What a blast. Beer, wine and free Karajoz Coffee mixed with the extremely hot evening helping a lot of the conversations to flow.
Open source program manager at Google and software evangelist Chris DiBona was the feature guest. He's in New Zealand to network with the local open source community, participate in the Kiwi Foo Camp and have some time with government officials.
The panel examined digital democracy and counted with the participation of Alastair Thompson and British-based Kiwi Rob McKinnon. Thompson is the founder of Wellington-based internet news site Scoop. McKinnon is the brains behind www.theyworkforyou.co.nz, a website designed to make it easier for Kiwis to keep an eye on our parliament.
The whole series of Karajoz Great Blend events are promoted by Russell Brown’s group weblog site Public Address with the help of Karajoz Coffee Company, Idealog magazine, Hatton Estate Wines and Monteith's Brewing Company (oops, sounds like a TV ad).
Jut before the main talk of the night we had the opportunity to see trash video creators Matt Heath and Chris Strapp of Back of the Y-fame. The duo showed the audience videos from early work in Dunedin to British TV appearances and a forthcoming feature film, The Devil dared me to.
I always have a laugh when I see Karajoz's posters around. They are really cool (although I think the Italian barista on L'affare is not bad either).
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