Speak the Web came to a close last night in Manchester’s NoHo bar, with a five strong band of the Setfire crew there to take part. The event were definitely a refreshing change to some of the bigger, more expensive events that Speak the Web is partly a reaction to. Four speakers covered an impressively broad range of stuff – mobile, seo, html5 apis and Css3. The informal nature of the event lent itself to questions from the crowd and a definite lack of the them and us factor sometimes present at conferences. Oh and did I mention it was in a bar?
My favourite quote of the night was probably Andy Clarke’s gentle ribbing of the Brighton and London focus of many web dev conferences, with him pointing out they are not “the center of the f**king universe”. Hopefully with the success of Speak the Web and other events like Barcamp, we might be getting somewhere to shifting that focus.
I was a bit gutted to have to leave right after the event, being a bit over tired and generally a bit of a wuss these days. Nevertheless it was great to be there and I’m pretty sure that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Speak the Web.