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Free event: Data Protection Day: What Does the Internet Say About You?

Science Gallery Dublin

To mark Data Protection Day and to celebrate the upcoming launch of LIFELOGGING, Trinity College Dublin’s Information Compliance Office has teamed up with Science Gallery Dublin and Information Systems Services to find out WHAT THE INTERNET SAYS ABOUT YOU.

Join us for a panel discussion with Ireland’s leading voices on online privacy. Hosted by Newstalk’s Jessica Kelly, with special guest speaker Sinead McSweeney, Director of Public Policy at Twitter

For those of us working online this could be an interesting discussion to attend or get involved with. It’s a free event in JM Synge Theatre in the Trinity College Arts building tomorrow evening.

What: Panel discussion, What the internet says about you
When: Wednesday 28th January 2015, 6pm-7.30pm.
Where: JM Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.
Tickets: FREE but you must register here.

Found via Dublin Event Guide for Free Events.

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Booze and Schmooze is back

Booze and Schmooze logoAfter a bit of a break, the Booze and Schmooze networking events will make a return next week. Booze and Schmooze is run by Alan Duncan and they are primarily aimed at those in the media and PR industry though this net is now widening to include marketing folk this time round. I have yet to attend a Booze and Schmooze event so perhaps next weeks will be my perfect opportunity.

So what’s changed?
Much like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly (or for my fellow nerds, Gandalf the Grey becoming Gandalf the White), we’ve changed a few things with the aim of making these events even more worthwhile.
1) No longer will our events be confined to just one venue. Unlike the Government we’re here by the people, for the people. The democratic state of Booze ‘n’ Schmooze (more commonly known as Inebriationland) will vote on venues and we’ll do our damnedest to organise them there.
2) There are no more presentations – these interfere with the boozing and the schmoozing. We will strongly encourage as much mingling as possible though.
3) While Booze ‘n’ Schmooze is primarily for the media sector, we’re going to open our doors up to those from the land of marketing too, as we believe they’ve got something to bring to our proverbial table.
What’s the same?
The reason for Booze ‘n’ Schmooze’s existence has not changed. Below are a few key points about us.
  • Free monthly networking event for young journalists, PRs, other media workers (and now marketing folk).
  • The aim of Booze ‘n’ Schmooze is to provide a relaxed environment in which to make useful and interesting contacts – essential to their success in the industry – without the awkwardness involved in formal networking.
  • Targeted at professionals, who are starting out or about to start out in their chosen industry and, of course, anyone who can employ them.
  • Lots of free finger food and great drinks promos.

So what are the need to know details?

Booze and Schmooze will take place next Thursday at 6.30pm in The Sycamore Club on Sycamore Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

All you need do to attend is RSVP to Alan, letting him know how many friends or colleagues you are bringing with you (if any) at booze.n.schmoozelives@gmail.com

I might see you there 🙂

Media Contact 2020

Last week I was a lucky attendee at ‘Media 2020-A Vision For The Future’.

Organised by Media Contact, the conference was to take a look at the future of media and of communication and the expected changes over the next five to ten years in technology, marketing, the internet, newspapers and television. In the interest of keeping abreast of new methods of communication, Media Contact had to foresight to invite a few people, myself included, to come along to the event as a guest and to tweet the proceedings.

Media Contact had a great line up of speakers at the event:

Eamon Ryan – TD

Maeve Donovan – Chairperson, National Newspapers of Ireland and former editor of The Irish Times

Jonathan Moore – Mobile Product Manager, The Guardian

Fiach MacConghail –  Director of the Abbey Theatre

Matt Locke – Commissioning Editor, Education and Mew Media, Channel 4

Katarina Skoberne – Co-founder, Open-Ad Group

Ciarán ÓGaora – founder of Zero-G

Carolyn Odgers – Director of Strategy, Chemistry

Damien Mulleyhttp://www.mulley.net

Ronan Higginshttp://www.locle.com

Cillian Barry – Feep Marketing

Natalie Bagnall – Head of Acquisition, Google

Mark Little – Storyful.com

John Healy – Founder, Digital Edge

Colm Lyon – Chief Executive, Realex Payments

Ian Forrester – Senior Backstage Producer, BBC

Múirne Laffan – Exectuive Director, RTÉ Publishing

Overall it was a very interesting and informative day. The speakers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and the overall messages of the day seemed to be to keep moving with the times and don’t be afraid to try new things. While there was a fast and furious Twitter stream flowing on the day – which you can read by searching for the hashtag #med2020 – a few of the attendees and even non attendees, had something to say about the day.

From Hugh Linehan (@hlinehan), online editor of The Irish TimesFuture shock in Croke Park

From @finoreilly: Hurling Irish Media into the 21st century- no?

From @blathnaidhealy: Media 2020 conference Twitter stream highlights

From Media Contact themselves:  Media 2020-A Great Success

I’d really like to thank Media Contact for inviting me along to the event and for being clever enough to do so to ensure a Twitter stream that kept many people at home or at work up to date with what was being said and discussed at the event. Also thanks in particular to Jack Murray, Managing Director of Media Contact. To my surprise and delight I came home to a shiny red envelope on Friday. And when I opened it, this is what I found:

Thanks folks, I genuinely appreciate that! The book has been on my To Read list for quite a while and the hand written Thank You card was a lovely touch. I’ll be eagerly watching out for the next big Media Contact event – Content is King – later this year.

By the way, Croke Park as a venue for a conference was pretty great. Wifi that worked and was easy to access – check, plenty of power points for laptops – check, lots of screens round the room so even those seated at the back could see the speakers and/or their presentations properly- check, friendly and helpful staff – check, nice food, tea and coffee, check, check, check. It’s not a venue I had been to before but certainly one I’d look forward to going to  being in again 🙂