A COLLECTION of thinkers from around the world will again be gathering in Gateshead for the 2011 Thinking Digital conference at the Sage.
This year’s event – which is organised by Codeworks, sponsored by organisations such as IDI and Culture Lab, and supported by The Journal – will feature speakers such as musician and web agency CEO Caroline Philips, Microsoft Applied Sciences director Steven Bathiche, and robotics expert Heather Knight.
The sold-out event will feature two days of talks and discussions, and visitors will be able to take advantage of networking sessions, online social areas and a vibrant closing party.
Interesting talking points that emerge from the conference will also be buzzing outside the Sage on Twitter, under the #tdc11 hashtag.
The conference regularly attracts speakers from around the world, and this year sees New York-based Canadian and Wired UK contributing editor Jer Thorp make the trip, as does Emotiv co-founder Tan Le.
The CEO of One Laptop Per Child Europe Walter de Brouwer is also in town, as is Viadeo CEO Dan Serfaty. There are also appearances from figures such as Matthew Postgate, the controller of BBC Research and Development and Wordnik CEO and “dictionary evangelist” Erin McKean.
A strong local flavour is also apparent this year, with appearances from Screenreach’s Paul Rawlings, Wladimir Baranoff-Rossine of Mobicart, Paul Smith of Never Odd or Even, Happiest founder Bobby Paterson and Culture Lab director Atau Tanaka.
The conference itself warmed up yesterday with Thinking Digital University, a collection of sessions which included Bobby Paterson’s talk on what we can do to be happier, singing lessons with professional voice coach Zita Frith, presentation tips with design expert Nancy Duarte, Jim Knight’s public speaking workshop and a crash course in building your own pocket synthesizer with Jim Frize and Kat Pattison of Sonodrome.
The Journal will be covering the event both online and in print, and will be providing updates from Twitter.
To find out more about the programme for this year’s Thinking Digital, go to www.thinkingdigital.co.uk