lost property – an Asus Eee PC power brick and a Nokia N95 belt pouch (if you own either of these, email me)

Personally, it was an incredibly fulfilling experience and I’m looking forward to being involved next time. As Canberra’s a small town, we’re probably a one BarCamp a year place. In the meantime, I’ll definitely be at any Australian BarCamp I can get to and might even try for the odd nearby international one…

BarCamp Canberra reminder

BarCamp Canberra logo

Just a reminder that if you plan to come to Canberra on 19 April for BarCamp Canberra #1, you reallyreallyreallyreallyreallyreallyetc need to sign up today on the registration page at so we can order a custom t-shirt for you.

If you don’t sign up, not only can we not guarantee you your choice, we can’t guarantee you a shirt of any sort!

We will be ordering a small number of extras, but they will be generic and you might not get your size.

Regardless, sign up! We really want you there.

BarCamp Canberra is Go!

Thunderbirds are go!

After a year of trying, we’ve finally scored a venue and BarCamp Canberra is happening!

Here are the details:

  • Who? Anyone who is interested in technology, the Internet and related topics. We have room for 60ish people, so bring your colleagues.
  • What? A good opportunity to share ideas and projects and to work with like-minded individuals.
  • When? 1000-1700 on Saturday 19 April 2008
  • Where? BarCampCanberra will be held at the CSIT Building, North Road, ANU.
  • Website? The BarCampCanberra blog is located at We’ll be posting updated information about the event there.

The page is We’ll be posting updated information about the event there.

There is a signup page at You need to sign up there if you want a t-shirt. Make sure you read the t-shirt details!

There is an Upcoming event at so we can track who’s coming and presenting.

There is a Google Group at where most of the backchannel is happening. Subscribe there to keep in touch.

And there’s the Facebook Group at

BarCamp Canberra logo


Canberra hail at the ANU

Canberra has been in severe drought for several years now, on top of already being the dryest major city in Australia. The drought was a significant contributory factor in the 2003 bushfires and means we’re on water restrictions severe enough that watering of lawns is prohibited. So, it bears mentioning that since New Years’ Eve, the weather here has been very weird with frequent heavy thunderstorms and major hail, including another major storm last night.

The aftermath was so bad, colleagues of mine were unable to get to work this morning – this is the middle of Summer here, BTW!

In fact, another storm has just started here and it’s absolutely pissing down!

If you didn’t already believe what Al Gore had to say in An Inconvenient Truth, you’d be well on your way to being convinced.

BarCamp Canberra is coming

BarCamp logo

I’m involved in organising BarCamp Canberra on 3-4 March 2007. If you’re a local, or can make it along, we’d love to have you involved. Post a comment here and we’ll make sure to keep you up to date. If you’re a Canberra or Australian business who’d like to sponsor or provide a giveaway or two, PLEASE, send me an email – trib AT acidlabs DOT org.

BarCamp is a great idea – low key, lightweight unconferences with a focus on new apps and open source tech. If you’re still confused, see the Wikipedia article.