CeBIT Frolics

Believe it or not, I’ve attended CeBIT most years for ages. This is because, if you’re working in enterprise IT, it’s one of those conferences you and your boss tend to head along to together.

Over the years I thought it got a little stale and a bit predictable. But last year and this year the organisers have put in a big effort to refresh the format and content. This year CeBIT is having a web focused conference stream called WebForward@CeBIT.

On 14 May I’ll be joining Laurel Papworth, Stilgherrian, Nick Hodge, Hugo Ortega and chairman Jye Smith to discuss how you can “Capitalise on Social Media for Business”.

And, because I’m a panellist, I can access two tickets to the full 2-day conference at a discounted price of $178 + GST (instead of the listed $1295 + GST).

If you’d like to purchase one of these discounted tickets, let me know via email by 9am Sydney time on Wednesday 6 May. Explain why you’re deserving, and I’ll pick the two based on how I’m feeling at the time (whimsical I know, but that happens).

But wait, there’s more! If you miss out, you can still save $160 off the on-site registration price by using the promotional code carrwebca09 . Just insert the code when prompted during on-line registration at

Note: I shamelessly “leveraged” this idea from Stilgherrian’s website because he did it first & I’m too busy at the moment to be original – thanks Stil 😉

FITT Lunch 13 May

I’ll be speaking at this session together with Karen Ganschow from Telstra. Should be an interesting lunch & good excuse to get out of the office for a while.

Topic:  How to make the Net work

When:  12:00pm – 2:00pm, Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Where:  Harbours Edge, Level 2, Harbourside Darling Harbour, NSW, Australia

More details on the FITT website:

A special value-for-money FITT luncheon on How to make the Net Work that will give you the chance to see just how using social media tools and technologies can really grow your brand, career and your business.

Held around CEBIT Conference & Exhibition (CeBIT has been the unrivalled Australian event for showcasing for IT, telecommunications, software and services), FITT members can attend CEBIT free of charge when attending the FITT event.

So, take a lunch break from CeBIT and join us at the wonderful Harbours Edge venue at Darling Harbour for a contemporary informal social luncheon. With fabulous gourmet finger food, wine and coffee & dessert, we have kept seating theatrette style rather than formal tables to ensure we keep events affordable. This does gives you every opportunity to circulate and network at leisure before our seated presentations.

Bookings here

Nick Hodge, me & Ada Lovelace Day

To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on 24 March 2009, Nick Hodge has kindly invited me to participate in his show. More details over at Nick’s blog.

Lord knows what we’re going to talk about – but you can guarantee that between the two of us it will be eclectic and perhaps a bit geeky! Perhaps even a LOLcat will be referenced?

Ada Lovelace

Broadcasting at 8:30pm AEST, Tuesday 24th March 2009. There will be themed music on the stream from 7:30pm to get into the mood.

Keep this link handy: Also @dekrazee1 will be Nick’s meta-backchannel producer.

one more sleep until Enterprise 2.0 forum


I’ve been saying for the past year that Enterprise 2.0 is where the real action is – not freebie consumers applications.  But there are significant issues and risks that need to be addressed.  Here’s an old post on the topic.

Ross Dawson’s  Enterprise 2.0 Forum is on tomorrow. There’s is a thought provoking agenda & a bunch of smart people both on stage and in the audience. There will also be video links to some overseas speakers like JP Rangaswami who’s doing the keynote.

And I’ll be running one of the workshops – topic is What does Enterprise 2.0 mean for the IT department?

ad:tech Sydney – Online brands & control will be chairing the panel on “handing your brand over to the consumer – are you ready to let go”, at ad:tech Sydney on Tuesday 10 March. It’s going to be an interesting panel – each member brings a different perspective to the topic & they all have strong opinions which they are happy to share:

  • Charis Palmer, Managing Editor, Online Banking Review
  • Jackie Maxted, CEO,
  • Gareth Llewellyn, Corporate Communications Manager, Oracle Australia

The panel have already had some lively discussion on the topic including issues like:

  • What ‘handing your brand’ over means
  • Getting the tone right – relaxed culture vs. corporate tone, and informal vs. formal messaging
  • Lessons learned
  • Transparency and legal & compliance issues

We recorded this pre-conference chat with Jenny Willams and me the other day, all very exciting as I’m more used to speaking to a live audience rather being on video …
PS: not saying that Jenny is not a real person though 😉