24 hours of Flickr in London

Flickr barOla and I went along to Tate Britain last night for the London leg of the 24 hours of Flickr tour. I’d heard about it from Upcoming, via the Flickr group, and thanks to Heather Champ reminding HackDay attendees about it on Sunday.

What a great, great event! Lots of Flickr gear on offer, copies of the 24 hours of Flickr book, wine, canapes, and a great crowd of people. As regular readers will know, I like the opportunity to convert virtual contacts into real ones (and vice versa), so this was all good.

Some of the most interesting happenings:

  • We met and talked to Kim from Moo. As I was trying to take a photo, she noticed me, wandered across my viewfinder, and waved! πŸ™‚ Good to see her again.
  • I chatted to Iain and Nicky, also from Moo. I’d just met Nicky at HackDay. She did ask me “how come you’re not dead?”, after a weekend like the one just gone. Good point. Richard, the Moo head honcho was pointed out to me, but I didn’t get a chance to talk to him, which was a shame.
  • Lots of HackDay people there, either (still…?) in the HackDay t-shirts, or just hanging out for Flickr ones!
  • I ran into Myk Reeve, a good friend from university who I haven’t seen in 10 years (this is revised from the 6 years I was telling people last night, I’m sure it is actually 10). Great to catch up with him.
  • Ola talked to Daniel Eiba from Yahoo!, and also to Ben Cohen from Channel 4 News.
  • We got to look around the fascinating How We Are exhibition that is currently on at the gallery.
  • More faceball was played, this time the outdoor nighttime variant… don’t challenge Heather Champ. Missed out on taking a Flickr beachball home to try it out for ourselves, though.
  • Collected a whole bunch more Minicards.
  • Met lots of other people including Nik, a music student who is also a Mac developer, and Matthieu from France who just started a summer job developing open source software in London.

Very cool. I’m not even disappointed that my photo didn’t make it into the book. It really does contain some superb work.

See my photoset on Flickr for more, and here are some video snippets from OSDE.

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