The 2012 edition of Thinking Digital has a powerful roster of multi-talented speakers from the worlds of technology, media, science, industry and the arts.
Discover more about Herb and the conference after the jump!
Why did you create Thinking Digital, what need were you trying to satisfy?
Thinking Digital was directly inspired by visit to TED 2006 in Monterey. I came back convinced that the area around where I worked, Newcastle Gateshead, needed an inspirational event about technology, ideas & the future as an important contribution to the local community of creatives, technologists and business people.
Thinking Digital Conference, 29-31 May 2012, Gateshead – United Kingdom
Since when are you in the event biz
How did you get into this industry
We started holding local meet ups of people in technology, new media.
What do you do beyond events?
Non-executive director & consulting
What would you change of the event industry in general?
Make it easier for people to identify great events whether it be ‘great’ for networking, content, execution, etc.
Something new you’ll be doing at your next event
We’re collaborating with Open Labs at Liverpool John Moores University and holding 2 Livecast events in Liverpool & Daresbury (Cheshire).
Biggest challenge for your next event
Same challenges as ever; keeping the quality high; the conference feeling fresh & energetic.
Past accomplishment you’re most proud of?
Thinking Digital itself was something most people thought would fail. We’re glad we’ve proven a few people wrong about that.
Best networking tool?
The best tool is picking the right spaces that support networking. Picking the right venues means that 50% of the work is done before you do a single thing.
An event you admire
PopTech. Outside of my own, if I had to pick only 1 conference a year to attend this would be the one.
Golf, movies, exercise, travel, cooking