Important Update 02 February 2007: Unfortunately due to a last minute and unexpected problem with sponsorship, QUT has decided to postpone the Australian Blogging Conference until later in the year. At this stage we are now planning to hold the conference in August this year. Read more here.
I can tentatively announce today that the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation and the Queensland University of Technology is planning to hold an Australian Blogging Conference on Thursday 8 March 2007 in Brisbane.
Despite the growth of the Australian blogging community mirroring the expansion of the blogosphere elsewhere in the developed world, there have been only a few opportunities (see BlogTalk Downunder) afforded to Australian bloggers to get together and discuss their common interest. This "unconference", modelled on the successful BloggerCons in the United States, aims to redress this by providing a forum that will allow Australian bloggers to gather together and talk about blogging and the Australian blogosphere. It aims to be a user-focused conference for the Australian blogging community.
This will not be a conference in the traditional sense. It will be relatively informal. Instead of lengthy presentations, people will be invited lead discussions on various topics throughout the day – some practical, such as how to build a better blog, and some theoretical on the role, influence and future of blogs.
It is hoped that all participants in this Conference will learn more about the social, cultural, creative and technological aspects of blogging from one another.
I will be organising this Conference in the days, weeks and months ahead. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts as to what topics you would like covered and any other suggestions or ideas you may have. I will also be looking for sponsorship as it is our hope to have no registration fee. If you have any sponsorship ideas, please also let me know. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details will follow ...