World Tour | February 27, 2007

Starting with SXSW in just over a weeks time, I’ve got a pretty hectic conference schedule planned for the next couple of months. I’m going to be speaking at Web Design World in San Francisco on the 26th March, so rather than come back in between, I’ve decided to stay over in the states. I’m going to try and get to the IA Summit while I’m there as it looks like a fantastic line-up of speakers, and I’m a big fan of Vegas. The only sad thing is that I’l have to miss the last day, but all the best stuff seems to be at the start anyway.

Between these events I’m planing to hang out in San Fran for a while and get some writing done. I’m not a big fan of sitting in hotel rooms, so I’ll probably check out the whole Coworking thing. If you have any other suggestions for cool places to work, like a nice wifi cafe or something, please let me know. On a similar note, I don’t know San Francisco that well, so any recommendations on places to stay would be most welcome.

I’ve got a few friends and contacts in SF, so I’m looking forward to meeting up with them and getting an insiders tour of the city. I’m also hoping I can blag a visit to the Apple, Google and Yahoo! campuses while I’m there, so if you have any connections, please let me know. Hopefully I won’t be working the whole time, so it would be great to hire a car for a couple of days and get out of the city. Where would you recommend going for a couple of days break?

When I get back to the UK I’ll be heading up to Edinburgh for the Highland Fling conference. I really like Edinburgh so that should be a lot of fun. Thankfully the rest of April is looking pretty open, so I should have a couple of weeks where I can get some proper work done. MIX 07 is at the end of the month, and while I don’t have tickets yet, I’m hoping I can sort something out.

Next up is @media Asia which I’m really excited about. I love Hong Kong so really hope the event is a success. After that is @media Europe which I’ll be attending but won’t be speaking at this year.

A couple of weeks ago Jeffrey asked if I wanted to speak at An Event Apart Seattle on the 21st-22nd June and I literally jumped at the chance. I really love what Jeffrey and Eric are doing with these events, and have been trying to get them to come over to the UK for some time. In the meantime, I’m really looking forward to the event, and speaking with the likes of Jeff Veen, Khoi Vinh, Shaun Inman, Mike Davidson and Jason Santa Maria, not to mention Jeffrey and Eric.

The following week I’ll be speaking at a new event in Spain which has yet to be announced, after which I think I’ll need a good long rest before d.Construct 2007 at the beginning of September.

Posted at February 27, 2007 10:11 AM


Michael Grinstead said on February 27, 2007 11:00 AM

Will you be attending the FOWD in April?

Andy Budd said on February 27, 2007 11:13 AM

Oh yes, forgot about that one :-)

Jane said on February 27, 2007 12:52 PM

Trips from San Francisco:

Napa valley or Sonama valley are fun places to spend some time.

Lake Tahoe is beautiful, but quite a hike for such a short time.

Monterey/Pacific Grove/Santa Cruz are all pretty and worth a visit.

I was there last in 2003. Richard was there last in 2005 and will be there again this summer (JavaOne conference) so pump him for some more ideas…

Gavin said on February 28, 2007 6:10 PM

Try the 49 Mile drive its a great way to see the city I did it with the wife in September on our first visit to SF, do it on day one and you will know all the places you want to go back to.

We stayed at the hotel Diva which rock’s it’s not to expensive either.

Dave Phelan said on March 5, 2007 10:01 PM

Sushi Boat, on “Geary St”:,+CA,+USA&radius=0.0&latlng=37775000,-122418333,11928964455877293941&sa=X&oi=local&ct=authority&cd=2
Like a conveyor sushi bar, but with boats!

Josh said on March 7, 2007 8:16 AM

I keep a little wifi hotspot-finder site at iLoveFreeWifi. Tons of listings for Austin, also quite a bunch for SF. Maybe some help for you?

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Steve Fleischer said on March 17, 2007 11:16 AM

I was looking forward to listening to you speak in Hong Kong - we don’t get many conferences here! - but now I hear it is cancelled. This is very disappointing and I hope it doesn’t mean that there won’t be Asian events in future.