Ade Oshineye of Google was the latest guest speaker brought to the region for the recent Berkshire Digital meeting, which took place in the impressive Georgian mansion house of South Hill Park in Bracknell.
Developer Advocate and contact point for engineers wanting advice on integration with Google products, Ade’s “The State Of Social” talk outlined the recent history of social and mobile, but left audience members guessing about the precise trajectory of Google’s own social media curve.
The 2012 season has had a slow start with a few technical issues with the stations web stream, but I’m blessed to still pretty content-rich and have some great material coming up between now and April 2012. My Twitter followers will already know about this, but after the 4step app test in Oxford a couple of weeks back, I went up to Oxford Brookes University to meet Stephen Cornford, Research Fellow and sound artist to talk about his own work and the forthcoming Audiograft 2012 Festival.
Stephen was a charming interviewee, kind, genuine and obviously immersed in his practice. I really meeting him and hearing about his work generating voices from the playback mechanisms of obsolete tape machines. A mighty side-note of my visit to the SARU studio was clapping eyes on the ancient VCS3 synthesiser in the corner of the room. Needless to say, we cranked it up for a short demonstration during the podcast.
Other shows in the pipeline for this season are a roundtable with dance artists involved in the 4step app, a catch-up with Helen Frosi of the SoundFjord Gallery to hear about the new fund raiser album that has released on Audio Gourmet and the latest waves that the sonic arts-focussed gallery has been making in London. One of the other projects that I’m really excited about at the moment is Digital Berkshire, where I’m working alongside a team of people involved in the digital/tech/social media industries in my county to create a friendly, networking event with guest speakers each month. My colleagues are truly well connected, so it’s very stimulating. This is a very timely project for the culture industry to get onboard with (though I don’t see too many people doing anything similar). I’ve always been on both side of the fence as a self employed digital producer, so hanging out with people who see the idiosincrasies of the funded culture section is definitely good for my sanity.
Digital Berkshire’s second event rolls out on 16th February, so we’ll be podcasting some of the material generated during that event too.
Social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook have not only created new ways to share information and connect with friends, they have created the potential for whole new self-organising groups to spring up. In this episode of the Gene Pool we speak to digital Marketeers, Jocelyn Kirby and Jeff Scott about the emergence of new localised business networking meetings, Digital Surrey and Digital Berkshire and how these grassroots communities are attracting the interest of large corporations, such as Microsoft, Google and Canon.
The conversation roves around social media tips and advice, sharing the digital love and detours into the tales of the supernatural !
Digital Berkshire launches in January 2012 at the Blackberry HQ in Slough, Berkshire followed by the second event in February at its new home venue, South Hill Park Arts Centre.
- Jeff Scott Twitter: www.twitter.com/jeffscott2009
- Jocelyn Kirby Twitter: www.twitter.com/jocelynkirby
- Digital Surrey: www.digitalsurrey.co.uk
- Digital Berkshire: www.digitalberkshire.co.uk
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Gene Pool#56: Social Networking