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28 March 2007 - 11:09£5 App – Great Inaugral night :-)

Great stuff! Our first £5 App night ran smoothly, we had 22 people listening to our two £5 App talks. We’ve been planning this for exactly a month now and it was great to see it run so well. It seems that the free beer was a hit and the building itself lent itself beautifully to the event 🙂

John spoke for 30 minutes on Chrss (html slides) and fielded questions on TurboGears. I spoke on ShowMeDo (html slides)- the latter half of my talk was a reflection on our experiences aimed at others who want to build their own £5 App.

Matthew kicked off an interesting thread – should you run lots of £5 Apps in parallel or just concentrate on the one? Kyran and I say Stick With The One That Works lest you split your time too many ways and you become ineffective. Matthew suggested building lots of apps and letting time work in your favour – one of them is bound to win out. Interesting thoughts…anyone care to comment?

Great to see John, Jane, Richard, Simon, Matt, Kev, Colin, Kyran, Manuela, Dan, Emmet and the usual suspects. Thanks to Danny and Ben at HoboInternet for the great venue. ShardCore brought along 4 pieces of neat geek art, you’ll see them in the photos (to come).

Danny and I got talking in the pub about running a workshop on this – more of an interactive session (and less presentational) where those-that-have-done-it can talk to those-that-want-to-do-it. More on this once we’ve had a think about it.

Pictures and presentations to follow. Two more events are planned, a fourth is tentative, we’re open to suggestions for speakers. Note – the slides for both presentations were made with the excellent and free S5.

[Update – John has photos and Danny has a whole stack in Flickr.]

[Update – Jane has a whole set of photos over at Flickr.]

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