dConstruct 2008 FTW! | June 6, 2008

If you haven’t already heard, we quietly launched the dConstruct 2008 website at the start of the week. So if you’ve not seen the latest incarnation yet, I suggest you pop along to take a look.


The conference itself will be take place on Friday the 5th of September, back at the
Dome in sunny Brighton. And like last year, we’ll be hosting a series of practical workshops in the run-up to the event.

Rather than putting on the same show with the same people year after year, we try to mix things up by focussing on a specific theme. One that we feel sums up the current industry (buzzword alert) zeitgeist. So in previous years we’ve covered the meaning of web 2.0 (it’s the sound of one hand clapping), the importance of open data and the art of experience design. This year we’ve decided to turn our attention to the social web.

We’ve got an amazing line-up of speakers this year, all of whom will be asking the question ‘what makes the web social?’ We’ve got author, web entrepreneur and veteran TED speaker, Steven Johnson, kicking things off with a wide-ranging discourse on how communities form and ideas spread. We’ve got Guardian podcaster Aleks Krotoski looking at the psychology of game play while the Internet’s Joshua Porter will show us how these theories can be applied to the web. Using his experience working on Digg and Pownce, Daniel Burka will explain how we can use design for social interaction while limiting negative behaviour, while Tantek Çelik will examine the growing importance of social network portability. We’ve then got the guys from Dopplr showing how they brought all these ideas together to form a complete ecosystem of feeds, widgets and APIs. Wrapping the day up we have our very own Jeremy Keith with a high-brow look at what it means to be social in an always-on, networked world. Expect lots of big words and event bigger concepts.

Of course it’s not all talk, talk, talk. The hallway conversations are just as important as the sessions, so you’ll have plenty of time to meet your fellow delegates and chat with the speakers. As well as nice long breaks we’ve got two great parties full of networking (aka drinking) opportunities. Incidentally we’re still finalising sponsorship, so if your company wants to buy everybody beer, please let me know.

The event has got a lot bigger and (hopefully) better organised since the first one we ran in a converted church hall back in 2005. However we still strive to maintain that community spirited, grassroots feel we’ve come to be known for. dConstruct is all about the people, so we hope you’ll help get the word out by posting buttons on your site and blogging about the event.

As you’re probably aware dConstruct is hugely popular and tickets sell out in a matter of hours. Tickets go on sale from 11am on Tuesday the 24th June and are a snip at £125 inc. VAT. So if you want to come along I recommend you set a reminder in your diary, cancel your meetings and get your browsers at the ready. Either that or subscribe to our events feed ☺

And if you just can’t wait to buy a ticket, there is a sneaky way to jump the queue. We’ll be opening registration for our workshops next week, and each attendee gets complimentary entrance to the conference as well. Neat huh?

So I hope you’re all as excited about the event as we are and I look forward to seeing you in Brighton in September.

Posted at June 6, 2008 2:38 PM


Gareth Rushgrove said on June 7, 2008 10:43 AM

As always I’ll be waiting by a browser.
One quick question:

“11am on Wednesday the 24th June”

I make the 24th a Tuesday?

Andy Budd said on June 8, 2008 8:20 AM

Yep, my bad. Updated accordingly :-)

shaun said on June 8, 2008 10:41 PM

As always I will be poised and ready at 11am. I really don’t know how you guys improve on the previous years. But look forward to finding out.

Dhiraj said on June 9, 2008 7:22 AM

since, i’m not at the place where the seminar will be held, but i would sure like to hear about it in your blog itself.

Btw, the dconstruct website is super cool. Cheers.

Rexibit Web Services said on July 22, 2008 3:32 PM

It looks like there will be some great discussion and points made. I will be watching for some reviews of what was covered. Sadly, I don’t live near where it will be held or I would try to attend.