London IA and Hacks/Hackers London on 18 January

 by Martin Belam, 17 January 2012

There are two great free events going on in London tomorrow if, like me, you are interested in either UX or journalism. Or the UX of journalism.

London IA

London IA is on at the Sense Loft. The talks are Sjors Timmer on “Designing the design process”, Alexander Baxevanis “In praise of side projects” and my colleague Mary Hamilton talking about “Verbs. Zombies. UX.”

The event starts at 6pm. We’ve tried a new ticketing format this month. Instead of it being first-come-first-served on Eventbrite, it will be first-come-first-served on the night. We’ve got space for about 60 people, and about 130 people have put their names down - so get there early to avoid disappointment. Our suggestion is for people who don’t get in to head to The Endurance on Berwick St for a pub meet-up instead. Why not bring a favourite UX book with you and have an impromptu UX book club as a conversational icebreaker?


The latest Hacks/Hackers London meet-up is also on tomorrow night. Joanna Geary has managed to secure two great speakers. Rupert Brun, Head of Technology at BBC Audio & Music, has thirty years experience in the business. He is giving a talk which will “examine the ways in which we may one day enjoy immersive audio. He will consider the barriers to audio innovation and the work being done by the BBC and others to overcome them.”

The second guest is Simon Kelner. He will be talking about the recently launched Journalism Foundation, set up to support “support fair, free and independent journalism” internationally. Again, space is limited, and it is also heavily over-subscribed, so get to The Shooting Star near Liverpool Street Station early. The event starts at 7pm.

Can’t get there...?

If you can’t get to either event tomorrow, then can I shamelessly plug the idea of reading my ebook compilations of notes from previous events instead? I can? Thanks.

London IA: Notes from the talks” features a foreword by Ann McMeekin Carrier and notes from talks by Andy Budd, Giles Colborne, Cennydd Bowles, Claire Rowland, Jason Mesut, Ben Bashford, Chris Heathcote, Dan Lockton, Relly Annett-Baker, Michael Blastland, Margaret Hanley and Richard Rutter amongst others. It is £2.47 for Kindle.

Hacks/Hackers London: Notes from the talks” brings together notes from 16 talks, including those from Martin Rosenbaum, Stephen Grey, Alastair Dant, Scott Byrne-Fraser and Wendy Grossman. It looks at topics of interest to journalists and programers alike, including freedom of information, processing big data sets to tell stories, social activism hack camps, the future of interactive technologies, and using social media to cover your tracks - or uncover those of somebody else. It is available for Kindle priced at £1.14.

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